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

Dallas Cowboy Hall of Famer Randy White Fishes Lake Texoma to Benefit North Texas Children

#54 Randy White loves Football, Fishing, and Philanthropy. He joined with Striper Express Guide Service and auction winner Ken McDonald to benefit The Warren Center, a Dallas non-profit serving children with developmental disorders.

Randy White with Captain Chris

Ken McDonald Jr. and dad Ken Sr. enjoyed a day fishing Lake Texoma while talking football with Cowboy’s Hall of Fame legend Randy White. The McDonalds also aided an area children’s charity while doing it.

White donated a day of his time to benefit the non-profit Warren Center of Dallas, Texas. Ken McDonald Jr. made the substantial winning bid for Randy’s day during the Center’s Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night. The Warren Center provides support, early childhood intervention, and therapy services for North Texas children with developmental challenges.

“My wife Tanya and I love the Warren Center and the work they do for children. When the annual fundraiser auction included a fishing charter with Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboy Randy White, it was a no-brainer,” Ken exclaimed. “The first class work by Captain Chris Carey with Striper Express Guide Service was the icing on the cake. We caught upwards of 100 fish.”

Captain Chris Carey of Striper Express Guide Service described his celebrity guest, “Randy White is down to earth, a pleasure to be with, and a great fisherman. Randy entertained the entire group with football story after football story.”

Big fans of the Dallas Cowboys, Ken Jr. and his father celebrate the same birthday and both enjoy fishing.

Ken Sr. was the most successful angler of the day, both in size of catch and number of fish landed. “This was an awesome experience. Fishing with Randy White, and watching my dad kick our butts all day long,” Ken Jr. said.

About Striper Express Guide Service: Striper Express Guide Service, LLC provides World Class striper fishing charters on Lake Texoma. They specialize in groups, entertaining clients, and team building events. Captain Chris and his crew offer action-packed, value-based and awesome fishing experiences. Their niche is using artificial top-water lures with “the thrill of the hunt” style fishing to actively stalk their prey. Learn more by visiting or call 903-786-4477.

About The Warren Center: More information about the Center, its work, and how to donate is available at

Bill Carey – Owner, Striper Express Guide Service
[email protected]

Fish Lake Texoma For Your Child’s First Fishing Diploma

Bait, hooks and a fishing pole – take them out as soon as they can stroll. There are fewer finer things in life than taking your little one out on their first fishing trip. It’s a memory that you will both cherish for the rest of your life, and will be the start of a long family tradition. Lake Texoma is a great place to share this memory and here are some tips to make it the best day ever.

Childs first fishing trip

Rule Number 1: Have fun!

The most important thing to remember is that you’re there to have fun. You don’t have to do anything fancy to introduce your child to the sport, and in fact simplicity is the key. Make your first trip short and sweet, and be sure to take breaks in between. A child might have an hour of fishing in them, but they might not be able to get through it all at once. A 15 minute break now and then to bird watch, eat, or tell fishing stories will recharge their energy and keep them focused. You might even want to explore other activities that the lake offers such as swimming and horseback riding to round out your trip.

Rule Number 2: Find the Right Gear

Once again, simplicity is important when picking the right fishing gear for kids. They don’t need overly complicated reels or lures. Instead, you might want to pick a rod that has a button for casting to make it easier. Many stores have fun Disney or superhero themed rods that are easy for children to use and makes their experience that much more fun. Also opt for a bobber so that your kid can easily see when they get a bite, and worms as bait since they work well for a variety of fish. You and your little one can even go hunting for the worms in your own backyard. They will have loads of fun finding these creepy crawlies and it’ll increase their interest in setting out on the trip.

Rule Number 3: Fish the Right Fish

The best way to keep children focused is by catching fish. They won’t be entertained for long if they’re just staring at the bobber on top of the water. Seeing that bobber dip will make them jump up and down with glee, and catching a fish will encourage them to keep fishing. Lake Texoma is a perfect place for children to fish because it is full of kid-friendly fish. The lake is particularly good for catching catfish, which will be a child’s best bet. Since they know a lot about catfish from TV shows, it is a fun fish for them to pull up. Catfish can also be reasonably large, creating a great reward for your child’s efforts. They may even be amused by the weird types of bait you can use to catch a catfish such as hotdogs and grapes.

Rule Number 4: Conservation Matters

It is important that your child learns everything about fishing, and that includes conservation. They should know that we fish only what we can eat, and should learn the importance of catch-and-release. In Lake Texoma, the daily limit for blue and channel catfish is 15 and the minimum length is 12 inches. For flathead catfish, the limit is 5 and they must be at least 20 inches. Make sure your child learns these limits and other conservation points such as litter prevention and habitat preservation.


Contributing Author Jackie Edwards – Jackie is a freelance editor and writer.  Her husband is a keen angler and they wanted to try fishing holiday with the kids.  Last year they were able to go for it and afterwards she wrote a series of articles geared towards helping parents and care givers plan their own first fishing trip with children.  You can read more of Jackie’s work at

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.

Lake Texoma Association partners with Texoma Marketing And Media Group on annual magazine

Strategic partnership will help LTA grow its reach and benefit the communities and businesses it represents around Lake Texoma and in the region.

Lake Texoma Life MagazineThe Lake Texoma Association and Texoma Marketing and Media Groupare are excited to announce the formation of a strategic partnership that will include the production of the LTA’s annual magazine and other opportunities to expand the reach of the LTA.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to partner with a strong marketing and media brand like TMMG, which can help carry our message into Collin County and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to help more people discover what a wonderful place Lake Texoma is to come and play,” LTA Executive Director Terri Weir said.

The partnership will also help LTA strengthen its fundraising efforts through ad revenue shares for both LTA’s annual magazine and TMMG’s seasonal magazine, Lake Texoma Life, the first issue of which is currently available to lake-goers at businesses around the lake.

“This is a great opportunity for TMMG to help amplify the message of what a wonderful resource the Texoma region has in Lake Texoma and, in turn, give back to the communities and businesses that depend on Lake Texoma tourism to thrive,” TMMG Senior Group Publish Nate Rodriguez said. “The additional revenue that this partnership creates for TMMG will be used to support our core mission of bringing interesting and in-depth news and information to the region.”

The LTA and TMMG will continue to look for additional opportunities to strengthen and grow this partnership in ways that will benefit both organizations and the region as a whole.

About the Lake Texoma Association

The Lake Texoma Association is a group of stakeholders in the Texoma region that support the mission of the LTA to protect and preserve Lake Texoma, as well as promote the entire Texoma region. If something is in the best interest of our lake, then you can bet that LTA is behind that plan every step of the way, with the cooperation of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, regional Chambers of Commerce, and individual businesses and stakeholders. The Lake Texoma Association is very much like a chamber of commerce, but with one major difference… the very diverse membership. Not just an organization of businesses and business people, LTA is made up of all types of concerned individuals who want to keep Lake Texoma the superb recreational and business area it is today.

About Texoma Marketing and Media Group

Texoma Marketing and Media Group is where the power of legacy news brands meets a source of modern advertising and online services for a digital age. TMMG is the publisher of the daily newspaper: the Herald Democrat; weekly newspapers: the Anna-Melissa Tribune, the Prosper Press and the Van Alstyne Leader; and shoppers: Grayson County Shopper, Bryan County Shopper and Marshall/Johnston Counties Shopper. TMMG publishes a number of niche products including the annual Best of Texoma magazine that features the winners, based on community votes, in nearly 130 magazine categories. It hosts four premier events annually and publishes a weekly real estate edition, HDHomes, on Saturdays and Lake Texoma Life magazine, which is published monthly during the summer lake season. TMMG’s marketing and digital offerings include web design and SEO optimization, as well as a host of other creative solutions for today’s digital world.