Lake Texoma Bass Fishing Report August 29, 2001

Striper Fishing On Lake Texoma Wednesday, August 29, 2001. Lake level: 612.22. Water Temperature: 82 degrees. Water clarity: Clear. Generation: 3:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Weather: low 68 / high 84 / sunny with a light wind. Fishing time: 7:00 a.m. till 9:30 a.m. Captains Joe Grigar and Dan Barnett left the dock at 7:00 a.m. with six fishermen. By 9:30 they had caught over 120 silversides, releasing several fish. Both boats fished the Oklahoma Flats area using live shad. Everyone enjoyed catching the large numbers of fish. As you can see in the pictures, the silversides are beginning to show stress from the hot summer water. They are very skinny. It is the norm to catch short fish in the summer months. It is common for the larger fish to be stressed in late summer, but the small guys are usually very fat and healthy. The shortage of threadfin shad this year could very well be the cause. A new spawn of shad is being seen in the shallow water around the banks and boat docks. They grow very fast and as soon as they make it toward the main lake everything should turn around and we will start catching the twenty+ inch silversides that Lake Texoma is popular for. As the surface water cools down from the last few rains the lunkers will start feeding soon. Topwater action is still good for about an hour of good lure fishing in the mornings before the sun runs the fish to deeper water. Warning!!! Be careful!!! The lake is still very low and still dropping. Always practice safe boating. If you see another boater stranded, please lend a hand to help. Report submitted by: Tinker’s Striper Guide Service, http://www.tinker.net To see pictures go to: http://www.tinker.net/fishpics14.html Black bass are good on plastics and topwaters. Windy points, floating structure and visible or deeper brush piles are all holding fish. Smallmouth are good to very good on spinners and cranks on rocky shorelines close to deep water. Catfish are fair to good in deep water on shad or prepared bait. Crappie are good in brush and baited holes. Report submitted by professional guide J. B. Webb To be removed from Report List, reply with remove in the subject line.

Water Temp: 82

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