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Week of December 10, 2014

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ATHENS :  Water clear; 46–50 degrees; 1.68’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms and shakyheads as well as suspending jerkbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BASTROP :  Water stained; 64–68 degrees. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on live minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON :  Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 12.22’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps along banks and in coves. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on doughbait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BONHAM :  Water stained, 46–50 degrees; 3.31’ low. Black bass are fair in the backs of creeks and along creek channels on crankbaits, soft plastics and jerkbaits. Crappie are slow near the bridges. Catfish are slow along the rocks on shrimp, chicken livers and stinkbait.

BRIDGEPORT :  Water lightly stained, 45–50 degrees; 24.00’ low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Vision 100 jerkbaits in pro blue and Kohoku Reaction. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are slow on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK :  Water clear; 46–50 degrees; 6.12’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

COOPER :  Water clear; 48–51 degrees; 12.74’ 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 good on watermelon and redbug Carolina rigged Finesse worms, and on shallow running crankbaits over grass. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GIBBONS CREEK :  Water clear. Black bass are fair on perch colored spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on hot dogs, shrimp, and liver.

GRANBURY :  Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 10.34’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on hellbenders and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp and live minnows.

GRAPEVINE :  Water clear; 46–50 degrees; 12.56’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shot Reaction Innovations Flirt Worms in California 420 near floating docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

JOE POOL :  Water clear; 46–51 degrees; 2.04’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos, weightless flukes and soft plastic jerkbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are slow on cut shad.

LAVON :  Water lightly stained; 47–51 degrees; 12.94’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

LEWISVILLE :  Water lightly stained; 46–50 degrees; 7.48’ low. Black bass are slow on Megabass 110 jerkbaits in Table Rock Shad and smaller bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

NAVARRO MILLS :  Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 2.01’ low. Black bass are good on soft plastic worms and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on shad and perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

PALESTINE :  Water clear; 47–51 degrees; 0.74’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads, weightless Senkos and drop shots around docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PROCTOR :  Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 12.56’ low. Black bass are very good on chartreuse soft plastic worms and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD :  Water clear; 47–50 degrees; 10.52’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS :  Water clear; 45–49 degrees; 7.97’ low. Black bass are slow on umbrella rigs and heavy shakyheads. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS :  Water lightly stained; 47–51 degrees; 10.47’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin shakyheads and Senkos. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

SOMERVILLE :  Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers. Yellow catfish are fair on minnows.

STILLHOUSE :  Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 13.86’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good on live bait.

TAWAKONI :  Water stained; 46–50 degrees; 12.08’ 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; 45–49 degrees; 5.92’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and shakyhead worms in green pumpkin and redbug. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

WEATHERFORD :  Water clear; 47–51 degrees; 8.08’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WHITNEY :  Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 10.63’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and topwaters. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on bait shrimp and stinkbait.


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