Ponds, State Parks, Rivers & Tailwaters

In addition to general fishing regulations, statewide species regulations and Department fishing area rules, this section addresses special regulations that apply to public fishing waters. If a species or body of water is not listed, refer to statewide regulations.

Ponds (WMAs)

County
Statewide
Fishing Contact
Game Warden
Daily/Size Limits

Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

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.

Note

(Within Wildlife Department Management Areas)

Ponds and creeks within Honobia Creek and Three Rivers Wildlife Management Areas require special permits. All resident anglers, except those under 18 years of age on the first day of the current calendar year or are 64 years old or older, and all non-resident anglers regardless of age must possess a Land Access Permit to fish and/or hunt on either the Honobia Creek or Three Rivers Wildlife Management Areas.

Oklahoma State Park Ponds

County
Statewide
Fishing Contact
Game Warden
Daily/Size Limits

Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Rivers & Streams

County
Statewide
Fishing Contact
Game Warden
Daily/Size Limits

Black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted): six combined per day, only one of which may be a smallmouth bass. Largemouth and smallmouth bass must be 14 inches or longer. No size limit on spotted bass.

Additional Restrictions

Statewide: It is unlawful to take or possess more than 25 nongame fish harvested from a river or stream, excluding shad and species of special concern I and/or II (see Statewide Daily & Size Limits).

Private Properties: Landowner consent must be obtained to utilize lands with rivers and/or creeks flowing through them.

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

Tailwaters

County
Statewide
Fishing Contact
Game Warden
Note

First 1,000 feet below any federal or Grand River Dam Authority dam

Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person, except at Wister, where no person may fish with more than two rods and reels per person when fishing below the dam down to the second set of power-lines at the confluence of the old and new river channels. Unlawful to keep a foul-hooked fish (any fish hooked other than inside the mouth) unless taken in a tailwater open to snagging (non-game fish only). Bowfishing prohibited except at Eufaula, Fort Gibson, Heyburn, Hudson, Keystone and Wister. Bowfishing is open on Thunderbird past the first 75 feet from the dam. Gigs, spears and spearguns prohibited, except at Hudson. Snagging prohibited, except at Fort Gibson tailwaters. Each angler must keep their fish separate, marked with their name and customer ID number or lifetime license number when fishing in tailwaters, except at Wister, where each angler must keep their fish separate, marked with their name and customer ID number or lifetime license number when fishing below the dam down to the second set of power-lines at the confluence of the old and new river channels. Wister tailwater is closed to noodling from below the dam down to the second set of power-lines at the confluence of the old and new river channels. Snagging of paddlefish or any fish is closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. year-round east of I-35 and north of I-40, except the Miami City Park from the south boat ramp to the 125 Highway bridge which shall remain open.

Bureau of Reclamation tailwaters

Fishing closed year-round at Arbuckle, Fort Cobb and Foss. Fishing closed for the first 75 feet from dam at Altus-Lugert, McGee Creek, Thunderbird and Tom Steed.

Bowfishing, noodling, trotlines, throwlines, limblines, juglines and yo-yos are prohibited on the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River from the spillway of Great Salt Plains Lake downstream to State Highway 38 Bridge.