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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

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Operator: USACE

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

Area Description/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 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.

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Latest Fishing Report

  • Submitted by:
    Cody Youngblood
    Lake Elevation:
    Above Average
    Water Temp and Clarity:
    75 and murky

    Action: Excellent
    Baits:  Crankbaits, Jigs, Plastics, Spinnerbaits
    Locations: Brush structure, Coves, Docks, Shallows

    Action: Good
    Baits:  Hair Jigs, Jigs, Minnows
    Locations: Brush structure, Docks

    Action: Good
    Baits:  Minnows, Worms
    Locations: Brush structure, Docks, Rocks, Shallows