Fish ID and Management

Oklahoma's abundant water resources host 176 species of fish.

Paying for Fisheries Management

Anglers, do you know how much of every tax dollar is used to fund the Department and its fisheries management programs?

Answer: None.

The Department does not receive any state tax appropriations, but operates chiefly on three other sources of income.

1) Hunting and fishing license fees
2) Sport Fish Restoration Program - which is a federal program that levies an excise tax on fishing equipment and boat fuel. 
3) product sales, leases and fines.

The Sport Fish Restoration Program apportions money to state wildlife agencies based on a formula that factors in the size of the state and the number of licensed anglers. Oklahoma receives about $3.5 million a year. This money is used for fisheries management projects, stocking, capital improvements, research, aquatic education and boating/fishing access projects such as new and improved boat ramps.

Ever wanted to learn how to identify fish caught in Oklahoma? Below are a few PDFs covering the identification of various fish you can possibly catch in lakes or streams throughout Oklahoma. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat to view these files you can download it for free here.

Several species of fish are illegal to possess in Oklahoma. To see the list of illegal fish, click here.


 Field Guide to Fishes of Oklahoma


The following are pages dedicated to descriptions, biologists tips and lists of related Oklahoman species of each species or group of fish.

Cartilaginous Fish Shad True Bass
Gars Minnows Sunfish
Bowfin Catfish Black Bass
Hiodens (Mooneyes) Pikes  
Eels Topminnows & Livebearers