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Robert S. Kerr

Fishing Contact: (918) 683-1031

Fees & Facilities: (918) 775-4475

Game Warden: (918) 429-3123, (918) 429-3122, (918) 625-5085, (918) 625-4873, (918) 625- 4691, (918) 431-2544, (918) 431-2550

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Operator: USACE

Directions: Hwy 100 W. of Gore, Hwy 59 S. out of Sallisaw, N 4550 Rd North of Keota

Area Description/Facilities: Impounded in 1970, R.S. Kerr is the 15th pool along with the McClellan Kerr navigation system.  R.S. Kerr is the 3rd largest lake in Oklahoma at 43,800 surface acres. In typical Arkansas river valley fashion, much of the lake is shallow, and there are many islands and sand bars, especially in the mid to upper areas of the lake.  Major tributaries that are popular places to fish are the Illinois and Canadian Rivers and San Bois and Sallisaw creeks. Most recreation on R.S. Kerr is either hunting or fishing-related.  

Physical Description: 43,800 surface acres, 278 miles of shoreline, Avg depth 12 ft.

Species of Interest: Primary species of interest are Blue, Flathead and Channel Catfish, Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, and Crappie.  Other species available are Paddlefish, Sauger, Walleye, and White Bass.

Management Practices: Sauger and Walleye are subject to a 16" minimum to protect Sauger broodstock.

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Latest Fishing Report

  • Submitted by:
    Logan Shimp
    Lake Elevation:
    Water Temp and Clarity:

    Action: Good
    Baits:  Buzz Baits, Crankbaits, Minnows, Plastics, Small Lures, Spinnerbaits
    Locations: Brush structure, Coves, Points, Rocks, Weed beds

    Action: Good
    Baits:  Chicken Liver, Cut Bait, Dough bait, Goldfish, Hot Dogs, Minnows, Shad, Shrimp, Sunfish, Worms
    Locations: Below the dam, Channels, Main lake, River Channel, River Mouth, Tailwater

    Action: Good
    Baits:  Hair Jigs, Jigs, Minnows, Small Lures
    Locations: Brush structure, Coves, Docks, Rocks, Shallows, Standing timber, Tailwater, Weed beds