Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of March 25, 2015

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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 51–56 degrees; 9.96’ low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, Rat–L–Traps, shakyheads 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; 57–61 degrees; 29.07’ low. Black bass are good on jigs, crankbaits, jigging spoons, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs, white grubs, and jigging spoons up the Rio Grande. White bass are good on slabs, white grubs, and jigging spoons up the Rio Grande. Catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and cheesebait over baited holes in 80–130 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; 52–57 degrees; 19.6’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.48’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, craws and worms. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on cut shad.
BASTROP Water stained; 54–58 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 12.11’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on blue jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night in 25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water murky; 57–63 degrees; 0.44’ high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits and swim jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
BONHAM Water stained, 54–59 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are slow on rattletraps, jigs, crankbaits, bladed jigs and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows around bridges and boat docks. Catfish are fair with cut bait around creeks.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in the reeds and near the jetty and dam. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water stained, 53–58 degrees; 23.90’ low. Black bass are good on shallow to medium crankbaits in chartreuses. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. Call ahead as lake access is becoming severely limited.
BROWNWOOD Water clear; 51–55 degrees; 12.53’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse jigs and watermelon soft plastics in 10–30 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 10–30 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, minnows, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 32.40’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin JDC Craws, JDC RocKraw trailers, and black/blue Whacky Sticks on jigheads along ledges in 12–20 feet. Striped bass are good jigging chartreuse striper jigs, trolling crankbaits, and drifting live bait in 20–30 feet. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows, Shad Raps, and live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CADDO Water stained to muddy; 59–63 degrees; 3.00’ high. Black bass are fair on white bladed jigs, small crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on cut shad.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits around reed beds and near the dam. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 11.06’ low. Black bass are fair on black/chartreuse hair jigs, Texas rigged grape Scoundrel worms, and suspending jerkbaits on shaky jigheads. Striped bass are good vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. White bass are fair jigging Blade Baits along the main river channel at mid lake in 40 feet. Smallmouth bass are very good on JDC smoke/red flake tubes and tomato red drop shot worms over rock piles in 12–25 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and crappie jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water stained to muddy; 57–60 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and swimjigs. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 54–58 degrees; 28.21’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and lizards, and on jigs over grass. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits and Rapalas. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.
COLEMAN Water clear; 54–58 degrees; 19.39’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits, and on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 65 degrees in main lake, 71 degrees at hot water discharge; 0.25’ high. Black bass are excellent on green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and live perch in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 23.15’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 0.51’ high. Black bass are fair on firetiger soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.
COOPER Water stained, 59–64 degrees: 2.14’ low. 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; 55–59 degrees; 24.00’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, small soft plastics, and slow rolling spinnerbaits in 15–25 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, stinkbait, liver, 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 chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 2.92’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Some fish starting to spawn. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near bridges. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 51–56 degrees; 16.86’ low. Black bass are fair on flukes, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and June bug soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water murky; 52–56 degrees; 8.42’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.
GRANGER Water murky; 52–56 degrees; 1.59’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are fair on prepared baits in 6–15 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 57–61 degrees; 9.39’ low. Black bass are good on small crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
GREENBELT 44.32’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.96’ high. Black bass to 9 pounds are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms, and green pumpkin with red and green metal flake soft plastic worms. Smallmouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with bream. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 52–57 degrees; 30.5’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.
JOE POOL Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water stained to muddy; 60–64; degrees; 8.94’ high. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LAVON Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 4.93’ low. No report available.
LBJ Water stained; 53–57 degrees; 0.32’ low. Black bass are very good on Curb’s buzzbaits and weightless watermelon red Whacky Sticks along laydowns and stumps on creek points. Striped bass are good on Creme 2” Spoiler Shads and Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and worms. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 56–60 degrees; 4.08’ low. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 54–58 degrees; 0.73’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits in the creeks. Striped bass are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and spec rigs. Crappie are good on minnows in the creeks. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 90.65’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 60–65 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
MEREDITH 78.25’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water clear; 58–63 degrees; 0.86’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 53–57 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 52–57 degrees; 43.27’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs (moving shallow). Catfish are fair to good on live bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 51–55 degrees; 25.71’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. 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; 57–61 degrees; 1.45’ high. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on minnow and slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.
PALO DURO 59.04’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 52–56 degrees; 14.3’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, split shot weighted flukes and Rat–L–Traps. 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; 50–54 degrees; 12.57’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 59–63 degrees; 5.83’ low. Black bass are good on shallow/medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. White bass are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 5.65’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and umbrella rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs near brush piles. White bass are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 57–60 degrees; 6.24’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and drop shot worms. White bass are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 4.41’ high. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and silver spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 3.35’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green/black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 74.63’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 17.01’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 2.17’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 14.15’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 51–56 degrees; 28.38’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 6.65’ low. No report available.
TEXOMA Water clear; 57–61 degrees; 3.88’ low. Black bass are good on shaky heads, medium crankbaits and small swimbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 1.18’ high. Black bass are fair on dark red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait, frozen shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 53.41’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms, green pumpkin flukes, and crawfish crankbaits in 5–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on white grubs and gold jigging spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and fresh cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on minnows and green soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 57–60 degrees; 7.33’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 51–57 degrees; 29.56’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 9.44’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and white jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained to muddy; 61–64 degrees; 14.47’ high. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin flipping jigs and bladed jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
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