Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of January 18, 2017

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ALAN HENRY Water fairly clear, stained toward the river; 50 degrees; 1.54’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, medium and deep diving crankbaits, swimbaits and jerkbaits. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are excellent on rod and reel with punchbait on a #6 treble hook up the river and at the mouths of the creeks.
AMISTAD Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 17.10’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on slabs and grubs. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and droplines 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; 0.67’ 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; 51–53 degrees; 0.44’ high. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, Texas rig creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
BASTROP Water stained; 61–65 degrees. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and chartreuse jigs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 1.14’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with frozen shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 51–54 degrees; 0.74’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BONHAM Water lightly stained; 48–51 degrees; 2.81’ low. Black bass are slow on jerkbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good drifting cut bait.
BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad. Redfish are fair on tilapia, crawfish, perch, and shad near Dead Tree Point. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and shad.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 47–51 degrees: 0.15’ high. Black bass are fair on Megabass Vision 110 jerkbaits in mat shad, lipless crankbaits and chartreuse with brown back crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 2.04’ low. Black bass are good on black Curb’s hair jigs, tequila sunrise JDC curl tail grubs on jigheads, and suspending crankbaits over rock piles in 8–18 feet. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs, and jigging Spoiler Shad swim baits and Pirk Minnows near Garrett Island in 20–30 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CADDO Water stained; 51–54 degrees; 0.50’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, weightless Senkos and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps near the dam. Striped bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and chicken livers along the shoreline. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 62–65 degrees; 0.34’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon red crankbaits, pumpkinseed worms, and watermelon tubes on jigheads along bluffs. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4’s on down riggers over humps in the lower end of the lake in 40–60 feet. White bass are fair but small on white spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Smallmouth bass are very good on Tomato Red JDC grubs and smoke/red flake tubes on jigheads. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 49–52 degrees; 1.14’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, split shot Flukes and suspending jerkbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 19.83’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon jigs and large soft plastic lizards in the grass, and fair on crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows upriver. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 1.28’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 67 degrees at the hot water discharge, 57 degrees in main lake; 2.77’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and crankbaits in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 12.79’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon and watermelon red soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow.
COOPER Water stained to muddy; 3.81’ 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; 62–66 degrees; 32.74’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on 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 fair on Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water lightly stained; 48–52 degrees; 2.62’ low. Black bass are fair on flutter spoons, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water murky; 50–56 degrees; 0.3’ 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 watermelon soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.
GRANGER Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are fair on shrimp and prepared baits in 6–15 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water stained; 48–51 degrees; 1.92’ high. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits, shakeyhead worms and lipless crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
GREENBELT 31.07’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on watermelon soft plastic worms near the dam in 12–15 feet, and on Brush Hogs near the pump station in 8–12 feet. White bass are fair across from the marina. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs near the dam and around piers. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines near the islands.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 51–55 degrees; 0.5’ 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; 47–50 degrees; 0.37’ high. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAVON Water stained; 49–52 degrees: 3.10’ low. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LBJ Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 4.85’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue Curb’s jigs and PBJ colored Snag Proof jigs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair to good on Pirk Minnows and Li’l Fishies in the channel near the power plant. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles and under heated docks. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
LEWISVILLE Water stained; 48–51 degrees; 0.84’ high. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 0.25’ high. Black bass are fair on black/silver spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 73.59’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 83–88 degrees; 1.72’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, squarebill crankbaits, and Texas rig craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
MEREDITH 60.65’ 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; 83–87 degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY 49–55 degrees; 1.35’ 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; 61–65 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs at the marina. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 49–56 degrees; 33.79’ low. Black bass are fair on pearl crankbaits, Texas rigs and swimjigs. 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; 9.09’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, crankbaits and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 48–50 degrees; 0.67’ low. Black bass are good on flipping jigs, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
PALO DURO 57.61’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water off color; 48–55 degrees; 0.2’ high. Black bass are fair to good on swimjigs, Texas rigs and medium running crankbaits. 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; 59–63 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 47–50 degrees; 0.99’ low. Black bass are slow on umbrella rigs, shallow crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water stained; 48–51 degrees; 0.84’ high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, soft plastic jerkbaits and football jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 47–50 degrees; 1.46’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, swim jigs and finesse jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 3.10’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics worms, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on live minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and watermelon tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 49.97’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 0.31’ 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 1.60’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 59–63 degrees; 0.51’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and watermelon seed worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 47–53 degrees; 23.78’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 49–53 degrees; 2.70’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and flipping jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
TEXOMA Water stained; 47–50 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 3.80’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 1.90’ high. Black bass are good on chrome jigging spoons, black jigs, and smoke grubs in 28–45 feet. Striped bass are fair on chrome spoons in 30–40 feet. White bass are good on minnows and chrome jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait in 30–48 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on white striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 0.55’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 45–52 degrees; 19.48’ 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; 62–66 degrees; 2.83’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen liver, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 3.88’ high. No report available.
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