Posted on Friday Jan 2, 2015 at 8:17 AM
Donavon, I like the fishing vacation plans you have laid out for yourself. McGee Creek bass is a good start. For the trout/bass fishing from the bank after you leave the boat, I would suggest some time at Blue River or Beavers Bend. Both areas have pretty good/safe bank access and provide some quality fishing from those access areas. If you are looking to go further north and want some trout/bass bank angling, I would suggest the Lower Illinois River below Lake Tenkiller. This trout stream has good access in the basin directly below the dam, and continuing downstream to Marval Trout Camp and beyond. In addition to the trout you have a pretty good chance of hooking up with bass, stripers, and other species as well. It might be worth a phone call to our Porter ODWC office to get some current fishing info from the guys who are on the ground in that area: 918-683-1031. The staff at this office might also interest you in some other angling opportunities in that area that I am not familiar with.
Thank you for your service as a sailor, and I hope you are able to really enjoy our angling in retirement.