Alex Kimble, 50, of Muskogee drowned in the Verdigris River west of Wagoner at 2 p.m. yesterday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Kimble was fishing on the river when a rod and reel fell into the river, the patrol stated. He tried to retrieve the equipment and fell into the water, resurfacing one time, then disappearing.
His body was located by side scanner sonar in 21 feet of water and he was pronounced dead, the patrol reported.
He was not wearing a personal flotation device.