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Hill Country Fishing Reports

Week of July 1, 2015

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BUCHANAN :  Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 20.28’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, chartreuse Whacky Sticks, and Texas rigged green pumpkin Scoundrel worms on secondary points and ledges in 10–22 feet. Striped bass are fair on small Rat–L–Traps and trolling crankbaits in 1–5 feet. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows and Li’l Fishies over rock piles in 15–20 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE :  Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 1.12’ high. Black bass are fair on Shad Raps, Rat–L–Traps, and buzzbaits upriver near laydowns along banks in 5–10 feet early and late. Striped bass are fair on watermelon plum colored crankbaits on main lake points. White bass are fair on live bait. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke grubs and watermelon tubes on jigheads in 8–18 feet. Crappie are fair on Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows upriver over brush piles in 12 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live bait.

GRANGER :  Water clear; 76–80 degrees; 1.31’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons near the dam. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles in 6–15 feet. Blue catfish are good on live bait in shallow flooded grassy areas. Yellow catfish are good on live bait.

LBJ :  Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and topwaters, and on shad colored Rat–L–Traps along break lines in 5–15 feet early and late. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles in 10 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and prepared bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch.

TRAVIS :  Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 9.75’ low. Black bass are fair on black/chartreuse soft plastic worms and crankbaits in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers in 20–30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG :  Water murky. Black bass are good on shad, chartreuse crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on shad and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.


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