The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) would like to acknowledge the contributing authors of this booklet: Barry Bolton, Fisheries Division Chief, ODWC; Bill Wentroth, regional fisheries supervisor, ODWC; Jeff Boxrucker, retired administrator, ODWC; Jan Dean, retired administrator ODWC/college professor; Glen Gephart, retired extension fisheries specialist, Langston University, Langston, OK; Phillip Moershel, aquatic biologist, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Oklahoma City, OK; and John Stahl, retired regional fisheries supervisor, ODWC.
The American Fisheries Society (AFS), founded in 1870, is the oldest and largest professional society representing fisheries scientists with approximately 10,000 members worldwide. AFS promotes scientific research and management of aquatic resources for optimum use and enjoyment by the public. The Oklahoma Chapter of AFS consists of approximately 65 professional fisheries scientists living and working in Oklahoma. Our goals are to promote and enhance the fisheries resources of the state of Oklahoma. The Chapter promotes continuing education to keep fisheries professionals abreast of new and innovative developments in the science and serves as an information source for all interested in aquatic resources of the state.