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Piney Woods Fishing Reports

Week of May 20, 2015

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BOB SANDLIN :  Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 0.33’ high. Black bass are good on black and blue flipping jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO :  Water stained to muddy; 74–77 degrees; 2.80’ high. Black bass are fair on square bill crankbaits, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

CONROE :  Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 0.67’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and cheesebait.

FORK :  Water lightly stained to stained; 74–77 degrees; 0.50’ high. Black bass are fair on weightless Flukes and hollow body frog near flooded grass. Reaction Innovations Trixie Shark effective as well. White and yellow bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

HOUSTON COUNTY :  Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.99’ high. Black bass are fair on purple soft plastic worms and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Smallmouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows near the islands. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad and live worms. Yellow catfish are slow.

LAKE O' THE PINES :  Water stained to muddy; 73–77; degrees; 5.64’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and large topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut shad.

LIVINGSTON :  Water fairly clear; 70–74 degrees; 1.74’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on black Rat–L–Traps and Zara spooks. White bass are fair on slabs and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

MARTIN CREEK :  Water clear; 75–84 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait.

MONTICELLO :  Water clear; 73–77 degrees; 0.71’ high. Black bass are fair on Reaction Innovations Sweet Beavers and hollow body frogs near shallow grass. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.

SAM RAYBURN :  Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 4.09’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Senkos, lizards, and Brush Hogs. White bass are fair on jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and tube jigs in shallow areas. Bream are good on nightcrawlers and crickets. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

STEINHAGEN :  1.30’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND :  Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and spoons in the river. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WRIGHT PATMAN :  Water stained to muddy; 72–76 degrees; 9.52’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and bladed jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.


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