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City’s rainbow trout season opens Dec. 1
It’s almost time for local anglers to break out their fishing tackle and catch rainbow trout. The City of Oklahoma City will open its 17th annual rainbow trout season beginning Friday, Dec. 1 at Dolese Youth Park Pond, 5105 NW 50th Street. The season runs through Feb. 28.
During trout season, anglers must comply with the following City and state fishing regulations:
- Anglers age 16 to 62 must have a state fishing license and a City fishing permit. City fishing permits cost $3.50 for a daily permit and $18.50 for an annual permit.
- During trout season, only one rod and reel per angler is allowed. The daily catch limit is six trout per angler.
- Fishing is allowed from the bank only at Dolese Youth Park Pond.
- Anglers must have their fish on an individual stringer with their name and State fishing license number attached.
- Fish may be culled or released at catching, but cannot be released if held on a stringer for any length of time.
Approximately 5,000 rainbow trout will be stocked during the 13-week season. The fish will average 3/4-pound in weight, and 90 percent of the fish will be nine to 14 inches long. The rest will be trophy fish approaching 24 inches long, according to the City Fisheries Biologist Bob Martin.
After the initial stocking at the season opening, fish will be stocked about every two weeks until February.
Enforcement for the trout season will be by City police officers and state game wardens. To report a violation, call 911 for police or (405) 203-3176 for a game warden.
The City will host a free family trout fishing clinic, date and time to be announced at the Putnam City High School Gymnasium, 5300 NW 50th Street. Anglers can learn about the best bait and fishing lures to catch trout, learn angler ethics, knot tying, casting and other fishing skills.
The annual rainbow trout season is part of the “Close to Home” fishing program, a cooperative agreement between the City’s Parks & Recreation Department and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. This year’s rainbow trout were funded through private sponsors Dolese Brothers Company and the 89er Chapter of Trout Unlimited with assistance from Sport Fish Restoration Funds through the ODWC.
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