Public Fishing Areas: Special Regulations

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In addition to general fishing regulations, statewide species regulations and Department fishing area rules, this section addresses special regulations that apply to public fishing waters.  If a species or body of water is not listed, refer to statewide regulations.

  = Conservation Passport Area

Lower Illinois River PFHA 

Sequoyah
Daily/Size Limits:

(From Tenkiller Dam downstream to the confluence of the Arkansas River)

Walleye, sauger and saugeye: six per day/16-inch minimum.

Methods:

(From Tenkiller Dam downstream to the confluence of the Arkansas River)

Allowed methods: From Tenkiller Dam downstream to the U.S. 64 bridge: fishing limited to one rod and reel per person. Cast nets may be used to take bait for personal use from the south boundary of the lower Illinois River Public Fishing Area – “Simp and Helen Watts Area” downstream to the Highway 64 bridge. (Also see “Tailwaters” regulations.)

Note: For more trout regulations, see Trout Regulations.

Tenkiller

Cherokee, Sequoyah
Daily/Size Limits:

(Downstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp to dam)

All crappie: 15 combined per day/10-inch minimum.

Methods:

(Downstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp to dam)

Prohibited methods: gigs and spears downstream of Horseshoe Bend boat ramp. Speargunning is legal when used with scuba, except taking flathead catfish from June 15 through July 15 is prohibited.