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James

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Cooler water usually means better fishing. Fishing HAS gotten better but is still nothing like it normally is in November. Shad is everywhere and at least that part of the day is easy. One maybe two throws to keep a couple hundred baits. Im picking through them and making sure I have plenty of smaller Threads for the Sandies. Fishing is still tough as tough as I've ever seen for this time of year but it IS improving. This week, all of the boats out have caught a handful of Stripers per boat compared to only sand bass and catfish for a while.
If you in the right place at the right time, a massive school will run under you and you can get them pretty quick.
I continue to use live bait only but a few top water fish have been caught also.
My best day last week was 35 fat Stripers and my worst was 1. There are more slow days than good ones. Ive given my groups the chance to re-shedule and that means less time on the water, scouting new spots. These fish have been found almost everywhere on the lake and there really isnt a particular area or depth that produces better one day its shallow water in coves and the next, its ledges next to deep wayer We have some sand bass and catfish spots but if I go there, I've pretty much stopped trying for Stripers that day and I don't like that. It is what it is though and at some point even catfish is at least meat to take home.
Here are some facts.....
1. The lake still has a good number of fish in it and they are healthy.
2. We lost a good number through the dam. How many? Nobody knows.
3. Fishing has gotten better in the last two weeks and should improve even more, short term.
4. There is more bait than we've seen in recent memory.
5. The Sand Bass have made a dramatic comeback since the flood.
6. The catfishing has not suffered and if anything is better and will continue to do so.
7. Last Spring's Striper Spawn was a good one and those fish are gorging on the excess baits. They will grow at their maximum rate and should be keeper size by next Spring.
8. The Super El Niño is suppose to keep things wetter and warmer this Winter. Both are good and needed to let the lake "rest" for a few months and let the smaller Stripers grow.
9. Businessess continue to see effects of the flood and need your continued support. Even more so through the winter months that are typically slower anyways.
10. THE LAKE WILL RECOVER. She always has before. Let's remember all of the other doom and gloom events (zebra mussels, blue green algae, record droughts, record floods, golden algae, bait kills, fish kills, high gas prices etc.) She got through those, She will get through this and She will get through the next "thing"
Stay positive, post your reports, support lake businessess and this site. Be safe!

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Great report James!  I think you are spot on with your analysis.  Tell Shawn high for me!
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I've had days when all we caught were small ones (or none)
I've had days with nothing but sand bass and catfish.
I've had days with just a hand full of Stripers and I've had days when we get a box full.
They are scattered but there. Somewhere.

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Thanks James the last few years has been hard on Business at the Lake they need everyone support.
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Scotty

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Thanks for the report James! Hope it keeps improving! 
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Thanks for the report James, here's to better days for Texoma
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Thanks for the report. Glad to see it's not as bad as originally reported.
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Excellent words James!!
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I think you are right on James.  Except for the striper fishing, everything else is as good or better than its been in awhile.  Catfishing has been excellent and so has the bass fishing.  The backs of every little cove is full of small sand bass,  and most any windblown point has quite a few really nice ones.  Also its not like there are NO stripers.  Better catches are starting to happen with the cooler water and I think will get better.  A good population of what must be last springs spawn and they all have a gazillion shad and ghost minnows to feed on. This summer was a killer for guides and business around the lake and I sure feel for those folks. I hope all can hang in there because the future looks really good and I think sooner rather than later.  Good luck and good fishing to you sir. Everyone on this site knows how hard you work to make your clients happy,.
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Nice report.
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