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Stripers Should be on the Bottom

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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: tomdoglover29@aol.com




Lake Texoma Fishing Guide, Brian Pritchard says the winter bite is on at Lake Texoma for big stripers.

The first thing that angler has to know to catching the big fish is to develop an awareness of the bottom of the lake.

“We have to reel fast enough so that the lure doesn't drag the bottom but slow enough that it stays near the bottom; that's where the fish are.

“To make sure we are reeling the right speed, we just open up your spool and let the lure drop a couple of seconds each cast. If it doesn't fall we are reeling too slow, if it falls more than a couple of seconds, we are reeling too fast. After a few times doing this you start to get a feel for where the bottom is.” Pritchard and clients are using open face spinning reels

A 4” Glow Sassy Shad on a 1-1½ oz. lead head is the lure of choice. When the wind is slack, he will use a 1 oz. head. The right weight lead head is necessary to keep the bait down in the strike zone.


Prichard says this should be the fishing this pattern through April.

Photos courtesy of Brian Pritchard

 




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Lake Texoma Weather Forecast

Wednesday

Rain Likely

Hi: 43

Wednesday Night

Rain Showers Likely

Lo: 42

Thursday

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 54

Thursday Night

Clear

Lo: 37

Friday

Sunny

Hi: 57

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 38

Saturday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 59

Saturday Night

Slight Chance Rain

Lo: 44


Lake Texoma Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 1/23: 618.16 (+1.16)



Lake Texoma Fishing Report from TPWD (Jan. 15)

FAIR. Water stained; 48-50 degrees; 1.86’ high. Striped bass are good using slabs, swimbaits, using flukes, and with live bait around structure and big schools in creeks and channels in the warmest part of the day. Largemouth bass are good drifting live baits and reeled baits across shallow low traffic natural structure. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs by boathouses, submerged vegetation, and timber. Catfish are fair on live shrimp, cut bait, and minnows.