Lake Texoma Fishing Report

Lake Texoma Fishing Report – September 2011

lake texoma striper guide bill careyStriper Fishing Hotspot: Texas Flats and Mill Creek flats

Hotspot GPS: N32.86415   W-96.812683

Species:  Striped bass

Best Striper Baits:  Slabs and Coho Minnow Jigs

Texoma Striper Guide Bill Carey provides your personal, up-to-the-minute Lake Texoma Fishing Report at no cost. To hear what Bigfish says Contact Bill Now!

Tips:  Stripers are moving out of the deep water and roaming the flats in September.

The lures of choice are slabs and jigs. Vertically jig one-ounce chrome, white and chartreuse slabs along the bottom in ten to thirty foot depths. Coho minnow jigs in white glow color with a ¾ ounce jighead and a four-inch tail are perfect for these hungry stripers.

Cast the jigs and use a medium retrieve. If you find surfacing or swirling fish, cast the jig, hold your rod high and keep the jig subsurface.

Bank Access:  Mill Creek Campsites

Lake Texoma Fishing Report – August 2011

lake texoma striper guide bill careyStriper Fishing Hotspot:  Juniper Point East and The Islands

Hotspot GPS:  N33.864867  W-96.831383 —  N33.8372  W-96.742533

Species:  Striped bass

Best Striper Baits:  Topwaters and Sassy Shad jigs

Texoma Striper Guide Bill Carey provides your personal, up-to-the-minute Lake Texoma Fishing Report at no cost. To hear what Bigfish says Contact Bill Now!

Tips:  The big stripers  move onto the flats in August.

Early mornings cast Pencil Poppers and Chug Bugs on the shallow banks.

Mid morning, change your lures to Sassy Shad soft plastics.

Concentrate on the flats that run about twenty feet in depth. Locate the creek channel and drop offs, these are the routes the fish use to move up from deep water. Later in the month the seagulls arrive, pay close attention to the birds as they are the best fish finder.

Bank Access:  West Juniper Point and Mill Creek Flats

Lake Texoma Fishing Guides – Three Stories About Topwater Lure Fishing

 Lake Texoma Fishing Guide Bill CareyA legend among Lake Texoma Fishing Guides, Bill Carey shares three experiences about topwater lure striper fishing on Lake Texoma.

Fishing is in my blood. I like to fish. But, I LOVE topwater lure fishing for striped bass There is nothing more exciting than a hungry striped bass exploding on a topwater plug, nothing. Whether you are casting at the shallow banks or chasing schools of surfacing stripers, you have to ask yourself, is this heaven? I have been fishing and guiding since I was a young man and topwater lure striper fishing is my all-time favorite. What I enjoy most is sharing the experience with others. I am excited to have this opportunity to take you along with a few of my favorite topwater lure fishingadventures.

Like Batteries Dropped Out Of An Airplane

The sun was an orange glow on the eastern horizon when we left the marina. We ran up the lake and I started scanning the open waters for surfacing striped bass. Lake Texoma was calm that morning. You could easily spot surfacing stripers for a couple of miles.  I said “There they are, don’t point, we are in stealth mode.”  A school of stripers were ambushing shad on the surface. The fish were exceptionally large and from a mile away it looked like someone was dropping batteries out of an airplane.  I positioned the boat where the school of fish would move towards us.  Striped bass are a schooling fish and can run in large groups. It is not uncommon to have multiple hook-ups, and, after thirty minutes we had landed twenty stripers.  The largest of which would tip the scales at twenty pounds. Boy, I do love Lake Texoma

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patriotic-striper-fishing-lureI Didn’t Think You Liked To Fish

The first time Tom went striper fishing on Lake Texomawith Striper Express was twenty-five years ago. I had to reschedule his charter twice due to some inclement weather. The day of his fishing trip the wind was gusting upwards of twenty miles an hour.  After a few miles I stopped the boat. While I was securing everything that had been tossed around, I spotted some seagulls flying in the back of a large creek. It looked inviting and was protected from the brutal wind. As we approached the birds I spotted a few swirls. We all cast our topwater plugs and four stripers blew up. “Fish on” I said as the drags were squealing along with the fishermen. I grabbed the dip net, netted the first fish and tossed it on the deck. Then the second, third and fourth stripers were landed back to back. They were all big fish weighing from ten to fifteen pounds. Tom looked at me and said, “you came highly recommended, but the way you kept canceling me, I didn’t think you liked to fish”.

Lake Texoma Fishing Guides Agree – The Strike Is The Thinglake texoma fishing guides prefer topwater lures

One April I had a pattern of topwater striped bass on the shallow banks. This is not your traditional surfacing action, we Lake Texoma fishing guidescall it “blind casting”. The stripers were feeding early in the mornings in two to four foot of water. Three of the four men on board had caught a couple of nice stripers. The fish were hungry and exploding on our plugs with a vengeance. I explained, “Any time your plug is in the water you are in the strike zone.” The odd man out was waiting for his luck to change. As he was raising his plug out of the water, a huge striper appeared from nowhere and inhaled his lure. The fish took off like a rocket. The drag on the reel was screaming and like a gun going off his line snapped. It happened so fast; even a seasoned pro would be lucky to land that fish. It was the biggest fish by far that morning. With his adrenaline rushing he jumped out of his seat and said “I have never seen anything like that in my life. That was awesome. The strike was so exciting why would anyone fish with a lure other than a topwater.”

Bill Carey has been fishing on Lake Texoma since 1977. In 1983, he began fishing professionally and started Striper Express Guide Service. Bill is a member of the Texas Outdoors Writers Association and writes the Lake Texoma monthly report in Texas Fish & Game and Texas Outdoors Journal magazines. A freelance photographer and writer, Bill Carey is on several Pro-staff teams and gives fishing seminars at trade shows and outdoor events.

Lake Texoma Striper Guides “Catch Fish Quickly…”

texoma fishing guide chris carey

Chris Carey

As Lake Texoma striper guides we see a lot of writers. Bill and I hosted outdoor writer John Gill for a day’s fishing on Texoma recently.

John enjoyed himself immensely, then wrote about the lake and the day. That article just appeared in the San Angelo Standard-Times.

Here is an excerpt and a link to the original article:

Fishing: Texoma Known For Its Stripers

“Whether it’s a family or a gathering of friends, Lake Texoma is the best place to catch fish quickly. This lake has a tremendous fishery of striped bass/white bass and the action is usually fast and furious, especially during this time of year,” Bill Carey said.

By John Gill Special to the Standard-Times

Lake Texoma Striper Guides: Bill Carey Gets Hooked

Lake Texoma Striper Guides: Bill Carey Gets Hooked

On holiday in 1977, I booked a striped bass fishing trip with Pro-guide Cracker Shelby. I will never forget that March day. We ran up the west end of the lake and caught 23 stripers up to 15lbs.

I have been hooked on Texoma and striper fishing ever since. I was so hooked that I came 33 times that first year. Five years later, I said good-bye to the city and the rest is history.

Rule #1: Catch lots of fish and have loads of fun!

There is not another lake in the world I would rather be fishing than Lake Texoma. I feel privileged to be one of the many Lake Texoma striper guides and have the opportunity to provide anglers with a first-class fishing experience. There is nothing more exciting than having a hungry striped bass attack your lure – Texoma is truly a fisherman’s dream come true.

I look forward to sharing with you the splendor of this great lake and the thrill of some of the best fishing you will ever experience. I guarantee, if you come once, you will return.

Bill Carey and Lake Texoma Striper Guides STRIPER EXPRESS

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