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Week of July 29, 2015

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ATHENS :  Water lightly stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs and magnum shakyheads on deeper brush piles. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

BASTROP :  Water stained; 80–84 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON :  Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 1.10’ high. Black bass are good on purple/black soft plastic crawdads on the bottom. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad early. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on summer sausage, stinkbait, and frozen shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.

BONHAM :  Water stained, 85–89 degrees; 0.66’ low. Black bass are good on plastics, crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles in 10–12’. Catfish are excellent on prepared bait, shrimp, cut bait and stinkbait.

BRIDGEPORT :  Water stained to muddy, 0.20’ low. No report available. Use caution when navigating the lake due to floating debris.

CEDAR CREEK :  Water stained; 85–88 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs and smaller Texas rigged worms on docks. White bass are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait

COOPER :  Water stained; 0.10’ 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 murky. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat–L–Traps and small crankbaits early. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and bloodbait.

GIBBONS CREEK :  Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.

GRANBURY :  Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and frozen shrimp.

GRAPEVINE :  Water stained to muddy; 19.49’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.

JOE POOL :  Water stained to muddy; 10.42’ high. No report available. Most ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.

LAVON :  Water stained to muddy; 0.95’ high. No report available. A few boat ramps are open; some closed due to high water and floating debris.

LEWISVILLE :  Water stained; 6.92’ high. No report available. Open to boat traffic; some ramps still closed due to high water.

NAVARRO MILLS :  Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 6.42’ high. Black bass are good on minnows from the fishing dock at the marina. White bass are fair on Little Georges and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 9–15 feet early. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch.

PALESTINE :  Water stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot worms and weightless worms near docks. Crappie are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow on cut shad.

PROCTOR :  Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 8.27’ high. Black bass are fair on dark crankbaits and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms. Striped bass are very good on live shad. White bass are good on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD :  Water slightly stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are slow on football head jigs and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS :  Water stained to muddy; 5.71’ high. No report available. Use caution when navigating lake due to floating debris.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS :  Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.42’ high. Black bass are fair on topwaters and Texas rigged worms. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

SOMERVILLE :  Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 10.43’ high. Black bass are good on June bug spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on hellbenders and pet spoons. White bass are good on hellbenders and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on bloodbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE :  Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. White bass are fair on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

TAWAKONI :  Water stained; 0.06’ low. No report available. Use caution when navigating lake as floating debris is present.

TEXOMA :  Water stained to muddy; 16.23’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.

WEATHERFORD :  Water stained; 0.79’ low. No report available.

WHITNEY :  Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 0.4’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers.


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