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Trout Information

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Trout Angler Guide: Top Tips & Area Highlights

Trout stocking dates will be delayed for Nov. 1. While exact stocking dates are uncertain, we hope that all trout areas will be stocked within the first week of November.

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 at all eight of the state’s trout areas. Anglers can use the following tips to help them put trout on the stringer:

  • Perry CCC
  • Robbers Cave
  • Blue River
  • Lake Watonga (Stocking Suspended Winter 2021-2022)
    • Boecher @ Roman Nose State Park is being stocked this season in place of Watonga.
  • Sunset Lake
  • 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

Stocking is tentative based on flooding, water temperatures, trout availability, road conditions, and other unforeseen circumstances. If stockings are temporarily suspended due to water conditions, they will resume once conditions allow. Any stocking changes will be noted here. Anglers can find information about the most recent stocking dates in the weekly ODWC fishing reports.

  • Blue River - Stocking​s occur from November 1 through March 31. 
  • Mountain Fork (Beaver's Bend State Park) -  Stockings occur ​year-round

Biologists are continuing to collect water profile data at both of the state’s year-round trout fisheries, Lower Mountain Fork and the Lower Illinois River.  Stream temperatures and low dissolved oxygen often threaten continued stockings, especially during summer months. The Wildlife Department will requests water releases as necessary to maintain the trout fisheries, but lack of available water and high summer temperatures could curtail trout stockings anytime during the remainder of the summer.

  • Lower Illinois River  - Stocking​s occur year-round.
  • Robbers Cave - ​Stocking​s occur from November 1 through March 15.
  • Edwards & Route 66 (OKC) - ​Stocking​s occur from December 1 through February 28.
  • Perry CCC  - ​Stocking​s occur from November 1 through March 31.    
  • Medicine Creek - ​Stocking​s occur from November 1 through March 15.    
  • Veteran's Park Pond, Jenks - ​Stocking​s occur from December 1 through February 28.  

Trout Fishing: Match the Hatch!
Key Aquatic Insects of the Lower Mountain Fork



CaddisJan-Feb16BlackElk Hair Caddis
March Brown Mayfly (nymph)All Year12Mottled BrownP.T., GRHE, Wired Hare’s Ear
March Brown Mayfly (adult)Feb-March12, 14Mottled BrownParachute P.T., March Brown
CaddisFeb-May14GrayElk Hair Caddis, Davey's Caddis
CaddisAll Year12, 14TanElk Hair Caddis, Davey's Caddis
Caddis (nymph)All Year16OliveSpillway Creek Caddis, Serendipity
Caddis (nymph)All Year16AmberSpillway Creek Caddis
MidgeAll Year20, 22CreamMidge Dry
MidgeAll Year20, 22BlackMidge Dry, Griffith's Gnat
Midge (nymph)All Year20, 22Red/MaroonDisco Caddis, Red Hot, Thread Midge, Brassie
Hexagenia MayflyJune, July, August6, 8Pale YellowHex Dry, Yellow Stimulators
Sulphur MayflyAll Year14, 16YellowSulphur Dry
Gray Dun MayflyAll Year12, 14GrayAdams
Rusty Dun MayflyFall16, 18Rusty BrownParachute P.T.
Tan Dun MayflyLate Summer, Fall14, 16Light TanLight Cahill
Blue Wing Olive MayflyAll Year16, 18, 20Olive w/ Gray WingsBWO Dries, Adams
Pale Morning DunAll Year14, 16Tan/YellowPMD Dry

 Insect and artificial fly information provided by Robert Woodruff.