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Statewide Daily & Size Limits

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Species

Daily Limit
(for areas without special regulations)

Size Limit
(for areas without special regulations)

Largemouth and/or Smallmouth Bass (F)

6 (combined)

14″ minimum (in public waters)

Spotted Bass (F)

None

None

Channel and/or Blue Catfish (D)

15 (combined)

Only one Blue Catfish over 30″

Flathead Catfish (D)

5

None

White and/or Black Crappie

37 (combined)

None

Striped Bass (A)

5 (except Lake Texoma)

None

Striped Bass Hybrids (A)

20

Only five fish over 20″

White Bass

None

None

Trout (A)

See Trout Regulations

Walleye, Sauger and/or Saugeye

6 (combined)

14″ minimum

Paddlefish (A)

See Paddlefish regulations

None

Alligator Gar (B)

1

None

(All species not listed, except shad and species of special concern I and/or II (E), have no daily or minimum size limits) (C)
Some areas have different regulations. See “Public Fishing Waters” special regulations for daily and size limits on specific areas.

Black Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth & Spotted Bass)

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • Largemouth & Smallmouth – 6 (combined)
  • Spotted – None

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • Largemouth & Smallmouth – 14″ minimum (in public waters)
  • Spotted – None
Check “Public Fishing Waters” special regulations for areas with additional daily and size limits.

Largemouth Bass

  • Mouth hinge well behind eye
  • State record: 14 lbs., 13.7 oz.

Smallmouth Bass

  • Mouth hinge in front of eye
  • State record: 8 lbs., 7 oz.

Spotted Bass

  • Mouth hinge even with back edge of eye
  • State record: 8 lbs., 2 oz.

Tooth Patch: Another way to distinguish black bass is the presence or absence of a tooth patch on the tongue. The majority of largemouth bass have no tooth patch on the tongue, while smallmouth and spotted bass do have a tooth patch on the tongue.

 

Most largemouth bass have no tooth patch on the tongue.

 

 

Smallmouth and spotted bass display a tooth patch on the tongue.

Catfish

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • Channel and/or Blue Catfish combined – 15
  • Flathead Catfish – 5

Statewide Size Limit:

  • Channel Catfish – None
  • Blue Catfish – Only one over 30″
  • Flathead Catfish – None

Check “Public Fishing Waters” special regulations for areas with additional daily and size limits.
For noodling limits, see Method of Take.

Channel Catfish

  • Curved anal fin
  • State record: 35 lbs., 15 oz.

Blue Catfish

  • Straight anal fin
  • State record: 98 lbs.

Flathead Catfish

  • Tail not forked
  • State record: 78 lbs., 8 oz.

Crappie

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • 37 (combined White and/or Black crappie)

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • None

Check “Public Fishing Waters” special regulations for areas with additional daily and size limits.

Black Crappie

  • No true pattern to black spots
  • 7-8 bony spines in dorsal fin
  • State record: 4 lbs., 10 oz.

White Crappie

  • Distinct vertical bands of blue/gray spots
  • 5-6 bony spines in dorsal fin
  • State record: 4 lbs., 15 oz.

Measuring Fish

When mea­sur­ing fish, total length is mea­sured from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail, with fish laid flat on a ruler, mouth closed and tail fins pressed together.

Striped Bass, Hybrids, & White Bass

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • Striped Bass – 5
  • Striped Bass Hybrids – 20
  • White Bass – None

Statewide Size Limit:

  • Striped Bass – None
  • Striped Bass Hybrids – No more than 5 fish over 20″
  • White Bass – None
Check “Public Fishing Waters” special regulations for areas with additional daily and size limits.

Culling of striped bass and/or striped bass hybrids is prohibited.

Striped Bass

  • Back not arched
  • State record: 47 lbs., 8 oz.
  • Strong, unbroken dark lines

Striped Bass Hybrid

  • Back slightly arched
  • State record: 23 lbs., 4 oz.
  • Some broken lines

White Bass

  • Arched back
  • State record: 4 lbs., 9.6 oz.
  • Faint lines, usually unbroken

Oklahoma’s Official State Fish

Trout (Rainbow & Brown)

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • Rainbow Trout – 6
  • Brown Trout – 6

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • None
Check Trout Regulations for areas with additional daily and size limits.

Culling of trout is prohibited.

Rainbow Trout

  • State record: 11 lbs., 4.32 oz.
  • Black spots on tail
  • Iridescence on sides

Brown Trout

  • State record: 17 lbs., 4.6 oz.
  • Few or no black spots on tail
  • Orange and red spots on side
 

Walleye, Sauger, Saugeye

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • 6 (combined)

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • 14″ minimum
Check “Public Fishing Waters” special regulations for areas with additional daily and size limits.

Walleye

  • State Record: 12 lbs., 13 oz.
  • No spots on spiny dorsal fin
  • Few or no cheek scales

Sauger

  • State Record: 5 lbs., 5 oz.
  • Distinct spots on spiny dorsal fin
  • Tan body with distinct brown blotches
  • Cheek covered with scales

Saugeye

  • State Record: 10 lbs.
  • Spiny dorsal fin with distinct spots and bars in webbing
  • Body gold with distinct brown blotches
  • Cheek covered with scales

Paddlefish

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • 1

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • None

Statewide Annual Limit:

  • 2
Harvest must be reported via E-Check at wildlifedepartment.com.
Check Paddlefish Regulations for additional information.

Culling of paddlefish is prohibited.

  • Distinctive rounded,
    protruding blade in front.
  • State Record: 132 lbs., 8 oz.

Alligator Gar

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • 1

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • None
Harvest must be reported to Wildlife Department (405) 325-7288.
Check “Public Fishing Waters” special regulations for areas with additional daily and size limits.
  • State Record: 254 lbs., 12 oz.

Illustrations courtesy of Duane Raver