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Piney Woods Fishing Reports

Week of January 21, 2015

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BOB SANDLIN :  Water clear; 43–46 degrees; 1.86’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits and lipless crankbaits in shad pattern. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO :  Water stained; 45–48 degrees; 1.10’ high. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, flipping jigs and bladed jigs. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

CONROE :  Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and pumpkinseed spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps in 15–35 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp.

FORK :  Water clear; 43–46 degrees; 7.16’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot finesse worms, suspending jerkbaits and umbrella rigs. Some fish being caught on black and blue jigs. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

HOUSTON COUNTY :  Water stained; 48–52 degrees; 0.45’ high. Black bass to 3 pounds are fair on clear/metal flake Brush Hogs near the pump station in 8–12 feet. Smallmouth bass are fair on clear/metal flake Brush Hogs near the pump station in 8–12 feet. 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; 45–48; degrees; 0.89’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LIVINGSTON :  Water fairly clear; 55–59 degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and Charlie slabs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

MARTIN CREEK :  Water clear; 47–59 degrees; .03’ high. Black bass are slow on black and blue flipping jigs near laydowns and near bean bushes. Texas rigged craws and squarebill crankbaits around same cover is effective as well. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO :  Water clear; 43–47 degrees; 0.79’ high. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs in black and blue and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

SAM RAYBURN :  Water murky; 56–60 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red and watermelon gold soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on live minnows and chartreuse spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on worms. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and liver.

STEINHAGEN :  0.66’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND :  Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 2.73’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and doughbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WRIGHT PATMAN :  Water lightly stained; 43–47 degrees; 3.81’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin flipping jigs and bladed jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.


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