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Special Lake Texoma Fishing Reports

August 9, 2018

by Capt. Steve Barnes Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Guide

Striper fishing remains very good on Lake Texoma. We have been fishing live bait in 40 to 60 foot of water and catching limits every trip.

Fish have been pretty easy to catch but bait has been a little tough to catch and that’s one more good reason to hire a guide.
Summer is winding down but it’s not to late for a great striper trip on Lake Texoma.

Capt. Steve Barnes

 

July 18, 2018

by Capt. Steve Barnes Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Guide

Lake Texoma is in full summer fishing pattern and for me that means trolling. You can catch some striper early in the morning before sunrise running close to the bank throwing top water or swim baits but once the sun starts to come up look for them schooling in open water — they won’t stay up long so better get them while it’s hot because once they go down they get a little tougher to track and catch.

If trolling is not your thing you can still catch them on slabs and live bait out in the open water but, for me, trolling consistently puts bigger fish in the boat when the fish are schooled up and running fast. Boats really stack up on these fast moving schools of fish this time of year.

Trollers don’t like bait fishermen sitting in the way and bait fishermen don’t like trollers passing so close but that’s Lake Texoma in the summer time and there is no sense fussing about it. Good Luck and stay safe.

Capt. Steve Barnes

 

June 28, 2018

by Capt. Steve Barnes Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Guide

Fishing has been crazy the last couple of weeks. Depending on the day and even the time of day it has been anywhere from great to poor.

Fish are roaming around in the deeper water and sometimes they will eat while other times they will not. Best bet is to be mobile and look for active fish, that means looking for surfacing fish and working birds.

Slabs, swim baits, top water, trolling and live bait have been working but the key is to keep moving and stay in the fish. Lots of boats on the lake so lets all play nice and remember they are only fish.

 

June 12, 2018

by Capt. Steve Barnes Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Guide

Fishing on Lake Texoma has been outstanding the past few weeks and continues to be very good.

The most consistent action has been on live shad in 40-80 foot water sometimes dropping baits to 70 foot but there is also plenty of fish that can be caught on topwater, swimbaits and slabs.

Fish were schooling up real good but the last few days they have just been cruising around in deep water and live bait has been key to catching those fish. Also noticed today that baits were dying faster dropping them down more than 40 feet and that’s a sure sign that the lake is starting to stratify.

Catching bait has really been tough the past week, another good reason to hire a guide.
Capt. Steve Barnes

 

May 22, 2018

by Capt. Steve Barnes Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Guide

This is the time of year for less experienced anglers to get in on the action. May and June are prime time for fishing live bait and limits of fish can be expected on almost every trip.

Plenty of hungry striper out in the deeper water from 25-70 foot so you can just drop live shad straight down, no casting required. Striper population is VERY healthy this year with lots of 18-19 inch box fish and lots of over 20″ fish up to 12 lbs.

Action is fast and furious with a whole lot of catching and not much fishing.

 

May 5, 2018

by Capt. Steve Barnes Lake Texoma Striper Guide

Looks like we have finally moved into the catching season where limits of striper can be expected on almost every trip!

Fish have moved up on ledges , humps, and points from 3-40 foot water depths. I’m leaning towards live bait as the preferred method now but you can still catch them in shallow water on swim baits and topwater lures, I have also heard of a few people having some success on slabs. May and June are usually prime time for striper fishing on Texoma, especially for kids and inexperienced anglers, and this year seems to be right on track. FYI big fish should show up in another week or so when they return from spawning up river.

Texoma premier guides book up quick for May and June so get booked now!!!!

 

April 20, 2018

by Capt. Steve Barnes Lake Texoma Striper Guide

Fishing has been pretty tough with the wind and below average temps but it can’t stay windy and cold forever so we have some great fishing to look forward to.

I believe a good number of our larger fish have moved from the lake up into the Red and Washita rivers to spawn, they usually show up back in the lake about the second week of May.

Fishing is really hit and miss with the weather right now and many days have just been unfishable because of the extremely high winds. Its gonna be great fishing when we get a more stable weather pattern so we just have to be patient. Fish are anywhere from 10-60 foot of water but as a general rule the shallower you can find them the easier they are to catch and keep your eyes open for working birds. Live bait and artificial bait are both effective right now and topwater bite might happen in a couple more weeks. Its gonna be a season for the record books but we gotta get a warmer more stable weather pattern. Come on May !!!

April 3, 2018

by Lake Texoma Striper Guide – Capt. Steve Barnes

… Lake Texoma Fishing Report Tuesday April 3,2018. Lake elevation is 616.51 and water temp at the dam is 58 degrees. Fishing this time of year is up and down much like the weather but it’s like anything else in life you have to take a risk for the big rewards.

May and June are usually a sure thing but if you are looking for the biggest striper of the year late February-mid April is usually your best shot at a trophy size pre-spawn striper. Fishing has been very good on Texoma the past few weeks for big fish and numbers have also increased over the last few days. This time of year fish can be any depth and anywhere on the lake so you just have to put in your time and take a chance.

I prefer 5′ swim baits in glow and chartreuse color this time of year but live bait can also be effective so for your best chance at a Texoma trophy striper book your trip now with your favorite Lake Texoma Striper guide and if you don’t have a favorite do your homework before you choose one.

Take a chance and you just might be rewarded with a fish like this 20.5 lb that we caught April 2nd.

Good Luck !!!

March 20, 2018

by Lake Texoma Fishing Guide – Capt Steve Barnes

Lake elevation is 616.62 and water temp has warmed up to 57 degrees. With the water heating up the striper fishing just keeps getting better and should continue to improve as water temp rises more. Limits of box fish (striper under 20″) are being caught drifting live shad in the river channel and up on the flats.

Larger fish are in a pre-spawn pattern and staged up on shallow structure in 10-25 foot. Lots of big striper caught last week and the pattern should hold thru early April. Trolling and casting swimbaits and A-rigs in the usual colors,chartruse and glow.

Most of the action is midlake since upper ends of the lake are still pretty muddy. Flood gates are open releasing 6,0590 cubic feet a second but with the current lake level I look for gates to be closed at anytime and water should clear up on the upper ends but since it is spring time we could get more rain and more stained water.

2018 look so be the best fishing we have had since 2014 so get your Lake Texoma striper guide trip booked today.

February 28, 2018

by Capt. Steve Barnes Texoma Striper Guide

Texoma striper fishing slowed down during late Feb, But Spring is about here and fishing should improve a great deal. We need the water temp to move up in 50+ degree area — Currently it is in the 40s. As it warms up the bait fish (shad) will move to shallower water around the flats and humps.

With Spring, we can catch stripers on pretty much any lure — swimbaits, jigs, Umbrella-rigs and live shad. If you catch the fish in deeper water try drifting live shad through the holding areas. But, it easier and faster if you can find fish in the shallows because they move in groves to the flats to feed on baitfish. Striper are much more aggressive in the slallows.

2018 looks to be a great year for striper fishing on Lake Texoma.

A TPWD recent gill-net survey show the striper population increasing over previous years with a good number of 20 inch fish. TPWD biologists also said the 2017 survey had the highest growth rate ever recorded on Lake Texoma.

Get Fishing!