Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of January 28, 2015

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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 42–46 degrees; 9.56’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs and shakyheads. No report on crappie. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water murky; 58–62 degrees; 29.27’ low. Black bass are good on slabs, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on slabs, crankbaits, and grubs. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on shrimp, nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 41–45 degrees; 19.53’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 47–51 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs and Flukes near grass. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
BASTROP Water stained; 56–60 degrees. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and chartreuse jigs. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 15–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 12.58’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with frozen shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 48–51 degrees; 1.63’ low. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 46–49 degrees; 2.79’ low. Black bass are fair along creek channels and rocks on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft plastics and jerkbaits. Crappie are slow near the bridges. Catfish are slow drifting on shrimp, chicken livers and cut bait.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in the reeds and near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and shad at Dead Tree Point, and down rigging silver and gold spoons and marble spinners near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait near the spillway. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 45–49 degrees; 24.19’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and small spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Channel catfish are slow on trotlines. Call ahead as lake access is becoming severely limited.
BROWNWOOD Water clear; 52–56 degrees; 12.42’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse jigs, crankbaits, and watermelon worms in 10–25 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles in 10–25 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, minnows and frozen shrimp in 10–20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 33.14’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black Rat–L–Traps and white grubs on jigheads over deeper rock piles along ledges and points in 8–20 feet. Striped bass are good drifting live shad near Garrett Island in 28–40 feet. White bass are fair jigging Tiny Traps and Pirk Minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CADDO Water stained; 49–53 degrees; 1.20’ high. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, black and blue flipping jigs and bladed jigs. White and yellow bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait near the railroad trestle. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 11.65’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms, perch colored spinnerbaits, and shallow running chartreuse crankbaits over 5–10 feet. Striped bass are fair on jigging spoons and silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Smallmouth bass are good on Tomato Red JDC grubs and smoke/red flake tubes on jigheads. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 47–50 degrees; 4.92’ low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 28.34’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on minnows upriver. Crappie are slow. Drum are fair on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait in 2–7 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 19.22’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and dark red soft plastics, Rat–L–Traps, and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 52 degrees in main lake, 69 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.79’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 23.01’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 0.06’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on liver and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water clear, 45–49 degrees: 10.91’ low. No report available. Please call ahead to verify if launching a boat is possible.
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; 56–60 degrees; 26.53’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on 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 fair on Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water clear; 47–51 degrees; 6.99’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and umbrella rigs. Some fish being caught on black and blue jigs near creek channels. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 42–45 degrees; 17.42’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on live bait and chicken livers.
GRANBURY Water murky; 52–56 degrees; 10.31’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.
GRANGER Water stained; 48–52 degrees; 1.93’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 45–49 degrees; 12.00’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and football jigs near brush piles. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
GREENBELT 44.80’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 52–56 degrees; 0.45’ high. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on black/red skirted spinnerbaits, yellow and perch colored crankbaits, and black/red soft plastic worms in 5–15 feet. Smallmouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are very good on live minnows near the dam and around piers and brush. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 42–46 degrees; 29.89’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 46–50 degrees; 1.33’ low. Black bass are slow on small swimbaits, weightless flukes and fish head spins. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on cut shad.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 48–52; degrees; 1.05’ high. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and tube jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 46–49 degrees; 12.12’ low. No report available. Call ahead to verify lake access due to low water.
LBJ Water stained; 54–58 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are fair to good on pumpkinseed crankbaits and yellow/white spinnerbaits over and around humps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads in the channel. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 45–48 degrees; 7.07’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass 110 jerkbaits in French Pearl, as well as football jigs near isolated rocky points on main lake. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 55–59 degrees; 0.98’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and Charlie slabs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 90.47’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 51–59 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are fair on black and blue flipping jigs near laydowns and near bean bushes. Texas rigged craws and squarebill crankbaits around same cover is effective as well. Crappie are good on minnow and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
MEREDITH 78.7’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water clear; 44–48 degrees; 0.90’ high. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs in black and blue and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 53–57 degrees; 1.45’ low. Black bass are good on slabs near the dam. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles near the dam in 8–10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cheesebait near the dam. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 42–46 degrees; 43.43’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows. Catfish are fair on live bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 41–45 degrees; 25.52’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 45–50 degrees; 0.43’ high. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and flipping jigs on brushed out docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
PALO DURO 58.22’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 42–47 degrees; 14.63’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, shakyheads and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water murky; 56–60 degrees; 12.64’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 46–49 degrees; 9.20’ low. Black bass are slow on crankbaits, smaller umbrella rigs and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 46–50 degrees; 7.99’ low. Black bass are fair on Swormin’ Hornet jigheads rigged with flukes as well as drop shots worms near deeper timber. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 45–49 degrees; 10.04’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and Senkos. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 56–60 degrees; 0.54’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 57–61 degrees; 3.67’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 73.63’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 17.16’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 0.42’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 56–60 degrees; 14.64’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and small crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Carp are fair on corn. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 42–46 degrees; 28.2’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 46–50 degrees; 11.31’ low. No report available. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.
TEXOMA Water clear; 44–48 degrees; 5.51’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and Spy Baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles. Striped bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 2.60’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and doughbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 56.58’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 25–35 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies around docks. Crappie are good on minnows and pink/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs in coves. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on red wigglers. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 45–49 degrees; 7.09’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 41–45 degrees; 29.28’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 10.42’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, liver, and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 46–51 degrees; 3.81’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin flipping jigs and bladed jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
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