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2009-08-27 / Sports

Great Topwater Fishing Action at Lake Texoma

by Brian Prichard

Fall fishing is awesome on Texoma and now is the time to reserve your fall trip. Catching 10 pound fish on topwaters is a common occurrence from September through the end of October and the bait fishing is as good as it gets. A typical fall trip will involve catching our big fish on topwaters at first light and switching to bait to finish up our limit after the topwater bite is over. Cold fronts will produce the best topwater fishing as fish become more active in the cooling water temperatures.

Currently Lake Texoma elevation is normal at 617 and the water temperature is 83°. Fishing is steadily getting better with the cooling water temperatures. Fish are concentrated in the shallow flats and on the river ledges. My fish have been comming off topwater at daylight and on bait later in the moning. With bait, fishing on anchor in 30ft on a flat or 45ft on a ledge seems to be working best.

Wed Aug 19: Lake Texoma came alive with big stripers blowing up on the surface today. It was the best topwater experience I have had all summer long. I had five people with two cute little girls today. The fish stayed on top for two hours and didn't go down. There were five - six other boats chasing them but it didn't seem to matter. They were gong crazy! I would pull up to a school, cast out five rods and have five fish on as soon at they hit the water. They really kept me busy today casting three of the five rods and taking all of the fish off the hooks, I could barely keep up with all of the chaos. The topwater bite subsided around 9 a.m. and we had 33 fish in the box, all good fish, and threw back several over 20". We then threw an anchor just off of a near by ledge in 40ft and started catching them off of bait. Most of the fish on bait were over 20". Around 10 a.m. the fishing slowed and the girls decided it was time to go in with a few fish shy of our 50 fish limit. What an incredible topwater day on Texoma!

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