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Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS)

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It’s The Law!

ANS are invasive, non-native species that threaten the ecological integrity of aquatic ecosystems in Oklahoma. People must remove all aquatic plant species and zebra mussels from boats, trailers and other gear prior to launching boats in state waters. If you find something you believe to be an ANS, call biologist Curtis Tackett at (405) 365-5060. For more information on ANS, go online to ProtectYourWaters.net

 

Attention Anglers

Bighead and silver carp are invading Oklahoma waters. If you catch either of these species, do not release the fish back into the water. Report it to Wildlife Department personnel immediately by calling (405) 365-5060. Anglers are allowed to possess dead or live bighead and silver carp when reporting them to the Wildlife Department. The Wildlife Department is collecting biological data on these species to better understand their population status and the threats they pose to state lakes and rivers. Your cooperation is appreciated.

ANS in Oklahoma

Note: For a complete list of aquatic nuisance species in Oklahoma, including noxious aquatic plants, please refer to Title 800 or visit wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/ans.htm.

Prohibited Species List

Importing into the state or possession of the following exotic fish or their eggs in Oklahoma is illegal:

  • Alewives
  • Australian Red Claw (Crayfish)
  • Bighead Carp
  • Black Carp
  • Blueback Herring
  • Boney-Tongue Fishes
  • Electric Catfish
  • Electric Eel
  • Freshwater Stingray
  • Gar-Pike Minnow
  • Houri
  • Parasitic South American Catfish
  • Pavon or Peacock Bass
  • Piranha
  • Rainbow Smelt
  • Rudd and Rudd Hybrids
  • Silver Carp
  • Snakehead
  • Walking Catfish

Disclaimer: For a complete list of species and their genus that are illegal to import into the state or possess in Oklahoma please refer to Title 800 or visit wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/prohibitedfish.htm

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