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LAKE TEXOMA -- Captain Stan Constant's life revolves around the fishing in Lake Texoma.

"As a fishing guide most days, your day starts out at 3 or 4 in the morning where we catch live bait. We catch live bait with a cast net," says Constant.

He grew up on Lake Texoma and has seen the lake through floods and droughts.

"If people are worried about the water conditions, lake levels as far as the fishing is concerned, it hasn't affected the fishing much."

However this past winter has made the lake's water temperature a little colder than normal.

"The cold water slows their metabolism down and actually they don't really bite as good when we get below the 42, 43 degree range," says Constant.

The water temperature is now back into the mid 40s.

Matt Mauck is the supervisor of the fisheries division for the Department of Wildlife in South Central Oklahoma.

He says it may be awhile yet before the fishing heats up.

"Comparing it to years where we have had more of a rapid warm-up in March fishing is probably a couple weeks behind where people expect it to be," says Mauck.

This year, catfish are expected to be around even into March, when the fish usually start tapering off.  

"Fishing for blue catfish is really good in these really cold winter months and particularly in the anglers that use jug lines can be very affected in targeting some really nice size trophy fish on Lake Texoma," says Mauck.

"In the winter time the blue catfish is just unbelievable, I mean its just as good as what the striper fishing is comparable in the summer time."

Captain Stan and his two boys caught a range of catfish Tuesday, including blue catfish and channel catfish, and even with the cooler water, they managed to land a striper.