Statewide Daily & Size Limits

SPECIES

DAILY LIMIT

(FOR AREAS WITHOUT SPECIAL REGULATIONS)

SIZE LIMIT

(FOR AREAS WITHOUT SPECIAL REGULATIONS)

Largemouth and/or Smallmouth Bass (A) 6 (combined) 14 inch minimum
Spotted Bass (A) None None
Channel and/or Blue Catfish (B) 15 (combined) Only 1 Blue Catfish over 30 inches
Flathead Catfish (B) 5 None
White and/or Black Crappie 37 (combined) None
Striped Bass (C) 5 (except Lake Texoma) None
Striped Bass Hybrids (C) 20 Only 5 fish over 20 inches
White Bass None None
Trout (C) See trout regulations.  
Walleye, Sauger and/or Saugeye 6 (combined) 14 inch minimum
Paddlefish (C,D) See paddlefish regulation. None
Alligator Gar (D,E) 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) (F)

A. In rivers and streams: 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.
B. For noodling limits, see Method of Take.

C. Release of paddlefish, trout, striped bass and/or striped bass hybrids caught and placed on a stringer, in a livewell, or otherwise held in possession is prohibited statewide (no culling).
D. Harvest of alligator gar and paddlefish must be reported within 24 hours via E-Check at wildlifedepartment.com. For any other fish species of special concern in category I or II such as black buffalo and shovelnose sturgeon (see Title 800:25-19-6) there is a daily limit of 1 and harvest must be reported. Harvest must be reported to the Wildlife Department’s Fisheries Division at (918) 683-1031.

E. Alligator gar may be caught by use of rod and reel, trotline, and throwline. Alligator gar taken by bow and arrow, gigs, spears, or spearguns cannot be released. The attempt to take or harvest alligator gar is prohibited statewide May 1-31.
F. It is unlawful to take or possess more than 25 nongame bait fish in rivers or streams, except for shad, of which 200 may be taken or possessed.

Some areas have different regulations. See “Public Fishing Waters” special regulations for daily and size limits on specific areas. No daily or size limits exist for any fish species fished from privately owned ponds and lakes.

Black Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth & Spotted Bass)

Statewide Daily Limit:

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

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • Largemouth & Smallmouth – 14 inch minimum
  • Spotted – None

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

Largemouth Bass with jaw hinge marked.

Largemouth Bass

  • Mouth hinge well behind eye
  • State record: 14 lbs., 13.7 oz.
Smallmouth bass with id mark.

Smallmouth Bass

  • Mouth hinge in front of eye
  • State record: 8 lbs., 7 oz.
Spotted bass with jaw hinge mark.
Duane Raver

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.

Largemouth bass tongue diagram.

Most largemouth bass have no tooth patch on the tongue.

Smallmouth and spotted bass tongue diagram.

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 Minimum Size Limit:

  • Channel Catfish – None
  • Blue Catfish – Only 1 over 30 inches
  • Flathead Catfish – None

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

Channel catfish with anal fin mark.
Duane Raver

Channel Catfish

  • Curved anal fin
  • State record: 35 lbs., 15 oz.
Blue catfish with anal fin mark.
Duane Raver

Blue Catfish

  • Straight anal fin
  • State record: 98 lbs.
Flathead catfish with tail fin mark.

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 for regulations.
Duane Raver

Black Crappie

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

White Crappie

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

Walleye, Sauger & Saugeye

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • 6 (combined)

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • 14 inch minimum

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

Walleye for regulations.
Duane Raver

Walleye

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

Sauger

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

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 within 24 hours via E-Check at gooutdoorsoklahoma.com

Check Paddlefish Regulations for additional paddlefish regulations. Culling of paddlefish is prohibited.

Paddlefish for regulations.
Duane Raver
  • Distinctive rounded, protruding blade in front.
  • State Record: 164 lbs.

Alligator Gar

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • 1

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • None

Harvest must be reported within 24 hours via E-Check at gooutdoorsoklahoma.com

Check "Public Fishing Waters" special regulations for areas with additional daily and size limits. The attempt to take or harvest alligator gar is prohibited statewide May 1-31.

Alligator gar for regulations.
Duane Raver
  • State Record: 254 lbs., 12 oz.

Striped Bass, Hybrids & White Bass

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • Striped Bass - 5 (except Lake Texoma)
  • Striped Bass Hybrids - 20
  • White Bass - None

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • Striped Bass - None
  • Striped Bass Hybrids - No more than 5 fish over 20 inches
  • 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 for regulations.
Duane Raver

Striped Bass

  • Back not arched
  • State record: 47 lbs., 8 oz.
  • Strong, unbroken dark lines
White bass for regulations.
Duane Raver

White Bass

  • Arched back
  • State record: 5 lbs., 1 oz.
  • Faint lines, usually unbroken
Striped bass hybrid for regulations.
Duane Raver

Striped Bass Hybrid

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

DISTINGUISHING WHITE BASS

White bass are also distinguished from striped bass and striped bass hybrids by tooth patches on the tongue.  White bass have a single tooth patch, striped bass and striped bass hybrids have two tooth patches.

Downward Views Inisde Mouth of Lower Jaw and Tongue

Jaw overview of striped/hybrid bass versus white bass.

 

Trout (Rainbow & Brown)

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout - 3 Combined

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • None

Check Trout Regulations for areas with additional daily and size limits. Culling of trout is prohibited.

Rainbow trout for regulations.
Duane Raver

Rainbow Trout

  • State record: 11 lbs., 4.32 oz.
  • Black spots on tail
  • Iridescence on sides
Brown trout for regulations.
Duane Raver

Brown Trout

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

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 fin lobes pressed together.

How to properly measure a fish.