Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of February 22, 2017

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ALAN HENRY Water clear on the main lake, stained toward the river; 50 degrees; 1.42’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyhead jigs with pro Senkos, 7” Power Worms, swim jigs, medium and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie and bass are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on rod and reel with cut bait and punchbait in the mouths of creeks.
AMISTAD Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 20.34’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits under birds. White bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits under birds. Catfish are good over baited holes. Yellow catfish are slow. 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; 0.33’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, Texas rigs and slow rolled spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
ATHENS Water lightly stained; 57–61 degrees; 0.55’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, weightless Senkos and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BASTROP Water stained; 63–67 degrees. Black bass are very good on watermelon and watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 1.74’ high. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 2.74’ low. Black bass are slow on Rat L Traps, jerkbaits, jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs along creek channels. Catfish are good drifting cut bait.
BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad near Dead Tree Point. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are very good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 56–60 degrees: 0.40’ high. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are good on black/blue Bass Hogg jigs, Persuader crankbaits, and GrandeBass 4” Trickster worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and spinnerbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 2.41’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkin Curb’s jigs, jerkbaits, and Carolina rigged JDC lizards along break lines in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are good drifting live bait in 20–30 feet. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows, slabs, and crankbaits in creeks. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CADDO Water stained; 58–61 degrees; 1.01’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are good on silver spoons and jigs near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.78’ high. Black bass are fair on black/chartreuse Curb’s hair jigs, jerkbaits, and Texas rigged Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads in 20–30 feet. Striped bass are good trolling white Curb’s striper jigs and vertically jigging Pirk Minnows. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and Blade Baits. Crappie are good on minnows and crappie jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water stained; 57–60 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, Texas rigged craws and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows, Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 20.19’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 1.17’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 81 degrees at the hot water discharge, 68 degrees in main lake; 1.72’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs at Coletoville Bridge in 8–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish to 6 pounds are good on live perch and shad in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 13.04’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live minnows, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water stained to muddy; 3.66’ low. No report available.
FAIRFIELD Water lightly stained; 67–76 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass slow on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish no report. Redfish no report.
FALCON Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 30.65’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp and cut bait. 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 green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, Rat–L–Traps, Senkos, flukes, and soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water lightly stained; 57–60 degrees; 2.12’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged lizards, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water murky; 50–56 degrees; 0.39’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and slow rolled spinnerbaits with a Colorado blade. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, hot dogs, and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are slow.
GRANGER Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.50’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse jigs and soft plastic worms upriver in heavy timber. White bass are fair upriver. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver under lights at night. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits and on juglines baited with cut bait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water stained; 56–59 degrees; 0.63’ high. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits, weightless Senkos and spinnerbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
GREENBELT 30.89’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on craw, green, or plum/apple worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and shad.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 51–55 degrees; 0.27’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water lightly stained; 55–59 degrees; 0.42’ high. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees: 0.75’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and weightless Flukes. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAVON Water stained; 57–60 degrees: 2.37’ low. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.84’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
LEWISVILLE Water stained; 56–59 degrees; 0.42’ high. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, bladed jigs and soft jerkbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon/white spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 73.73’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 76–82 degrees; 0.68’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, shallow crankbaits, and Texas rig craws. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
MEREDITH 60.3’ 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; 74–80 degrees; 0.62’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, wake baits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
NASWORTHY 49–55 degrees; 1.5’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas rigs and DT10s. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.34’ high. Black bass are fair chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on silver slabs. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 49–56 degrees; 33.08’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, swimjigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 48–56 degrees; 8.24’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 56–60 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and weightless Senkos. Crappie are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
PALO DURO 58.23’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water off color; 48–55 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on 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; 62–66 degrees; 0.10’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 10–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on live shad and goldfish. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 57–60 degrees; 0.56’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged worms and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water stained; 55–59 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, weightless Flukes and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 56–60 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas rigged craws and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 1.49’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed and watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on live minnows and watermelon spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 49.75’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 0.35’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.
STEINHAGEN 1.25’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 0.88’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 47–53 degrees; 22.34’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 57–60 degrees; 2.64’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
TEXOMA Water stained; 55–59 degrees; 1.43’ low. Black bass are good on shakyhead worms, shallow crankbaits and weightless Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 2.84’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 1.74’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse jigs, smoke grubs, and watermelon crankbaits in 8–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white spoons in 20–35 feet. White bass are fair on white spoons and chrome crankbaits in 20–35 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 0.22’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 45–52 degrees; 19.28’ 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; 65–69 degrees; 2.78’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 3.69’ high. No report available.
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