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Lake Texoma Striper Guide – FAQs

Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Guide Bill Carey

Lake Texoma Striper Guide Bill Carey

As a Lake Texoma Striper Guide for over thirty years, I’ve been asked every possible question. Here you will find answers to the most common questions:

Tell me about the fishing.
The lake has many species of fish, but most fishermen opt for our specialty – the fantastic striper fishing on Lake Texoma. Known as the striped bass capitol of the U.S., Texoma boasts the most productive natural reproduction of striped bass, and perhaps the highest success rate for anglers in fresh water – you will catch fish!

Where is Lake Texoma?
Lake Texoma forms part of the Oklahoma – Texas border. It is just 90-minutes by car due north of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, and, 2½ hours southeast of Oklahoma City. There is a local regional airport for those with planes, and we can arrange chartered buses for large groups.

How do I plan my guided fishing charter?
You can inquire about your date by submitting a form, or calling us. With our boat fleet we can accommodate most large group fishing charters. If you choose to go fishing on a weekend, we recommend you begin planning well in advance.

Planning a visit during the Topwater Bite? You may already be too late.  I’m serious, many of our clients book a year in advance – check availability here.

Weekdays are more flexible for availability at any time of year, especially for large group outings.

What should I bring?
We supply all tackle, lures and safety equipment. We clean, filet, and bag your catch – and we improve the taste of your fish by very carefully removing all the redline. You should bring 2 coolers, one for your catch and one for your own drinks and snacks. Do bring suntan lotion if your skin is sensitive. A $12 Lake Texoma license is required for anyone 17 years and older. And of course bring your camera!


Where is Striper Express Guide Service located?
Our boats are berthed on the Texas side of the lake. Here is where you will board our boats:

Boathouse #3
512 Mill Creek Resort Rd

Pottsboro, TX 75076 (Map)

Will I need Lodging?
Half of our guests drive in for a “daycation”. Others prefer lodging. We can offer you a 4-star resort or a selection of lake homes and some great cabins  (check out our Big Fish Special).

Would this be fun for my family?
Absolutely, we are big on kids. The overall outdoor adventure of being on the water and catching hungry fish will be etched in their memory forever. We often hear the kids ask, “When can we come back?”

Can Striper Express accommodate large groups?
The short answer is Yes! We have created striper fishing excitement for 3 decades. Whether a corporate outing, church group or family reunion, we provide complete reliability and flexibility for every sized group. With proper notice we can accommodate groups of 60 people or so, even providing chartered bus service.

Our boats are each captained by a professional Lake Texoma Striper Guide who understands your needs and will take care of the details. All you have to do is show up.

And remember, We Guarantee Excitement!


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Lake Texoma Fishing Report – The Topwater Bite Is ON!

Lake Texoma Fishing Report – The Topwater Bite Is ON!
Lake Texoma Topwater striper fishing is legendary.
In the summer months, you depart at dawn and head up the lake. It’s not calm for long. Your heart starts racing in anticipation of hunting those mean and hungry striped bass.

Get ready, it’s show time.


All Heck Breaks Loose

The stripers are waking up, they push the shad to the surface and a feeding frenzy begins. Hundreds of striped bass are splashing and thrashing on the water’s surface. You cast your Topwater plug, twitch and reel, hold on…These aggressive fish can’t refuse your offering.

“The catching was fast and furious with triple hook-ups. At one time we had so many fish being caught, it looked like Asian carp had invaded Lake Texoma”! said Aaron Zetterower from Dallas, TX. Read the rest of this entry »

Lake Texoma Fishing Report – November 2011

lake texoma striper guide bill careyTexoma Striper Fishing Hotspot: Five Creeks

Hotspot GPS: GPS:  33.913933  ,  -96.706683

Species: Striped bass

Best Striper Baits: Sassy Shad jigs and live shad

Lake Texoma Striper Guide Bill Carey provides your personal, up-to-the-minute Lake Texoma Fishing Report. Click to Contact Striper Bill Now!

Striper Fishing Tips: The stripers are running in large schools.

Pay close attention to the seagulls, they will locate the stripers ambushing large bait balls.

The favorite artificials are 4-inch Sassy Shad soft plastics on a 1-ounce jig heads. The best colors are white-glow and chartreuse fleck.

Live shad fishing is also a great way to catch stripers. You can anchor or drift with live bait.

Bank Access: Sand Creek

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


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.