Lake Texoma Spring 2018 Update
Well, old man Winter is behind us and Spring is here! Winter was good on Lake Texoma. Numerous good boxfish (under 20 inches) and some really nice overs (fish over 20 inches) were caught. Many days we caught limits of fish and threw some back as well to grow up and fight another day.
Lake Texoma is in good condition. The Striper population is good, the food source (threadfin and gizzard shad) is good as well. Some areas of the lake are muddy from the rains a month ago, and the lake is at normal level. There was a 4-foot rise in the water, and the floodgates were open for a bit, but they are closed now and hopefully, they will stay closed. Sometimes when those gates are open the fish can act a little off their game and can be finicky to catch as the water currents are moving in the deepest parts of the lake. As I am typing this it is raining again (had to reschedule today's trip), but hopefully we won’t get too much and the fresh water will help keep the upper rivers flowing which will result in another successful Striper spawn this year. The Striped Bass in Lake Texoma are not stocked fish, they reproduce each year in the Red River and in the Washita Rivers, way upstream in moving water when the water temps get in the lower to mid 60’s. They are in pre-spawn activities right now and will start very soon, if not already.
They will spawn over a couple months period and return to the lake in stages and will be ready to feed! As Spring rolls in and the spawn winds down, these breeder fish will follow the rivers back into the lake and feed on ledges, points, and shallow structure as the water temps warm. This is prime season for artificial lure fishing. Early morning top topwater, then swimbaits and slabs later in the day. June will begin the topwater season and I can’t wait! I am anticipating an exceptional year this year!!
My trips are filling up fast, it was super busy this March and looks like it will continue to be very busy. I appreciate all of you that came out and fished and all of you that have trips booked and are anxious to get on the water. Please call now of you are considering booking trip so you can choose the day you all want. You can’t book too early, and if we need to change the day, I’m sure I can accommodate. Feel free to call, text, message me on Facebook or contact me through my website contact page.
See Y'all out there!
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