You’re Doin’ Fine When You Cast A Line!

With more shoreline than the entire East and Gulf coasts combined, it’s no wonder why anglers from across the world flock to Oklahoma. Large bodies of water and a variety of trophy fish call Oklahoma home, and it’s no different here in Chickasaw Country. In 2019, nine lakes and rivers in Chickasaw Country were officially named along Oklahoma’s Fishing Trail. We’re highlighting the south-central loop of the Fishing Trail here!

Lake of the Arbuckles

Named the best bass fishing lake in Oklahoma by the Department of Wildlife Conservation, you’ll discover clear waters and more than 35 miles of beautiful shoreline along the western front of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Located south of Sulphur, largemouth bass isn’t the only species you’ll find here; cast your line for crappie, catfish and bluegill. Also, don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky as this area is the winter home to many bald eagles!

Known For: Bass Fishing, Bald Eagles, Camping, Picnics

Best Time To Go: Winter and Early Spring

Stop By: Springs at The Artesian

People fishing on lake

Lake Murray

Crystal-clear waters and modern amenities greet you at Lake Murray, the preeminent feature of Oklahoma’s largest state park located south of Ardmore. Hit the boat ramp or rent a vessel at Lake Murray Marina before heading out for a day of bass fishing. The area is full of adventures for the family, including 10 miles of ATV trails, scuba diving, horseback riding and more.

Known For: Bass Fishing, Hiking and ATV trails, Tucker Tower

Best Time To Go: Anytime

Stop By: Casa Romo Cocina Mexicana

Lake with a tower

Blue River

Tucked away in a corner of Johnston County, you’ll discover the trout fishing gem of Oklahoma. Beginning Nov. 1 and running through March 31 each year, the Blue River Fishing Area is stocked with beautiful rainbow and brown trout. You’ll also discover a variety of bass, crappie, catfish and panfish.

Known For: Trout Fishing, Camping, Scenery off the beaten path

Best Time To Go: Winter

Stop By: Ole Red

Lake Texoma

Big lakes breed big fish. That’s the mantra at Lake Texoma, Oklahoma’s second-largest lake at more than 89,000 acres of surface area. The lake boasts state records for catfish (118 pounds) and alligator gar (eight feet long, 254 pounds), but what might be even more impressive is the variety of trophy fish found inside its shoreline. Striper, bigmouth buffalo, crappie, blue and flathead catfish are just a few angler-favorites. In all, Lake Texoma is home to more than 70 species of fish!

Known For: Monster Catches, Striper, Summer Lake Activities

Best Time To Go: Summer

Stop By: BG’s Catch

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