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Denison Dam 9-21-20 #13707296 09/22/20 12:09 AM
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Fished below the dam on Texoma today and caught about 20 stripers. Most were in the 12-14 inch range but some were like the photo. Generation started at 6:00am and I fished from 3:00pm to 4:15pm. All were caught on silver clouser and released. I was the only person on the Texas side. [Linked Image]
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Re: Denison Dam 9-21-20 [Re: texoma1231] #13707460 09/22/20 02:41 AM
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Re: Denison Dam 9-21-20 [Re: texoma1231] #13708740 09/23/20 12:13 PM
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Great catch! I’m still in the learning process for fly fishing and have been wanting to go up there and try for some stripers at some point.

2 questions, what weight rod/line are you using? And do you need any kind of special license to fish Texoma if you are fishing on the bank (or wading in) on the Texas side?

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Originally Posted by J. R.
Great catch! I’m still in the learning process for fly fishing and have been wanting to go up there and try for some stripers at some point.

2 questions, what weight rod/line are you using? And do you need any kind of special license to fish Texoma if you are fishing on the bank (or wading in) on the Texas side?


I would recommend a 6-8 wt. Most of the fish you'll catch will be small (12-16"), but there definitely are bruisers in there.

Licenses are complicated. The short version is: texas side: feet dry, texas license only. Feet wet, TX and OK license required. The "texoma" lake license does not apply below the dam.

If you fish the OK side, you can probably stick with just an OK license.

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Re: Denison Dam 9-21-20 [Re: texoma1231] #13709372 09/23/20 11:07 PM
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Nice fish on a fly rod. thumb

Re: Denison Dam 9-21-20 [Re: texoma1231] #13709426 09/24/20 12:00 AM
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Good fish - looks pretty darn skinny but it might be the angle or something. OK side is worth the price of the license IMO, and removes all question. Especially during a "predictable" generation run.

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J R I was using a 6 wt rod and the fly line was Cabelas 6wt saltwater fly line. The salt water line in just a little heavier that the regular line. Floating line is best for the river. Sinking line will get hung up too much. The fish that I caught were only out about 25 feet from the bank so you do not need to make long cast. When you get to the parking lot, go towards the dam and go down the last set of stairs, That is where I caught these.


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Glitchmo, thanks for the info. I have a Texas resident annual fishing license, In thinking I might just get an Oklahoma annual nonresident fishing license as well since I would like to go trout fishing up in the Ouachitas, and also fish lake Eufaula so I guess that would be worthwhile to just get the Oklahoma license anyways.

If I were to have both a Texas and an Oklahoma fishing license, will I need to buy the lake Texoma license as well if I were to go fishing on the lake by boat?

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texoma1321, I currently have 3, 4, and 5 WT rods. I’ve been looking to add another to my collection for larger game fish. Been thinking of a 6, 7, or 8 WT. This would be used primarily for stripped bass and largemouth bass.

Do you like the 6WT for striper fishing? Do you wish you have gone a little heavier like a 7WT or 8WT or do you find the a 6WT is perfect for freshwater stripers? I’m torn between buying a 6WT or an 8WT for my next rod.

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J.R.

Just personal preference but I think that the 6wt would handle all of the freshwater stripers especially if you are in a boat. I have both 6wt and 8wt but find myself using the 6wt more often. If you plan on doing any saltwater fishing in the future I would go with the 8wt. There are some good buys on Ebay for rods, reels also.

Good luck and dont forget to check the generation schedule before you arrive.

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Originally Posted by J. R.
Glitchmo, thanks for the info. I have a Texas resident annual fishing license, In thinking I might just get an Oklahoma annual nonresident fishing license as well since I would like to go trout fishing up in the Ouachitas, and also fish lake Eufaula so I guess that would be worthwhile to just get the Oklahoma license anyways.

If I were to have both a Texas and an Oklahoma fishing license, will I need to buy the lake Texoma license as well if I were to go fishing on the lake by boat?


Yeah, in that case I would just get both and know that I could fish wherever without worrying about it. Holding both state licenses covers you for the lake as well.

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Found this to be interesting under Oklahoma fishing license exemptions:

" Nonresidents 65 and older who are residents of Texas. (Valid ID required.)".

No first hand experience, and don't know if Oklahoma Game Wardens know. Might be too good to be true.


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Originally Posted by Catyakker
Found this to be interesting under Oklahoma fishing license exemptions:

" Nonresidents 65 and older who are residents of Texas. (Valid ID required.)".

No first hand experience, and don't know if Oklahoma Game Wardens know. Might be too good to be true.


Nope, it's true. In the last 8 years I've been checked twice by Oklahoma wardens. Showed em my Texas drivers license was told "good to go" and was thanked for coming to OK to fish.

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Re: Denison Dam 9-21-20 [Re: texoma1231] #13712210 09/26/20 08:33 PM
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Made it to Denison Dam for some fun fishing for Striped Bass. Will get a video posted; for now here is the update while onsite at the Dam!

Re: Denison Dam 9-21-20 [Re: texoma1231] #13713752 09/28/20 03:44 AM
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Denison Dam Fishing | Lots of Stripers on the Fly!

Lotta fun fishing Denison Dam Saturday for Striped Bass! Brought the Cabelas TLR 6wt Switch Rod with the Echo Ion 6/7 Wt Fly Reel and the OPST Skagit Head. Bite was good on small stripers hitting on the Denison Dam Dawber, Bennet's Lunch, Bucktail and Craft Fur Clouser Minnows.

Fast retrieves using short pulls and fast pulls worked, then they wanted a 10 count delay, later a 5 count delay, and then later no delay in the start of the retrieve. Also, did get better hook up rates by dipping the rod tip in the water while retrieving. And then... later had a high stick, sweep the rod style retrieve that seemed to work well.

All of this before the started generating power. After they started generating, then it was cast upriver, let the fly drift downriver and swing the fly, and then twitch the fly as you retrieved in back upriver at an angle.

Learned lots while there... bottomline: vary your retrieve, change fishing flies, and adjust to the fish as the pattern changes!


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