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Free fishing days set for 2019 in Oklahoma City

Post Date:01/02/2019 10:02 AM

With cooler temperatures on the way, it’s time for local anglers to break out their tackle and fish for rainbow trout.

Enjoy Oklahoma City’s local fishing waters for free at least one day a month all year long in 2019.

All anglers of every age can fish in Lake Hefner, Lake Overholser, Lake Stanley Draper, “Close to Home” fishing waters and elsewhere in Oklahoma City without having to buy a City fishing permit on the free fishing days. The days are sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Anglers will still need a state fishing license.

The City Council approved these dates for free fishing days in 2019, mostly on the first Saturday of every month:

  • Jan. 5
  • Feb. 2
  • March 2
  • April 6
  • May 4
  • June 1-2
  • July 6
  • Aug. 3
  • Sept. 7
  • Oct. 5
  • Nov. 2
  • Dec. 7

“Free fishing days allow local anglers to discover the great fishing opportunities on our City’s fishing waters,” said Bob Martin, the City’s fisheries biologist. “We work hard to manage the fish populations in our lakes and ‘Close to Home’ waters to provide enjoyable sport recreational fishing.”

All anglers are required to follow state and City fishing regulations and catch limits.

Except on the free fishing days, people ages 16 to 62 need a City fishing permit and state fishing license to fish in Oklahoma City waters, unless exempt. City permits are $3.50 for a daily permit or $18.50 for an annual permit.

Fishing waters

Oklahoma City has three major lakes, all with ADA-accessible fishing amenities:

  • Lake Hefner (northwest OKC)
    • Walleye, crappie, bass (largemouth, smallmouth and white), catfish (blue, channel and flathead)
    • Two covered piers one enclosed and heated pier, three boat ramps with tending docks
  • Lake Stanley Draper (southeast OKC)
    • Crappie, bass (largemouth and white), catfish (blue and channel)
    • Four covered piers, uncovered pier, two boat ramps with tending docks
  • Lake Overholser (west OKC)
    • Crappie, bass (striped hybrids and white), catfish (blue, channel flathead)
    • One covered pier, two boat ramps with tending docks

Oklahoma City also has eight other “Close to Home” fishing waters:

There are also fishing opportunities in the Oklahoma River and the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.

The Parks and Recreation Department operates a complete fisheries management program at the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery.

In an average year, hatchery staff stock 500,000 fish in City fishing waters and conduct fisheries management work on about 8,000 surface acres of fishable water. City fishing permit sales support the operation of the fisheries program.

For more information about permits, permit vendors, general fishing information or about the City fisheries management program visit or call (405) 297-1426.

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Media Contact
Bob Martin
(405) 297-1426 / (405) 615-5698

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