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The past few weeks I have been launching my float tube from the Okla. side and fly fishing for stripers and cats. I've caught a few stripers, but not many. But I have caught 10-15 nice cats to 4# every time I've been there, most of them blues, most of them caught between the dam and the old bridge pilings.

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Last week and this week there have been a couple of guide boats fishing in the same area using live shad, free lining them on the bottom. Last week they caught mostly cats doing that, but today they were killing the stripers. There were three guys in one of the boats and they all had fish on at the same time multiple times.

Those of you with kayaks or tubes can have a lot of fun fishing there. If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle you can launch a boat from the sand beach, that's where the airboats launch.

The river is Okla. territory so the striper limit is 5 and the cat limit is 15.



Last Edit: October 14, 2015, 06:14:03 PM by Cliff Hilbert
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any you caught some sandles too.



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Those were actually two stripers, Shawn.



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Last week there were two guys wading from the Texas side and fly fishing a seam between the dam and the old bridge pilings and catching one striper after another. I saw one 14# caught, along with five 10#, seven or eight between 4-7# and probably fifty smaller ones - this was before generation started. There are still plenty of nice cats, mostly blues, down there too. I took a couple of bait casting friends in their tubes with me last week, using large minnows ($7.29 dz) and a few shad that Anne sweet-talked one of the guides out of, while I was fly fishing and we ended up with 22 cats, 7 stripers and one 4# drum.

If any of you can get up there you'll have a lot of fun! If you fish while they're generating you'll need heavy tackle and huge corks that you can throw into the moving water. Flukes and sassy shads under a cork are the ticket to catching huge stripers.



Last Edit: November 05, 2015, 08:04:21 AM by Cliff Hilbert
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Sure do like that THUMP!



Great report!!   Thanks Cliff!


Sounds like fun!  A workout, but fun.   icon_mrgreen
 
 





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Made it there Sunday and caught several as well as lost a big one. Did get one that went 29" on a fly rod. Lots of fun. Here is the video... Overall, had a great time out there on the Red River! Today's Video.




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Great video!



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Today the cats were very slow and I only caught two small ones. But the stripers were HOT!!!! I caught about 15-20, 7 of which were 4 - 7.5#. I caught them all on the fly out of my tube below the dam. If you're not a fly fisher get some live shad and go fishing below the dam! Carey would be jealous!  icon_mrgreen

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WTG  You're my float tube hero!! 



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Since there was no one near me I couldn't get anyone to take a pic of me holding the fish, bummer. But that's also lucky for you guys because you didn't have to look at my ugly face.  icon_eek



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 Great fishing by ya'll been slow for me on Lavon.  Enjoyed the pics and video.  Looks like you can wade/float, kayak or fish from rocks on OK side. I have a Hobie kayak do both spin and fly fishing.

Does time of day make any difference?  Is there a Dam release schedule?  Pics show yellow flies.

Thinking about driving up from Plano. Assume fishing pressure slow during week.



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Time of day doesn't make a difference usually. #2 & #4 chartruese & white clousers are the best flies, along with a sinktip line fished in quick, short strips. If you're fly fishing during generation you'll need a full sinking line  If you're spin fishing from the bank during generation you'll need heavy tackle, heavy corks(bobbers) and flukes. You can wade more water from the Texas side than the Okla. side. To launch your yak you'd have to go to the Okla side. I never go on the weekends, only during the week.

Generation schedule
http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/power/hydropower.html



Last Edit: November 07, 2015, 01:50:11 PM by Cliff Hilbert
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Cliff, thank you for the Tips and Inspiration.  Especially fly fishing setup.

Going probably Tuesday.



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Rich, before you go check the generation schedule in the link above. They changed the schedule yesterday and are planning generation starting at 8:00 am at least through Monday. Sometime today or tomorrow they should have a new schedule which will include Tuesday.

Also check the wind, this is the best site for that: http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi?Submit=Go&sta=KGYI&state=TX . It looks like high winds on Tuesday.



Last Edit: November 08, 2015, 09:23:26 AM by Cliff Hilbert
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Will check, thanks for the heads up, Richard



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