Current Lake Texoma Fishing Reports for Texas and Oklahoma
Texas Parks & Wildlife Lake Texoma Fishing Report | November 30, 2022
EXCELLENT. Water stained; 65 degrees; 1.52 feet below. Bird action is slowing, so utilize fish finders to locate fish. Striped bass are good using slabs, and some catches deadsticking. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors. Striped bass are fair on live shad drifting flats in 20-35 feet of water. Also hitting slabs and swim baits under gulls in deeper water for the best bite at random times throughout the day. On Texoma the fish typically work the shad into the wind, so position your boat upwind of the birds and use your trolling motor. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared baits in 60-70 feet of water. Bigger fish are staging along flats in 20-30 feet of water but the trophy fish have been harder to catch. Crappie are excellent on jigs and dead minnows in 18-20 feet of water becoming very active on the brush piles but still catching a lot of smaller fish. Barely moving the jig with a slight pick-up to trigger the bite. Glow/chartreuse working in the clear water. Largemouth and smallmouth are fair on live shad along the gravel banks in 5-10 feet of water and swim baits off the bluffs in 10-15 feet of water. Carolina rig a craw on sunny days and work it slow off the banks out to 15-20 feet of water. Report by Jacob Orr Lake Texoma Guaranteed Guide Service.
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Lake Texoma Fishing Report | November 30, 2022
Elevation is 3.5 ft. below normal, water temperature 56°F and clear. Striped bass good on flukes and live shad around main lake, points, and river channel. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, live bait, live shad, and punch bait around channels, coves, creek channels, docks, points, river channel, and river mouth. Crappie slow on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, and nymphs around brush structure, channels, coves, docks, rocks, and standing timber. Comments: Fishing this week has been good. Striper are being caught dead sticking and using live shad. They have been caught near the Roosevelt Bridge and train bridge. Catfish are being caught near the oil wells on live shad. Crappie have been caught on jigs and minnows in 14 to 23 foot of water. Report submitted by Garrett Beam, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
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Bighead and silver carp were first brought to the U.S. in 1973 and have since overtaken many Mississippi River drainage waterways. Anglers can help protect Lake Texoma waters from invasive species by not releasing carp back into the water and reporting bighead and silver carp catches to the Oklahoma Wildlife Department or the Texas Wildlife Department.
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Outdoors Digest by Lynn Burkhead Sept 23, 2021
The fall fishing action is about to start heating up rapidly thanks to shortening days, northerly breezes, and cooling water temperatures that will soon have striped bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and more on the autumn feeding blitz.
Thanks to the DNA put into their scaly bodies by the Creator above, local game fish recognize the approach of winter about this time of year, and begin to prepare by putting away the piscatorial groceries. On most Texas waters and southern Oklahoma lakes — Texoma included — that means shad.
Fish begin to respond to the cooling weather and water, trying to fatten up and build up body reserves for the depths of winter. Put simply, between now and Thanksgiving, the fishing should increasingly get better and better as fish push bait balls of shad to the surface, towards the shoreline, and into the backs of creeks and coves.
Fishing is Excellent –
Brian Prichard – Stripers Inc
What better way to start out 2021 than reeling in big stripers on Lake Texoma. Saturday Jan 2 we had ideal weather conditions with an overcast, light winds, and feeding fish. We found the fish schooled up in big schools under the birds in deep water and they were hungry. Fish were caught dead sticking pink flukes and casting glow sassy shad swim baits. I was glad to find the fish feeding Saturday but even when they are not actively feeding we will find them in winter structure pattern and work sassy shad swim baits along the points and ledges in 15-30 ft. of water. Being adaptable is the key, and having the ability to shift your approach to what the fish are wanting that day.
Striped bass, what we call a striper, is native to the east coast. They are an anadromous fish, meaning they spend their adult lives and salt water and travel up the freshwater tributaries to spawn. But unlike salmon, stripers will spawn every year after they reach sexual maturity whereas a salmon will only spawn once in their lifetime. Lake Texoma has the perfect conditions to allow for stripers to spawn naturally, making it one of four lakes in the US to harbor a self-sustaining population of striped bass. This means that we have been blessed with an incredible abundance of stripers here on Lake Texoma and it has enabled a liberal limit of 10 fish per person to be set compared to the 5 fish limit on other Lakes.
Stripers are excellent table fare. One of my most often asked questions is how do I like to cook them. Blackening is probably my favorite, sprinkled with a good blackening seasoning and then seared in a iron skillet with extra virgin coconut oil, its good eats! We also like to make striper patties, just substitute striper in your favorite salmon patty recipe. Sometimes we use the heads and backbones to make fish stock, we’ve made striper sushi, and striper poke bowls which are excellent, and we’ve even made a striper bisque which I really enjoyed. They are very versatile and can be cooked anyway other fish is cooked but however you choose to cook them it is best to soak them in a salt and sugar brine. The brine really improves the quality as well as the texture of the meat and makes a world of difference in the end result.
Winter is an excellent time to catch big fish, Saturday we caught several in the 6-8 pound range and had to release most of them as they were almost all over 20”, which is a good problem to have. The best days to catch them are on the nastiest days when it is cloudy and misty or even snowing with light winds. A big striper pulling drag is a quick cure for that winter cabin fever after all. Though we do still catch fish on those beautiful bluebird days too and if that is what you prefer we will certainly make it happen. Sometimes we just have to work a little harder to make them bite but we always bring home a mess of fish. I’m flexible this time of the year if you want to plan your trip last minute according to the weather that’s no problem. Feel free to reserve your trip online at www.stripersinc.com or give me a call at (903)815-1609 and I’ll get you setup.
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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.
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 wildlifedepartment.com