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Turner Falls Park - Trout Fishing

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hbng84 conveys the collected wisdom of the COAF Field Team. In keeping with their motto, learn to fish by our trials and errors!

Cooler Temperatures Bring Trout Stockings!

As Summer ends and Fall begins and cooler temperatures arrive, Turner Falls Park near Davis, OK stocks its river with Rainbow Trout.

  • The Park is a popular Summer get away, offering water activities, picnic areas, cabin rentals, camping sites, and hiking trails.
  • It is also the home of Oklahoma's largest waterfall - a 77' waterfall that cascades into a pool and the Honey Creek River.
  • It is stocked seasonally in Winter with Rainbow Trout contingent on water conditions.

Turner Falls Park typically stocks trout in early November, allows the fish to "settle in" for a couple of weeks, and then opens the area to fishing the week of Thanksgiving.

This article provides details on places to fish in the Park and suggestions and tips that may be of interest to fishermen planning a trip to Turner Falls!

Why Turner Falls Park?

On a whim I decided to make a day trip to the Lower Mountain Fork near Broken Bow, Oklahoma several years ago.

My intention was to catch a trout or two from a river as opposed to the ponds and community lakes that I had grown accustomed to in Texas. See Lower Mountain Fork River - Trout Fishing Day Trip.

The trip to the Lower Mountain Fork was outstanding and opened up my mind to seek other places to fish for Rainbow Trout within three hours of the Dallas - Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex.

In short order I learned about Turner Falls Park was two and half hours from the DFW Metroplex and stocked trout when water conditions permit during the winter. However, an online search yielded minimal information on how and where to fish for the trout.

Subsequently, I decided to fish the area by trial and error, takes notes on what worked and what did not, and then archived the info for others to reference using blog posts and YouTube Videos.

Do read on to learn more about fishing Turner Falls Park!

Getting There and Other Items of Interest

Turners Falls Park is located near Davis, Oklahoma along Interstate 45. There are prominent signs to guide you to the Park's entrance.

Additionally, the video below provide directions and items of interest for the fishermen, And, the video at the start of this article is a questions and answers live session hosted by the COAF Field Team.

Examples of some of the information provided were:

  • Over the course of several seasons, we soon learned trout were stocked above or below the waterfalls based on water conditions.
  • When fishing below the waterfalls, there are several places to target that hold trout consistently. It is also easier to access the river and is clear of trees that would impede a fly fisherman's back cast.
  • When fishing above the waterfalls, there are also several places to target that hold trout each season. However, there are sections that are harder to access, requires waders, and are lined with trees that will foul a fishing line.

Do check them out when you get a chance!

Suggested Fishing Flies

In preparation for my first fishing trip to Turner Falls Park, I tied several fishing fly patterns:

  • Olive Near Deere
  • Gold Ribbed Hares Ear Nymph
  • Zebra Midge.

Since then, I have added the following:

  • Orange Near Deere
  • Rainbow Warriors
  • Y2K
  • Griffiths Gnats
  • Mop Flies

For more details on suggested fishing flies, see the video below:


Trout Fishing Permit

When you enter the Park, you will need to stop at the Gate Entrance and pay for a Trout Fishing Permit.

It's good for the day from 7AM to 5PM and costs $15.00 plus $1.43 Tax. Total cost is $16.43.

You also get a brochure with a map of the area, and be ready to show your Oklahoma Fishing License as the Gate Attendant will request it before issuing a permit.

PS: The Daily Limit for Trout is five fish. One less than the State's six fish limit.

Trout Fishing Permit

Trout Fishing Permit

Below are videos of past trips from 2014 to 2017.

  • The first trip fishing Turner Falls Park was in November 2014 when the fish were stocked below the Waterfall.
  • The following years 2015 and 2016 had the trout stocked above the Waterfall.
  • And, 2017 had them stocked above and below the Waterfall.

For 2018, a separate section was added to breakout a three-day trip where I fished above the Waterfall.

November 24, 2014

November 29, 2014

December 6, 2015

December 18, 2016

November 18, 2017

November 20, 2017

November 22, 2017

In 2018, I had the chance to fish Turner Falls Park over a three day period. Below are three videos that show the areas I fished and the trout caught

Fishing several sections of the river, and with outstanding weather and water clarity, the action was steady and non-stop at times!

Items of note in the videos:

  • Water clarity and flow with one instance where floating leaves clobbered the "money zone" where the trout were lurking.
  • OPST Commando Head made a difference in reaching out to areas of the river despite minimal room for a back cast.
  • Echo Ion Fly Reel fell into the river accidentally, sand caused the reel to stick, but a quick rinse in the river cleared the issue in short order.


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Comments

hbng84 (author) on December 18, 2016:

Posted an update and latest fishing video to Turner Falls! Do check it out!

hbng84 (author) on November 30, 2014:

Good Luck SF!

Sf on November 29, 2014:

Hit the blue 11/26 at the north west side walk in area caught six. May try Turner tomorrow!

hbng84 (author) on November 29, 2014:

Update: 11/29/2014... added video showing yesterday's fishing action. Section out in the "Back to Turner Falls for More Trout" video section above.

hbng84 (author) on November 29, 2014:

Good Luck! Went yesterday and limited out. Also, do try the Blue River, too. It's been stocked with Trout and is just down the road from Tishomingo.

sf on November 29, 2014:

just found out about trout at turner falls yesterday talking to a guy on the lower Illinois. a lot closer for me I'm gonna come try it!

hbng84 (author) on November 25, 2014:

Added a new article. This one is another day trip; this time to Turner Falls in Davis, Oklahoma. Has videos of the day's action, last fish caught that day, and detailed info about the area fished!