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Piney Woods Fishing Reports

Week of July 1, 2015

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BOB SANDLIN :  Water murky; 80–85 degrees; 0.43’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits in green pumpkin. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on cut shad.

CADDO :  Water stained to muddy; 82–86 degrees; 1.20’ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow on cut shad.

CONROE :  Water murky; 73–77 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait and live bait.

FORK :  Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits, football jigs and flutter spoons. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY :  Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass to 9 pounds are good on purple or watermelon red soft plastic worms. Smallmouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows around brush. Bream are very good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are very good on juglines baited with cut squid. Yellow catfish are slow.

LAKE O' THE PINES :  Water stained to muddy; 83–87; degrees; 7.51’ high. Black bass are slow on topwaters and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

LIVINGSTON :  Water fairly clear; 73–77 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on Zara spooks. White bass are excellent on pet spoons, troll tubes, and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

MARTIN CREEK :  Water clear; 88–95 degrees; 0.03’ high. Black bass are fair on flick shake worms and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO :  Water clear to stained; 87–94 degrees; 0.6’ high. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits and drop shot worms. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait

SAM RAYBURN :  Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 8.91’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and shad colored crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 15–30 feet. Bream are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and liver.

STEINHAGEN :  0.71’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND :  Water murky; 73–77 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastic worms in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on live bait. White bass are fair on silver spoons and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush in 10–20 feet. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers in 2–8 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WRIGHT PATMAN :  Water stained to muddy; 82–86 degrees; 23.56’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and bladed jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.


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