The Perry Lake replaces Lake Pawhuska as one of the Wildlife Department’s six wintertime trout fishing areas.
by Ed Godfrey Published: August 3, 2014
Anglers in the Oklahoma City area will get another wintertime trout fishing hole nearby as Perry’s CCC Lake will get rainbow trout this season.
Perry CCC Lake, just two miles east of I-35 and a mile south of Perry
off SH 86, will replace Lake Pawhuska as one of the Wildlife
Department’s six wintertime trout fishing areas, pending approval of the
Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is scheduled to vote
on the issue Monday.
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has offered winter trout
fishing at Lake Pawhuska for 17 consecutive years, but the number of
anglers there has decreased in recent years, said Bill Wentroth,
supervisor of fisheries for the north-central region.
The City of Pawhuska was not interested in continuing the trout fishery at the lake, he said.
“They felt it had run its course,” Wentroth said.
City of Pawhuska also would not commit to lowering the lake during the
winter trout season to improve bank fishing access as it has done in
previous years, Wentroth said.
Lake Pawhuska no longer available, ODWC began looking at Perry CCC Lake
as an alternative because the City of Perry wanted a wintertime trout
officials in Perry contacted the Wildlife Department more than a year
ago about the possibility of winter trout fishing at the lake, but the
agency did not want to add any more winter fishing areas in the state
because of the cost of buying hatchery-raised trout.
However, with Lake Pawhuska no longer an option, the 32-acre Perry CCC Lake became an ideal replacement, Wentroth said.
a neat little lake,” he said. “It’s so close to I-35. It’s got these
beautiful, big rock structures they used to pull boats up into.
“It’s really an attractive place to go to. I would anticipate we will have a lot of Oklahoma City anglers head that way.”
The lake hasn’t changed much since it was originally built, said Mary Rupp, city manager of Perry.
“If you want to step back in time, this is the place to come,” she said.
lake was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a public work relief
program that operated from 1933 to 1942, and original structures such
as a boathouse and picnic pavilion are still on the lake. Work began on
Perry CCC Lake in May 1934 and was completed in July 1935.
known as Perry Lake Park, in 2008 the lake was officially listed by the
U.S. Department of Interior on the National Register of Historic
2002, the CCC lake became a water supply lake for Perry. The lake gets
water via pipeline from Lake McMurtry in Stillwater. The lake is locked
up at night.
Rupp expects the winter trout fishing will not only attract anglers to Perry from Oklahoma City, but also from southern Kansas.
State wildlife officials said the winter trout fishing might eventually give the bass fishing a boost at the Perry CCC Lake.
darn sure did at (Lake) Watonga,” said Barry Bolton, chief of fishers
for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “We never produced
a 10-pound fish there until we started the trout program. I think those
big bass love to eat an 8-inch trout.”