Freshwater Weekly Fishing Report Week of September 28, 2022

Alan Henry
FAIR. Water clear; 77 degrees; 9.04 feet low. Crappie are good on minnows over brush 25-35 feet of water. Report provided by Randy Britton, Lake Alan Henry Crappie Guide.
Amistad
GOOD. Water clear; 80 degrees; 42.47 feet low. As the water level continues to increase, the Air Force Marina boat ramp has reopened. Bass continue to be fair on Texas rig plastics around the edges of grass, and early morning topwater bite on points. Report by Captain Olin Jensen, Jensen’s Guide Service. Catfish are good with some shallow in 28-32 feet of water along the edges of hydrilla and grass with cheese bait or punch bait. Report by Captain Kent Terrill, 3T Guide Service.
Arlington
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 2.78 feet below. Bass are grouped up chasing bait on main lake points and off the end of docks. Fish can be caught all day by chasing schools of fish and throwing spoons and spooks. While the sun is high, focus under docks and in structure using flipping jigs, ribbon tail worms, and squarebill crankbaits. Report by local angler Wes Molina.
Arrowhead
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 5.26 feet low. Catfish are good drifting with fresh cut shad on the main lake. Crappie are still being caught around the derricks, at the dam and the bridges. Sand bass are good trolling bombers around the main lake points and drop-offs. Report by Brandon Brown, Brown’s Guide Service.
Athens
SLOW. Water clear; 84-88 degrees; 1.44 feet below. Bass are slow with the best coming from schooling fish biting small white baits such as topwater, whopper plopper, flukes. Crappie are slow covering a lot of water and brush piles in 20-25 feet on small jigs. Report by Jim Brack, Athens Guide Service.
Austin
FAIR. Water clear; 84 degrees; 0.73 feet low. Bass are biting topwater lures and swimbaits up the river in cypress stumps. Throw topwater frogs and flukes under overhanging trees to land a few bites. Fish boat docks with senkos and flukes. Fishing the green lights at night will produce bites from all species of fish. Report by Charles Whited, Barefoot Fishing Tours.
B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 80 degrees; 0.42 feet below. Bass are fair with dropshots and crankbaits along grass ledges. Crappie are fair using minnows and jigs on deeper main lake structures and brush piles. Catfish are good moving shallow biting cut and cheese bait.
Bastrop
GREAT. Water clear; 89 degrees. Work topwaters and small swimbaits around schools of bass blowing up the surface. Fish crankbaits and shaky heads down below the schools to get a lot of bites as well. Later, move offshore out from the dam and look for deeper schools of fish and drop small swimbaits or a jigging spoon to get some good bites there. Work the grass beds out from the banks with flukes and topwater frogs. Report by Bryan Cotter, Texas Hawgs Bass Fishing Guide Service.
Belton
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 10.43 feet low. The cold front which pushed in on 25-26 September turned the topwater white bass bite on. Each day this week has seen about 2.25 hours of solid topwater action. Successful anglers will work to quickly identify the size of shad the fish are feeding on and throw artificial baits to match. Lures which are too large will typically be ignored. After the topwater dies, downrigging for scattered, submerged schools of white bass has continued to produce fish through about 11 A.M. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service. Crappie are in timber in 18-25 feet of water using jigs tipped minnows. Report by Zach Minnix, JigNJerk Guide Service.
Benbrook
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 7.65 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair in 8-20 feet of water points and rocks and standing timber with deep diving crankbaits and Texas rigged 10 inch worms. Catfish are good in standing timber under roosting birds and punch bait. Crappie continue to be good in standing timber in 14-25 feet of water with jigs, but best on minnows. White bass and hybrids are slow on main lake humps with slabs and live bait. Report by James Davis, James Davis Guide Service.
Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water clear; 82 degrees; 1.50 feet below. Fishing patterns will be similar for another few weeks until the weather cools off some more. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 feet of water. Crappie are fair on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are fair early using topwater baits shallow. White bass fair on midlake humps with slabs or minnows. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Brady
GOOD. Water stained; 83 degrees; 10.66 feet low. Water levels are low exposing most of the cover. This can be good and bad as it concentrates the fish. Largemouth bass are slowing down but can still be caught flipping or pitching soft plastics in the salt cedars. White bass are fair schooling mid lake. Catfish are good with live perch or cut shad on trotlines or jugs near the mouth of Brady Creek. Crappie are slow in and around the marina.
Braunig
GOOD. Water lightly stained, 86 degrees. Red drum are good on shrimp and live tilapia. Boaters trolling gold spoons and crankbaits have been landing fish around the intake and where the jetty begins. Shoreline anglers have seen mixed results off points for red drum during the day and in the coves at night for channel catfish on shrimp and worms. Bass anglers are still doing good along the reeds on topwaters and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striped bass no report.
Bridgeport
GOOD. Water normal stain; 80 degrees; 7.47 feet low. Sand bass have been active, chasing shad on top early and late. Hybrids are wandering but you may find some around the sand bass. Largemouth bass are good with topwaters early, switching to shad colored crankbaits close to main lake points later in the day. Crappie continue to be quite good around the 380 bridge, docks and main lake brush piles with minnows and jigs are the preferred baits. Catfish have been quiet, look for them to be quite active in the next few weeks as the water cools a bit. Cut Shad will be the best bet. Report by Keith Bunch, Lake Bridgeport Guide Service.
Brownwood
SLOW. Water slightly stained; 83-83 degrees; 7.34 feet low. Bass are excellent to 8.34 pounds on 7-inch power worms around docks with brush 6-15 feet of water on shaky heads and jigs. Crappie to one pound are good on minnows suspended under docks and jigs on brush piles. White bass are good on crankbaits and jigs under the lights. Catfish are poor.
Bryan
SLOW. Water normal stain; 84 degrees. Catfish are good in 4-10 feet of water and under the bridge on cut bait and worms. Largemouth bass ranging from 10-16 inches are plentiful, focusing on pump houses on the east end of the lake or in rip rap using crankbaits. Report by The Bait Barn.
Buchanan
GREAT. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 14.46 feet low. Catfish are good on cut shad or punch bait in 6-12 feet of water. Crappie are good in 10-16 feet of water on chartreuse jigs. Report by Jess Rotherham, Texas Crappie Fishing Service.
Caddo
SLOW. Water stained; 79 degrees; 0.52 feet above. Bass continue to be good with topwater action with flukes, pop r’s and frogs. Schooling action is still hot using Texas rigs junebug or watermelon red worms, and dropshots worked around the schools. Caddo Lake is always fun to come visit and enjoy the views of something God spoke into existence, even if the fishing is slow. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
Calaveras
FAIR. Water lightly stained, 86 degrees. Red drum have been good for shoreline anglers using live perch, tilapia, and shrimp. Red drum have been fair to good for boaters using shrimp. Same for boaters trolling silver or gold spoons and crankbaits. Blue and channel catfish have been good along the dam areas and coves at night on cheese bait or cut bait. Hybrid stripers no report.
Canyon Lake
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79-81 degrees; 7.18 feet low. Bass are excellent on topwater lures around grass first thing in the morning Flipping into the grass and hydrilla in 18-22 feet after lunch. Striped bass are good on the lower end using topwaters and swimbaits. They are suspending in front of the dam and spillway in 35-55 feet of water biting on jigging spoons and flutter spoons. Crappie are fair up the river on live bait. Report by Charles Whited, Barefoot Fishing Tours.
Cedar Creek
EXCELLENT. Water normal stain; 81-84 degrees; 3.95 feet low. Fishing continues to be excellent with patterns similar. Crappie are excellent in brush piles in 10-14 feet of water minnows and small jigs. The fish are starting to transition into the fall pattern. White bass and hybrid bass are excellent, surfacing on top chasing shad. Rattletraps and spoons are working good, but once the fish quit schooling, go to humps using a silver slab. Largemouth bass are excellent shallow feeding early in the mornings and late in the evenings, using chatterbaits and buzzbaits against rocks and docks. Some fish on brush but the better quality is coming shallow. Catfish are good on humps with live shad. Report by Kyle Miers, Lake Country Outfitters.
Choke Canyon
GREAT. Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 22.72 feet low. Bass fishing is starting to pickup topwater buzz baits and frogs in grass. Chatter square bill cranks flukes senkos watermelons green pumpkins edge of grass in the afternoon. Crappie are excellent on live bait over brush piles 12-18 feet of water. Catfish are for along the edge of grass with cheese bait or shrimp. Topwater time. Report by Charles Whited, Barefoot Fishing Tours. .
Cisco
GREAT. Water stained; 79 degrees; 7.50 feet low. Crappie and bass have been biting best at early in the morning and at sunset. Catfish are fair on live perch and dough bait. Report by Jason Miller, Lake Cisco Rentals.
Coleman
FAIR. Slightly stained; 82 degrees; 5.29 feet low. Crappie are fair with jigs or minnows on brush piles. Hybrid striped bass are good on slabs moving quickly over the main lake chasing bait balls. Bass are fair on green pumpkin jigs, black and blue jigs, shad color swim jigs.
Conroe
GOOD. Slightly stained; 87 degrees; 1.93 feet below. Catfish bite has been slow during the day, with a few reports of good catches at night. Early morning and late evening produced decent catches on catfish bubblegum and liver fishing tight to structure from 10-25 feet of water. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Crappie fishing has picked up this week, with most of the bites have been very light. Fish in 13-19 feet of water on or near structure with minnows producing better than jigs. Hybrid bass are improving with the cooler weather temperatures, but still seeing many undersized fish. Schooling in 12-21 feet of water on flats. Black bass are in 8-17 feet of water close to or in structure using creature baits, and some on crankbaits and swimbaits. Always wear your life jacket Always wear your life jacket! Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.
Cooper
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 78 degrees. Fishing is similar while we wait on the fall weather. Catfish are good on noodles. White bass fair chasing bait balls over the lake with jigs, small spoons, anything flashy. Crappie are slow on main lake brush piles and standing timber with jigs and minnows. Bass are fair along grass ledges and standing timber with crankbaits.
Corpus Christi Lake
GREAT. 80 degrees; 1.85 feet below. Catfish are great in shallow flooded grass for 1-3 pound blue catfish. The big blue catfish are beginning to be active in deeper water around 10 feet near structures. Shad, perch, cut carp, soap baits, and nightcrawlers have all been doing well. Largemouth bass are good in the shallow flooded grass on crankbaits and Texas rigged worms. White bass are good scattered throughout deep water. Trolling has been great with small white crankbaits. Crappie are slow, all the new flooded grass has spread them out, it should get better next month. The few I have seen have been caught on minnows in shallow flooded grass. Alligator gar are great in 5-10 feet of water. Look for big rolling fish and put a cut carp out. Report provided by Damian Hubbs, Mathis Bait Co.
Cypress Springs
Water stained; 81 degrees; 2.36 feet low. Fishing patterns are consistent fishing low light hours for bass and crappie. Dark colors lures around lighted areas will produce bites for the bass. Crappie prefer mid depth brush, if you have underwater lighting then you increase your bite substantially. The catfish are moving to a little deeper and cooler water in the mid 20 foot range in areas with a good wind blowing in on it.Your best bite will still be on prepared punch style baits over baited areas. Captain Mike Thompson, Lake Tawakoni Guide Service
Eagle Mountain
GOOD. Water normally stained, 80 degrees; 4.54 feet low. Fishing patterns are holding steady as we wait for the fall transition. White bass are fair to good on the main lake structure on chartreuse and white slabs with teaser flies. Some anglers have reported good catches trolling A-rigs and hellpets. Crappie are fair to good on brush piles, docks and main lake structure on jigs or minnows and shooting docks. Blue catfish and channel catfish are good on main lake structure on Mr. Whiskers Punch Bait. Report provided by Chad Ferguson of North Texas Catfish Guide Service.
Falcon
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 39.33 feet low. Bass fishing is good shallow in the recently submerged vegetation with spinner baits, lipless crankbaits and chatterbaits. Catfish are good in 3-10 feet of water along banks using a float or bottom rig with cut bait, stink bait or shrimp. Gar are active at the mouths of rivers, and the middle of the channel using bow or rod and reel. Report by Ram Reyes, Texas Kings Outdoors.
Fayette
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 90 degrees. The oxygen levels dropped in the lake due to low lake levels, several days with near zero winds and hot water resulting a fish kill for all species. Much needed rain continues to be in the forecast. Bass are fair in 10-20 feet of water on humps and rip rap throwing various jigs and plastics. Catfish are fair, hitting punch bait and chicken liver in 12-20 feet of water. Bluegill and redear perch are fair on worms and crickets around structures. Water temperature is 89 degrees near the boat ramp. Report by Weldon Kirk, Fish Tales Guide Service.
Fork
GOOD. Water Stained; 78 degrees; 6.30 feet low. The bass bite has been slow with most of the bass suspended in 18 feet of water and around bait. Strike King XD 5 in shad patterns are working ok as well as under spins. Fish seem to be in 12-14 feet over 18 feett. Some shallow fish on points with flukes and shaky heads 2-5 feet of water early in the day. Texas rigs with a blue deck 7 inch power worm along tree lines and at the edges of the drop in 5-7 feet are ok. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Lake Fork crappie fishing has been heating up this past week. We are seeing solid limits of bigger white crappie stacking up on trees in 18-26 feet of water. Getting some brush pile fish to bite as well on some days in 12-18 feet of water. Laydowns are loaded with black crappie most days, but slow to bite. Minnows continue to be the most productive baits, but hand tie jigs are catching some fish. Soft plastics should begin to produce as the water temperature drops for the fall months. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service. Fly fishing report for Lake Fork: The fish activity revolves around the late summer shad hatch and water turnover with all species. Bass are slow starting to chase bait fish in coves and creeks, try poppers, streamers, and Clouser type baits around brush, stumps, and boathouses. There is a short top water bite at dawn and dusk, moving to mid depth streamers at mid-morning. Bream are fair, try small poppers and beaded flies around boathouses, brush piles, and grassy banks paying special attention to shady areas. Catfish are fair, cruising the creek banks with small fish patterns and corn kernel patterns around feeders and creek drop-offs. Sand bass are feeding at night around lighted boat houses on streamers, fishing the shadows out of the light. Lake Fork is currently at a dangerous low water level with many exposed stumps and obstacles so please be careful and take your time. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.
Ft. Phantom Hill
GOOD. Water stained; 79 degrees; 6.59 feet low. White bass and hybrid bass are slow on artificial baits. Troll mainlake structure for best success as fish are scattered out. Report by Clayton Lohse, Respect the Fish Guide Service.
Graham
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 3.50 feet low. Fish are biting in the similar pattern but fish are starting to chase bait harder as they gear up for the cooler temperatures. Largemouth bass are good scattered chasing bait balls. Target bass in 4-8 feet of water near grassy docks and mouths of creeks. Catfish are good off docks on punch bait. Crappie are slow. Hybrid stripers and white bass are schooling in the discharge area.
Granbury
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 2.18 feet low. Fishing patterns continue to be similar. Striped bass are slow trolling umbrella-rigs with white or chartreuse grub tails, trolling deep diving crankbaits but live shad seems to work the best drifting shallow flats on the south end of the lake. Report provided by Kraig Sexton, Sexton's Guide Service LLC, Fishing Charter, Marine Electronics & Accessories Installation. Bass are fair in the river and on deep ledges where rock and timber are present using soft plastics and jerk baits. Report by James Moore, North Texas Bass Fishing and Cmoore Striper Guide Services.
Granger
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 1.96 feet low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits fished around structure. Crappie are good on Slab City Micro Jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles. White bass are good on slab spoons fished over humps in 10-15 feet of water. Blue catfish are good drifting cut shad in 5-20 feet of water. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait. Report by Tommy Tidwell, Tommy Tidwell’s Granger Lake Guide Service.
Grapevine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.47 feet low. White bass are roaming and scattered all over the lake feeding continually so you will need to cover a lot of water bouncing slabs off the bottom. Blue catfish and flathead catfish are mixed in the white bass. Crappie are good. Reports of smaller sized bass catches. Report by Omar Cotter, Luck O’the Irish Fishing Guide Service.
Greenbelt
SLOW. Water stained; 80 degrees; 43.98 feet low. Fishing has slowed for all species with few reports coming in. Catfish are slow. Crappie are slow with minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass are slow using crankbaits. Sand bass are slow with slabs. Walleye are slow scattered all over the lake on crappie jigs, buzz bait and minnows.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 2.06bb feet below. Fishing patterns are holding steady as we wait for the cooler fall weather. Crappie are good in standing timber, and brush in 12-22 feet of water using minnows. Largemouth bass are good in 4-15 feet of water near docks, rocks and brush with square bill crankbaits, and shaky heads. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.
Hubbard Creek
GREAT. Water Stained; 77 degrees; 6.38 feet low. As the water temperature slowly declines as we head into fall look for white bass surface action. Crappie are fair on brush piles with small minnows and small jigs. Largemouth bass are fair around grass using topwater lures early in the morning switching to crankbaits fished along the edge of the grass.
Jacksonville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 1.89 feet below. Bass are really good on Texas rigged finesse worms and dropshot in brush from 22 feet of water to the bank.
Joe Pool
SLOW. Water normal stain; 81-83 degrees; 1.39 feet low. The bass are in a fall transition scattered all over the water column chasing bait and unpredictable to pattern. Fish are in 1-5 feet on wind-blown banks, in 10-20 feet hanging around ledges, and in 25 feet or deeper hugging the bottom. The fish that we could get to bite were in shallow water on the Cedar Hill side of the lake near the state park using a Texas-rigged Senko-style worm in darker colors working best, and in the 10-20 feet range off points near Lynn Creek Park on a dropshot rig with a 4 inch floating worm. Report by Ben Robertson, Ben’s Bass Excursions.
Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 2.00 feet low. Fishing patterns will be similar for another few weeks until the weather cools off some more. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 feet of water. Crappie are fair on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are fair early using topwater baits shallow. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Lavon
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 5.55 feet low. Fishing patterns are similar, but may change after the forecasted cold front. White bass are good on one ounce white or chartreuse slabs on structure in 10-20 feet of water. Swimbaits will work when they are up on top, but there has been little surface activity recently. Crappie fishing is best after 10 A.M. on structure in 10-18 feet of water with minnows and jigs. Fish are holding 12-14 feet down, with the larger fish hugging the bottom next to structure. Looking shallow as the sun is coming up, around 8:30 A.M fish start hugging structure as the sun gets higher. Black bass are good using topwaters for the first half hour of day light. Switch to white and chartreuse spinners with a paddle tail swimbait as the trailer, Carolina or Texas rigs, and crankbaits as the sun comes up after 9 A.M. focus on brush piles in 10-20 feet of water. Live scope helps with that approach. Alabama rigs on deep rock piles 15-25 feet of water. Catching better numbers 5-10 feet of water, but the next day they might be 10-15 feet deep. Cloudy days the bite is shallow, and sunny days the bite pushes deeper. Catfish are great in 5-15 feet of water on ledges and flats using cut drum or sunfish, and gizzard shad. Find the huge bait schools that blacks out your fish finders. The cats will be trailing and eating the main school of bait. Bobber your baits off the bottom or even with no bobber using a santi rig. The fish are feeding great right now and there are lots of double digit fish coming over the rails. Sunfish are great on brush 10-20 feet of water using earthworms, crickets or even bacon. Leave a strip of bacon outside for a couple hours and let it tighten up, then use a pinky nail size for bacon bait on a very small hook. That way you won't have to re-bait every time you set the hook. They are very easy right now. Report by Carey Thorn, White Bass Fishing Texas.
LBJ
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 90 degrees; 0.28 feet low. Bass are slow and you will need to cover a lot of lake junk fishing with Texas rigs, jigs, and creature baits in the lily pads and docks on the lower end. Report by Randal Frisbie, Central Texas Fishing Guide, LLC. Bass are fair midlake near grass with topwaters, spinnerbait and chatterbaits near grass, and in 8-15 feet of water over brush throwing Texas or Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Report by Charles Whited, Barefoot Fishing Tours. Crappie are good with chartreuse jigs in 12-18 feet of water. Catfish are good with punch bait in 18-24 feet of water. Report by Jess Rotherham, Texas Crappie Fishing Service.
Lewisville
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 4.19 feet low. White bass are fair on points and humps in 15-28 feet of water using slabs or live bait, with sporadic top water action. Hybrid stripers are slow, but can be picked off every once in a while mixed in with the white bass. If you are keeping fish, please be aware that there are a lot of undersized hybrid stripers in the lake that look very similar to a white bass. Catfish are fair drifting cut shad or chicken breasts in 16-24 feet of water on wind blown points, humps, and flats near creek channels. Crappie are fair to good in 6-25 feet of water near rock piles, stumps, laydowns, brush piles, standing timber, bridge columns, but best in brush piles and standing timber using minnows and jigs. Report by Wes Campbell, BendaRod Fishing.
Limestone
GOOD. Water clear; 84 degrees; 4.53 feet low. Crappie are good suspended in 12-18 feet of water around brush and standing timber using minnows. Largemouth bass are good in 2-15 feet of water on points and brush and near docks using Texas or Carolina rigs and crankbaits. White bass are good on points and humps in 7-14 feet of water with silver jigging spoons. Catfish are good on humps and flats in 7-20 feet of water fishing cut bait on the bottom. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.
Livingston
FAIR. Stained; 80 degrees; 0.43 feet low. White bass are fair to good 10-15 feet of water main lake humps. Catfish are fair to good. Crappie continues to be slow. Striped bass are slow. Gar are excellent on anything and anywhere in the lake. Largemouth bass are slow in 2-6 feet of water along the banks. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.
Martin Creek
GOOD. 85 degrees. Water lightly stained; 3.04 feet low. Crappie continue to be excellent on minnows over brush in 25 feet of water. Catfish are good using live bait with jug lines.
Medina
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 76.57 feet low. Few reports and anglers on the water due to the low lake levels, it is at 7.6-percent. Best success will be near the dam.
Meredith
GOOD. Water stained; 75-77 degrees; 53.80 feet low. Bass are good on minnows and artificial baits. Catfish are good on live, stink and punch baits. Crappie are fair jigging minnows around cover. White bass are good on minnows and small spinnerbaits. If you see them boiling, coming to the surface, throw topwater lures. Trout are slow, so good luck out there. Walleye are fair on vertically jigging minnows and crawlers in boulder piles and ledges. Abundance of bait balls throughout the lake with three inch bait fish. Please be safe out there, watch weather reports and life vest save lives. Report by Kenneth Wysong, SharKens Honey Hole.
Millers Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 87 degrees; 4.84 feet low. Fishing remains similar as we wait for the fall weather to cool the water and transition the fish. Fishing at night along the shoreline is fair for channel and blue catfish using shad and punch bait. Hybrid bass are schooling early morning, biting on swimbaits from the bank or trolling. Crappie are slow on brush piles using live minnows. White bass are slow.
Nacogdoches
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83-86 degrees; 3.40 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters in the morning along grass edges on the north end. Quality fish are suspended in the water column and relating to timber and brush. Crappie are fair on timber and brush piles using minnows. Soon to be cooling water temperatures will have crappie migrating to creek channels. Use caution when running north of the highline. Lake levels continue to drop and more standing timber is soon to be exposed. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water clear to stained; 83 degrees; 1.00 feet low. With the hot weather and lack of rain in the forecast, the water temperature has increased. Predicted cold fronts should lower the water temperatures. The thermocline has dropped to 16 feet of water. Bass are biting on a slow hopped underspin in 12-16 feet of water. Now is the time to start throwing your Fall lures such as jerkbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and the occasional wacky-rig. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
Nasworthy
GOOD. Water murky; 86 degrees. 0.92 feet low. Bass are fair in the reeds and around boat docks using soft plastics, jigs, and topwaters. Crappie are good in the reeds, around docks, and around the bridge pilings. Using black and chartreuse crappie jigs and minnows. Catfish are good down by the dam and up in the river using cut bait and stink bait. Report provided by the Angelo State Fishing Team.
Navarro Mills
FAIR. Stained; 79 degrees; 2.97 feet low. Crappie are fair on brush and standing timber with small minnows and jigs. Bass are fair along grass edges with topwaters early in the day and soft plastics in green pumpkin.
O.C. Fisher
SLOW. Water stained; 81 degrees; 47.34 feet low. The lake continues to be low with few reports coming in. Best to target fish off shorelines and in the river channel. Catfish are still in the river channel using cut bait and chicken liver. Black bass are fair along brush edges dropshots with wacky rigged worms in pumpkin seed. Crappie and white bass are slow with the low lake level.
O.H. Ivie
GREAT. Water stained; 80 degrees; 21.92 feet low. White bass are great with live bait and crankbaits. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows. Largemouth bass are good. Catfish are fair on prepared baits, cut bait and live bait. Report by Concho Park and Marina.
Oak Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 10.00 feet low. Bass are in deeper water biting worms and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are good, running in schools by the dam. Trolling with spoons and shad imitation baits are producing bites. Channel catfish are good on chicken liver and shrimp fished off docks. Crappie are slow. Report provided by Randal Pate, Sportsman’s Lodge.
Palestine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 2.22 feet low. Bass are good in 15 feet of water on humps with deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are in brush piles in 17-18 feet of water and under the 155 Bridge and Flat Creek Bridge using jigs or very small minnows. Catfish are good on the edge of the river with punch bait, cheese bait and nightcrawlers. White bass are slow, but should pick up after the cold weather settles in. Report by Ricky Vandergriff, Ricky’s Guide Service.
Palo Pinto
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 4.86 feet low. Bass are good in shallow water biting on topwater lures early in the day switching to crankbaits and spinnerbaits later in 4-7 feet of water. Focus on rocky points and around boat docks. Report by James Moore, North Texas Bass Fishing and Cmoore Striper Guide Services.
Possum Kingdom
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 3.97 feet low. Best bite for all species has been in the morning. Striped bass are great, trolling with spoons, jigs in any color or live shad. Sand bass are fair on small spoons and slabs in chartreuse, gold, or silver. Eater size catfish are great on cut shad fished on bottom or just above bottom. Water clarity is 3-6 feet of water depending on location. Report by TJ Ranft, Ranft Guide Service.
Proctor
SLOW. Water stained; 78 degrees; 7.99 feet low. Water temp 78. Crappie are poor. White bass are fair. Hybrid striped bass are fair to 14 pounds on Cordell half ounce slabs. Black bass are poor. Catfish are poor. Report by Mac Glazier, Lake Proctor Guide Service.
Raven
GOOD. Water stained; 87 degrees; 3.50 feet low. With the cold snap this week, look for shallow activity to improve as the water cools. Catfish and crappie are fair to good on minnows. Bass have been very good on junebug colored stick baits Texas rigged, both early morning and late evening.
Ray Hubbard
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80-82 degrees; 2.55 feet low. White bass are good and have moved shallow chasing small shad in 5-15 feet of water slow rolling in-line spinners, trolling tail spinners, or throwing topwaters early morning. Crappie are good on brush tops 12-17 feet of water and are starting to show up on the bridge columns biting minnows. Catfish are good drifting flats in 22-24 feet of water using cut bait. Report by John Varner, John Varner's Guide Service.
Ray Roberts
GOOD; Water is clear; 80 degrees; 1.96 feet below. Fishing patterns are similar this week. Limits of white bass fishing slabs on the bottom of schools in 40 feet of water. Blue catfish are mixed in with whites. Crappie are fair 15-25 feet of water with minnows in brush piles. Bass are fair on shad patterned topwaters early, and green pumpkin soft plastics in deeper water after the early bite finishes. Report by Jim Walling, Ucatchem Guide Service.
Richland Chambers
FAIR. Water clear; 82 degrees; 4.73 feet low. Crappie are fair on brush piles and bridge columns in 15-25 feet of water with minnows. White bass are poor and hard to locate. Hybrid bass are poor on humps in 20-30 feet of water near the 309 flats using gizzard shad. Eater size channel and blue catfish are good using punch bait on a #4 treble hooks in 20-30 feet of water on main lake points, timber in the coves, and along the Richland Creek Channel. Report by Royce Simmons, Gone Fishin' Guide Service.
Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 82 degrees; 5.02 feet low. The lake is off-colored and starting to turnover, slowing the bite while the lake transitions. Look for fish to feed on shad in the pockets as the cold fronts start to roll through. Bass are good shallow and the creek channels chasing shad. White bass are schooling on flats biting small crankbaits and silver spoons. Crappie are good on brush piles with minnows. Catfish are good off points with and in the creek channel. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
Somerville
FAIR. Stained; 83 degrees; 5.26 feet below. Navigate with caution as unseen obstacles are surfacing as the water levels decline. Catfish, crappie, and bluegill are fair on minnows and worms at Somerville Marina early morning and late evening. Black bass are fair, hitting slow moving jigs and plastics on 6-10 feet drop-offs and rocky points. Crappie are fair in 8-18 feet of water on main lake brush piles with minnows or various jig colors. Catfish are fair in the early morning in 6-12 feet of water. Lots of smaller fish mixed in. Hybrid bass are fair, scattered in deeper water. White bass are slow trolling pet spoons or shad and pencil minnows in 6-10 feet of water. Report by Weldon Kirk, Fish Tales Guide Service.
Spence
SLOW. Water stained; 80-85 degrees. 43.54 feet low. Bass fishing is improving with some fish in 8-12 feet of water on worms, and a few bites on topwaters. The bass should move shallow with the cool nights coming the next few weeks. Please be careful and wear your life jackets. Report by Bill Brasher, Bronte Fishing Guide Service
Stamford
SLOW. Water stained; 81 degrees; 3.88 feet low. Blue catfish are fair in 15 feet of water with shad. Black and largemouth bass are good on crankbaits near cover. Crappie are slow. Report by Anchor Marina.
Stillhouse
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 9.59 feet low. The cold front which pushed in on 25-26 September and the several cool nights which followed really turned the bite back on. White bass continue to concentrate on both breaklines and slow-tapering bottoms in the 38-48 foot range but are now much more willing to chase and bite. Using side-imaging over large tracts of bottom to find fish, then using MAL Dense Lures both vertically (at first) and then horizontally (after the vertical bite cools off) continues to produce morning limits of fish. Small largemouth bass begin schooling on the surface around 8:30AM and go strong until around 11 A.M. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service.
Tawakoni
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 3.67 feet low. Lake Tawakoni continues to fish well as the summer pattern comes to an end. Each week the fish become more active as the water temperatures decline. Hybrid stripers and white bass have become active on the lake in several different areas, sometimes feeding under birds and other times feeding deep where we are catching them throwing spoons and slabs. Best depth has been between 12-24 feet. Crappie are picking up as the water temperatures continue to cool off. Standing timber has been best and active fish have been suspended 12-16 feet down over trees in 25-30 feet of water with jigs out performing minnows. The channel catfish bite is still wide open. Prepared bait such as dough and punch baits are working great over baited areas. seems like the best depth has been 25 feet of water. The blue catfish bite is also picking up. We are starting to see fish over 20 pounds caught drifting large pieces of cut Shad. For those wanting to fill the box, drifting small pieces of cut bait over large mud flats in 18-25 feet of water has been working well. The largemouth bite is also starting to pick up. Topwater bait at daylight has been working well, then switching to a baby brush hog after the sun rises. Focus on shallow boat docks and shallow rocks. Report by Captain Michael Littlejohn, Lake Tawakoni Guide Service.
Texana
FAIR. Water stained; 80 degrees; 4.50 feet low. Bass are good in timber and structure with crankbaits and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair in deep water using minnows and jigs. Catfish are good throughout the lake on liver perch, cut bait and juglines. White bass are in the Navidad River biting on slabs and spoons.
Texoma
EXCELLENT. Water stained; 80 degrees; 2.17 feet below. The fall fishing pattern is on the way as the water is cooling off, bigger fish are moving into the shallows and birds are working. Sand bass are on shallow flats in less than 15 feet of water biting topwaters in the morning. Striped bass are good catching the bigger fish shallow in 2-4 feet of water on topwaters, then moving out to 40-50 feet of water fishing with slabs for box fish. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors. Striped bass are excellent on live shad fishing 48-60 feet of water. The topwater bite is very hit-and-miss along sandy points and flats. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair on soft plastics and crawfish colored crankbaits in 5-15 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are in the southern end of the lake along the bank early in the day. Crappie are great on jigs and minnows, with a lot of undersized fish and a few big fish along the bottoms of the piles. Channel and blue catfish have been fair on cut shad. Still seeing a lot of undersize fish but the big blues will move up shallow in the next few weeks with the cooler temps. Report by Jacob Orr Lake Texoma Guaranteed Guide Service.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 76-78 degrees; 4.34 feet low. The water level is 167.7 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 76-78 degrees with surface temperature around 76.This is the third week with no rainfall. The back feeder creeks are clear in the deeper holes, but the lake is turning over causing shallow areas to look muddy and the main lake remains clear. The best fishing times this week has been at first light to mid-morning. Black bass are still in the summer to fall transition and remain scattered. The bass have been biting and chasing smaller shad profile baits like 1/4 ounce rattletraps in chrome, black or blue back, bladed baits, and smaller crankbaits in shad colors. Another pattern is black and blue football jigs 3/8 - 3/4 ounce with a 3-inch matching color grub trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with the chuck tail dipped in chartreuse color. The punch and frog bite has been producing wherever you can find floating vegetation, Lilly pads or healthy green hydrilla. Crappie bite has been picking up in 6-25 feet of water using small jigs and minnows depending on the cloud cover and cooling night temperatures. Bluegills are still mixed in with crappie in the brush piles and some are now being caught under boathouses and docks. Catfish are holding in 10-20 feet of water and have also been caught migrating up into the feeder creeks. Hey crew, this week is cooling down and will be in the 50s . Here we go, we either go hunting or go fishing. It's all good. Get out there! Always leave the area better than you found it (no trash, pickup what you can). Good luck and tight lines! Report from Master Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orvis Endorsed Fishing Guide, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak Sales, and Rod Repair.
Travis
GOOD. Stained; 80 degrees; 37.76 feet low. Bass are good targeting shallow structure throwing Texas rigs, jigs, and creature baits. Numbers of fish being caught in grass, and casting behind docks bigger fish. Report by Randal Frisbie, Central Texas Fishing Guide, LLC. Bass are good with topwaters, walking baits, pop r’s, weightless flukes, soft paddle tail swimbaits focusing on shaded shallow shorelines with brush and rock. Dropshot around docks and points will produce bites as well. Report provided by Carson Conklin, ATX Fishing. Bass very good on bluff walls with jerk baits and topwater lures, main lake points with dropshots or Carolina rigs in 18-35 feet, and marinas and boat slips using topwaters and flukes. Crappie excellent up the river with live bait. Report by Charles Whited, Barefoot Fishing Tours.
Twin Buttes
FAIR. Water stained. 82 degrees; 21.65 feet low. White bass are fair chasing shad on the surface biting on artificials. Crappie are fair in deep water holding tight to brush 28-30 feet of water good on live minnows. Channel catfish are good anywhere from 11-32 feet of water cheese baits and nightcrawlers. Report by Captain Michael Peterson, 4 Reel Fun Guide Service.
Tyler
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 2.54 feet below. Catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers, the cooling weather has brought the fish up. Bass are fair on topwaters and trick worms in submerged vegetation around piers. Crappie are good in 16-20 of water on brush piles and submerged structures using live minnows. Bluegill are good mixed in with the crappie biting red worms. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Waco
FAIR. Water stained; 81 degrees; 10.36 feet low. Fishing patterns will remain steady until the cold fronts start. Sand bass are active at sunrise chasing bait fish and hitting topwaters on islands and main lake points. Crappie are good on main lake brush piles in 8-16 feet of water. Fish are feeding up and getting more aggressive for the winter. Great numbers of fish and quality is great as well. If the bite gets tough, switch to live bait. Small profile baits 1/16th ounce eyehole jig heads on chartreuse, pink or purple paired with snacky lures FS200 in the color "snacky flash". Keep it simple, shad imitating baits and you'll catch fish. Catfish are mixed in with the crappie. Black bass are fair. Report by Robert Stover, Workingman Crappie Guide. Crappie are good in brush piles and ledges in 13-22 feet of water with ⅛ ounce jig heads with 2 inch baby shad or hand ties. Report by Zach Minnix, JigNJerk Guide Service.
Walter E. Long
GOOD. Water clear; 84 degrees. There are lots of minnows in the shoreline, but the bass have not moved up to feed on them, yet. Some bass are schooling on calm mornings. The most consistent bass bite is coming on natural color worms worked in the grass, with some success shallow using crankbaits. The water is very, exercise caution when putting the boat in and navigate with caution. Report by David Townsend, Austin Fishing Guide. Fishing patterns are similar for crappie and catfish. Crappie are good in 12-18 feet of water with white and orange jigs. Catfish are 12-16 feet of water. Report by Jess Rotherham, Texas Crappie Fishing Service.
Weatherford
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 7.33 feet low. Fishing patterns are unchanged until the cold fronts start. Crappie fishing is fair with catches on deeper main lake on brush with live minnows. Catfish are fair with cut bait and shad off rocks and main lake points. White bass are slow on slabs. Bass are slow off main lake points and rocks with crankbaits and worms.
White River
SLOW. Water stained; 84 degrees; 23.19 feet low. Catfish are fair on minnows and frozen shad off the shoreline. Black bass are fair near the dam and island with rattletraps. Crappie are good moving in shallow water as the temperature cool water using minnows and jigs. Walleye are slow holding close to the sandy bottoms and chasing crappie biting on bottom lures.
Whitney
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 7.14 feet low. Striped bass are good trolling umbrella-rigs with white or chartreuse grub tails or swim baits attached throughout the reservoir in 12-40 feet of water. Live minnows are working as well, but fresh live shad is still prefered. Top water lures work as well, if you can find the fish schooling, but the stripers don't stay up long and are moving fast. Report provided by Kraig Sexton, Sexton's Guide Service LLC, Fishing Charter, Marine Electronics & Accessories Installation. Striped bass are really good on topwater early switching to slabs later in the day. Report by James Moore, North Texas Bass Fishing and Cmoore Striper Guide Services.
Worth
GOOD. Water normally stained; 80 degrees; 2.47 feet low. White bass are fair to good on main lake structure on chartreuse and white slabs. Crappie are fair to good on brush piles, docks and main lake structure on jigs or minnows and shooting docks. Blue catfish and channel catfish are good on main lake structure on Mr. Whiskers Punch Bait. Report provided by Chad Ferguson of North Texas Catfish Guide Service.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.96 feet above. Fishing patterns are similar while we wait for the fall weather to settle in. Catfish are good on punch bait. White bass are fair with many small catches on points with tail spinners. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service.

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