Fishing Facts & Tips

Approximates point that close to thirty percentage (sixty million lbs) of the two hundred million lbs of sport and game fish present in Oklahoma are found in the major reservoirs. It is reasonable to assume, based on harvest data, that some 3.8 million pounds of those reservoir fish are taken home each year by anglers.

If there is any truth to the opening statement on catch success, most reservoir anglers are taking home less than a pound of fish per year! Fisheries biologists firmly believe that most anglers can increase his or her individual success by becoming better acquainted with fish habits and fishing methods. Fishery managers will continue to develop methods of providing more and bigger fish, however anglers must continually learn more about their quarry if they want to be in the top 10 percent.

Although there are several ways of increasing fishing knowledge, there are no substitutes for on-the-water fishing experience. It is a safe assumption that most people considered to be good anglers have learned their craft by spending many hours honing their skills on the water. One way anglers can supplement their knowledge of fish and fishing is to assimilate the knowledge and experience of other anglers. Fishing magazine articles, television fishing programs, area fishing reports and word-of-mouth can never replace actual fishing experience, but can have an impact on success. Watching or reading about the fishing techniques of others can often prove successful wherever you fish. Since few in today's society have opportunities to fish every day, most sport fishermen rely to some degree on information generated by other anglers.

When planning a fishing trip to unfamiliar waters, obtaining "local" information from an angler familiar with the area can be very helpful. The same holds true whenever fishing for unfamiliar species. In many instances, certain fishing areas, methods and baits have proven to be highly effective over time.

Bear in mind, however, that aside from a fish's relationship to water, little else is 100 percent certain in this sport. The advice offered here has been shown to be reliable more than 50 percent of the time. More important, you should note the relationships of all fish to their environment.

  • Try to use Attractive Beads, Luminous Tube, and flashy things on your rig near the hook to help attract fish to your bait.
  • If you know that snapper or other large bitey fish are being caught in your area at the time, use strong rigs and put some protective tubing on your trace near the hook to help avoid being bitten off.
  • When going out on your fishing trip, take a variety of bait with you. Usually pilchards, bonito, trevally and mackerel work well.
  • Autumn is a great time of year to get out and go fishing. The fish are in much closer, the weather is more settled and the fish are hungry.
  • Make sure you have no scratches or nicks on your guides by rubbing a cotton bud around and inside your guides.
  • A tip from the experts: use a new rig every time you go on a fishing expedition.
  • A great tip for trout fishing is to put powerbait on your hook, and then dip it in garlic oil for a few seconds before you cast it.
  • On smaller plugs the middle hook is sometimes too small to do a good job so try replacing the middle hook with another one a size or two larger.
  • Keep a fishing journal and record the day's temperature and how well you did at what spot.
  • Spring is the best time of year to go bass fishing, when fish move into shallow water to spawn.
  • After a cold front passes, go fishing under a dock. The underwater structure will provide safety for the fish, and that's where they hide.
  • After heavy rain, most streams and rivers turn muddy. At that point, head to the nearest dam. Water flowing over the dam is usually clear water and the fishing there may save an otherwise dismal day.