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January 16, 2019 – Texas Department of Wildlife Lake Texoma Fishing Report

Water stained to muddy; 47–50 degrees; 4.38’ high. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits, shakeyhead worms and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

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January 16, 2019 | Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation | Lake Texoma Fishing Report

 Elevation above normal, water 46 and muddy. Lake levels are high and water is muddy, striped bass are still biting via dead sticking method on flukes rigged as a single or Alabama rig. Use electronics to locate active schools of fish and suspend baits at appropriate depths. Striped bass good on Alabama rigs, flukes and live shad in the main lake. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and shad below the dam, along the dam, discharge, main lake and river mouth. Juglines are productive for blue cat on the main lake , below dam blue cats are biting shad/ cut bait. Crappie are slow below docks with the muddy water use dark colored jigs for best results. Crappie slow on jigs, live bait and tube jigs around brush structure and docks. Adding scent to crappie jigs seem to help. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County. ,

     Zebra Mussel Alert!  To prevent the spread of zebra mussels, the law requires draining of water from boats and onboard receptacles when leaving or approaching public fresh waters. Get details.

Lake Texoma fishing guide reports – most recent

January 21, 2019

How is the fishing on the Red River below the dam? Looks pretty good to me! A local angler posted this photo on the Lake Texoma Fishing Forum.

Striper Express January 18, 2019

Today-Josh C. from Plano 
25 pounds 37 inches!
our largest fish in 4 years.
CPR (catch picture release)
call today 903-786-4477
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Stripers Inc – January 6, 2019

When a mother takes her son fishing in the cold while he is home on leave and catches the biggest fish! Come make memories on Lake Texoma.

Adventure Texoma Outdoors  December 29, 2018

Every year I do my best to get my best clients to come fish with me this time of year and this is why. This is the best time of year to catch a trophy fish. This month has been incredible and I’m awe struck when I think about how fast this incredible fishery has rebounded from the floods of 2015. Lots of big fish are being released this time of year and fishing really couldn’t be much better. I have quite a few dates left this month if you want to try your luck. I’m fishing almost entirely with KC School Em A rigs with Bass Assassin sea shad baits on reels equipped with 65# Pline braid. It’s been a great month here on Beautiful Lake Texoma!

Winter is here on Lake Texoma. Fishing has been good with the recent warm spell but larger fish have been a little scarce. The colder winter temperatures with chances of rain (or even snow) turn the big fish on so fish the Winter season on Texoma.  Read more….

Fishing Lake Texoma with Stripers Inc 11-18-2018

December 8, 2018 | Bill CareyStriper Express

This month is our second favorite month of the year. There’s no doubt Decembers are not as cold as they used to be. It’s like an extension of the fall season. The water has cooled down and the fish love it. You have the best of both worlds. Both lots of numbers and large size of stripers.  The stripers are comfortable in cooler water. They are on the prowl in schools and putting on weight. Just this week, Miss Lorina S. from Oklahoma City landed a monster fish, pushing the scales at 20 pounds. Lots of double digit (10 pound +) fish are daily now.

November 18, 2018 | Stripers Inc

Catching fish is a great way to spend some quality time with family and friends and now is a great time to come. We’re consistently catching our limit of fish with several larger fish in the mix too. We’ve been using mostly live bait fishing on anchor in 20 foot of water. Lures are working too and I’m always ready to switch over and play catch and release with lures after we catch our limit on bait.

October 31, 2018

by Capt. Steve Barnes Lake Texoma Fishing Guide

Fall fishing is in full swing at Lake Texoma and the fishing is great!

Lake levels continue to fall and should be back to normal in a few weeks. A couple of weeks ago we were 11 feet high but with the flood gate releases we are currently only 8 feet above normal and falling about 5 inches per day. It has been tough to find a boat ramp open but more ramps should be usable in the near future. I keep my boat in a slip at Lighthouse Marina so the flood has not impacted my ability to get on the water.

The main lake is pretty stained but the creek arms are clear. The striper don’t seem to mind a little stain but it’s best to look for them in the cleaner water. Watch for the birds. The last few weeks the fish under the working birds have been pretty small but as it gets colder bigger fish will show up in the schools under the birds.

Shallow water structure and rocky points 5-25 feet seem to be holding the larger fish but as the water cools everything should move deeper. Live shad is still best for putting limits in the boat but we are just a few cold fronts away from the time I switch to artificial baits. When it gets cold enough that you really don’t want to get your hands wet in a bait tank that is usually time to make the switch. That’s about it for now but my next report I’m hoping for normal lake levels, also look for more information on artificial lures as I make the switch.

October 21, 2018 | Stripers, Inc | Brian Prichard

In the fall, some of the larger stripers will congregate in the shallows to enjoy the cooler temperatures and they are also attracted to the vegetation. This makes for an excellent opportunity for topwater fishing, some of the most exciting fishing of the year. Typically we are blind casting up into the shallows where I think the fish may be and often times, if the fish are there, they will explode on the lure on the first cast. This may last all day if it is cloudy and rainy but if the sun is out, the fish will move out into deeper water after the first hour or so of daylight. The fish on topwater are mostly over 20” so we are not able to keep many  Read more….

Lake Texoma fishing with Shawn Morales 10-19-2018

October 20, 2018 | Crosswinds Guide Service (Shawn Morales)

We chipped away on a limit with my Edmond crew in the morning. We just bounced around and caught a few here and there on 40ft of water. The last run of fish were the most aggressive which landed us a perfect box of fish……..My afternoon trip was some awesome dudes from Hinton. We grinded a limit and then hit a big fish home run at the end. They were swirling on big gizzards in shallow water. We long casted our baits on the bottom and kept those fat fish just slurp them up off of the bottom. Between that and swimbaits it was one heck of a grand finale!!

October 11, 2018

by Captain Steve Barnes

Lake Texoma fishing has been very good this year, limits on every trip! But believe it or not it’s about to get better. Fall is here and with lows dipping down into the 50’s at night the water temp is dropping and the fish are getting more active. With each passing cold front we will get more and more gulls (birds) showing up on the lake that will lead us to schooling striper.

Once you locate the fish you can catch them on live bait or lures. Topwater lures (like pencil poppers) will work good until the water temp drops down into the lower 60’s then swim baits in a shad or minnow profile usually work better. My preferred swim bait is a 5″ shad body on a 1oz jig head in chartreuse glitter or glow. Live bait is king right now but as the water cools in November lures will usually out produce live bait.

Fall is one of my favorite times to fish on Lake Texoma, cooler temps,less boat traffic, and schooling fish so call me up and lets go catching.

October 17, 2018 |Advantage Guide Service

A little wet but the #striperfishing was great!

Fishing on Lake Texoma 9-15-2018

September 15, 2018 Crosswinds Guide Service

Shawn Morales
Crosswinds Striper Guide Service

Very fun crew of first time customers today. We definitely had to work hard for them. Typical Saturday boat traffic. The fish never really got going until later. We kept bouncing around and finally finished on a lights out school of stripers that were full throttle and wide open!!! Live shad in 67ft of water. Fishing 40ft down. I’m thinking that today’s crew may have just went from first time customers to repeats. Just the way I look like it!!

Lake Texoma striper fishing is still going strong.

Live bait seems to be the best way to go right now. Small fish are abundant but better fish can be caught if you can find them. Striper move a lot this time of year and don’t surface as much so finding them with sonar is key.

Cooler weather is just around the corner and that should get the big fish moving again. We might see some topwater action after we get a cold front or two. Birds will show up with cold fronts and the striper will go on a bigtime feed in November and December.

Well the 2017 season and year is behind us and it is time to gear up for 2018! 2017 was a great year starting off with the Winter bite in January, February and March…lots of good box fish (fish under 20 inches) and a few good big ones! All the Winter Stripers were caught on swim baits on shallow  more…..

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Recent Lake Records

Record White Bass on Lake Texoma

A new lake record White Bass has been caught at Lake Texoma

  A new lake record white bass was caught at Lake Texoma by Kylee Miller of Erick on August 4, 2017. The record fish weighed in at 3.75 pounds with a length of 18 inches and girth of 13.5 inches.

Barbara Pope breaks record!

A new lake record striper has been caught on Lake Texoma

Barbara Pope caught this 24.7 pound striped bass from Lake Texoma last Thursday. Barbara was fishing with striper guide Chris Carey. While heavier striped bass have been caught in previous years at Texoma, this fish represents the largest striped bass submitted to the Oklahoma Lake Records Program since its inception in 2008.  Check out the full details at