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Lake Thunderbird, OK

Popular Fish Species Lake Thunderbird, OK

Lake Thunderbird Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish Fishing

This year a healthy population of channel cats populate the waters of Lake Thunderbird, and can be found all around the lake. Fishing for channel catfish is often productive in the main lake area around any kind of structure in the area. Road beds, creek channels and rocky points are all good places to begin. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with cut bait or other popular catfish baits. Other catfish in the lake include flathead and blue catfish.

Lake Thunderbird Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Currently, largemouth bass are doing well in Lake Thunderbird due to excellent fisheries management by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass. Fishing for largemouth bass is generally good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure. Other bass to be caught here include smallmouth bass and spotted bass.

Lake Thunderbird Popular Fish White Crappie

White Crappie

Plenty of healthy white crappie reside in Lake Thunderbird, as they are easy to catch this year on crappie jigs. The fish population is healthy and crappie fishing is excellent. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate shallow brush and vegetation in spring and fall focusing on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out to as deep as 30 to 35 feet, as well as ledges near channels at these depths.

Lake Thunderbird Fishing Video

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, redear sunfish, white bass, saugeye and spotted gar at Lake Thunderbird in Oklahoma.

Virtually surrounded by parks and public lands, Lake Thunderbird is a great place for boating and fishing. This 5,300-acre reservoir, in central Oklahoma, is only 5 miles east of Norman. 86 miles of shoreline welcome anglers fishing from the bank, or from a boat in search of the many fish species residing here.

Lake Thunderbird, located in central Oklahoma, is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a memorable experience in nature. Fishing at Lake Thunderbird is a favorite activity, attracting anglers with its diverse fish population. The lake offers excellent fishing opportunities and is home to a variety of fish species. Popular fish species found in Lake Thunderbird include largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, white bass, and sunfish. Whether you prefer fishing from the shoreline or exploring the lake by boat, Lake Thunderbird provides ample fishing spots and the chance to reel in some impressive catches.

Crappie, catfish, bass, saugeye, and sunfish are here in relative good numbers. Nine boat launch ramps serve boaters wishing to go skiing, sightseeing or fishing. Boats are available for rent, or bring your own kayak, canoe, pleasure boat, pontoon or fishing boat. Marinas, parks, camping, dining, convenience stores, and other local amenities welcome visitors to this friendly community.

Lake Thunderbird offers a delightful combination of fishing, boating, and camping experiences. Whether you're casting your line for your favorite fish species, cruising on the calm waters, or unwinding at a lakeside campsite, Lake Thunderbird provides a picturesque and serene destination for outdoor enthusiasts to create lasting memories and embrace the natural beauty of Oklahoma.

Fishing Boats For Rent In OK

Primary fish species residing in Lake Thunderbird

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill Green Sunfish Longear Sunfish Redear Sunfish White Bass Saugeye Spotted gar

Lake Thunderbird Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

Today's Weather & Forecast

Boating is another major draw at Lake Thunderbird, thanks to its expansive waters and scenic surroundings. Boaters can navigate the lake's calm surface, take in the picturesque views, and engage in various water-based activities. Whether you enjoy leisurely cruises, water skiing, or kayaking, Lake Thunderbird offers an ideal setting for boating enthusiasts to indulge in their favorite water sports. With its ample space and well-maintained boat ramps, the lake ensures a pleasant and enjoyable boating experience for all.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Calypso Cove Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats and canoes
405 360-9846

Little River Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

132nd Avenue Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off 132nd Avenue NE, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Calypso Boat Launch
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Turkey Pass, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Denver Corner Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, north side, off 108th Avenue NE, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Hog Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, northwest side, off Indian Point Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Little Axe Boat Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Little Gravel Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Little River Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Little River State Park Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

North Sentinel Campground and Boat Launch
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off 88th Ave NE, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Post Oak Boat Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off E Rock Creek Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Calypso Cove Marina
100 Calypso Cove Ave
Norman, OK 73026
405 360-9846

Little River Marina
13801 Marina Rd
Norman, Oklahoma 73026

Fishing Guides On Lake Thunderbird

If you offer fishing guide services on Lake Thunderbird, please contact us for a free listing to be posted here.

Click here for a Oklahoma Fishing License.

Camping at Lake Thunderbird is a cherished experience, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty and tranquility of the area. The lake features several campgrounds that cater to different camping preferences. Whether you prefer primitive tent camping or RV camping with modern amenities, Lake Thunderbird has suitable options for every camper. Set up camp amidst the serene surroundings, enjoy evenings by the campfire, and wake up to the sounds of nature. Campers can also take advantage of the lake's proximity by swimming, hiking, or simply unwinding by the shoreline. Lake Thunderbird's campgrounds provide a peaceful retreat where campers can relax and rejuvenate.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake Thunderbird State Park Campground - 405 360-3572

Lake Thunderbird OK Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Thunderbird
Calypso Cove Marina
100 Calypso Cove Ave.
Norman, OK 73026
405 360-9846


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Lake Thunderbird in Oklahoma.

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Lake Thunderbird is a great destination for crappie, catfish, bass, saugeye, and sunfish fishing in central Oklahoma.

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