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Week of January 28, 2015

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ATHENS :  Water clear; 47–51 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs and Flukes near grass. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

BASTROP :  Water stained; 56–60 degrees. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and chartreuse jigs. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 15–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON :  Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 12.58’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with frozen shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.

BONHAM :  Water stained, 46–49 degrees; 2.79’ low. Black bass are fair along creek channels and rocks on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft plastics and jerkbaits. Crappie are slow near the bridges. Catfish are slow drifting on shrimp, chicken livers and cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT :  Water lightly stained, 45–49 degrees; 24.19’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and small spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Channel catfish are slow on trotlines. Call ahead as lake access is becoming severely limited.

CEDAR CREEK :  Water clear; 47–50 degrees; 4.92’ low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

COOPER :  Water clear, 45–49 degrees: 10.91’ low. No report available. Please call ahead to verify if launching a boat is possible.

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 fair on Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GIBBONS CREEK :  Water clear. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on live bait and chicken livers.

GRANBURY :  Water murky; 52–56 degrees; 10.31’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.

GRAPEVINE :  Water clear; 45–49 degrees; 12.00’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and football jigs near brush piles. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

JOE POOL :  Water clear; 46–50 degrees; 1.33’ low. Black bass are slow on small swimbaits, weightless flukes and fish head spins. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on cut shad.

LAVON :  Water lightly stained; 46–49 degrees; 12.12’ low. No report available. Call ahead to verify lake access due to low water.

LEWISVILLE :  Water lightly stained; 45–48 degrees; 7.07’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass 110 jerkbaits in French Pearl, as well as football jigs near isolated rocky points on main lake. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

NAVARRO MILLS :  Water stained; 53–57 degrees; 1.45’ low. Black bass are good on slabs near the dam. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles near the dam in 8–10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cheesebait near the dam. Yellow catfish are slow.

PALESTINE :  Water clear; 45–50 degrees; 0.43’ high. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and flipping jigs on brushed out docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PROCTOR :  Water murky; 56–60 degrees; 12.64’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD :  Water clear; 46–49 degrees; 9.20’ low. Black bass are slow on crankbaits, smaller umbrella rigs and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS :  Water clear; 46–50 degrees; 7.99’ low. Black bass are fair on Swormin’ Hornet jigheads rigged with flukes as well as drop shots worms near deeper timber. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS :  Water lightly stained; 45–49 degrees; 10.04’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and Senkos. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

SOMERVILLE :  Water murky; 57–61 degrees; 3.67’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE :  Water murky; 56–60 degrees; 14.64’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and small crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Carp are fair on corn. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TAWAKONI :  Water stained; 46–50 degrees; 11.31’ low. No report available. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.

TEXOMA :  Water clear; 44–48 degrees; 5.51’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and Spy Baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles. Striped bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

WEATHERFORD :  Water clear; 45–49 degrees; 7.09’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WHITNEY :  Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 10.42’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, liver, and stinkbait.


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