Lake Texoma

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Good Striper Catch Along the Shorelines

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Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at: tbehrcomm@gmail.com




Two different patterns gave a couple of Lake Texoma anglers a good fishing trip. Berley's new Choppo topwater plugs proved to be the right lure early in the morning. Stripers were feeding upon big schools of spawning shad. Later in the day Sassy Shad jigs caught its share of stripers.

Guide Chris Carey explained that technique and bait presentation are  always keys to catching fish. "Make long casts and retrieve the big baits with a sweeping motion of the rod, making sure to crank the reel fast to avoid slack in the line because many strikes occur the instant the lure pauses."

This relatively new bait by Berkley combines the best of a couple styles of surface plugs. Outdoor writer, Luke Clayton, describes the bait as having the basic design of a standard topwater such as a Pencil Popper or Zara Spook, but a little spinner is situated near the tail of the bait. As the bait is ripped along the surface the little rudder shaped spinner moves a lot of water which the stripers had absolutely no problem keying upon, even in the choppy waters.

The second fish catching lure was lead head jigs with Sassy Shad bodies, chartreuse color fishing shallow water bay, 2 - 3 feet deep.

Bill Carey of Striper Express advises anglers to make long casts, allow the jigs to make contact with bottom and pump the rod up, which will suspend the bait. “Crank fast as your baits begin to fall to keep slack out of your line. This will enable you to feel the strike which often occurs the instant the jig pauses.”

The stripers intent is to stun and kill the baitfish. A couple stripers were lost because of a little slack in the line as the lure began to fall.

Photos: courteys of Berkley and Luke Clayton Outdoors




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Sunny

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Clear

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Sunday

Mostly Sunny

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Partly Cloudy

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Monday

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Lake Texoma Fishing Report from TPWD (May 27)

EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 2.15’ high. Striped bass and white bass are excellent on live bait and topwater baits when fish are near the surface. Diving birds are marking feeding schools on the surface throughout the lake. Use sonar to mark schools along the river channel in deep water. Slabs, swimbaits, and live shad are producing fish. Largemouth bass are fair fishing plastic creatures, shaky worms, swimbaits, and crankbaits in 6-18’. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs by boathouses, marinas and brush piles 8-15’. Catfish are good on cut bait and minnows in 3-15’.