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

 

 

Lake Texoma early spring fishing report by Jerry Dorsey

Lake Texoma early spring fishing report - Jerry Dorsey

Lake Texoma | April 29, 2017

March and April not my favorite time for fishing stripers on Lake Texoma.  It’s always cold and windy.  But it is a wonderful time for spring break, flowers blooming, and beautiful sunrises.

Then it’s time to head to the boat dressed in winter, 100 MPH foul weather gear, and nice warm underwear.  It’s just part of the gear for those in a boat, running 35 MPH across a lake for Stripers!  I have long known, 23 years guiding on Lake Texoma, that this was the drill, and have been in 23-degree cold factor weather, and the fish don’t know that!    When I drop anything down that resembles food, Bam, all thoughts of weather disappear, almost.   Fish this time of 2017, early part of spring, are somewhat smaller as the big bad babies are sunning in the creeks, having babies.  Kind of has a ring to it, don’t it?   Anyway, the joy of leaving the docks, with whatever is your method, is exciting, and challenging.

All thoughts of weather are diminished by conversation, and the thrill of being away from work, school, or whatever.   23 years of this guiding has let me enjoy the beautiful sky’s, great fishing, conversations with new and old customers who love to fish!    I can’t think of anything better I could have decided to do than Guiding on Lake Texoma, the Striper capital of the world!   Oh yes, the Lake Texoma early spring fishing report.

Lake Texoma early spring fishing report Now days, your guess is as good as mine, relative to size, but you’re going to catch fish, and lots of them, at least with CrossCreek Guide Service.   I fish mainly with artificial (umbrella rigs) trolling for big fish, and bait for helping to get a limit of 10 fish per person, 2 of them over 20 inches.   Better days I catch so many overs, I am constantly throwing them back until I get that box fish of under 20 inches fish.    I charge $300 for two people, and $100 thereafter, cause I am worth it.   Not to mention, I am full of something lots of people call entertaining.   Call it what you like.   I clean and red meat your catch, bag them for eating, the way I clean mine to eat.   I am in a boathouse at Little Mineral Resort, and you can see more of me on Facebook and my website, (being updated) www.striperfish.com.  Jerry Dorsey is my name, but most call me JD.    903-786-3981.   One picture, oh maybe two…  Hope to hear from you soon!

 

Jerry "JD" DorseyAuthor

Jerry “JD” Dorsey has been a professional fishing guide on Lake Texoma for 23 years.  His friendly, down home style and his perchance for “telling it like it is” makes hima an all time favorite fishing guide and author.  Contact him at 903-786-3981 to book your next Lake Texoma fishing trip.

Take a Kid Fishing by Bill Carey, Striper Express

Take a Kid Fishing by Bill Carey, Striper Express

Lake Texoma | February 26, 2017

Take a Kid Fishing by Bill CareyThere is nothing more priceless than to hear a child say “I got one…I got one… Daaad! I got one!!” Being the hero in a kid’s eye is so rewarding. To see that little one spring from the seats with excitement is so energizing and rejuvenating. Recharge their batteries and yours too with the thrill of the hunt for some hungry stripers. We still have openings for Spring Break week!

 

Got Spring Fever?

Your college kids are ready for a break from those long hours of late night studying and burning that midnight oil. Get them into the outdoors. Take them fishing for some much-needed parent time. Give them something to go back to school to tell their friends… “My parents SO ROCK! They took me fishing for Spring Break”. Awesome rod bending and line stripping time spent with family and friends will be something that they remember for a lifetime.

The Fishing! The Bass!

Lake Texoma offers “World Class Striper Fishing”. There are plenty of hungry stripers out there just waiting for you. These monsters are weighing up to 15 pounds each. The 20 pounders are not rare. They are fat and sassy and will get your blood pumping.

A Proud Mom!

A mom is never more proud of her man than when she is watching him pack up the kids and taking them out for that quality time. Some moms are the type to load up with them, and others are happy sending them on their way knowing that this time is rare and so precious. Those fleeting years are gone in a blink of an eye and if you don’t snatch them up they will be gone before you know it.

Is Your Blood Pumping Yet?

Make those memories with time spent with your kids. Put down those video games and give them a “reel” game that is more fun. Get that face to face “Fish Time” and your kid will look at you and say…”Thanks Dad”. That alone is priceless!

 

Striper Express
Bill Carey

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Bill Carey is a professional fishing guide on Lake Texoma.  You can reach Bill and Striper Express at (903) 786-4477 or email him at bigfish@striperexpress.comStriper Express Guide Service is located at 512 Mill Creek Resort Road, Boathouse #3, Pottsboro, TX 75076

LAKE TEXOMA MID-WINTER FISHING REPORT !!

LAKE TEXOMA MID-WINTER FISHING REPORT !!

LAKE TEXOMA MID-WINTER FISHING REPORT!!

Mid-winter fishing on Lake Texoma has been great! Nice catches of Striper and Sandbass. All are being caught on artificial swimbaits on points and ledges in 8 to 25 feet of water. Casting out, letting it sink to or near the bottom, slow retrieve and waiting for that tap to set the hook!

Come on out to Lake Texoma and rent a cabin, eat some local food, rent a boat, go camping…there’s plenty to do out here! It was great to see all the boats out last weekend…sailboats, cruisers, speed boats, fishing boats…all out enjoying the beautiful clear waters and bright sunshine. It’s going to be a great year on Lake Texoma so head on out there and take advantage of our wonderful resource!!!

Artificial lure fishing for these fish is the best. We get to move around the lake, see some wildlife, and enjoy the scenery. The weather has been mostly great this winter and the long term forecast looks great for the rest of winter. The lake is recovering nicely from the flood and it is great to see!!!

I know a lot of kids will be out for Spring Break coming up soon, so get those kids out on the water to catch some fish. Nice cabins are available for rent at my marina. Come on out and wet a line!!

See y’all soon!

Capt. Stephen

www.texomastriperhunter.com

972-816-6000

Lake Texoma 2016, What a Year!

Lake Texoma 2016, What a Year!

Lake Texoma version 2016 is winding down, and IT IS ENDING WITH A BANG! The colder weather and cool water has the Striper biting unlike I have seen in recent times on Lake Texoma!

Lake Texoma 2016; a year of recovery for Lake Texoma after the devastating flood of 2015. For Striper Hunter Guide Service, the beginning of the year was a struggle due to muddy water resulting in fish that were very reluctant to eat and catch. As the water began to clear up a bit in April and the water warmed, we were suddenly blessed with a population of Sandbass unlike Lake Texoma had hardly seen in recent decades; we could see the beginning of the recovery and a fishing light at the end of the tunnel!

As we moved into the late spring and early summer the water cleared more and the amount of keeper Sandbass that I caught was just unbelievable. Hundreds and hundreds of Sandbass on some trips. Mother Nature works her magic in strange ways, and as we did lose some Striper, we also gained unbelievable amounts of Sandbass from flooding lakes upstream. A true blessing from Mother Nature, these Sandbass kept most of us guides in business throughout the summer. Mixed in with those keeper fish were what seem to be an endless supply of juvenile fish resulting from successful spawns of the past two years. Given the amount of juvenile fish I have seen, and the fact that they do grow very quickly, the future looks extremely fishy! By Midsummer I was cleaning coolers full of keeper Sandbass, and a few Striper began to show up as well.

As the summer progressed we kept catching Sandbass and kept catching more and more Striper, releasing the striper in hopes that they would grow up and reproduce to help the recovery of Lake Texoma.

When fall rolled around, the Striper really began to show themselves. I started keeping a few Striper along with the limits of Sandbass that we were catching and cleaning. I knew as the water cooled even more the Sandbass bite would slowly diminish as these fish begin to think about spawning up the rivers in January. To be honest I was a little concerned that when the Sandbass bite slowed that our catch numbers in general would slow down for all the fish. BUT, then it happened…just a few weeks ago. Some big striper, some good fat 16 inch striper, and a bunch of 9 to 11 inch striper begin to show up here and there. It was exciting to see!!

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These last couple of good cold fronts finally dropped the water temperature down to the lower 50’s, and I’ll be honest, I have no idea where the Striper have been hiding, but in the last two weeks they have really made a showing. Just yesterday we caught a three-man limit of stripers, had all of our overs up to 9 pounds, and threw back another 60+ striper, and 6 Sandbass. Lake Texoma is a remarkable body of water. Throughout the droughts, the floods, the bait kills, the algae; the way Lake Texoma takes care of herself never ceases to amaze me.

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In the last week I have abandoned the slab spoons that have been really effective all year, and been casting swim baits and catching Striper in 20 to 30 feet of water slow rolling the swim baits along the bottom, or maybe just 5 to 7 feet above the bottom. I’ve even had some good catches in shallower creeks as well. The bite can be light but it is definitely detectable, and with a good hookset, you’re in for a really good fight, even with the smaller fish as they are frisky! As the winter continues this bite should remain pretty consistent. Hopefully Mother Nature will give us a little bit of a break after the roller coaster that we’ve been through from the past year and a half with the flooding and recovery. I am very fortunate to do what I love for living and even more fortunate that I’m able to do it on such a great body of water like Lake Texoma.

I am anticipating that 2017 is going to be an awesome year on the Lake Texoma. I know it’s only December but remember Spring Break will be here before you know it. The earlier you book a trip the more likely you are to get the day you would like. I’ll be running 2 trips a day starting mid March, so you can have a choice to fish morning or afternoon to fit your schedule. I am beginning to book trips for the Spring, so don’t hesitate to call or email and get your trip on the books.
I have re-worked my website to be more user friendly and have added some fishing articles, recipes, service reviews, and other useful links! I also will be implementing an on line booking system where you will be able to choose what day you want to fish and pay online as well. This will allow me to be more accessible to you for scheduling your fishing trip to meet your needs while I’m on the water. I know things happen in life and fishing trips may have to be canceled or rescheduled or moved or whatnot, that’s just the way it is. Don’t be afraid to book ahead. I’m very flexible when it comes to circumstances such as those!
I really appreciate all of you that have fished with me this year on Lake Texoma and also at Lake Tawakoni at the beginning of 2016. I will remain on Lake Texoma for here on out and I’m looking forward to a very busy, line stretching, fish cleaning, and successful 2017!
Tight Lines!!
Capt. Stephen

Striper Hunter Guide Service

stephen@texomastriperhunter.com
cell 972-816-6000