Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of May 24, 2017

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ALAN HENRY Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 69 degrees main lake, 72 degrees up the river; 2.67’ low. Black bass are slow on 7” Power Worms, spoons and shakyheads with Z Man TRDs (some bass still moving up). Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on rod and reel with cut bait and punchbait on baited holes.
AMISTAD Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 32.83’ low. Black bass are very good on Yamamoto Senkos, Rat–L–Traps, and watermelon soft plastics and topwaters. Striped bass are good on Sassy Shad, swimbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on bloodbait and punchbait. 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; 65–69 degrees; 1.03’ low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Texas rigs, drop shot 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; 73–77 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, weightless Senkos and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on rod and reel and trotlines.
BASTROP Water stained; 73–77 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.78’ high. Black bass are good trolling Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are good on shad in 20 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch and live shad.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and creature baits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BONHAM Water lightly stained; 73–76 degrees; 2.94’ low. Black bass are good on topwater baits, shallow crankbaits, and Texas rigged soft plastics around rocks, docks and secondary points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good cut bait and frozen shad.
BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and perch off points. Redfish are fair on tilapia, crawfish, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait near the dam. Yellow catfish are slow.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 73–77 degrees: 0.22’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, topwater poppers and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.42’ low. Black bass are good on RJA crankbaits and flukes in the evenings in 3–5 feet, and on spinnerbaits around docks early. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows and watermelon jigs off lighted docks at night in 5–15 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon tube jigs over brush piles in 5–10 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are good on white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, watermelon topwaters, and green pumpkin Whacky Sticks with chartreuse tails along lake points in 8–12 feet at first light. Striped bass are fair on topwaters and Rat–L–Traps, and drifting live bait on the surface in 20–30 feet near the Lighthouse. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps and jigging Pirk Minnows and Tiny Traps over rock piles in 20–30 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and watermelon tube jigs over brush piles in 12 feet. Channel catfish are good on live bait and cut bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and minnows.
CADDO Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 1.50’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, buzzbaits, and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs between the dam and the crappie wall. Redfish are fair on live perch, tilapia, and crawfish near the power lines. Channel catfish are very good on liver, shrimp, and shad. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are fair on tomato red JDC grubs, watermelon red Whacky Sticks, and Texas rigged watermelon red finesse worms along bluff ledges in 8–16 feet. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and 1oz. Pirk Minnows in 30 feet. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on root beer/green JDC curl tailed grubs and craws, and smoke/red tubes on ball jigheads in 10 feet on main lake points and ledges. Crappie are good on pink tube jigs and live minnows upriver around submerged brush piles over break lines. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 73–76 degrees; 0.07’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 21.05’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon deep running crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on nightcrawlers and spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on cut bait.
COLEMAN Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.64’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms and lizards. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 90 degrees at the hot water discharge, 79 degrees in main lake; 1.01’ low.
COLORADO CITY 13.99’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.43’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Texas and Carolina rigged soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water stained; 3.22’ low. No report available.
FAIRFIELD No report available.
FALCON Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 33.60’ low. Black bass are good on shallow running crankbaits in 10–12 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on liver, cut bait, stinkbait, and frozen shrimp. 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 fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and soft plastics in 8–16 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp over baited holes.
FORK Water lightly stained; 74–77 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are good on deep diving crankbaits, football jigs and Carolina rigged worms. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water murky; 66–69 degrees; 0.45’ low. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits early, later switching to Rat–L–Traps, Texas rigs 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 soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on minnows, shrimp, and liver.
GRANBURY Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.
GRANGER Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.51’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps around shallow main lake roadbeds. Crappie are fair on marabou jigs in 4–12 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait in 4–15 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait upriver.
GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 73–76 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, football jigs and topwater poppers. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
GREENBELT 30.45’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Texas rigs, Rat–L–Traps and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in creek channels. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad, live worms, and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 64–68 degrees; 0.83’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Whopper Ploppers early, later switching to 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; 72–75 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, weightless Senkos and wacky worms. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water stained; 74–79 degrees: 2.63’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, hollow body frogs and weightless worms. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
LAVON Water stained; 74–78 degrees: 0.96’ low. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, watermelon Curb’s Erratic jigs, and weightless green pumpkin Texas rigged Whacky Sticks along break lines of flats in 6–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles in 15 feet. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 73–76 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, squarebill crankbaits and Megabass Pop Max poppers in gill. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are good but small on pet spoons and slabs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 8–15 feet. Blue catfish are fair on shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
MACKENZIE 73.16’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 74–82 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, hollow body frogs, and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
MEREDITH 59.32’ low. TPWD has begun restocking the lake with Walleye. Reports of black bass are limited. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.
MONTICELLO Water stained; 75–84 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, buzz frogs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
NASWORTHY 63–68 degrees; 1.13’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, finesse jigs and Texas rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and minnows in Liberty Hill Park. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair but small on minnows at Crappie Point. Channel catfish are good on minnows and stinkbait in baited areas. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad and goldfish. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 63–68 degrees; 33.52’ low. Black bass are good on Whopper Ploppers early, later switching to shallow running crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 8’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs and topwaters. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 73–76 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, buzzbaits and Whopper Ploppers. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
PALO DURO 58.95’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water off color; 63–68 degrees; 0.61’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs, medium running shad pattern crankbaits and green pumpkin 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 stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits off points. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on live shad and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on prepared bait in the upper end of the lake. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.49’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, topwater walking baits and football jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water lightly stained; 74–77 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, topwater poppers and Carolina rigged worms. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, topwaters and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 1.50’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows, hellbenders, and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 0.12’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad off points. White bass are fair on live shad off points. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on dead shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 50.3’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 1.38’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows in the shallows. White bass are fair to good on Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.
STEINHAGEN 0.89’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 57–63 degrees; 22.34’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water lightly stained; 74–78 degrees; 2.03’ low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, swim jigs and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.
TEXOMA Water lightly stained; 72–75 degrees; 0.44’ high. Black bass are good on weightless Flukes, topwater poppers and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.83’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms in 12–22 feet. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush in 15–25 feet. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers in 2–6 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 1.77’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps, watermelon worms, and smoke grubs in 8–24 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows in 20–30 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs in 10–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows and shrimp in 20–35 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are good on shad and small spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 0.87’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 55–62 degrees; 20.18’ 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; 72–76 degrees; 2.37’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and liver.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 6.47’ high. No report available.
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