Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of August 9, 2017

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ALAN HENRY Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 78–88 degrees; 4.17’ low. Black bass are slow on 7” Power Worms, spoons and jigs. Crappie and bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.
AMISTAD Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 32.25’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Yamamoto Senkos, topwaters, Zoom Super Flukes, and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on large red fins near the dam. White bass are slow. Catfish are good on cheesebait and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water fairly clear; 79–87 degrees; 1.9’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to weightless flukes, Texas rigs and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
ATHENS Water lightly stained; 86–89 degrees; 0.12’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, weightless Senkos and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
BASTROP Water stained; 83–87 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse and green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are fair on yellow crankbaits and spinnerbaits around structure. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzbaits and black/blue flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are good on topwater baits, crankbaits, and Texas rigged soft plastics around rocks and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles in 12–15’. Catfish are good cut bait, punch bait and frozen shad.
BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and perch off points near the pier. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp and cut bait near the dam. Yellow catfish are slow.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 84–88 degrees: 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and weightless Senkos on docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.99’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinnerbaits near the docks, and on June bug soft plastic worms over brush piles in 15–20 feet. Hybrid striper are fair trolling and drifting shad at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and Persuader crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows in 10–20 feet. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers in 10–25 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 1.28’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin topwaters, watermelon flukes, and Rat–L–Traps along break lines of flats. Striped bass are good on plastic swim baits and drifting live bait near Lighthouse Point at first light. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and 2” plastic swim baits. Crappie are fair on pink/white and chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained; 86–89 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, black buzzbaits, and hollow body frogs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are good on live bait. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 1.94’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, Whacky Sticks, Texas rigged blue flake worms early, and on drop shot Devil’s Tongues along ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits and jigging Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and pumpkin Curb’s jigs with matching JDC craw trailers early. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.49’ high. Black bass are slow on crankbaits, Texas rigged worms and football jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 22.75’ low. Black bass are good on dark crankbaits and large soft plastic lizards and worms. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
COLEMAN Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.12’ low. Black bass are very good on Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and chartreuse soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 91 degrees at the hot water discharge, 83 degrees in main lake; 2.08’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 14.2’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.39’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/white Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water stained; 2.30’ low. No report available.
FAIRFIELD No report available.
FALCON Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 38.31’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged large soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
FAYETTE Water murky. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed and watermelon red Carolina rigged soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad.
FORK Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.45’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, Carolina rigged worms and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water murky; 78–87 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, squarebill crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/white Carolina rigged soft plastics, and on white Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and perch.
GRANBURY Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red and chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows, Charlie slabs, and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and chicken livers.
GRANGER Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are fair on red shad soft plastic worms around standing timber. White bass are fair on slab spoons over main lake humps. Crappie are good on minnows in 4–12 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad in 10–20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and shakyhead worms. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
GREENBELT 32.06’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early and late, midday switching to squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are very good on Carolina rigged Super Flukes, and on bream or white colored Rat–L–Traps around sandbars at dusk. Crappie are good on live minnows on the north side of the lake. Bream are good on live worms off piers. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 82–91 degrees; 1.27’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early and late, midday switching to jerkbaits, squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.07’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, weightless worms and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water stained; 84–89 degrees: 1.81’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzfrogs and weightless Senkos. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAVON Water stained; 84–88 degrees: 1.02’ low. Black bass are slow on topwaters, Texas rigged creature baits and craws. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin jigs and perch colored crankbaits in 5–15 feet, and flipping watermelon tubes around docks and laydowns. Striped bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.59’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, small plastic swimbaits and shakyhead worms. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on hellbenders, pet spoons, and green Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 74.38’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. No reports on crappie or bass.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 89–96 degrees; 0.74’ low. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs, Flukes, and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
MEREDITH 60.23’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigs and jerkbaits. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.
MONTICELLO Water stained; 88–98 degrees; 0.55’ high. Black bass are slow on drop short worms, deep diving crankbaits and large shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
NASWORTHY 79–88 degrees; 1.43’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs, Carolina rigs and weightless Senkos. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters and soft plastics early. White bass are slow. Crappie are good but small on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs off docks in Liberty Hill Park early. Channel catfish are good on shrimp around stickups in 3 – 4 feet. Blue catfish are fair on perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 81–90 degrees; 35.54’ low. Black bass are good on Whopper Ploppers early, later switching to weightless flukes, Texas rigs, jigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 79–89 degrees; 9.2’ low. Black bass are fair to good on split–shot weighted flukes, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.17’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, finesse jigs and weightless Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on minnows and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait.
PALO DURO 61.13’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water off color; 81–89 degrees; 0.51’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to drop shot rigs, Texas rigs, medium running crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs and inline spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 0.51’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits early. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs and live shad. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with goldfish. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.67’ low. Black bass are fair on small plastic swimbaits, football jigs, and Carolina rigged worms. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.64’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.34’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, Texas rigged worms and shakyhead worms. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.91’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue flake soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.56’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, minnows, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 49.29’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD Water stained; 79–88 degrees; 0.47’ high. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early and late, midday switching to shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on live minnows around cover. White bass are fair to good on live bait and tail spinners. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.
STEINHAGEN 1.32’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 79–87 degrees; 23.13’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water lightly stained; 86–89 degrees; 1.76’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, hollow body frogs and shallow crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
TEXOMA Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.67’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot worms, medium diving crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.48’ low. Black bass are good but small on redbug and watermelon red soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/green tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers and crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 8.23’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome chuggers and red shad worms in 20–35 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on chrome chuggers and silver spoons in 10–25 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad in 25–35 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, crickets, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 0.72’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 80–89 degrees; 20.74’ low. Black bass are very slow (the bass population was greatly reduced during the drought). No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
WHITNEY Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 2.81’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and live bait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 6.83’ high. No report available.
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