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License Requirements:

  • A resident or nonresident fishing license is required of all persons who take or attempt to take fish, including trout, unless otherwise exempt.
  • A trout license is no longer required because it is included in the resident or nonresident fishing license.

Trout Seasons:

See map and description of each state-designated trout area.

Method of Taking:

  • It is unlawful to take fish from state designated trout areas during trout season by any means except one rod and reel (or one pole and line).
  • Trout caught and placed on a stringer or otherwise held in possession cannot be released (no culling.)

Daily & Size Limits:

  • Daily limit is six rainbow trout in all state designated trout areas except in portions of the Blue River, the Lower Illinois River and the Lower Mt. Fork River (See maps and descriptions on this page and in the Trout Area Information section.)
  • There is no minimum size limit for rainbow trout at any state designated trout area except in portions of the Lower Illinois River and the Lower Mt. Fork River (See maps and descriptions on this page and in the Trout Area Information section.)
  • Daily limit for brown trout is six with no minimum size limit, except at the Lower Mountain Fork River and Lower Illinois River where the daily limit is one; size limit: 20-inch minimum, with a possession limit of two after the first day.

Possession Limit:

No person shall have in their possession in the field more than one daily limit of any trout species. After the first day, no person shall have more than 12 rainbow trout and 12 brown trout in their possession, except at the Lower Mountain Fork River and Lower Illinois River where the possession limit for brown trout is two. Nonresidents shall not have more than two day’s limit of any trout species upon leaving the state.

Trout Fishing Tips:

Oklahoma has two introduced species of trout, rainbows and browns. Of the two, rainbows are far more abundant. Brown trout are stocked in the Lower Mountain Fork River below Broken Bow dam and in the Lower Illinois River when available, while rainbows are usually stocked every two weeks at all eight of the state’s trout areas during designated trout seasons. Anglers can use the following tips to help them put trout on the stringer:

  • For the trout stocking schedules of all trout areas statewide, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.
  • Use an ultra-light rod and reel spooled with six pound or lighter line to produce more strikes.
  • Small spinners, spoons and crappie size jigs (tube or maribou) are good artificial lures.
  • Fishing with live or prepared bait such as worms, power baits and salmon eggs is very productive where legal.
  • Try small hooks (size 10 to 18) and sinkers to keep bait near the bottom and prevent trout from detecting any resistance.
  • Fish during the early morning and late afternoons for best action.
  • Concentrate on fishing around structure such as behind large rocks, logs and below riffles. Trout also tend to congregate above and below waterfalls, in and around deep pools and undercut banks.
  • Rainbows tend to occupy faster moving water while browns may be found in more slack stretches.
  • Trout face upstream to wait for insects to appear above them.
  • Fly fishermen should try to fish with flies that resemble the insects and crustaceans that are most seasonally abundant.
  • Fishing often improves a few days after stocking when trout have adjusted to their new environment.
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