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
Lake Carl Etling
Lake Carl Etling is located within Black Mesa State Park and normally offers 159 surface acres and 5 miles of shoreline. Trout season is November 1 thru April 30. Carl Etling is operated by the Oklahoma Wildlife Department.The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, flathead catfish, walleye, and smallmouth bass. There are boat ramps on the east and south sides of the lake. No water sport activities are allowed. Camping facilities including hookups, showers, playground, picnic areas, and group facilities are available at the state park. For camping information, call Black Mesa State Park: 580-426-2222.