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Northeast Region

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The following waters have regulations that differ from statewide regulations for one or more species of fish. Municipalities and national wildlife refuges have authority to set fishing regulations on waters in their jurisdictions that may differ from statewide regulations listed beginning on General Regulations or the special area regulations listed below. The Northeast Region is the area of the state north of Interstate 40 and east of Interstate 35.

Tailwaters

First 1,000 feet below any federal or Grand River Dam Authority 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 at Fort Gibson, Keystone and Hudson. Gigs, spears and spearguns prohibited, except at Hudson. Snagging prohibited, except at Fort Gibson tailwaters that are open 24 hours. Snagging of paddlefish or any fish is closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. year-round on the Grand River from the U.S. 412 bridge upstream to the Markham Ferry (Lake Hudson) dam.

Lakes

Adair County Park

Contact: (918) 696-6613. (Stilwell)

Daily/Size Limits: 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.

Arcadia

Contact: (405) 216-7470. (Edmond)

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

Birch

Contact: (918) 396-3170. (Army Corps of Engineers)

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 Blackwell

Contact: (405) 372-5157. (Oklahoma State University)

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

Methods: No noodling allowed.

Chimney Rock/W.R. Holway

Contact: (918) 434-5920. (GRDA)

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

Dripping Springs

Contact: (918) 756-5971. (Oklahoma Tourism/Recreation)

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.

Fort Gibson (includes all tributaries and upstream to Markham Ferry Dam)

Contact: (918) 682-4314. (Army Corps of Engineers)

Daily/Size Limits: All crappie: 15 combined per day/10-inch minimum. Paddlefish: see Paddlefish Regulations.

Grand (applies to all tributaries and upstream to state line, and to the area below Pensacola Dam downstream to State Highway 82 bridge)

Contact: (918) 782-3382. (GRDA)

Daily/Size Limits: 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.

Greenleaf

Contact: (918) 487-5196. (Oklahoma State Parks)

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

Hudson

Contact: (918) 479-5249. (GRDA)

Daily/Size Limits: All crappie: 15 combined per day/10-inch minimum. See also Tailwater regulations under Paddlefish Regulations.

Kaw

Contact: (580) 762-5611. (Army Corps of Engineers)

Daily/Size Limits: Hybrid striped bass: 20 daily, only 5 may be over 20 inches.

Lone Chimney

Contact: (918) 762-3581. (Tri County Development Authority)

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

Okmulgee

Contact: (918) 756-5971. (Oklahoma Tourism/Recreation)

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)

Contact: (918) 443-2250. (Army Corps of Engineers)

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

Pawhuska

Contact: (918) 287-1326. (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 more trout regulations see Trout Regulations.

Ponca

Contact: (580) 767-0430.

Methods: Fishing limited to rod and reel only; no noodling allowed.

Skiatook

Contact: (918) 396-3170. (Army Corps of Engineers)

Daily/Size Limits: Striped bass hybrids (does not include white bass): five per day, of which only two may be 20 inches or longer.

Sooner

Contact: (405) 553-2919. (OG+E)

Daily/Size Limits: Striped bass hybrids or white bass: 20 combined per day, of which only 5 may be 20 inches or longer. Striped bass: 5 per day, minimum length of 20 inches; others must be returned to the water immediately.

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).

Taft

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

Tenkiller Ferry (downstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp to dam)

Contact: (918) 487-5252. (Army Corps of Engineers)

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.

Webbers Falls
(includes oxbows and cutoffs)

Contact: (918) 487-5252. (Army Corps of Engineers)

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

Rivers and Creeks

Scenic Rivers: Use or possession of a cast net is illegal on Illinois River, Barren Fork Creek, Flint Creek, Lee Creek and Little Lee Creek.

Statewide: It is unlawful to take or possess more than 25 nongame bait fish, except for shad, of which 200 may be taken and possessed.

Arkansas River (Keystone dam downstream to the Arkansas state line)

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

Methods:

  • From Keystone Dam downstream to Interstate 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 feet. Trotlines, throwlines, limblines, juglines and yo-yos are prohibited below Webbers Falls Lock and Dam for a distance of one mile.

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

See restrictions on fishing methods on Upper Illinois River and Tributaries.

Caney River (Below Hulah Lake dam)

Methods: Bowfishing prohibited from Hulah dam downstream 1,200 feet 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 restrictions on fishing methods on Upper Illinois River and Tributaries.

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.

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

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

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

Note: For more trout regulations 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 March 31. Gigging is permitted from Dec. 1 through March 1.
  • Upstream from State Highway 51/U.S. 62 bridge; gigging is permitted from Dec. 1 through March 31.

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.

Other Areas

Camp Gruber JMTC

For information on fishing opportunities, open dates and areas, as well as other regulations pertaining to Camp Gruber Joint Maneuver Training Center, contact Oklahoma Army National Guard online at ok.ngb.army.mil/CGTS/ or call the voice phone system at (918) 549-6041.

Ponds and creeks within the following Wildlife Department Management Areas: Cherokee, Cookson, Fort Gibson, Okmulgee (except in Deep Fork River)

Contact: (405) 521-2739. (ODWC)

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

Ponds and creeks within other Wildlife Department Management Areas not listed above

Contact: (405) 521-2739. (ODWC)

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

Oklahoma State Park Ponds

Contact: (800) 652-6552 (Oklahoma Tourism/Recreation)

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

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