Like frat boys lifting weights before Spring Break, Lake Texoma stripers are feeding aggressively and hitting the lures with force. Now is when the striped bass are their largest. And no other fish pulls line like a striper!
Mature bass will gain as much as five pounds while the water stays cool. Current surface temperature on Lake Texoma is 45 degrees and they’re bulking up – preparing for the spring spawn.
Once water temperature hits 51 degrees or so stripers will move up-current to the Red and Wachita river inflows. They’ll seek out clear, highly oxygenated water with a bit of current, although a little murk will do if the temperature is right. There, like OU freshmen in Pensacola, they will re-enact their annual biological urges.
Given the many different sub-surface contours, temperature zones and hidey-holes of our Lake, the spawn can be active for several weeks. Fluctuations in the weather and temperature can also prolong the event. One thing is certain though – after spawning stripers are hungry!
Their migration back from the river inflows to their more accustomed space is marked by massacres of their favorite food – shad. We once counted 21 threadfin shad in the belly of a sow striper.
Currently we’re finding big fish in shallows seeking food around isolated stumps. Also on structure and humps.
Our boats are limiting out today, one with 60 fish ranging up to 18 pounds. The skies are beautifully clear and temperature in the sixties.
Join us in striper fishing heaven…
January has had more than a few “big catching” days also. A “big catching day’ for a Lake Texoma striper guide is one where boats limit out and lots of hooked stripers are released back into the water.
These winter months are when the striped bass gain weight and are at their heaviest of the year. Now you have a chance at trophy fish that can be up to and over twenty pounds. Now that’s a beast! Will you be one of the lucky anglers who lands that once-in-a-lifetime monster?
Best Winter Striper Fishing Lures
Winter striper fishing requires a changes in technique and in equipment.
Currently Lake Texoma is at 43-45 degrees. When water is this cold the striper’s preferred snack, shad, go into a sort of suspended animation. Their metabolism slows down and they don’t swim much.
Recognizing this our smart Lake Texoma fishing guides have adjusted their techniques. Depending on the day, half our striper guides are casting on structure and half are deadsticking.
Deadsticking is a winter striper fishing technique. We use deadsticking on open water whether the fish are suspended, or, close to the bottom. Our favorite deadsticking striper lure is Moe’s Dead Head jig.
The Dead Head is just the best! It is exactly balanced so the jig stays horizontal in the water when not moving. This natural, level position is precisely what stripers look for about now.
Casting on structure means focusing on main lake points, humps and creeks. Our go-to striper fishing lure is the Blakemore Bucktail RoadRunner jig.
The Bucktail RoadRunner is designed to fish low and slow for the biggest fish of the year. This jig has a unique shape, like a horse head, and a great spinner blade for some added flash in darker waters.
Both techniques and both lures work because they exploit the behavior of stripers main food source in the cold lake water temperature. Both techniques are productive with lots of 10-pound plus fish being caught daily.
We Know Where The Fish Are
A select group of fishermen come to us in the winter months. Our professional Lake Texoma fishing guides know the behavior of striped bass during every season. They’ve put in lifetimes learning whether fish are in the rocks, in the sand, on the stumps or gravel beds, and at what depth they are feeding.
Our knowledgeable Lake Texoma striper guides will put you on the fish. Come to Texoma and let us show you…
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