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
Lower Mountain Fork River
The Lower Mountain Fork River offers year-round trout fishing throughout a 12-mile portion of lower river, as well as its tributaries from the Broken Bow dam downstream to US-70 bridge. The river is also a popular canoe and kayak float trip destination from spring through fall. About five miles of the Lower Mountain Fork River is within Beavers Bend State Park, where boat access is unlimited. Below the park area, there are public access points at the dam and near the rapids of Presbyterian Falls. Camping and cabin rentals are available at Beavers Bend State Park.
***Fishing Update*** July 20, 2018 - Elevation is normal with clear water. Rainbow trout are fair on caddis flies, small lures and tube jigs below the dam, around the spillway and along channels.
Trout update: The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will soon resume routine trout stocking in the Lower Mountain Fork River pending the award of a new three-year contract to a selected trout hatchery vendor. Stockings are expected to resume within three weeks.
Biologists are continuing to collect water profile data at both of the state’s year round trout fisheries, Lower Mountain Fork and the Lower Illinois River. Stream temperatures and low dissolved oxygen often threaten continued stockings especially during summer months. The Wildlife Department will request water releases as necessary to maintain the trout fisheries, but lack of available water and high summer temperatures could curtail trout stockings anytime during the remainder of the summer.
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