The beginning of spring means fishing at local lakes

Spring has finally arrived which means it is time to partake in outdoor recreation, and what better venues than our local lakes? Anglers and boaters were out in full force this afternoon at both Sahoma and Pretty Water.

Sapulpa Times spoke to one gentleman who was trying out his bass boat to make sure it was functioning for the fishing season. At least one small fishing boat with an electric trolling motor was seen cruising the shoreline of Pretty Water. 

When asked, “How was the fishing?” most anglers replied they had caught nothing but small crappie. There were several people fishing on top of the dam over the falls. A gentleman and his two sons, who said they often come to Pretty Water from Tulsa, lamented that only the small crappie were biting. Fishing will undoubtedly improve as the temperature steadily increases.

Sahoma boasts three outdoor fishing docks, one indoor dock, a boat ramp, a shelter house with picnic tables and grill, and camping, as well as RV facilities, which will soon be open, after upgrades are completed. Pretty Water features a fishing dock and a pedestrian bridge over the lake.

Anglers Nolan O’Malley, Jayne O’Malley, and father Kenny O’Malley, of Tulsa, are taking advantage of the nice weather to fish Pretty Water Lake.

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.