Tips & Techniques for Fishing in Lower Mountain Fork Oklahoma

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The Lower Mountain Fork River in Oklahoma is a popular destination for fishing and fly fishing enthusiasts that offers year-round trout fishing throughout a 12-mile portion of lower river, as well as its tributaries from the Broken Bow dam downstream to US-70 bridge. About five miles of the Lower Mountain Fork River is within Beavers Bend State Park, where boat access is unlimited. Below the park area, there are public access points at the dam and near the rapids of Presbyterian Falls. If you're planning on fishing or fly fishing in the Lower Mountain Fork River or the surrounding areas, here are some tips to help you make the most of your trip:

  • Familiarize yourself with the local regulations and fishing seasons. The Lower Mountain Fork is home to a variety of fish species, and different regulations apply to each species. Make sure you have the necessary licenses and follow the rules to ensure a sustainable and enjoyable fishing experience. Obtain a fishing license: In Oklahoma, anyone over the age of 16 is required to have a fishing license to fish in public waters. You can purchase a license online or at a local sporting goods store.

    • June 3-4, 2023 are FREE Fishing Days! Anyone may fish in Oklahoma on these days without a state license (free paddlefish permit still required.) Some city permits may still be required.

    • Visit the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for more information on Fishing Regulations

  • Pay attention to the weather and water conditions. Fish can be more or less active depending on the weather and water conditions.

    • Bass fishing in particular is vastly improved in the fall months as water temperatures ease back into the mid-60s.

  • Choose the right equipment. The type of gear you need will depend on the type of fishing you plan to do. For example, if you're fly fishing, you'll need a fly rod, reel, and flies. If you're casting, you'll need a spinning or baitcasting rod and reel, along with appropriate lures or bait.

  • Use the right technique. Different fishing techniques work better for different fish species and conditions. For example, if you're targeting rainbow trout, you may want to use a fly rod and present a dry fly to the fish. If you're after largemouth bass, you may want to use a spinning rod and cast a lure or live bait.

  • Experiment with different lures and baits. Different fish species have different preferences when it comes to food. Experiment with different lures and baits to see what works best for the fish you're targeting.

    • In the Fall, bass will from loose schools and chase young of year bluegill, shad, shiners, and other bait fish. Throwing a 1/16th oz swimbait in shad color at your local pond in transition areas where shallow water gradually slopes to deeper water will typically find several decent largemouth bass.

  • In larger lakes and reservoirs, medium-to-small sized buzzbaits fished at medium-to-fast-speed in the backs of coves and creek channels can yield quite the haul of black bass species and white bass.

Overall, Broken Bow, Oklahoma is a fantastic destination for any fisherman looking for a new spot to cast their line. With its clear waters and abundance of fish species, it's a place that every angler should experience at least once.

If you’re planning a fishing trip to this beautiful part of the state, we highly recommend staying at Aiukli Creek View Cabin and Aiukli Pine View Cabin. Our charming cabins are located just a short drive from the river and offers a variety of amenities to make your fishing trip even more enjoyable.

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Aiukli Creek View Cabin or Aiukli Pine View Cabin are conveniently located less than 10 miles from Beavers Bend State Park for fishing. 

Did you know "Aiukli" means "beautiful" in the Choctaw language? It is nod to the Choctaw native indians that settled in the area. Aiukli is pronounced: eye (what you see with) - yuke (rhymes with the name Luke) - lee (like the jeans).