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Lower Illinois River PFHA

Lower Illinois


Game Warden (County):

(918) 431-2550(Sequoyah)
(918) 431-2544(Sequoyah)

Tailwater of USACE operated tailwater of Lake Tenkiller.

The Lower Illinois River (Google Map) is located 5.5 miles northeast of Gore on SH 100.

Lake Details

Shoreline Length: 7.75 mi.


Sequoyah County

U.S. Corps of Engineers and ODWC manage public access locations.

Rainbow trout are stocked regularly.

Daily/Size Limits:

(From Tenkiller Dam downstream to the confluence of the Arkansas River)

Walleye, sauger and saugeye: six per day/16-inch minimum.


(From Tenkiller Dam downstream to the confluence of the Arkansas River)

Allowed methods: From Tenkiller Dam downstream to the U.S. 64 bridge: fishing limited to one rod and reel per person. Cast nets may be used to take bait for personal use from the south boundary of the lower Illinois River Public Fishing Area – “Simp and Helen Watts Area” downstream to the Highway 64 bridge. (Also see “Tailwaters” regulations.)

Note: For more trout regulations, see Trout Regulations.

Lower Illinois River PFHA Report

Sep 29. Elevation is Normal (stable), water temperature 60°F and clear.

Trout, Rainbow Fair on caddis flies, in-line spinnerbaits, midges, nymphs, PowerBait around below the dam, other.

Comments: Best times are early morning and late evening and best areas are below the dam and at the Watts area.

Report submitted by Brek Henry (Game Warden Sequoyah County)

Adam Henson
Eric Laymon
Michael and Erin R
Trevor T
Fred C
Jack J