Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of December 17, 2014

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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 48–55 degrees; 9.94’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and flutter spoons. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 29.75’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, frogs, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs, spoons, and small crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs, spoons, and small crankbaits. Catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. 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 off color; 45–52 degrees; 19.42’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 48–52 degrees; 1.60’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
BASTROP Water stained; 63–67 degrees. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on live minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 12.33’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps along banks and in coves. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on doughbait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 49–54 degrees; 2.80’ low. Black bass are fair on soft jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
BONHAM Water stained, 50–54 degrees; 3.21’ low. Black bass are fair in the backs of creeks and along creek channels on crankbaits, soft plastics and jerkbaits. Crappie are slow near the bridges. Catfish are slow along the rocks on shrimp, chicken livers and stinkbait.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad. Redfish are good on crawfish, shad, shrimp, tilapia, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait near the dam. Blue catfish are fair on live bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 50–53 degrees; 24.04’ low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Vision 100 jerkbaits in pro blue and Kohoku Reaction. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are slow on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water clear; 60–64 degrees; 12.34’ low. Black bass are good on Bass Hogg spinnerbaits, craw colored jigs, and craw colored crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies, minnows, and shad colored crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and red tube jigs under lights at night. Channel catfish are good on live bait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 33.49’ low. Black bass are good on Skip–N–Pop topwaters, Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps, and silver flake Whacky Sticks in 8 – 15 feet. Striped bass are fair drifting or free lining live bait in 30–40 feet. White bass are fair on 2” plastic swim baits along the river channel. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows.
CADDO Water stained; 50–54 degrees; 0.35 high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs and flipping jigs. White and yellow bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and trotlines.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits around reed beds. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. Redfish are fair on crawfish and tilapia near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 12.11’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red Whacky Sticks on jigheads and Texas rigged grape Scoundrel worms on shaky head jigs along main lake bluffs. Striped bass are fair jigging blade baits and trolling deep running crankbaits in the lower end at first light. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on Smokin’ Green” Devil’s Tongues on drop shots and pumpkin Curb’s jigs with matching drop shot worms along ledges and over rock piles in 10–20 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with live perch.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 51–54 degrees; 6.12’ low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 27.98’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in 10–20 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white/pink tube jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, liver, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.
COLEMAN Water clear; 63–67 degrees; 19.02’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 68 degrees in main lake, 83 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.94’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and spinnerbaits near the hot water discharge in 4–8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs near Coletoville Bridge in 10–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish to 8 pounds are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 22.93’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 0.45’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps in 20–30 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water clear; 50–55 degrees; 12.65’ low. No report available. Please call ahead to verify if launching a boat is possible.
FAIRFIELD Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD has discontinued stocking the lake after another kill in early September 2011. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers.
FALCON Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 28.57’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Brush Hogs in 5–12 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut bait and stinkbait up the river. 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 stained. Black bass are good on watermelon and redbug Carolina rigged Finesse worms, and on shallow running crankbaits over grass. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water clear; 49–54 degrees; 7.38’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Wild Header bladed jigs with Megabass Spark Shad trailers. Black and blue flipping jigs along creek channel bends with timber in 6–10’ working as well. White and yellow bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and stink bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 47–55 degrees; 17.61’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers.
GRANBURY Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 10.41’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on hellbenders and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp and live minnows.
GRANGER Water clear; 63–67 degrees; 1.01’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 48–52 degrees; 12.60’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and drop shot Reaction Innovations Flirt Worms in California 420 near floating docks. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
GREENBELT 45.1’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 48–53 degrees; 29.46’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 49–54 degrees; 2.03’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, weightless flukes and soft plastic jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 50–55; degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and tube jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 50–54 degrees; 12.94’ low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and suspending bladed jigs White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
LBJ Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, Curb’s buzzbaits, and wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks in 4–6 feet. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits on downriggers and drifting live shad along the river channel. White bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 12–15 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 48–52 degrees; 7.53’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass 110 jerkbaits in Table Rock Shad and football jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 64–68 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics with chartreuse tails, and on Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad, shrimp, and prepared baits. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 90.32’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 72–86 degrees; 1.92’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms and creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows and small crankbaits. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
MEREDITH 78.91’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water clear; 51–55 degrees; 0.22’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, flick shake worms and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 2.01’ low. Black bass are good on soft plastic worms and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on shad and perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 46–51 degrees; 42.61’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 47–53 degrees; 25.37’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 49–53 degrees; 0.65’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, weightless Senkos and drop shots around docks. Crappie are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs and minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
PALO DURO 57.6’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 48–55 degrees; 14.71’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slab. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
PROCTOR Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 12.59’ low. Black bass are very good on chartreuse soft plastic worms and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 49–54 degrees; 10.43’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 48–42 degrees; 8.01’ low. Black bass are slow on umbrella rigs and heavy shakyheads near brush piles. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 49–53 degrees; 10.50’ low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and finesse worms. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 2.99’ low. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in 20–35 feet. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers. Yellow catfish are fair on minnows.
SPENCE 72.71’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 17.09’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 0.80’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 13.94’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows, hot dogs, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 43–52 degrees; 28.27’ low. Black bass are fair on flutter spoons, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 49–54 degrees; 11.98’ low. No report available. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.
TEXOMA Water clear; 48–51 degrees; 5.84’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and shakyhead worms in green pumpkin and redbug. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. Striped bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 3.68’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and chartreuse soft plastic worms and crankbaits in 20–30 feet. Striped bass are good on silver spoons and striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 57.46’ low. Black bass are good on chrome crankbaits, red shad worms, and white grubs in 10–28 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on silver spoons, white grubs, and minnows in 30–40 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs in 15–25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait in 30–48 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 49–53 degrees; 7.87’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 44–51 degrees; 29.18’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 10.63’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and topwaters. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on bait shrimp and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 50–54 degrees; 3.03’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws and flipping jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
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