Oklahoma Fishing Licenses
Before fishing in state waters, anglers must acquire an Oklahoma fishing permit through the Department of Wildlife Conservation. Resident fishing licenses and non resident fishing licenses are the two general types of permits to fish available. Furthermore, certain groups of OK residents are eligible for lifetime fishing licenses. In addition, anglers seeking to improve their knowledge about the sport can participate in state-sponsored fishing education programs or join one of many fishing clubs and organization across Oklahoma. Learn more about how to buy a fishing license in Oklahoma and fishing education opportunities in the below sections:
- Types of fishing licenses in Oklahoma
- Fishing education in Oklahoma
- Fishing organizations in Oklahoma
Types of Oklahoma Fishing Licenses
Before organizing an Oklahoma fishing trip, applicants older than 15 years of age are required to purchase a fishing permit from the ODWC. However, before obtaining your recreational fishing license, you must buy a wildlife conservation passport, which grants you the right to fish recreationally on department-owned lands.
Oklahoma fishing permits are divided into two general groups, based on the applicant's residency status:
- Resident fishing licenses
- Non resident fishing licenses
Resident Fishing Licenses in Oklahoma
Resident fishing permits are issued to any interested applicant who meets the state's residency requirements. To be considered a resident, you must have lived within the state for 180 days before submitting your fishing license application. In addition, non-resident military members are eligible for resident fishing licenses because of their military service. The following residential fishing licenses are available for purchase:
- Two-day fishing license (18 years of age and older)
- Annual fishing license (18 to 64 years of age)
- Five-year fishing license (18 to 64 years of age)
- Paddlefish tag
- Lake Texoma fishing license
- Annual fishing and hunting license (18 to 64 years of age)
- Five-year fishing and hunting license (18 to 64 years of age)
- Annual youth resident fishing license (16 to 17 years of age)
- Annual youth resident fishing and hunting license (16 to 17 years of age)
Additionally, the department offers the following lifetime resident fishing licenses:
- Resident lifetime fishing license
- Resident lifetime fishing and hunting license
- Resident disabled veteran lifetime fishing license
- Resident senior lifetime fishing license
Note: Lifetime fishing permits in Oklahoma can only be obtained by mailing a fishing license application to ODWC's headquarters.
Non Resident Fishing Licenses in Oklahoma
State visitors who want to fish in Oklahoma are required to obtain a non resident fishing permit through the Department of Wildlife Conservation. Varying based on several factors, including length of license validity, the following non residential fishing licenses are available to out-of-state anglers:
- Non-resident fishing license
- Non-resident one-day fishing license
- Non-resident six-day fishing license
- Non-resident paddlefish tag
- Non-resident Lake Texoma fishing license
Anglers interested in buying an OK fishing license can obtain their fishing credentials through the ODWC in one of the following ways:
- Order via the department's online license system.
- Order in person from authorized license dealers.
- Order by phone at: 405-521-3852
Oklahoma Fishing Education
The Department of Wildlife Conservation offers numerous education opportunities to both novice and experienced anglers in Oklahoma. Ranging from fishing clinics for participants of all ages to school fishing programs, applicants can take full advantage of the following state-sponsored education programs:
- The Aquatic Resources Education Program
- The Fishing in the Schools Program
Aquatic Resources Education Program
The AREP’s fishing clinics allow participants to learn about Oklahoma's aquatic ecosystem and the basics of fishing. The program's main objectives include the conservation of the state's fishing heritage and the facilitation of urban fishing opportunities. The fishing topics covered by the clinics include:
- Fish and their habitats.
- Preparing and cooking fish.
- Handling fishing gear.
- Various fishing techniques.
- Angling ethics and fishing regulations.
Fishing in the Schools Program
Sponsored by the ODWC, the Fishing in the Schools Program is part of the state's school curricula. After applying to become involved, interested institutions may send their educators to fishing trainings hosted by the department. Each school will then receive fishing gear for use during fishing outings that are organized by the teachers.
Oklahoma Fishing Organizations
Oklahoma anglers can join various fishing clubs and organizations for a more well-rounded fishing experience. Open to fishermen of all ages and expertise levels, these associations offer everything from a fishing forum to specific fishing courses, such as fly fishing and spin fishing. Explore a few of Oklahoma's fishing clubs below:
- North Oklahoma City Bassmasters
- Green Country Flyfishers
North Oklahoma City Bassmasters
Affiliated with the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, the North Oklahoma City Bassmasters' mission is to promote the sport of bass fishing through an assortment of activities. While also promoting conservation policies, the club offers the following benefits to potential members:
- Monthly meetings
- Bass fishing tournaments
- Youth fishing events
- Conservation projects
Green Country Flyfishers
A non-profit organization affiliated with the Federation of Fly Fishers, the Green Country Flyfishers' main focus is the advancement of fly fishing, especially among OK’s youth. In accordance with angling ethics and the state's conservation guidelines, the GCF's activities include:
- Monthly meetings.
- Fly fishing courses.
- Fly tying monthly workshops.
- Fishing outings.