Refuge proposes changes to fishing program

Hunting and fishing on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. National wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries in the Southwest have been part of this tradition. Today, more than 370 national wildlife refuges across the country are open to the public for hunting. We welcome hunters and anglers of all backgrounds and abilities to experience the outdoors in these amazing places.

Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to update the refuge’s fishing program and is seeking public comment on the proposed changes that include:

  • the addition of two new fishing ponds (Horton Slough Fishing Pond and Stoney Point Fishing Pond).
  • snagging and noodling allowed in all waters of the refuge.
  • the prohibition of the use of setlines in creeks and tributaries entering the Arkansas River or Canadian River on the refuge.


You are invited to review draft documents related to these changes, including the fish plan, environmental assessment, and compatibility determination. These documents will be available beginning Thursday, April 15, 2021 until the close of the Federal Register public comment period, at least 60 days. The public comment period is an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed changes in the draft documents. You can submit comments to the regional office by email at

Draft documents are also available by contacting the refuge at 918-773-5251 ext. 23 or to request either printed or electronic copies. Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format. In the subject line, please add - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge hunting/fishing comments.

Across the country, national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries work closely with state agencies, tribes and private partners to expand access to hunting and fishing. Hunting and fishing provide opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy the outdoors, create memories and pass on family traditions.