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Fishing Regulations
Parks & Recreation

A City fishing permits are required for all anglers beginning at age 16 and up until their 62nd birthday. 

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. A State license is also required for anglers over age 62, unless exempt for 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 2016 Fishing Regulations brochure.


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. Arrows may have no more than one point and no more than four barbs on each point.

Fisherman floats (tubes) are allowed on the Oklahoma River in coves and tributaries, at Kids' Lake, Kitchen 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

Largemouth and Smallmouth bass - 6 combined (14" minimum)
Spotted bass: none
Striped bass hybrids:  20 total, only 5 over 20"
Channel & Blue Catfish: 15 combined, only 1 blue catfish over 20"
Crappie: 37
Walleye: 6 (18" minimum)
Flathead Catfish: 10 (20" minimum)

"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 largemouth 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 December 1 - February 28 at Dolese Youth Park Pond, NW 50th and Meridian.  During the season, the pond is stocked with catchable trout every two weeks during the season.

Trout Season Regulations

A free Trout Fishing Clinic is held in conjunction with the annual trout season.  Call 297-1426 for date and time information. 


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
Oklahoma County Game Warden - 203-3178
Cleveland County Game Warden - 850-9757
Hefner Lake Patrol - 843-4976
Overholser Lake Patrol - 789-3746
Stanley Draper Lake Patrol - 794-5010
Emergencies - 911

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