Hill Country Region Week of May 17, 2017

Brownwood
Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.42' low. Black bass are excellent on Bass Hogg Gorilla jigs, green pumpkin soft plastics, and white/chartreuse crankbaits around docks. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are excellent on minnows and white jigs under lights at night in 10–20 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 1–8 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
Buchanan
Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.24' low. Black bass are good on white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, watermelon topwaters, and green pumpkin Whacky Sticks with chartreuse tails along lake points in 8–12 feet at first light. Striped bass are fair on topwaters and Rat–L–Traps, and drifting live bait on the surface in 20–30 feet near the Lighthouse. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps and jigging Pirk Minnows and Tiny Traps over rock piles in 20–30 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and watermelon tube jigs over brush piles in 12 feet. Channel catfish are good on live bait and cut bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and minnows.
Canyon Lake
Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.13' low. Black bass are fair on tomato red JDC grubs, watermelon red Whacky Sticks, and Texas rigged watermelon red finesse worms along bluff ledges in 8–16 feet. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and 1oz. Pirk Minnows in 30 feet. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on root beer/green JDC curl tailed grubs and craws, and smoke/red tubes on ball jigheads in 10 feet on main lake points and ledges. Crappie are good on pink tube jigs and live minnows upriver around submerged brush piles over break lines. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.
Granger
Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.51' high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps around shallow main lake roadbeds. Crappie are fair on marabou jigs in 4–12 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait in 4–15 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait upriver.
LBJ
Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.75' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, watermelon Curb's Erratic jigs, and weightless green pumpkin Texas rigged Whacky Sticks along break lines of flats in 6–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles in 15 feet. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
Travis
Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 1.77' low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps, watermelon worms, and smoke grubs in 8–24 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies and minnows in 20–30 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs in 10–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows and shrimp in 20–35 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
Walter E. Long
Water murky. Black bass are very good on shad. Hybrid striper are fair on shad and silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, frozen shad, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

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