Old man with a hat sitting along the bank of a creek and fishing
Fishing in Rock Creek

NPS/Chickasaw NRA

Fishing is allowed in the park in bodies of water west of U.S. Highway 177, which includes the Lake of the Arbuckles, Veterans Lake, Rock Creek, and a number of ponds. Travertine Creek and all other bodies of water east of U.S. Highway 177 are closed to fishing.

White bass, largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, and catfish are popular catches. Wheelchair accessible fishing docks are available at Veterans Lake, and on Lake of the Arbuckles near the boat launches at Guy Sandy, Buckhorn, and The Point.


A valid Oklahoma state fishing license is required.

Fishing Regulations

Fishing in Veterans Lake, creeks and all small watershed lakes less than 100 acres are restricted to the use of a hand line or rod and reel. Other methods such as trotlines, yo yo’s, sail lines, jug lines, nets, and other legal means of fishing are only permitted at Lake of the Arbuckles. Before fishing, be sure to review Chickasaw National Recreation Area's Superintendent's Compendium and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation fishing regulations.

Fish Consumption Advisories

Fish is part of a healthy balanced diet, but eating fish caught in park waters is not risk free. Areas around a park affect the natural resources inside a park. Other aquatic toxins are the result of natural biological processes. To learn more about this topic, the National Park Service maintains information about Fish Consumption Advisories and Mercury and Toxins in Nature.

Most water in Chickasaw National Recreation Area drains into Lake of the Arbuckles. Although the following advisory is for Lake of the Arbuckles, cautious anglers may wish to heed the same advisory for fish caught in other park waters.
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality Fish Consumption Advisory - Lake of the Arbuckles

Check out the latest fishing report for Lake of the Arbuckles.


Fishing Ethics

Responsible anglers help conserve our common natural resources for others to enjoy. Follow fishing regulation and limits. Be mindful to pack it out any waste items when you leave. Old fishing line, plastic containers, glass, and old hooks can be extremely harmful to wildlife.

Avoid Transporting Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species pose a signifcant threat to recreational and commercial waters throughout the United States. Cooperation between agencies and individuals to prevent further spread of these species is vital.

Anglers should:

  1. CLEAN off plants, animals, and mud from gear and equipment including waders, footwear, ropes, anchors, bait traps, dip nets, downrigger cables, fishing lines, and field gear before leaving water access. Scrub off any visible material on footwear with a stiff brush.

  2. DRAIN water from watercraft, motor, bilge, bladder tanks, livewell and portable bait containers before leaving water access. Replace with spring or dechlorinated tap water when keeping live bait before leaving water access.

  3. DRY everything five days or more, unless otherwise required by local or state laws, when moving between waters to kill small species not easily seen OR wipe with a towel before reuse.

  4. DISPOSE of unwanted bait, worms, and fish parts in the trash. When keeping live bait, drain bait container and replace with spring or dechlorinated tap water. Never dump live fish or other organisms from one water body into another.

Visitors who may have discovered new aquatic invasives or new areas of infestation in the state of Oklahoma are encouraged to report to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Early notification can help prevent further spread and help protect our waterways.

Last updated: September 8, 2020

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