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

Brookshire’s Donation Supports the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum

May 30, Commerce, Texas

As Brookshire’s Grocery carts travel at the Children’s Museum, the “Customer in Training” sign can be seen just above the heads of the young customers.  Since 2009, the Brookshire’s Grocery area has been one of the most popular areas in the Children’s Museum.  Their continuing support goes toward supporting this exhibit. “As the items are constantly purchased and then restocked, many of the empty containers need to be replaced with Brookshire’s Grocery items, “said Sharline Freeman, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum.

Brookshire’s Grocery has included signage to add to the authenticity of the area.  Dennis Anderson of Kartridge Korner added a “beep” for scanning each item.  Each new addition has resulted in the increased popularity of the area. Young shoppers sometimes clear the shelves in their enthusiasm to scan and purchase the items.

As the number of visitors has increased each year at the Children’s Museum, the Brookshire’s Grocery area has had additional “Customer in Training” young shoppers.  “This has been a great partnership.  Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by Brookshire’s Grocery. We appreciate their continuing support.”, said Donna Tavener, President of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum.

Brookshire's Donation to Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Broc Hohenberger, Manager of Commerce Brookshire’s, presents the Brookshire’s donation to Sharline Freeman, Executive Director of the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum. The donation of Brookshire’s supports the very popular Brookshire’s Grocery in the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum.

SEDCO Announces New Data Center Campus in Sherman’s Progress Park

(SHERMAN, Texas) –  6/2/2017

Sherman Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) and Thea Development, LLC are pleased to announce the development of the Cassini Gateway I Data Center Campus at Progress Park I in Sherman, Texas. Cassini Gateway I is a shovel ready site that can accommodate over 1 Million SF of data centers in a business-friendly environment. The site has access to clean, low cost, reliable power, all utilities, an excellent network of roads and a skilled workforce.

Progress Park Sherman Texas“SEDCO is a great partner, and Sherman is a fantastic location,” stated Margie Guido, CEO of Thea. “Progress Park I offers a unique opportunity to develop a state-of-the-art data center campus adjacent to the 758 MW Panda Sherman Power Plant.”

“Sherman, Texas is the perfect location for this project with its robust infrastructure, abundant water supply with the capacity of 45 million gallons per day, a pro-business climate, and its proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex,” said SEDCO President John Plotnik. “In addition, SEDCO offers various grants and shovel-ready sites to qualifying companies for expansion, new job creation and relocation projects, which is one of the many reasons this project chose Progress Park I for their new location.”

Cassini Gateway I is expecting capital investment of over $1 Billion that will generate 350 construction jobs over a period of 5 years and more than 150 direct engineering, technology and other jobs. Cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other developing technologies are the forces behind the tremendous growth of the data center industry.

Sherman Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) has a mission to grow and diversify the economy of Sherman and the surrounding area through the addition of new jobs and investment of primary employers. SEDCO is supported by a local 3/8 cent sales tax, which provides the resources to market the Sherman community, provide cash incentives for new investments and jobs and develop business park sites for industry. For more information, visit

Thea Development, LLC works with strategic partners to develop campuses designed to meet the reliability and efficiency demands of large data centers. More information can be found at

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.

Two Area Women Receive ATHENA Leadership Awards

Two Area Women Receive ATHENA Leadership Awards

Athena AwardsAustin College | May 5, 2017

Sherman, Texas

Austin College recognized two exemplary leaders from the region on May 3, awarding the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award® to Michelle Castle, branch manager at Guild Mortgage Company, and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award to Trish Bridges, director of critical care services at Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center. The event was presented by the College’s Center for Community and Regional Development and its Texoma Women Get Connected program. At the luncheon, Kourtny Garrett, president and CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc., spoke about her work with nonprofit agencies.

ATHENA Leadership Award Nominees

The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to individuals who have attained and embody the highest level of professional excellence in their business or profession, devote time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

Michelle CastleCastle, the region’s 2017 honoree, opened the Sherman branch of Guild Mortgage in 2011 with three employees, and since has added four locations and increased the support staff to almost 30. She is recognized for creating an office culture and processes that serve as a role model for Guild Mortgage branches across the country, and often presents at the company’s national summit to share her marketing expertise. Castle also is known for mentorship and strong support of career advancement for women working in the mortgage banking business. A generous sponsor of local charity events, including the Guild Breakfast with Santa at Sherman’s Snowflake Festival, she serves as board president of the Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma.

Other nominee honorees for the ATHENA Leadership Award were Janis Fletcher, City of Sherman certified court clerk in the Municipal Court; and Leigh Ann Sims, commercial loan officer at Legends Bank.

ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Nominees

ATHENA Young Professional Leadership nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community; and clearly serve as role models for young women both personally and professionally.

ATHENA Young Professional recipient for 2017, Bridges was recognized for her leadership skills and heart for service early in her career as a nurse. Today, she is the director of critical care services at WNJ Regional Medical Center, which encompasses several departments in the hospital including the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Room. Beyond the hospital’s walls, Trish has been described as an “invaluable” member of the North Texas Young Professionals, first as a volunteer and then on the board of directors. She currently services as NTYP president

The other nominee for the 2017 Young Professional Leadership Award was Mikayla Stocks, volunteer coordinator, case worker, and grant writer at Grayson County Shelter.  

Sponsors for the 2017 event included Texoma Health Foundation, United Way of Grayson County, Austin College Institutional Advancement staff in honor of Jill Joiner Roberts, Kristine McKinney in memory of Clara Blackford Smith, and Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center. Event sponsorships benefit the College’s Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation (SEPA) summer intern program.

 Austin College reinstated the local awards three years ago, with nominations open to leaders in Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson counties. Nomination information for 2018 honorees can be found at