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Week of July 1, 2015

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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 79–86 degrees; 0.3’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, Senkos and medium running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 27.87’ low. Black bass are excellent on topwaters, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, Senkos, frogs, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on Red Fins and topwaters. White bass are fair on crankbaits, grubs, and live minnows. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers under popping corks in 3–9 feet. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 78–87 degrees; 0.21’ high. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water stained; 81–86 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and weightless worms. Football jigs fished in deep water are effective as well. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.
BASTROP Water stained; 75–79 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 13.58’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and dark soft plastic worms in coves. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night in 30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on bacon. Yellow catfish are fair on juglines baited with live perch.
BOB SANDLIN Water murky; 80–85 degrees; 0.43’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits in green pumpkin. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on cut shad.
BONHAM Water stained, 80–85 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are excellent on topwaters, flipping jigs and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around bridges. Catfish are excellent on prepared bait, shrimp, cut bait and nightcrawlers.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are good on crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and perch off points. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, tilapia, crawfish, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on liver, shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam.
BRIDGEPORT Water stained to muddy, 0.23’ high. No report available. Use caution when navigating the lake due to floating debris.
BROWNWOOD Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 0.41’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Pop–R’s and crankbaits in 12–16 feet, and on minnows and jigs under lights at night. Crappie are good on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies in 9–12 feet. Channel catfish to 5 pounds are good on trotlines and juglines baited with cheesebait and cut shad in the river mouths. Yellow catfish to 10 pounds are good on trotlines baited with cut perch and shad in 8–12 feet.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 20.28’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, chartreuse Whacky Sticks, and Texas rigged green pumpkin Scoundrel worms on secondary points and ledges in 10–22 feet. Striped bass are fair on small Rat–L–Traps and trolling crankbaits in 1–5 feet. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows and Li’l Fishies over rock piles in 15–20 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained to muddy; 82–86 degrees; 1.20’ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow on cut shad.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam and the crappie wall. Redfish are good down rigging silver and gold spoons in 10–20 feet, and on live perch, tilapia, and crawfish near the power lines. Channel catfish are excellent on liver, bait shrimp, cheesebait, and shad. Blue catfish are good on liver and shrimp near 181 cove. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 1.12’ high. Black bass are fair on Shad Raps, Rat–L–Traps, and buzzbaits upriver near laydowns along banks in 5–10 feet early and late. Striped bass are fair on watermelon plum colored crankbaits on main lake points. White bass are fair on live bait. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke grubs and watermelon tubes on jigheads in 8–18 feet. Crappie are fair on Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows upriver over brush piles in 12 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigged Megabass Bottle Shrimp on docks. White bass are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
CHOKE CANYON Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 20.07’ low. Black bass are fair on shad colored crankbaits and watermelon soft plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and prepared bait in 5–15 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
COLEMAN Water murky; 71–75 degrees; 9.41’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad near the park. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 86 degrees in main lake, 91 at hot water discharge; 0.42’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits over grass beds. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs at the Coletoville Bridge in 10–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on live perch and cut bait in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 21.37’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water murky; 73–77 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait and live bait.
COOPER Water stained; 1.75’ high. No report available.
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; 75–79 degrees; 17.34’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon magnum flukes, jigs on ledges and drop offs, and crankbaits in 8–12 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on pink crappie jigs under bridges. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and frozen shrimp. 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 shad colored spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps in 10–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad in 10–15 feet.
FORK Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits, football jigs and flutter spoons. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 80–88 degrees; 12.91’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
GRANBURY Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.
GRANGER Water clear; 76–80 degrees; 1.31’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons near the dam. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles in 6–15 feet. Blue catfish are good on live bait in shallow flooded grassy areas. Yellow catfish are good on live bait.
GRAPEVINE Water stained to muddy; 25.81’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.
GREENBELT 34.67’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass to 9 pounds are good on purple or watermelon red soft plastic worms. Smallmouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows around brush. Bream are very good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are very good on juglines baited with cut squid. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 81–89 degrees; 20.23’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.
JOE POOL Water stained to muddy; 12.74’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water stained to muddy; 83–87; degrees; 7.51’ high. Black bass are slow on topwaters and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.
LAVON Water stained to muddy; 10.92’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.
LBJ Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and topwaters, and on shad colored Rat–L–Traps along break lines in 5–15 feet early and late. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles in 10 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and prepared bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch.
LEWISVILLE Water stained; 12.25’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 73–77 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on Zara spooks. White bass are excellent on pet spoons, troll tubes, and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 72.66’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 88–95 degrees; 0.03’ high. Black bass are fair on flick shake worms and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
MEREDITH 70.14’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water clear to stained; 87–94 degrees; 0.6’ high. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits and drop shot worms. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 71–75 degrees; 18.02’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters near the boat ramps, and on red/black soft plastic worms along banks. White bass are good on silver dollars and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 7–12 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and hot dogs. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with perch and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 79–86 degrees; 43.14’ low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Texas rigs, Senkos and crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 79–87 degrees; 18.59’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early, later switching to Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs under a slip cork. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.44’ high. Black bass are good on drop shot rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.
PALO DURO 56.13’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 79–87 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are fair to good on spinnerbaits, Texas rigs, jigs and medium running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on Road Runners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on live shad and nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 9.14’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits off points early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on live shad and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water slightly stained; 82–85 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are fair on medium to deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water stained to muddy; 7.98’ high. No report available. Use caution when navigating lake due to floating debris.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are fair on swim jigs and Carolina rigged worms. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 8.91’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and shad colored crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 15–30 feet. Bream are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and liver.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 17.47’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on shad off points. White bass are good on shad and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on dead shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 62.29’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 0.88’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 0.71’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 1.93’ high. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 79–86 degrees; 27.97’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 1.28’ high. No report available. Use caution when navigating lake as floating debris is present.
TEXOMA Water stained to muddy; 22.97’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 73–77 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastic worms in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on live bait. White bass are fair on silver spoons and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush in 10–20 feet. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers in 2–8 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 9.75’ low. Black bass are fair on black/chartreuse soft plastic worms and crankbaits in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers in 20–30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are good on shad, chartreuse crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on shad and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water stained; 0.01’ high. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 80–87 degrees; 15.88’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 8.81’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and liver.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained to muddy; 82–86 degrees; 23.56’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and bladed jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
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