Lake McMurtry strives to provide lake users with excellent fishing experiences. There are boat ramps and fishing docks located on each side of the lake that are perfect for bank fisherman looking to land crappie and catfish. If you're wanting to get out on the water and chase down some large-mouth bass, sand-bass, or saugeye check out our lake fish attractor map below!
Watercraft must be properly registered by the state of Oklahoma before entering the lake.
Designated boat ramps are for “launching” only.
Maximum speed is 25 mph. No wake at boat docks and ramps.
Water skiing, jet skis, sea doo’s, and any other related water sports are prohibited.
Lake McMurtry Fish Species
HOW TO RELEASE A FISH
You might be asking yourself, "How do fish survive catch and release after being handled?" Whether or not they do largely depends on if the angler understands how to handle fish and how to release fish in a conservation-friendly manner.
Below are the steps you can take when handling a fish to help promote fishing conservation.
Use wet hands when handling a fish or a knotless rubberized landing nets and rubberized gloves. This helps maintain the slime coat on the fish, which protects it from infection and aids in swimming. Anglers that know how to practice proper catch and release never use a towel of any kind when handling fish since a towel can remove this slime coat.
Hold the fish horizontally whenever possible since this is the way fish naturally swim through the water. Do not drop the fish onto hard surfaces!
Keep your fingers away from the gills and eyes of the fish.
If needed, use a release tool (dehookers, recompression tools) to minimize handlin
Time is of the essence! Release fish as soon as practical and do not keep them out of the water longer than necessary. Always release your fish head first into the water. When you release a fish head first into the water, it forces water through the mouth and over the gills, which helps to resuscitate the fish. Revive exhausted fish by placing the fish in the water, facing the current if possible, with one hand underneath the belly and the other hand holding the bottom lip or tail.
Know the current fishing regulations that apply to the state where you are fishing and learn how to accurately measure fish in order to abide by the regulations. By following fishing regulations you are building and conserving our state fish populations for future generations of anglers.
Keep up with your current state regulations by learning to properly measure your fish.
Aquatic Nuisnace Species of Lake McMurtry
Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) are small, thumbnail size mussels with a zebra-like pattern of stripes native to the Caspian Sea region of Asia. They are believed to have been transported to the Great Lakes via ballast water from a transoceanic vessel. Known to greatly impact the environment, they have been found in the state prompting concern by state and federal officials. *Click here to learn more