(January 24, 2008) - Local anglers have new reason to celebrate with the opening of three new fishing ponds located on the west side of Lake Overholser in Route 66 Park, 33350 West Overholser Drive.
The three new ponds were built specifically for the City’s “Close to Home” fishing program, a cooperative fisheries management program between the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
According to Bob Martin, fisheries biologist with the Parks & Recreation Department, the three ponds are currently stocked with channel catfish and bluegill sunfish. The City will add largemouth bass later in the spring. Fisheries biologists began stocking the pond two years ago at different intervals, and have monitored the development of the fish since that time.
“It’s important we give the fish ample time to get established in their new habitats,” said Martin. “We want to ensure that when the ponds are opened, the fish are of a catchable size.”
The three new ponds vary in size. Pond A is nine acres, pond B is six acres, and Pond C is one acre. Each provides pond-side fishing. In addition, Pond A is accessible to persons in wheelchairs via its multiple sidewalks and bridges. At this time, road access is only available at Pond A.
Anglers who fish at the new ponds will have to follow the City’s current fishing regulations for Close to Home fishing waters. Unless exempted by age or disability, citizens between the ages of 16 and 61 must have both a state fishing license and city permit. A maximum of three rods and reels is allowed per person, and all anglers must abide by local catch limits. At Route 66, anglers may catch up to six channel catfish per day. There is no catch limit on sunfish. Catch and release regulations will apply when the largemouth bass are stocked.
With their opening, the ponds at Route 66 Park join eight other metro area waters as part of the Close to Home fishing program. The other Close to Home waters include:
For more information about the City’s 2008 fishing regulations, anglers may call 405 755-4014 or log on to the City’s website at www.okc.gov/lakes. The Route 66 fishing ponds and the City’s fisheries management program are managed and operated by the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department.