Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of July 19, 2017

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ALAN HENRY Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 78–84 degrees; 3.85’ low. Black bass are slow on 7” Power Worms, spoons and jigs. Crappie and bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.
AMISTAD Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 32.56’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and perch colored Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines 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; 79–84 degrees; 1.47’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to weightless flukes, Texas rigs and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
ATHENS Water lightly stained; 85–88 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged Flukes, weightless Senkos and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
BASTROP Water stained; 79–83 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad in coves. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on summer sausage. Yellow catfish are fair on perch and live shad.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, white buzzbaits and buzzfrogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water lightly stained; 83–84 degrees; 2.00’ low. Black bass are slow on topwater baits, crankbaits, and Texas rigged soft plastics around rocks and boat docks and. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles in 12–15’. Catfish are slow cut bait and frozen shad.
BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in reeds. Striped bass are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons near the dam. Redfish are good on perch, tilapia, and shad. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and cut bait. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 83–86 degrees: 0.18’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, Megabass Dark Sleeper swimbaits on deeper docks and shakyhead worms in green pumpkin. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon seed, green pumpkin, and redbug soft plastic worms around docks in 8–10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white Li’l Fishies over baited brush piles in 5–15 feet. Channel catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait over baited holes. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are fair on Chug Bugs, flukes, and watermelon/candy Whacky Sticks in creeks early. Striped bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and plastic swim baits at daylight. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and plastic swim baits in creeks. Crappie are fair on pink/white and chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained; 85–90 degrees; 0.33’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, flipping jigs, and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam. Redfish are very good down rigging silver and gold spoons near the crappie wall. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver, cheesebait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 1.23’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin flukes and JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters early. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits over humps and jigging 1oz. Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and pumpkin Curb’s jigs early. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in standing timber. Channel catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged worms and topwater poppers. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 22.21’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and green pumpkin Whacky Sticks with chartreuse tails in 5–15 feet early. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait upriver.
COLEMAN Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.70’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and perch colored crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 91 degrees at the hot water discharge, 83 degrees in main lake; 1.49’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 4–6 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 8 pounds are fair on trotlines baited with live perch and shad in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 13.78’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.06’ high. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed and watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and liver.
COOPER Water stained; 1.75’ low. No report available.
FAIRFIELD No report available.
FALCON Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 37.09’ low. Black bass are very good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait. 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 chartreuse crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps early. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, Carolina rigged worms and deep diving crankbaits in shad patterns. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water murky; 78–83 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, squarebill crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and live bait.
GRANBURY Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on shad Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.
GRANGER Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits in flooded willows upriver. White bass are fair on slab spoons over humps in the main lake. Crappie are good on marabou jigs in 4–12 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait in 4–10 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait upriver.
GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 83–86 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are good on shakyhead worms, Texas rigged craws and topwaters. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
GREENBELT 31.68’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early and late, midday switching to squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 85–89 degrees. Black bass to 9 pounds are very good on Pop–R’s, rogues with orange bellies, Carolina and Wacky rigged soft plastics. Crappie are very good on live minnows near creek channels and around brush piles. Bream are fair on live worms off piers. Channel and blue catfish are good on live worms, chicken livers off piers, and on trotlines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 77–84 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early and late, midday switching to jerkbaits, squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and football head jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water stained; 84–88 degrees: 1.94’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and weightless Senkos. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LAVON Water stained; 84–88 degrees: 0.03’ high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs, weightless Senkos and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
LBJ Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored crankbaits, white jigs, and green pumpkin tubes in 6–15 feet early. Striped bass are good on 2” Spoiler Shads and Little Fishies at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, topwaters and shakyhead worms. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. White bass are good on troll tubes, pet spoons, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are very good on minnows in 20 feet. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 73.95’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. No reports on crappie or bass.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 87–96 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are slow on topwater poppers, buzzbaits, and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
MEREDITH 60.14’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigs and jerkbaits. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.
MONTICELLO Water stained; 88–96 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, deep diving crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
NASWORTHY 73–78 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs, Carolina rigs and weightless Senkos. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon shallow running crankbaits near the dam. White bass are fair on Humdingers, Little Georges, and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs off docks in Liberty Hill Park. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait over baited holes. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 78–84 degrees; 34.76’ low. Black bass are good on Whopper Ploppers early, later switching to weightless flukes, Texas rigs, jigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 79–85 degrees; 8.83’ low. Black bass are fair to good on split–shot weighted flukes, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, shakyhead worms and topwater walking baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
PALO DURO 60.84’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water off color; 78–83 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to drop shot rigs, Texas rigs, medium running crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs and inline spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on live shad. White bass are fair on live shad and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pearl tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with live bait and cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are fair on Flukes, football jigs, and Carolina rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms, football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.06’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, Texas rigged worms and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.28’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and crankbaits. White bass are fair on silver spoons and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, cut bait, and liver.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad, live minnows, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 48.88’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.9’ high. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early and late, midday switching to shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on live minnows around cover. White bass are fair to good on live bait and tail spinners. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.
STEINHAGEN 1.40’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 78–84 degrees; 22.61’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water lightly stained; 84–89 degrees; 1.36’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, hollow body frogs and buzzbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
TEXOMA Water lightly stained; 83–86 degrees; 1.22’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, topwater walking baits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.41’ low. Black bass are good on June bug and plum soft plastic worms early and late, and on topwaters early. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are very good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, livers, and hearts in 30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 6.15’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons and hellbenders. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 0.53’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 77–83 degrees; 20.41’ 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; 76–80 degrees; 1.26’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on white Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 9.16’ high. No report available.
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