Striper Time with Lake Texoma Fishing Gudie

Striper Time with Lake Texoma Fishing Guide

Striper Time on Lake Texoma is 24/7/365!  Come join Captain John Blasingame and put big Striped Bass in the net!

Striper Time with Lake Texoma Fishing Guide

It’s always Striper Time with Lake Texoma Fishing Guide John Blasingame!  Lake Texoma is one of the largest reservoirs in the United States, the 12th largest US Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) lake, and the largest in USACE Tulsa District.  Lake Texoma is formed by Denison Dam on the Red River in Bryan County, Oklahoma, and Grayson County, Texas, about 726 miles upstream from the mouth of the river. It is located at the confluence of the Red and Washita Rivers. The project was completed in 1944. The dam site is about 5 miles northwest of Denison, Texas, and 15 miles southwest of Durant, Oklahoma. Lake Texoma is the most developed and most popular lake within the USACE Tulsa District, attracting around 6 million visitors a year. Oklahoma has more of the lake within its boundaries than Texas. 

Striper Fishing Lake Texoma

We are one of the few Lake Texoma Striper Guides who simply says no to live bait fishing!  If you like to throw Alabama Rigs for trophy size striper, we are your outfitter!  Sitting on your backside dropping live bait twenty pulls is not our idea of Striper Fishing!  If you like throwing swimbaits in five feet of water and hanging a ten-pound Striped Bass, Captain John Blasingame is your best bet!  Filling up a cooler with “Box Fish” on live bait is not our cup of tea!  If you like vertically jigging slab spoons in twenty feet of water and putting an eight-pound Striper in the net, book a trip with Adventure Texoma Outdoors now! Come visit Lake Texoma this September and enjoy explosive topwater plug action for huge Striped Bass. Don’t sit on your backside when it’s Striper Time! Book your trip today!

Texoma Striper Fishing Season

What is the best time of year to Striper Fish Lake Texoma?  We get this question all the time, so let’s break this down!

MONTHType of LuresStriped BassWhite Bass
Jan-FebDeadStick Flukes
DeadStick Jig heads
Very GoodAverage
Slab Spoons
GoodVery Good
Small Top-Water Plugs
Slab Spoons
July-AugSlab Spoons
Sept-OctBig Top-Water Plugs
Slab Spoons
Nov-DecDeadStick Flukes
DeadStick Jig Heads

Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Report

We like to share information about Fishing Lake Texoma.  Our Lake Texoma Fishing Report blog is updated at least once a month with the latest information on when, where, and why we are catching Striper!  We also use social media a lot.  You can find us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram!

Texoma Striper Guide Rates

We have the best Lake Texoma Striper Guide rates on the lake!  We will fish you more, and put big striper in the net!  We love to book corporate outings and group trips.  Our boat can hold six anglers, but we have access to many more.  We can arrange your overnight accommodations and much more!  Our Texoma striper guide rates are great, and remember our No Fish No Charge guarantee!  No group is too large or too small for the best Lake Texoma Fishing Guide!

Number of AnglersPriceDeposit
1 to 3 Anglers$ 375.00$ 150.00
4 Anglers$ 500.00$ 150.00
5 Anglers$ 625.00$ 150.00
6 Anglers$ 750.00$ 150.00


 Lake Texoma Fishing Spots

Saddled between the border of Oklahoma and Texas, this 50-year old reservoir continues to hold its own as one of the top fishing destinations in the region. Because Lake Texoma is on the border, anglers fishing the Texas side must purchase a Texas fishing license, while anglers on the Oklahoma side must purchase an Oklahoma fishing license. There’s also the option of purchasing a lake-specific license which allows anglers to fish the entire lake.   You can find all kinds of secret spot maps of Lake Texoma, but the best way to learn a lake is with a guide!  Find the best Lake Texoma Fishing Guide and you will be a better angler!  

Lake Texoma the Striper Capital of the World

Lake Texoma sustains an excellent fishery that attracts anglers from all over and boasts 19 out of 23 of the lake’s record fish being since 1990. Striped bass are the dominant species targeted by anglers. Lake Texoma is one of the few inland lakes where stripers have successfully proved to spawn. However, Lake Texoma is well rounded and offers ample opportunities to catch a variety of species including trophy-sized blue catfish, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, gar and paddlefish.  Navigation has become difficult in areas as a result of heavy siltation. Reservoirs fill with sediment over many years, and Lake Texoma is over 60 years old. When traveling into the river arms, be aware of navigational hazards.

The Best Lake Texoma Fishing Spots

Lake Texoma is 89,000 acres and that’s a lot of water to cover!  Striped Bass move, a lot!  You can also find lots of “Texoma Boat Shows!”  Anglers tend to bunch up while striper fishing on Lake Texoma for no good reason?  Guides will tie several live bait fishing boats together and soon you have 30-40 boats on one spot!  We try to avoid the Boat Shows!  There are plenty of free maps with hot spots on Lake Texoma, but it’s a big impoundment and finding fish is not easy!  You can buy a Lake Texoma Map with hot spots, but good old-fashioned hard work will make you a better angler!

A map of Lake Texoma Fishing Spots


Striper Time with Lake Texoma Fishing Guide
Striper Time with Lake Texoma Fishing Guide

Striper Time with Lake Texoma Fishing Guide

Striper Time on Lake Texoma is 24/7/365!  Come join Captain John Blasingame and put big Striped Bass in the net!

Lake Texoma Fish Species

Lake Texoma Angling Opportunities

Free-flowing current in the Red River makes Texoma one of the few lakes in Texas with a self-sustaining population of striped bass, and one of only eight inland freshwater reservoirs worldwide where this species has spawned. A cousin of the white bass, striped bass were first stocked in Lake Texoma by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1965. They began spawning in 1974.

Fishing Cover/Structure

While Texoma has little aquatic vegetation, it does offer cover in structures such as rocks/boulders, standing timber, submerged stump beds, channels, rocky bluffs, sandy flats, and rip-rap along Denison Dam and elsewhere. Of the 580 miles of shoreline, there are approximately 9 miles of rip-rap, 50 miles of standing timber, and 50 miles of submersed aquatic vegetation. The remainder is cut banks, sandy beaches, rocky shoreline, and bluffs. A shoreline development ratio of 13.88 indicates an irregular and branched shoreline, which also increases habitat for fish.

Lake Texoma Catfish Tactics

Channel catfish are taken near the mouths of creeks after a rain, especially in spring and fall. In late spring and early summer, they are found around rocky shores and areas of rip-rap. Best baits are shrimp, blood bait, cut bait, dough bait, and shad gizzards. In summer, try drift-fishing shrimp across flats. Sunfish and large minnows also pay off here. Blue catfish are caught on many of the same baits; however, these fish migrate downstream or into the main pool area in winter and upstream in the spring. Try juglining with live gizzard shad for bait. A rod and reel baited with live shad on windless winter days works well, too. Flathead catfish are infrequently caught by rod and reel anglers, but most often by trotlining with live sunfish for bait.
Lake Texoma Crappie Tactics
Crappie fishing is best in fall and winter, when fish tend to school in large numbers and concentrate around boat houses, submerged trees, creek channels, and brush piles. While minnows are the bait of choice, crappie are caught on a variety of jigs. The spring spawning season, when they move in shallow, is also an excellent time to fill your creel.
Lake Texoma Striped Bass
White bass are vulnerable to angling when they migrate upstream on the Red and Washita Rivers or the many tributary streams around Lake Texoma. Two to three weeks prior to the migration, they concentrate around the mouths of the tributary streams and become easy prey. At other times of the year they can be found surfacing around the lake and feeding on threadfin shad. Effective baits include small surface baits in silver, white, yellow or chartreuse; silver spoons; slabs; and minnows. Striped bass migrate up both major river arms in February, and can usually be located in or near the river channel in the vicinity of the Willis or Roosevelt Bridges.
White Bass Tactics
They may take surface lures, but most often they are caught on heavy jigs, slabs, plastic shad, and live gizzard shad. After the spring spawning run, stripers can be caught with shad over flats near the river channel in the main part of the lake. Trolling with deep running lures can also be productive. Stripers surface frequently in summer, fall, and winter, attracting diving sea gulls, who also like to feed on threadfin shad. Surface baits can produce some mighty tackle busting strikes, and so can plastic shad retrieved rapidly just under the water’s surface
Lake Texoma Smallmouth Bass Tactics
Largemouth, spotted, and smallmouth bass can be caught pretty much year round, but they are caught closer to the shoreline and around structure. While largemouth and spotted bass are found lakewide, smallmouths are mostly limited to the bluffs around Eisenhower State Park, Denison Dam and up the Washita River arm to the Willow Springs area. Since all three species spawn in the shallows, that’s the best place to fish for them in the spring. Fish around grass and brush with crankbaits, surface lures, spinners, and Carolina rigged worms. As the water warms and bass move offshore, switch to Texas rigged worms, deep diving crankbaits, and surface baits early in the morning. Concentrate on submerged structure such as rocks, boulders, stumps, logs, channels, and secondary points. Fall bass fishing can be very exciting on Lake Texoma. Work crankbaits around brush and off rocky shorelines for largemouth and spotted bass. Try free-line, live threadfin shad off the rip-rap at the dam for smallmouths, or fish at night by the bluffs near Eisenhower State Park. Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife, Lake Texoma

Lake Texoma Fish Species Largemouth Bass

Striped Bass Texoma

Lake Texoma Fish Species Striped Bass

The striped bass is the largest member of the sea bass family, often called “temperate” or “true” bass to distinguish it from species such as largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass which are actually members of the sunfish family Centrarchidae. Although Morone is of unknown derivation, saxatilis is Latin meaning “dwelling among rocks.” As with other true basses, the dorsal fin is clearly separated into spiny and soft-rayed portions. Striped bass are silvery, shading to olive-green on the back and white on the belly, with seven or eight uninterrupted horizontal stripes on each side of the body. Younger fish may resemble white bass (Morone chrysops). However, striped bass have two distinct tooth patches on the back of the tongue, whereas white bass have one tooth patch. Striped bass have two sharp points on each gill cover, and white bass have one. Additionally, the second spine on the anal fin is about half the length of the third spine in striped bass, and about two-thirds the length of the third spine in white bass.  

Lake Texoma Fish Species Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Texoma

Lake Texoma Fish Species Smallmouth Bass

The smallmouth bass is generally green with dark vertical bands rather than a horizontal band along the side. There are 13-15 soft rays in the dorsal fin, and the upper jaw never extends beyond the eye. Known maximum size in Texas exceeds 7.5 pounds. Micropterus is Greek meaning “small fin” [see Guadalupe bass for further explanation]. The species epithet dolomieu refers to the French mineralogist M. Dolomieu.

Lake Texoma Fish Species White Bass

White Bass Texoma

Lake Texoma Fish Species White Bass

Morone is of unknown derivation. The species epithet chrysops is Greek meaning “golden eye.” As with other true basses, the dorsal fin is clearly double, separated into spiny and soft-rayed portions. White bass are silvery shading from dark-gray or black on the back to white on the belly. Several incomplete lines or stripes run horizontally on each side of the body. Adults resemble young striped bass, and the two are often confused. However, striped bass have two distinct tooth patches on the back of the tongue, and white bass have one tooth patch. Striped bass have two sharp points on each gill cover, as opposed to white bass which have one, and the second spine on the anal fin is about half the length of the third spine in striped bass, whereas it is about two-thirds the length of the third spine in white bass.    

Lake Texoma Fish Species Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Texoma

Lake Texoma Fish Species Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass grow 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) during their first year, 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) in two years, 16 inches (40 cm) in three years. They are usually green with dark blotches that form a horizontal stripe along the middle of the fish on either side. The underside ranges in color from light green to almost white. They have a nearly divided dorsal fin with the anterior portion containing nine spines and the posterior portion containing 12 to 13 soft rays. Their upper jaw reaches far beyond the rear margin of the eye.      

Striper Time with Lake Texoma Striper Guide

We can arrange your accommodations for your Lake Texoma Adventure.  Remember no group is too big or too small!  Enjoy Lake Texoma, We do every day!  Striper Time with Lake Texoma Striper Guide equals fishing, fun, and memories of a lifetime!

Lake Texoma Cabin Rentals

There are lots of cabin rentals on Lake Texoma.  The lake gets very busy during the summer so make those reservations early!    Anglers Hideaway Cabins, Texoma Cabins, Cedar Bayou Cabins

Lake Texoma Camping and RV Sites

Lake Texoma has outstanding state parks with tent camping and RV sites.   Eisenhower State Park, Lake Texoma State Park OK
Lake Texoma Resorts
If you need a fancy place to stay and relax, check out Lake Texoma’s resorts! Tanglewood,  Choctaw Casino
Lake Texoma Marinas
Most of the Lake Texoma Marina’s have cabins, tent camping sites, and RV sites! Lighthouse Marina, Grandpappy Marina, Alberta Creek  

 Striper Time with Lake Texoma Fishing Guide equals what’s for dinner!  We love to fish and we love to eat them too!  Here are our favorites!

Baked Striped Bass Recipes

  • 3 green onions, green tops only thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed (approx. 1/2 lemon)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 white fish fillets approx. 6 oz; 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsely finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup Japanese panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
Step 1
Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly butter a baking dish or individual grain dishes for the fillets.
Step 2
In medium bowl, mix together the cheese, breadcrumbs, butter, mayonnaise, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and lemon juice; season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside until needed.
Step 3
Pat the fish fillets completely dry with paper towels (removing the moisture ensures they won’t get mushy while baking); season generously with salt and pepper. Arrange the fish in a lightly buttered baking dish or individual gratin dishes.
Step 4
Spread about 3 tablespoons of the cheese mixture over each fillet.

Grilled Striped Bass Recipes

  • 4 (6-ounce) striped bass or other firm white fish fillets (such as amberjack or grouper)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup Chunky Mango-Ginger Sauce
Step 1
Prepare grill.
Step 2
Brush fish with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill fish for 4 minutes on each side or until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with the Chunky Mango-Ginger Sauce.
Step 3
Totals include Chunky Mango-Ginger Sauce.

Fried Striped Bass Recipes

Ingredients 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal 1 10-ounce package frozen corn 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced Kosher salt and pepper 2 large eggs, beaten 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 6-ounce pieces striped bass 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning or blackened spice mix 4 cups mixed greens Unsalted butter, for the pan 2 cups heavy cream Directions Heat oven to 350° F. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish. Heat the cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the cornmeal and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the corn, scallions, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Remove from heat, stir in the eggs, and spread evenly in the prepared baking dish. Bake until set and golden brown around the edges, about 40 minutes. When the bread has 15 minutes left to bake, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle the bass with the Cajun seasoning and cook until opaque and beginning to flake, about 4 minutes per side. Divide the greens among individual plates and drizzle with the remaining oil. Serve with the bass and spoon bread.

Striper Time with Lake Texoma Fishing Guide
Striper Time with Lake Texoma Fishing Guide

Striper Time with Lake Texoma Fishing Guide

Striper Time on Lake Texoma is 24/7/365!  Come join Captain John Blasingame and put big Striped Bass in the net!

Striper Time with Lake Texoma Fishing Guide
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Lake Texoma Fishing Guide Captain John Blasingame discusses how to catch Striped Bass! Lake Texoma guided fishing trips with Captain John Blasingame are educational, exciting, and fun!
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