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Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of March 4, 2015

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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 42–46 degrees; 9.92’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps, jigs and Texas rigs. No report on crappie. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water murky; 57–61 degrees; 29.23’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits under birds. White bass are fair on slabs and small crankbaits under birds. Catfish are fair on prepared bait over baited holes. 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; 41–45 degrees; 19.69’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 41–45 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and soft jerkbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.
BASTROP Water stained; 54–58 degrees. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits, crankbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and black/blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 12.74’ low. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night in 18–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 42–46 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 43–46 degrees; 2.845 low. Black bass are slow on rattletraps, crankbaits, jigs and jerkbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair drifting with cut bait.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs near the pier. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 41–44 degrees; 24.17’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and hair jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines. Call ahead as lake access is becoming severely limited.
BROWNWOOD Water clear; 51–55 degrees; 12.63’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue Bass Hogg jigs, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies off lighted docks. Crappie are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 52–56 degrees; 32.82’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps, pumpkinseed lizards, and black/chartreuse Curb’s hair jigs over main lake humps. Striped bass are good on chartreuse spoons and white striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows in 15–25 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CADDO Water stained; 45–48 degrees; 1.60’ high. Black bass are fair on white bladed jigs, Texas rigged worms and black/blue flipping jigs. White and yellow bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on rod and reel and cut shad.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed worms, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on spoons and jigs near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp near the railroad trestle. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 11.40’ low. Black bass are good on black/chartreuse hair jigs in 15–25 feet, and Texas rigged black Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads. Striped bass are slow. White bass fair on minnows and small white crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 42–45 degrees; 3.83’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and shakeyhead worms in watermelon red. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 54–58 degrees; 28.80’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water clear; 54–58 degrees; 19.48’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 58 degrees in main lake, 71 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.30’ low. Black bass to 14 pounds are good on chartreuse crankbaits, soft plastics, and spinnerbaits in 4–8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 12 pounds are good on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 23.16’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed worms and lizards. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.
COOPER Water clear, 45–49 degrees: 8.89’ 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; 55–59 degrees; 25.26’ low. Black bass are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in shallow areas. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very 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 watermelon, green pumpkin, and redbug Carolina rigged soft plastics off deep points. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water clear; 42–46 degrees; 6.10’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigs, drop shots and football jigs. White and yellow bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows near bridges. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 42–45 degrees; 17.18’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and hot dogs.
GRANBURY Water murky; 52–56 degrees; 9.43’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are slow.
GRANGER Water clear; 52–56 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass are fair on jigs and spinnerbaits along the river channel. White bass are fair on white grubs in the river below Dickerson’s Bottom. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night upriver. Blue catfish are fair on shad and prepared baits. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 41–44 degrees; 10.70’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads, finesse jigs and deep crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
GREENBELT 44.46’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 53–57 degrees; 0.25’ high. Black bass to 9 pounds are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms and lizards, crankbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and black/red flake Carolina rigged worms. Smallmouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows around structure. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 42–46 degrees; 30.31’ low. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 42–46 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and drop shot finesse worms. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 43–47; degrees; 1.78’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 42–45 degrees; 10.21’ low. No report available. Call ahead to verify lake access due to low water.
LBJ Water stained; 53–57 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are very good on Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps, Curb’s buzzbaits, and wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks in 6–12 feet. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good vertically jigging Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 12–15 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows under crappie docks. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 40–44 degrees; 6.07’ low. Black bass are slow on drop shots and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 54–58 degrees; 0.51’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 90.61’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 55–65 degrees; 0.00’ high. Black bass are fair on shallow/medium crankbaits in shad patterns and double willow white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and tube jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
MEREDITH 78.37’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water clear; 41–45 degrees; 0.88’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, flipping jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 53–57 degrees; 1.41’ low. Black bass are fair green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs off piers. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 42–46 degrees; 43.08’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps, jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows. Catfish are fair on live bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 41–45 degrees; 25.69’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 42–45 degrees; 0.53’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, shakyheads, and green pumpkin flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. White bass are fair on minnow and slabs. Catfish are slow on cut shad and prepared bait.
PALO DURO 58.77’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 42–47 degrees; 14.5’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to on shiners and nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 12.81’ low. Black bass are fair on deep running crankbaits and spinnerbaits off points. Striped bass are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 10–15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on live shad and goldfish. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 42–46 degrees; 7.91’ low. Black bass are slow on crankbaits, smaller umbrella rigs and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 41–44 degrees; 7.30’ low. Black bass are slow on drop shot finesse worms, jigging spoons and Texas rigs near deeper timber. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs near brush piles. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and cut shad.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 41–45 degrees; 10.14’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shot worms. White bass are slow on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise and pumpkinseed soft plastics. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Bream are slow. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 56–60 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black Rat–L–Traps and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 74.4’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 17.31’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 0.61’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 14.92’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 42–46 degrees; 28.4’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 42–46 degrees; 10.04’ 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; 41–44 degrees; 5.03’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and watermelon finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 51–55 degrees; 2.00’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 55.28’ low. Black bass are fair on purple/black soft plastic worms and crawfish crankbaits in 12–30 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies in 30–40 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows in 20–35 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs and silver slabs. White bass are good on minnows and silver slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 41–45 degrees; 7.32’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 41–45 degrees; 29.47’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 10.30’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 42–47 degrees; 5.43’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin flipping jigs and bladed jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
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