Lake Texoma - Fossil Hunter's Paradise




Serious rock hounds from all over Texas and Oklahoma visit Lake Texoma and they don't bring their boats or bathing suits. They are not really interested in the water. They come for the rocks only. Lake Texoma is home to some exciting fossils, if you are a collector. Some of the fossils most commonly seen on Lake Texoma's rocky shores are called Ammonites. Ammonites are found in sedimentary (sediment deposited in water) rocks all around the world and they are easy to identify by their ridged, spiral shape. Ammonites are creatures that are no longer living on earth. They represent an extinct group of cephalopods, otherwise known as squids, whose bodies are contained in spiral shells. Although the chambered nautilus is still alive on earth today and it is recognizable by a spiral shell, it is not a member of the same group that became extinct during the same period as dinosaurs, about 65 million years ago. Look around by the Denison Dam,near Eisenhower Park and you may very well find these lovely fossils yourself. Some of them are small, but some can weigh 50 lbs or more. Ammonites the size of dinner plates are not uncommon. Naturally, more fossils are exposed in dry seasons, so now is a good time to go fossil hunting. Take your hiking boots and bring your water shoes or sandals along as well, since you might find yourself wading in the lake before your collection adventure is over. There are loads of great photos posted online in posts and articles about fossil-hunting trips going back many years. People have been coming to collect Ammonites and other fossils along the Red River long before Lake Texoma was formed. All the limestone deposits that include fossils were deposited out of a huge ocean that covered this area millions of years ago. Type "Lake Texoma fossils" into your search bar and you will find many hours of interesting reading. PLEASE NOTE - Under Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, 327.14- Destruction, injury, defacement, removal or any alteration of public property including, but not limited to, developed facilities, natural formations, mineral deposits, historical and archaeological features, paleontological resources, boundary monuments or markers, and vegetative growth, is prohibited except when in accordance with written permission from the district engineer. See this document for more info.




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Lake Texoma Weather Forecast

Friday

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 66

Friday Night

Rain Showers

 

Saturday

Rain Showers

Hi: 57

Saturday Night

Rain Showers

Lo: 50

Sunday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 62

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 46

Monday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 67

Monday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 57


Lake Texoma Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 4/20: 615.56 (-1.44)



Lake Texoma

Fishing Report from TPWD (Apr. 17)

GOOD. Water normal stain; 58 degrees; 1.53 feet below pool. Striped bass fishing is great drifting live shad around the islands or past the bridges near the rivers. Rain should finish off the spawn and look for bait on the banks with feeding fish near them. Top waters are working on sandy flats in 2-8 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are good on live shad along the bluffs on the banks in 2-4 feet of water. Also fair on spooks early and look for largemouth off the banks in 6-12 feet of water on main lake points near rocks. Catfish are fair on cut shad along the rocks in 30-45 feet of water. Drifting cut rough fish or gizzard shad in 5-10 feet of water near the river could produce a big fish after a rain with an inflow of dirty water. Crappie are good on brush piles in 12-18 feet of water on jigs using electronics to locate active fish working in and out of the brush. Look for spawners shallow with warmer temperatures in the forecast. Report by Jacob Orr, Guaranteed Guide Service Lake Texoma. Threadfin shad are spawning along the banks. Hybrid stripers are good on topwaters in the morning along rocky banks. Some days the egrets are working leading the way to fish. Some schooling activity under gulls. After the morning bite ends switch to swimbaits and Alabama rigs in 10-25 feet of water on the edges and dropoffs. This pattern should hold for the next 4-6 weeks while shad spawn near docks and banks. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors.

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