Lake Texoma Striper Guides
As Lake Texoma striper guides, my son Chris Carey and I create striper fishing FUN on Lake Texoma by using Topwater Striper Fishing Lures.
We actively seek our prey, moving frequently to find striped bass feeding at the surface. You’ll See the Strike and Watch the Fight all the way To the Net!
You Will catch stripers, we’ll teach you how! Do we guarantee fish? Lake Texoma has the world’s biggest striper spawn, GOD guarantees fish…
We Guarantee EXCITEMENT!
NOTE: Topwater lure striper fishing is DEFINITELY NOT your dad’s old-style, bottom-bumping, bait-drowning, sit-still-in-a-boat, hoping-for-a-BITE fishing! – Bill Carey
VICIOUS BITES AND EXTREME FIGHTS – LAKE TEXOMA STRIPER FISHING!
Experienced anglers report phenomenal catches from our guided Lake Texoma fishing trips. Novices can quickly learn our way of striper fishing. They land bass in numbers they could never attain anywhere else in the U.S.
STRIPER FISHING FAMILY FUN FOR CHILDREN
Our striper guides provide awesome fishing experiences for families with children, for groups of sportsmen, for experts and for neophytes. Bill Carey and son Chris Carey provide friendly and professional guide service all the year around
GROUPS, TEAM-BUILDING and CORPORATE EVENTS
Our four-boat fleet, captained by long-experienced Lake Texoma fishing guides, provide complete reliability and flexibility for every size group. Corporate events and team-building outings of up to sixty persons can be easily and professionally accommodated. Weigh-ins, awards presentations, catered group meals, lodging and even chartered buses can be included.
STRIPER FISHING WITH US MEANS SUCCESS
Lake Texoma is the striper fishing capitol of the U.S., boasting the best documented spawn and the highest angler success rate for striped bass in freshwater. Add the legendary expertise of Striper Express fishing guides and you’ll easily fill your 10-fish limit.
LAKE TEXOMA STRIPER GUIDES CREATE EXCITEMENT
Top-water lures, hungry striped bass and StriperExpress guides – truly your fishing dream come true! For information about current conditions, best fishing areas and tips on lures that are working now provided by Lake Texoma fishing guides Bill and Chris Carey click on Lake Texoma Fishing Report.
NOTE: Unlike some, we won’t bottom-fish you with live bait for an hour
and then NASCAR your butt back to the dock! – Bill Carey
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Lake Texoma Striper Guide FAQs
As a Lake Texoma Striper Guide for over thirty years, I’ve been asked every possible question. Here you will find answers to the most common ones:
Tell me about the fishing.
The lake has many species of fish, but most fishermen opt for our specialty – the fantastic striper fishing on Lake Texoma. Known as the striped bass capitol of the U.S., Texoma boasts the most productive natural reproduction of striped bass, and perhaps the highest success rate for anglers in fresh water – you will catch fish!
Where is Lake Texoma?
Lake Texoma forms part of the Oklahoma – Texas border. It is just 90-minutes by car due north of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, and, 2½ hours southeast of Oklahoma City. There is a local regional airport for those with planes, and we can arrange chartered buses for large groups.
How do I plan my guided fishing charter?
You can inquire about your date by submitting a form, or calling us. With our boat fleet we can accommodate most large group fishing charters. If you choose to go fishing on a weekend, we recommend you begin planning well in advance.
Planning a visit during the Topwater Bite? You may already be too late. I’m serious, many of our clients book a year in advance – check availability here.
Weekdays are more flexible for availability at any time of year, especially for large group outings.
Would this be fun for my family?
Absolutely, we are big on kids. The overall outdoor adventure of being on the water and catching hungry fish will be etched in their memory forever. We often hear the kids ask, “When can we come back?”
What should I bring?
We supply all tackle, lures and safety equipment. We clean, filet, and bag your catch – and we improve the taste of your fish by very carefully removing all the redline. You should bring 2 coolers, one for your catch and one for your own drinks and snacks. Do bring suntan lotion if your skin is sensitive. And of course bring your camera!
YOU WILL ALSO NEED A LAKE TEXOMA FISHING LICENSE!
A $12 Lake Texoma-specific license is required for anyone 17 years and older. Getting caught without one will ruin your entire day!
They are available from Walmart and from sporting goods retailers everywhere in Texas.
Don’t get talked into paying more than $12 for your license by an unknowing store clerk somewhere. You should buy this one: “208 Lake Texoma Fishing”. It covers both Texas and Oklahoma portions of the lake, is good for a full year and expires on December 31st.
PURCHASE ONLINE: To purchase your #208 license online from the State of Texas click here.
LAST CHANCE LICENSE PURCHASE OPTION: If you have arrived at our dock without a license you can still purchase it by phone Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm Central Time.
Call toll free (800) 895-4248 . Have a credit card handy.
Where do I board our boat?
Our boats are berthed on the Texas side of the lake. Here is where you will board yours:
LAUNCH POINT FOR STRIPER EXPRESS
Mill Creek Marina Boathouse #3
512 Mill Creek Resort Road
Pottsboro, TX 75076 (Map)
Will I need Lodging?
Half of our guests drive in for a “daycation”. Others prefer lodging. We can offer you a 4-star resort or a selection of lake homes and some great cabins (check out our Big Fish Special).
Can Striper Express accommodate large groups?
The short answer is Yes! We have created striper fishing excitement for 3 decades. Whether a corporate outing, church group or family reunion, we provide complete reliability and flexibility for every sized group. With proper notice we can accommodate groups of 60 people or so, even providing chartered bus service.
Our boats are each captained by a professional Lake Texoma Striper Guide who understands your needs and will take care of the details. All you have to do is show up.
And remember, We Guarantee Excitement!
Lake Texoma’s Topwater Striper Action is Hotter than a Firecracker*
by Greg Berlocher
THE SHINY PLUG SAILED THROUGH THE THIN, GRAY light and landed with a loud, awkward splat. After the lure enjoyed a moment of repose, I began my retrieve.
The lure’s concave mouth found purchase in the chop, spitting water with every twitch of the rod tip. As the lure chugged its way back to the boat, a violent explosion shattered the pre-dawn tranquility.
Water frothed as a hungry striped bass detonated on the weaving surface plug. Cranking down quickly to remove any slack, I set the hook and was fast to a large fish.
The lure’s rear treble hook was pinned solidly in the fish’s jaw, and the angry striper surged for the Oklahoma border. My graphite rod bowed deep into its backbone, and I took note of the rapidly diminishing diameter of the spool as my drag gave up line at an alarming rate.
The streaking torpedo eventually slowed and a game of tug-of-war broke out. Continued pressure took its toll on the fish, and eventually 7.5 pounds of striped explosives slid to hand.
Lake Texoma is blessed with a naturally spawning population of striped bass, and the lake is one of the top striper fisheries in the United States. The state record, caught by Terry Harber in 1984, tipped the scales at 35.12 pounds.
Morone saxatilis is a handsome fish, featuring a streamlined silver body and marked with horizontal stripes from its gills to its tail. With a fondness for open water and a taste for shad, stripers are often compared to white bass, but that isn’t a fair comparison.
White bass are small and scrappy, and better suited for light tackle, while stripers are tackle busters, better suited for trout and redfish gear. Best of all, stripers like to feed on the film for much of the year, and their explosive strikes rival those of their largemouth brethren.
I was the guest of Striper Express Guide Service, co-owned by old friend Bill Carey. I had finally taken him up on his longstanding offer to show me Texoma’s striper fishery. “You simply won’t believe the outstanding topwater action we have up here,” Carey stated enthusiastically. OK, I was hooked.
Before the trip, Carey whetted my appetite explaining that they enjoy topwater action seven months of the year. Surface action cranks up around mid-April depend- ing on the weather, with guaranteed action by May 1st.
Later in the summer, action shifts from the shorelines to schooling action in deeper areas of the lake. After the first few cold fronts in the fall and water temperatures moderate, the stripers move back into shallow areas near shorelines.
Carey’s son and full partner, Chris, was my guide. As we motored out of Mill Creek Marina, we talked seasonal strategies. “We pound the shorelines pretty hard during the first part of the year,” Chris explained. “The stripers will be up in the shallow water, just like largemouth bass.”
Then around July 1st, the fish move out into deep water and chase bait balls. Incredible schools of fish will drive bait to the surface and boil the water for the first hour to hour and a half of daylight. These schools can be over a mile long and half a mile wide. The sight and sound of all those fish boiling the surface is inconceivable. Our customers will often sit and stare.”
“Then in the fall, when things cool off, we head back and fish shallow shorelines again.”
The younger Carey suggested that anglers concentrate on three major areas of Texoma for stripers: the dam; Washita Creek, and the Soldiers Creek Marina area.
Chris favors large surface plugs, like Chug Bugs and magnum Zara Spooks, but his “go to” bait is a six-inch Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper. The big plug is equipped with two heavy-duty trebles, and the face is concave, allowing the lure to get a good bite of water every time you twitch it.
Chris keeps it simple when it comes to colors: a silver foil belly with a black back at first light, and the same plug with a blue back after the sun comes up.
“The wind is your friend on Texoma because you always want a little chop on the surface,” Chris continued. “The chop breaks up the sunlight and allows the stripers to stay up on top longer. When it gets too bright, they head down deep until late afternoon. Chop helps oxygenate the water and also moves the bait around, which in turn, moves the fish around.’
When the sun gets too bright, the stripers sound and head for the comfort of deeper water.
“The absolute best conditions are overcast days with good cloud cover and a 10-15 mph wind to kick up a little chop. The fish stay up on top for hours at a time when you get the right conditions, and you can absolutely slay the fish.”
Catches of 50-80 fish are common, but one nice twist to fishing on the film is the size of your catch. “The largest fish of the day are caught on topwaters,” the elder Carey explained. “Largemouth fishermen fall in love with these fish. They have a legitimate chance to catch a double-digit fish anytime they go out.”
Texoma was built as a flood control lake, and the water level has held steady for the last several years. While other Texas lakes were as much as 80-feet below pool level, Texoma never dipped more than five-feet below the norm.
Because of the economic challenges our nation has faced over the last few years, fishing pressure on Texoma has dropped. Consequently, four year old fish that previously weighed 10 pounds, or so, have bulked up and are now 15-pound five-year-olds.
Images of the lake’s surface exploding with attacking fifish are stored in my cortex. I am already making plans for another trip to Lake Texoma to fish with the Striper Express team (www.striperexpress.com). A double-digit fish is out there waiting for me with my name on it.
One word of caution – Never handle explosives, unless they are of the striped variety.
* re-published with the permission of Fish and Game Magazine – www.fishgame.com