Fishing in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma holds some of the finest fly fishing the South has to offer, that is, if you know where to look. Both cold and warmwater fly fishing opportunities exist throughout the state, giving anglers the option to chase trout, stripers, bass, and many other species.

The Kiamichi Mountains in the southeast corner of Oklahoma is where you?ll find the state?s premier trout stream: the Lower Mountain Fork River below Broken Bow Lake in Beaver Bend State Park. The Lower Mountain Fork is proudly the state?s only year-round trout fishery and is stocked frequently with rainbow and brown trout to give anglers non-stop action surrounded by beautiful scenery. After anglers have had their fill of trout-catching fun, they can head up to the Broken Bow Lake itself to fish for trophy-sized largemouth bass, with some smallmouths and spotted bass sprinkled into the mix. The nearby Glover River, the state?s only major free-flowing river, offers year-round fishing for smallmouth bass in a stream that is well suited for canoe trips and in certain conditions, is easy to wade. There?s more trout fishing to be had in the Blue River, a spring-fed tributary of the Red River, with six miles of the river stocked with put-and-take trout.

Then there?s ? as Oklahomans refer to it ? the ?Striper Capital of the World,? Lake Texoma on the Texas-Oklahoma border. Fall and winter are the best times to fish Lake Texoma, when the possibility of hooking into high numbers of double-digit stripers is very likely. This massive lake also has sizeable populations of largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass, crappie, bluegill, and carp. Many other lakes and rivers throughout Oklahoma offer excellent warmwater fly fishing opportunities all year long including Lake Tenkiller, Lake Hefner, and Keystone Lake.


OK Department of Fish & Wildlife
1801 N LINCOLN BLVD
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
P: (405) 521-3851

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