Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of July 20, 2016

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ALAN HENRY Water clear; 87 degrees; 2.2’ low. Black bass are good early on topwaters, later watch your fish finder – fish are schooling under water and can be caught on rattle–back spoons up to 50 feet deep. Crappie are fair at night under lights. Catfish are fair on juglines.
AMISTAD Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 24.13’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on shad and chartreuse topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs and small spinnerbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver, and shrimp over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair 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; 85–89 degrees; 0.69’ low. No reports on black bass. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows in the shallows. Catfish are good on worms and stinkbait.
ATHENS Water lightly stained; 86–91 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are fair weightless Senkos and football jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
BASTROP Water murky; 83–87 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 17.36’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.22’ low. Black bass are fair on shad pattern deep diving crankbaits and Carolina rigged worms. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BONHAM Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees; 1.03’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, Texas rigged worms and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on brush piles in 10–12’. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.
BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are good on crankbaits and watermelon soft plastics near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver, shad, and gold spoons along shorelines. Redfish are fair on perch and shad in the reeds. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, cut bait, and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.
BRIDGEPORT Water stained to lightly stained, 84–89 degrees: 0.29’ high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.
BROWNWOOD Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms over brush piles in 15–25 feet. Hybrid striper are fair on shad at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, Chug Bugs, and Texas rigged watermelon soft plastics. Striped bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and swim baits. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies around brush. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained to muddy; 85–91 degrees; 0.50’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics near the jetty. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and striper jigs near the dam. Redfish are fair on live perch and tilapia along the shoreline. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on live bait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.85’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters, Rat–L–Traps, and watermelon soft plastics along shorelines. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Tiny Traps early and late. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke grubs, and dark crankbaits early. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on liver and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on goldfish and perch.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.58’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws and shakeyheads on docks with brush. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 22.05’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and watermelon soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
COLEMAN Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and chartreuse topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 98 degrees at the hot water discharge, 88 degrees in main lake; 0.57’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and crankbaits in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs in 10–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish to 9 pounds are fair on live perch and cut bait in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 20.89’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.67’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and white spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.
COOPER Water stained to muddy; 0.57’ 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; 85–89 degrees; 30.82’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jigs, and Carolina rigged magnum flukes. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are excellent on live minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on shrimp, shad, 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 spinnerbaits and small Rat–L–Traps. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and cut bait over baited holes.
FORK Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.91’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged Flukes, football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on topwaters, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.
GIBBONS CREEK Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait.
GRANBURY Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on minnows, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.
GRANGER Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.83’ high. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and watermelon soft plastics. White bass are fair on pet spoons and small spinnerbaits early and late. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs in 10–15 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with perch and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water stained to muddy; 85–90 degrees; 4.23’ high. Black bass good on Texas rigged soft plastics and shakyheads. White bass and hybrid bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
GREENBELT 32.26’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on green pumpkin football jigs and crankbaits in brush in 14–20 feet. Crappie are very good on live minnows over brush tops in 15 feet. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad or perch.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 85–90 degrees; 0.81’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits and Pop–Rs early, later switching to Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and live shad.
JOE POOL Water lightly stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water stained; 2.90’ high. Black bass are good on football jigs, topwaters and Carolina rigged worms. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
LAVON Water stained; 86–90 degrees: 0.27’ low. Black bass are slow on buzzbaits, wakebaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.72’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards, and on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.
LEWISVILLE Water stained; 85–90 degrees; 1.64’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and topwater walking baits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on slabs, troll tubes, and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 72.82’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 88–93 degrees; 0.98’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Senkos and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
MEREDITH 58.37’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water stained; 86–92 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and drop shot worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
NASWORTHY 84–89 degrees; 1.05’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Zara Spooks early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and wacky rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 0.75’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 34.02’ low. Black bass are fair to good on weightless flukes, jigs, medium running shad pattern crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 10.85’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.50’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
PALO DURO 54.16’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water off color; 84–90 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair on wacky rigs, Texas rigs, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on split shot weighted live minnows. White bass are fair to good on Road Rooster Tails. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cur bait.
PROCTOR Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water stained; 85–90 degrees; 0.12’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, medium and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
RAY ROBERTS Water stained; 85–90 degrees; 0.34’ high. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits, football jigs and Carolina rigged Flukes. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water stained; 84–90 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 0.41’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 12.61’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 54.14’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 0.3’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.27’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 4.38’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 83–89 degrees; 22.33’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, flipping jigs and Texas rigged craws on docks and lily pads. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.
TEXOMA Water stained to muddy; 85–89 degrees; 1.38’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters, crankbaits and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.55’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon topwaters and shallow running crankbaits along shorelines. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, and shrimp in 25–30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 1.04’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water stained; 0.87’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 84–89 degrees; 17.81’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water muddy; 20.91’ high. No report available.
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