Lake Texoma Fishing Reports

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July 17, 2019 Texas Parks & Wildlife Lake Texoma Fishing Report

Water stained to muddy; 84–87 degrees; 2.06’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and topwater poppers. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

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July 17, 2019 | Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation | Lake Texoma Fishing Report

July 12. Elevation normal, water 82 and clear. Striped bass good on live bait, live shad, shad, slabs and topwater lures below and around the dam, flats and main lake. Crappie fair on jigs, live bait, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure and docks. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and shad below and around the dam, flats, and main lake. Striped bass are being caught using multiple techniques which include slabbing, live bait and topwater lures. Best times to use topwater lures will be early mornings and late evenings. Use live bait and slabs when surface feeding not present. Lots of blue cats being caught with cut bait or live bait when drifting the flats with baits suspended just off bottom. The larger concentrations of striped bass will be located near the Denison Dam. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

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Lake Texoma fishing guide reports – most recent

Capt Steve Lake Texoma Fishing Guide

Fishing on Lake Texoma has been an absolute slaughter this spring for big fish. Daily bag limit for striper on Texoma is 10 but only two can be 20 inches or longer and most of the fish we are catching this year are over 20 inches. I guess it’s a good problem to have but in reality we should be harvesting more of the larger fish this year.

Anyways back to the fishing. If you can get some shad the fishing has been incredible on ledges and humps in 20 to 50 foot water. Topwater bite has been coming around and I’m betting that slabbing and trolling will be on in another week or so. Shad seem to be coming back and there is small shad all over the lake with 6-12 inch striper schooling on them every day.

Just a matter of time till the shad get big enough to attract the larger fish , usually late June early July. Most guides are staying booked up so better get booked if you want in on the action this summer. Check out this video hand feeding the striper at the cleaning table https://www.facebook.com/CaptSteveBarnes/videos/398618610819933/

Little Jon’s Striper Guide 6/8/19

The fishing on texoma has absolutely been on fire. Get in on the action give us a call 580-564-6076. Our trips are 125 a person 375 minimum. We furnish all gear,bait and clean and bag your fish when we are done.

Lake Texoma anglers with big batch of stripers

Crosswinds Guide Service May 25, 2019

Double digits baby!!! 3 boat trip with my main man Harl, J.D. and crew. Brad, Travis, and myself on this one. The hooks were full of double digit fish and a whole PILE of box fish to go with. I fell behind early but that’s easy to do when your boys are busting them right off the bat. I never got a piece of the double digits but I’m glad the boys got our guys on some monsters. If I’m the weak link on a group trip, we’re in pretty darn good shape 😉. Trav had his box full in what felt like minutes. Brad and I had a problem finding anything under 20 inches. We both settled in on a little edge and finally got our stockings stuffed and headed in. Thanks a million to Harl, JD, and crew. And of course to Travis and Bradley for making multiple boat trips easy to pull off. Now let’s start the weekend!

Fishing on Lake Texoma 5-4-2019 with Stripers Inc.

Stripers Inc May 4, 2019

Fishing is awesome right now! We are using live bait, anchored over a ledge in 40 ft, and catching them as fast as you can reel them in. We are catching lots of big fish over 20 in. up to 8-10 pounds and having to work to catch all of our smaller fish to fill out our limits. I fished a double today, going out with a trip in the morning and again in the evening. I don’t usually fish doubles too often as I enjoy my family time in the evenings but Mark needed help with a three boat trip this evening. We always help each other out on these big trips and we can accommodate large groups of as many people as you want to bring. Our summer is booking up fast so now is the time to plan your next fishing adventure.
Come make memories with us! www.stripersinc.com(903)815-1609

Fishing with Captain Steve on Lake Texoma

Fishing Report by Capt Steve Barnes April 23, 2019

Capt Steve Barnes – Lake Texoma Striper Guide

Lake Texoma striper fishing is really going strong, with the water temperature rising the fish get more active.

I made the switch from artificial bait to live bait last week, as I do every year about this time and the success rate has been 100% on getting limits every trip. The down side is that bait is pretty tough to catch. Read more….

Fishing Lake Texoma 3-20-2019

Fishing Report by Capt Steve Barnes

March 21, 2019 – Capt Steve Barnes

Lake Texoma striper fishing has really come alive this week with the arrival of spring. Big striper are on a feed frenzy getting ready to make their annual spring spawning run up the Washita and Red rivers.

As the shallow waters warm fish move up out of the river channel to feed on shad. The fish are on the move so anglers need to be persistent and stay on the move looking for active fish.

My bait of choice for early spring is a 5″ swim bait on a 1oz jig head. Trolling is also effective this time of year and on days when my customers can’t cast well we troll. The last few days the big striper have been on a tear and we have been releasing many over 20″ fish on recent trips. Read more…

Stripers Inc. March 11, 2019

I got the privilege to take these young ladies out fishing today for their spring break vacation and thankfully the fishing was awesome! We caught fish the whole time we were out until they all got tired of catching. We kept a few to take home for the table and turned the rest loose. The girls were all excellent fisher-women and everyone caught fish. All of our fish were caught on lures dead sticking pink flukes in deep water. Another great day on Lake Texoma!
Come Make memories with us!
www.stripersinc.com
(903)815-1609

Large striped bass caught on Lake Texoma

Capt Steve Barnes February Fishing Report

Capt Steve Barnes – Lake Texoma Striper Guide

March is big fish month on Texoma — Big fat pre-spawn fish will move up out of the deep water to feed before making their annual run up the river. February fishing is ok but I love the springtime so……read more

Striper fishing on Lake Texoma with Crosswinds Guide Service 2/15/2019

Crosswinds Guide Service February 15, 2019

Modest day today. We had a nice little run early while deadsticking. And then we hit a wall for what seemed like forever. We tried some swimbait fishing and hit a late homer to at least finish on a high note. 8-12 ft was money while casting structure but I did pop one in 3-1/2 feet. We released four really solid fish up to 8 pounds and kept the rest. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll snap out of the slump. Makes me grouchy when my fish box isn’t busting at the seams .

Adventure Texoma Outdoors January 31, 2019

Winter fishing has been excellent here on Lake Texoma! Serious anglers know that this is the best time of year to fish if your wanting to land the big ones. You gotta dress for it but there really isn’t a better time to fish. I’ve been dead sticking five inch flukes in both pink and banana colors when there is less wind and drifting a rigs when the wind is up to catch these big Texoma striped bass. This pattern should continue to produce good for us through the winter and into spring. Still have quite a bit of weekday availability in February. Give me a call to get your group out on the water while the big ones are biting. It’s been a great month here on Beautiful Lake Texoma!

Stripers Inc – January 25, 2019

By Texoma standards, we didnt catch a lot of fish yesterday but the fish we did catch were good sized, and a slow day on Texoma is still some good fishing. We had our limit of fish we are allowed over 20″ and turned a couple of big fish loose. We’re catching everything on lures now, yesterday we fished structure in 20ft casting sassy shad for the best bite. 
Come make memories with us!
www.stripersinc.com

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

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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

Capt Steve Barnes – Lake Texoma Striper 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
www.crosswindsguideservice.com
405-481-6209

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 wildlifedepartment.com