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Week of April 22, 2015

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ATHENS :  Water lightly stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.48’ high. Black bass are fair on Flukes and Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BASTROP :  Water stained; 67–71 degrees. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON :  Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 11.55’ low. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on spoons. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are excellent on minnows around structure under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.

BONHAM :  Water stained, 64–68 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits, jigs and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows around bridges and boat docks. Catfish are fair with cut bait around creeks.

BRIDGEPORT :  Water stained, 63–67 degrees; 24.00’ low. Black bass are good on Reaction Innovation Flirt worms on shakyheads. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines. Call ahead as lake access is becoming severely limited.

CEDAR CREEK :  Water stained to muddy; 64–69 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits and Texas rigged creature baits in green pumpkin. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.

COOPER :  Water stained, 63–67 degrees: 1.74’ 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.

FAYETTE :  Water stained. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, Rat–L–Traps, Senkos, flukes, and soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

GIBBONS CREEK :  Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

GRANBURY :  Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 7.08’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps over grass. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and black tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GRAPEVINE :  Water clear; 63–67 degrees; 6.81’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on rod and reel and trotlines.

JOE POOL :  Water lightly stained; 64–68 degrees; 1.17’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and swim jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LAVON :  Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 2.43’ low. No report available.

LEWISVILLE :  Water lightly stained; 63–67 degrees; 1.60’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and small plastic swimbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

NAVARRO MILLS :  Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PALESTINE :  Water stained; 64–67 degrees; 1.39’ high. Black bass are fair on swim jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

PROCTOR :  Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 12.77’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Striped bass are good on shad. White bass are fair trolling crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on live shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD :  Water clear; 65–68 degrees; 4.54’ low. Black bass are good on shallow/medium crankbaits and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS :  Water clear; 63–67 degrees; 2.93’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms and craws near shallow cover. Some fishing being caught on hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on jigs near brush piles. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS :  Water lightly stained; 63–67 degrees; 5.53’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

SOMERVILLE :  Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 1.89’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and black/blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE :  Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 13.56’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TAWAKONI :  Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 5.90’ low. No report available.

TEXOMA :  Water clear; 64–67 degrees; 2.15’ low. Black bass are good on small swimbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD :  Water clear; 64–68 degrees; 7.26’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WHITNEY :  Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 9.05’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.


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