With more than 200 lakes and over one million surface acres of water, Oklahoma is the perfect place to cast your line. Our scenic lakes, rivers and ponds are home to more than 40 documented species of fish. No matter your method of take—from rod and reel to juglines, limblines, gigging and noodling—you’re in for an angling adventure of a lifetime when you fish Oklahoma’s plentiful waters. Below you’ll find a rundown of some of the Sooner State’s most abundant species and the best places to find them.Learn More
Okie Noodling Tournament
Bring your lawn chair to Wacker Park in Pauls Valley and celebrate the sport of noodling at the world-famous Okie Noodling Tournament. Noodling is the practice of fishing for catfish with only your bare hands, and it has recently been the subject of articles, books and documentaries. Come enjoy yourself and see what all the fuss is about at this fun, one-of-a-kind event that includes food vendors, live music, children's activities and more.
Contestants will scour area rivers and lakes using their hands to wrangle the biggest catfish in the state and haul them back to the festival to be weighed and ranked. Some of these fish clock in at more than 70 pounds and can create a serious spectacle. Witness as huge live flathead catfish are brought in to compete for bragging rights and prizes in categories including big fish, top female and 18 and under.
The Okie Noodling Tournament is a great event for the whole family, featuring food and beer vendors, live music, a kids' noodling clinic, a catfish cook-off and kids' catfish-eating contest. Face painting, inflatables and games will also be available. Don't miss the final weigh-in to see the biggest catfish of all, and make sure to stick around for the coronation of the Okie Noodling Queen. Try your hand at noodling in the festival’s popular catfish tank, or just sit back and take in the sights at this colorful and eclectic celebration. Whether you're a veteran noodler or a curious spectator, the Okie Noodling Tournament is a fun and free event that just might be the highlight of your summer.