Medicine Creek replaced the trout fishery in southwest Oklahoma that had been at Quartz Mountain.
State wildlife officials moved the fishery to Medicine Creek because trout were not surviving in the stream below Lake Altus-Lugert because of golden alga.
Quartz Mountain rarely had anglers from the Oklahoma City area but that's not been the case at Medicine Park, Cofer said.
“We are getting some people from the Oklahoma City metro area for sure,” he said. “Last weekend there were people all over the place.”
Fly fisherman Jack Corman of Oklahoma City has already made the trip to Medicine Park twice. He has caught and released 33 trout on the two trips.
Most areas of Medicine Creek are too deep for wading, Corman said, but still he was sold on the fishery for two reasons.
“First, the average size trout is noticeably larger than other (fishing) destinations,” he said. “Secondly, the ambience of Medicine Park and friendliness of the people take you back to a bygone era of Oklahoma's past that was relaxed, unhurried and less complicated than today's hectic world.
“It's a family friendly destination and lodging is available within easy walking distance to the trout water.”
Only a state fishing license is required to fish at Medicine Creek. The daily limit is six trout.