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 »
January is the best time for BIG Lake Texoma Striper Fishing. HOLY MOLY they are large!
The winter season has crept into the North Texas area a bit. Fortunately, the cooler temperatures in January have turned on the big fish bite.
The Lake Texoma Striper Fishing is year round and has been so good that the StriperExpress boats are catching some limits along with the bruisers. When I say bruisers I mean the knock-your-socks-of, hang-on-for-dear-life bruisers. Nothing better than finally exhaling after getting that dude into the boat… whew!
What a catch! Just one guided group this week!
How can this be?
Lake Texoma is a world class fishery for Striped Bass. These Stripers are a cold water fish and they feed on shad even when the water temps are in the low 50 degrees. Adjustments are necessary and change occurs often so fishing daily keeps StriperExpress guide staff in touch and up to date. Read the rest of this entry »
Lake Texoma Fishing Report – Lake Texoma striper fishing is on fire! The word is out about our striper fishing shrine. Devout fishermen are now making pilgrimage to Lake Texoma .
On Lake Texoma we catch fish year ‘round. This December the striper fishing is awesome. My son Chris Carey, Pro-Guide and guide team leader with StriperExpress, worded it perfectly, “The fishing has been getting better every day, and now it’s as good as it gets.” Chris and his team of striper fishing guides have been catching up to a hundred fish per day.
Twin 11-pound stripers.
“Best Fishing Trip Ever”
That’s what Terry Neugin from Amarillo, Texas had to say. Terry is one of our customers that has caught the Lake Texoma striper fishing bug. He and a group came in for some December striper fishing this week. They have been on several fishing trips to Lake Texoma just this year. “Now I have fished every season on the Big T and have never had a bad day. I love it!”
Let’s Try An Experiment
For two days Terry’s group had been catching fish in the river channel, chasing deep-water schooling fish under the seagulls. For their third and final day of their striper fishing adventure Chris said “Let’s try something new today”.
Chris tied on Moe’s Nanna Shad soft plastics on a three-quarter-ounce jig head for each angler. He had figured out that the sand bass and stripers were stacked in coves and creek channels.
The group motored to the back of a marina and caught 28 sand bass and 17 stripers in an hour. This is a wonderful lake!
While moving to another sheltered cove Chris spotted a hundred seagulls wheeling and feeding on shad. They were just a bit out from the south shore in the open lake. Abandoning the cove and creek strategy, he positioned the boat upwind of the airborne flock. Then he set up a drift above a HUGE school of fish.
The digital fishfinder showed a perfect picture – stripers forty-foot thick within the submerged river channel boundaries. Everyone grabbed a rod rigged with a two-ounce slab while the stripers continued their voracious feeding. Cast lures couldn’t hit the bottom without a strike. All heck broke loose with rod-bending and line-stripping action!
The State Of Striper Fishing
Catching and releasing fish after fish, they drifted and drifted with multiple hookups most of the time. The striper feeding frenzy ended only when the drifting boat reached the far shore.
One of the fishermen noticed and said “We never even started the motor! How far did we drift?”
“Over three miles” came the answer.
They had found their schooling stripers at the Texas shore and fished them all the way to Oklahoma.
“I love this lake” said Mr. Nuegin.
Bill’s Striper Fishing Tip: Analog Beats Digital. Fishfinders that is. Digital fishfinders are great for confirming fish in the space below your boat. Analog fishfinders – seagulls, herons, etc. - show a guide from miles away exactly where the boat needs to be to use that digital finder.
4 Star Fishing • 4 Star Lodging
Lake Texoma is 4-star striper fishing, and Tanglewood Resort is 4-star lodging at Lake Texoma. The BIGFISH SPECIAL brings them together for the best fishing experience you can find.
Two days of rod-bending Texoma striper fishing action and two nights in the best lodging on Lake Texoma – does that sound good?
That Sounds Great!
Experience our “Thrill Of The Hunt” style of top-water lure fishing then relax in the finest accommodations available at Lake Texoma. BIGFISH provides two days of guided fishing for a group of four anglers. Our professional guides, the boat, rods, reels, lures are all included. Andwe clean your catch!
Your party of four will be comfortably housed in two (2) hotel rooms at Tanglewood Resort, each room with two Queen-sized beds (above).
Many fishermen have tackle boxes containing hundreds of striper fishing lures. Seems excessive doesn’t it? I have to confess though, I’m one of those fishermen. I’ve got so many striper fishing lures I could even be accused of being a “lure-a-holic”.
As I’ve learned more about the feeding patterns of stripers and how they behave, the more I’ve understood which lures are best during the different seasons of the year – and why it is essential to have so many types of lures.
Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Lures
The seasonal habits of the striper and how they relate to underwater structure whether shallow, deep or suspended in the water column are important reasons to carry an arsenal of lures. Many fishermen have joked with their buddy when a particular lure is producing and you hear “I have one more but it will cost you a hundred dollars!”
Essential Lure Types
For striper fishing on Lake Texoma there are four main types of striper fishing lures that are productive: fishing jigs, slabs, spinners, and topwater lures.
Fishing Jigs Fishing jigshave lead heads weighing ½ to 1-ounce. Various shapes are used to allow a refined presentation. Some days stripers are feeding and other days you must trigger a strike.
The best technique is in the retrieve of the jig. When reeling with a steady retrieve isn’t working, use a erratic retrieve. Try an aggressive rip, rip and pause. Watch your professional fishermen and you can learn a valuable lesson.
Fishing jigs with a soft plastic 4-inch sassy shad, fluke tail or curly tail grub can be used year-round. During the cold season, 1-ounce Road Runner buck tail jigs work best for catching big fish. The best colors for Lake Texoma striper fishing are white and chartreuse.
Slabs Slabs are a painted lead spoon weighing from ¾ to 2 ½ ounces. You can cast slabs but your best technique is to fish them vertically. The stripers will suspend in the water and a slab allows you aggressively work the entire water column.
Striper are schooling fish and large groups of fish will react to other fish behavior.
The two best ways to fish a slab is to bump the bottom on flats and ledges, or, letting it fall and rip them up in deep water. When you are fishing a slab keep a tight line a stay in contact with the lure.
Slabs are a good simulation of a crippled bait fish and will produce strikes both on the fall and when reeling them up. The best colors for Texoma striper fishing are chrome, white, and chartreuse.
Spinners Spinners have blades that revolve around a wire shaft and a treble hook at the base. Most spinners have skirts made from buck tail or rubber materials. Though not as popular as they once were, spinners are a long time proven lure for all species of fish.They are fantastic for striped bass because the blade creates vibration and will produce a flash in the water enticing a strike.
Topwater Lures Nothing is more exciting than a hungry striper exploding on a top-water fishing lure. Top-water lures cause a striper to think bait is swimming across the surface, a motion that enrages the fish to vicious bites and extreme fights.
One day an excited fisherman asked me, “Why would you fish with any lure than a top-water?” Topwater lures are made of plastic or wood that floats and they are flicked or “popped” across the water’s surface.
Another technique is an erratic retrieve called “walking the dog”, a proven and exciting type of fishing in the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons.
In the Spring the stripers follow the food forage into shallow and warmer water. Large schools of stripers during the Summer will surround bait and push them to the surface and produce fantastic sight fishing. On a calm morning you can see surfacing fish up to a mile away.
Top-water lures are my favorite artificial lure type for Texoma striper fishing – Pencil Poppers and Magnum Zara Spooks in blue, chrome, and shad colors work best.
Four Essential Lures
Slabs, Jigs, Spinners and Top-water – all four of these lure types are essential for your tackle box.
You should carry a variety of colors and sizes that allow you to fish all parts of the water column. These lures are necessary to effectively fish in a myriad of conditions and different times of year.
Nearly 200 million lures will be sold this year… and they all have to be stored somewhere, thankfully, there’s Plano Molding Fishing Products. Plano’s advanced tackle systems are Striper Express’ “go-to” tackle boxes. We all need a tackle box or 2 or 3 that will help protect, store and utilize our lure investment.