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Striper action heating up on Lake Texoma

Summer has arrived and one of the top fishing adventures in Oklahoma is a trip to Lake Texoma for striped bass.

The striper fishing on the lake that straddles the Oklahoma-Texas state line has been down in recent years.

Lake Texoma is rebounding from a devastating flood two years ago and four previous years of drought-like conditions that resulted in poor striped bass reproduction, said Cliff Sager, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's fisheries biologist for the south-central region.

Good spawns the past two years has produced a lot of fish and bodes well for the future, Sager said.

“It's going to take some time to recover,” he said.

In the meantime, anglers are still enjoying a lot of striped bass action on the lake by catching numerous small fish along with an occasional big one, he said.

“Just about everywhere you go, people are catching fish,” Sager said. “There's definitely hundred fish trips going on. A lot of little fish with some big ones mixed in, but not near as many big ones. The topwater bite is just starting to pick up.”

Numerous fishing guides operate on Lake Texoma for striper fishing.

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›

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