Volume 1, Issue 2, February 2015 - Page 12

Grand Lake o' the Cherokees, or more commonly Grand Lake, is a sprawling, serpentine lake in northeast Oklahoma.

The lake covers 46,500 acres with 1,300 miles of shoreline to explore thanks to the Pensacola Dam on the south end. Com-

pleted in 1940, the dam backs up the flow of the Lower Neosho river.

A playground for thousands of people during the warmer months, Grand Lake still manages to be a premiere destination for anglers seeking species of all varieties. Bluegills, crappies, white bass, largemouth bass, blue catfish and paddlefish are all readily available, especially if assisted by one of the local fishing guides.

To compliment this diversity, Grand Lake is also a fantastic destination for bowfishing. Rough fish species available include buffalo, drum, grass carp, common carp, bighead carp, as well as longnose and shortnose gar.

As with most lakes, it pays to work the shorelines and visibility is a key factor. Unfortunately shoreline development is allowed on Grand, so dock systems abound. Still there are plenty of backwaters to explore on this massive waterbody.

Grove, OK is the major starting point for the area. There are plenty of restaurants, hotels, sporting goods stores, and fishing guides in the area. Rusty Pritchard of Pritchard's Guide Service guides bowfishermen from the spring through the fall.

Grand lake O' THE CHEROKEES

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN NORTHEAST oKLAHOMA

by Pete Gregoire

For more information on fishing and area accommodations visit the link below:

Grand Fishing Report

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February, 2015