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Farm pond fishing offers family fun

Oklahoma is home to some outstanding lakes and reservoirs encompassing thousands of miles of shoreline. However, some of the state’s best fishing can be found at small, out-of-the-way farm ponds.

"As the weather is getting warmer, the fishing is getting better at farm ponds," said Barry Bolton, assistant chief of fisheries for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "We have good reports coming in for a variety of species from small lakes and ponds around the state.”

You can enjoy some great fishing with very basic equipment, so there is no excuse not to get out and enjoy the opportunity.

"Farm ponds are particularly a good bet early in the year, the fish are responding to increasing water temperatures, which usually rise quicker than they do in larger bodies of water.” Bolton said. “Of course, temperatures are also rising slowly in many of our rivers and lakes, and good fishing will only get better as those temps continue to rise." Fishing is a great way to spend time with family and friends enjoying the spring weather and the beauty of Oklahoma’s outdoors. Ponds, streams, rivers and lakes provide Oklahoma’s sportsmen ample opportunity for a good fishing experience, but don’t forget to obtain permission from the landowner. Many of these bodies of water occur in the most scenic areas of
the state, offering anglers a chance to relax and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors when the action slows down.

Before heading out, anglers should consult the “2003 Oklahoma Fishing Guide” for specific species and area regulations as well as license requirements. The guides are available at fishing and hunting license vendors across the state or by logging on to the Department’s Web site at