Thursday was pretty tough with the high wind. Ended up with 25 and threw back a few overs. Friday was supposed to be cold but calm. That didn't happen , the wind picked up and the girls froze out about 11, I'm suprised they tuffed it out as long as they did. Off tomorrow and back out Sunday. ... See MoreSee Less
Merry Christmas from Capt. Steve Barnes Guide Service. We have e-gift cards available for Lake Texoma striper fishing. You can purchase for any amount but remember that minimum charter is $500.00 so if you give someone a $125.00 gift card they will need to pay the rest or find 3 more people to pay their part. Captain Steve is one of the best so give someone the fishing trip of a lifetime for Christmas this year. Thank you for your business.
Epic afternoon, arms are sore from reeling them in, lots of good box fish and over 20" fish. Caught a few deadsticking but tore them up casting swimbaits. Big fish are on the move. I'm open this weekend if your tough enough. Either way I'm busting out the full winter gear and going fishing with or without customers, yes it's that good. ... See MoreSee Less
Big striper weather is moving in this weekend. I have a fully enclosed boathouse and the fish are nearby so no long boat ride in the cold and we can take breaks to get warmed up in the boathouse. Open this weekend. Who wants to do some winter striper fishing on Texoma. ... See MoreSee Less
Looks like winter is back this week on Lake Texoma. Fishing has been good with the warmer weather but larger fish have been a little scarce. The colder temps with chances of rain and snow later in the week should turn the big fish on. My cast nets are stored away till spring so we are fully committed to artificial baits for the next few months. Funny thing is I have more confidence in artificial baits over live bait during the colder months. My preferred method right now is deadsticking. Deadsticking is just what it sounds like. You drop a lure down to the fish and hold it still, only movement is the boat drifting wich should be about a half a mile per hour and not more than 1 mile per hour. Best lure is soft plastic fluke style bait on a 1 ounce jighead. Color can make some difference but as usual white,silver,and chartreuse work best for me. I think the fish see contrast in color better than baits that are one color so if I have a chartreuse jighead I use a white or light colored fluke. White jighead I use chartreuse fluke. Look for birds working to point you to the active fish. If no birds are working sometimes you can drift a area where fish have been feeding and get them to gather up under you by splashing the water or beating on the side of the boat. Some days the open water fish just will not cooperate and you gotta get out the swimbaits or just cast the flukes on the rocky shorelines till you find some active fish. Good luck and if your interested in a deadsticking lesson give me a call and book a trip. Capt. Steve 940-841-0910 ... See MoreSee Less
Fishing has been good but today was great with lots of overs released. Cold weather has the bigger fish schooled up. Should be on fire thru December so don't be weak just bundle up and lets go fishing. ... See MoreSee Less
Lake Texoma fishing has been very good this year,limits every trip, but believe it or not its 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 more active. With each passing cold front we will get more and more gulls 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. Capt. Steve Barnes 940-841-0910 ... See MoreSee Less
Another great morning on Lake Texoma. Easy limits and released lots of over 20" fish. I fished a group of 6 and Dale took another group of 4. Call or text me to book a trip. 940-841-0910 ... See MoreSee Less
It's time for fall Jetty redfish and nearshore reef fishing out of Port O'Connor. This is a fun easy trip that does not require a long boat ride and usually provides all the action you want. Redfish action is really good in the fall with a chance to catch snapper,kings,ling,shark,tarpon,black drum,jacks,and trout. I have some openings September 28- October 4. ... See MoreSee Less
Well not many of you want to fish the saltwater this year so lets get back to striper fishing. Today was pretty good and should just keep getting better as the weather and water cools off. ... See MoreSee Less
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. ... See MoreSee Less
Headed back to Port O'Connor later this week for some offshore and tarpon fishing. Summer is almost over. Would like to book a few more summer trips but if not I'm going anyways. I have a few spots left open for fall redfish/state water snapper trips so better get with me if you want to fish the redfish run. ... See MoreSee Less
Fishing was good Friday and Saturday but too much wind today. Conditions are suppose to get right this week. Anybody want to go fishing out of Port O'Connor? Big sharks,kings,tarpon,amberjack, and whatever else shows up. ... See MoreSee Less
Port O'Connor has been pretty good for sharks,tarpon,and kings. We have not made it out for amberjack yet. I'm back home for a few days but headed back later this week. I have days open. ... See MoreSee Less
Awesome job today Capt. Even though the waters were pretty rough he put my boys on some really good fish. Thank you Steve for a lifetime of memories with my boys. Look forward to next time.
I do Steve. Ran my last Snapper charter of the season today ready to do something different. How long you gonna be on Texoma before you head south? I’m ready to catch some big striper
I’m in and ready to catch a monster!!!
I’m in! Trying to get a group together the other day
Lake Texoma is still going strong. Lots of big fish. Lake Texoma limit is 10 striper per person with no minimum length and only 2 per person 20" or longer. We are not getting limits on most days because to many big fish. I guess that's a good problem to have. ... See MoreSee Less
Lots of big fish and not many box fish before I got sick. I have been down with bronchitis for a little over 2 weeks now. I'm not a 100% yet but going to get back to fishing tomorrow . ... See MoreSee Less