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Fishing Regulations
Parks & Recreation

A City fishing permit and Oklahoma State fishing license are required for persons ages 16 to 62 fishing on City lakes and "Close to Home" fishing waters.

A City fishing permit is not required for children under 16, seniors over 61 and persons legally blind or persons with 60 percent or more disability.

Cost: Daily permit - $3.50 (expires 24 hours after issuance)
Annual permit - $18.50 (expires one year after issuance)

Fish habitat maps, fishing regulations and City fishing and boating permits are available where City permits are sold. Click here for a list of authorized vendors.

Click HERE to download a printable .pdf version of the 2014 Fishing Regulations brochure.

Restrictions

All waters

Maximum of three rods and reels per person, with no more than three hooks per line. Restriction does not apply to artificial lures with more than three hooks - ALL WATERS

City lakes only

Bow fishing allowed during daylight only at Draper, Hefner and Overholser lakes.  No crossbows. Arrows may have no more than three points and no more than two barbs on each point.

Fisherman floats (tubes) are allowed on the Oklahoma River in coves and tributaries, at Kids' Lake, Crystal Lake and South Lakes Pond East; daylight hours only, within 100 feet of any shoreline; life jackets and watertight waders required.

Prohibitions - All Waters

Daily Possession and Length Limits

City Lakes

Black Bass - 6 combined
    Largemouth bass: (14" minimum)
    Smallmouth bass: 1 (18" minimum)
Spotted bass: none
Channel & Blue Catfish: 15 combined
Crappie: 37
Walleye: 5 (18" minimum)
Flathead Catfish: 10 (20" minimum)
Rainbow Trout: 6

"Close to Home" Fishing Waters

Largemouth bass: catch and release
Spotted:  none
Channel & Blue Catfish: 6 combined, only 1 blue catfish over 30"
Crappie: 37
Flathead Catfish: 10 (20" minimum)
Rainbow Trout: 6

It's important to observe the catch and release regulation on large mouth bass for future quality fishing in "Close to Home" fishing waters.

Fish that are smaller than the listed minimum sizes must be returned to water immediately. Length is measured from tip of snout to end of tail, with fish laid flat on a ruler, mouth closed and tail pressed together.

Trout Season

The City's Trout Season runs annually from January 1 - February 28 at Dolese Youth Park Pond, NW 50th and Meridian.  During the season, the pond is stocked four times.

Trout Season Regulations

A free Trout Fishing Clinic is held in conjunction with the annual trout season.  Call 755-4014 for date and time information. 

Enforcement

Oklahoma City Police Department Lake Patrol and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation enforce fishing regulations on City Lakes and "Close to Home" fishing waters.

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Law Enforcement - 521-2719
State Game Warden - 203-3178
Hefner Lake Patrol - 843-4976
Overholser Lake Patrol - 789-3746
Stanley Draper Lake Patrol - 794-5010
Cleveland County Game Warden - 850-9757
Emergencies - 911

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