Fishing has improved at both lakes over the last week in spite of the rain. Dwyane Elifrits, the concessionaire who operates the Sahoma Lake Bait Shop, says crappie have really been biting, as well as bass and catfish. One angler recently caught a 23-pound flathead at Sahoma.
You can now rent a kayak at Lake Sahoma. The rental fee is $25 per hour or $40 for two hours. Payment is cash or credit card only and you must be 18. Lifejackets are included in the rental.
June 5th-6th is Free Fishing Day in Oklahoma. Elifrits is hosting a children’s fishing derby, age 17 and under, at Lake Sahoma on the 5th. So come out to the lake, bring the kids for the derby, and enjoy a day at Sapulpa’s superb lakes.
The bait/concession shop is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 7 a.m to 5 p.m., Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A state fishing license, as well as a city fishing permit, is required for Sahoma and Pretty Water lakes. An annual individual permit is $35 plus tax, however, there is a $15 discount for children aged 9-16, adults 65 and older, those with disabilities, or those receiving SSI benefits. An individual daily permit for anglers aged 9 and up is $5 plus tax, children 8 and under fish free. An annual family permit, which includes two adults 17 or older and two children 9-16, is $60 plus tax.
Fishing permits may be purchased at City Hall or at the Sapulpa or Sand Springs Walmart.
Boaters are encouraged to have the following items on board: a life jacket, a throwable floatation device, a sound device, a fire extinguisher (for gasoline-powered boats), a first aid kit, two ropes, and optimally, a VHF radio since cell phone coverage can be spotty on the water.