Waterfowl Season Opens for Texomaland




Waterfowl Hunting on Texoma (Oklahoma Side)

Hunting zones 1 and 2 include all of Oklahoma except the panhandle counties. Regular Duck Season runs from November 12, 2022, to November 27, 2022, and December 3, 2022, to January 29, 2023. The next Youth, Veteran, and Active Military Waterfowl Day is February 4, 2022. 

White-Fronted Goose Season is statewide from November 5, 2022, to November 27, 2022, and December 3, 2022, to February 5, 2023, with a daily limit of two. Conservation Order Light Goose Season, for snow, blue, and Ross’ species, is statewide from February 15, 2023, to March 30, 2023, with no daily or possession limit. 

Dark Geese are all geese, except White-Fronted and Light Geese. Dark Geese Season is statewide from November 5, 2022, to Nov 27, 2022, and December 3, 2022, to February 12, 2023, with a daily limit of eight.

Light Geese Season is Light Geese Snow, Blue & Ross’ is statewide from November 5, 2022 to November 27, 2022, and December 3, 2022 to February 12, 2023, with a daily limit of 50.

Dove Season picks up again from December 1, 2022, to December 29, 2022. The daily limit is 15, and may consist of any combination (aggregate) of mourning, white-winged, and fully dressed Eurasian collared dove, which are those without a head or fully feathered wing naturally attached to the carcass. There is no bag limit on Eurasian collared doves, provided that the head or one fully feathered wing remains naturally attached to the carcass of all birds while being transported to their final destination.

Duck Season in Zones 1 and 2 runs from November 12, to 27, 2022, and December 3, 2022, to January 29, 2023. The next Youth, Veteran, and Active Military Waterfowl Day is on Feb. 4, 2023. The daily limits are six combined of any species of duck. The daily limits are no more than five mallards, and only two can be hens, three wood ducks, two redheads, two canvasbacks, one scaup, and one pintail. Mergansers are included in the duck daily limit.

In Oklahoma Wetland Development Units (WDUs) are wetland units where all shotgun hunting is restricted to federally-approved nontoxic shot and the possession of lead shot is prohibited. WDUs are areas specially managed to provide waterfowl hunting and important habitat and refuge resources to waterfowl and other migratory birds. Many WDU maps are available at wildlifedepartment.com.


Waterfowl Hunting on Texoma (Texas Side)

For Duck Season, the Texas North zone bordered on the south by US I-10, on the west by US 277 from I-10, SH 351, US 283, and US 183, on the north by the Red River, and on the east by Louisiana. For Goose Season, the Texas East Zone is split from the West  Zone by I-35 from Laredo on the Mexican border to Ft. Worth, and then US 287 to the Red River. 

Regular duck season runs from November 12 to November 27, 2022, and December 3, 2022, to January 25, 2023. Regular Light and Dark Geese Season runs from November 5, 2022, to Jan. 29, 2023, and Conservation Order Light Geese Season runs from January 30 to March 12, 2023. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Conservation Office determines the hunting regulations of Light Geese.

In 1991, Ducks Unlimited, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service partnered to create the Texas Prairie Wetlands Project (TPWP). Many landowners utilize TPWP projects for hunting leases and ecotourism. 

Where to Duck or Geese Hunt in Texomaland

The Lake Texoma U.S. Corps of Engineers (USACE) offers 90,000 acres of public land set aside for hunting season for dove, duck, turkey, geese, and deer. The Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma and Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas has public waterfowl hunting lands. This map shows where the public lands are:

https://usace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16021coll10/id/10560/ 

This list and includes all the public use areas starting at the north side of the dam and going across Lake Texoma’s northern border, then around to the southern side of the dam:

  • Dam Site Area
  • Burns Run
  • Sunset Camp
  • Willata Woods
  • Platter Flats
  • Lakeside
  • Willow Springs
  • Johnson Creek
  • Newberry Creek
  • Kansas Creek
  • Butcher Pen
  • Tishomingo City Park
  • Pennington Creek
  • Cumberland Cove
  • Bridgeview
  • Little Glasses
  • Texoma State Park
  • Alberta Creek
  • Washita Point
  • Roads End
  • Soldier Creek
  • Caney Creek
  • Arrowhead Point
  • Briar Creek
  • Lebanon Resort
  • Hickory Creek
  • Rock Creek
  • Paw Paw Point
  • Paw Paw Creek Resort
  • Cedar Bayou
  • Juniper Point
  • Cedar Mills
  • Walnut Creek
  • Big Mineral
  • Flowing Wells 
  • Paradise Cove
  • Mill Creek
  • Treasure Island
  • North Island
  • Highpoint Resort
  • Island View
  • Preston Fishing Camp
  • Preston Bend Resort
  • Preston Point
  • Grandpappy Point
  • Eisenhower State Park

Several waterfowl hunting guides in operate in Texomaland. Texoma Ducks in Lebanon, Oklahoma, offers combo hunting packages with lodging that includes a guide, floating decoys, motion decoys, batteries, transportation to and from the blind, gas, hunting location, duck blind, and bird retrieval with a bird dog. Texas ducks has canvasback, mallard, and gadwall packages. 

Kent Outdoors in Pottsboro offers North Texas premier duck hunting, hog hunting, dove hunting, teal hunting, and upland game hunting. J.J. Kent will personally take you out to the blind early. Through the course of the day, he will teach you several key ingredients to help you master the art of calling, decoying, and getting birds to commit to your decoy spread.

North Texas Waterfowl in Whitesboro, Texas, operates exclusively on thousands of private acreage, located on North Texas prime waterfowl real estate. All their North Texas duck hunts take place on properties surrounding Hagerman Wildlife Refuge. 

Bullzeye Outfitters in Sherman, Texas, offers a waterfowl guide service on managed private bodies of water, with professional guides who are former champion duck callers. They specialize in kid-friendly hunts on lands from timber holes to managed wetlands on a diverse network of properties that waterfowl utilize.




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Lake Texoma Weather Forecast

Friday

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 62

Friday Night

Rain Likely

Lo: 60

Saturday

Rain Showers

Hi: 62

Saturday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 52

Sunday

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 58

Sunday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 55

Monday

Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 64

Monday Night

Rain Likely

Lo: 60


Lake Texoma Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 12/9: 615.76 (-1.24)



Lake Texoma

Fishing Report from TPWD (Dec. 7)

EXCELLENT. Water stained; 65 degrees; 1.36 feet below pool. Striped bass are excellent with lots of fish measuring in at the 20 inch mark, and starting to plump up like Santa for their winter body. While the forecast has been windy the best success has come drifting in 30-60 feet of water with Alabama rigs. Days with birds are easiest to locate fish, so use electronics to locate. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors. Striped Bass are good on live shad and flukes under the gulls or along flats in 20-30 feet of water. The fish have been better on the north and west ends of the lake near the dirtier water. Blue and channel catfish have been good in deep water on cut shad and prepared baits. Bigger fish are still moving shallower drifting big cut shad or drum. Largemouth and smallmouth bass have been slow on live shad along the smaller clumps or rocks along the east end of the lake and crankbaits along the gravel on the south end of the lake. Crappie are good on minnows and light colored crappie jigs. Catching fish in various depths from 15-30 feet on dense brush piles and hard structure. Report by Jacob Orr Lake Texoma Guaranteed Guide Service.

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