A Lake for All Seasons
When it comes to Lake Texoma located on the Texas/Oklahoma border, Lake Texoma's 89,000 acres sprawl into both states although most of the lake is within Oklahoma borders. One of the largest reservoirs in the U.S., Texoma was formed in 1944 with the ccmpletion of the Denison Dam. Lake Texoma is fed by the Red River and the Washita River along with several creeks, including Rock Creek, Glasses Creek, Little Mineral Creek, Big Mineral Creek and Buncombe Creek. The lake gets millions of visitors annually, who come for the natural beauty and the great recreational opportunities. The shores boast campgrounds, resorts, wildlife refuges, marinas, and state parks with lots of opportunities from sailing, jet skiing, water skiing, windsurfing and power boating. One of the most popular activities in the area, however, is Lake Texoma fishing and Lake Texoma fishing guides stay busy.
Fishing is good all year in Texoma, depending on which species you're after. The lake is home to more than seventy species of fish. In addition to striped bass, some of the most popular species with anglers include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, spotted bass, black and white crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, warmoutth perch, blue catfish, flathead catfish, and channel catfish. The record's lake for largemouth bass is 11.82 pounds and the heftiest smallie landed was a 7.06 pound fish. Some of the lakes catfish are real monsters. In 2004, a blue catfish was pulled from the lake weighing 121.5 pounds.
If you're interested into angling for rough fish, Lake Texoma has plenty of those too. These include three species of Buffalo, two species of carp, and freshwater drum. The three species of gar in the lake include the alligator gar, which can be of monstrous proportions. The lake record weighed 77.5 pounds and measured 73 inches long. That's over six feet long.
The most sought after fish in the reservoir, however, is the striped bass, or 'striper'. These fish have made themselves perfectly at home in Lake Texoma since they were introduced in the sixties. The striper population is healthy, and they have plenty of food in the lake mainly threadfin and gizzard shad. The largest striped bass ever recorded here was a 35.12 pound specimen that was landed in 1984, and 20 pounders are not at all uncommon.
Lake Texoma fishing guides have a wide range of angling opportunities, strategies, and methods they can use. In different areas of the lake, you'll find different fish habitats, including gravel bottoms, high water, clarity, cool streams, open water, uninhabited islands, tailwaters below the dam, and miles and miles of shoreline. They are also plenty of submerged brush piles, along with deep pools, timber stands, rocks, boulders, coves, and sandy shallows. Lake Texoma is a paradise for fish, which makes it a paradise for fisherman too. Fashioned but excellent remedy for sea sickness.