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.

 

Oklahoma Fishing Reports

We know that fishing in Oklahoma can be good nearly all year round but the peak time for most species and anglers is March to June, which is when we require reports to be submitted. If there is a particular lake you would like to know about during the non-required report time you can contact the county game warden or a local bait shop to check on the lake conditions before heading out.

 

Regions

Central
Northeast
Northwest
Southeast
Southwest

 

2016-2017 General Hunting Seasons

 

 

HideDeer
Deer Archery: 
October 1, 2016 to January 15, 2017
Deer Gun: 
November 19, 2016 to December 4, 2016
Holiday Antlerless: 
December 16, 2016 to December 25, 2016
HideElk
Elk Archery: 
October 1, 2016 to January 15, 2017
Elk Gun: 
November 19, 2016 to December 4, 2016
HideSpecial Southwest Zone Elk Seasons
Archery: 
December 10, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Gun: 
December 15, 2016 to December 18, 2016
Antlerless: 
November 19, 2016 to December 4, 2016
January 1, 2017 to January 31, 2017
HideAntelope
HideAntelope Gun Seasons
Landowner Drawn Doe: 
December 3, 2016 to January 15, 2017
County and Tags: 
Cimarron County: 50
Texas County: 20
HideBear
HideTurkey
Turkey Fall Archery: 
October 1, 2016 to January 15, 2017
Turkey Fall Gun: 
October 29, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Youth Spring Turkey: 
April 1, 2017 to April 2, 2017
Youth Spring Turkey (SE): 
April 15, 2017 to April 16, 2017
Spring Turkey: 
April 6, 2017 to May 6, 2017
Spring Turkey (SE): 
April 17, 2017 to May 6, 2017
Quail: 
November 12, 2016 to February 15, 2017
Pheasant: 
December 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017
Migratory Birds: 
Rail, Snipe, Gallinule, Woodcock, September Teal, Special Resident Canada Geese Dove, Sandhill Cranes, Light Geese, Canada Geese, White-Fronted Geese, COLGS, Ducks, Coots, Mergansers & Youth Waterfowl seasons
Migratory Birds Season Sheet: 
Crow: 
October 10, 2016 to November 16, 2016
December 9, 2016 to March 4, 2017
Squirrel: 
May 15, 2016 to January 31, 2017
Rabbit: 
October 1, 2016 to March 15, 2017
Furbearers: 
Raccoon, Bobcat, Badger, Gray Fox, Red Fox, Mink, Muskrat, Opossum, River Otter & Weasel
December 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017