Bass fishing is getting better on Texoma and as the lake keeps warming, it should be awesome in another week or two, provided we don’t get anymore cold nights and days.

Bass fishing is getting better on Texoma and as the lake keeps warming, it should be awesome in another week or two, provided we don’t get anymore cold nights and days.

I went to the Bud Light APT Solo trail weigh-in Sunday. Twenty-five boats fished and 60 fish were caught weighing 189 pounds. There were 3-to-5 fish limits with average weight per fish being 3.16 pounds.

In first was Billy Cline with 22.65 pounds, followed by Durant fisherman Scott Burkett with 17.49 pounds and big bass with a 7.95-pounder Pottsboro’s Graylen Malear got the last check for a fifth-place finish with 15.13 pounds.

Seeing these kinds of bass coming on cold Texoma and being smarter than a turnip, I thought, I went fishing. Not on Texoma, which is just outside my door. No, I had my eyes set on Lake Durant in Oklahoma.

Haven’t been there since last year and I found the road to the lake under construction. They have signs saying steep drop-off and they aren’t kidding. I arrived at the lake and it looked like it was a couple of feet low but still had plenty of water and cover.

I was the only boat there Monday. Putting in the water I got a little surprise: it was colder than Texoma. Oh well, fishing beats sitting at home so off I went. They have really cleaned up the shoreline, built a road to the back of it and ruined that woolly untamed look it had.

I started on an old fence row working toward the bank. I was throwing a Booyah Chatterbait which seems to have been discontinued as I could not find it on their Lurenet site. As I brought the bait dancing by a big stump it disappeared and my TFO rod bowed double.

After a short argument over who was going to win, I lipped a 4.89-pound mad bass in the boat, weighed on a Boogie Grip scale. They are certified by the IGFA for official weights. I was pumped. I had just started and had a good one in the boat.

I could have loaded up and left as at 12:30 p.m. I had only a little fish and that one. Like I said, I tell it like it is even if it don’t make me look good. With the weather and this week pretty well took up, it looks like next week before I’ll get on the water again. I did drive over to Highport Wednesday morning and found a deserted parking lot. Hard to believe.

The Charger Boat Tournament went out of Alberta Creek on March 15. Forty-six boats fished it. There were 27 limits and 16 zeros. Big fish weights: two over five pounds, six over six pounds and one over eight pounds. They caught 188 fish weighing 513.18 pounds with average weight of 2.73 pounds. The winners totaled 25.26 pounds. Big bass was an 8.20-pounder.

Listening and talking to some of the fishermen at several weigh-ins, I picked up that most of their fish came shallow on a variety of baits — jigs seemed to be the most popular although I heard good things about A-rigs and crank baits. I know of at least one fisherman who said he used and caught fish on a suspending jerk bait.

I think I will stay on Texoma next week when I go fishing. A suggestion if you are off or have time — there are a ton of old tires laying around the lake exposed with the lake low. Get a shovel, go beach crawling and pick them up. Dig a trench about half the tire deep, set them up right then fill it with rocks and sand. You have a stump that isn’t going to rot and now if you set them out they will be in plenty deep enough water if and when the lake comes up.

Don’t place them in swimming areas. You can make a big stump patch or individual ones. It improves the look of the lake and makes a good fish attractor. A big plus is people won’t burn them up like they are doing to some of my brush piles that have dried out.