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

Tuesday

Rain Showers

Hi: 78

Tuesday Night

Rain Showers Likely

Lo: 69

Wednesday

Rain Showers Likely

Hi: 78

Wednesday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 68

Thursday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 80

Thursday Night

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Lo: 69

Friday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 80

Friday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 68


Lake Texoma Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 5/28: 619.34 (+2.34)



Lake Texoma

Fishing Report from TPWD (May 22)

GOOD. Water normal stain; 67 degrees; 2.82 feet above pool. Striped bass fishing is excellent on live shad and topwaters. Anchoring on deep river ledges and flats in 60-80 feet of water fishing suspended around 40 feet catching quality and quantity on live shad. Top waters early along rocky banks where shad are still spawning. Catfishing is good using cut shad and prepared baits along the rocks in 20-40 feet of water. Free line dead shad or fish vertically along the rocks. Bass are fair using top waters early along the bluffs and on long points. Water temps in the mid 70s look for fish under docks and tires near marinas. Clear water is along the southern end of the lake. Crappie are fair using jigs fishing structure using electronics to locate active fish in 12-18 feet of water. Clear water is from TI point to the Dam and in the little mineral arm of the lake. Report by Jacob Orr, Guaranteed Guide Service Lake Texoma. Stripers are good, catching the better fish starting with topwaters early, then switching to swim baits in 10-20 feet of water to get smaller fish. Water is starting to clear up from the recent rains on most of the lake. The lake has dropped 3 feet over the last week, and should return to normal, if it does not rain too much later this week. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors.

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