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The Oklahoma State fish is the White Bass (Morone Chrysops). These fun fish swim in large schools, so they can be caught in large quantities. They are found in the significant Oklahoma lakes. White bass is sometimes referred to as sand bass.

Oklahoma is covered with man-made and naturally made lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. All of those lakes are rivers that add up to over 1,000,000 surface acres. Some rivers and lakes contain walleyes and trout, while others have bass, crappie, catfish, gar, and the prehistoric Paddlefish.

If you're wanting to mix it up and try something new, Oklahoma is home to numerous bow fishing guides. Nighttime Bowfishing is a great fishing sport to escape those hot summer days. Some of these gars can be over 7 feet in length.

Check out our info below, grab a fishing buddy, and book a trip!
  • Best Fishing in Oklahoma

    Broken Bow Fishing

    • Located in Beavers Bend State Park, Broken Bow Lake is nestled into the piney woods with draw-dropping rocky cliffs. This lake is a top tourist destination in Oklahoma for a reason. The main draws here are family-friendly fishing, lodging, and spectacular views. So regardless if you're a family picking up its first rod and reel or an avid fly fisherman, you can be sure this location has everything for everyone.
    • The Mountain Fork River is home to year-round trout, making it one of the best trout fisheries for Oklahoma and those living in Texas. This is the spot if you're looking to enjoy fly fishing Oklahoma. Here you find plenty of helpful, friendly, and affordable fishing guides who can help you catch brown and rainbow trout. This is the best trout stream trout fishing trip residents of Oklahoma and Texas can easily access.

    Grand Lake Fishing

    • Looking for a fishing adventure on this lake? Check out the prehistoric Paddlefish or often referred to as Spoonbill. These fish can weigh 70 lbs and are bottom vegetation feeders, so they are caught by snagging. Snagging these fish is an art, but this lake has some excellent fishing guides with the best gear to get you on these fish fast. Spoonbill is heavily protected, and only one fish is allowed per day, per person, and two for the entire year.

    Lake Texoma Fishing

    • Located between the state of Oklahoma and the state of Texas, it's known by many as the best Striper fishing in the United States. This is a lake that has plenty of affordably priced fishing guides who have grown up perfecting their craft at finding and reeling in these hard fighting fish. Fishing on this lake is a year-round activity.

    Fort Gibson Fishing

    • Book an Oklahoma fishing charter on Fort Gibson, and like Grand Lake, you can catch some colossal Paddlefish. Another recommendation is channel catfish or blue catfish. Just a couple of years ago, an angler broke the Blue Catfish record weighing in at 82.7 pounds.

    Lake Eufaula Fishing

    • Oklahoma's largest lake and located just under two hours east of Oklahoma City its a fisherman heaven. A familiar spot for many tournaments, where anglers battle it out for the ultimate bragging rights. This lake's fishing action brings in traveling anglers from all over the United States. However, its the crappie fishing that really draws the praise from anglers across the globe. Book a fishing guide on this lake, and you'll experience one of the best lakes in the country at it's highest level of fun.

    Other Fishing Spots

    • Lake Hudson, Lake Tenkiller, Keystone Lake, Oologah Lake, Skiatook Lake, and Illinois River
  • Licenses and Regulations

    Like many other states, Oklahoma requires a fishing license for any person 16 and older. This license must be on your person at all times while fishing. Purchasing a fishing license contributes to maintaining the states, lakes, rivers, and fisheries. A non-resident one day license is $15. A non-resident annual fishing license is $55. Residents can purchase an annual license for $25 or a 2-day Fishing License for $15. If you want to enjoy a spoonbill fishing trip, then you will need a Spoonbill permit. A spoonbill permit is free, but you will need it with you while fishing.

    You can purchase a license at any local Walmart, most outdoor sporting goods, or online.

Fishing Calendar for the Best Times to Fish in Oklahoma


Where: Sooner Lake

Species: Hybrid Striped Bass


Where: Broken Bow Lake

Species: Walleyes


Where: Grand Lake

Species: Spoonbill


Where: Lake Eufaula

Species: Crappie


Where: Broken Bow

Species: Black Bass


Where: Lake Texoma

Species: Striped Bass


Where: Lake Lawtonka

Species: Smallmouth Bass


Where: Fort Gibson

Species: Catfish


Where: Broken Bow Lake

Species: Rainbow and Brown Trout


Where: Mountain Fork River

Species: Brown Trout


Where: Lake Texoma

Species: Smallmouth Bass


Where: Jean Neustadt Lake

Species: Saugeyes


What is the largest fish found in Oklahoma?

Weighing in at 254 pounds, Paul Easley landed an 8ft alligator gar in 2015. He still holds the record for the largest fish caught in Oklahoma.

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