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Fishing License
How many fish can I keep?
Who cleans the fish we catch?
What do I need to bring?
Do we stop for lunch or fish straight through?
How do I book and pay you?
What if I have to cancel?
What time of year is best for catching Stripers?
How many people can you take on a trip?
Where do we meet and at what time?

Fishing License?

Everyone fishing in the boat age 16 and over will need a fishing license.

The following are excempt and Do Not need a license: Anyone under the age 16 and a resident of the following states are excempt and do not need a license: AL, AK, AR, CA, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, NH, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, TX, or WI.

If you are a resident of a state not listed above, you don't need a license if you are under 14 yrs old. If you are a resident of a state not listed above and 14 or older, you will need a license.

Residents of Oklahoma or Texas who are 64 and older DO NOT need a license. All they need is a valid drivers license or state issued ID.

Non-Residents 17 or older, including over 65 from all other States must buy fishing licenses to fish in Texas. The cheapest option for this group on Texoma is to buy the $12.00 Lake Texoma License.

For more on Oklahoma Fishing License click here

Since Lake Texoma is located in both Texas and Oklahoma territories, a Lake Texoma license is the best way to go. This allows a person to fish anywhere on the lake. The cost is $12.00 and can be purchased at Wal-mart and other retailers where fishing license are sold or online from the Texas or Oklahoma Wildlife Departments.

How many fish can I keep?

Each person with a license can keep 10 fish per person. Two of those ten can be 20" or longer, the other 8 must be under 20" long. Any fish that is bleeding or shows any other signs of distress when caught must be kept and counted.

Who cleans the fish we catch?

At the end of trip, I will fillet and bag your catch for you. Please bring an ice chest with you to ice the meat for the trip home.

What do I need to bring?

Trails Guide Services will provide the following items:
The boat, gas, rod and reels, bait, life jackets and all required fishing equipment. During the trip I will bait, unhook fish and keep you entertained. When we get back to the docks, I will clean your catch and place them in bags for you to take home.

You will need to bring a fishing license (if required), a camera and an addtional ice chest to carry your fillets home in, Note: A limit of 10 fish usually produces 1 gallon size bag of fillets.

Be sure to dress in warm clothes in the colder seasons. Early mornings on the can be cold any time of year therefore it is best to dress in layers. As the day warms you can always peel them off. In wet weather be sure to wear a poncho or full rain suit, umbrellas and trash bags are simply not sufficient. Even in late Spring and Summer, the early mornings may require a jacket of some kind. In the warmer months you will need a hat, sunglasses and sunblock. Finally, if you sunburn easily -- make sure to wear long pants to keep your legs from blistering while on the water.

Do we stop for lunch or fish straight through?

We usually eat on the boat, so please bring an ice chest with drinks, snacks and lunch.

How do I book and pay you?

Call me and we will schedule a date.

A 50% minimum deposit is due upon booking. The remaining balance may be paid anytime prior or on the morning of the trip.

What if I have to cancel/reschedule?

A trip may be cancelled or rescheduled anytime prior to 14 days of the schedule trip. Cancellations made within 14 days of the scheduled trip forfeit any and all monies paid toward toward the balance.

What time of year is best for catching Stripers?

Trails Guide Service offers striper fishing trips year round. However, the striper seem to be more aggressive in the Spring and Fall.If you are looking to catch that trophy fish I suggest you fish during the winter months. However, if you desire some strong top water action then perhaps late July or early August would be more suitable.

How many people can you take on a trip?

I prefer to limit my trips to 5 or 6 to keep it uncrowded. I often use other guides to assist with parties greater than 6.

Where do we meet and at what time?

We will pick up from any public dock or marina on Lake Texoma just before daylight. I'll give more details about when and where to meet once we get your trip scheduled.