HOOK: Catching, shooting a single hook or triple hook attached to a fishing line in the water to impale fish is legal in all waters throughout the year only for non-wild fish, unless they are restricted under SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS. CALVES, CASTING NETS, TRAWLS AND DIVE NETS (NON-COMMERCIAL): Calf bait, litter nets, trawls and dive nets for personal use are legal in all waters throughout the year except Taft, Lone Chimney, Overholser (including Tailwaters and downstream of the 10th Northwest Deck), Hefner, Draper, Close to Home Fishing Waters (see p. 17), Wichita Mountains NWA and the Department of Wildlife Fishing Areas (see p. 28), However, casting nets can be used to take bait for personal use at Carl Etling Lake. Anyone can use Elritzen to be, catch or carry as bait for their own use, provided the calf does not exceed 20 feet in length and 1/4 in mesh. Casting nets, trawls and portable diving nets are allowed to take non-wild fish solely as bait for personal use. No one may take more than one hundred and fifty (150) non-wild fish, including shade, for possible use as bait and/or export them by land. Cast nets must have a mesh size not exceeding 3/8 inch squared. Trawls towed by motorized vessels shall not exceed three (3) feet in diameter and a square net of 3/8 inch. Anyone using these methods is required to have a resident or non-resident fishing licence, unless exempted. Trotline/Throwlines: Trotlines/Throwlines are limited to a maximum of three lines and 100 hooks per person. People who fish for trotting lines or casting lines must release all fish on their lines, except those in possession for their daily limit before leaving the trotting line or throwing line.
The Fishing Regulations apply to all “finfish” found in the park. Other taxa, including amphibians, molluscs and crustaceans (e.g., water dogs, crabs) are not considered “fish” within the meaning of the NPS fisheries regulations and are treated by the NPS regulations for “wild animals” (36CFR2.2). DEFINITIONS: ROD AND REEL: A person may use up to seven (7) rods when fishing, unless otherwise restricted under SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS. Rod and reel: A person may use up to seven rods when fishing, unless special regulations for “public fishing waters” further restrict it. In states where they are legal, yo-yos are commonly used to catch catfish, although they can be effective in many species. When a fish takes a bait hook, the spring-loaded yo-yo roller automatically adjusts the hook and then holds the fish at the end of the line until it is out of the water. Member line: Member lines are limited to no more than two square brackets per line and 20 members per person. A legal membership line is one that attaches to a limb, branch, other natural object or non-metallic artificial material and has: “There`s nothing wrong with using it, but the regulations are in place to protect wildlife and prevent our lakes from becoming eye sores,” Captain Matt Flower said in a press release. announcing that wildlife officials abducted 140 illegally hired or unsupervised yo-yos on Conway Lake last weekend.
The agency conducted a special operation to remove some of the passive fishing gear as affected fishermen reacted to the amount of unattended equipment left on the lake. Eighteen quotes were published last weekend. (This restriction prevents swimmers in this popular area from encountering fishing lines and hooks lost during recovery.) Fishing in Veterans Lake, streams and all small watershed lakes of less than 100 acres is limited to the use of a hand line or rod and reel. Methods such as trotting lines, yo-yo, sailing lines, pitcher lines, nets and other means of fishing are prohibited, except at Lake Arbuckles. (This is to prevent unattended fishing gear in these smaller waters from interfering with other forms of aquatic recreation.) BOW AND ARROW: Bow fishing can only be used to catch non-wild fish, all year round in all waters, unless restricted by SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS. Legal bow fishing is limited to: longbow only (each bow except a crossbow); Arrows with no more than three (3) points and no more than two (2) beards on each point. Juglines: Juglines are limited to a maximum of five hooks per line and 20 juglines per person. A legal jugline is a vertical line that hangs from a non-metallic or non-glassy floating device, drifts freely or is anchored, and that has: In accordance with ODWC, the National Park Service considers all bodies of water at 885.3 feet above sea level as seawater for the purposes of fishing regulations. NET (non-commercial): Only nets defined as gillnets, trammel nets, tyred nets or towing seines may only be used to catch non-wild fish, unless prohibited from April to May.
No fish caught using these methods may be transported or sold from the State. All networks must be visited at least once every 24 hours. Each licensee is limited to 300 feet of net or a total of 4 tire nets in the water at any given time. The name and address of the owner must be added to each unattended network. Legal tire nets must: no more than 10 feet in length; no smaller than 3 inches of square mesh; consist only of non-metallic meshes; Designed with no more than seven (7) tires, three (3) feet in diameter or less. The mesh size allowed for gillnets or calves or calves used in non-commercial nets must be: at least 4 square inches. The following lakes and reservoirs are closed to all non-commercial nets for all fish throughout the year: all Wildlife Service fishing areas (see S. 28); all engineering corps, state parks, grDA, OG&E and Reclamation Lakes Office; Lakes Atoka, Carl Albert, Carl Blackwell, Ellsworth, Eucha, Lawtonka, Lone Chimney, Spavinaw, Taft, Hefner, Overholser (including Tailwaters and downstream of the NW 10th St. Bridge), Draper, all bodies of water in the Wichita Mountains NWA, all lakes and ponds in the Ouachita National Forest, and all fishing waters in Oklahoma City Close to Home (see p. 17). The following rivers and streams are closed to all non-commercial fish nets year-round: Baron Fork Creek Black Fork Creek Blue River Caney River Deep Fork River upstream of Lake Eufaula to the Lake Arcadia Glover River Dam upstream of Routes 3 and 7 Illinois River Kiamichi River above and below Hugo Lake to Red River Lee Creek Little River Tributary of Thunder-bird Lake above Franklin Road in Cleveland County Little River upstream of Highway 98 Bridge Lukfata Creek McGee Creek Mountain Fork River upstream of Highway 70 Bridge Pennington Creek Poteau and Fork Maline Rivers in Leflore Red River County of Choctaw/Bryan County Line upstream of I-35 Bridge Sans Bois Tributary of R.S.
Kerr Lake Washita River upstream of Hwy 77 Bridge south of Davis all cuts, ox arches, side canals and tributaries of the above rivers and streams all old arms and cuts of the Arkansas River in LeFlore and Sequoyah Counties Canadian River from the Dam of Lake Eufaula downstream to the confluence with Robert S. Kerr Arkansas River Cimarron River and its tributaries Neosho River of the Kansas border downstream to the confluence with Webbers Falls Salt Creek in osage County Salt Fork River Spring River Verdigris River Unless otherwise noted, fishing is subject to the laws and regulations of the State of Oklahoma (36CFR7.50).