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rstevens

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Put in at Johnson Creek and trolled spots where we normally catch sand bass and sometimes stripers. Ended up with one small carp and 7 very small large mouth bass-largest probably a 1.5 pounder after 3.5 hours on the lake. One of the bass was so small I think he was trying to mate with the crank bait when we caught him. Quite a few boats out, I hope they did better.
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Texoma may take quit a while to recover from the flood. I fished up at 377 last week and didn't mark any shad balls or fish. Texoma at 377 is basically open water.  PK lost a lot of stripers but nothing like Texoma. At Pk, the water is completely full of bait. Apparently, stripers eat a lot because once they are gone the shad population explodes.

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Did PK do a creel study?  I hope he is wrong.  We ought to know in the next four weeks or so.

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No one did a study, I just fish the lake every week for the past few years. The water by the dam is empty of stripers hanging on the bottom like they used to be. The river below the dam is chock full of starving stripers that look like they have been in dachau prison. The ones I caught were in such poor shape I would not eat them. I gave them away.

The good news is that every little cove and inlet is plum full of threadfins. I see huge schools of gizard shad in the shallows in the clear water. Now that the big stripers are gone they are not nearly as spooky and you can get pretty close before they take off. There's lots of small 16 inch and smaller stripers that should grow very fast with all that bait. I was highly surprised to not see the same shad explosion in Texoma when I fished at 377.
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That is strange that there aren't a lot of shad up around 377.  Highport is much like what you describe, a lot of thread fins, some getting pretty good size, and gizzards there and around the islands.

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There is bait stacked EVERYWHERE around highport and sorrounding areas. I have to dissagree here. The lake is in a healing stage and from I have seen i think fishing in the future is going to be really good. Tons of bait! I have been catching a whole bunch of baby crappie in my castnet recently too. The other day I was catching netfulls of big 6-10' gizard shad stacked up next to the islands.
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I agree Budward!  Of course I am an eternal optimist.  I heard that a fishery biologist with a history on Lake Texoma predicts that things should start getting better soon! And you know what, if we are wrong and all the fish went over the damn there is not a thing we could have done about it!  God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change...............
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