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Week of July 29, 2015

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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 79–86 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 27.38’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on small crankbaits and minnows. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers in 3–15 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines, droplines, and throwlines on live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 78–87 degrees; 0.1’ low. No report available.
ATHENS Water lightly stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs and magnum shakyheads on deeper brush piles. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
BASTROP Water stained; 80–84 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 1.10’ high. Black bass are good on purple/black soft plastic crawdads on the bottom. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad early. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on summer sausage, stinkbait, and frozen shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.
BOB SANDLIN Water murky; 83–88 degrees; 0.29’ low. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 85–89 degrees; 0.66’ low. Black bass are good on plastics, crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles in 10–12’. Catfish are excellent on prepared bait, shrimp, cut bait and stinkbait.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the jetty and dam. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad off points near the pier. Redfish are very good on perch, tilapia shad, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait near the dam.
BRIDGEPORT Water stained to muddy, 0.20’ low. No report available. Use caution when navigating the lake due to floating debris.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and redbug crankbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and spinnerbaits over grass flats. Hybrid striper are good on shad. White bass are very good on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 10.45’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chartreuse buzzbaits, flukes, and watermelon topwaters in 4–10 feet early. Striped bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and live minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained to muddy; 85–89 degrees; 1.24’ high. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and weightless worms. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad. Redfish are fair on live perch and tilapia near the crappie wall. Channel catfish are fair on cheesebait and shad. Blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon topwaters, cotton candy flukes, and swim baits over grass early. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Smallmouth bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and white grubs in 5–14 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.
CEDAR CREEK Water stained; 85–88 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs and smaller Texas rigged worms on docks. White bass are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait
CHOKE CANYON Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 20.87’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with perch.
COLEMAN Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 5.72’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed Rat–L–Traps and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water stained; 87 degrees in main lake, 97 at hot water discharge; 0.23’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits around grass beds. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and green tube jigs near the Coletoville Bridge in 10–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on live perch and cut bait in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 18.14’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on chicken livers and shrimp.
COOPER Water stained; 0.10’ low. No report available.
FAIRFIELD Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD has discontinued stocking the lake after another kill in early September 2011. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers.
FALCON Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 17.28’ low. Black bass are very good on watermelon and chartreuse jigs and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait, shrimp, and shad. 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 perch colored Rat–L–Traps and small crankbaits early. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and bloodbait.
FORK Water lightly stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.27’ low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 80–88 degrees; 6.32’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, shakyheads and medium running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.
GRANBURY Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and frozen shrimp.
GRANGER Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 0.64’ high. Black bass are fair on black soft plastic worms and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs and spoons on humps and ridges near the dam. Crappie are very good on jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles in 6–15 feet. Blue catfish are good on fresh shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.
GRAPEVINE Water stained to muddy; 19.49’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.
GREENBELT 34.58’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 0.35’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on bream colored topwaters, crankbaits, and purple or watermelon seed soft plastic worms around structure. Smallmouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish to 5 pounds are good on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 81–89 degrees; 17.57’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to chatterbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.
JOE POOL Water stained to muddy; 10.42’ high. No report available. Most ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water stained to muddy; 85–88; degrees; 0.98’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LAVON Water stained to muddy; 0.95’ high. No report available. A few boat ramps are open; some closed due to high water and floating debris.
LBJ Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms and topwaters, and on watermelon Whacky Sticks in 6–15 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.
LEWISVILLE Water stained; 6.92’ high. No report available. Open to boat traffic; some ramps still closed due to high water.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 81–85 degrees; 0.45’ high. Black bass are good on tequila sunrise crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on slabs and white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are very good on minnows in 12–22 feet. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 70.55’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 91–99 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early and then weightless Senkos later in the day. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
MEREDITH 66.53’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water clear to stained; 93–99 degrees; 0.2’ low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits and drop shot worms near the intake. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 6.42’ high. Black bass are good on minnows from the fishing dock at the marina. White bass are fair on Little Georges and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 9–15 feet early. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 79–86 degrees; 40.82’ low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to shakyheads, Texas rigs, split shot rigged flukes and crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 79–87 degrees; 17.55’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Carolina rigs, spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs under a slip cork. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot worms and weightless worms near docks. Crappie are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow on cut shad.
PALO DURO 56.14’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 79–87 degrees; 0.34’ high. Black bass are fair to good on spinnerbaits, Texas rigs, jigs and medium running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on Road Runners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on live shad and nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 8.27’ high. Black bass are fair on dark crankbaits and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms. Striped bass are very good on live shad. White bass are good on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water slightly stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are slow on football head jigs and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water stained to muddy; 5.71’ high. No report available. Use caution when navigating lake due to floating debris.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.42’ high. Black bass are fair on topwaters and Texas rigged worms. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 2.81’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Bream are slow. Catfish are very good on trotlines baited with live bait and shrimp.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 10.43’ high. Black bass are good on June bug spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on hellbenders and pet spoons. White bass are good on hellbenders and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on bloodbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 57.98’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 0.22’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 0.49’ low, boat ramps open. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. White bass are fair on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 79–86 degrees; 28.42’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 0.06’ low. No report available. Use caution when navigating lake as floating debris is present.
TEXOMA Water stained to muddy; 16.23’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.62’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on crankbaits and silver striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 10.48’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse worms and white spinnerbaits in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water stained; 0.79’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 80–87 degrees; 14.81’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 0.4’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained to muddy; 83–88 degrees; 11.74’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and swimjigs. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on cut shad.
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