Barbara Pope Nets New Lake Texoma Striper Record

Lake Texoma Fishing Report - A north Texas woman reeled in a new record-sized Lake Texoma striped bass this past week, hauling the massive fish out of Lake Texoma near the northern shore.

Barbara Pope wi 27.29lb Record Lake Texoma Striper

Barbara Pope reeled in the 27-pound Lake Texoma striped bass December 5th, shattering the previous 20-pound record for the Oklahoma side of the lake. The huge fish was estimated to be eight-to-ten years old.

The 27.29-pound 38 3/4” striper has been certified as a Oklahoma-Lake Texoma striped bass record, and, weighs in at 6 pounds more than the previous lake record striper catch. 

Barbara Pope is a resident of Dallas and a life-long angler. She and her husband entertain their guests in every season by fishing on Lake Texoma. “But I come in December for the trophy fishing”,

Barbara says. “This trip was an all-girl reunion” - Barbara had invited two girlfriends from her sorority days at Oklahoma State University.

They were drift fishing with artificial bait in water depths ranging from 15 to 40 feet deep. Barbara was casting on an underwater structure main lake point about Noon when the big female fish struck her lure.

“Oh my gosh, it seemed a lifetime fighting the fish. I was leaning back and the rod was bent so far it looked to break at any time. I knew this was a special fish by the excitement in Chris’s voice” said Barbara. (Chris Carey - a professional striper fishing guide with Striper Express Guide Service.) “Chris knew this was a BIG fish - when it surfaced everyone went crazy!”

While heavier striped bass have been caught in previous years at Lake Texoma, this fish represents the largest striped bass from the Oklahoma side of the lake since the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation started keeping records in 2008.

We are proud to have been a part of Barbara's record-setting Lake Texoma striper fishing experience.
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Lake Texoma Fishing Report - TOPWATER STRIPER BITE IS ON

Lake Texoma Fishing Report

MAY thru JUNE is the most exciting time for striper fishing on Lake Texoma! It is special to us because Winter cold is in retreat, Spring has brought very fine weather, and the striper spawn is in high gear. But mostly we like May and June because the TOPWATER STRIPER BITE IS ON!


The Lake water temperature has risen to about 65 degrees, stimulating both adult striped bass and sexually mature shad, the striper's favorite food. Each night, gizzard and threadfin shad swim up from deep water to spawn in Texoma's rocky shallows. Each morning at first light big striped bass wake up and cruise the shallows in large numbers doing what their mommas told 'em - eat a good breakfast now, ya'hear!


The striper schools herd the shad into smaller and smaller areas. Trapped against the rocky bank and the water's surface, the shad have nowhere to go. Ravenous from their own spawning activity, the stripers feed aggressively and without caution. A big ball of agitated, escape-minded shad plus hungry stripers feeding at the surface sounds a good deal like a summer rainstorm.

Charlie Haak 14.7lb Lake Texoma Striper

Charlie Haak 14.7lb Lake Texoma Striper

Cast a Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper amongst'em and these striped bass will hit it HARD. SO hard they will sometimes knock the big 7" lure, bristling with treble hooks, 3 feet out of the water. Not to worry though, these bass are highly motivated and will often lunge time and again after that same lure as you retrieve it, pausing only when they've gotten their mouth on it and hooked themselves.


Hooking 'em is just the beginning. Striped bass "pull like a Deere" as my farmer friends say. Don't quite understand what that means? You'll "get it" when your striper decides he's leaving - and yard after yard of monofilament is relentlessly pulled away. Big stripers will inspire in you a deep appreciation for your reel's drag setting.


You'll love topwater Lake Texoma striper fishing with lures for the same reasons we do:

  • these fish are fighters - mean, nasty, and maybe even a bit arrogant about it;
  • the action takes place where you can see it - close to the boat and near, on, or even above the water surface;
  • the fish are handsome, and they are capable of anything when fighting you.

Lake Texoma Fishing Report : Five to fifteen minutes fighting a big Texoma striper is as energizing and exciting as offshore fishing - except without the seasickness. 

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Lake Texoma Fishing Report - MARCH Striper Fishing MADNESS

The size of striped bass in freshwater fishing lakes goes in cycles year to year. Since November the Lake Texoma Striper Express Guide staff have caught and released 100's of Big Stripers over 10 lbs! Best overall winter fishing ever!

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Lake Texoma boasts the nation's most generous daily limit of 10 stripers per angler, only 2 of which may be over 20" long. Most of these over-the-limit 10 pound+ fish we Catch, Photograph & Release (CPR). This is great news for our upcoming spawning season!

Techniques and fishing equipment we use here on Texoma are very similar to those used to find and catch Largemouth Bass in warmer months. We focus our winter lure fishing efforts on rocky and sandy points, creek arm channel ledges, mid-lake humps and shallow ditches; these yield bigger stripers every day.

COLD WINTER IMPROVES SPRING CATCHING Like up North our water temps stayed down in the high 30's most of January and February then rose slowly to the current main lake temps of 46 degrees. Due to the colder water the lake has lost a some of the Threadfin Shad population while Gizzard Shad have survived nicely.

With the loss of some shad, stripers have been even more susceptible to our "shad-like" lures as our huge catch results indicates.

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Lake Texoma Fishing Report - Texoma Stripers PUMP UP!

Lake Texoma Fishing Report

Like frat boys lifting weights before Spring Break, Lake Texoma stripers are feeding aggressively and hitting the lures with force. Now is when the striped bass are their largest. And no other fish pulls line like a striper!

Mature bass will gain as much as five pounds while the water stays cool. Current surface temperature on Lake Texoma is 45 degrees and they’re bulking up -  preparing for the spring spawn.

BILLY BROOKS with his 28lb, 37inch Texoma Striped Bass

BILLY BROOKS with his 28lb, 37inch Texoma Striped Bass

Once water temperature hits 51 degrees or so stripers will move up-current to the Red and Wachita river inflows. They’ll seek out clear, highly oxygenated water with a bit of current, although a little murk will do if the temperature is right. There, like OU freshmen in Pensacola, they will re-enact their annual biological urges.

Given the many different sub-surface contours, temperature zones and hidey-holes of our Lake, the spawn can be active for several weeks. Fluctuations in the weather and temperature can also prolong the event. One thing is certain though – after spawning stripers are hungry!

Their migration back from the river inflows to their more accustomed space is marked by massacres of their favorite food – shad. We once counted 21 threadfin shad in the belly of a sow striper.

Currently we’re finding big fish in shallows seeking food around isolated stumps. Also on structure and humps.

Our boats are limiting out today, one with 60 fish ranging up to 18 pounds. The skies are beautifully clear and temperature in the sixties.

Join us in striper fishing heaven…

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Lake Texoma Fishing Report - Texoma Striper Fishing Stays STRONG

Lake Texoma Fishing Report

Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Stays STRONG - January was great striper fishing on Lake Texoma and February follows suit.

There is a very active bite with many large stripers being caught. January had more than a few "big catching" days also. A "big catching day' for a Lake Texoma striper guide is one where boats limit out and lots of hooked stripers are released back into the water.

Terry Minke with 34 inch, 18 lb striper.Wall-Hanger Time
These winter months are when the striped bass gain weight and are at their heaviest of the year. Now you have a chance at trophy fish that can be up to and over twenty pounds. Now that’s a beast! Will you be one of the lucky anglers who lands that once-in-a-lifetime monster?

Best Winter Striper Fishing Lures
Winter striper fishing requires a changes in technique and in equipment. Currently Lake Texoma is at 43-45 degrees. When water is this cold the striper's preferred snack, shad, go into a sort of suspended animation. Their metabolism slows down and they don't swim much.

Recognizing this our smart Lake Texoma fishing guides have adjusted their techniques. Depending on the day, half our striper guides are casting on structure and half are deadsticking.

Deadsticking is a winter striper fishing technique. We use deadsticking on open water whether the fish are suspended, or, close to the bottom. Our favorite deadsticking striper lure is Moe's Dead Head jig. The Dead Head is just the best! It is exactly balanced so the jig stays horizontal in the water when not moving. This natural, level position is precisely what stripers look for about now.

Casting on structure means we focus on main lake points, humps and creeks. Our go-to striper fishing lure is the Blakemore Bucktail RoadRunner jig. The Bucktail RoadRunner is designed to fish low and slow for the biggest fish of the year. This jig has a unique shape, like a horse head, and a great spinner blade for some added flash in darker waters.

Both techniques and both lures work because they exploit the behavior of stripers main food source in the cold lake water temperature. Both techniques are productive with lots of 10-pound plus fish being caught daily.

We Know Where The Fish Are
A select group of fishermen come to us in the winter months. Our professional Lake Texoma fishing guides know the behavior of striped bass during every season. They've put in lifetimes learning whether fish are in the rocks, in the sand, on the stumps or gravel beds, and at what depth they are feeding. Our knowledgeable Lake Texoma striper guides will put you on the fish. Come to Texoma and let us show you...

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Lake Texoma Fishing Report - Texoma Striper Fishing SUNRISE

lake texoma fishing report actres of texoma stripersLake Texoma Fishing Report - Can you imagine one thousand acres of Texoma surfacing stripers?

Today we had 2 boats with 8 fishermen experience the ultimate top water action. We went fishing; let me correct that...  we went catching.

The Stripers began surfacing before sunrise. By eight a.m. we had landed, caught and released 91 stripers up to eight and a half pounds. I know fishermen only lie when their lips are moving...but you had to be there to believe it!

Just imagine lots of multiple hookups, whooping and hollering. Stripers are voracious feeders. We had follow ups with fish wanting to take the Pencil Popper plugs from the hooked fish.

Heck, we even caught two stripers on the same plug several times. Now that's a sight to see when you have two mean, line stripping and rod bending fish thrashing and pulling different directions.

Where ever you are, whatever you do, you have to put Texoma top-water Striper fishing on your list of things to do. We hold a deep passion for this great lake and it is our pleasure to see fishermen catch the legendary striped bass at Lake Texoma.

If you are ready for guaranteed excitement contact Lake Texoma Striper Guides Striper Express today.



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Lake Texoma Fishing Report - December Striper Fishing "ON FIRE!"

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 pounder striped bass caught in Lake Texoma

"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!

Fishfinders 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.

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Bill Carey'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.



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