Calendar


June 2 - Red River Fly Fishers monthly meeting and fly tying session from 6-8 p.m. at Sherman's Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital conference room. For information, visit www.rrff.org


July 7 - Red River Fly Fishers monthly meeting and fly tying session from 6-8 p.m. at Sherman's Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital conference room. For information, visit www.rrff.org


August 4 - Red River Fly Fishers monthly meeting and fly tying session from 6-8 p.m. at Sherman's Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital conference room. For information, visit http://www.rrff.org


Sept. 1-Nov. 12 – First split of Texas North Zone Dove Season.


Sept. 12-27 – Texas early teal season.


Notes


As the summer season begins and the ease out of COVID-19 lockdown continues, TPWD notes on its website that all Texas state parks that can be are currently open for day use and limited camping. Do note that day pass reservations are required, however. To reserve day passes, go online to www.tpwd.texas.gov or call (512) 389-8900…TPWD also notes that overnight reservations have resumed for summer trips to parks…As Texans start getting out on the water for the summer boating season, officials with TPWD’s inland fisheries and law enforcement groups are urging boaters to do their part once again to fight back. And this time, it’s not just against COVID-19 with the various health recommendations currently in place, it’s also for the ongoing battle against aquatic invasive species like giant salvinia and zebra mussels, two of several invasives that are threatening Texas lakes. “There’s no doubt that Texans love their lakes,” said John Findeisen, TPWD’s Brookeland aquatic habitat enhancement team leader, in a news release. “But we also need Texans to help protect their lakes, and the best way to do that is by properly cleaning, draining and drying boats and equipment every time they leave the water.”…TPWD says that giant salvinia is currently present on 17 East Texas lakes and numerous rivers, creeks, and marshes between Houston and Beaumont. Meanwhile, zebra mussels are found in 30 Texas lakes across five river basins as well as in river reaches downstream of infested lakes. In Grayson County, Lake Texoma, Dean Gilbert Lake, Randell Lake, and Lake Ray Roberts are all affected by zebra mussels. If you’ve encountered these rapidly reproducing pests, then you probably already know that these invaders can litter shorelines with sharp shells, impact recreation, harm aquatic life, damage boats and clog water intakes… “Boaters can help keep zebra mussels and other invasive species from being moved and harming more lakes by taking a few minutes to properly clean, drain and dry boats and equipment before they leave the lake,” said Monica McGarrity, TPWD senior scientist for aquatic invasive species management, in a news release. “Taking just a few minutes for these simple steps can make a huge difference in our efforts to protect and preserve Texas lakes for future generations.”…TPWD also notes that if you have stored your boat on the water at a lake with zebra mussels—think Lake Texoma here—it may also be infested. Before moving the boat to another lake, call TPWD at (512) 389-4848 for guidance on decontamination…FYI, a status map of these lakes infected with zebra mussels can be found at www.tpwd.texas.gov/zebramussels ...


Fishing Reports


At Lake Texoma, the water is lightly stained; water temp is 74 degrees; and the lake is 2.15’ high. TPWD reports that striped bass and white bass are excellent on live bait and topwater baits when fish are near the surface. Diving birds are marking feeding schools on the surface throughout the lake. Anglers are encouraged to use sonar to mark schools along the river channel in deep water. Slabs, swimbaits, and live shad are producing fish. Largemouth bass are fair fishing plastic creatures, Shakyhead worms, swimbaits, and crankbaits in 6-18’ of water. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs by boathouses, marinas and brush piles in 8-15’ of water…At Lake Ray Roberts, water is lightly stained; water temp is 75 degrees; and the lake is 1.89’ high. TPWD reports that largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged soft plastic creatures, crankbaits, and swimbaits in 4 -16’ of water. White bass are excellent in 20-40’ of water on slabs and jigging spoons. Main lake humps and drop-offs are holding good schools of white bass. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows fished around bridges and brush piles…At Lake Fork, water is lightly stained; water temp is 77 degrees; and the lake is 0.27’ high. TPWD says that largemouth bass are good on red, purple or black plastic worms, topwaters and crankbaits fished near roadbeds, submerged structure, and points in 8-12’ of water. While anglers like guide James Caldeymer are finding good action offshore, there is still some shallow action with hollow bodied plastic frogs around grass and lily pads. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in 12-20’ in brush piles…At Oklahoma’s Lake Murray, ODWC says that the lake elevation is above normal; the water temp is 73 degrees; and the water is stained. Smallmouth bass are reported as fair on jigs and minnow-imitating baits fished along flats, in the main lake, around riprap and in coves. Crappie and white bass are good on minnows in the main lake…As the summer fishing season begins on the Texas Gulf Coast, TPWD reports good fishing at Rockport. The key to finding fish is casting in very shallow water with thick grass in the northern areas according to the agency. Redfish are good using topwaters in black or white/red hues. Spotted sea trout are good on live baits and are around the shoreline. Flounder have been good on mullet around the piers and at the Rockport wall. Black drum are fair and found around grass beds where blue crab or shrimp are the best baits…


Tip of the Week


As the summer fishing season starts in earnest on Lake Texoma, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation says that the action is great on the two-state lake right now, although rising water could change up current fishing patterns. For striped bass, ODWC says that the action is good on live shad, Sassy Shad and topwater lures fished along flats and points. Stripers are surface feeding in the early mornings and late evenings right now, although the agency says that using gizzard shad is the most consistent option for filling a limit of “box fish” right now. Meanwhile, white bass, or sand bass as some call them, are good on Alabama-rigs, grubs, jigs, and live minnows fished along flats, sandbars, shallow areas and shorelines. White bass are being caught from the bank on ghost minnows and small baits according to ODWC.