Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of March 29, 2017

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Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 59 degrees; 1.88’ low. Black bass are good on 7” Power Worms, swim jigs and medium diving crankbaits. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows in the back of creeks. Catfish are good on rod and reel with cut bait and punchbait on baited holes.
AMISTAD Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 21.34’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits. Striped bass are fair on slabs, jigging spoons, and live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs, jigging spoons, and live minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and liver over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair 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; 55–61 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, Senkos and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows in the shallows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
ATHENS Water lightly stained; 65–70 degrees; 0.41’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, finesse jigs and weightless worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
BASTROP Water stained; 65–69 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on live bait, frozen shrimp, liver, and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 1.04’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 66–71 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, squarebill crankbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
BONHAM Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 3.08’ low. Black bass are good on Rat L Traps, spinnerbaits, and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good drifting cut bait.
BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics along shorelines and structure. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and Tony Accetta spoons. Redfish are good on live perch and tilapia. Channel catfish are very good on shrimp, liver, and stinkbait. Blue catfish are fair on chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 65–69 degrees: 0.08’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, squarebill crankbaits and Bandit 200 crankbaits in white shad. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass are fair on craw colored crankbaits, chartreuse/blue Bass Hogg spinnerbaits and jigs, and watermelon soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 1.97’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkin/chartreuse tailed Whacky Sticks, white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, and watermelon soft jerkbaits along drop–offs of points and pockets of creeks. Striped bass are fair to good tight lining live bait and vertically jigging silver Pirk Minnows. White bass are good on Bleeding Shiner Tiny Traps, 2” Spoiler Shads, and live minnows in the upper end of the lake. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines.
CADDO Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.90’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and grubs around reed beds along shorelines. Striped bass are good on chicken livers, shad, and spoons. Redfish are good on perch and shrimp on the bottom. Channel and blue catfish are very good on nightcrawlers, shad, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are good on white Terminator spinnerbaits, pumpkin Whacky Sticks, and albino soft plastic jerkbaits along stickups. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are fair upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 66–71 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and craws. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 19.97’ low. Black bass are good on swimbaits and Texas rigged soft plastic lizards. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and fair on jigs under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
COLEMAN Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.29’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and dark soft plastic worms or lizards. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water stained; 80 degrees at the hot water discharge, 68 degrees in main lake; 0.08’ high. Black bass are excellent on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 4–6 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs near Coletoville Bridge in 8–10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on live perch and shad in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 13.25’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are very good on stinkbait, cut bait, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water stained; 4.18’ low. No report available.
FAIRFIELD No report available.
FALCON Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 29.94’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on minnows, frozen 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 good on watermelon Wacky Worms and Senkos, white and white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, and pumpkinseed Dead Ringer worms along the outside edges of breaks. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad and shrimp over baited holes.
FORK Water lightly stained; 67–70 degrees; 2.11’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, Carolina rigged lizards and buzz frogs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water murky; 57–62 degrees; 0.03’ high. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs and buzzbaits. 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 green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms with white tails. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.
GRANGER Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.31’ high. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits around standing timber. White bass are good on spinnerbaits upriver near Dickerson’s Bottom. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs in coves and sloughs. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits, and on juglines baited with cut bait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait in the river.
GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
GREENBELT 30.82’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and 5” Yum Dingers. Crappie are fair on live minnows.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows from piers and over brush piles. Bream are fair on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish to 8 pounds are good on live worms. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 56–62 degrees; 0.32’ low. Black bass are fair on split shot rigged flukes, Senkos, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around shallow cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water lightly stained; 66–71 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs and finesse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 67–71 degrees: 0.79’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and buzzfrogs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
LAVON Water stained; 67–70 degrees: 2.10’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, wakebaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.82’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin Whacky Sticks, blue/white Terminator spinnerbaits, and soft plastic jerkbaits in 3–10 feet. Striped bass are fair on 2” Spoiler Shads and white bucktails early. White bass are fair on chrome/blue Tiny Traps, Spoiler Shads, and Blade Runners early. Crappie are good on blue tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines.
LEWISVILLE Water stained; 66–69 degrees; 0.09’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows, soft plastics, and spec rigs in the upper creeks. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on perch and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 74.11’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 72–77 degrees; 1.30’ low. Black bass are fair on topwater poppers, hollow body frogs, and Texas rig creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
MEREDITH 60.34’ 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; 72–76 degrees; 0.59’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
NASWORTHY 57–63 degrees; 1.46’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, jigs and Texas rigged lizards. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits along banks and near the dam. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 55–61 degrees; 33.18’ low. Black bass are good on jigs, Texas rigged creature baits and Yum Dingers. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 56–62 degrees; 7.89’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, Senkos and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, white buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
PALO DURO 58.92’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water off color; 55–62 degrees; 0.1’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, jigs, shakyheads and chatterbaits. 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; 64–68 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged craws and creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water lightly stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws on timber near spawning areas, soft jerkbaits and weightless Senkos. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzbaits and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 1.53’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on live minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 49.94’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, split shot rigged flukes, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on minnows and tail spinners. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.
STEINHAGEN 1.68’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on minnows near Long Bridge. Crappie are good on minnows near Long Bridge. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 57–63 degrees; 22’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 3.07’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, hollow body frogs and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
TEXOMA Water lightly stained; 65–69 degrees; 3.86’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, Pop R’s and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 2.37’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits around hydrilla beds in 6–12 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on black/chartreuse jigs over hydrilla beds. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.06’ high. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps, smoke grubs, and Baby Brush Hogs. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on chrome crankbaits and watermelon grubs in 10–25 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs and chartreuse soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 0.46’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 55–62 degrees; 19.6’ 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; 66–70 degrees; 2.99’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait and frozen shrimp.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 3.86’ high. No report available.
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