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Piney Woods Fishing Reports

Week of February 25, 2015

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BOB SANDLIN :  Water clear; 44–48 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are slow on football jigs, Carolina rigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow on cut shad and trotlines.

CADDO :  Water stained; 47–50 degrees; 1.15’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon Senkos and black and blue flipping jigs. White and yellow bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on rod and reel and cut shad.

CONROE :  Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 0.07’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed worms and lizards. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

FORK :  Water clear; 44–48 degrees; 6.75’ low. Black bass are slow on umbrella rigs in 6–12’ of water along channel swings as well as football jigs along deeper points. White and yellow bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near bridges. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

HOUSTON COUNTY :  Water stained; 53–57 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass to 3 pounds are fair on soft plastic worms and lizards. Smallmouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LAKE O' THE PINES :  Water lightly stained; 44–49; degrees; 1.06’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LIVINGSTON :  Water fairly clear; 54–58 degrees; 0.31’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and watermelon soft plastics in the creeks. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and spec rigs upriver. Crappie are good on minnows in the creeks. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

MARTIN CREEK :  Water clear; 55–63 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are fair on shallow/medium crankbaits and double willow white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO :  Water clear; 47–51 degrees; 0.56’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, flipping jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

SAM RAYBURN :  Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise and pumpkinseed soft plastics. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Bream are slow. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.

STEINHAGEN :  0.48’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND :  Water murky; 51–55 degrees; 2.44’ low. Black bass are fair on dark red soft plastics, white spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, frozen shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WRIGHT PATMAN :  Water lightly stained; 43–48 degrees; 4.03’ high. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin flipping jigs and bladed jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.


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