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Last edition we provided Readers information about places to fish for trout this Winter Trout Stock Season. This edition we focus on the Blue River in Oklahoma which was stocked recently with Rainbow Trout!



Chilly morning fishing the Blue River by Hughes Crossing back in the Winter of 2016!



Reprinted from 9/29/17

Blue River... (Tishimingo, OK): Less than two hours from the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex is the Blue River located near the town of Tishimingo.

A seasonal trout fishery that is stocked weekly from
November to March, the Blue River is a picturesque river that affords fishermen an excellent opportunity to limit out on trout!

If catch and release is your preference, the Blue River also has a Catch and Release section stocked with trout ranging from the typical 9"-13" stockers to larger trout to make things interesting!

Also,
two trout derbies held in November and February augment the scheduled stockings with trophy size trout in the five pound plus range!

Moreover, we like the Blue River as it is an easy day trip for us, and we seem to limit out more often than not!

For more about the Blue River... in particular, the area by Hughes Crossing check out "Blue River by Hughes Crossing: Suggested Areas for Rainbow Trout Fishing".



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Getting to the Blue River!



New Information This Edition

Getting to the Blue River... Several years ago when before we archived our orginal blog - CityOfAllenFishing.Blogspot.com, a Reader asked for details on the directions we take when we go to the Blue River.

In the sidebar is a video of our reply to the question. We give d
irections from Allen, Texas; however, the video has some "nice to know" information that others may find helpful when planning a trip to the Blue River.

Additionally, in the sections that follow we provide information about:

- Hughes Crossing
- Catch and Release Area
- Trout Stockings
- Trout Derbies
- Blue River on Facebook

 

Hughes Crossing... is located within the Blue River Campground on the southern end of the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Historically used as a river crossing, it is still in use today to access camping sites. Do proceed with caution when crossing as water level and flow will change as weather conditions dictate.

Also, it is a popular site for fishermen, providing easy access to Trout lurking in the pool to the north and the run to the south of the crossing. Be cautious of the fishermen when crossing.

Referring to the map below, the following is an excerpt of the details provided in the article - "Blue River by Hughes Crossing: Suggested Areas for Rainbow Trout Fishing":

A. Waterfall - A horseshoe shaped waterfall that offers good opportunity for trout. Be careful of the steep and rocky bank. Also, the water flow can be strong depending on recent rains, so plan to adjust your gear appropriately.

B. Hughes Crossing ("Left") - as you approach the crossing from the Parking Area and scan the area to your left, observe the rocky bottom. Note the gaps between the rock formations and where the water deepens. This area will hold trout at times.

C. Hughes Crossing ("Right") - scanning to your right, observe the water flowing over the Crossing and downriver. Note the areas where the "bubbles" are forming most. Work the seams of these areas and the "bubble line". This area will hold trout as well.


Retrieved from https://hubpages.com/sports/Blue-River-by-Hughes-Crossing





 
 

Catch and Release Area... is located on the northern end of the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area. It is typically stocked two times in a season and is limited to barbless hooks and catch and release fishing between November 1 to March 31.

To obtain the latest stocking information contact the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area at
(580) 443-5728 or via their Facebook page. In particular, if you follow their Facebook page, you will be able to get the latest updates about the area to include stocking dates.

For example, the Catch and Release Area was stocked October 26 and the remainder of the river was stocked October 31 this season and posted on the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area's Facebook page.

This year was the first time the Field Team fished the Catch and Release Area. It was a learning experience fishing as well as exploring the area. That said, we did learn the parking area furthest west in the northern end is the shortest distance to the Catch and Release Area compared to the other parking areas to the east.

Do check out the video playlist of our recent trips to the Catch and Release Area below!



Blue River C&R YouTube Playlist!



 
 

Trout Stockings... occur twice a season in the Catch and Release Area and weekly from November 1 to March 31 in the remainder of the river.

To obtain the latest stocking information, as previously mentioned in the seciton above contact the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area at
(580) 443-5728 or via their Facebook page.

Also, it was mentioned that if you follow their Facebook page, you will be able to get the latest updates about the area to include stocking dates. Moreover, with a little online searching you will be able to locate one particular post that shows the specific points along the river where the trout are released.



Blue River Stocking - 10/31/17



 
 

Trout Derbies... are hosted by the Blue River Association. The derbies are held in November and February in conjunction with Veteran's Day Weekend and Presidents' Day Weekend, respectively. For more details, check out the information posted on the Blue River OK's Trout Derby section.

Quoting a recent post on Facebook...
"They stock every week November 1-March 31 depending on size 2-3-4 thousand a week nov and December usually more per week because they are smaller. We have a trout derby the 11-12 of November and will stock some 4-8 pounders , a good time to catch them is from the 11th on. Not all of them are caught during the derby"




 
 

Blue River on Facebook. There are two Facebook Groups to keep in mind when planning a trip to the Blue River - the Blue River All Trout Fishing and the Blue River Fly Fishers.

Blue River All Trout Fishing provides useful info, fishing reports, and all things related to fishing the Blue River. It has over 2,000+ members and is an excellent source of information for anyone interesting in fishing the Blue River. Moreove, the group rules are simple and easy to follow. Do check out them out on Facebook prior to planning a trip to the Blue River.

Group Rules from the Admin:

This group is PG-13. If you post disparaging remarks about women, kids, or anyone, or post about sex, alcohol, drugs, etc. Your posts will be deleted. If you want to talk about such do it in a private message to each other, not on the wall. This is not a swap shop group either. No ads please commercial or private, they will be removed. Charitable advertisements upon pre-approval only. We welcome posts showing you fishing handy work or fly tying and what not. Please post anything just not for sale. Thank you.



Blue River Fly Fishers is a smaller group compared to Blue River All Trout Fishing with about 220+ members currently. It provides useful information and fishing reports on the Blue River but with a emphasis on fly fishing.

Group Description posted on Facebook:

Welcome to the Blue River Fly Fishers, a group dedicated to fostering the art of fly-fishing, the conservation of our natural resources, and the protection of our free flowing springs, streams, and waterways.



For more on the two groups, visit them at
Blue River All Trout Fishing Facebook Group and Blue River Fly Fishers!



 

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Scotty's Blue River One Stop ...don't forget to stop at Scotty's while at the Blue River for a burger or two!




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