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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

6 (combined)

14″ minimum (in public waters)

Spotted Bass

None

None

Channel and/or Blue Catfish(A)

15 (combined)

Only one Blue Catfish over 30″

Flathead Catfish (B)

10

None

White and/or Black Crappie

37 (combined)

None

Striped Bass (C)

5 (except Lake Texoma)

None

Striped Bass Hybrids (C)

20

Only five fish over 20″

White Bass

None

None

Trout (C)

See Trout Regulations

Walleye, Sauger and/or Saugeye

6 (combined)

18″ minimum

Paddlefish (C)

See Paddlefish Regulations

None

Alligator Gar (D)

1

None

(All species not listed, except shad, have no daily or minimum size limits) (E)

Some areas have different regulations. See Special Regulations for Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest 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 Special Regulations for Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest for areas with additional daily and size limits

Catfish

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • Channel and/or Blue Catfish combined – 15
  • Flathead Catfish – 10

Crappie

Statewide Size Limit:

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

Check Special Regulations for Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest for areas with additional daily and size limits

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • 37 (combined White and/or Black crappie)

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • None

Check Special Regulations for Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest for areas with additional daily and size limits

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 Special Regulations for Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest for areas with additional daily and size limits

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

Walleye, Sauger, Saugeye

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • 6 (combined)

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • 18″ minimum

Check Special Regulations for Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest for areas with additional daily and size limits

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 page Paddlefish Regulations for additional paddlefish regulations.

Alligator Gar

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • 1

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • None

Harvest must be reported to Wildlife Department.

Check Special Regulations for Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest for areas with additional daily and size limits

Daily Limits & Measuring Fish

Daily limits are for 24-hour periods (midnight to midnight). No person can have in his or her possession while in the field more than one daily limit of any fish species. Nonresidents cannot have more than two days’ limit in his or her possession at any time, except for paddlefish (see Paddlefish Regulations).

Daily limit is 1 for any fish species of special concern in category I or II, which includes alligator gar, black buffalo, shovelnose sturgeon and Wichita Mountains spotted bass (see Title 800:25-19-6). Such harvest must be reported to the Wildlife Department.

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.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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