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High water threatens Texoma fishing tournaments

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High water has forced some Marshall County fishing tournaments to be postponed. (KTEN) High water has forced some Marshall County fishing tournaments to be postponed. (KTEN)

MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. -- It's usually a busy time of year for Marshall County, which hosts several high profile bass tournaments.

But as Lake Texoma continues to rise, many of those events have been canceled, leaving a dent in businesses like Cabin Fever Adventures.

"We're reliant on tourists to come in; reliant on people to come fishing; reliant on bass tournaments," said owner Richard Talley. "A lot of things that we rely on that this lake right now, with the levels, really have given us a hard time."

And they're not the only ones facing hardship, as more than 100 people can participate in these tournaments over a weekend. Without them, hotels and resorts have empty rooms, affecting the entire county.

"They get a motel room for two or three days, four days. A lot of gas, eating out at restaurants, hotel, motel tax, sales tax, everything that generates our funding is widely affected on this," explained Marshall County District 3 Commissioner Chris Duroy.

The unusually wet weather has forced businesses like Cabin Fever to adapt.

"We're trying to lean into different types of things: Sporting clays, quail hunting, and things like that that will kind of supplement our income," Talley said. "We've seen so much of this in the spring, and it seems like it happens all the time now."

There is still a chance some of the fishing tournaments will be rescheduled, but it will all depend on the weather.

"They're still going to come back probably, but we're ready for a little drier weather pattern," Duroy said. "Never complain about rain, but yeah... this is enough!"

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