Number of Fish Species: 176
State Sportfish: White Bass (sand bass)
Notable Records: a 36lb 8oz. northern pike from Lake Carl Etling, a 38lb freshwater drum from Tenkiller Lake, a 98lb blue catfish from Texoma, a 14lb 12oz. largemouth bass from Cedar Lake
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Quickcast: Though seemingly arid, the Sooner state is very wet and better fished “sooner” than later. In the Northwest, is Optima Lake which is known to produce largemouth bass, spotted bass, catfish species, crappie and walleye. Heading to the Northeast region of the state is Ooloogah Lake where anglers can find crappie, blue cats, channel cats and largemouth bass. In the same region is the Arkansas River that is home to several catfish species but is primarily fished for stripers and hybrid stripers. Near the Central part of the state is the North Canadian River. This river will produce some really nice catfish as well as hybrid stripers. Running the southern border of the state is the Red River. The Red is primarily fished for large catfish, paddlefish (spoonbill) and stipers but will also produce alligator gar, spotted bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass and white bass. Feeding into the Red River is Lake Texoma which is targeted for blue and channel cats, white bass, striped bass, spotted bass, crappie and bluegill. Finally, in the far West is Robert S. Kerr Reservoir where fishermen drop a line for largemouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, crappie, channel and blue cats.