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Wildlife Department Fishing Lakes

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The Wildlife Department owns and manages 15 small lakes ranging

Information and maps about these lakes and their location can be obtained online at wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/deptlake.htm. Fishing regulations for these lakes are listed in Special Area Regulations. The Wildlife Department lakes include:

 

1. American Horse Lake

Located 10 miles west of Geary in Blaine County. 100 acres. For more information, contact the NW Region Fisheries office at (580) 474-2663.

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

2. Burtschi

Located 10 miles southwest of Chickasha in Grady County. 180 acres. For more information, contact the SW Region Fisheries office at (580) 529-2795.

3. Carl Etling

Located in Black Mesa State Park, 26 miles northwest of Boise City in Cimarron County. 159 acres. For more information, contact the NW Region Fisheries office at (580) 474-2663.

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

4. Dahlgren

Located on the Lexington Wildlife Management Area, 11 miles northeast of Lexington in Cleveland County. 30 acres. For more information, contact the OK Fishery Research Lab at (405) 325-7288.

5. Elmer

Located 4 miles northwest of Kingfisher in Kingfisher County. 60 acres. For more information, contact the NW Region Fisheries office at (580) 474-2663.

Attention Anglers- Lake Elmer is currently undergoing renovation. Water has been drained from the lake during this renovation. The project is near completion, but it will take from two to three years for stocked fish to reach harvestable size. It is illegal to transfer any fish from another body of water to Lake Elmer.

6. Evans Chambers

Located 18 miles west of Laverne in Beaver County. 80 acres. For more information, contact the NW Region Fisheries office at (580) 474-2663.

7. Hall

Located 13 miles north of Hollis in Harmon County. 36 acres. For more information, contact the SW Region Fisheries office at (580) 529-2795.

8. Jap Beaver

Located 4 miles northwest of Waurika in Jefferson County. 65 acres. For more information, contact the SW Region Fisheries office at (580) 529-2795.

9. Nanih Waiya

Located 1.5 miles northwest of Tuskahoma in Pushmataha County. 131 acres. For more information, contact the SE Region Fisheries office at (918) 297-0153.

10. Ozzie Cobb

Located 6 miles northeast of Rattan in Pushmataha County. 116 acres. For more information, contact the SE Region Fisheries office at (918) 297-0153.

11. Raymond Gary

Located 1 mile east of Ft. Towson in Choctaw County. 263 acres. For more information, contact the SE Region Fisheries office at (918) 297-0153.

12. Schooler

Located 7 miles north of Sawyer in Choctaw County. 35 acres. For more information, contact the SE Region Fisheries office at (918) 297-0153.

13. Vanderwork

Located 8 miles north of Gotebo in Washita County. 135 acres. For more information, contact the SW Region Fisheries office at (580) 529-2795.

14. Vincent

Located within the Ellis County Wildlife Management Area, 13 miles southwest of Arnett in Ellis County. 160 acres. For more information, contact the NW Region Fisheries office at (580) 474-2663.

15. Watonga

Located within Roman Nose State Park, 7 miles north of Watonga in Blaine County. 55 acres. For more information, contact the NW Region Fisheries office at (580) 474-2663.

 

Maps of these areas are available at wildlifedepartment.com

 

Department Fishing Areas – PUBLIC USE RESTRICTIONS

The following rules and restrictions govern public use on all Wildlife Department Fishing Areas:

Waterfowl Refuge Portion – The Waterfowl Refuge Portion (WRP) of the following lakes / areas is closed during October 15 – January 31 to all public use and access: Canton, Hackberry Flat, Hugo, McClellan-Kerr, Red Slough, and Wister. Visit wildlifedepartment.com for a map of the WRP portion or contact the Area Managers listed in the Oklahoma Hunting Guide.

Fishing – fishing is permitted at all times in accordance with regulations. “Closed areas” may be designated for purposes of safety and/or security. After 10:00 p.m. and until 5:00 a.m., all Wildlife Department fishing areas are restricted to fishing and hunting (when applicable) related activities only. No person may fish with more than two poles, except during trout seasons at Designated Trout Areas when only one pole per person is allowed. Trotlines, throwlines, limblines, juglines, nets, seines, yo-yo’s, spearguns, noodling and taking of bait minnows by any method is prohibited, except cast nets may be used to take bait for personal use only at Lake Carl Etling. Lake Dahlgren (Lexington WMA) is closed to fishing during designated controlled hunts (check current Hunting Guide for dates).

Hunting – always check the current Hunting Guide for season details and restrictions. All forms of hunting are permitted on Lakes Vincent, Hall, Jap Beaver, Burtschi, Nanih Waiya, Ozzie Cobb, Schooler, Evans Chambers, American Horse and Vanderwork during open hunting seasons from September 1 through spring turkey season. Hunting is restricted to shotguns and bows only. These lakes are closed to antlerless deer harvest, except during archery season. See current Hunting Guide for seasons and restrictions on lakes Vincent (Ellis County WMA) and Dahlgren (Lexington WMA). Hunting and shooting other than provided above is prohibited. “Closed areas” may be designated for purposes of safety and/or security.

Camping – limited to three days duration, except at the Lower Illinois River PFHA, Kiamichi River Access Area and Arcadia CEA where no camping is permitted, and at Lakes Watonga and Carl Etling where camping is limited to 14 consecutive days, and at Blue River PFHA where camping is restricted to 14 days in a 30-consecutive-day period. Camping is permitted only in designated camping areas. Quiet shall be maintained in camping areas between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Operation or use of any audio-producing device including radios, televisions and musical instruments or motorized equipment used in such a manner as to reasonably annoy or endanger persons at any time or exceed state or local laws governing noise levels is prohibited.

Boats & Motors – must comply with existing state boat regulations and boat operators must obey Oklahoma State Boat Laws. All boats must be operated at no-wake speed (six miles per hour or less) and may not be left on the water or at areas longer than the limit on camping.

Water Skiing – water skiing is prohibited.

Littering – disposal of trash, refuse and debris, including organic and inorganic material is prohibited, except in designated trash containers.

Motor Vehicles – driving, occupying or parking any motor driven vehicle, except on maintained roads (unless posted as “no parking zones”), designated parking areas and camping areas is prohibited. It is unlawful to operate any vehicle in a manner to create a public nuisance or to park in a “no parking zone.” Motor vehicle operators must be licensed drivers.

Vandalism, Theft, & Damage to Property – vandalism, theft, cutting or defacing of trees and vegetation, removal of soil, rocks, water or minerals or damage to state property is prohibited.

Fireworks / Explosive Devices – Possession or use of explosive devices, including fireworks and firecrackers, is prohibited.

Swimming – swimming is not permitted in Wildlife Department lakes.

Dogs – dogs must be kept on a leash at all times, except when used to hunt during legal open seasons on those areas where hunting is permitted.

Disorderly Conduct – no person shall use threatening, abusive or indecent language, participate in disorderly assemblage nor publicly appear nude or intoxicated on any lands owned and managed by the Wildlife Department.

Glass beverage containers are prohibited at Department fishing areas, except in designated camping and parking areas.

Alcoholic Beverages/Controlled Substances- beer and other alcoholic beverages are not allowed (as defined in O.S. Title 37, Section 163.1), except at camping and parking areas. No person shall use any controlled dangerous substance (as defined in O.S. 63, Section 2-101) on any lands or waterways subject to control of the ODWC.

Blue River Public Fishing & Hunting Area

In addition to restrictions listed above, the following regulations apply to the Blue River PFHA:

  • Wildlife Conservation Passport – All persons who enter or use the Blue River PFHA must possess the Wildlife Conservation Passport, unless exempt (see License Requirements & Exemptions).
  • Hours - vehicular access is closed to all except emergency traffic from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. year-round.
  • Hunting – always check current Hunting Guide for season details and restrictions. All hunting is restricted to shotgun and archery only. Closed to waterfowl hunting and antlerless deer harvest during deer gun season.
  • Camping – camping is restricted to 14 days in a 30-consecutive-day period. The Area Manager may grant extensions. Extension approval will be based upon degree of area use, anticipated weekend or holiday occupancy and recreation season. Requests for extensions must be received by the Area Manager a minimum of 48 hours prior to start of extension date. Camping is permitted only in designated camping areas. No person shall leave a vehicle, camper, tent or any personal property unattended for more than a 48-hour period without approval of the Area Manager. Unauthorized placement of camping equipment or other items placed at a campsite, and/or personal attendance without overnight occupancy at a campsite for the purpose of reserving a campsite for future occupancy is prohibited. All property removed from unauthorized placement at a campsite will be at the owner’s expense and liability.
  • Carl R. & Ruth Walker Landrum Wilderness Area & Plaster Wildlife Management Unit – special rules pertain to these areas, including walk-in access only (except where wheelchair access provided), no camping, and no swimming.

Arcadia Conservation Education Area

  • Fishing – walk-in fishing is allowed year-round on the Arcadia Lake shoreline within the conservation area. No overnight fishing allowed. Fishing is not allowed on the ponds or wetland areas.
  • Hunting – All hunting seasons are closed except controlled archery deer hunts, which are offered through the City of Edmond. For more information log on to edmondok.com.
  • No camping allowed.
  • Closed to all nonhunting and nonfishing activities Oct. 1 – Jan. 15.
  • For additional information, contact Damon Springer, (405) 396-2223.

Lower Illinois River Public Fishing and Hunting Area – Simp and Helen Watts Management Unit

No camping permitted. All hunting is restricted to shotguns with pellets or archery equipment only. See Hunting Guide for open hunting seasons.

 

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