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Trout Information

Fishing Report

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/Lake Perry Park
  • Robbers Cave
  • Blue River
  • Lake Watonga
  • Quartz Mountain (closed due to golden Algae)
  • 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.

  • Altus Lugert/Quartz Mountain - ​No longer stocked due to ​effects of ​golden algae.    
  • Watonga (Roman Nose State Park) - ​Stocking​s occur from November 1 through March 31.     
  • 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.

  • Illinois River  - Lower Illinois River trout stocking has resumed
  • Robbers Cave - ​Stocking​s occur from November 1 through March 15.    
  • Dolese Youth Park Pond (OKC) - ​Stocking​s occur from December 1 through February 28.    
  • Perry CCC/Lake Perry Park  - ​Stocking​s occur from November 1 through March 31.    
  • Medicine Creek - ​Stocking​s occur from Novembe 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

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 All Year 12, 14 Tan 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
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
Gray Dun Mayfly All Year 12, 14 Gray Adams
Rusty Dun Mayfly Fall 16, 18 Rusty Brown Parachute P.T.
Tan Dun Mayfly Late Summer, Fall 14, 16 Light Tan Light Cahill
Blue Wing Olive Mayfly All Year 16, 18, 20 Olive w/ Gray Wings BWO Dries, Adams
Pale Morning Dun All Year 14, 16 Tan/Yellow PMD Dry

 Insect and artificial fly information provided by Robert Woodruff.