Beavers Bend and its surrounding forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands are an ideal destination for anglers. But before you pack up your gear and head this way, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the area’s fishing regulations and licensing requirements.
Oklahoma fishing license fees and requirements:
An Oklahoma resident or nonresident* fishing license is required of all persons who take, attempt to take or possess fish or other aquatic dwelling organisms by any method in Oklahoma. Persons fishing the Red River must have a valid Oklahoma fishing license unless exempt. Anyone hunting, fishing or trapping must possess the Fishing and Hunting Legacy Permit, unless exempt. Persons fishing on water located within the Honobia Creek or Three Rivers Wildlife Management Areas must have a valid Land Access Permit, unless exempt. All required licenses or written evidence of exemption must be carried while fishing.
*A nonresident is any individual who is a resident of another state or who has resided in Oklahoma for fewer than 60 days, regardless of whether he or she intends to reside in Oklahoma permanently. Land ownership does not constitute residency.
Visit the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s website for current licensing fees, exemption information and statewide fishing regulations.
Fishing (Annual): $25
Fishing (2-Day): $15
Youth Fishing (16 & 17 years old): $5/Year
Lifetime Fishing: $225
Lifetime Fishing (60 & Older): $15
Fishing (Annual): $55
Fishing (6-Day): $35
Some areas in McCurtain County are subject to special fishing regulations and restrictions. For more information on the regulations in specific areas, click the corresponding link below.
McCurtain county game warden offices:
Broken Bow — 580-513-4651
Idabel — 580-513-4963
Smithville — 580-513-6866
Need to purchase a fishing license? Pick one up at the local Wal-Mart or at one of the many area convenience stores selling fishing licenses.
Note: Look for the sticker on the door that specifies they do.