Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of September 19, 2018

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ALAN HENRY Water clear main lake, stained up the river; 77 degrees main lake, 79 up the creeks; 8.66’ low. Black bass are fair on spoons, topwater baits early, Texas rigged 7” Power Worms and Z–Man TRDs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.
AMISTAD Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 34.67’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow. 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; 78–83 degrees; 3.96’ low. Black bass are fair to good on swimbaits, shakyheads and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
ATHENS Water clear; 81–84 degrees; 1.46’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, football jigs and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
AUSTIN Water lightly stained; 78–86 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, crankbaits and Senkos. Sunfish are fair to good on cut nightcrawlers and corn. Catfish are fair to good nightcrawlers.
BASTROP Water stained; 87–91 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 5.18’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits in coves near structure. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.
BENBROOK Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 6.15’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.27’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, hollow body frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BONHAM Water lightly stained; 80–83 degrees; 2.06’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, topwaters, and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on brush piles on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good down rigging silver and gold spoons near the jetty and dam. Redfish are fair down rigging spoons near the jetty and dam. Channel catfish are good on cheesebait near the dam. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear; 80–84 degrees: 7.01’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, white buzzbaits and shad pattern squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 7.20’ low. Black bass are fair on black/chartreuse spinnerbaits and watermelon red soft plastic worms over brush piles in 12–15 feet. Hybrid striper are fair trolling and drifting shad. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and Persuader crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers in 12–20 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 7.05’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon flukes, Rat–L–Traps, and watermelon red Whacky Sticks at first light along break lines of flats. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads plastic swim baits and drifting live bait at first light on the surface. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and 2” plastic swim baits. Crappie are fair on pink/white tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits over reed beds. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are good down rigging silver and gold spoons along the crappie wall and the dam in 10–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, cheesebait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 5.59’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines upriver.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 81–84 degrees, 2.19’ low. Black bass are good on shakyhead worms and Texas rigged craws on docks. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 25.78’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 4.52’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and watermelon Rat–L–Traps and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 105 degrees at the hot water discharge, 84–88 degrees in main lake; 0.79’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY Water fairly clear; 78–84 degrees; 19.18’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome Rat–L–Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
CONROE Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 1.92’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/white Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water stained; 81–89 degrees; 4.21’ low. Black bass are slow on black buzzbaits, weightless Senkos and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.
CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE Water off color; 81–87 degrees; 4.56’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, shakyheads and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.
EAGLE MOUNTAIN Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 2.41’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, shakyhead worms, and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
FAIRFIELD Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, topwater walking baits and spinnerbaits. No report on other species.
FALCON Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 33.63’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. 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 watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics in 10–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad in 8–12 feet.
FORK Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 2.36’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged creature baits, flutter spoons, football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles and bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water off color; 77–83 degrees; 3.98’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Rat–L–Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around deeper structure. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.
GIBBONS CREEK Water stained. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white Carolina rigged soft plastics, perch colored Rat–L–Traps, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and perch.
GRANBURY Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.
GRANGER Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 2.85’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, topwater baits and shallow crankbaits in shad patterns. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
GREENBELT Water off color; 75–82 degrees; 36.11’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 1.43’ low. Black bass to 9 pounds are good on topwaters and shad flukes near grass beds. White bass are slow. Crappie are very good on live minnows in 12 feet. Bream are good on live worms near the islands. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad and perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 79–84 degrees; 5.97’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chrome or pearl crankbaits, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water stained; 81–84 degrees; 1.41’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, Texas rigged creature baits and weightless Senkos. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water stained; 81–85 degrees: 1.21’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos, black and blue jigs and hollow body frogs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 82–85 degrees: 4.01’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, black buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 0.55’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Curb’s jigs, perch colored crankbaits, and green pumpkin 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; 80–85 degrees; 2.75’ low’. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, topwaters and soft plastic jerkbaits. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and Zara spooks. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE Water stained; 85–91 degrees; 77.46’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 85–95 degrees; 3.57’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Flukes, spinnerbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
MEREDITH Water fairly clear; 84–89 degrees; 50.5’ low. No reports on black bass. No reports of smallmouth bass or walleye. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in limited numbers.
MONTICELLO Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 3.94’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
NASWORTHY 75–83 degrees; 1.38’ low. Black bass are fair to good on shakyheads, swimbaits and Rat–L–Traps. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait and nightcrawlers.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 1.37’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp around stickups in 5–12 feet. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 77–83 degrees; 43.08’ low. Black bass are fair to good on wacky rigged worms and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are good on cut and live bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 77–84 degrees; 7.05’ low. Black bass are fair to good on squarebill crankbaits, shakyheads and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 81–84 degrees; 2.09’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, Flukes and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 77–83 degrees; 1.38’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, jigs and Carolina rigged Ring Fries. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs around structure in 15–20 feet. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.
PROCTOR Water murky; 87–91 degrees; 6.19’ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on shrimp and shad.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 3.26’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, drop shot worms and shakyhead worms. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear to lightly stained: 81–84 degrees; 1.52’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged creature baits, deep diving crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 2.08’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 3.34’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue flake soft plastic worms and chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair 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; 88–92 degrees; 2.62’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on Charlie slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 51.81’ low. No report on black bass. No report on crappie. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait and nightcrawlers.
STAMFORD Water stained to muddy; 78–84 degrees; 0.95’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome/black Rat–L–Traps, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live minnows around structure. White bass are fair on slabs. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.
STEINHAGEN 0.42’ low. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 8.11’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and Perk Minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 76–83 degrees; 25.93’ low. This lake is currently experiencing a fish kill due to golden alga. Biologists are monitoring the situation and will post updates as they become available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 2.24’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, hollow body frogs and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
TEXANA Water stained; 78–84 degrees; 1.91’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, jigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
TEXOMA Water lightly stained; 80–83 degrees; 0.72’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, topwaters and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 3.86’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue flake and black/red flake soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks in 4–5 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 25.10’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome chuggers and red shad worms in 20–35 feet. Striped bass are fair on white/blue striper jigs. White bass are good on chrome chuggers and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 3.57’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, weightless flukes and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 75–83 degrees; 24.6’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters and Texas rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
WHITNEY Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 6.32’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and liver.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained to muddy; 82–85 degrees; 4.95’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, black buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
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