Cross Creek January Fishing Report

Last year was a good year with the exception of the flooding and having to cancel trips because of a fall I took, but I am ready to return and guide again. Wanting a nice charter with an experienced guide, please call, or email promptly to insure a good date. Check my web site for some photos of the flood of 2007, to show what most of the guides had to contend with! We were fishing in trees from submerged campgrounds, picking customers up off banks, taxi to and from our boats, but the stripers did not know it, as they were biting good, mostly on artificial bait. Enjoy the pictures and call for Spring Specials, and booking starting for this year. "JD"

For the Kids Toy Run

"FOR THE KIDS 13th Annual Toy Run"

is an annual event held in the Sherman/Denison area of north Texas by a group of motorcyclists, custom car enthusiasts, local law enforcement, and many others who call themselves "Big Kids Helping Little Kids".

Their sole purpose is to ensure every child has a

The Salvation Army is the beneficiary of all donations.

This year's Toy Run starts at Red River Autoplex at Sunday December 2 at 1pm.  Signup starts at 10am.  Entry fee is a new unwrapped toy and 2 can goods or a minimum $10 donation.

More information can be found on the "For The Kids" website.

Red River Fishing better than the Lake Texoma fishing?

We recently came across and article from one of Lake Texoma's guides.  This article published on the Fort Worth Star Telegram web site at related that the fishing on Lake Texoma basically sucked while the fishing on the River was fabulous.

We at are not guides.  We do however, know many guides who fish from the Little Mineral of Lake Texoma and from the Highport Marina side of the lake.  We saw this article around the middle of last week.  It had been published on October 28th.

We were surprised at the section that reads……..

"Anglers in the know are racing to the tailrace in the Red River below the dam of the Texas-Oklahoma border lake.

"The fish in the river are in much better shape than the fish in the lake," fishing guide Steve Barnes said. "The river fish are fat and healthy in all sizes, whereas the fish in the lake are healthy in the 8- to 16-inch class, but the fish over 20 inches are so poor that you can't get a fillet off the side of them. And they have little fight when you catch them.

"Texoma is a great lake, but, just like the river, it has its good times and its bad times, depending on water levels and quality. Right now, the lake is the worst I have seen it in five years, and the river is the best I have seen it in five years."

Tinker's Striper Guide Service

We have been out on the lake two times in the week prior to the 28th and once this past week.  On all three occasions we have flat not seen the dismal conditions reported by Mr. Barnes.  We have caught several good sized fish in the 5-9 lb. range.  The fish we caught were by no means "so poor that you can't get a fillet off the side of them." 

Striper fishing on lake texoma

We were wondering if we were just that good or lucky to be in the opposing predicament Steve reported to be in so we asked some of the guides we know what the the size and condition of the stripers fish they were catching was.  All reported that the fish are of good size and in good health, many fat bellied.  

The bigger fish we caught on shad hit and fought hard, just the opposite of "And they have little fight when you catch them.", that Mr. Barnes reports.    Again we asked our guide friends and they confirm what we personally saw.

There is much head scratching going on as to why this report was so negative to the lake fishing.  We have no vested interest in the debate, other than knowing where we like to go fish to put fish on our plate and a desire to provide our readers as much good information on Lake Texoma stripers as we can.  We visited Mr. Barnes web site and saw that he does do a lot of airboat fishing on the red River.

We are not here to make any assumptions of the motives.  We just think it benefits the fishermen who are considering fishing for stripers on Lake Texoma to be given the most up todate correct conditions of the fishing on Lake Texoma.  We think that this gives prospective texoma anglers another tool to help them when they are thinking or planning a striper fishing trip on Lake Texoma.   



Sunday Tips

The fishing is very good on Lake Texoma and the temptation to take an undue advantage can get you in some legal tangles.

Tip 1:  We were visiting a local watering hole over the weekend and listened to a story of some fishermen who got nabbed for having more than 2 over 20 inch long stripers in their possession.  Right now, when you find them, you often get more than the 2 allotted 20 + inchers.  Don't let the temptation to keep them get to you as these unfortunate guys did.  The Game Wardens were actually pretty lenient on them and only hot them with citations for two over 20 inch fish apiece, word was they had 16 or 17 on their possession.   At $150 a fish the fine can add up quickly and the Game Wardens can confiscate your boat and equipment if they think you are not being honest with them.  Some guides will let you fall in this trap and you need to remember that you too will be held liable if caught.  So with fewer numbers of boats on the water, your chances of being checked may be higher.

Tip 2:  as you know most at most ramps and marinas you will see signs saying "No Launch", No Tresspassing", etc.  They ramp/marina owners aren't kidding.  You can get ticketed/arrested for tresspassing if you choose to sneak around them.  Really not worth the effort.

Guaranteed Fish

A question was recently sent to us regarding the use of the sales pitch used by some of Lake Texoma striper guides guaranteeing that you will catch Fish.  Do a search on Google for "Lake Texoma striper fishing guide" and then look at the Sponsored Links and visit their web sites you will often find phrases such as:
*   "Guaranties fish or your next trip is free"
*   "Guaranteed Catch"
*   "Catch fish or your money back"
*   "We catch fish. Guaranteed"

Before you book a trip ensure you are getting what you want to have a fun fulled day fishing.  Ask questions such as "What does Guarantee to catch Fish" mean. 

Not to say that these guides aren't very good guides and that you won't catch fish, but….. fish is used as the singular and plural tenses. "Yooohooo, I caught a fish.",  "We caught a box full of fish". 

We have heard reports of guides on bad fishing days, holding customers to the guarantee once they caught "ONE" fish. 

We also know of some guides that are true to their word and will take you out another time if fishing is so bad you spend 5-6 hours to catch 3-4 fish.  Some guides also will refish you for a reduced price.

Another area to ask about is the time you are allotted to fish.  Most guides specify this on their web sites and will tell you if asked.  Ask what happens should you catch your limit in an hour and you would like to fish some more.  Some will wisk you immediately back to the marina, others will take you catfishing, etc.  Once you have caught your limit of stripers you can't keep fishing for them, but there are alternatives.  

Take your time and look at several of the guide's web sites , don't be afraid to go 2-3  pages deep in the search.  There are numerous guides that don't do the Sponsored Link program that are excellent guides but for one reason or another choose not to advertise as a Sponsored Link

Remember you are the customer and as any other purchase you make, know what you are getting before you get in the boat.

Cross Creek Fishing Report 7/13/07

Fishing report Mid July:   Well we have been out of business for a couple weeks because of flooding,  and unable to get electricity to boathouses and cabins at Little Mineral.   We have had some sparing times at fishing,  and getting good results,  lots of fish fast,  and also fish in the 17-18 pounds.   The marina has opened back up.  

Visit JD's website at for more info and available dates.


Local Benefit Sunday Aril 22, 2007

If you are around Lake Texoma this coming weekend, please consider stopping by Anchor Up Bar & Grill on Highport Rd. from Noon til 6:00 pm and donating a little to the Benefit for Paul Boatright.  Paul is a local resident who had a very bad motorcycle accident and has been in Parkland Hospital the past three weeks. 

They have a lot of activities going on such as a Horseshoe Tournament, Live and silent Auctions, Live Music and they are Roasting a Pig.  

If you have some spare time on Sunday, come enjoy the company of a lot of the local community, enjoy the activities and help out a family in dire need.