Lake Texoma Spring 2018 Fishing Update!

Lake Texoma Spring 2018 Update!

Well old man Winter is behind us and Spring is here! Winter was a good on Lake Texoma. Numerous good box fish (under 20 inches) and some really nice overs (fish over 20 inches) were caught. Many days we caught limits of fish and threw some back as well to grow up and fight another day.

The Lake Texoma is in good condition. The Striper population is good, the food source (threadfin and gizzard shad) is good as well. Some areas of the lake are muddy for the rains a month ago, and the lake is at normal level. There was a 4-foot rise in the water, and the flood gates were open for a bit, but they are closed now and hopefully they will stay closed. Sometimes when those gates are open the fish can act a little off their game and can be finicky to catch as the water currents are moving in the deepest parts of the lake. As I am typing this it is raining again (had to reschedule todays trip), but hopefully we won’t get too much and the fresh water will help keep the upper rivers flowing which will result in another successful Striper spawn this year. The Striped Bass in Lake Texoma are not stocked fish, they reproduce each year in the Red River and in the Washita Rivers, way upstream in moving water when the water temps get in the lower to mid 60’s. They are in prespawn activities right now and will start very soon, if not already. They will spawn over a couple months period and return to the lake in stages and will be ready to feed!

As Spring rolls in and the spawn winds down, these breeder fish will follow the rivers back into the lake and feed on ledges, points, and shallow structure as the water temps warm. This is prime season for artificial lure fishing. Early morning top topwater, then swimbaits and slabs later in the day. Watch for the birds and use your sonar to find clumps of Striper on the ledges and humps. Set up your boat upwind of the marked fish and let the wind silently drift you over the clumps of fish. Bounce a slab off the bottom, or if the fish are suspended, cast a swimbait out. June will begin the topwater season and I can’t wait! I am anticipating and exceptional year this year!!

My trips are filling up fast, it was super busy this March, and looks like it will continue to be very busy. I appreciate all of you that came out and fished and all of you that have trips booked and are anxious to get on the water. Please call now of you are considering booking trip so you can choose the day you all want. You can’t book too early, and if we need to change the day, I’m sure I can accommodate. Feel free to call, text, message me on Facebook, or contact me through my website contact page.

Give me a call and I’ll see y’all out there!

Capt. Stephen

Striper Hunter Guide Service

972-816-6000

www.texomastriperhunter.com

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

888-8TEXOMA

www.texomastriperhunter.com

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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