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Profiles of Lake Texoma Fishing Guides: 1st Edition

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I want us to get to know our Lake Texoma fishing guides in a light that differs from what their advertising and promotional content provides. Fishing guides come from a special breed of humans.

Our Friends the Fishing Guides: J. D. Dorsey

J. D. loves to fish and watch all the species of waterfowl, like the ducks, geese, and pelicans, plus the eagles and hawks when he is on the water. He humbly asserts that his proudest accomplishments are working for the railroad for 30 years, and then moving on to operate one of the most successful fishing guide services on Lake Texoma after he retired. In 1994, he headed out on his first guide trip from Buncombe Creek on the Oklahoma side of our lake.

I use the word humble to describe J. D. because he prefers to worship on Sundays, instead of book fishing charters, even though charters are lucrative for the popular guides with large customer bases that want to get away and fish on Sundays! Occasionally, J. D. will make exceptions.

J. D. Supports Our U.S. Soldiers In a Huge Way


J. D. Dorsey began Lake Texoma Operation-Welcome Home in 2010, which is a non-profit charity that takes soldiers from nearby military bases on fishing charters every November, gratis! J. D. organizes this military fishing event every year with next year’s plans already underway. Last November, 20 Texoma guides volunteered for the event. Donations from companies and individuals, who share J. D.’s desire to show our soldiers a good time at Lake Texoma, make this yearly event possible and pay for discounted lodging.

In November 2016, Lake Texoma Operation-Welcome Home invited 75 soldiers from Fort Hood, Tinker AFB, Fort Sill, and Shepherd AFB to the Tanglewood and Little Mineral resorts. The VFW Post 7873, American Legion 231, Elks Lodge 238, and Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 973 hosted breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the soldiers. Reed Cabinet and Procrete Construction, both of Amarillo, TX, donated shirts and caps. Local television, radio, and The Herald Democrat covered Lake Texoma Operation-Welcome Home.

Family Life

J.D.’s wife, Jolene, an experienced guide in her own right, recently opted for a new career as a medical provider. In his spare time, J. D. likes to hunt occasionally. He breaks yearling horses and loves to play with his three Boston terrier dogs. He enjoys TV sporting events and listening to country and western music.

I really tried to get J. D. to give an opinion about his favorite restaurants in Texomaland on both the Texan and Okie sides, but he just replied, “The restaurants on the lake all seem to have good food, although I do not recommend one over another.” So now, we also know that J. D. possesses a great sense of public relations.

Business Life

J. D. will recommend places to see and where to eat and stay when you visit Texomaland. He definitely holds an affinity for Little Mineral, where he houses his boat in Boathouse 14 and wants you to know that there are nice cabins at Little Mineral that overlook the lake. Sometimes he will recommend better times to fish, but he stated that the stripers normally feed year round. J. D. is U.S. Coast Guard certified, insured, and bonded. He obeys all the legal requirements of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 

Get to know J. D. better by checking out his website: Then, get to know him even better than that by booking a charter with him and his 1999, 22 Foot, Offshore Triton. He usually fishes six people, but four people are just as good! And, J. D. can handle large groups on multiple boats.

J. D. provides all fishing equipment and normally fishes four to six hours. He cleans and bags your catch, plus he removes red meat from the stripers. He uses the best methods to catch fish customized for his customers, and he even allows fishing from his personal dock at Little Mineral. At a client’s request, he will set catfish jugs, but that costs a little bit extra.

Come on out and enjoy catching striper bass, white bass, crappy, and catfish with J.D.!

(Legal limits: 10 stripers per person, of which only two can be over 20 inches long; no minimum length; 4 people X 10 = 40 stripers)














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Lake Texoma Fishing Report from TPWD (Jun. 20)

Water lightly stained; 83–86 degrees; 1.07’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, weightless Senkos and soft plastic jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.