Lake Texoma Fishing Report

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Trophy Stripers On the Bite at Texoma

Lubbock Fisherman Strikes First
Fishing buddies David Walker, of Lubbock, and Larry Murphey, from Spearman TX, had two days to remember on a recent “big fish” trip. They landed back-to-back 25+ pound stripers in the same hole on two separate fishing days — unheard of for the most part in wintertime fishing.

“It’s been unreal, it’s just unbelievable. We’d see a 20-pounder every now and then, but nothing like this,” said guide Chris Carey.


David Walker from Lubbock (left) gets an assist showing-off his “personal best” 28.6lb. Lake Texoma striped bass.

Walker hooked into a large fish in “Daddy’s Hole,” a spot located where Big Mineral Creek joins the Red River. The fish dove deep down into the submerged river channel when Walker hooked into the monster. Walker fought and reeled in the big fish while the boat was being carefully backed-down to ease the heavy pressure the striper was putting on the line.  Finally the 28.6-pounder finally tired out and was netted into the boat. Walker caught the fish on a ½-oz. white RoadRunner Buck-tail jig tipped with a 7-inch white soft plastic worm.

“It’s almost impossible to describe how intense this battle was. Stripers are known to be the strongest fighting fish among fresh water species, and this one was particularly feisty” said Carey.

Panhandle Angler Gets His Trophy
Day two of the trip Larrey Murphey, along with Walker and guide Chris Carey, returned to try nailing another trophy fish. On a hunch Captain Carey placed the anglers over the submerged Red River bed near the creek junction. Today it was Murphey who got the lucky strike, hooking a nearly identical 25-pound striper. “These fish pull so hard my arms were sore” said Murphey after the ordeal.

These two will have plenty to talk about as they head west after a memorable trip at Lake Texoma.

Striper Express owner Bill Carey said, “this type of success has been a long-time coming. The Great Recession reduced the number of anglers on Texoma for 3-4 years. This let a 10-lb class of fish grow so they are now 15 to 20-pounders. The lake is staged to have a several-year run of trophy fish,” he said.

We are proud to have been a part of Larry and David’s
Lake Texoma striper fishing experience.
When can we book your trip? – Bill Carey

(903) 786-4477

Barbara Pope Nets Record Lake Texoma Striped Bass

SUMMARY: Lake Texoma Fishing Report – Barbara Pope reeled in the 27-pound Lake Texoma striped bass December 5th, shattering the previous 20-pound record for the Oklahoma side of the lake. The huge fish was estimated to be eight-to-ten years old.

Pottsboro, Texas 8th December 2014 – A north Texas woman reeled in a new record-sized Lake Texoma striped bass this past week, hauling the massive fish out of Lake Texoma near the northern shore. The 27.29-pound 38 3/4” striper has been certified as a Oklahoma-Lake Texoma striped bass record, and, weighs in at 6 pounds more than the previous lake record striper catch.

Barbara Pope wi 27.29lb Record Lake Texoma Striper

Barbara Pope and friends wi 27.29lb Record Lake Texoma Striper

Barbara Pope is a resident of Dallas and a life-long angler. She and her husband entertain their guests in every season by fishing on Lake Texoma.  “But I come in December for the trophy fishing”, Barbara says.

“This trip was an all-girl reunion” – Barbara had invited two girlfriends from her sorority days at Oklahoma State University. They were drift fishing with artificial bait in water depths ranging from 15 to 40 feet deep.  Barbara was casting on an underwater structure main lake point about Noon when the big female fish struck her lure.

“Oh my gosh, it seemed a lifetime fighting the fish. I was leaning back and the rod was bent so far it looked to break at any time. I knew this was a special fish by the excitement in Chris’s voice” said Barbara. (Chris Carey – a professional striper fishing guide with Striper Express Guide Service.)

“Chris knew this was a BIG fish – when it surfaced everyone went crazy!”

While heavier striped bass have been caught in previous years at Lake Texoma, this fish represents the largest striped bass from the Oklahoma side of the lake since the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation started keeping records in 2008.

We are proud to have been a part of Barbara’s record-setting
Lake Texoma striper fishing experience.
When can we book your trip?  – Bill Carey

(903) 786-4477

Lake Texoma Fishing Report: Lake Water Warm, Striper Fishing HOT

Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Guide Bill Carey

Striper Guide Bill Carey

Lake Texoma Fishing Report

Late Spring is the most exciting time for Lake Texoma striper fishing! It is special to us because Winter cold is in retreat, Spring has brought very fine weather, and the striper spawn is in high gear.  But mostly we like May because the TOPWATER STRIPER BITE IS ON!


The Lake water temperature has risen to about 65 degrees, stimulating both adult striped bass and sexually mature shad, the striper’s favorite food. Each night, gizzard and threadfin shad swim up from deep water to spawn in Texoma’s rocky shallows. Each morning at first light big striped bass wake up and cruise the shallows in large numbers doing what their mommas told ’em – eat a good breakfast now, ya’hear!


The striper schools herd the shad into smaller and smaller areas. Trapped against the rocky bank and the water’s surface, the shad have nowhere to go. Ravenous from their own spawning activity, the stripers feed aggressively and without caution. A big ball of agitated, escape-minded shad plus hungry stripers feeding at the surface sounds a good deal like a summer rainstorm.
Charlie Haak 14.7lb Lake Texoma Striper

Charlie Haak 14.7lb Lake Texoma Striper

Cast a Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper amongst’em and these striped bass will hit it HARD. SO hard they will sometimes knock the big 7″ lure, bristling with treble hooks, 3 feet out of the water. Not to worry though, these bass are highly motivated and will often lunge time and again after that same lure as you retrieve it, pausing only when they’ve gotten their mouth on it and hooked themselves.


Hooking ’em is just the beginning. Striped bass pull like a Deere as my farmer friends say. Don’t quite understand what that means?  You’ll “get it” when your striper decides he’s leaving – and yard after yard of monofilament is relentlessly pulled away. Big stripers will inspire in you a deep appreciation for your reel’s drag setting.


You’ll love topwater Lake Texoma striper fishing with lures for the same reasons we do:
  • these fish are fighters – mean, nasty, and maybe even a bit arrogant about it;
  • the action takes place where you can see it – close to the boat and near, on, or even above the water surface;
  • the fish are handsome, and they are capable of anything when fighting you.

Lake Texoma Fishing Report : Five to fifteen minutes fighting a big Texoma striper is as energizing and exciting as offshore tarpon fishing – except without the seasickness.

We Guarantee EXCITEMENT!

Lake Texoma Striper Guides – Favorite Lures

Lake Texoma Striper Guides – Favorite Lures

Bill Carey
Location: Lake Texoma, Texas
Credentials: Since 1983, Bill Carey has been guiding for, writing about, and hosting TV shows on the stripers of famed Lake Texoma. Carey’s outfit averages about 900 trips per year.
Number of years guiding: 30
Contact: (877) 786-4477;

Favorite Hardbait: Rat-L-Trap
Color: Chrome
Weight: 1 oz.
Details: “Striped bass have a very long lateral line that is designed to pick up vibration. Rat-L-Traps produce a lot of rhythm and sound that the fish home in on. When I retrieve a Rat-L-Trap, I’ll reel three cranks and quickly sweep the rod. After the sweep I pause and let the lure float up a little. Bam! There’s your strike.”


Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper - Chartreuse/White

Cordell Pencil Popper Chartreuse/White

Favorite Topwater: Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper
Color: Chartreuse/White
Size: 6 in.
Weight: 1 oz.
Details: “In Texas you can throw topwater for stripers eight months a year. These lures are loud and work well blind-casting against the banks early in the morning. If the action is furious and you’re releasing fish fast, you can also grab these lures without getting hooked because they’re so long and the first treble hook sits far back. I always tell my clients, when a fish takes a pencil down, don’t strike. Wait for the rod to load on it’s own. If you try to whack the fish, you’ll have a big lure with two big treble hooks flying at your head.”

Favorite Soft Plastic: Mister Twister Sassy Shad
Color: Luminescent
Size: 4 in.
Weight: ½ oz. jighead
Details: “I like these shads for the simple reason that our water is often off-color. White has great visibility and the kicking tail ups the vibration level. You always want to cast a shad into the wind to ensure it will reach your target depth. When you retrieve, you never want slack in the line. Always reel fast enough to keep contact. ”

Favorite Jig: Blakemore Roadrunner Bucktail
Color: White
Weight: 1 oz.
Details: “These jigs produce our biggest stripers that hold on deeper structure December through March. They’ve always been a favorite since you can reel steady or vertically jig them. I seem to catch even more stripers on these jigs if I tip them. Gizzard shad make up 92% of the stripers’ diet in Lake Texoma, so I’ll add a soft-plastic grub to these jigs in white with a chartreuse tail to match the forage colors.”


c) Zoom Swimmin’ Super Fluke in Disco Violet.

Zoom Super Flukes Disco Violet
Zoom Super Flukes Disco Violet

This is a “swimbait” type lure and provides a very different action in the water. The paddle tail on the end of this lure rocks the bait from side to side as you retrieve it slowly. This “fish like” swimming motion is more pronounced than the simple fluke style bait and is oftentimes what the BIG stripers are looking for to eat.

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