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Medicine Creek is a beautiful place to fish, whether the trout bite or not

Medicine Park provides a scenic setting for trout fishing and a nice destination for families.
by Ed Godfrey Published: January 12, 2013

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.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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