Last year’s flooding is producing some fantastic striper fishing on the Red River. Predictably, the year after a flood produces some great fishing as stripers from Lake Texoma spill over into the Red River and take up residence.
Molly French of Edmond recently emailed me a photo of the first fish she ever caught: a 23-pound striper she reeled in on the Red River while fishing with guide Steve Barnes of Pottsboro, Texas, on Easter weekend.
That’s not the biggest striper caught this year on the Red River. A bank fisherman landed a 37-pounder, Barnes said.
I just received a letter today from Nellie Martin of Oklahoma City, who went on a striper fishing trip last week with Red River Striper Guide Norman O’Neal of Denison, Texas. She booked the trip as a birthday present for a her husband and wasn’t disappointed.
“We had a blast,” Martin wrote. “Norman took us out early and gave us a day of fishing we won’t forget for a long time.”
O’Neal said the stripers were biting like mad on another trip last weekend and e-mailed some photos as proof.
“They were slamming 6 to 10 inch shad,” O’Neal said. “We made seven drifts, and each time caught at least two fish over 12-pounds and up to 17-pounds.”
Hopefully, I can get to the Red River soon for some fishing and a striper fishing video for the Web site.