Spoonbill Fishing Information
Anglers in and around the area can take advantage of a service being offered by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. A paddlefish cleaning station has been setup and workers at the center salvage the eggs from the female paddlefish to sell as caviar. In 2008, more than 8,000 lbs. of eggs were salvaged and the caviar was dispersed throughout Europe and Asia. More than 45 tons of paddlefish carcasses were recycled into a natural source of heating oil. The cleaning station is set up at Twin Bridges State Park. Anglers that are fishing at Riverview Park in Miami can call the center to come pick up their paddlefish for processing. Those who take advantage of this service will take home meat from their own fish that has been safely cleaned and packaged.
• Oklahoma fishing license + paddlefish permit are required
• Daily limit is one fish
• Annual limit is two fish
• Harvest is only permitted on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Catch and release only on Monday and Friday.
• Harvest reporting is mandatory within 24 hours. Use the ODWC E-Check system.
• Snagging = one rod/pole per angler
Wal-Mart Sporting Goods Department - 918.542.6654
Open 24 Hours
$25 -- Resident Fishing License (Oklahoma Residents)
$35 (6 Day License for Out-of-State)
$55 for Out-of-State Year-Round
Paddlefish Permits available for free -- required for all ages (bring proof of social security number for those under 16)
Remember paddlefish are large so you have to think BIG when selecting your tackle.
Below is a list of suggested tackle you should have in order to increase success.
- 10 to 12 ft. heavy action rod
- Large capacity reel
- 50 lb. test line
- 10/0 to 12/0 treble hook
- 5 oz. to 1 lb. of weight. (Depending on if you are trolling or bank fishing)
Many anglers, especially when fishing the moving water of rivers, prefer to cast out and reel the hook back in. The key to this technique is to make long sweeps with your rod away from your hook and then reel the slack line up as you point your rod tip back towards your hook. Herky-jerky action will only make you tired and sore. The more time your hook is moving through the water, the better chance you have of hooking a fish.
Other anglers, especially early in the season in the upper end of lakes, find the most success by trolling. If you see a boat driving back and forth or in lazy circles early in the spring, there is a good chance they are dragging a line, hook and weight behind the boat. Anglers that use this method watch for their rod tip to thump, grab the rod and reel and then hang on for a fight.
If you are new to paddle fishing, don't be afraid to ask questions of your fellow anglers on the water or at the bait shop. Most anglers are more than happy to pass on a few tips.
Paddlefish Research & Processing CenterThe RPC is located four miles north of Twin Bridges State Park on Hwy 137. For additional location information, contact the RPC at 918-542-9422.
Directions: From Riverview Park in Miami, OK (Neosho River) follow Hwy 69/66 back north toward Steve Owens Blvd/Hwy 10. Go east on Steve Owens Blvd/Hwy 10 toward Fairland. Follow the highway past the turnpike gate entrance/exit and continue to head east. You will approach Hwy 137. Turn south on Hwy 137. This will take you to Twin Bridges State Park.
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