Lt. Governor Launches Oklahoma Fishing Trail on National Fishing Day

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Initiative Aims to Showcase State’s Quality Angling, Make Oklahoma the Top Fishing Destination

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell on Tuesday announced the launch of the Oklahoma Fishing Trail, an initiative designed to showcase the state’s quality fishing opportunities and increase tourism.

“Our goal is to become a Top 10 tourism state, and the No. 1 fishing state in the nation,” said Pinnell, also the state’s Secretary of Tourism and Branding. “Fishing is big business, and the Oklahoma Fishing Trail initiative will promote our state’s unique fishing opportunities — arguably the most diverse fishing in the country — increase tourism, and generate additional tax revenue for the state.

“Most people don’t realize the kind of revenue we’re talking about. On average, anglers in Oklahoma already spend $1.8  billion on fishing annually and support more than 15,000 jobs in the state. And we’re only going to grow from there.”  

The Oklahoma Fishing Trail is a cooperative effort of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. It highlights 38 lakes across the state and an additional 20 Oklahoma fishing experiences that are part of the Wildlife Department’s Close to Home Fishing Program.

 

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