The trout fishing should be better than usual on the Lower Mountain Fork River over the next three months.
At least there will be more trout than usual in the Lower Mountain Fork, Oklahoma’s most popular trout stream.
Over the next three months, an additional 14,400 trout will be stocked in the McCurtain County river. These fish are in addition to the normal number of trout that are added in the river every two weeks by state wildlife officials.
The extra trout are being provided to the state Wildlife Department by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in mitigation for building Broken Bow Dam.
When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers builds a dam on a river to make a lake, the federal government must provide compensation to offset the loss such things as fish habitat and fishing opportunities.
In this case, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will provide more trout for the Lower Mountain Fork, one of two year-round trout streams in Oklahoma.
Those fish – in addition to what the state already buys and puts in the stream – means 40,000 trout will be released into the river over the next three months.
Additional stocking dates are scheduled for Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and 24 and March 10 and 24.
Now the trick is to get them to bite.