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Week of February 25, 2015

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ATHENS :  Water clear; 45–48 degrees; 0.39’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, Scrounger heads with flukes and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.

BASTROP :  Water stained; 54–58 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON :  Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 12.68’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on light blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night in 25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.

BONHAM :  Water stained, 44–47 degrees; 2.82’ low. Black bass are slow on rattletraps, jigs and jerkbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair drifting with cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT :  Water lightly stained, 44–48 degrees; 24.24’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and hair jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. 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; 44–47 degrees; 4.66’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs and shakeyhead worms. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

COOPER :  Water clear, 45–49 degrees: 10.29’ 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 chartreuse Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GIBBONS CREEK :  Water clear. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and hot dogs.

GRANBURY :  Water murky; 52–56 degrees; 9.95’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.

GRAPEVINE :  Water clear; 43–47 degrees; 11.52’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads, finesse jigs and deep crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

JOE POOL :  Water clear; 45–49 degrees; 1.21’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and drop shot finesse worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

LAVON :  Water lightly stained; 45–48 degrees; 11.28’ low. No report available. Call ahead to verify lake access due to low water.

LEWISVILLE :  Water lightly stained; 43–47 degrees; 6.70’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, suspending jerkbaits, and umbrella rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

NAVARRO MILLS :  Water stained; 53–57 degrees; 1.52’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PALESTINE :  Water clear; 43–47 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, shakyheads, and flipping jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs and minnows. White bass are fair on minnow and slabs. Catfish are slow on cut shad.

PROCTOR :  Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 12.79’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows in 15–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD :  Water clear; 44–49 degrees; 8.63’ low. Black bass are slow on crankbaits, smaller umbrella rigs and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS :  Water clear; 43–46 degrees; 7.55’ low. Black bass are slow on drop shot finesse worms, jigging spoons and Texas rigs near deeper timber. Crappie are slow on minnows near brush piles. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS :  Water lightly stained; 43–47 degrees; 10.30’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads, weightless worms and drop shot worms. White bass are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

SOMERVILLE :  Water murky; 56–60 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE :  Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 14.94’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

TAWAKONI :  Water stained; 46–49 degrees; 11.09’ 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; 43–46 degrees; 5.06’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.

WEATHERFORD :  Water clear; 43–48 degrees; 7.42’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WHITNEY :  Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 10.36’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and redbug soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on minnows and white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.


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