How to Catch Trout in Dolese Youth Park and Veterans Park Ponds. Photo by Eric Brown, RPS.
Oklahoma’s two major metros each have a seasonal designated trout area. Dolese Youth Park Pond in Oklahoma City and Veterans Pond in Jenks are both stocked with trout from December 1 through February 28.
These small bodies of water are great places to take a kid or introduce someone new to trout fishing. Fishing near shallow drop-offs around points and shallow coves are great spots to find actively feeding trout.
Trout will feed throughout the day, but the bite tends to be at its best around lunchtime and again around sunset. The most effective methods for catching trout at these areas are cast and retrieve and bottom fishing.
CAST & RETRIEVE
The basic setup for trout when using a cast and retrieve approach is a six foot to seven foot medium- to medium-lite action rod and a reel spooled with six- to eight-pound monofilament line. The most effective lure in my opinion for catching trout at all of the state’s trout fishing areas is a 1/16 ounce Vibric Rooster Tail in olive (frog). Rooster Tails in olive, brown, black or white are tried and true. Super Dupers in gold, silver or trout work well as do Little Cleo spoons in gold and orange or silver and orange. Make sure to keep your lure selection in a 1/8 to 1/16 ounce range. Simply cast your lure out and steadily reel in the line with a slow retrieve.
The basic setup for trout when using a bottom fishing approach is a six foot to seven foot medium- to medium-lite action rod and a reel spooled with six- to eight-pound monofilament line. This method requires you to find a singular spot and cast to that spot. You will rig the end of your line for a snap swivel, sinker, bait holding snell hook and powerbait. For still water you will want to use a ¼ ounce sinker and ½ ounce for moving water. The snelled hook should be size 6, 8 or 10. I prefer purple nymph for powerbait, but most colors/flavors are effective. You will thread the end of your line through the eyelid of the sinker and tie off to the eyelid of the snap swivel. You will then open the snap on the swivel and attach the looped end of the snell hook’s line to the swivel and snap shut. You will then dab a chunk of the powerbait on your finger and work it around the hook, creating a ball or teardrop shape, until the hook is completely covered. When you cast to your spot, reel up the slack until the line is tight to the tip of the rod and either hold onto the rod or set it in a rod holder. Trout tend to peck at the bait instead of engulfing it all at once so when the tip of your rod is indicating a bite, grab the rod and wait for either a steady “thump, thump, thump” or just constant pressure on the line before setting the hook.
Oklahoma also has eight other designated trout areas. Six of them are seasonal and the other two are year-round.
Always make sure to check the current fishing regulations before hitting the water!