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"2003 Oklahoma Fishing Guide"
|The “2003 Oklahoma
Fishing Guide” will soon be hitting the shelves of fishing and
hunting license dealers across the state. The 42-page booklet not
only lists regulations governing fishing in the state, but it also
contains fishing tips and a wide variety of other helpful
“We have made a few changes to the regulations for 2003,” said Barry
Bolton, assistant fisheries chief for the Oklahoma Department of
Wildlife Conservation. “We are always looking for better ways to
manage the state’s fisheries and provide the most opportunity for
According to Bolton, before heading out on a fishing trip in the new
year, anglers should be sure to pick up a copy of the “2003 Oklahoma
Fishing Guide” for a complete list of all changes to the
Following are a few of the notable changes in 2003:
In the Illinois River upstream from the confluence of Baron Fork
Creek and in Baron Fork Creek, Lee Creek and Little Lee Creek,
smallmouth bass have a 9- to 12-inch protected slot limit and a
daily limit of six, of which only one may be 12 inches or longer.
Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted
bass have a combined daily limit of six, of which only one
may be 12 inches or longer.
In the Glover River, from the confluence with Little River upstream
to the “Forks of the Glover,” smallmouth bass have a 12-inch minimum
size limit and a daily limit of three. Largemouth, smallmouth and
spotted bass have a combined daily limit of six, of which only three
may be smallmouth bass.
At Skiatook Lake, striped bass hybrids have a daily limit of five,
of which only two may be 20 inches or longer. There is no daily
limit or size limit on white bass.
At Konawa Lake, the 16- to 22-inch protected slot limit on black
bass has been dropped and no size limit on bass currently applies.
All black bass still have a combined daily limit of six, of which
only one may be 22 inches or longer.
Several changes have made to the regulations regarding paddlefish.
Anglers pursuing paddlefish should be certain to pick up a copy of
the regulations for complete details.
Beginning July 1, 2003, a new license will take effect. The Blue
River Conservation Passport ($13.50 for both residents and
non-residents), will be required of all persons who enter or use the
Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area, unless exempt.
Anyone with questions about fishing in Oklahoma or about state
fishing regulations should contact their local game warden, or
contact the Department's fisheries division at (405) 521-3721.
also is available at the Department’s Web site at