Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of May 20, 2015

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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 68–73 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on flukes, Senkos and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs under a slip cork. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water murky; 70–74 degrees; 28.73’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, topwaters, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on large topwaters and Red Fins. White bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on liver and shrimp over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good 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 off color; 67–71 degrees; 19.08’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water stained; 74–77 degrees; 0.92’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, weightless worms and topwater poppers. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BASTROP Water stained; 72–76 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 7.51’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 0.33’ high. Black bass are good on black and blue flipping jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 72–76 degrees; 0.75’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits, jigs and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows around bridges and backs of creeks. Catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp and cut bait.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are excellent on liver and perch near Dead Tree Point, and down rigging spoons near the dam and jetty. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, cheesebait, cut bait, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
BRIDGEPORT Water stained, 72–75 degrees; 12.41’ low. Black bass are slow on black buzzbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines. Use caution when navigating lake as rise in lake levels has lots of floating debris in lake.
BROWNWOOD Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 6.62’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 28.90’ low. Black bass are good on shad colored Rat–L–Traps, white Terminator spinnerbaits, and weightless wacky rigged Whacky Sticks in 5–15 feet. Striped bass are fair drifting live bait in 25–30 feet. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps above Paradise Point. Crappie are fair on minnows and Curb’s crappie jigs. Channel catfish are good on live bait and cut bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines.
CADDO Water stained to muddy; 74–77 degrees; 2.80’ high. Black bass are fair on square bill crankbaits, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on spoons and striper jigs near the dam, and on chicken livers and shad near the dam and power lines. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and shad. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and liver near 181 cove and the railroad bridge. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 5.96’ low. Black bass are fair on JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters and flukes in feeder creeks, and on blue/chartreuse Baby Brush Hogs along deep flats in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Road Runners upriver in 5–10 feet. Smallmouth bass are fair on 6” smoke/red tubes on jigheads, chartreuse JDC curl tail grubs, and Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps along main lake points and ledges in 5–15 feet. Crappie are fair on Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows around submerged brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines in creeks.
CEDAR CREEK Water stained to muddy; 73–77 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics near docks and shallow cover. White bass are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
CHOKE CANYON Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 25.48’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Texas rigged soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnow tipped jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on punchbait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
COLEMAN Water clear; 67–71 degrees; 14.34’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic lizards, spinnerbaits and jerkbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 75 degrees in main lake, offline at hot water discharge; 0.49’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps in 8–15 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on perch and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch in 12–20 feet.
COLORADO CITY 22.38’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 0.67’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and cheesebait.
COOPER Water stained, 73–76 degrees: 2.52’ 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; 68–72 degrees; 20.70’ low. Black bass are very good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp 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 stained. Black bass are good on chartreuse shallow running crankbaits and watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastic worms along grass edges. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water lightly stained to stained; 74–77 degrees; 0.50’ high. Black bass are fair on weightless Flukes and hollow body frog near flooded grass. Reaction Innovations Trixie Shark effective as well. White and yellow bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 66–71 degrees; 15.94’ low. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live minnows in 2–8 feet. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are slow.
GRANBURY Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 0.10’ low. Black bass are good on soft plastic worms and lizards, Rat–L–Traps, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.
GRANGER Water clear; 75–79 degrees; 2.79’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and pet spoons upriver near Dickerson’s Bottom and Comanche Bluff. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water stained to muddy; 73––76 degrees; 12.83’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms and craws. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait. Call ahead as high water has some ramps closed temporarily.
GREENBELT 43.59’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.99’ high. Black bass are fair on purple soft plastic worms and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Smallmouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows near the islands. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad and live worms. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 66–71 degrees; 31.38’ low. Black bass are fair to good on shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigs and chartreuse or white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.
JOE POOL Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 7.91’ high. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slab and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water stained to muddy; 73–77; degrees; 5.64’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and large topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut shad.
LAVON Water stained to muddy; 72–76 degrees; 7.10’ high. No report available.
LBJ Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 0.35’ low. Black bass are good on JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, watermelon flukes, and green pumpkin tubes along flats in 5–12 feet. White bass are fair on Shad Raps and Tiny Traps. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 10–25 feet. Channel catfish are good on live bait and doughbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
LEWISVILLE Water stained; 72–75 degrees; 7.58’ high. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad. Call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water temporarily.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 70–74 degrees; 1.74’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on black Rat–L–Traps and Zara spooks. White bass are fair on slabs and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 89.07’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 75–84 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait.
MEREDITH 77.96’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water clear; 73–77 degrees; 0.71’ high. Black bass are fair on Reaction Innovations Sweet Beavers and hollow body frogs near shallow grass. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 10.38’ 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; 66–72 degrees; 45.55’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, weightless Grande Bass Rattlesnakes and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 67–72 degrees; 25.75’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, Texas rigs and split shot rigged flukes. 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; 72–75 degrees; 1.64’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
PALO DURO 58.96’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 66–72 degrees; 12.34’ low. Black bass are fair to good on spinnerbaits, Texas rigs, weightless Senkos and finesse jigs. 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; 67–71 degrees; 3.03’ high. 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.
RAY HUBBARD Water slightly stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are good on small swimbaits and Yellow Magic topwaters in yellow frog. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water stained to muddy; 72–75 degrees; 7.53’. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms and topwaters near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait. Call ahead as some ramps are closed temporarily due to high water.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.55’ high. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 4.09’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Senkos, lizards, and Brush Hogs. White bass are fair on jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and tube jigs in shallow areas. Bream are good on nightcrawlers and crickets. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 9.70’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 70.29’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 16.91’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.30’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 11.53’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 65–71 degrees; 28.59’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 74–77 degrees; 1.74’ low. No report available.
TEXOMA Water stained; 72–75 degrees; 17.92’. Black bass are good on crankbaits and Reaction Innovations Vixens. Crappie are slow on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. Call ahead as some ramps are closed temporarily due to high water.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and spoons in the river. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 48.16’ low. Black bass are fair on silver topwaters, watermelon Brush Hogs, and white grubs in 5–10 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on silver jigging spoons and blue/white jigs in 5–15 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait and stinkbait in 20–30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on soft plastic curltail minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 72–75 degrees; 0.09’ high. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 66–71 degrees; 27.87’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 4.06’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained to muddy; 72–76 degrees; 9.52’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and bladed jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
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