If you plan to spend some time in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, you’ll want to make sure to do some local fishing, including fly fishing. The nearby Mountain Fork River has year-round trout fishing in a 12-mile area of its lower river with approximately 5 miles of this stretch in Beavers Bend State Park.
Located nine miles away from the town of Broken Bow and just three miles from Hochatown, Mountain Fork River is famous for its four-mile “trophy section” that’s geared toward fly fishing and some of the best trout fishing in the country. There’s also fishing along the river’s tributaries and in Broken Bow Lake.
Here’s what you need to know if you plan to go fishing on the Mountain Fork River or its tributaries!
The Broken Bow area is famous for its trout fishing, but that’s not the only type of fish you can catch. Here’s the full rundown on the fish in Lower Mountain Fork River:
Fly fishing in Broken Bow is a fly fisherman’s dream. This popular destination offers anglers access to dozens of streams ranging from mountain creeks with cascading waters to flat rivers full of brown and rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and more. Whether you want to fly fish from the bank or venture out into the boats and float down the river, there is something for everyone.
Fishing gear can be purchased at local fly shops that provide guides and fly fishing classes for those who are interested in learning this skillful method. There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than fly fishing in Southeastern Oklahoma!
If you’re not familiar with the Broken Bow area and local fishing, then the best way to fish is with one of the many trusted fishing guides. Fishing guides will know when and where the fish are biting and will also stay alert to any relevant weather conditions. They also will know regulations on what size fish you’re allowed to keep.
Don’t want to haul all your gear on your trip or maybe you don’t have any yet? They’ll have everything you need including rods, tackle gear, and bait to make your fishing trip as comfortable as possible.
Most fishing guides offer both half-day and full-day fishing excursions. You may think this is a splurge item on your list, but trust us, even seasoned anglers find their skills tested when fishing with a guide. It’s worth the extra cost especially if you’re new to the area.
And if you’d just like to relax and fish, but not haul all your gear on your trip, a guided trip is perfect for taking in the scenery surrounded by the nature in the Kiamichi Mountains of Broken Bow.
You’ll need to plan ahead and have a valid fishing license for your fishing trip to Broken Bow. It’s required for both Oklahoma residents and nonresidents (those who are in the state under 60 days) age 16 or older. For non-residents, a six-day fishing license is $35, and an annual one is $55.
Find out more information including all the rules about age requirements, residents vs. non residents, etc. regarding obtaining a fishing license in Oklahoma here.
When you’re ready, you can purchase a fishing license here on the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation site. In addition, you can also visit any local Walmart and/or outdoorsman store to purchase a fishing license.
Although water temperatures vary throughout the year, you can fish year-round on the Mountain Fork River. Like any fishing spot, the conditions and water temperatures may change slightly depending on the season.
The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation website has information about Lower Mountain Fork River fishing conditions, although it may not be updated daily.
Here are several other sites that can help you plan a fun fishing adventure while you’re in Broken Bow, Oklahoma:
10 best trout fishing rivers and lakes in Oklahoma – Find out why the website Best Fishing in America ranks Lower Mountain Fork River and Beavers Bend State Park so highly for trout fishing in Oklahoma.
Trout angler guide – Top tips and highlights. Learn to fish for trout like the pros with the more information from Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation.
Want all the scoop on how to catch trout in Lower Mountain Fork River? Trout Information in Oklahoma from Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation details where trout fishing is available in the state, including Lower Mountain Fork River. It also shares tips on the best ways to fish for trout.
Travel Oklahoma’s website has photos and videos from the Lower Mountain Fork River.
Lower Mountain Fork River Map – Also available from Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation, view a map of Lower Mountain Fork River and read guidance on daily limits for brown trout and rainbow trout.
As you plan your trip to Lower Mountain Fork River and Broken Bow, you’ll want to make sure you find the perfect cabin for your trip! The area is famous for its comfortable, scenic cabins. They’ll provide just the right atmosphere to get cozy after a fun day of fishing.