Fly fishing gear

Outdoors Digest – Democratic Herald

By Lynn Burkhead, for the Herald Democrat


June 7 – Monthly Red River Fly Fishermen‘s Meeting at Eisenhower State Park Recreation Hall. For more information, including the evening’s speaker and fly tying schedule, visit

June 25 – Future Bass Trails Team Tournament at Alberta Creek. For information,

call Joe Copeland at (580) 504-7320 or visit the website at

August 2 – Monthly Red River Fly Fishermen’s Meeting at Eisenhower State Park Recreation Hall. For more information, including the evening’s speaker and fly tying schedule, visit

Sept. 1 – Nov. 13 – North Texas Zone Dove Season Premier Division.

September 10-25 – Teal season begins in Texas.

October 1 – November 4 – Deer archery season begins in Texas.

October 29 – February 26 – Texas quail season.

November 5 – January 1 – General Whitetail Deer Season in the North Texas Zone.

Nov. 5-6 – North Texas Area Youth Waterfowl Weekend.

Nov. 12-27 – North Texas Zone Ducks season premiere.

Dec. 3 – Jan. 29 – Second Division of the North Texas Zone Ducks season.

December 17 – January 1 – Second Division of the North Texas Zone dove season.


The annual Texas Free Fishing Day is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, June 4, 2022, on public waters statewide from Lone Star. For more information, visit the TPWD website at… In Oklahoma, this weekend marks the annual Free Fishing Days with free angling scheduled for Saturday June 4 and Sunday, June 5 in the Sooner State. For more information on fishing opportunities north of the Red River, visit the ODWC website at… Did you know that the state of Texas offers many lakes and rivers with statewide fishing access? To find these fish spots, TPWD recommends going to the agency’s Lake Finder page on the TPWD website (, a website that can help anglers find lakes by region. or in alphabetical order. Access to fishing information and advice on over 150 lakes statewide is available, along with information on accessing the rivers that flow through the state as well… While the pro fishing season bass continues, it’s a weekend full of tournament action, including the soon-to-be-opening Major League Fishing Pro Bass Tour on Tennessee’s Watts Bar Lake June 4-9…Already underway this weekend on Tennessee’s Lake Pickwick is the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite Series event on the lake of the Tennessee River system. At press time, Taku Ito had the unofficial BassTrakk lead at 20-12…

Fishing reports

At Lake Texoma, the water is stained; the water temperature is 73 degrees; and the lake is 0.14 feet above normal. Adventure Texoma Outdoors guide John Blasingame tells TPWD that striped bass are great right now with bigger fish on the tips and ledges, and the smaller “boxfish” catches from flats. shallow in 6 to 10 feet of water. The guide says Alabama rigs produce when fish leave the shores and shad spawn ends… On the Oklahoma side of Texoma, the ODWC reports good striper fishing near Denison Dam, Platter Flats and Washita Point. The agency says striped bass are good for live bait, live shad and surface plugs caught along river and stream channels, near the dam, main lakeshores and points. Blue catfish is fair on chicken liver, cut bait, paste bait, goldfish, live shad, sharp bait, stink bait and sunfish used along the river channels and of the creek, near the dam, around the quays, near the points and in the main channel of the river. Crappie is also good on grubs, hair jigs, plastic jigs, minnows, nymphs, small panfish lures and tube jigs fished around brushy structure, creek channels, creeks, docks, rocks and standing timber… At Lac Ray Roberts, the water is slightly colored; the water temperature is 74 degrees; and the lake is 0.43 feet above normal. TPWD reports that blue catfish and river catfish are fine on cut baits and perforated baits caught at shallow depths on windblown spots. Crappie is good on jigs and minnows caught in a submerged structure and brush piles in the main lake. Largemouth Bass is good along grass lines for those using crank baits and with early morning surface action. White bass are good under birds for those using slabs and jigger spoons… In Lake Fork the water is stained; the water temperature is 75 degrees; and the lake is 5.66 feet after dam repairs. Bass guides Marc Mitchell and Jason Hoffman tell TPWD that “bass are good on early morning tips with surface waters and colorful squarebills caught in 3-5 feet of water.” This bite ends quickly, so go offshore in medium depth, 10-12 feet of water, over spikes and bumps using Carolina rigs with a 10 inch blue worm and Flukes. From noon to afternoon, continue with the Carolina platforms in 18 to 25 feet of water over drop-offs or over deep bumps. Crankbaits in shad models are best, or chartreuse and blueback will (also) work on deep waters in 18-23 feet (of water). »…. Fork’s crappie bite continues to heat up according to guide Jacky Wiggins. He tells TPWD that “the fish are accumulating a lot on the layers and are now brushing in 10 to 20 feet of water. Also, we’re starting to see bigger fish loading up on wood in 18-28 feet of water. With the lake still low, the fish are in the same general areas as the past few years, but just moved onto the nearest structure about 5-7 feet deep. Minnows still produce very well, with hand knotted jigs also producing good results. “…After heavy rains mid-week, the ODWC reports that at the Blue River near Tishomingo the elevation is still below normal, the water temperature is 74 degrees and the river is murky . The agency says largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass are fair on flukes, soft plastic baits and surface lures caught around brushy structures, rocks and shorelines . Bluegills and green sunfish are good on crickets and worms caught around brushy structures, canals, near rocks, and around coastal areas. River catfish are good for punch bait, shrimp and worms caught around brushy structure, in the main river channel and around rocks… On the Lower Mountain Fork River near Broken Bow, the River elevation is normal, water temperature is 58 and the river is clear. The ODWC says rainbow trout are good on caddis flies, small nymphs and jig flies, PowerBaits, tube jigs and worms fished along canal braids and seams… At McGee Creek near Atoka, the ODWC says the lake elevation is 0.5 feet above normal, the water temperature is 80, and the lake is clear. The agency says largemouth bass and spotted bass are good on baits, jigs, soft plastic baits and surface lures caught along stream channels, in shallow water and near standing timber. Crappie are right on fished minnows along creek channels and near standing timber… At Lake Murray near Ardmore the ODWC says lake elevation is normal, water temperature is 74 degrees and the water is stained. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are slow on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, jigs, minnow style swimbaits and soft plastic baits fished around flats, major lake points and weed beds. White bass are right on the surface caught jigs, minnows and lures in the main lake area… As the summer vacation season resumes, on the Texas Gulf Coast in Rockport, Damian Hubbs of Mathis Bait Co. tells TPWD that “waders are finding good success on trout and rockfish in the early morning on live and plastic bait. Rockfish are excellent in 2 to 6 feet of water in sand pockets on menhaden. Drifting with soft plastics also works well. Trout are good in 2 to 6 feet of water on live shrimp and soft plastics. Drums are good in 2 to 6 feet of water over dead shrimp. “… In Port Aransas, Captain Doug Stanford of Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters tells TPWD that “trout is good in Aransas Bay along the quarantine shoreline (for those) croaker free liner. Trout are good on the shores of Trailer Island in 5-6 feet of water, redfish are a few feet shallower, biting mullet or croaker. Trout are good off Steadman’s Reef in Redfish Bay using the croaker. Redfish are good at Ransom Island on cut mullet and menhaden. “… And finally, on the lower coast at Port Mansfield, Captain Wayne Davis of Hook Down Charters tells TPWD that “the fishing (is) still good and (the) water is in place. The back bays and flats hold the reds and the trout is a bit deeper. The flounder is always caught near the guts on soft plastics. »…

Tip of the week

Looking for an exciting way to celebrate Free Fishing Day tomorrow in the Lone Star State? Then consider TPWD’s advice for heading south to Athens and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center offers free admission for everyone, and visitors will have the chance to catch a tagged catfish and win a prize,” TPWD noted in a press release. “Hot dogs, burgers and drinks are on sale from 11 a.m. and available while supplies last. Visitors can catch the dive show at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., followed by hatchery trolley tours immediately after each show. Visitors can bring their own fishing gear or borrow gear from the TFFC. For more information, visit