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Stripers Like it Cold


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

Striper fishing guide, Steve Barnes told Lone Star News that the colder air temperatures and subsequent colder water temperatures turn the fish on. In the winter he likes to used artificial over live shad.

His favorite striper fishing technique is dead-sticking a soft plastic fluke-type lure on a 1-ounce jig head, holding it still and allowing the slow drift of the boat to move the lure.

White, silver and chartreuse work best for him and his clients because the fish see contrast in color better than baits that are one color. If he uses a chartreuse jig head he will use a light-colored fluke. If he has a white jig head, then he uses chartreuse fluke.

He drifts areas where fish have been feeding. He gets their attention by using a guide fishing trick of splashing the water or beating on the side of the boat.

Eddie Parks of Sparky’s Guide Service explains that any time the water is cooling down, you'll catch a lot more, bigger fish. He says the fish will be in deeper water feeding and fattening up on shad.

At Possum Kingdom Lake, Guide Randy Wood said dead-sticking is working for stripers, with some good blue catfish mixed in.

If the birds are working, and there are plenty of fish but they are moving fast, chasing the bait up to the top, he switches to swimbaits.

All the guides say the striper action will continue to February on both Texoma and Possum Kingdom.

Photo courtesy of Randy Wood


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Possum Kingdom Lake Weather Forecast



Hi: 83

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 61


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 87

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 62


Partly Sunny

Hi: 84

Monday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 61


Rain Showers Likely

Hi: 75

Tuesday Night

Rain Showers

Lo: 58

Possum Kingdom Lake Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 4/20: 998.87 (-0.13)

Possum Kingdom Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (Apr. 17)

Water fairly clear; 63–69 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are fair on weightless flukes, shakyheads, Texas rigs and shad pattern spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows with a split shop. White bass are fair to good on tail spinners. Striped bass are fair to good on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.