By Anthony Thomas
Del City unveiled a new fishing pier at Eagle Lake earlier this month.
This is the first fishing pier built at Eagle Lake. The city first built a boat ramp around four years ago that is still in place at the lake.
The fishing pier was donated and refurbished by the Oklahoma Wildlife Department as part of their Close to Home Fishing Program. The program is intended to provide angling opportunities to urban residents in the state.
City Manager Mike Cantrell expressed how excited the city was to provide this opportunity to the community.
“We are proud to offer this recreational program for our citizens,” said Cantrell.
According to city officials, the pier will complement the stocking program in place at Eagle Lake. Last year, 1,000 white bass hybrids were stocked in the lake for recreational fishing.
The city is also working with the Wildlife Department to install a more comprehensive fish habitat.
There are a couple of rules city leaders would like citizens to be aware of before going out to Eagle Lake. Unless exempt, a State fishing license is required to fish at Eagle Lake. Youth fishing licenses are also available. A Del City fishing permit is also required. The cost is $2 per day and there is a drop box located at the lake for convenience. Annual licenses are available at the permit desk in City Hall.
Eagle Lake is located north of E. Reno Ave. near the intersection at Scott Street. It is accessible by Eagle Lake Trail. The lake was formerly called Thomas Lake but Del City changed the name in 2000. The lake was formerly a sand pit.