The Lake Texoma Grand Slam
The Texoma Grand Slam is catching all five of the following species in the same day: Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass and Spotted Bass. This is a rare but achievable goal and Dan Barnett is one of the few guides that has made this happen for his customers. If you would like to be one of the select few who has achieved this goal, book a trip with me today to go Striper Bass fishing on Lake Texoma, and we’ll give it a shot. Catching all five of Lake Texoma’s best sporting fish in the same day is something to truly remember. It just doesn’t get better than this!
Striper Fishing Lake Texoma
Striped bass are the fourth most preferred species among licensed Texas anglers. It is estimated that the economic impact of striper fishing in the Lake Texoma area alone totals well in excess of $20 million. Stripers are often captured using artificial lures that imitate small fish, such as silver spoons. Deep running lures can also be effective, as may live bait, or cut bait. In Texas, stripers in excess of 50 pounds have been landed. Although specimens exceeding 100 pounds have been caught in saltwater, to date a 67.5-pounder was the largest individual reported from inland waters.
Largemouth Bass Fishing Lake Texoma
Largemouth bass grow 4 to 6 inches during their first year, 8 to 12 inches in two years, 16 inches in three years. Largemouth bass are green with dark blotches that form a horizontal stripe along the middle of the fish on either side. The underside ranges in color from light green to almost white. They have a nearly divided dorsal fin with the anterior portion containing nine spines and the posterior portion containing 12 to 13 soft rays. Their upper jaw reaches far beyond the rear margin of the eye. Except for humans, adult largemouth bass are the top predators in the aquatic ecosystem. Fry feed primarily on zooplankton and insect larvae. At about two inches in length, they become active predators. Adults feed almost exclusively on other fish and large invertebrates such as crayfish. Larger fish prey upon smaller bass.
Smallmouth Bass Fishing Lake Texoma
Smallmouth bass ARE green with dark vertical bands rather than a horizontal band along the side. There are 13-15 soft rays in the dorsal fin, and the upper jaw never extends beyond the eye. Known maximum size in Texas exceeds 7.5 pounds. Micropterus is Greek meaning “small fin”. The species epithet dolomieu refers to the French mineralogist M. Dolomieu. Smallmouth bass in small streams a fish’s activity may be limited to just one stream pool or extend into several. The smallmouth bass spawn occurs in the spring. When water temperatures approach 60°F males move into spawning areas.
Sand Bass Fishing Lake Texoma
White Bass as with other true basses, the dorsal fin is clearly double, separated into spiny and soft-rayed portions. White bass are silvery shading from dark-gray or black on the back to white on the belly. Several incomplete lines or stripes run horizontally on each side of the body. Adult white bass resemble young striped bass, and the two are often confused. Striped bass have two distinct tooth patches on the back of the tongue, and white bass have one tooth patch. Striped bass have two sharp points on each gill cover that white bass do not.