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Fishing Contact: (918) 683-1031

Hunting Contact: (918) 931-0432

Fees & Facilities: (918) 487-5252

Game Warden: (918) 431-2552, (918) 431-2562, (918) 431-2544, (918) 431-2550

Operator: USACE

Biologist: 918-683-1031

Directions: Hwy 82 S. out of Tahlequah, and Hwy 100 North out of Gore

Area Descriptoin/Facilities: Impounded in 1952, Tenkiller is the only controlled impoundment on the Illinois River and can experience prolonged drastic lake level fluctuations.  Situated in the Ozark highlands, Tenkiller is a deep, clear lake dominated by a shoreline with rocky bluffs and outcroppings.  There are numerous public access areas, including two state parks, and Tenkiller is very popular for all types of recreation.  Due to its depth, the lake provides the cool water for the popular year-round trout fishery in the tailwaters.

Physical Description: 12,900 acres,  130 miles of shoreline,  Avg depth 51 ft.

Species of Interest: Primary species of interest are Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, White and Black Crappie, and White Bass.  Other species available include Blue Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Walleye, Bluegill Sunfish, Green Sunfish, and Redear Sunfish.

Management Practices: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are subject to a 13-16" no harvest slot limit, and Crappie must be a minimum of 10" and 15/day creel.

Link to Lake Website: 

Latest Fishing Report

  • Submitted by:
    Cody Youngblood
    Lake Elevation:
    Water Temp and Clarity:
    30’s and clear

    Action: Fair
    Baits:  Jigs, Plastics, Small Lures, Tube Jigs
    Locations: Brush structure, Docks, Rocks, Standing timber

    Action: Fair
    Baits:  Hair Jigs, Jigs, Small Lures
    Locations: Creek channels, Flats, Main lake, River Channel

    Action: Fair
    Baits:  Hair Jigs, Jigs, Small Lures
    Locations: Brush structure, Docks, Standing timber
    Additional Information:
    Upper portion of lake and coves are thawing from recent weather. Caution should be taken to watch for large pieces of ice near surface while boating.