Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of August 21, 2019

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ALAN HENRY Water clear main lake and 84 degrees, lightly stained up the river and 84 degrees; 2.95’ low. Black bass are good to excellent on small Bone Whopper Ploppers and Torpedoes. Crappie are slow at night on minnows. Catfish are slow on baited jug lines.
AMISTAD Water stained; 89–93 degrees; 31.16’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and jigs over grass. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on cheesebait over baited holes in 12–30 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines, droplines, and throwlines on live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water stained; 78–85 degrees; 1.18’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
ATHENS Water clear; 88–92 degrees; 0.28’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, swim jigs and weightless Flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
AUSTIN Water stained; 82–87 degrees; 0.85’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on chatterbaits, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Sunfish are fair on cut nightcrawlers and kernel corn fished on a float and split shot. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
BASTROP Water stained; 84–88 degrees. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and frozen shad.
BENBROOK Water stained; 88–91 degrees; 3.62’ low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged worms and weightless Senkos. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BOB SANDLIN Water stained; 89–93 degrees; 0.50’ low. Black bass are fair on Flukes, shakyhead worms and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BONHAM Water lightly stained; 87–92 degrees; 0.97’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, topwaters, and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastic worms in reeds. Striped bass are good down rigging silver and gold spoons near the jetty and dam. Redfish are good down rigging spoons near the jetty and dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam. Yellow catfish are slow.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained; 86–91 degrees: 1.68’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms, shallow crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 1.31’ low. Black bass are very good on buzzbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms along shorelines. Hybrid striper are fair on shad. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night. Crappie are excellent on white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are good on Chug Bugs, green spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged 5” watermelon Whacky Sticks in 5–10 feet early. Striped bass are good on plastic swim baits and Rat–L–Traps near Lighthouse Point. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and swimbaits. Crappie are fair on chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch.
CADDO Water muddy; 89–93 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam. Redfish are good on live bait along the crappie wall and the dam in 10–20 feet. Channel catfish are good on liver, cheesebait, shrimp, and shad. Blue catfish are fair on liver and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin flukes, topwaters, and blue flake worms along break lines. Striped bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows early. White bass are fair on minnows. Smallmouth bass are fair on white grubs and pumpkin jigs in 10–22 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs in standing timber. Channel catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 87–91 degrees, 1.04’ low. Black bass are slow on football jigs, Carolina rigged creature baits and medium crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 15.65’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits, chartreuse spinnerbaits, and green pumpkin Whacky Sticks with chartreuse tails along main lake points in 5–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and live bait in 5–15 feet. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait upriver.
COLEMAN Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 1.35’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water stained; 84 degrees in the main lake, 104 degrees at the hot water discharge, 87–91 degrees in main lake; 1.76’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
COLORADO CITY Water stained; 78–84 degrees; 12.39’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
CONROE Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 1.23’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, hot dogs, and shrimp.
COOPER Water stained; 90–100 degrees; 1.05’ low. Black bass are slow on Senkos, Texas rigged craws and weightless Flukes. Crappie are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.
CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE Water off color; 79–86 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and medium diving crankbaits. White bass are fair to good on live shad and slabs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live or dead shad.
EAGLE MOUNTAIN Water lightly stained; 87–91 degrees; 1.36’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, shakyhead worms and deep crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
FAIRFIELD Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creatures, swim jigs and topwaters. No report on other species.
FALCON Water stained; 89–93 degrees; 35.48’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse jigs and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait, shrimp, and shad. 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 stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and stinkbait over baited holes.
FORK Water lightly stained; 88–92 degrees; 1.07’ low. Black bass are fair on flutter spoons, football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water stained; 77–86 degrees; 0.65’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, shakyheads and DT 10s. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs around deeper structure. Catfish are fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water stained. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails, and on green crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and live bait.
GRANBURY Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs and silver spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers.
GRANGER Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are fair on soft plastic worms upriver. White bass are good on Rat–L–Traps along shallow roadbeds in the main lake early and late. Crappie are good on white marabou jigs in 6–12 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with fresh shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water stained; 88–91 degrees; 0.93’ high. Black bass are fair on Magnum shakyhead worms, topwaters and Texas rigged craws. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
GREENBELT Water off color; 78–85 degrees; 36.39’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on Senkos, Texas rigged 7” Power Worms and jigs. Crappie are fair on split shot rigged live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 88–92 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, watermelon crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps near coves, humps, and drop offs early. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Bream are good on live worms off piers. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, worms, shad, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water stained; 78–87 degrees; 0.87’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs around deeper structure. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live and cut shad.
JOE POOL Water stained; 87–92 degrees; 1.27’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and shakyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water stained; 88–92 degrees; 2.71’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, Texas rigged creature baits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAVON Water stained; 87–91 degrees: 1.99’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, shallow crankbaits and shakyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.77’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored crankbaits and green pumpkin tubes around docks and laydowns. Striped bass are good on Li’l Fishies and Spoiler Shads at night. White bass are fair on minnows at night. Crappie are good on blue tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are very good on nightcrawlers, liver, and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
LEWISVILLE Water stained; 87–90 degrees; 0.41’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and Carolina rigged worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LIVINGSTON Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are good but small on slabs and pet spoons. White bass are good on pet spoons, troll tubes, and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
MACKENZIE Water stained; 76–84 degrees; 79.64’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 89–99 degrees; 1.62’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and swim jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
MEREDITH Water fairly clear; 77–85 degrees; 47.46’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs and weightless flukes. No reports on smallmouth bass. There are a few reports of walleye being caught on live bait and artificials. Bream are fair on cut nightcrawlers and kernel corn. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
MONTICELLO Water stained; 89–92 degrees; 3.13’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, weightless Senkos and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
NASWORTHY Water stained; 74–83 degrees; 0.87’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair on large crappie minnows and nightcrawlers.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.99’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on Little Georges near the boat ramp in Liberty Hill Park. Crappie are fair but mostly small on minnows over brush piles in 12–16 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with perch. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 77–85 degrees; 8.33’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Senkos and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut and live shad.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 76–85 degrees; 0.84’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on split shot rigged live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live and cut shad.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 88–91 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass are good on shakyhead worms, Texas rigged craws and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 78–88 degrees; 0.49’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, shakyheads and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on split shot rigged live minnows and jigs around deeper structure. White bass are fair to good on tail spinners and live shad. Striped bass are fair to good on live shad and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on live or dead shad and nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 1.17’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on live shad. White bass are good on minnows and shad. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 88–92 degrees; 1.48’ low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water lightly stained: 87–91 degrees; 0.39’ low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, Carolina rigged worms and football jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 88–92 degrees; 1.01’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 1.05’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and dark soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are fair on minnows. 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; 84–88 degrees; 4.08’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE Water off color; 77–85 degrees; 34.31’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
STAMFORD Water stained to murky; 76–85 degrees; 0.36’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on split rigged live minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and live shad. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.33’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water stained; 75–84 degrees; 0.28’ 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. Fish populations have been substantially reduced by the golden alga blooms.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 89–92 degrees; 0.54’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, white swimjigs and buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.
TEXANA Water stained; 79–86 degrees; 1.24’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
TEXOMA Water stained; 87–90 degrees; 0.42’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters, shakyhead worms and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 6.49’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs at night. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 3.48’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water stained; 87–92 degrees; 1.41’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, Ned rigs, and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 77–86 degrees; 20.89’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, Texas rigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on split shot rigged live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
WHITNEY Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 4.72’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and small spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained to muddy; 88–92 degrees; 9.13 high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
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