Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Report – February 28 2018

Fishing on Texoma has slowed down this past week but looks like Spring is just about here and fishing will drastically improve in the coming days with the warmer temps.  Water temp is 44 but with warmer weather and longer days we should heat up into the 50’s pretty soon. When this happens bait and fish will move up into shallower water on points, humps and flats.

Spring time striper can be caught on a variety of lures such as swim baits, bucktail jigs, horsehead jigs, and A-rigs. Drifting live bait can also be good and on some days deep water fish can be caught on live bait but as a general rule the shallower you can find fish the easier they are to catch because those fish have moved up shallow in search of baitfish and are more aggressive than the fish that are in deeper water.

2018 looks to be a very good year for Texoma stripers with the devastating flood of 2015 three years behind us now. 2015 and 2016 were tough years on Texoma, 2017 was great and 2018 looks to be even better with numbers of larger fish way up from previous years.

A preliminary 2018 gill net survey report from T.P.W.D. biologists show that striper numbers look very good with lots of over 20″ fish. T.P.W.D. biologists also stated that last years survey showed the highest growth rate ever recorded on Lake Texoma for striped bass and we will probably see similar growth rates this year. This should mean good fishing 2018!

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Lake Texoma Burning of the Socks and Switch for Flip Flops!

Lake Texoma Burning of the Socks and Switch for Flip Flops!

The 3rd Annual Lake Texoma Burning of the Socks and Switch for Flip Flops will be March 17, 2018.  This unique event invites everyone out to various marinas and resorts around the lake as mariners welcome the arrival of spring.   This is a Lake Texoma event that you won’t want to miss!

The Burning of the Socks is a tradition started in the 1970’s thanks to Bob Turner who managed the Annapolis Yacht Yard.  At winter’s end, Captain Turner upon leaving his work on the first day of spring, decided to burn his socks in tribute to the coming warmer weather.  Turner’s personal custom caught on with others and became an annual tradition.

Over the years, the tradition has expanded along the east and west coasts and in between.  Mariners all over the country will be holding sock burning events to shed heavy winter wear for summer attire.  In Texoma Flip Flop season begins with the Spring Equinox which marks the moment when the center of the sun appears directly overhead at the Equator.

The Lake Texoma Burning of the Socks Switch to Flip Flops Celebration will be a day full of family friendly fun.  Along with the burning of the socks there will be lots of other fun events.  Here is a little preview of the events planned around the lake.

Big Mineral Marina
9-11 – Beach Cleanup
11:30-1 – Burning of the Socks – Free hotdogs, chips, tea and lemonade
1-3 – Lakeside tunes with Tom Branton

Bridgeview Marina
Flea market all day, begins 8am
Burning of the Socks – starts at 11am – free hot dogs
Tri-City Fire Department will be there!

Buncombe Creek Marina
Starts at 11am
Chili cook-off, polar plunge, wiener roast, bonfire, cookie sale, dunk tank, car show and more!

Cedar Mills Marina
Activities are from 4-6pm

Flowing Wells
5-10pm, free food, bring your lawn chairs, beach blankets and your favorite beverages

Highort Marina
Free hotdogs and s’mores from 3-5pm
Free flip-flops to first 100 attendees!
After burn party starts at 5pm with a surprise mystery performer

Lighthouse Marina
Starts at 4pm
Horseshoes, potato sack races, corn hole contest, scavenger hunt
Bonfire and sock burning at 5:30 pm
Live music starting at 6pm

Loose Wheel Texas NEW Venue!
Receive a drink token (with or without alcohol) if you bring a pair of socks to burn in our fire pit and a new pair to donate (or just a new pair)!

Walnut Creek
Annual Smoke Out!
This event is their annual charity cooking competition with all the proceeds going to the local volunteer fire departments.

During the Burning of the Socks,  It’s a tradition to read the following poem…

Ode to the Sock Burners

By Jefferson Holland, Poet Laureate of Eastport, 1995

Them Eastport boys got an odd tradition

When the sun swings to its Equinoxical position,

They build a little fire down along the docks,

They doff their shoes and they burn their winter socks.

Yes, they burn their socks at the Equinox;


You might think that’s peculiar, but I think it’s not,

See, they’re the same socks they put on last fall,

And they never took ‘em off to wash ‘em, not at all…

So they burn their socks at the Equinox

In a little ol’ fire burning nice and hot.


Some think incineration is the only solution,

‘Cause washin’ ‘em contributes to the Chesapeake’s pollution.

Through the spring and the summer and into the fall,

They go around not wearin’ any socks at all,

Just stinky bare feet stuck in old deck shoes,

Whether out on the water or sippin’ on a brew.


So if you sail into the Harbor on the 17th of March,

And you smell a smell like Limburger sauteed with laundry starch,

You’ll know you’re downwind of the Eastport docks

Where they’re burning their socks for the Equinox.

CAMP DRAGONFLY Children’s Grief Camp at Camp All Saints on Lake Texoma

CAMP DRAGONFLY Children’s Grief Camp at Camp All Saints on Lake Texoma

Lake Texoma | February 18, 2018

Registration for Camp Dragonfly is now open. Camp Dragonfly is a weekend retreat, led by professional clinicians and trained staff, for children ages 8-12 who have suffered the loss of a loved one. All activities at Camp Dragonfly are designed to help children heal and  live successfully after loss. During the weekend, campers have the opportunity to participate in art activities, games, nature hikes, discussions, and a campfire with s’mores.  Campers learn ways to process feelings and treasure memories. Camp is not about forgetting, it is about healing. We use exercises to help the children learn to process grief and then fun activities to practice the coping skills they are learning,” said Nancy Jackson, Community Development Director and Camp Director. “Children grieve differently than adults. Some children have behavioral problems, some  struggle with schoolwork, some become argumentative or fearful, some hesitate to be away from a parent, and many don’t like to be alone.”

Children dealing with grief often feel isolated and feel that no one understands. One of the goals of Camp Dragonfly is to give the campers a chance to be with others who can relate to their feelings of grief and sadness to help them realize that they are not alone. “My child very much enjoyed camp, she has always felt different from other children and camp seemed to make her feel like she belonged,” said a parent whose daughter attended a previous session. “The grief counselor I talked to was awesome! She was very honest and straightforward with me. She even asked how I was handling everything.”

Parents will receive a debriefing after the weekend from the clinical staff designed to not only provide them with resources, but insight as to how children grieve. The goal is to help the parents understand that a child experiences grief differently and help parents recognize and help them to cope with those behaviors.

The spring session of Camp Dragonfly is scheduled for March 23rd -25th at All Saints Camp on Lake Texoma, 418 Stanton Way, in Pottsboro, Texas. If you know a child who would benefit from participating, contact Nancy Jackson at (903) 868-9315 or
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