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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: I’m 72 years old and live in Texas. Do I need to buy a fishing license if I’m visiting Oklahoma to fish?

A: No. If you are a Texas resident who is 65 or older, you can take advantage of the reciprocal agreement between Oklahoma and Texas. This agreement allows anyone 65 and older to fish in the other state without having to buy a license.

Q: I live in Missouri and am 76 years old. Can I fish for free in Oklahoma because I’m a senior citizen?

A: No. All nonresidents who are 65 and older (except Texas residents) are required to buy a fishing license in Oklahoma. A nonresident one-day fishing license costs $15, and a nonresident six-day fishing license costs $35.

Q: I have an Oklahoma fishing license. Am I permitted to fish on the Texas side of Lake Texoma?

A: No. You must have either a Texas license to fish on the Texas side of Lake Texoma, or you can buy a Texoma fishing license for $12, which allows you to fish both sides of the lake.

Q: Is it true that anyone can fish in an Oklahoma state park without needing a fishing license?

A: No. A fishing license is required for Oklahoma state park waters.

Q: Do I need a fishing license if I fish in my neighborhood pond?

A: In most cases a fishing license is required. However, if a homeowners' association owns a pond in a common area and you are a dues-paying association member, a license is not required.

Q: Can you tell me about camping sites and fees for the lake where I’m fishing?

The lake’s operator sets rules about camping, so one should first determine the proper source for camping information. The Wildlife Department allows camping in designated areas at its 15 Department-owned lakes, but specific rules may differ for each lake. For a list of public lakes and contact information, go to fishing/lakecontact.htm.

Q: On Google Earth, I keep seeing small lakes labeled “Oknoname.” Can I fish in them?

A: These are watershed flood control reservoirs built by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Most are on private land, so you would need permission from the landowner to fish on the property.

Q: When are they going to stock trout in the Lower Mountain Fork River, Illinois River, Robbers Cave, etc.?

A: The Wildlife Department lists a trout stocking schedule on its web site at wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/trout_stock_schedule.htm.

Q: Can I catch trout when it’s not "trout season"?

A: Yes. Trout season is the period during which trout are stocked, and certain other restrictions apply. You may catch and keep trout year round. See trout regulations for daily bag limits and size restrictions.

Q: If I have my pond stocked through the Wildlife Department’s Farm Pond Stocking Program, do I have to allow the public to fish in my pond?

A: No. Law enforcement personnel are permitted to check licenses of those fishing in your pond (landowners and their immediate family are exempt), but you do not have to allow other people to fish in your pond.

Q: Can I go tube fishing or float fishing in Wildlife Department-owned lakes?

A: Yes.

Q: Where can I find the list of flood control/watershed lakes that I can fish in?

A: Such a list doesn't exist. Watershed lakes or flood control projects were created through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and most are on private land. You will need to contact the landowner for permission to fish on the property.

My Question Concerns:

Who To Call:

Registration of Boat or Motor

Oklahoma Tax Commission, (800) 522-8165 or www.tax.ok.gov

Boating Laws and Safety

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Section, (405) 522-1880 or www.dps.state.ok.us/lp/lps.htm

Polluted Waters

Department of Environmental Quality, (405) 702-8100 or www.deq.state.ok.us

Injured Wildlife

Wildlife rehabilitator (see list at
wildlifedepartment.com/lawforms/wildliferehab.pdf)

Camping Fees or Rules

Operator or caretaker of site

Fish Kill

Wildlife Department, (405) 424-6062 or (405) 990-7029 or wildlifedepartment.com

State Parks, Events, Brochures

Oklahoma Tourism, (800) 652-6552 or TravelOK.com

Oklahoma City Fishing Rules, Permits

Oklahoma City, (405) 755-4014 or OKC.gov

Regulations in red are new this year.

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