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

 

 

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit at Hagerman

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit at Hagerman

The Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit is on tour across the country and will be on display at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge on Lake Texoma from April 30 – May 7, 2017.  In conjunction with this national exhibit, art students from local schools will display works that center on the themes of nature and wildlife.

In 2016, over 25,000 students across the United States submitted entries in the federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.  The winning artwork is used as the design for the Junior Duck Stamp.  The revenue from the sale of this stamp funds environmental activities for children through a federal curriculum that combines the arts and sciences to teach environmental conservation.  The program encourages students of all grades to explore the natural world and express and share what they have learned with others.

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit

A display of the winning artwork tours the country annually, and will be on display in the Texoma area for the first time at the Hagerman Refuge Visitor Center.  The Junior Duck Stamp Program is an offshoot of the Federal Duck Stamp Program.  The purchase of Federal Duck Stamps supports the work of the National Wildlife Refuge system, promoting waterfowl conservation through habitat procurement and protection in places like Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.

Make plans to see the artwork of local students and the national touring exhibit of Junior Duck Stamp winners.  Refuge Visitor Center hours are Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Shad Rule Changes Take Effect in Texas

Shad Rule Changes Take Effect in Texas

Texas Parks and WildlifeAustin Texas | Texas Parks and Wildlife Department | April 30, 2017

New rules that govern the possession and sale of gizzard and threadfin shad collected from public fresh waters go into effect April 13.

The changes passed earlier this year by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will require persons who use containers exceeding 82 quarts in volume when collecting shad to obtain a $60 Permit to Possess or Sell Nongame Fish Taken from Public Fresh Waters. Persons collecting shad for use as bait or stock in private lakes would need a permit if their container volume exceeds 82 quarts. A permit will continue to be required if the shad collected are sold or exchanged for anything of value regardless of the container size used.

No permit is required if the shad are used only as bait on the lake where they are collected, or if a licensed fishing guide possesses and furnishes the shad as bait to customers as part of the guide’s services.

According to TPWD Inland Fisheries Director of Information and Regulations Ken Kurzawski, this change allows the department to better monitor shad harvesting to ensure their sustainability in Texas fisheries and addresses concerns about the spread of invasive species.

“Transfer of zebra mussels is our primary concern,” Kurzawski said. “Before this change, no permit was required if the shad were not sold, so there was less opportunity to inform those users of the risks of the zebra mussel transfer…so these regulations give us an avenue to do that.”

Information on obtaining a nongame fish permit can be found at http://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/fishboat/forms/ or by calling 512-389-4742.

Source:  http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20170413a

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.

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