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Stripers on the Top


Brian Pritchard of Pritchard Stripers reports the stripers have been gorging themselves on the abundance of food. The fish have been feeding in large schools on the surface and the topwater action has been incredible.

The schools of fish are on the move and he is having to chase them around the lake. Best baits have been swim baits when they are hitting up in the shallow water. When the stripers are hitting at the surface over deeper water. He likes to use slabs when he sees the fish piled up thick under the boat, especially along ledges.

Most of the stripers on the surface are under 20” though he is still catching some nice fish that are mixed in with them up to 10 pounds.
Pritchard says he is expecting to keep catching fish on topwaters until around the end of October.

Those first good cold fronts of the season, the ones that come late in September that drop the low into the 50's and it rains all day, will usually bring the big fish to the shallow water to enjoy the cooler temperatures brought in by the north wind. When this happens it makes for some excellent topwater fishing as they can't resist a big pencil popper thrown into the shallows.




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


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 62

Monday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 54


Thunderstorms Likely

Hi: 67

Tuesday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 48



Hi: 60

Wednesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 45

Thanksgiving Day

Partly Sunny

Hi: 66

Thursday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 55

Lake Texoma Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 11/23: 615.45 (-1.55)

Lake Texoma Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 18)

EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 66 degrees; 1.69 low. Striped bass and white bass are excellent on live shad and slabs. Diving birds are marking feeding schools feeding on the surface throughout the lake. Largemouth bass are good fishing plastic worms, bladed spinners, and jerk baits in 2-12’. Crappie are fair on minnows near boathouses, timber, creek ledges, and brush piles in 15-25’. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait.