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#11464044 - 03/08/16 03:16 PM Lower Ilinois River, Oklahoma
PowerLizard Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 1982
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Has anyone recently fished the Lower Illinois River in Oklahoma near the Marval Family Resort? I know they had some flooding a few months ago and it took out some of the Marval Resort river front cabins. We are heading there Wedensday morning for a few days of trout fishing in the rain. I think I am the only one in the family looking forward to it.

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#11464065 - 03/08/16 03:26 PM Re: Lower Ilinois River, Oklahoma [Re: PowerLizard]
DainW Offline
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Registered: 01/20/15
Posts: 79
Yeah I've fished it twice now in the past month, since they shut the flood gates and went to a power demand generation schedule (since it's been fishable). The water is basically chocolate milk at the moment, I'd say maybe 6 inches of visibility. The first time I fished it I caught about 15 trout. I fished again last weekend and only caught about 4. Both times most of the fish were caught within a half mile of the dam. I walked and fish all the way down to the south end of Watts on Saturday and even see a fish down there, so I'd doubt if Marval is very productive at all. Plus I know a little over a year ago the ODWC decided to stop stocking near the Marval area at the resort's request.

If you're gonna go, your time would probably be better spent up close to the dam. Just a fair warning though the water is pretty nasty. I almost feel like it was worse the second time around.

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#11464072 - 03/08/16 03:32 PM Re: Lower Ilinois River, Oklahoma [Re: PowerLizard]
PowerLizard Offline
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Registered: 03/08/03
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Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Why did Marval request to stop stocking their section of the river?

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#11468867 - 03/10/16 01:57 PM Re: Lower Ilinois River, Oklahoma [Re: PowerLizard]
PowerLizard Offline
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Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 1982
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
I found the story. Marval wanted to cut back on the number of trout fisherman with free access to their camp ground. It is now accessible for a $5 fee.

http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/media/marval.htm

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