Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of September 21, 2016

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ALAN HENRY Water clear main lake to muddy up river; 78 degrees; 2.58’ low. Black bass are slow on 7” Power Worms. Crappie are fair. Catfish are fair on juglines.
AMISTAD Water murky; 88–92 degrees; 19.12’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon topwaters, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cheesebait, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers 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; 1.44’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early, midday switching to squarebill crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are good on worms and stinkbait.
ATHENS Water lightly stained; 82–84 degrees; 0.80’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, spinnerbaits and Texas rig worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
BASTROP Water stained; 86–90 degrees. Black bass are good on topwaters, and on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps over grass. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, stinkbait, and liver. Yellow catfish are fair on live shad.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, shallow crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on rod and reel.
BONHAM Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 2.03’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, frogs, and buzzbaits. Jigs, shakyheads and Texas rig worms are effective under boat docks. Crappie are good on boat docks. Catfish are good on cut bait.
BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon topwaters and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons near the dam. Redfish are fair on perch and shad. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 81–84 degrees: 0.18’ high. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 1.08’ low. Black bass are very good on redbug and watermelon red Shaky Heads with Grande Bass Baby Rattlesnakes, and on topwaters late. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and Rat–L–Traps under lights at night. Crappie are fair on white Li’l Fishies and black/chartreuse tube jigs in 10–15 feet. Channel catfish are good on cut bait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on droplines baited with perch in 5–15 feet.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.27’ low. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, chartreuse Rat–L–Traps, and blue shad flukes on flats early. Striped bass are good on plastic swim baits and drifting live bait at first light. White bass are fair jigging Tiny Traps in the river channel. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained to muddy; 81–85 degrees; 0.45’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, black buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and striper jigs near the dam. Redfish are good on crawfish and tilapia along the shoreline. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, stinkbait, and shad near the discharge. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, JDC Skip–N–Pops, and Pop R’s over grass along ledges. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits over humps early. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on watermelon red JDC grubs, topwaters, and craws at daylight. Crappie are fair on chartreuse crappie jigs and live minnows over brush upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with goldfish and perch.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.12’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, topwater poppers and shakyheads near docks and shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 19.01’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/red flake soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 10–18 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.
COLEMAN Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 1.32’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, soft plastics, and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water stained; 100 degrees at the hot water discharge, 89 degrees in main lake; 1.31’ low. Black bass to 5.5 pounds are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and tube jigs near Coletoville Bridge in 8–12 feet. Tilapia are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 7 pounds are good on live perch and cut bait in 8–12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 22.13’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.14’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/blue flake soft plastics and small spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are slow.
COOPER Water stained to muddy; 1.95’ 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; 31.85’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp 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 spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad, nightcrawlers, and shrimp over baited holes.
FORK Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.58’ low. Black bass are good on white buzzbaits, hollow body frogs and football jigs. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.
GIBBONS CREEK Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon red Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.
GRANBURY Water stained; 88–92 degrees; 0.14’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and minnows.
GRANGER Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 0.83’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms and crankbaits. White bass are fair on spoons along the roadbed near the dam early and late. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles in 4–12 feet. Blue catfish are good drifting shad near the dam. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are slow on topwaters, shad pattern shallow crankbaits and shakyheads. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
GREENBELT 30.59’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on topwaters, shad colored shallow diving crankbaits, and blue flake worms at drop offs. Crappie are very good on live minnows near brush. Bream are very good on live worms around stumps near the islands. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with perch.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 85–90 degrees; 1.47’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Yellow Magics early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs, drop shot 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; 82–85 degrees; 0.92’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, shallow crankbaits and wake baits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees: 2.03’ high. Black bass are good on buzz frogs, buzzbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
LAVON Water stained; 81–84 degrees: 2.60’ low. Black bass are fair on black buzzbaits, green pumpkin flipping jigs and Texas rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Whacky Sticks, chartreuse Curb’s jigs, and pumpkinseed tubes in 8–15 feet early. Striped bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and Spoiler Shads at night. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, liver, and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 81–84 degrees; 0.45’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, shallow crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.10 high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are very good on silver striper jigs and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on troll tubes, slabs, and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 72.62’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees; 1.20’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, swim jigs and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
MEREDITH 59.93’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on deep crankbaits, squarebill crankbaits and drop shot worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
NASWORTHY 84–89 degrees; 1.3’ low. Black bass are fair to good on shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps in Liberty Hill Park. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 36.11’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Zara Spooks early, midday switching to Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, drop shot rigs 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; 11.03’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.27’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
PALO DURO 55.01’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water off color; 84–90 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are fair to good on DD22s, drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair to good on Little Georges. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cur bait.
PROCTOR Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.93’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 80–85 degrees; 1.17’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and small plastic swimbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged Flukes, topwaters and buzz frogs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 80–85 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, buzzbaits and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 1.32’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails, and on white/chartreuse spinnerbaits. White bass are good on silver spoons and chartreuse spinnerbaits off points. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 87–91 degrees; 2.90’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 55.44’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 0.73’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.73’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are fair on white Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 83–89 degrees; 23.34’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.61’ low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, bladed jigs and Texas rigged RI beavers. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait.
TEXOMA Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.29’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, medium diving crankbaits and soft plastic jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 3.20’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon craw worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shrimp and live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse topwaters, soft plastic worms and lizards, and smoke grubs in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on chrome spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 0.20’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 84–89 degrees; 18.85’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 4.10’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 5.21’ high. No report available.
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