By: Don Groom, Southeast Fisheries Supervisor. Phone (918) 297-0153
Location: Located 7 Miles north of Sawyer in Choctaw County.
Driving Directions: From Sawyer – ½ mile east on U.S. Hwy 70, 6¼ miles north on State Hwy 147.
Recreational facilities: Primitive camping and primitive boat ramp, good bank access for fishing.
Primary Uses: Angling and general recreation.
Lake History: Lake Schooler was constructed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in the 1930's.
Surface area...... 36 ac.
Volume ............. 306 ac.ft
Average depth......... 8.7 ft.
Maximum depth ....................25 ft.
Shoreline length ...................... 2.7 mi.
Fish Species of Interest:
Largemouth Bass, Bluegill Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish
Notable Characteristics of Lake or Fishery: The majority of bank fishing access lies along the earthen dam.
Regulations: Largemouth/smallmouth bass; six (6) combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish six (6) per day no size limit. Fishing limited to two rods and reels only per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing is allowed.
Habitat Types, Status and Improvements: An abundant of vegetation surrounds the shoreline at the lake. The lake has two marked fish attractors made up of brush piles. Staff refurbished these attractors in 2011. In addition to maintaining and creating additional fish attractor sites staff will focus on improving bank and boat access, and controlling vegetation.
Description of Fish Management Practices: Annual 9” channel catfish stockings will continue at a rate of 40 per acre. Future stocking rates and frequency could be adjusted following an examination of catch rates and growth rates during summer netting surveys. Total largemouth bass (LMB) abundance was high during 2011 electrofishing surveys. Quality LMB 14” and over are present in low to moderate abundance. A 4.5 lbs., 21” LMB was recorded as the largest of the sample.
Hunting: All forms of hunting are permitted during open hunting seasons from September 1 through spring turkey season. Hunting is restricted to shotguns and bows only. These lakes are closed to antlerless deer harvest, except during archery season. Hunting and shooting other than provided above is prohibited. “Closed areas” may be designated for purposes of safety and/or security.