Taking of the various game fish and the designated creel limits are as specified in the State of Oklahoma Fishing Regulations. For specific exclusions and regulations see Fishing Regulations
Year-round fishing is permitted on the Deep Fork River, and fishing is allowed from March 1-October 31 on sloughs, farm ponds and impoundments not connected to the river.
Fifty-nine fish species have been identified from the river, streams, and reservoirs of the Deep Fork River basin, and many are likely to be found in Refuge waters. The Deep Fork River provides feeding and spawning habitat for many sport fish native to east central Oklahoma. The most important species to anglers are the channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish (a.k.a. Mississippi white catfish), crappie, white bass, and largemouth bass (less common).
Parking is limited
at fishing access locations where Highway 56, Sharp Road, Highway
75 and Coalton Road span the river. Designated areas will be closed
to fishing (see map for specific locations and closures). Some areas
are closed to all forms of public entry. Other areas may be closed
for special management or safety reasons.
The Refuge does not currently maintain any boat ramps for use on the Deep Fork River. Although difficult, lightweight jon boats and canoes can be launched from the bank at river bridge locations.
View the fishing
map for locations that are open and closed to fishing and public