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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 General Regulations or the special area regulations listed below. The Southeast is the area of the state south 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 Wister and Eufaula. Bowfishing is open on Thunderbird past the first 75 feet from the dam. Gigs, spears and spearguns prohibited. Snagging prohibited except at Wister, which is open to snagging from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. year-round.

Bureau of Reclamation tailwaters:

The following restrictions apply to these Bureau of Reclamation tailwaters. Fishing closed year-round at Arbuckle. Fishing closed for the first 75 feet from dam at McGee Creek and Thunderbird.

LAKES

Arbuckle

Contact: (580) 622-3161. (National Park Service)

Daily/Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass: six combined per day/13- to 16-inch protected slot limit. All crappie: 15 combined per day/10-inch minimum.

Broken Bow (from the slab at the Narrows downstream to the dam)

Contact: (580) 933-4239. (Army Corps of Engineers)

Daily/Size Limits: Largemouth and/or smallmouth bass: six combined per day/14-inch minimum.

Carl Albert

Contact: (918) 567-3434. (Talihina)

Methods: Fishing limited to rod and reel only. No other method of fishing allowed.

Dahlgren

Contact: (405) 325-7288. (ODWC)

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

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

Stanley Draper

Contact: (405) 755-4014. (Oklahoma City)

Methods: Fishing limited to no more than three rods and reels per person, with no more than three hooks per line (treble hooks are considered one hook). Bowfishing is permitted year-round during daylight hours only. No other method of fishing allowed, including no castnetting.

Eufaula

Contact: (918) 484-5135. (Army Corps of Engineers)

Methods: Lake Eufaula State Park:

  • Pickens Lake – Fishing open only to residents under 16 or 65 and older, or those 60 percent or more disabled, or legally blind and those accompanying. Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. No other fishing methods allowed.
  • Kid’s fish out lake – Fishing open only to persons under 16 or 64 and older, or those 60 percent or more disabled, or legally blind or physically impaired and one companion. Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. No other method of fishing allowed.

Konawa

Contact: (580) 925-2071. (OG+E)

Daily/Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass: six combined per day of which only one may be 22 inches or longer. Striped bass, striped bass hybrids and/or white bass: 20 combined per day, of which only five may be 20 inches or longer.

Methods: Fishing limited to rod and reel, bowfishing and noodling. No other method of fishing allowed.

McGee Creek

Contact: (580) 889-5822. (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.

Murray

Contact: (580) 223-4044. (Oklahoma Tourism/Recreation)

Daily/Size Limits: No length limit on largemouth or smallmouth bass. Walleye and/or saugeye: six combined per day/14-inch minimum. (This regulation applies to the tailwater also.)

Nanih Waiya

Contact: (918) 297-0153. (ODWC)

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

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

Ouachita National Forest ponds and lakes

Contact: (580) 494-6402, ext. 107. (U.S. Forest Service)

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

Methods: Fishing limited to rod and reel only. No other method of fishing allowed.

Ozzie Cobb

Contact: (918) 297-0153. (ODWC)

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

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

Raymond Gary

Contact: (918) 297-0153. (ODWC)

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

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

Robert S. Kerr
(includes oxbows and cutoffs)

Contact: (918) 775-4475. (Army Corps of Engineers)

Daily/Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass: six combined per day/14-inch minimum. Sauger: six per day/16-inch minimum.

Schooler

Contact: (918) 297-0153. (ODWC)

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

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

Texoma

Contact: (903) 465-4990. (Army Corps of Engineers)

Note: Some methods of fishing on the Oklahoma portion of Lake Texoma do not apply to the Texas portion. Check the Texas Fishing Guide for details.

Daily/Size Limits: Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass: five combined per day/14-inch minimum for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Striped bass and/or striped bass hybrids: 10 combined per day, of which only two may be 20 inches or longer. White bass: 25 per day/no size limit. Channel and/or blue catfish: 15 combined per day/ 12-inch minimum. Only one blue catfish over 30 inches. All crappie: 37 combined per day/10-inch minimum. Flathead catfish: five per day/20-inch minimum. Alligator gar: from May 1 through May 31, angling for alligator gar by any method is prohibited between the State Highway 99/U.S. 377 bridge upstream to the Interstate 35 bridge.

Thunderbird

Contact: (405) 360-3572. (Oklahoma Tourism/Recreation)

Daily/Size Limits: Largemouth and smallmouth bass: six combined per day/14-inch minimum.

Methods: Within the Little River above Franklin Road in Cleveland County, the following methods of fishing are prohibited: bowfishing, gigs and spears, spearguns, snagging and noodling.

Wayne Wallace

Contact: (918) 465-2565. (Oklahoma Tourism/Recreation)

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

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

W.D. Mayo
(includes oxbows, cutoffs, and below dam to state line)

Contact: (918) 775-4475. (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 Upper Mountain Fork River.

Statewide: It is unlawful to take or possess more than 25 nongame fish harvested from a river or stream, excluding shad.

Blue River Public Fishing
and Hunting Area

Daily/Size Limits: Black bass: six combined per day, all of which must be 14 inches or longer, and only one of which may be a smallmouth bass. Channel and/or blue catfish; six combined per day/only one blue catfish over 30 inches. All crappie; six combined per day/no size limit. Possession limit is twelve (12) of all species of game fish after the first day.

Methods: Fishing limited to one rod and reel per person during trout season (other times no more than two rods and reels per person). No other method of fishing allowed.

Note: For more trout regulations, see Trout Regulations.

Lower Canadian River (downstream from Eufaula dam for one mile)

Methods: Gigs and spears, spearguns and snagging prohibited. (Also see “Tailwaters” regulations.)

Glover River (from confluence with Little River upstream to the “Forks of the Glover”)

Daily/Size Limits: Black bass: six combined per day, all of which must be 14 inches or longer, and only one of which may be a smallmouth bass.

Kiamichi River (below Hugo Lake dam)

Methods: Trotlines, throwlines and noodling are prohibited from Hugo dam downstream to first railroad bridge. (Also see “Tailwaters” regulations.)

Little River below Pine Creek Lake dam

Methods: Trotlines, throwlines, limblines, yo-yos and juglines are prohibited from the dam downstream for a distance of 2,000 feet (Also see “Tailwaters” regulations.)

Lower Mountain Fork River trout area (below Broken Bow dam)

Methods: 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 Poteau River and Fourche Maline River and tributaries in Le Flore County

Methods: Prohibited methods of fishing: gigs, spears, and spearguns.

Lower Poteau River (downstream from Wister dam to ¼ mile past confluence of old and new river channels)

Methods: Prohibited methods of fishing: trotlines and throwlines. (Also see “Tailwaters” regulations)

Lower Red River (below Lake Texoma)

Denison Dam downstream to the mouth of the Shawnee Creek: We advise anglers to meet all fishing license requirements for both Oklahoma and Texas. See map below.

If fishing in Oklahoma waters, an Oklahoma fishing license is required, unless exempt. If fishing in Texas waters, you need a Texas fishing license, unless exempt. A Lake Texoma fishing license is not valid below Denison Dam.

Mouth of Shawnee Creek downstream (east): If fishing in the Red River, anglers must possess an Oklahoma fishing license, unless exempt.

For all of the Lower Red River:

Daily/Size Limits: Striped bass and/or striped bass hybrids; five combined per day/no size limit.

Methods: Bowfishing for paddlefish is prohibited year-round. See “Tailwaters” regulations for other daily, size, and fishing method regulations.

Robber’s Cave (From Carlton Lake dam downstream 1.5 miles to the State Park boundary)

Methods: Fishing limited to one rod and reel per person during trout season (other times no more than two rods and reels per person). No other method of fishing allowed.

Note: For more trout regulations, see Trout Regulations.

OTHER AREAS

Ponds and creeks within Honobia Creek or Three Rivers Wildlife Management Areas

Special Permits: All resident anglers age 18 (by Dec. 31 of the previous calendar year) to 63, and all non-resident anglers regardless of age must possess a Land Access Permit to either fish and/or hunt on either the Honobia Creek or Three Rivers Wildlife Management Areas. For additional Honobia/Three Rivers WMA regulations, see the "Oklahoma Hunting" guide.

Ponds and creeks within the following Wildlife Department Management Areas:

Atoka, Gary Sherrer, James Collins, Robert S. Kerr WMA, Lexington, Pushmataha, Robbers Cave and Stringtown.

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.

Honobia Creek, Three Rivers Fishing

Honobia Creek and Three Rivers Wildlife Management Areas offer anglers more than 100 ponds, several creeks and three major rivers in which to fish throughout the 300,000-plus acres that make up the areas. The Little and Mountain Fork rivers are in Honobia Creek WMA and offer anglers great fishing opportunities for sunfish; flathead and channel catfish; and largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass. The Glover River is one of the last remaining free-flowing rivers in the United States and offers excellent fishing for sunfish; flathead catfish; and largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass. Primitive camping locations can be found up and down the rivers on each side. Floating in a canoe or kayak to fish the rivers is an excellent way to cover a lot of water, but anglers can also wade to beat the heat in the summer. For more information about fishing or hunting on Three Rivers or Honobia Creek WMAs, call biologist Dakota Christian, (918) 527-5308.

Veterans Pond (Jenks)
Trout Regulations

Through generous donations from BancFirst and Trout Unlimited Oklahoma Chapter, Jenks provides a special trout season at Veterans Pond, East 101st Street South and South Elm St., from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28, 2015.

  • Only one pole or rod and reel per person.
  • Only six trout per person per day.
  • No culling (releasing fish caught earlier and kept).
  • Bank fishing only; no wading, tubing or boating.
  • A state fishing license is required.

Tulsa Urban Fisheries

Residents in the Tulsa area have access to many urban ponds. For local residents looking for a place to fish that is close to home, these sites offer plenty of opportunities. Listed sites are open to the public in the Tulsa area. All statewide fishing regulations apply, in addition to any municipal or county regulations not listed here. For more information, go online to wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/tulsaurbanfisheries.htm.

  • Brookwood: 81st and South Yale, southwest corner.
  • Crescent Pond: South of 81st between Sheridan and Memorial, in Southfield Estates neighborhood.
  • Garden Ridge Pond: Behind the Hillcrest building, southeast corner of U.S. 169 and State Highway 51. Simplest access from Garnett Road then west on South 109th East Avenue. 
  • The Gardens: 51st and South Hudson, southwest corner. 
  • Hunter Park: South of 91st between Sheridan and Yale.
  • Leake Park: 71st and South Memorial, southwest corner.
  • Lynn Lane Reservoir: South of 21st between South 177th East Avenue (Lynn Lane) and South 193rd East Avenue (Tulsa County Line).
  • Metcalf: South of 11th on South Mingo Road. 
  • Minshall Park: 71st and Sheridan, southwest corner.
  • Mohawk Park: Zoo main entrance is 36th Street North east of Sheridan Road. Mohawk Reflective Ponds are accessible by taking an immediate right turn on Cherokee Drive once in the main entrance. Public fishing allowed in Mohawk Creek area; from main entrance, continue north on Chickasaw Drive to Creek Drive, which parallels Mohawk Creek. 
  • MS6: North of 11th on South Mingo Road.
  • Nelson Park: South 92nd East Avenue and Skelly Drive (south of Interstate 44).
  • Owen Park: West Edison Street and North Quanah Avenue, south of Tulsa Country Club.
  • Redford: North of East Skelly Drive on South 101st East Avenue.
  • Veterans’ Pond: 101st and South Elm in Jenks, northeast corner.

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