In an earlier article I said I wasn’t too worried about a shad kill unless the water got into the 30-degree range. Now, with surface temperatures on my electronics reading from 38 to 42, I’m starting to get a little concerned. The fact that I’m not seeing lots of bait in the deep coves like in years past isn’t reassuring either.

In an earlier article I said I wasn’t too worried about a shad kill unless the water got into the 30-degree range. Now, with surface temperatures on my electronics reading from 38 to 42, I’m starting to get a little concerned. The fact that I’m not seeing lots of bait in the deep coves like in years past isn’t reassuring either.


During one of my recent scrounging expeditions walking the shoreline looking for treasure and lures, I found several threadfin shad washed up on the bank frozen stiff.


The fisheries station In Little Mineral hasn’t released what they think on the matter yet or they didn’t send it to me and they usually do.


On the upside, striper guides are doing well on artificial baits later in the day. The ones working out of our cove aren’t starting until mid-morning now, not at the crack of dawn. The mild days we have been having might want to make you get out and fish with a good chance of catching something. Just be careful of boogers in the shallow water.


Texoma Bass Club, after 50 years as a club, which I’m thinking makes us the oldest or one of the oldest in Texas, is finally having a trial separation. This year members couldn’t come together on some changes and we had some leave and start a new club.


TBC is still viable and intends to remain so. Texoma Bass Club is looking to make changes in scheduling and to accommodate non-boaters. We meet at the Denison Eagles Lodge on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.


If you have questions about joining give me a call at 903-327-2603 or call Mike Corzine at 903-815-2943. I don’t have much information on the new club except it’s called the Whitesboro Bass Club. They meet the last Tuesday before the first weekend at the La Hacienda Restaurant on Highway 82 in Whitesboro at 7:30 p.m. Call Rick White at 903-814-8028 for more information.


Texoma Bass Club had their monthly tournament last weekend. Saturday was a little windy when David and I fished. Sunday was some better weather-wise but fishing wise it didn’t get much better.


The Geritol twins (us) didn’t set the world on fire but thanks to Blakemore 1/4 oz. Road Runners and a Bomber Foxy Shad we did manage to catch three fish and wound up in second place, despite one of our fish shrinking. I think it was so cold it drawed up and on a courtesy check we couldn’t keep it.


For the boats that fished the number of hours fished for what was caught wasn’t good. We only had one limit and one zero in the tournament; all the other boats had one or two fish. Mike Corzine and Garry Wells had five going 14 pounds with the big bass at 4.13 pounds. David Kenny and I were second with 5.36 pounds, third was Jerry Tonubbee and Ed Larkin at 4.09 pounds.


Other boats had only had one fish per boat. The average weight per fish wasn’t bad at 2.93 pounds.


With Texoma Bass fishing slow and you big fish hunters looking for a trophy now might be the time to think about going south a little. Doug Shampine, a good friend of mine and guide on Lake Fork, says the surface temperature is 45 and there have been three Share lunkers caught so far this year.


Crappie fishermen caught them all in deep water, proving you don’t have to have Gorilla tackle to get them in.


He also says the Hydrilla has made a comeback around the lake with most being in the west arm. Doug said the last week had seen the best action in shallow water two to three foot on big stumps around grass.


Best baits have been brown jigs with Green Pumpkin trailers and Red- Chartreuse belly Rattle Traps. As it gets further into spring he suggests you fish the grass edges with 3/4 ounce Rattle Traps, Spinner baits, jerk baits and swim baits.


After two years of lower lake levels, he thinks that if spring brings enough rain to flood the new growth fishing should be awesome.


Besides bass, Doug also guides for crappie and catfish. You can contact him at doug@lakeforktrophybass.com or 940-902-3855 for info on the lake or to book a trip.


Locally more ramps are in danger of being closed and using them could result in a less than good fishing trip. Leaving your boat trailer axle on the end of a ramp because of the drop-off isn’t a good way to start a trip.