Southeast Oklahoma's Triple Option
Oklahoma's best fishing just might be found in the southeast corner of the state, at Broken Bow Lake and the Glover and Mountain Fork rivers.
|Photo: Ellen Gifford|
When my out-of-state friends ask me where to fish in
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I have fished this area since I was a kid, and I keep coming back because, for me, the intangibles that fishing provides – scenery, solitude, simplicity – are better realized here than anywhere else in the state. Here’s a look at these three great fishing spots.
During spring and fall, the Glover River lends itself to the use of small boats and canoes. However, during the low-water periods of summer and winter, wading may be a better option.
When fly fishing the Glover, guide Ethan Wright of Wright Guide Service almost exclusively uses woolly bugger flies. That is because they imitate so many of the baitfish, insects and invertebrates found here. “I like to drift them through pools and runs, but sometimes I retrieve them in short, quick strips,” he says.
The Glover is a wilderness river that’s best fished with a buddy or two and is accessed through the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area, located north of State Highway 3 between Antlers and Broken Bow.
You don't have to be an angler to appreciate Broken Bow Lake. But if you are, the first time you visit here, you'll understand why this lake is in a class all its own when it comes to scenery and trophy potential.
Broken Bow Lake
You don’t have to be an angler to appreciate Broken Bow Lake. But if you are, the first time you visit here, you’ll understand why this lake is in a class all its own when it comes to scenery and trophy potential. This is a lake of deep, clear water, rock bluffs and gravel-rimmed mid-lake islands.
When fishing this lake, look for long points extending out into the river channels in deep water. Find one, fish it slowly and you’re liable to connect with a 14-pound or bigger largemouth bass. Along with the largemouth, Broken Bow Lake offers anglers the chance to tangle with both smallmouth and spotted bass as well. Catch all three species in the same day, and you’ll achieve an
Mountain Fork River
Like the Glover, the Upper Mountain Fork River above Broken Bow Lake is a first-rate smallmouth fishery that also includes good numbers of spotted and largemouth bass. Additionally, the spring months see strong runs of both white bass and walleye, which move upstream from the lake. Visit here during March or April, and you could fish four or five different species.
If you’d rather try for trout, the portion of the river below the Broken Bow dam is for you. The
While a trophy trout can be caught at any time of year, Ethan Wright insists that the period from November through March is the best time to meet up with one of the stream’s bruisers.
The triple option may be relegated to football history elsewhere in the state, but if you like to fish, you’ll find it’s alive and well in southeast