Texoma Bass Fishing Guide Austin Purdom
Austin Purdom grew up with Lake Texoma in his backyard, and has been fishing it since he was 16, so he knows the lake pretty intimately. Austin fishes competitively and has won several AOY (angler of the year) awards and many championships, but what we like about Austin isn’t his wins. We like his attitude about his losses. If Austin doesn’t win, he goes into hyper-learning mode and becomes driven to get better. Plus, he’s always ready to share his passion and experience with others, whether that’s helping perfect a technique or teaching how to pattern the fish. He is a true steward of the sport.
Austin says he loves fishing Texoma because of the diversity of fish you can catch there - a fact to which he attributes his passion for fishing. He also loves the challenge of fishing Texoma. He says Texoma really makes you work for it and it’s always unpredictable. What’s Austin’s personal you ask? He’s landed a largemouth weighing in at 9.27, but he’s still angling for Texoma’s record largemouth (the current largemouth record for Texoma is 11.9).
Fishing Lake Texoma
Completed in 1944, Texoma is one of the largest reservoirs in the United States and the 12th largest US Army Corps of Engineers' lake. Texoma is located at the confluence of the Red and Washita Rivers and is formed by the Denison Dam. Lake Pro Guide Austin Purdom focuses on largemouth bass, but Texoma is home to at least 70 species including largemouth, spotted and white bass, black and white crappie and channel, blue, and flathead catfish. With that much variety, it is no wonder that Lake Texoma is on nearly every anglers hit list.
Texoma is home to some pretty impressive record fish, but perhaps most famous is “Splash” who was caught by Cody Mullinex in January of 2004. Weighing in at 121.5 pounds, this monster blue was a world record, and still holds the record for Texoma.
Texoma Fishing Regulations
Oklahoma has more of the lake within its boundaries than Texas but you can pick up a Lake Texoma fishing license at most of the local convenience stores and you’ll be legal in both Oklahoma and Texas waters.
Special bag and size limits are in effect for several fish species on this lake.
Be aware of rules in effect here to prevent the spread of exotic invasive species. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. In the Red River downstream, from the Texoma dam to the Arkansas state line, it is unlawful to transport live, nongame fishes from this stretch of river to any other water body. Nongame fishes may be collected and used for bait within these waters. For more details, see Possession and Transport of Exotic Aquatic Species.
Lake Pro Scouting Reports
Published every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. by guides who are on the water nearly every day, these scouting reports provide a general overview of the fishing conditions for the coming weekend.