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Guide to fishing for rainbow and brown trout in area lakes and streams.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

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While Oklahoma may not be the first place that comes to mind for trout fishing, the state still offers opportunities to reel in some impressive catches. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about trout fishing and identify trout fishing waters in the state. The primary trout species found in Oklahoma's waters are rainbow trout and brown trout. These prized game fish provide exciting angling experiences for both novice and experienced trout anglers.

Trout fishing in Oklahoma is primarily focused on stocked waters, including lakes, rivers, and tailwaters below dams. Lakes such as Lake Watonga, Lake Carl Etling, and Lower Illinois River are popular destinations for trout fishing. These lakes receive regular stockings of rainbow trout, providing anglers with the chance to catch these beautiful and hard-fighting fish.

Rivers are also excellent trout fishing destinations in Oklahoma. The Lower Mountain Fork River, in particular, is renowned for its trout fishery. This designated trout stream flows through southeastern Oklahoma and offers anglers the opportunity to catch both rainbow and brown trout. The cool, clear waters of the river provide an ideal habitat for trout, making it a favorite spot for fly fishing enthusiasts.

Oklahoma's Wildlife Department keeps records of notable catches, including state records for various fish species. As of my knowledge cutoff date in September 2021, the state record for rainbow trout stands at over 11 pounds, caught from Lower Illinois River. The state record for brown trout is over 17 pounds. These records showcase the potential for landing impressive trout in Oklahoma's waters.

Trout fishing in Oklahoma typically requires a trout license or a combination license that includes trout fishing privileges. It's important for anglers to be aware of fishing regulations, including bag limits and size restrictions, to ensure the sustainability of the trout populations and comply with state rules.

While not as renowned as some other trout fishing destinations, Oklahoma still offers a rewarding experience for anglers seeking to catch trout. Whether casting in lakes or wading in rivers, the state provides opportunities to test your skills and enjoy the beauty of trout fishing. So grab your fishing gear, explore the trout fishing spots in Oklahoma, and cast your line for a chance to land a memorable catch.

Trout Waters

Lake Watonga, Sunset Lake and Tenkiller Lake are lakes in Oklahoma with a stocked trout populations. Trout are also stocked throughout the state in Blue River, Lake Perry Park, Lake Watonga, Lower Illinois River, Lower Mt. Fork River, Medicine Park, Quartz Mountain, Robbers Cave and Sunset Lake.

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Trout Species In The State

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 11 lbs 4.32 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 17 lbs 4.64 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Select the best trout lures and baits

Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.

Oklahoma Trout Records

The state record rainbow trout was caught out of the Lower Illinois River.

The state record brown trout was taken from the Mountain Fork River.

Click here to see a list of trout stocking waters in Oklahoma.

Additional trout information

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

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Trout locations and info, by state.

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The habits of trout.

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Oklahoma waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.