6/13/2015 – Temporary Regulations for the Park after the flooding: All of Zone I is a Blue Zone with a 6 rainbow, One 20″+ brown trout daily limit.
This is due to the loss of proper signage and the ODWC discussion on moving/resizing the Red Zone portion.
Trout Season: Year round.
Designated Trout Area/Size/Location: 12 mile portion of the lower Mountain Fork River and its tributaries from the Broken Bow Reservoir spillway downstream to the U.S. Hwy 70 bridge. About five miles of this designated trout stream lies within Beaver’s Bend State Park, in McCurtain County.
Note: a portion of the lower Mountain Fork River from the mouth of Rough Branch Creek downstream to the Re-regulation Dam is now a Red Zone area, not Blue, and those regulations apply.
Method of Taking:
It is unlawful to take fish from state designated trout areas during trout season by any means except one rod and reel (or one pole and line).
Trout caught and placed on a stringer or otherwise held in possession cannot be released later (no culling).
All trout in possession must be kept on a stringer marked with that angler’s name and fishing license number. All anglers must have their own stringer.
Daily & Size Limits:
Daily limit is six rainbow trout in all state designated trout areas except in portions of the Blue River, the Lower Illinois River and the Lower Mountain Fork River. (See maps and descriptions on pages 31 and 30.)
There is no minimum size limit for rainbow trout at any state-designated trout area except in portions of the Lower Illinois River and the Lower Mountain Fork River. (See maps and descriptions on pages 31 and 30.)
Daily limit for brown trout is six with no minimum size limit, except at the Lower Mountain Fork River and Lower Illinois River where the daily limit is one; size limit: 20-inch minimum, with a possession limit of two after the first day.
No person shall have in his possession in the field more than one daily limit of any trout species. After the first day, no person shall have more than 12 rainbow trout and 12 brown trout in his or her possession, except at the Lower Mountain Fork River and Lower Illinois River where the possession limit for brown trout is two. Nonresidents shall not have more than two days’ limit of any trout species upon leaving the state.
Artificial Flies and Lures Defined:
Any artificial fly or lure constructed of any material excluding those containing, constructed with or used in conjunction with:
- Imitation fish eggs, worms, grubs or larvae made of soft plastic.
- Any natural fish food (fish eggs, worms, insects, etc.).
- Any human food substances such as garlic, corn or cheese.
- Any dough bait, putty or paste-type bait.
- Any substance, chemical or natural, designed to attract fish by taste or smell, regardless if the substance is added in the manufacturing process or applied afterward.
Bank Access/Boat Ramps: Bank access is unlimited within the state park and downstream to the Re-regulation Dam. Another public access point exists at Presbyterian Falls. Boat ramps are located just upstream of and below the Re-regulation Dam.
Camping and cabin facilities: are available within Beaver’s Bend State Park and below the Re-regulation Dam. For information call (580) 494-6300.
Special Regulations by Zone:
- from the Broken Bow Reservoir spillway downstream to the Lost Creek diversion structure
- from the first Hwy 259A scenic bridge downstream to the State Park Dam
- from the mouth of Rough Branch Creek downstream to Hwy. 70 bridge:
- from the Lost Creek diversion structure downstream to the first Hwy 259A scenic bridge, including the Lost Creek channel;
- from the State Park Dam downstream to the mouth of Rough Branch Creek)
Rainbow trout – Daily limit: one (1); Size limit: 20-inch minimum.
Possession of any trout less than 20-inches is prohibited.
Use of bait or barbed hooks is prohibited in the Red Zone. Fishing is restricted to barbless hooks, artificial flies and artificial lures only.
You can also view and/or print the complete ODWC Fishing Regulations PDF magazine.