Explaining the restructuring of the fishing permit fees for Sahoma and Pretty Water Lakes


Three separate permits will no longer be required to fish at Lake Sahoma and Pretty Water Lake.

Previously, a permit had to be purchased for Lake Sahoma, a permit for trout season, and a permit for catfish season. One permit is all that is now required.

There has been discussion on social media about the combined permit being more expensive, A permit at Sahoma Lake was $10.00, and each season at Pretty Water Lake was $15.00, which amounted to $40.00, plus tax. The new annual permit is $35.00 plus tax. A daily fishing permit for both lakes is $5.00.

Discounts for specific groups still exist, and an annual permit for 2 adults and 2 youths is $60.00 plus tax. If you are aged 65 or over, or have disabilities as defined by the ADA, or receive Social Security Benefits, you may fish free only in Sahoma lake.

The Sapulpa Times reached out to Parks Director Jody Baker for clarification of the fee change. Baker said one reason for combining the permits was to simplify the purchase for both the buyer and seller. Baker further stated that “the price of fish keeps going up, which means that we are putting less and less fish in there.” Baker said if the revised permit sales stay on track this year he will be able to buy more fish, thus giving people “more bang for their buck.”

Baker also pointed out that even if you buy a permit “mid-season,” it will allow you to have it for one full year.

The Sapulpa Times asked Baker to address the complaint that some fishermen only fish in Lake Sahoma. He said he was working on an equitable solution.

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Charles Betzler

Charles Betzler

Long-time Sapulpa resident, Charles Betzler, followed his father, Charlie, into the radio and TV repair business. At age 9, he fixed his first broken radio and his first love is vintage audio equipment. In his 50 + years of technical work, graduation from OSUIT, and years of Continuing Education, Charles, in his capacity as Emergency Management Director of nearby city, designed the Emergency Operations Center, and the radio-activation system for the sirens. In his long career, he has repaired every type of consumer electronics from black-and-white TVs to the latest lap-top.