Lake Sahoma bait shop reopens as Elifrits Bait & Tackle

After closing due to a change in the city contract, the Sahoma Lake bait and tackle shop has now resumed business. The new concessionaire is Dwayne Elifrits and the manager is Zach Boyle. When Boyle gave Sapulpa Times a tour, the establishment looked clean, bright, and well-stocked. 

Zach Boyle, manger of the new Elifrits Bait & Tackle. Charles Betzler Photo.

Boyle stated that the fishing has been steady and said he has recently engaged in some angling himself. He told Sapulpa Times that he caught his first catfish on a “rooster tail” lure. Using the same lure, he also managed to snag some bass and panfish.

The shop has a full complement of tackle, accessories, snacks, and refreshments.

They have a variety of bait including frozen shad, worms, and minnows. Besides the usual shiners, they now also stock rosy red minnows.

According to the Sapulpa Parks Department, Dwayne Elifrits opened Elifrits Bait & Tackle at Lake Sahoma in early September but he is no stranger to the Sapulpa area. He and his wife, Marlene, live in Sand Springs and have four children. Dwayne first came to Lake Sahoma with his sons in 2015 for the annual Youth Fishing Derby and after they won a few prizes, Lake Sahoma quickly became one of their family’s favorite fishing spots.

As a day job, Elifrits owns Whitetail Cabling, LLC, a structured cabling company for data, voice, cable, and fiber optics. In his free time, he coaches baseball, helps with football and basketball, serves as a committee member for the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and has been a Cub Master for Boy Scouts.

Elifrits says his whole family is excited about this new adventure, but he’s most looking forward to the Youth Fishing Derby because he loves introducing kids to fishing and seeing how happy they get when they’re successful. He’s grateful for this chance to give back to the lake community that has provided his family with so many wonderful memories – and he can’t wait to meet all the regulars! Stop by for a cup of coffee or check out the shop on Facebook at Elifrits Bait & Tackle Lake Sahoma.

The hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are closed Monday and Tuesday.

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Charles Betzler

Charles Betzler

Long-time Sapulpa resident, Charles Betzler, followed his father, Charlie, into the radio and TV repair business. At age 9, he fixed his first broken radio and his first love is vintage audio equipment. In his 50 + years of technical work, graduation from OSUIT, and years of Continuing Education, Charles, in his capacity as Emergency Management Director of nearby city, designed the Emergency Operations Center, and the radio-activation system for the sirens. In his long career, he has repaired every type of consumer electronics from black-and-white TVs to the latest lap-top.