Lake Raymond Gary

By:  Don Groom,  Southeast Fisheries Supervisor. Phone (918) 297-0153

Location: Located 1 mile east of Ft. Towson in Choctaw County.

Driving Directions: From Fort Towson – portions east of town on U.S. Hwy 70, south on State Hwy 209, and in Raymond Gary State Park.

Recreational Facilities: One Handicap accessible fishing dock, multiple fishing jetties in state park. Two boat ramps, camping, restrooms and sanitary facilities are also provided. Visitor amenities are administered by Raymond Gary State Park.

Primary Uses: Angling and general recreation.

Lake History: Lake Raymond Gary was constructed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1956.
 

Physical Description:

Surface area...... 267.5 ac.
Volume ............. 1,681ac.ft
Average depth......... 6.4 ft.
Shoreline development............4.4
Maximum depth .................... 22 ft.
Shoreline length ...................... 9.9 mi.

Fish Species of Interest:

Largemouth Bass,  Bluegill Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish

Notable Characteristics of Lake or Fishery: A major portion of the lakes public access lies within Raymond Gary State Park.

Special Regulations: Largemouth/smallmouth bass; six (6) combined. Channel and/or blue catfish six (6) per day no size limit. Fishing limited to two rods and reels only per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing is allowed.

Habitat Types, Status and Improvements: An abundant of vegetation surrounds the shoreline at the lake. The lake has 11 marked fish attractors made up of brush piles. Staff refurbished these attractors in 2010. In addition to maintaining fish attractor sites staff will assist the Raymond Gary State Park staff in maintaining fishing access within the park.

Description of Fish Management Practices: The 16-22” protected slot limit was removed in 2011. Effective immediately, six (6) largemouth bass over the 14” minimum length limit may be harvested each day. Annual 9” channel catfish stockings will continue at a rate of 40 per acre. Future stocking rates and frequency could be adjusted following an examination of catch rates and growth rates during summer netting surveys. Additionally, 23,733 certified Florida largemouth bass were stocked in 2011. The stocked 1.5” FLMB and offspring have the potential to reach 10 lbs. or greater. Total largemouth bass abundance was moderate during 2009 electrofishing surveys. Quality LMB 14” and over are present in moderate to high abundance. A 6.0 lbs., 22” LMB was recorded as the largest of the sample.

Hunting: Raymond Gary is closed to all hunting activities.
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