Catch and Release Kills Stripers

There has been a low buzz heard around the lake recently regarding an article posted on a local web site regarding a study conducted at the Texas Tech Department of Range, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management. 

The study was undertaken to determine the mortality rates of striped bass that were caught and subsequently released and concluded that "Regardless of bait type, 29 percent of striped bass caught and released died within three days. But compared between bait types, it was higher for fish caught on live baits, 42 percent. For artificial baits mortality was a much lower 25 percent."

While we are in no way implying that we are an authority on the subject, we have done some research to give you some ideas of the opinions on both sides of this issue.  We researched the actual article, research some on the same issue in Maryland and pro and con debates from several other sources.

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Lake Texoma Fishing Tip

A tip from your friends at Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Blog —– Be sure to ask about lodging if you are planning on staying overnight at Lake Texoma before or after your fishing trip.  The better guide services will more often than not be able to get you a great deal at one of the marinas and resorts.

Winter Fishing

Word from several of the guides on Lake Texoma is that if you will brave the cold weather and have a little patience you will be rewarded. Doug Keeter of StriperMaster Guide Service  has reported fish up to 15 lbs over the last week.  Tinker’s Guide Service has had groups catching nice messes of Lake Texoma stripers with several fish in the 7-10 lb. range. 

If you have a fishing report or picture of your big fish, leave us a comment.  

Winter Fishing

The cooler water has made winter striper fishing hot.  We spoke with Doug Keeter of Stripermaster Guide Service yesterday.  Doug a full time guide on Lake Texoma reported that he has been catching limits of big stripers and returning several over the 20" length limit to grow even bigger.  He went on to say that his trips were hauling in several stripers in the 7-16 lb. range.  Doug fishes from Hiport Marina and is a fun and instructional guide. 

The Blog News

The Blog was down for some time, but we are back in business now.  With the drastic weather change we have been told by several guides that the stripers on Lake Texoma will be tearing it up.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to catch a limit of big stripers.  Contact a guide and they will be glad to give you more info on Lake Texoma Fishing conditions. 

Early Summer Fishing

Early summer fishing has been reported as very good.  Report are showing limits being caught on morning and afternoon trips.  If you are looking for a fun day fishing on Lake Texoma, contact a guide and prepare to enjoy yourself. 

Memorial Day 2006

Ragin Cajun on Lake Texoma
Off the fishing subject a little, but well worth the mention.
The American Legion Post on Lake Texoma hosted their 19th Annual Ragin Cajun over the Memorial Day Weekend and it was one fantastic event to attend. The event was to raise money for the local Boy Scouts to attend the Jamboree in Colorado.
They had it all, crawfish, jambalya, cold beverages, bands, vendors, games for the kids and lots of people having a great time.
If you are looking for a way to spend a fun day on Lake Texoma next year, remember to check them out. I hear that as next year is their 20th year it will be a blow-out so don’t miss it.
For more information you can visit their website at American Legion Post 231