Trout Information

Trout Areas

Oklahoma has two introduced species of trout - rainbows and browns, with rainbows being far more abundant. Brown trout are stocked in the Lower Mountain Fork River below Broken Bow dam and in the Lower Illinois River when available, while rainbows are usually stocked every two weeks at all eight of the state’s trout areas during designated trout seasons. Anglers can use the following tips to help them put trout on the stringer:

  • Perry CCC/Lake Perry Park
  • Lake Pawhuska (Closed)
  • Robbers Cave
  • Blue River
  • Lake Watonga
  • Quartz Mountain (closed due to golden Algae)
  • Lake Carl Etling
  • Lower Illinois River
  • Lower Mt. Fork River
  • Medicine Park (November 1 - March 15)
  • OKC and Jenks Trout Fishing

Biologist’s Tips

Use ultra-light tackle, 4-6 lb. line and very small hooks, size 8-14. Live or prepared bait is preferred, but flies and small spinners or jigs also will catch fish (artificial lures and barbless hooks are required in some areas -- check current regulations for details). Fish near large rocks and logs and in deep holes.

Trout in Oklahoma

Trout Stocking Schedule
 
This is a tentative schedule that may change due to floods, high water temperatures or trout availability. If trout are not stocked on schedule, stocking will resume as soon as conditions allow.

  • Altus Lugert/Quartz Mountain - Altus Lugert/Quartz Mountain CLOSED to trout fishing due to golden algae.    
  • Watonga (Roman Nose State Park) - Trout stocking will occur every two weeks from November 1 through March 31.    
  • Lake Carl Etling - Trout stocking will occur every two weeks from November 1 through April 30.
  • Blue River - Trout stocking will occur every week from November 1 through March 31.
  • Mountain Fork (Beaver's Bend State Park) - Stocked every two weeks.
  • Illinois River  - Suspended trout stockings until which time the hatchery can’t hold them any longer or the water goes down. 
  • Robbers Cave - Trout stocking will occur every two weeks from November 1 through March 15.    
  • Dolese Youth Park Pond (OKC) - Trout stocking will occur every two weeks from December 1 through February 28.    
  • Perry CCC/Lake Perry Park  - Trout stocking will occur every two weeks from November 1 through March 31.    
  • Medicine Creek - Trout stocking will occur every two weeks from November 1 through March 15.    
  • Veteran's Park Pond, Jenks - Trout stocking will occur once monthly from December 1 through February 28.    

 

Trout Fishing: Match the Hatch!

Key Aquatic Insects of the Lower Mountain Fork

Species

Time

Size

Color

Fly

Caddis

Jan-Feb

16

Black

Elk Hair Caddis

March Brown Mayfly (nymph)

All Year

12

Mottled Brown

P.T., GRHE, Wired Hare’s Ear

March Brown Mayfly

(Adult)

Feb-March

12, 14

Mottled Brown

Parachute P.T., March Brown

Caddis

Feb-May

14

Gray

Elk Hair Caddis,

Davey’s Caddis

Caddis (nymph)

All Year

16

Olive

Spillway Creek  Caddis, Serendipity

Caddis (nymph)

All Year

16

Amber

Spillway Creek  Caddis

 

Caddis

Midge

All Year

20, 22

Cream

Midge Dry

Midge

All Year

20, 22

Black

Midge Dry, Griffith’s Gnat

Midge (nymph)

All Year

20, 22

Red/Maroon

Disco Caddis, Red Hot, Thread Midge, Brassie

Hexagenia Mayfly

June, July, August

6, 8

Pale Yellow

Hex Dry,

Yellow Stimulators

Sulphur Mayfly

All Year

14, 16

Yellow

Sulphur Dry,

Rusty Dun Mayfly

Fall

16, 18

Rusty Brown

Parachute P.T.

Blue Wing Olive Mayfly

All Year

16, 18, 20

Olive w/ Gray Wings

BWO Dries, Adams

Caddis

All Year

12, 14

Tan

Elk Hair Caddis, Davey’s Caddis

Gray Dun Mayfly

All Year

12, 14

Gray

Adams

Pale Morning Dun

All Year

14, 16

Tan/Yellow

PMD Dry

Tan Dun Mayfly

Late Summer, Fall

14, 16

Light Tan

Light Cahill

 Insect and artificial fly information provided by Robert Woodruff.