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

Feb 3. Elevation is Normal (stable), water temperature 45°F and clear.

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

Comments: Best times are early morning and late evening during periods of low flow from the dam. Best areas are below the dam and the Watts area.

Report submitted by Brek Henry (Game Warden Sequoyah County)

Fred C
Jack J
Lee Felczak
Lee Felczak
Rick Moulton
Chase Anderson