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Fort Gibson

Fort Gibson, photo by Casey Taft (RPS 2021)
Casey Taft/RPS 2021


Fees & Facilities:

Game Warden (County):

(918) 625-5796(Wagoner)
(918) 625-5085(Wagoner)
(918) 431-2562(Cherokee)
(918) 431-2552(Cherokee)

Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Impounded in 1953 Ft. Gibson is the last lake in the Grand River chain and is subject to drastic lake level fluctuations.  Located near Wagoner, Ok, Ft. Gibson Lake can be accessed through numerous USACE areas and two state parks, and it is very popular for all types of recreation.  Ft. Gibson is a highly productive lake, where the Ozarks meet the central irregular plains. Rocky bluffs and outcrops dominate the east side of the lake, and shallower with gradual slopes on the west side.

Fort Gibson Lake (Google Map) is located 7 miles east of Wagoner on SH 51.

Lake Details

Shoreline Length: 211.00 mi.
Volume: 306133.00 ac. ft.
Max. Depth: 60.20 ft.
Surface Area: 19896.00 ac.


Wagoner, Mayes, Cherokee Counties

U.S. Corps of Engineers and Oklahoma State Parks manage campgrounds with full RV hookups, boat ramps and designated swimming areas.

Crappie have a 10" minimum and daily limit of 15.

On the west side of the lake, some access is possible from jetties and berms.

Daily/Size Limits:

All crappie: 15 combined per day/10-inch minimum.

Fort Gibson Report

May 28. Elevation is Normal (stable), water temperature 74°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level)

Bass, Largemouth Fair on crankbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits around coves, docks, points, riprap, shorelines.

Crappie, Black, Crappie, White Good on minnows, tube jigs around brush structure, docks, points.

Catfish, Blue, Catfish, Channel Good on chicken liver, cut bait, shad, worms around below the dam, coves, points, riprap.

Comments: Black Bass bite is still stingy with reports of fish being caught near rip rap and docks with spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and the local favorite Biffle bug. Crappie bite has improved with fish being caught suspended off of brush piles in the main lake. Catfish bite is still good with worms and shad still producing well. Jug fishing has also produced nice fish this week. For the bow anglers out there carp and buffalo are all over the banks in high numbers. Sunfish are still excellent!

Report submitted by Cody Morris (Game Warden Wagoner County)

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