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Campers fish along the shoreline of Spring Lake

Fishing is available year-round on the City's three lakes and eight "Close to Home" fishing waters. Staff with the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery are responsible for raising and stocking fish for Oklahoma City fishing waters, and managing fish populations. They also offer a Summer Youth Fishing program with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Police Athletic League, and oversee the City's annual rainbow trout season at Dolese Youth Park Pond. 

Download a complete copy of our 2017 Fishing Regulations brochure. 

Where to Fish

Fishing by permit is allowed at the following City-owned lakes and waters: 

Lake Hefner
Between NW Grand Blvd and Hefner Road, and I-74 and MacArthur Avenue. 

Lake Overholser
Between NW 10th & 39th, and N Morgan Road and Overholser Drive

Lake Stanley Draper
Between SE 149th & I-240, and S Douglas Blvd and Westminster Rd

Oklahoma River
Between I-35 and Portland Ave, South of I-40 in downtown Oklahoma City

Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge
NW 51st St and Stinchcomb Rd

"Close to Home" Waters

Crystal Lake, 6625 SW 15th St
Dolese Youth Park Pond, 5101 NW 50th St
Edwards Park Fishing Lake, 1515 N Bryant Ave
Kids' Lake, 3200 W Wilshire Blvd
Kitchen Lake, 5501 SE 119th St
Route 66 Park Ponds, 9901 NW 23rd St
South Lakes Park Ponds, 4302 SW 119th St
Zoo Lake, 2101 NE 50th St

Visit our Lakes & Outdoor Recreation page for a list of Accessible Fishing Areas.


General Regulations

All anglers fishing on City of Oklahoma City waters, including the three lake reservoirs, Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma River, Kitchen Lake and all "Close to Home" waters, must abide by the following regulations:

Hours
Park hours are 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. Anglers who have a city fishing permit and are actively engaged in fishing activities are allowed to remain in any park or on City-operated reservations between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. (Ord. 38-87)

Permits

A City fishing permit is required for all anglers who are 16 years old until their 62nd birthday. Permits are not required for individuals who are legally blind or have a 60% or more disability. For more information on permit exemptions, call (405) 297-1426. 

An Oklahoma state fishing license is also required. Please check with ODWC for disability and other exemptions. 

See our Authorized Vendor List for a list of stores where permits are sold. Permits are NOT required during designated FREE FISHING DAYS (first Saturday of each month), or during "Hooked on Fishing" summer classes. 

Permit Costs
A daily fishing permit is $3.50 and is valid 24 hours from time of purchase.

An annual permit is $18.50 and is valid one year from date of purchase.

Restrictions - All Waters
A maximum of three rods and reels per person is allowed, with no more than three hooks per line. This does not apply to artificial lures with more than three hooks. 

Restrictions - City Lakes Only
Bow fishing is allowed only during daylight hours at Lake Draper, Lake Hefner and Lake Overholser. Fisherman floats (tubes) are allowed on the Oklahoma River in coves and tributaries, at Kids' Lake, Kitchen Lake, Crystal Lake, and South Lakes (East) Pond. Floats may be used only during daylight hours, and within 100 feet of any shoreline. Life jackets and watertight waders are required. 

Prohibitions - All Waters

  • No seines, cast nets or other nets
  • No trot, jug or yo-yo's, or limb lines
  • No spears or gigs
  • No noodling (hands-only fishing) except in the Oklahoma River, downstream from the NW 10th St bridge to the MacArthur St bridge
  • No snagging ("pulling" or "jerking" hook or hooks through the water to impale a fish)

Daily Possession and Length Limits
See our regulations brochure for Daily Possession and Length Limits.

Fish that are smaller than the minimum sizes listed in the Regulations Brochure must be immediately returned to the water. 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 regulations are below.

Enforcement
The Oklahoma City Police Department Lake Patrol and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation enforce fishing regulations on City Lakes and "Close to Home" fishing waters. To report a violation, call one of the following numbers: 

911
ODWC Enforcement Office, (405) 521-3719
Oklahoma County Game Warden, (405) 203-3178


Trout Season

The City's annual Trout Season runs December 1 through the last day of February at Dolese Youth Park Pond, 5101 NW 50th St (near Meridian Ave). 

2016-2017 Season December 1, 2016-February 28, 2017

Anglers of all ages are welcome to attend a FREE trout fishing clinic during the City's annual trout season. The clinic teaches anglers about the best baits and techniques to use for trout fishing.

Trout Stocking
Fish are stocked at the beginning of the season, then every two weeks until season's end. Stocking dates are weather dependent.

2017 Stocking Dates:
December 13, December 28, January 10, January 24, February 7, February 21

Permits
Unless otherwise exempt, all anglers between the ages of 16 and 62 must have a City Fishing Permit and an Oklahoma Fishing License. A separate trout sticker is not required. 

Regulations

  • Fishing from bank only; boat fishing prohibited
  • Fishing is by rod and reel only, one rod and reel per person
  • Daily catch limit: 6 trout per person per day
  • Trout caught and placed on a stringer or in a bucket cannot be released back into the water
  • Anglers must put their trout on individual strings, labeled with their name and State fishing license on it


Free Fishing Days

Local anglers can enjoy FREE fishing on the first Saturday of every month as part of our Free Fishing Days program. City permits are not required on the following days, but a State fishing license is still required.

Hooked on Fishing - Free Summer Fishing Classes

Learn fishing basics such as casting, knot tying, fish identification and angler ethics during one of the City's "Hooked on Fishing" summer fishing classes.

Classes run from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on select Saturdays in May, June and July and are for anglers ages 5 through 15. All participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Poles, tackle and bait are provided during the class. State Fishing License and City Permits are not required during class hours. 

Classes are "catch and release" and fish will be returned to the water. FREE to the public. Call (405) 297-1426 to register in advance. 

The classes are taught by staff of the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery in cooperation with the Oklahoma City Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Oklahoma City Police Department's Police Athletic League.

Visit our calendar for more fishing programs and important dates.

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