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Lake Texoma White Bass


White bass is one of the most targeted species among Texas anglers. Often referred to as “sand bass”, these fish are commonly sought after in Lake Texoma as they make their spring migrations up tributary streams.

How to Identify White Bass

White bass have a separated dorsal fin with a spiny section and softer section. They are usually a silver color with white bellies and dark grey or black backs. On average most white bass that you catch will end up being around 8 inches to 12 inches in size.

Spring Spawning Runs

The most popular time to target these fish is during the spring spawning runs. Giant schools will travel up creeks and streams that feed into Lake Texoma, making it a prime opportunity for fishing. They usually spawn when the water temperatures are between 54 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be early spring, or as early as February.

A couple of weeks before they make their migration, fish the mouths of tributaries where they congregate and aggressively feed. If you can’t make it this time of year, you can still catch them throughout the year. They commonly feed on shad, so if you can find shad near the surface there are probably white bass nearby to target.

White Bass Lures and Baits

Surface Baits

A good surface bait can always get the job done. Lighter colors like white, yellow, or chartreuse tend to work well.


If the white bass are a little deeper, small jigging spoons are a good bet. White bass typically only attack when their food is the same level or above them, so you have to work your spoon to be just above where they are in the water for best results.

Live Bait

When it comes to live bait the most common choices are shad or minnows. Live bait tends to work better than artificials, so if all else fails, this should be your go-to.

Closing Thoughts

In Lake Texoma, white bass can be caught productively any time of year, though if you can make it out for the spring migration, you’ll be in for a great day of fishing. Other times of year you can commonly catch them chasing shad up to the surface, so if you follow the food, you'll find the fish.

Read more fishing tips here.

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