Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of August 17, 2016

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ALAN HENRY Water clear; 84 degrees; 3.41’ low. Black bass are fair early on topwaters, later switching to Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair at night under lights. Catfish are fair on juglines.
AMISTAD Water murky; 88–92 degrees; 24.52’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, crankbaits, soft plastics, and jigs in hydrilla. Striped bass are fair on jerkbaits and topwaters. White bass are fair on crankbaits and minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes in 15–40 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and throwlines 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; 1.64’ 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; 84–88 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, finesse jigs topwaters. Crappie are good on white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BASTROP Water murky; 86–90 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 1.30’ high. Black bass are good on purple soft plastic worms early. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on chrome slabs with bucktails. Crappie are fair on chrome slabs with bucktails. Channel and blue catfish are good on snails on rod & reel at night. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 85–88 degrees; 0.80’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, Texas rigged creature baits and swim jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 1.83’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rig soft plastics near the rocks. Topwaters, shallow crankbaits and swim jigs effective early. Crappie are slow on brush piles near points. Catfish are excellent on cut bait.
BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are good on crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps near the dam. Striped bass are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons near the jetty. Redfish are fair on perch and shad near the jetty. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water stained to lightly stained, 83–86 degrees: 0.48’ low. Black bass are good on Megabass Knuckle LD squarebill crankbaits and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.85’ low. Black bass to 9 pounds are excellent on topwaters, shad colored crankbaits, and watermelon, green pumpkin, and black/blue soft plastics in bushes in 8–12 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and trolling crankbaits in 12–16 feet, and on minnows and jigs under lights at night. Crappie are good on minnows and on shad or white tube jigs. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish to 5 pounds are good on juglines baited with cut perch or shad. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 0.50’ low. Black bass are fair on white Erratic jigs, watermelon Skip–N–Pop topwaters, and weightless Texas rigged blue flake Whacky Sticks in 10–20 feet early. Striped bass are fair on jigs and Rat–L–Traps early, and drifting live bait. White bass are fair on live bait and jigging Tiny Traps over rock piles. Crappie are good on minnows and Curb’s crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
CADDO Water stained to muddy; 85–88 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, weightless Senkos and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits over reed beds. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs near the dam. Redfish are fair on crawfish and tilapia along the shoreline. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise flukes, watermelon Whacky Sticks, and white/chartreuse crankbaits off points in 5–10 feet early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Smallmouth bass are good on dark soft plastics and tube jigs on main lake points. Crappie are fair on blue tube jigs and minnows around submerged brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 1.06’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, white buzzbaits and Texas rigged worms. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
CHOKE CANYON Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 22.55’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
COLEMAN Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 1.09’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water stained; 98 degrees at the hot water discharge, 87 degrees in main lake; 1.32’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 21.81’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 0.78’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are good on green striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.
COOPER Water stained to muddy; 1.29’ 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; 88–92 degrees; 33.88’ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and stinkbait. 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 chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics and small spinnerbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad.
FORK Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 1.37’ low. Black bass are good on deep diving crankbaits, black buzzbaits and Texas rigged craws flipped around bushes. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and stinkbait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 1.2’ low. Black bass are fair on Zara Spooks early, later switching to Texas rigs and medium diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.
GIBBONS CREEK Water murky. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits, and on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and shrimp.
GRANBURY Water murky; 88–92 degrees; 0.42’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live bait.
GRANGER Water murky; 87–91 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and green pumpkin soft plastics. White bass are fair on slab spoons over humps near the dam. Crappie are good on minnows around standing timber. Blue catfish are good on shad near the dam. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water stained to lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics, swim jigs and squarebill crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
GREENBELT 33.14’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water lightly stained; 89–93 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass to 3.5 pounds are fair on black worms with chartreuse tails in creek channels and drop–offs in 10–15 feet. Crappie are slow. Bream are fair on live worms off grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shad gizzards.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 85–90 degrees; 1.8’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Yellow Magics, Texas 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; 83–86 degrees; 0.60’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, topwaters and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad using rod and reel.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water stained; 2.77’ high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, topwaters and wake baits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LAVON Water stained; 85–88 degrees: 1.86’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, Texas rigged craws and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
LBJ Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.77’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored topwaters, watermelon Whacky Sticks, and Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps in 5–15 feet early. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs and live bait. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
LEWISVILLE Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.61’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, Yellow Magics and small plastic swimbaits. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on troll tubes, pet spoons, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 73.55’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 86–89 degrees; 1.37’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and white buzzbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
MEREDITH 59.63’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.83’ high. Black bass are fair on deep crankbaits and drop shot worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY 84–89 degrees; 0.77’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, medium running shad pattern crankbaits and watermelon seed jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 0.28’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs early. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 35.52’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Zara Spooks early, later switching to Texas rigs, squarebill crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 11.97’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to drop shot rigs, jigs, Texas rigs and chatterbaits. 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; 83–86 degrees; 1.09’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and spinnerbaits. Topwaters working early. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.
PALO DURO 55.2’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water off color; 84–90 degrees; 0.82’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, DT 10s, 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; 85–89 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and some topwaters. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 1.14’ low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, topwaters and wakebaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
RAY ROBERTS Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.33’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, swimjigs and buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water stained; 83–86 degrees; 0.51’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 1.25’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 87–91 degrees; 5.91’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 55.42’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 1.2’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.59’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 0.92’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 83–89 degrees; 22.89’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.90’ low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, flipping jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
TEXOMA Water stained to muddy; 83–86 degrees; 0.92’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, medium crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 1.80’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/blue flake soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 3.13’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails, and white grubs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and fresh cut perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water stained; 1.78’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 84–89 degrees; 18.78’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 2.87’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on bloodbait and shrimp.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water muddy; 10.35’ high. No report available.
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