Lake Texoma is Open for Business

Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum will address the media at a news conference on Wednesday, February 1, at 10 a.m. at the Grayson County Courthouse in the east courtroom located on the second floor. He is scheduled to provide recent test results on the decline in levels of blue-green algae in Lake Texoma.
Joining Bynum will be John Teel, Grayson County Health Department Director, and others who will deliver brief remarks and respond to questions.

“We want to share some good news with the public,” Bynum said. “We’ve enjoyed some significant rainfall which has raised the water level at Lake Texoma. Blue-green algae levels have significantly improved and Lake Texoma is open for business!”

Despite higher than normal indications of blue-green algae cell counts last summer, the latest data from January 11th indicated improvement in several reporting stations and no stations reported areas that would prohibit water contact.

The Grayson County Health Department reported no incidences of anyone becoming ill from exposure to Lake Texoma water even when the algae levels were at their highest; data that prompted advisories from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “We believe the lake is safe for water activities, fishing is great, marinas and businesses are open,” Bynum continued.

According to Bynum, some people became overly alarmed by the media reports. He said that even members of the scientific community often agree that the data can be
subjective and that there are no readily available clear definitions of what the advisories mean for the public.

“The fact is, the sky is not falling!” Bynum said.

According to a fact sheet distributed by the Lake Texoma Association, blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is a naturally occurring algae that thrives in waters with little inflow and high temperatures, such as Lake Texoma experienced last summer. The information also states that the organism is a natural part of a water-based eco-system found in almost every aquatic habitat on earth.
Business owners around the lake are eager to welcome visitors back to Lake Texoma. The economic impact from last summer’s media focus on the presence of blue-green algae was significant after some people elected to postpone their lake vacation plans.

“The Grayson County Health Department desires to provide Lake Texoma patrons with the latest scientifically valid information,” said John Teel, Grayson County Health Department Director. “We believe that at current levels, any health risk from contact with Lake Texoma water is low to very low, but worthy of long-term monitoring.”

The public is invited to attend the news conference. For more information on Lake Texoma conditions visit the Corps of Engineers website at www.swt.usace.army.mil/ or the news conference, call Marsha Coleman at 903-462-7803 or Michael Tucker at 405-831-5866.

Striper Master Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Report 11/11/2011

With the high temperatures and the blue/green algae problem, September was not a very good month for us on Lake Texoma. As we moved into October the fishing really picked up. We started the first Saturday in October with our yearly Great White Hunt Trip. We had 160 anglers,3 6 guides, a catering service for the fish fry and alot of great help. Thanks to everyone who participated, it was a huge success. Our Lake Texoma water temperature is 67 degrees lake elevation is 609.85 (7.33 low).
 

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Blue-Green Algae Warning Prohibits Swimming in Lake Texoma

Last Friday The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Tulsa District issued an advisory for all of Lake Texoma for Blue-green algae.

The Corps of Engineers’ Press release states. “TULSA– In order to provide members of the public the latest information available so that so that they are able to make informed decisions, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District, has once again updated the blue-green algae matrix. (The latest version is incorporated in this document.) The Treasure Island portion of Lake Texoma west to the mouth of the Red River including Buncombe Creek and Big Mineral Arms is now under a WARNING and water contact is prohibited. Corps? recreation areas included in the WARNING area include Caney Creek, Buncombe Creek, and Juniper Point. The parks are still open to camping, however, at the WARNING level, harmful algae have been found to be present, and the water is considered unsafe for people and pets. Also, Lake Texoma is now under lake-wide blue – green algae ADIVSORY. At the ADVISORY level, water contact is discouraged and water may be unsafe for people and pets.

Blue-green algae are naturally present in Tulsa District lakes at low concentrations, however, during hot and dry conditions, nuisance blue-green algae blooms can occur and these blooms can create unwanted risks associated with swimming and wading at recreational areas. A blue-green algae bloom can occur in any lake at any time if the conditions are right.

Fish caught in the lake are ok to eat and anglers should rinse their catch with clean water before handling and eat only the fillets.

Yesterday the Corps of Engineers expanded the warning. ALL of Lake Texoma is now under a blue-green algae WARNING, and water contact is PROHIBITED. At the WARNING level, harmful algae are present, and the water is considered unsafe for people and pets.

For more information and to keep updated visit the
Corps of Engineers’ website
.

Striper Master Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Report 8/18/2011

Lake Texoma elevation is 611.90 over 5 feet low and our water tempter is at 88 degrees. The stripers on Lake Texoma continue to work the surface chasing shad but from what I've seen this past week the size these topwater fish are tending to be smaller. As far as the slab runs they are steadily producing good fish daily. The stripers are running the ledges related to the flats in the 30-40 feet of water.

 

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Striper Master Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Report 7/17/2011

Lake Texoma elevation is 613.84 and the water temperature is 86 degrees. Over this past week we've seen alot more Lake Texoma stripers feeding on the surface. Most days the top water action is short lived and then the striper schools move and may pop up further down the lake. We have had a couple days that the stripers stayed on the surface feeding for a good 20 minutes or so and that was with at least 60 or so boats pushing them hard. As of last week I have taken the bait tank out of my boat and am now fishing exclusively topwater and slabs. My topwater choice at this time is actually a swim bait (cojo minnow) and my choice of slab is a 1 1/2 or 2 oz chartreuse and white TNT 180.   

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Top Water Fishing on Lake Texoma

We received an inquiry on the status of the top water action on Lake Texoma.  Usually July heralds some fantastic top water fishing on Lake Texoma.  Last year was an exception with the bait fish die off, but this year is beginning to look promising.   As of now, we hear that there is still plenty of bait fish and the stripers are still deep enough that the top water action is sporadic at best.  We have heard stories of schools hitting top, but the action doesn't last long at all.  With the water temp rising the oxygen levels in the lake should force the bait fish up which the stripers will follow and the top water action will be on.  Stay tuned.

Striper Master Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Report 7/7/2011

Lake Texoma elevation is 614.64 and our water temperature is 81 degrees. We are starting to see more larger stripers this past two weeks as they start to make their deep water runs on the south end of the lake. The stripers are still in the 65-75 foot water and moving fast but we have seen fish in the 11-18 lb range occasionally with alot of 2-4 lb fish. Limits of these good stripers is still hit and miss and it has been an early bite.

 

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StripersInc Lake Texoma Fishing Report 6/30/2011

The striper fishing on Lake Texoma is not what it used to be last year and years past, but it is still better than any other striper lake in the world. We may not be catching our limits everyday while some days are tougher than others but we are still catching fish on every trip and sending our customers happy. On a good day you can expect 30-40 fish, maybe more, and on a bad day we’re catching 10-20 fish. Most of the fish we are catching are in the 2-4 pound range but here and there we are seeing 10-14 pound fish coming in.

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Striper Master Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Report 6/8/2011

Lake Texoma elevation is 615.98 and water temp is 74 degrees.This past week our striper fishing has improved considerably. The stripers on Lake Texoma are stacked in the deep water( 65-75ft). Live bait has been lethal. Up until this past week limits of good stripers have been hard to come by daily. This past few days fast limits and really nice stripers in the 17-24" range are plentiful.Were still catching allot of male fish with a few females mixed in and they are still on the spawn.A couple more weeks and the spawn should be completely finished and the striper fishing will only continue to get hotter.So if you've waited to book you Lake Texoma striper trip now is definitely the time to start making plans to come out and striper fish beautiful Lake Texoma.
 

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StripersInc Lake Texoma Fishing Report

May is traditionally one of the best months of the year for catching lots of stripers, but for whatever reason, this year, May was tough fishing here on Lake Texoma. You could find lots of fish but they were just in a bad mood and wouldn’t want to feed. You might catch one or two fish before they would leave and you would have to look for another school. The good news is that the fish got over their funk and the last few days have been great fishing. We are finally starting to pull limits consistently morning and evening, as it should be for this time of year, with a big fish thrown in here and there for good measure.

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