Lake Texoma Spring Fishing Report USA

Lake Texoma Spring Fishing Report
May 29, 2005
The morning started out at 66 degrees on Lake Texoma. It was overcast with a 6 mph south wind. Sunrise was at 6:17. Sunset will be 8:30. There will be 15 hours and 10 minutes of visible daylight. The forecast thru Wednesday is for highs around 80 and the lows in the middle 60s. There is a chance for scattered thunderstorms.

The lake is very low with the water pool level at 612.25. The water temperature has climbed to 69 degrees and the lake is clear to two feet on the main body of water. The generating schedule is for one unit 5:00 to 10:00 PM.

Departure time for you fishing trip this time of the year is an easy decision. The stripers are biting all day long. Afternoon fishing has been super for striper during the full moon. The next full moon will be on June 21st, so make your plans now for a great afternoon fishing trip that week. With all the early morning thunderstorms, many anglers have preferred later departures. You will be on the lake late when fishing in the afternoon. You may want to make plans to stay overnight on the lake to avoid a late night drive home.

May Review:
Anglers have had to overcome several unusual fishing conditions for May on Lake Texoma. There has been over 10 days of north and northeast winds, the lake is five feet low and we had over fourteen days of scattered showers and thunderstorms. On the bright side, the stripers have completed their annual spring spawn and their bellies are empty and they are in a feeding frenzy. The frequent showers have kept the temperatures very comfortable and the water temperature below seventy degrees.

Rainfall in April this year was 3.1 inches compared to 4.27 inches in April last year. Rainfall in May has been 1.96 inches compared to .7 inch in May last year. The lake level is five feet low compared to only one foot low in May last year. The water temperature is three degrees cooler than last May.

The changing conditions in May have kept the stripers moving. In early May most of the fish were being caught from North Island to Washita Point. The topwater action got real good for about ten days along rocky banks. When the showers and north winds started midway into the month the silversides moved into the deep water along the river channels and into the main body of the lake. Now that the stripers have adjusted to the north winds, they are getting back into the twenty to thirty-five feet water along the west bank, along the bluffs on the east side of the main lake and along the rocks at the dam. More topwater action should start up soon.

May Highlights:

Because of the space allowed for this article, I was not able to include everyone that had great fishing trips with us during May. I mentioned small and large groups, striper and catfish trips, morning and afternoon trips and each of our guides. To see pictures of the many stripers and catfish caught this month go to l

May 1, the Steve Sells party of four from Lawton, OK landed a limit of stripers to six pounds and three catfish to ten pounds fishing with guide Roger Hill.

May 6, Tommy Harris from Cedar Hill, TX and his party of four brought forty stripers to eight pounds to the cleaning table fishing with guide David Escamilla.

May 7, guide Greg Foster took Josh and John Womack from Wichita, KS out on an afternoon fishing trip. They boated twenty stripers to seven pounds and a three pound blue catfish.

May 11, Highland Homes, Dallas, TX fished four boats with guides Mike Blakely, Greg Foster, Mark Banister, Jr. and Tinker Toney. They boated 130 stripers and several catfish.

May14, Chad & Jourdan Erickson from Corinth, TX and Jack Clifford from Forsyth, MT caught thirty stripers with guide David Pineda on an afternoon fishing trip.

May 16, guide Mike Blakely took the Dale Weeden family out on and early morning trip. They boated forty stripers to six pounds.

May 17, Karen Bardwell from Pottsboro, TX, J. J. Bird from Gun Barrell City, TX and Dean Webb from Pottsboro went catfishing with guide Tinker Toney. They brought thirty-seven of the sixty-seven blue catfish caught to the cleaning table. The three also had five nice stripers.

May 17, Robert Zickefoose and Wayne Hanna from Shawnee, KS checked in and fished four days with guide Greg Foster and one day with guide Roger Hill. The two caught and released over their limit of stripers each day they fished.

May 20, Ron Baker from Norman, OK brought a group of five to fish two days. The group brought one hundred silversides to the cleaning table. Their big fish was seven pounds fishing with guide David Escamilla.

May 20, Red River airboat guide Norman O’Neal carried a couple out for a catfishing adventure. They caught several catfish over twenty pounds with the largest being over sixty pounds.

May 23, Leon Sievers from Topeka, KS brought a group of eight to fish Lake Texoma for two days. Fishing with guides Greg Foster and Mike Blakely the first day and guides David Escamilla and Mike Blakely the second day, the group boated over160 stripers with several in the five to eight pound range.

May 28, guide David Escamilla took the Eric Vega family from Amarillo, TX out around 10:00 am for a fast day of striper fishing. The group of eight had boated eighty stripers and was back at the dock by 2:00 pm.

June Outlook:
Going into June with the water temperature less than 70 degrees with rising water is a sure sign of great fishing for the coming month.

The stripers will be feeding on spawning shad around the rocky shorelines, boathouses, tire barriers and sandy points. Structure fishing along the river banks and deep water humps will produce many double digit silversides.

Later in June the main lake will have large schools of stripers in search of shad in open waters. These large schools can be found from the dam west to Eisenhower Marina and north to Washita Point every day.

They will surface during the morning until the sun comes through the early clouds. Topwater lures, slabs and live shad will all land you many fish.

The blue catfish are very plentiful on the Mill Creek Flats, north of the Islands, Oklahoma Flats and the Table Top. Catching large blue catfish, up to 70 pounds, from an airboat in the tailrace of the Denison Dam is always great in May and June.

Go to and read testimonials sent in by our customers and see pictures of the fish they caught during the past four years. Links to both are on the right side of my home page.

For more info please call us toll free at 1-888-TINKERS (888-846-5377) or email us at

Our guides furnish tackle, bait and friendly instruction for you and your children. Tinker’s private boathouses are always available for our customers to fish for catfish, striper, perch, crappie and bass before or after the guided trip. Everything is furnished except food, drinks, licenses and rain gear.

Our rooms are comfortable, clean and fully furnished with private baths. All types of outside cooking facilities are available. The newly enlarged and remodeled game room has pool, card and domino tables, plus dart boards, washer boards, stereo and TVs with DVD, CD, VCR and surround sound.

We hope to see you soon, Brenda, Tinker, Allan & all the guides.

Reported by Jean Tinker Toney, Tinker’s Striper Guide Service, 228 Ila Drive, Pottsboro, TX 75076

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