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The following water bodies have regulations that differ from statewide regulations for one or more species of fish. Anglers should keep in mind that municipalities, national wildlife refuges and the Chickasaw National Recreation Area (Lake Arbuckle) have the authority to set fishing regulations on waters in their jurisdiction that may differ from either the statewide regulations listed in the General Regulations section or the individual lake regulations listed below. If an Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) ALERT is listed, please see the Aquatic Nuisance Species section for precautions.

It is the anglers’ responsibility to know what regulations apply to the body of water they are fishing.

TAILWATERS

First 1,000 ft. below any Federal or GRDA dam

Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Unlawful to keep a foul-hooked fish (any fish hooked other than inside the mouth), unless taken in a tailwater open to snagging. Bowfishing prohibited, except Wister, Eufaula, Ft. Gibson, Keystone, and Hudson which are open. Bowfishing is open on Thunderbird past the first 75 feet from the dam. Gigs, spears and spearguns prohibited, except Hudson which is open. Snagging prohibited, except Ft. Gibson tailwaters are open 24 hours; Wister is open to snagging from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., year-round. Snagging of paddlefish or any fish is closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. year round on the Grand River from the Hwy. 412 bridge upstream to the Markham Ferry (Lake Hudson) dam.

Salt Fork of the Arkansas River from the spillway of Great Salt Plains Lake downstream to SH 38 bridge

Prohibited method of fishing: bowfishing (see Tailwaters above), trotline, throwline, limbline, jugline and yo-yo.

Fishing Restrictions for Bureau of Reclamation Tailwaters

The following restrictions apply to these Bureau of Reclamation tailwaters. Closed, year-round: Arbuckle, Ft. Cobb and Foss. First 75 ft. from dam closed: Altus-Lugert, McGee Creek, Tom Steed, and Thunderbird.

LAKES

Adair Recreation Area

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only one rod and reel per person. No other method of fishing allowed.

Altus-Lugert

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Walleye and / or saugeye; six per day / 14-inch minimum. (This regulation applies to the tailwater also.) Striped bass hybrids and / or white bass; 20 combined per day, of which only five may be 20 inches or longer.

American Horse

Attention Anglers- American Horse Lake is undergoing repairs. The lake level will be lowered during the renovations.

Daily / Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Arbuckle

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 13- to 16-inch protected slot limit. All crappie; 15 combined per day / 10-inch minimum.

ANS ALERT: Hydrilla

Arcadia

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Striped bass and / or striped bass hybrids; five combined per day, of which only two may be 20 inches or longer.

Birch

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Striped bass hybrids and/or white bass; 20 combined per day, of which only five may be 20 inches or longer.

Black Kettle National Grasslands Lakes (Black Kettle, Skipout, Spring Creek)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Prohibited methods of fishing: trotlines, throwlines, limblines, yo-yo’s, juglines.

Broken Bow (from the slab at the Narrows downstream to the dam)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and/or smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Burtschi

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Canton (includes the lake, upstream to SH 281 and the tailwaters below the dam)

Daily / Size Limits: Striped bass hybrids and/or white bass; 20 combined per day, of which only five may be 20 inches or longer.

Carl Albert

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Methods: Fishing limited to rod and reel only. No other method of fishing allowed.

Carl Blackwell

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Striped bass hybrids and/or white bass; 20 combined per day, of which only five may be 20 inches or longer.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels

Carl Etling

Attention Anglers- Fishing opportunities are limited due to prolonged drought.

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches. Striped bass hybrids; five per day / no size limit.

Methods: One rod and reel per person during trout season (other times no more than two rods and reels per person). Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Note: For additional information, see Trout Regulations.

Chimney Rock / W.R. Holway

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 13- to 16-inch protected slot limit.

Chouteau (includes oxbows and cutoffs)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels

Copan

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Crowder (Washita County)

Attention Anglers- This lake is scheduled for renovation. Additional regulations may be posted at the lake. Fishing opportunities may be limited.

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day. There is a 16- to 22-inch protected slot limit, of which only one may be 22 inches or longer. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Dahlgren

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Draper

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Methods: Fishing limited to no more than three rods and reels per person, with no more than three hooks per line (treble hooks are considered one hook). Bowfishing is permitted year-round during daylight hours only. No other method of fishing allowed, including no castnetting.

Dripping Springs

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day. There is a 16- to 22-inch protected slot limit, of which only one may be 22 inches or longer.

Ellsworth

Daily / Size Limits: Walleye, sauger and saugeye; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. (This regulation applies to the tailwaters also.)

Elmer

Attention Anglers- Elmer Lake is currently undergoing renovations and, the lake level will be lowered throughout this process.

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Elmer Thomas (Wichita Mtns. NWR)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and/or smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 13- to 16-inch protected slot limit. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to rod and reel only. No other method of fishing allowed.

Eufaula

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Methods: Lake Eufaula State Park:

  • Pickens Lake – Fishing open only to residents under 16 or 65 and older, or those 60 percent or more disabled, or legally blind and those accompanying. Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. No other fishing methods allowed.
  • Kid’s Fish Out Lake - Fishing open only to persons under 16 or 64 and older, or those 60 percent or more disabled, or legally blind or physically impaired and one companion. Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. No other method of fishing allowed.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels

Evans Chambers

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Foss

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Walleye and/or saugeye; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Striped bass hybrids and/or white bass; 20 combined per day, of which only five may be 20 inches or longer.

Ft. Cobb

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Walleye, sauger or saugeye; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Striped bass hybrids and/or white bass; 20 combined per day, of which only five may be 20 inches or longer.

Ft. Gibson (includes all tributaries and upstream to Markham Ferry dam)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. All crappie; 15 combined per day / 10-inch minimum. Paddlefish; see Paddlefish Regulations.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels

Grand (applies to all tributaries and upstream to state line, and to the area below Pensacola dam downstream to SH 82 bridge)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. All crappie; 15 combined per day / 10-inch minimum. Striped bass hybrids and/or white bass; 20 combined per day, of which only five may be 20 inches or longer. Paddlefish; see Paddlefish Regulations.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels, Bighead Carp

Great Salt Plains (including lake and tailwaters)

Daily / Size Limits: Walleye, sauger or saugeye; six combined per day / no size limit.

Greenleaf

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Hall

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Hefner

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Methods: Fishing limited to no more than three rods and reels per person, with no more than three hooks per line (treble hooks are considered one hook). Bowfishing is permitted year-round but during daylight hours only. No other method of fishing allowed, including no castnetting.

Heyburn

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Hudson

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. All crappie; 15 combined per day / 10-inch minimum. Tailwater regulations: see section in Special Area Regulations. Paddlefish: see Paddlefish Regulations.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels

Hugo

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Jap Beaver

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Kaw

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels; White Perch

Keystone

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels; White Perch

Konawa

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day of which only one may be 22-inches or longer. Striped bass, striped bass hybrids and / or white bass; 20 combined per day, of which only five may be 20 inches or longer.

Methods: Fishing limited to rod and reel, bowfishing and noodling. No other method of fishing allowed.

Lawtonka

Daily / Size Limits: Walleye, sauger or saugeye; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. (This regulation applies to the tailwater also.) Additional city regulations apply.

Lone Chimney

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Longmire

Daily / Size Limits: City regulations apply.

Methods: Fishing limited to only rod and reel. No other method of fishing allowed.

McGee Creek

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day. There is a 16- to 22-inch protected slot limit, of which only one may be 22 inches or longer.

Murray

Daily / Size Limits: Walleye and / or saugeye; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. (This regulation applies to the tailwater also.)

ANS ALERT: Hydrilla

Nanih Waiya

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Newt Graham (includes oxbows and cutoffs)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Okmulgee

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 13- to 16-inch protected slot limit.

Oologah (including all tributaries to state line and downstream below dam to mouth of Caney River)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Striped bass, striped bass hybrids or white bass; 20 combined per day, of which only five may be 20 inches or longer.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels

Ouachita National Forest ponds and lakes

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to rod and reel only. No other method of fishing allowed.

Overholser (including tailwaters and downstream to NW 10th St. bridge)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Methods: Fishing limited to no more than three rods and reels per person, with no more than three hooks per line (treble hooks are considered one hook). Bowfishing is permitted year-round but during daylight hours only. No other methods of fishing allowed, including no castnetting.

Ozzie Cobb

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Pawhuska

Methods: Fishing limited to only one rod and reel per person during trout season (other times, consult City of Pawhuska for fishing regulations).

Note: For additional information, see Trout Regulations.

Pine Creek

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and/or smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Raymond Gary

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Robert S. Kerr (includes oxbows and cutoffs)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Sauger; six per day / 16-inch minimum.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels

Sardis

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Schooler

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Skiatook

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and/or smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Striped bass hybrids (does not include white bass); five per day, of which only two may be 20 inches or longer.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels

Sooner

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Striped bass, striped bass hybrids or white bass; 20 combined per day, of which only five may be 20 inches or longer.

Methods: Fishing limited to rod and reel, bowfishing and noodling. No other method of fishing allowed. Fishing is prohibited from dam, fenced area below dam, and north bank of intake channel. Fishing in the buoy-marked intake channel, discharge channel and spillway embankment is bank fishing only (no float tubes or wading).

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels; White Perch; Hydrilla

Taft

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel. No other method of fishing allowed.

Tenkiller (downstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp to dam)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and/or smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 13- to 16-inch protected slot limit. All crappie; 15 combined per day / 10-inch minimum.

Methods: Prohibited methods of fishing: gigs and spears downstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp; speargunning legal when used with SCUBA, except taking flathead catfish from June 15 through July 15 is prohibited.

Texoma

Note: Some methods of fishing on the Oklahoma portion of Lake Texoma do not apply to the Texas portion. Check the Texas Fishing Guide for details.)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass; five combined per day / 14-inch minimum for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Striped bass and/or striped bass hybrids; ten combined per day, of which only two may be 20 inches or longer. White bass; 25 per day / no size limit. Channel and/or blue catfish; 15 combined per day/ 12-inch minimum. Only one blue catfish over 30 inches. All crappie; 37 combined per day / 10-inch minimum. Flathead catfish; five per day / 20-inch minimum. Alligator gar; from May 1 through May 31, angling for alligator gar by any method is prohibited between the State Hwy 99 / US Hwy 377 bridge upstream to the I-35 bridge.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels, Golden Alga

Thunderbird

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Methods: Within the Little River above Franklin Road in Cleveland Co. the following methods of fishing are prohibited: bowfishing, gigs and spears, spearguns, snagging, and noodling.

Tom Steed

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Striped bass hybrids and/or white bass; 20 combined per day, of which only five may be 20 inches or longer.

Vanderwork

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Vincent

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Watonga (Roman Nose State Park)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to one rod and reel per person during trout season (other times no more than two rods and reels per person). Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Note: For additional information, see Trout Regulations.

Waurika

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Striped bass hybrids and/or white bass; 20 combined per day, of which only five may be 20 inches or longer.

Wayne Wallace

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

W.D. Mayo (includes oxbows, cutoffs, and below dam to state line)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Sauger; six per day / 16-inch minimum.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels

Webbers Falls (includes oxbows and cutoffs)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Sauger; six per day / 16-inch minimum.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels, White Perch

Wister (from the dam upstream to US Hwy. 271 on Fourche Maline River, to US Hwy. 59 on the Poteau River and to the low water dam, ½ mile above county road # 156 on Holson Creek)

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

For tailwater restrictions, see Special Area Regulations.

RIVERS AND CREEKS

Arkansas River (Keystone dam downstream to the OK – AR state line)

Daily / Size Limits: Sauger; six per day / 16-inch minimum.

Methods:

  • From Keystone Dam downstream to I-44 bridge in Tulsa; snagging is prohibited, and keeping a foul-hooked fish (any fish hooked other than inside the mouth) is prohibited.
  • In the tailwaters area immediately below Webbers Falls Lock and Dam; bowfishing, gigs, spears, spearguns and snagging is prohibited in the first 1,000 ft. Trotlines, throwlines, limblines, juglines and yo-yo’s are prohibited below Webbers Falls Lock and Dam for a distance of one mile.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels, White Perch

Baron Fork Creek (see restrictions on fishing methods on Upper Illinois River and Tributaries)

Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area

Daily / Size Limits: All species of black bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches. All crappie; six combined per day / no size limit. Possession limit is twelve (12) of all species of game fish after the first day.

Methods: Fishing limited to one rod and reel per person during trout season (other times no more than two rods and reels per person). No other method of fishing allowed.

Note: For more information, see Trout Regulations.

Lower Canadian River (downstream from Eufaula dam for one mile)

Methods: Gigs and spears, spearguns, and snagging prohibited. (Also see “Tailwaters” regulations.)

Caney River (Below Hulah Lake dam)

Methods: Bowfishing prohibited from Hulah dam downstream 1,200 ft. to the re-regulation dam. Gigs, spears, spearguns and snagging prohibited from Hulah dam downstream to the confluence of old and new river channels. (Also see “Tailwaters” regulations.)

Flint Creek - (see regulations on fishing methods on Upper Illinois River and Tributaries)

Glover River from confluence with Little River upstream to the “Forks of the Glover”

Daily / Size Limits: All species of black bass; six combined per day / no size limit on largemouth or spotted bass, however, smallmouth bass have a 12-inch minimum of which only three smallmouth greater than 12 inches may be included in the daily limit of six black bass.

Grand (Neosho) River (below Grand Lake-Pensacola dam)

Methods: (Also see “Tailwaters” regulations.)

  • Bowfishing prohibited below turbine outlets downstream to State Park and below spillway outlet downstream to highline crossing. The next ½ mile below the highline crossing is closed only when the spillway gates are discharging water and for seven days following closure of the gates.
  • Gigs, spears and spearguns are prohibited below turbine outlets downstream to State Park bridge and below spillway outlets downstream for one mile.
  • Snagging is prohibited below turbine outlets downstream to State Park bridge and below spillway outlets downstream to highline crossing. The next ½ mile below the highline crossing is closed to snagging only when spillway gates are closed.
  • Noodling is prohibited below turbine outlets downstream to State Park bridge and below the spillway outlets downstream to highline crossing, except noodling shall be legal the day of and two days following closure of spillway.

ANS ALERT: Zebra Mussels, Bighead carp

Lower Illinois River (From Tenkiller dam downstream to the confluence of the Arkansas River)

Daily / Size Limits: Sauger; six per day / 16-inch minimum. Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum.

Methods: From Tenkiller Dam downstream to the Hwy. 64 bridge; fishing limited to one rod and reel per person. No other method of fishing allowed. (Also see “Tailwaters” regulations.)

Note: For more information, see Trout Regulations.

Upper Illinois River and tributaries (includes Baron Fork Creek and Flint Creek)

Daily / Size Limits: Illinois River upstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp, Baron Fork Creek and Flint Creek; all species of black bass; six combined per day/ no size limit on largemouth or spotted bass, however, smallmouth bass have a 9- to 12-inch protected slot limit of which only one smallmouth greater than 12 inches may be included in the daily limit of six black bass.

Methods: Snagging and noodling are prohibited at all times. Bowfishing, speargunning, and gigging are prohibited, except for the following methods/seasons:

  • Upstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp; bowfishing and speargunning are permitted from Dec. 1 through Mar. 31. Gigging is permitted from Dec. 1 through Mar. 1.
  • Upstream from Hwy. 51/62 bridge; gigging is permitted from Dec. 1 through Mar. 31.

Kiamichi River (below Hugo Lake dam)

Methods: Trotlines, throwlines and noodling are prohibited from Hugo dam downstream to first railroad bridge. (Also see “Tailwaters” regulations.)

ANS ALERT: Bighead carp, Silver carp

Lee Creek (including Little Lee Creek)

Daily / Size Limits: All species of black bass; six combined per day / no size limit on largemouth or spotted bass, however, smallmouth bass have a 9- to 12-inch protected slot limit of which only one smallmouth greater than 12 inches may be included in the daily limit of six black bass.

Little River below Pine Creek Lake dam

Methods: Trotlines, throwlines, limblines, yo-yo’s and juglines are prohibited from the dam downstream for a distance of 2,000 ft. (Also see “Tailwaters” regulations.)

Lower Mountain Fork River trout area (below Broken Bow dam)

Methods: Fishing limited to one rod and reel per person. No other method of fishing allowed. (Also see “Tailwaters” regulations.)

Note: For more information, see Trout Regulations.

ANS ALERT: Didymo

Upper Poteau River and Fourche Maline River and tributaries in Le Flore Co.

Methods: Prohibited methods of fishing: gigs, spears, and spearguns.

Lower Poteau River (downstream from Wister dam to ¼ mile past confluence of old and new river channels)

Methods: Prohibited methods of fishing: trotlines and throwlines. (Also see “Tailwaters” regulations)

Quartz Mountain trout area (North Fork of the Red River below Altus-Lugert Lake dam)

Methods: Fishing limited to one rod and reel per person during trout season (other times no more than two rods and reels per person). Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Note: For more information, see Trout Regulations.

Lower Red River (below Lake Texoma)

Denison Dam downstream to the mouth of the Shawnee Creek: We advise anglers to meet all fishing license requirements for both Oklahoma and Texas. See map below. If you are fishing in Oklahoma waters, an Oklahoma fishing license is required, unless exempt. If you are fishing in Texas waters, you need a Texas fishing license. A Lake Texoma fishing license is not valid below Denison Dam.

Denison Dam.ai

Mouth of Shawnee Creek downstream (east): If fishing in the Red River, anglers must possess an Oklahoma fishing license, unless exempt.

For all of the Lower Red River:

Daily / Size Limits: Striped bass and/or striped bass hybrids; five combined per day / no size limit.

Methods: Bowfishing for paddlefish is prohibited year-round. See “Tailwaters” regulations for other daily, size, and fishing method regulations.

ANS ALERT: Bighead carp

Robber’s Cave (From Carlton Lake dam downstream 1.5 miles to the State Park boundary)

Methods: Fishing limited to one rod and reel per person during trout season (other times no more than two rods and reels per person). No other method of fishing allowed.

Note: For more information, see Trout Regulations.

OTHER AREAS

Camp Gruber JMTC

For information on fishing opportunities, open dates and areas, as well as other regulations pertaining to Camp Gruber JMTC, contact OKARNG online at ok.ngb.army.mil/CGTS/ or call the voice phone system at (918) 487-6240.

Ponds and creeks within the following Dept. of Wildlife Management Areas:

Atoka, Beaver River, Gary Sherrer, Cherokee, Cookson, Ellis Co., Ft. Gibson, James Collins, Robert S Kerr WMA, Lexington, Okmulgee (except in Deep Fork River), Pushmataha, Robbers Cave, Sandy Sanders and Stringtown

Daily / Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass; six combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Ponds and creeks within either the Honobia Creek or Three Rivers Wildlife Management Areas

Special Permits: All resident anglers age 18 (by December 31 of the previous calendar year) to 63, and all non-resident anglers regardless of age must possess the Land Access Permit to either fish and/or hunt on either the Honobia Creek or Three Rivers Wildlife Management Areas. For additional Honobia/Three Rivers WMA regulations see the Oklahoma Hunting Guide (Regulations).

Ponds and creeks within other Dept. of Wildlife Management Areas not listed above

Daily / Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Oklahoma State Park Ponds

Daily / Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Wichita Mtns. NWR lakes (except Elmer Thomas)

Daily / Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day / only one blue catfish over 30 inches.

Methods: Fishing limited to rod and reel only. No other method of fishing allowed.

 

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