Remember Lake Texoma 2017 !

Remember Lake Texoma 2017 !

Lake Texoma 2017, What a Year!

Well the 2017 season and year is behind us and it is time to gear up for 2018! 2017 was a great year starting off with the Winter bite in January, February and March…lots of good box fish (fish under 20 inches) and a few good big ones! All the Winter Stripers were caught on swim baits on shallow structure….casting out, reeling slow along the bottom.

As Spring rolled around the striper were a bit elusive at times, but the Sandbass made up for it with great action…at times catching close to 200 fish per trip! Later in the Spring and into Summer, the Sandbass fishing was great and the Striper began to show up more and more. Small keepers of Striper and good sized Sandbass filled the cooler all Summer.  Small swim baits were producing, but the bite was mainly jigging slabs in deeper water.

The arrival of Fall is one of my favorite times of year on Lake Texoma. I was curious where the fish that we had caught in January and February earlier in the year had gone…and they finally showed up. The Fall and Winter bite of 2017 has been off the charts! Numerous 17 to 19 inch fish as well as big fish up to 14 lbs returned to feeding heavily on the abundance of shad we have in Lake Texoma. The fish  are fat and hungry and will continue to feed well into the spawn of 2018 and after.

 

The fishing on Lake Texoma in 2018 is setting up to be one of the best years in recent times. The lake level is full, the bait population is at an all time high, and the past 3 years of overly successful Striper spawns has loaded the lake with a huge population of Striped Bass! Now is the time to call your guide and get a trip booked on Lake Texoma! There are multiple locations on the lake that offer camping, RV sites, as well as lake cabins for rent.

If you want to catch these beautiful Striped Bass on Lake Texoma, and want the thrill of catching them on artificial lures….I am your man! I will teach you what lures to use and how to use them. I will teach you the proper way to cast. I will also show you the proper way to clean the Striped Bass…one of the best eating fish in any water! I provide all up to date equipment, a large comfortable 26 foot custom boat built just for fishing. I have properly fitting and comfortable life jackets for your kids and yourselves. I am also a currently licensed Coast Guard Captain, which is a requirement for Lake Texoma, making sure your safety is priority one!

I hope you all have a wonderful year this year and look forward to seeing you all on the water!

 

Tight lines to all!

Capt. Stephen

972-816-6000 call or text

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Lake Texoma HOT Summer Fishing!

The June fishing on Lake Texoma has been great, and I expect July fishing will be hot as well! Big fish and good box fish are roaming around and a ton of fun to catch on slabs. Big slabs been working best to keep the “dinks” off the hook.

Early mornings should begin with some schooling top water action over deeper water as these fish began to group into large schools for the summer. These fish can be caught with small top water plugs or rattle baits casted out into the boiling water. They can literally pop up just about anywhere so watch for splashing and keep an eye open for the Blue Herons or the Great Egrets hovering over deep water. These birds are some of the best fish finders on the lake and will lead you in the right direction. Just keep in mind as you approach these schooling fish that running engines will tend to scare them off, so coast in quietly or use your trolling motor to sneak in for the attack!

Nice Limit!

Another great method for catching these fish when they are not “schooled up” is dropping slab spoons through schools of Striper and Sandbass. Once you have located a large school using your fish finder, drop a 2 to 3 ounce slab down through the school.

A Beast!

A bait casting reel works great for this method because you can keep your thumb on the line spool as the slab spoon descends through the school of fish and if a strike is detected you can stop the spool with your thumb and set the hook at the same time. If your slab spoon makes it through the school without a bite, simply reel it back up as fast as you can and get ready as these fish will aggressively hit a fast-moving spoon. White, green, and blue are my favorite slab colors; or a combination of those colors seem to work great most of the time.

The Big One!
10 pounder!
Line Stretcher!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice 12 pounder!!!

With the summer comes the heat, and it is very important to keep your catch cold in the cooler. I typically use three 2 gallon blocks of ice in my 120 quart cooler. This will keep 30 to 60 fish very cold for up to six hours. If you’re going to be on the water much longer than that please bring plenty of ice to keep your fish cold. The colder you can get your fish, the better they will taste, I promise you!

Good luck out there, and be safe! I’ll see you all on the water!
Capt. Stephen Andre’
Striper Hunter Guide Service
972-816-6000

Lake Texoma Fishing Report May 2017

Lake Texoma Fishing Report May 2017

Lake Texoma May 2017 Fishing Report

The fishing on Lake Texoma has been wonderful this Spring and the Summer bite should be great as well!!

I’ve been catching them from 3 to 35 feet of water either on swimbaits or slabs. Recently the swimbait bite has been best for me for the 15-19 inch Striper as well as the bigger 10-13 lb striper!  Slabs will give you great action with some smaller fish as well!

Striper and Sand Bass are returning from the spawn daily and will be extremely hungry and cruising points, ledges, and chasing bait up onto the flats to fill their bellies. The Sand Bass will pile up on points with deep water access and will be easy to find with your electronics.

Good limit of Stripers!

You can either drift over these points or anchor up and expect some fast action bouncing slabs off the bottom or reeling them up fast through a thicker school. The striped bass will be cruising deepwater ledges searching for an easy meal. Using your electronics, scan these ledges and locate  a cluster of fish. Stop and drift the ledge and fish using slabs bounced off the bottom or heavy deepwater swim baits slow rolled just above the bottom to catch you some big, hungry, line stripping Striper!

Striper and Sandbass!

As the water continues to warm the schooling size striped bass (box fish fewer than 20 inches) will form large schools and cruise open deepwater chasing bait. A good method for catching these open deepwater fish is using heavy slabs and dropping them down through the school and then reeling them back up as fast as possible through the schools of Striper. We call this “rippin’ slabs”! This technique can be very effective on deepwater schools.

Big fish are roaming around!
Big Fish!

Sometimes these fish hit so hard while you’re rippin’ it will almost yank the fishing rod right out of your hand! Often times the larger Striper won’t be in these large deepwater schools of box fish; they often like to cruise around in smaller groups or even by themselves, so don’t be afraid to look around away from all the boats and outside the main schools of Striper for some of these bigger fish.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sand Bass and Striper will also chase bait from deepwater up onto some of the numerous flats on Lake Texoma. They will chase this bait up into as shallow as 10 feet of water. Watch for schooling fish on the surface, or seagulls diving, or also keep an eye out for the large blue herons hovering over the water. These blue herons are some of the best fish finders on the lake…Don’t ever ignore them!! Always have a good pair of binoculars on board your boat to help you out.

It will be a Super Summer on our great Lake Texoma!  Come on out and rent a cabin, camp out, rent a boat or CALL ME and come on out and enjoy everything Lake Texoma has to offer!

To learn more about me and the way I catch fish, check it out here…

http://www.texomastriperhunter.com/about/

 

Best of luck and I’ll see y’all out there!

Capt. Stephen Andre’

Striper Hunter Guide Service

www.texomastriperhunter.com

Call or Text 972-816-6000

Toll free 888-8TEXOMA