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Stripers Should be on the Bottom


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


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:

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Lake Texoma Weather Forecast


Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 68

Tuesday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 62


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 70

Wednesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 61


Partly Sunny

Hi: 75

Thursday Night


Lo: 62



Hi: 79

Friday Night


Lo: 65

Lake Texoma Water Level (last 30 days)

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Lake Texoma Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 16)

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.68 low. Striped bass and white bass are good 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 and flats. Schools are constantly moving with the bait. Largemouth bass are fair fishing Texas-rigged plastic worms and diving crankbaits in 16-28’ with some fish being caught in shallow water early in the morning. Top waters, chatter baits, and poppers are catching fish in these shallow areas. Crappie are fair on minnows by boathouses, timber and brush piles in 15-25’. Catfish are fair on cut bait, prepared bait, and live bait.