Hill Country Fishing Reports
Week of October 7, 2015
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BUCHANAN : Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 12.36’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Whacky Sticks, Rat–L–Traps, and watermelon flukes along ledges in 5–15 feet early. Striped bass are fair drifting live bait from Lighthouse Point to the dam. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps and jigging plastic swim baits through shad schools along the river channel. Crappie are fair on pink/white and chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on rod/reel, juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch upriver.
CANYON LAKE : Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 2.79’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red Whacky Sticks and JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters along grassy banks early and late, and on drop shot Devil’s Tongues along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling crankbaits over and around humps, and jigging 1oz. Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and 3/16oz. pumpkin Curb’s jigs in 15–25 feet early. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.
GRANGER : Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 0.14’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits upriver near the island. White bass are fair on slab spoons along the humps and ridges near the dam. Crappie are very good on jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles upriver around stumps in 3–6 feet and in the main lake in 6–12 feet. Blue catfish are good on fresh shad. Yellow catfish are good on live perch.
LBJ : Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.79’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, watermelon Curb’s Erratic jigs, and shad colored Rat–L–Traps around docks and laydowns in 5–15 feet early. Striped bass are fair on Spoiler Shads at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows at night. Crappie are fair to good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver, and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
TRAVIS : Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 14.91’ low. Black bass are fair on white grubs and chartreuse worms in 15–25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on smoke grubs and jigging spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait and cut perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG : Water murky. Black bass are fair on small spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.