I grew up in Kansas
and never thought much about trout fishing – especially trout
fishing in Oklahoma. But, in the
1970’s the Broken Bow Reservoir
was constructed in eastern Oklahoma
birth of a great trout fishery in the tail waters known as Mountain
was born. Fortunately
for us there are still only a few
people that no about this fishery – and they would like to
keep it that
Our guide, Rob Woodruff, met us at
9AM for our day (Yes - we slept in a bit today) on the Mountain Fork. Rob took us to school on
history of the waters, and how
to catch the rainbows and browns that call this river home. I would highly recommend Rob
to anyone fishing
the Mountain Fork for the first time.
had a rough start and lost three times more
than I netted, but the action was hot and continuous the whole day. Taylor and I both netted 8
rainbows. The fish
were rolling everywhere. I’m
confident that an experienced angler
could easily net 30-40 trout in a day here.
The trout holding pools were everywhere and
you only needed to move 50
feet at a time to find your next target.
You guessed it – this is a
water too – we saw numerous 20-25” rainbows lurking
and we had a few near
misses. Big browns
are also hiding there
but we didn’t get a visit from any of them. Taylor
caught one small 6" wild rainbow as well.
We spent the preceding
night at Beaver’s Bend State Park
which was a beautiful setting,
well maintained, and great for RVs – not being too crowded. Unfortunately we
didn’t arrive until midnight
so we didn’t have much time to appreciate it.
We left the park at 3PM and headed
north to Arkansas
for Bull Shoals and the famous world-record trout fishery of the White River.