Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of November 30, 2016

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ALAN HENRY Water clear main lake, stained up river; 49–55 degrees; 1.73’ low. Black bass are good on black buzzbaits at first light and last light with lots of small bass on baby bass wacky worms with chartreuse tips fished around grass. Blue fleck 7” and 10” Power Worms have been productive on the 25–35 foot drops. Spoons are catching schooling bass all day in 25–50 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on juglines baited with goldfish, perch or minnows.
AMISTAD Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 16.89’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, frogs, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on slabs, spoons, and small crankbaits. White bass are fair on topwaters. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water fairly clear; 49–56 degrees; 0.66’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
ATHENS Water lightly stained; 60–63 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, flukes and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait and rod and reel.
BASTROP Water stained; 71–75 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms in coves. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 62–65 degrees; 1.89’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water lightly stained; 61–64 degrees; 2.71’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jigs and Texas rig soft plastics. Crappie are good on brush piles with jigs and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait.
BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and dark soft plastic worms. Striped bass are good on green striper jigs and shad. Redfish are good on crawfish, shad, and shrimp. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 60–64 degrees: 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.31’ high. Black bass are good on topwater frogs, watermelon crankbaits, and green pumpkin soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and crankbaits in 12–16 feet, and on minnows and jigs under lights at night. Crappie are good on minnows and shad or white tube jigs. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish to 5 pounds are good on cut perch and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 2.00’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps, and Texas rigged silver flake Whacky Sticks in 10–15 feet. Striped bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and Spoiler Shads off points in 20–30 feet near the dam. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and pet spoons in the river channel. Crappie are fair on chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CADDO Water stained; 63–66 degrees; 0.50’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are good on blue soft plastic worms with gold flakes. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Redfish are fair on live bait. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait and shad in 181 Cove. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are fair to good on watermelon red Whacky Sticks, dark spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps along creeks in 8–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on deep running crankbaits and blade baits around humps in the lower end of the lake. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on white JDC curl tail grubs on jigheads and watermelon Curb’s jigs along ledges and over rock piles in 8–18 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with live perch.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 61–64 degrees; 1.80’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 19.58’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits early and late. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, hot dogs, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.
COLEMAN Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 1.10’ low. Black bass are good on small spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 69 degrees at the hot water discharge, 69 degrees in main lake; 2.68’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs near Coletoville Bridge in 8–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish to 8 pounds are fair on live perch and cut bait in 8–12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 12.85’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.91’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps in 15–25 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on liver and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water stained to muddy; 3.47’ low. No report available.
FAIRFIELD Black bass fishing reported as significantly improved. TPWD discontinued stocking the lake after the fish kill in September 2011. Redfish survived the kill in limited numbers.
FALCON Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 29.07’ low. Black bass are good on perch colored Brush Hogs and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and bloodbait upriver. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
FAYETTE Water murky. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged soft plastic worms, topwaters, and shad colored crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water lightly stained; 61–64 degrees; 2.77’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits and flutter spoons. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water murky; 50–56 degrees; 0.45’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water stained. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait and live bait.
GRANBURY Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on hellbenders and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and live minnows.
GRANGER Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on shad upriver. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits, and on juglines baited with cut bait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.
GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 60–63 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics and squarebill crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.
GREENBELT 31.31’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass to 2.5 pounds are fair on pumpkinseed Brush Hogs around structure. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 51–55 degrees; 0.51’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water lightly stained; 62–65 degrees; 0.81’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, shakyheads and soft jerkbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 63–66 degrees: 0.40’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and flipping jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
LAVON Water stained; 62–65 degrees: 3.20’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and flipping jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
LBJ Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.77’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, watermelon soft plastics, and wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks along laydowns and stumps in 10–15 feet early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good vertically jigging Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on watermelon Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on liver and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 61–64 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, Flukes and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad, shrimp, and prepared baits. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 73.49’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 85–88 degrees; 2.32’ low. Black bass are fair on Flukes, shakyheads and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
MEREDITH 60.71’ low. TPWD has begun restocking the lake with Walleye. Reports of black bass are rare. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.
MONTICELLO Water stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
NASWORTHY 49–55 degrees; 1.17’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and chatterbaits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs at the fishing docks in Liberty Hill Park. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Blue catfish are fair on shad and perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 49–56 degrees; 34.22’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 48–56 degrees; 9.63’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 61–64 degrees; 1.87’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, finesse jigs and soft jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
PALO DURO 57.02’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water off color; 48–55 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastic worms and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are very good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 62–65 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, wakebaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water lightly stained; 61–64 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and Carolina rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 62–65 degrees; 1.32’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and Texas rigged worms. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 3.64’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps in 20–30 feet. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on small watermelon spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers and doughbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
SPENCE 49.96’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 0.21’ low. Black bass and crappie are fair to good, but mostly undersized. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.
STEINHAGEN 1.46’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 70–74 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 47–53 degrees; 23.39’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 62–65 degrees; 2.47’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and flipping jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
TEXOMA Water stained; 61–64 degrees; 1.40’ high. Black bass are good on jerkbaits, medium crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 4.89’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, topwaters, and shallow running crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and hellbenders. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and prepared bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 15–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait in 20–45 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse deep running crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 0.74’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 45–52 degrees; 19.43’ low. Black bass are very slow (the bass population was greatly reduced during the drought). No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
WHITNEY Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 1.90’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink/white tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 3.37’ high. No report available.
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