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At Lake Texoma and on Red River, striper action is heating up

A wet spring should help, says Red River striper guide Norman O-Neal.
by Ed Godfrey Published: May 12, 2012

photo - Striper anglers try their luck in the early morning hours as the sun rises over Lake Texoma. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman Archive
Striper anglers try their luck in the early morning hours as the sun rises over Lake Texoma. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman Archive

May is usually one of the best months to plan a trip to Lake Texoma because the top water action is usually at its best.

“Striped bass fishing has been very good on Texoma for the past month,” said Matt Mauck, south-central fisheries supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

“Threadfin shad have been spawning heavily on shallow wind-swept banks, attracting striped bass and white bass into shallow water.

“Morning fishing has been the most productive, however there have been several positive evening reports as well. Anglers are doing well on topwater and swim baits as well as with live bait in deeper water.”

Below the Lake Texoma Dam near Denison, Texas, Red River striper guide Norman O'Neal said the fishing on the river has been the best it's been in several years, with limits being reached in less than an hour.

“Unfortunately, I haven't landed any monster fish as of yet, but limits in the 8 to 14 pound range has been pretty common every day,” O'Neal said.

“I'm finding the fish stacked up in deep holes up to 10 miles from the dam and have been killing them on 6 to 8 inch gizzard shad.”

O'Neal, who pilots an airboat to travel the shallow areas on the Red River, said the striper fishing the last couple of years on the river had fallen off because of the drought.

“With no water being ran (from the dam), the fish never were able to make it back up for the spawn,” he said.

“With the welcome rains this year, and the prior generation around the clock, it has brought fish from many miles up closer to the dam.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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