Striper Fishing Lake Texoma with Alabama Rigs

Striper Fishing Lake Texoma with Alabama Rigs

Striper Fishing Lake Texoma with Alabama Rigs makes catching kind of easy!  Why do A-Rigs catch Striped Bass?  The A-Rig is a somewhat new fishing lure that took the Professional Bass Fishing Tour by storm in 2010.  Now B.A.S.S. does not allow anglers to fish A-Rigs, but Striper fisherman love the secret weapon!  The five-arm casting umbrella rig makes a huge ball of bait profile that Stripers love!   Add five willow leaf blades and you get a great bait ball profile with a lot of flash!  The Yumbrella Flash Mob Jr is the best selling A-Rig and puts big Striper in the net!  You will need some good jig heads and soft plastic swimbaits, and then you are ready to Striper Fish Texoma! Don’t use jig heads over 1/4oz. Remember you will have five jig heads, five swimbaits, hooked to a one-ounce A-Rig!

Striper Fishing Texoma with A-Rigs

How to Striper Fish with A-Rigs

Do not overweigh the A-Rig! Using jig heads over 1/4oz will make the casting umbrella rig a work out! The A-Rig weighs 1oz and you add another ounce of jig heads, then swimbaits, that’s a heavy striper lure! We are finding most of our Striped Bass deep and hugging the bottom! The water is still very cold, so slow roll those A-Rigs! We are fishing in 20 to 25 feet of water and slowly reeling the A-Rigs across the bottom and catching some nice fish! Fish A-Rigs deep and slow until the weather warms up! When Lake Texoma surface water temperature reaches 70 degrees you can start speeding up the reel retrieve! The first part of April we will start using smaller swimbaits on a 3/4oz jig heads and vertically jigging slab spoons!

Striper Fishing Lake Texoma is Special

Lake Texoma is one of the few lakes Striped Bass reproduce naturally! Texoma is stocked with striper too, and that makes for a very good fishery! We are one of the few artificial lure only Lake Texoma Fishing Guides! If you like non stop actions and throwing lures to trophy striper, make your next Adventure Texoma Outdoors with Captain John Blasingame!  For more information see Striper Time with Lake Texoma Fishing Guide!

Lake Texoma Striper Guide John Blasingame
Striper Fish Texoma with Captain John Blasingame

Lake Texoma to host final regular season event for COSTA FLW Series

Lake Texoma to host final regular season event for COSTA FLW Series

Denison Texas | September 17, 2017

As many as 400 pros and co-anglers are set to compete in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event at Lake Texoma, Sept. 21-23. The tournament, which is presented by Frabill, is the third and final regular-season event scheduled in the FLW Series Southwestern Division. Hosted by the Denison Area Chamber of Commerce, anglers will be competing for a top award of up to $40,000 in cash and a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

“Lake Texoma should be fishing pretty good for a late September tournament,” said FLW Tour pro Andrew Upshaw, who finished in 11th place when the FLW Series last visited Lake Texoma in 2015. “We didn’t get too much of the nasty weather from the hurricanes, so the lake levels will be normal and we’re going to have a fun tournament.

“You’re going to see the typical fall patterns in this one,” Upshaw continued. “It will be junk fishing 101. A lot of guys will be fishing docks or throwing topwater baits, fishing in the backs of creeks. The fish don’t replenish great this time of year, so covering a lot of water and having a lot of different patterns going on will be the key.”

Upshaw said that he expects his key baits will be a Bill Lewis StutterStep 4.0 and a Rat-L-Trap.

“Rat-L-Traps are always great in the fall,” Upshaw said. “I downsize to ¼-ounce and throw a chrome and black if it’s sunny or a white one if it’s cloudy.
“I think to make the top-10 cut and fish the final day it’s going to take 22 to 24 pounds,” Upshaw went on to say. “I think the winner will likely have a three-day total of 45 to 47 pounds.”

Anglers will take off from the Highport Marina, located at 120 Texoma Harbor Drive, in Pottsboro, at 7 a.m. CDT each day. Weigh-ins will be held at the marina each day beginning at 3 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. The event is hosted by the Denison Area Chamber of Commerce.

In Costa FLW Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event. At Lake Texoma pros will fish for as much as $40,000 and a Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard if Ranger Cup qualified. Co-anglers will cast for a Ranger Z175 boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard, and an additional $5,000 if Ranger Cup qualified.

The Costa FLW Series consists of five U.S. divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western. Each division consists of three tournaments with competitors vying for valuable points that could earn them the opportunity to fish in the Costa FLW Series Championship. The 2017 Costa FLW Series Championship is being held Nov. 2-4 on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 258 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros.

Source:  | Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

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