Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 8, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

City Bites


Below Zink Dam near downtown Tulsa

When I travel I always keep my eyes open for fishing opportunities.  Even in urban areas. If there is water, there is a fishing opportunity.

For urban fishing, I usually start targeting “tougher” fish such as carp and catfish.  But watch the locals. There may be some other fishing opportunities closer than you think.

Here are just a few urban fishing areas:

Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The Arkansas River skirts downtown Tulsa. A popular fish location is below the Zink Dam where white bass, striped bass, and channel catfish bite can be outstanding.

Little Rock, Arkansas. Several hours downstream from Tulsa, the Arkansas River goes through Little Rock, Arkansas.  In 2011, an Elite Bassmaster tournament was held there, where Denny Brauer weighed in 20 largemouth bass over the 4 day event for a total of 52 pounds.


Bassmaster Elite angler Randy Howell fishing for bass in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas

Grand River, Michigan. As this river passes through the cities of Lansing and Grand Rapids, depending on the time of year, there is an opportunity for smallmouth bass, rock bass, huge carp, or steelhead.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has held catfish tournaments in the Ohio River. Flathead catfish weighing over 20 pounds are frequently caught by river anglers who have “done their homework.”

● On the Lunkerville TV show, Michael de Avila even proved there are some nice largemouth bass in Central Park in downtown New York City.

● Delaware River, Philadelphia will be on display for the bass fishing world as it hosts a Bassmaster event August 7-10.


Have you fished in or around a city? What did you catch there?


Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad living in Pennsylvania. Visit him at

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Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”. One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”... To the point it could be classified as borderline illness. Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie." Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up. Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US. He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well... And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.                                                                                Find out about the rest of Take Me Fishing Blog Authors.

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