and Boating Regulations
Fishing with hook and
line is permitted on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following
- Bank and wade fishing
with pole and line or rod and reel are permitted year-round in areas open
for public fishing access.
- Limblines, throwlines,
juglines, and yo-yo's are not permitted in lakes, ponds, or creeks. During
boating season, trotlines are only permitted in the open area of Cumberland
Pool, Rock Creek and the natural banks of the Washita River. Lines used must be attached to anchored floats. Fishing tackle must be removed
at the end of each season.
- Use of any containers
(jugs, bottles) as floats is not permitted.
- During the boating
season, no wake boat fishing with hand-held tackle is permitted in open
areas south and west of the Cumberland Pool shallow water buoy line, lakes
south of the Washita River, and the Wildlife Management Unit. Fishing or
entry into the Sanctuary Area is not permitted.
- Night fishing is permitted
from boat (during boating season) on the Cumberland Pool, except not in
the Sancuary Area and the no-wake area south and west of the shallow
water buoy line.
- Night fishing from
the bank is permitted at the Headquarters Area, Sandy Creek Bridge, Murray
23, Wildlife Management Unit and other authorized fishing areas.
- Taking of bait for
personal use while fishing on the refuge is permitted in accordance with
Oklahoma State law.
- Bow fishing is permitted
only in the Wildlife Management Unit.
- The taking of fish
by the use of hands (noodling) is prohibited in all Refuge and Management
- The boating season
runs March 1 through September 30 on Refuge lakes, the Wildlife Management
Unit, and Washita River.
- All State and Federal
regulations apply to boats using the refuge.
- Hazards: Cumberland
Pool contains floating debris and submerged concrete structures.
- Personal watercraft
(jet ski's) are not permitted.
- Tube fishing (fishing
with the aid of an inner tube type device as part of a pair of waders for
floatation) is permitted during boating season March 1 through September
- Boating, fishing, and
entry into the Sanctuary Area is prohibited.
Daily & Size Limits
|White or Black Crappie
and 37 daily limit
|Channel and Blue
size limit: 12" minimum Daily limit 15 combined. Only one Blue Catfish over 30 inches.
minimum and daily limit 5
|Striped bass and
Striped bass hybrid
||Daily limit 10 combined,
only 2 may be 20" or longer
||Daily limit 25.
No size limit
|Size limit: 14"
minimum for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. Daily limit of 5 combined.