Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of August 24, 2016

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ALAN HENRY Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 3.6’ low. Black bass are fair early on buzzbaits, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair at night under lights. Catfish are fair on juglines.
AMISTAD Water murky; 88–92 degrees; 24.28’ 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; 1.26’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows in the shallows. Catfish are good on worms and stinkbait.
ATHENS Water lightly stained; 82–85 degrees; 0.48’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, hollow body frogs and topwaters. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
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; 3.18’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs on the bottom. White bass are good trolling Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are excellent on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on Vienna sausages. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 83–86 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, Texas rigged creature baits, topwaters and swim jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water lightly stained; 81–84 degrees; 1.62’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rig soft plastics and jigs on docks. Topwaters 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 lightly stained, 81–85 degrees: 1.10’ high. Black bass are good on white buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs. 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; 0.79’ low. Black bass 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 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; 0.24’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, perch colored topwaters, and watermelon red soft plastic worms early. Striped bass are good on green striper jigs and live bait at first light. White bass are fair on pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs. Channel catfish are good on liver and minnows. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained to muddy; 83–86 degrees; 0.90’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, weightless Senkos and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. 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; 0.86’ high. Black bass are fair to good on chartreuse crankbaits, watermelon JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, and Texas rigged red flake worms along break lines and ledges early and late. Striped bass are fair trolling watermelon crankbaits off main points. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on white JDC grubs early. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, buzzbaits and Texas rigged worms near docks and shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 22.16’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 1.17’ 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; 99 degrees at the hot water discharge, 87 degrees in main lake; 1.23’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on crankbaits and soft plastics in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and tube jigs in 8–10 feet. Talapia to 6 pounds are good bow fishing in the shallows. Channel and blue catfish to 15 pounds are good on droplines baited with live perch and cut bait in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 21.81’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver, and shrimp.
COOPER Water stained to muddy; 1.22’ 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; 33.81’ 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; 82–85 degrees; 1.27’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, white buzzbaits and Texas rigged craws flipped around bushes. Some schooling action noted. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and stinkbait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 0.99’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, Carolina 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 chartreuse soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and live bait.
GRANBURY Water murky; 88–92 degrees; 0.53’ 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; 4.40’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 81–84 degrees; 2.62’ high. Black bass are good on Megabass V4 buzzbaits in shad pattern as well as Megabass S Crank 1.2 in MB Sexy Shad. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
GREENBELT 33.08’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass to 5 pounds are fair on green/black soft plastics in 3–6 feet. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush. Bream are fair on live worms. Channel and blue catfish to 3 pounds are good on trotlines baited with cut shad.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 85–90 degrees; 1.32’ 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; 82–85 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, topwaters and swim jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on rod and reel.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water stained; 83–86 degrees: 3.07’ high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, topwaters and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAVON Water stained; 82–85 degrees: 1.71’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, flipping jigs and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
LBJ Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.88’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and on pumpkinseed soft plastics early and late. Striped bass are fair on live bait and Li’l Fishies early. White bass are fair on live minnows. Crappie are good on white Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, Yellow Magics and small plastic swimbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 86–90 degrees. 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 73.67’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 85–88 degrees; 0.85’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and white buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
MEREDITH 59.8’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water stained; 85–88 degrees; 0.95’ high. Black bass are fair on deep crankbaits and drop shot worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY 84–89 degrees; 0.91’ 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; 3.80’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 35.61’ 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; 10.91’ 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; 81–84 degrees; 0.86’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and spinnerbaits. Topwaters working early. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
PALO DURO 55.24’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water off color; 84–90 degrees; 0.12’ 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; 0.57’ 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; 82–85 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, topwaters and wakebaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
RAY ROBERTS Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged Flukes, swimjigs and buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 81–84 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 1.03’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 87–91 degrees; 5.93’ 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 55.27’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 1.1’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.65’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 2.92’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 83–89 degrees; 22.94’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.99’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, bladed jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.
TEXOMA Water stained to muddy; 81–84 degrees; 1.10’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, small plastic swimbaits on jigheads and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 1.56’ 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; 1.22’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. 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 lightly stained; 0.14’ high. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 84–89 degrees; 18.82’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 2.74’ 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 stained; 7.70’ high. No report available.
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