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Striper season is in full swing, and I’ve been catching fish on live bait (threadfin shad) in 30-80 foot of water.
Any day now the fish should start a slab run and may switch from using live bait to using slabs and top water lures.
My biggest striper this season has been 22lbs! Click here to book your Lake Texoma striper fishing trip today!
Water clear; 78–83 degrees; 0.28’ high.
Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics and Zara Spooks around docks midway back in creeks and pockets.
Smallmouth are good on small shad type swimbaits. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake.
We’ve been catching limits on every trip we take! It doesn’t matter what time of day we go out, but as the water temp heats up the first couple hours and last couple hours of daylight will be the best times for fishing. Contact Adventure Texoma here to book your Lake Texoma Striper Fishing trip! Now is the best time because we are right in the middle of striper season.
Fishing on Texoma is getting hot and better every day. The big striper are coming off their spawn and headed to deep water to feed. I’m catching fish on river ledges and on rocky bluffs. There’s also an early morning top-water bite on rocky points. Morning and afternoons are both producing good fish. The shad are spawning on the banks now and are easy to find early in the morning.
Lake Texoma Current Water Conditions | Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 615 to 619 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 5-8 feet annually
Normal Clarity: Moderate to clear
Water fairly clear; 48–52 degrees; 4.29’ low.
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The striped bass is the largest member of the sea bass family, the dorsal fin is clearly separated into spiny and soft-rayed portions. Striped bass are silver color, shading to olive-green on the back and white on the belly, with seven or eight uninterrupted horizontal stripes on each side of the body. Striped bass have two distinct tooth patches on the back of the tongue, they also have two sharp points on each gill cover.
Stripers can live in both freshwater and saltwater environments. Spawning begins in the spring when water temperatures approach 60°F. Typically, one female is accompanied by several males during the spawning act. Running water is necessary to keep eggs in motion until hatching. In general, at least 50 miles of stream is required for successful hatches. Stripers may reach a size of 10 to 12 inches during the first year. Males are generally mature in two years, and females in three to four. Adults are primarily piscivorous, feeding predominantly on members of the herring family such as gizzard shad and threadfin shad.
Striped bass are the fourth most preferred species among licensed Texas anglers. It is estimated that the economic impact of Lake Texoma striper fishing alone totals well in excess of $20 million. Stripers are often captured using artificial lures that imitate small fish, such as silver spoons. Deep running lures can also be effective, as may live bait, or cut bait.
Striped bass migrate up both major river arms in February, and can usually be located in or near the river channel. They may take surface lures, but most often they are caught on heavy jigs, slabs, plastic shad, and live gizzard shad. After the spring spawning run, stripers can be caught with shad over flats near the river channel in the main part of the lake. Trolling with deep running lures can also be productive. Surface baits can produce some mighty tackle bustin’ strikes, and so can plastic shad retrieved rapidly just under the water’s surface.
Lake Texoma’s Record Striper
35.12 Lbs. 39.00 Inches Caught on Apr 25, 1984 by Terry Harber
The white bass looks quite a bit like a shortened version of its larger relative, the striped bass. It has the same silvery white sides and black stripes. It differs most noticeably in being shorter and stockier with a smaller head, and the dorsal fins are set closer together. They can be distinguished from the yellow bass by its more silvery color and regular, unbroken stripes as well as by its protruding, pugnacious looking, basslike lower jaw (in the yellow bass the jaws are about equal).
White bass are vulnerable to angling when they migrate upstream on the Red and Washita Rivers or the many tributary streams around Lake Texoma. Two to three weeks prior to the migration, they concentrate around the mouths of the tributary streams and become easy prey. At other times of the year they can be found surfacing around the lake and feeding on threadfin shad. Effective baits include small surface baits in silver, white, yellow or chartreuse; silver spoons; slabs; and minnows.
Lake Texoma’s Record White Bass
3.41 Lbs. 18.00 Inches Caught on Feb 8, 1994 by Robert Blair
Also known as: Black Bass
The largemouth lives up to it’s name with a mouth that extends at least to, and often beyond the rear edge of the eyes. Also, its first and second dorsal fins are almost separated by an obvious deep dip, and there are no scales on the second dorsal fin. Research indicates that the largemouth bass is also the most intelligent freshwater fish, able to distinguish and avoid a particular type of lure after only one encounter with it. In fact, some bass lakes believed to be fished out contain plenty of bass, but the fish have learned to recognize virtually all the lures in common use on the lake. In such cases, a lure that is new to them will often work where others have failed.
Lake Texoma’s Record Largemouth Bass
11.82 lbs. 24.50 inches Caught on Jan 13, 2000 by Kenneth Stone
Crappies are members of the sunfish and the black bass family, and though they show a definite family resemblance, they are distinctive enough that they shouldn’t be confused with any other species.
The black crappie inhabits large ponds and shallow areas of lakes, with sandy or muddy bottoms and usually in areas of abundant vegetation. It requires a deeper, clearer, somewhat cooler habitat than does the white crappie. It is an abundant species and is important both commercially and as a sport fish. Black crappies are easily caught, often as fast as the hook can be rebaited.
Crappie fishing is best in fall and winter, when fish tend to school in large numbers and concentrate around boat houses, submerged trees, creek channels, and brush piles. While minnows are the bait of choice, crappie are caught on a variety of jigs. The spring spawning season, when they move in shallow, is also an excellent time to fill your creel.
Lake Texoma’s Record Crappie
3.23 lbs. 15.50 inches Caught on Mar 9, 1995 by William VanDer Giessen
Channel catfish prefer clean bottoms of sand or gravel in larger lakes and rivers.
They feed mainly on crayfish, fishes, and insects generally at night in swifter moving currents. At spawning time they will enter and ascend small tributaries and streams.
The distinctive channel catfish can often be recognized at a glance by its deeply forked tail and spots on the body.
The channel catfish is very highly regarded for its food and sports value. Channel catfish are taken near the mouths of creeks after a rain, especially in spring and fall. In late spring and early summer, they are found around rocky shores and areas of rip-rap. Best baits are shrimp, blood bait, cut bait, dough bait, and shad gizzards. In summer, try drfit-fishing shrimp across flats.
Lake Texoma’s Record Channel Catfish
10.50 lbs. 28.90 inches Caught on Mar 11, 2008 by Tony Petree
This is the largest catfish of the family Ictaluridae and have been reported to grow to 120 lb. (54 kg). The blue catfish, the channel catfish, and the white catfish are the only three catfishes in the U.S.A. that have distinctly forked tails, setting them apart from the bullheads and the flathead catfish. The blue catfish can be distinguished from the channel and white catfish by its noticeably longer anal fin, which has a more even depth and a straighter edge than in the other two species.
There are 30-36 rays in the fin, versus 24-30 rays in the channel catfish and 19-23 rays in the white catfish. Internally, the blue catfish can be identified by the fact that it has three chambers in the swim bladder, whereas the channel catfish has two chambers. All three forked tail species may be almost uniformly pale blue or silvery in color, though white catfish may show a more distinct difference between the bluish black and white belly. Channel catfish frequently have spots.
The blue catfish is considered an excellent food and game fish. It is a strong, well-toned fish with a fine, delicate flavor. Blue catfish are caught on shrimp, blood bait, cut bait, dough bait, and shad gizzards; however, these fish migrate downstream or into the main pool area in winter and upstream in the spring.Try juglining with live gizzard shad for bait. A rod and reel baited with live shad on windless winter days works well, too.
Lake Texoma’s Record Blue Catfish
121.50 lbs. 58.00 Inches Caught on Jan 16, 2004 by Cody Mullenix
Lake Texoma is home to one of the most famous of bass in Texas, the striped bass or stripers.
An average of 6 million people travel to Lake Texoma yearly, not only for the pure enjoyment of the beautiful lake but also to engage in the fishing affair with stripers! If you love fishing and have decided to check out the famous Lake Texoma striper experience you will most likely want to experience all the thrills that can be provided with a lake texoma fishing guide service. If you were to go out on your own, you may be able to land a striper or two; we go out everyday and we have been striper fishing on this lake for generations. If you want to get the huge stripers, the wall hangers, go out with someone that knows where these fish are and knows how to land as many as possible. Stripers can be very evasive and tough to capture, they are not like other fish, they are what some call “picky”. We at Adventure Texoma know how to land the big ones, we get pure pleasure taking others out and watching them have a fun and exciting fishing experience.
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Most types of bass can see relatively well even in dirty and stained water, but fish also always seem to bite better when a lakes surface is perfectly calm. The reason for this is referred to by Lake Texoma Striper fishing guide, Mark Banister, Jr. as the Mirror Effect. Fish are constantly adjusting to changing light which is the reason why anglers often change the colors of lures during the day and as they fish at different depths. Changing light below the surface is not a sudden change, but more of a gradual shadings of diminishing illumination from morning to noon, from noon to evening and then from evening to night.
At the surface where a lure first enters the water the change in color is abrupt. Light is bounced around, broken up and disrupted by ripples on the waters surface.
When the water is completely calm, we see what looks like a sheet of glass; the fish see this calm entirely differently than we see up top. The fish are looking up into a mirror of sorts. This partially distorts and somewhat impairs their ability to see through the surface and what is above.The fish can still see a bug or a lure on the surface, as well as the reflections of objects and bait that are below the surface. This is known as the mirror effect. When the water is motionless on the surface the mirror created underneath reflects large areas where the fish can see predators as well as prey that they could not see when the surface is distorted by choppy water.
Getting as many bites as possible, this is the main goal every time we hit the water for Lake Texoma striper fishing. More bites equals more fish, so in order to be more efficient as anglers we have come up with the optimal way to get the catch. Appeal to all five senses to maximize the number of bites you get each day.
Since bass are primarily sight feeders, we want to appeal to their since of sight. We know how the bass sees the bait is most often the key in getting them to strike. Fish usually will not eat something they have not seen before, something that looks familiar. You would eat an apple before you eat a prickly pear because you have been more familiarized with apples in your lifetime. When choosing the color of the bait, keep in mind that bass can see very well in low light conditions, and they can see colors. The studies I have seen indicate that bass can detect light about five times better than humans, and they can see the yellow, green and orange spectrums the best. Choose a familiar type and use yellow, green, or orange colored lures.
Hearing and Feeling
Hearing and Feeling senses act similarly when detected under water. Both senses are transmitted through pressure waves rolling through the water. The sound aspect here is any noise that your bait will make, and feeling refers to the water pressure waves transmitted as the bait moves. Sound traves much faster in water than through air, in fact about five times faster, so it does not take long for the noise your bait moves to travel to the fish. Both of these senses become more important as the bass’ ability to see decreases, like in dirty water or heavy cover. Just as we have had in Lake Texoma since the blue-green alge, that has made the water visibilty to fish decrease.
Smell and Taste
These senses are mainly close range to hit the bass and are mainly used to compliment feeding behavior. Both of these senses become much more important as the bass’ ability to see decreases.
How to Appeal to the 5 Senses:
To being, you will want to initally look around and analyze what your conditions are. What is the visibility? What is the water clarity? What type of cover are you fishing? What are the conditions? You can go on and on from there, but try to establish what you are going to need out of your bait to make the bass bite it.
1. Pick a color for the conditions. A rule of thumb to follow is for clear water pick natural looking colors, in dirty water go with bright colors like chartreuse. In clear water you want your bait to look as much like the real thing as possible, while in dirtier water it is more important for your bait to stick out so the bass can find it under conditions of reduced visibility.
2. What sound and feel do you need? If you are fishing under conditions where a bass’ vision is impaired in some way, whether it is dirty water, heavy cover, or even night fishing, these two senses become more important to the bass. Under such conditions the bass will use these two senses to help them locate their prey. Choose baits that are noisier and that displace more water by making the bait bigger, or give it exaggerated motion (i.e. wider wobble).
3. Add quality scent to whatever baits you are throwing. No matter what the conditions, this is something I feel will never hurt your chances of getting a fish to bite. There are plenty of times where a bass may have followed a bait to the boat, and chances are if the bait had been covered with scent that fish may have come up behind it and smelled it. That smell may have enticed him into striking the bait. It will also make the bass hold onto the bait longer, giving you more of a chance to set the hook.
Cover all the Senses to get a catch. If you are interesting in fishing Lake Texoma, let us take you out on the best striper fishing guided trip available. Guarantee you a catch!
Fishing Lake Texoma | Striper Guide Mark Banister Jr. | Adventure Texoma