Lake Texoma Fishing Report :: Get ready for big fish season
Saturday on the water is not a day most people look up and decide “Hey, we’ve got 15-20 mph north winds and temps in the 30s, let’s go fishing!” Most people would rather huddle around the fireplace sipping a hot cup of coffee and watch the wind blow outside the window, and I can’t blame them because there’s a part of me that likes those things too.
However, there are also those of us who live and breathe fishing and know that those powerful cold fronts blowing through often make the fish bite like crazy. Fortunately, that’s what we got yesterday, the birds were working and feeding as soon as we got to the water at 7:00. We didn’t even have to drive far and found large groups of birds hard at work in several places in our area. The fish were hungry and ready to feed, and we were catching mostly good healthy 18-22 inch fish using slabs and swimbaits and having a good time. My clients only wanted to keep a few fish and we released the rest until they told me they had enough cold and were ready to go in, so we let them bite and headed back to the dock. Keep in mind that when you come fishing in the cold, you need the right equipment. Wearing layers of a windproof outer shell with good warm boots and gloves will keep you comfortable all day long in any conditions. Don’t be afraid of the cold, this is when the best fishing of the year happens. Just be prepared. Being out on those nasty cold days adds to the adventure and makes for an unforgettable experience, especially when the fish are biting like they were yesterday.
We are in one of the peak feeding times of the year now, and the fish have been feeding hard every day, with lots of good solid fish being caught. Slabs and swimbaits are working well now and there are also reports that dead sticking is starting to produce fish as well. Birds operate in several areas around the lake to make finding fish easier. Plus, there aren’t a lot of boats on the water to deal with right now. There’s nothing better than finding the fish is crazy and you’re the only boat around. This is why I prefer to hunt during the cooler part of the year, great hunting and no crowds!
We are on the verge of the start of big fish season. If you want a chance at 15-20 lbs. Fish, winter is the time of year you want to come. I expect the big fish to start feeding aggressively over the next couple of weeks. I took some epic trips at the end of December over the Christmas break. This usually happens on a bad weather day, where we get up to a school of big fish under the birds and land dozens of 10-15 pound fish for some of the best fishing I’ve seen in Texoma. Structure fishing also gets hot during this time, when birds are not working and fish are not actively feeding, you can find them in structure and use a swimbait to catch them. Structure on structure works best, trunk beds on ledges or in creek channels will hold the most fish and you can mark these locations on your GPS so you can rely on them every time you go out. This type of reliable fishing has allowed me to go on a streak of about two months last year where we caught at least one 10-15 pound fish on every trip I was out. I’m ready to do it again this year! This is also the peak time of year for fishing too although I often look at the structure as it is more reliable. More large trophy fish are caught during the winter than any other time of the year. If you want an unforgettable experience and a chance at a monster, book a trip with me from the second half of December until the end of February and we will go chasing big fish. See photos below for some of our big fish from last winter.
Are you looking for an unforgettable Christmas gift? There’s nothing better than the gift of fishing for an experience they’ll never forget. We offer gift certificates to give at Christmas time allowing them to book the trip to their liking or you can book in advance and take them on a surprise fishing adventure they will always remember. Call or text (903)815-1609 and I will set it up for you. You can book online at www.stripersinc.com. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I will look forward to fishing with you!
Your Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Guide, Brian Pritchard
Strippers Company www.stripersinc.com