Freshwater Weekly Fishing Report Week of November 30, 2022

Alan Henry
FAIR. Water clear; 57 degrees; 9.72 feet low. Crappie fair over brush 30-36 feet of water. Report provided by Randy Britton, Lake Alan Henry Crappie Guide.
Amistad
GOOD. Water stained; 64 degrees; 36.30 feet low. Bass are transitioning to the winter pattern. Slowly worked Texas rigged plastics seem to work best, or soft jerkbaits in shad color around grass edges. Report by Captain Olin Jensen, Jensen’s Guide Service.
Arlington
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 64 degrees; 0.62 feet above. Crappie are on brush piles 15-20 feet of water biting on jigs and minnows. Bass are biting on chatterbaits, and crankbaits.
Arrowhead
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 5.70 feet low. Fishing patterns continue to hold steady. Blue catfish can be caught out on the main lake drifting with fresh cut shad. Crappie are good around the Derrick’s and the dam. Report by Brandon Brown, Brown’s Guide Service.
Athens
SLOW. Water clear; 58-61 degrees; 1.04 feet below. Fishing patterns are holding steady. Bass are good on brush piles out to 25 feet on jigs and dropshot worms. Bass are still feeding shallow as well. Target weed lines in 10-12 feet with shaky-head worms and jigs. Crappie are good on deep brush with minnows and small jigs. Report by Jim Brack, Athens Guide Service.
Austin
FAIR. Water clear; 63 degrees; 0.54 feet low. On Lady Bird Lake bass are good with dropshots in and around grass beds, and jerkbaits worked along the edges. Soft swimbaits across the tops of grass beds, or ripping chatterbaits over vegetation on windy days will produce bites. Alabama rigs in open water and around the bridges can be good. Flipping jigs around the heavy vegetation can produce a bigger bite, but not as many fish. Report by Carson Conklin, ATX Fishing.
B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.50 feet below. Bass are good with the best bite on chatterbaits. Some topwater action with walking baits.
Bastrop
GREAT. Water clear; 67 degrees. Bass are good throwing topwaters, squarebill or shallow crankbaits and wakebaits around the grass lines in 5-10 feet of water early in the morning. Soft plastics like worms, craws and flukes in the grass work well later on. Work soft plastics slowly in and around the discharge throughout the day to pick up fish. Report by Bryan Cotter, Texas Hawgs.
Belton
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 12.93 feet low. The 15 day water temperature decline was halted at the top of the week after a few days wherein the air temperature was warmer than the water temperature. This stable warming trend allowed the white bass fishing to bounce back a bit, putting half-day trip fish counts back around the 100 fish mark. The wet, cold conditions on November 25-26, brought down a great number of gulls which are now helping pave the way to finding fish for at least an hour or so each morning. With the water temperature now right around 60 degrees, the white Bladed Hazy Eye Slab with stinger hook has now begun to outperform the MAL Lure as the go-to lure for white bass and hybrid stripers. Working this lure vertically with a moderate cadence from the bottom upwards through the lower third of the water column has been the most effective approach this week. Thanks to the Thanksgiving weekend rains, Lake Belton added a much needed half foot of water and is still rising very slowly. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service. Catfish are good pulling planer boards with fresh cut shad, freshwater drum or buffalo in mid lake flats near the river channel in 20-40 feet of water. Report by Jason “Spud” Barton, Cattin’ Around Adventures.
Benbrook
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 6.32 feet low. Crappie are on brush piles biting on jigs and minnows. Bass are biting on chatterbaits and dropshots.
Bob Sandlin
FAIR. Water clear; 61 degrees; 1.17 feet below. Lots of rain. Crappie are good on standing timber 25-40 feet deep on jigs or minnows. Catfish are good 20-30 feet of water on baited holes. Bass are good early on shallow crankbaits. Sand bass are fair under the 21 bridge on jigging with slabs off the bottom. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Brady
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 10.27 feet low. Largemouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines with live perch or cut shad. Crappie are slow.
Braunig
FAIR. Water stained, 68-74 degrees. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, liver and cheese bait from the recreational shoreline and around the intake. Largemouth bass are slow but can be caught on spinnerbaits and jigs around the reeds close to deep water access. Red drum are slow, on live bait and cut shad.
Bridgeport
GOOD. Water clear; 61 degrees; 8.67 feet low. Look for largemouth bass to be near huge schools of migrating shad. Try shad type crankbaits around main and secondary points in the north end. Take a good look up in the Three Fingers area as the baitfish will really pack in there, especially on warmer days. Sand bass are also following bait on the north end with slabs. The fish are staying in one place more frequently as the water cools down. Start looking for air support as more gulls make their way to the lake. Crappie remain good on minnows near the bridge and docks. They will also be tailing baitfish. Catfish remain fair on cut bait, look for the Blue Cats to become more active as the water temps drop into the fifties. Report by Keith Bunch, Lake Bridgeport Guide Service.
Brownwood
SLOW. Water slightly stained; 55-57 degrees; 7.91 feet low. Bass are good to four pounds in 8-10 feet of water on underspins and squarebills in between docks and along the shoreline. Crappie are slow on minnows in brush piles. White bass are slow on jigs. Catfish are slow on cut shad drifting.
Bryan
GOOD. Water normal stain; 65 degrees. Fishing should be good as we head into a weekend with a rainy forecast and cloudy skies. Crappie are biting on minnows near docks and in the channel. Catfish are good on cut bait and worms. Largemouth bass are good on minnows. Report by The Bait Barn.
Buchanan
GREAT. Water lightly stained; 64 degrees; 17.34 feet low. Fishing patterns should continue to be good as we head into the weekend. Bass around the rock piles all over the lake, especially around the mouths of the creeks with deep water nearby. Best baits have been mid to deep diving crankbaits, shaky heads and big worms or jigs. A five inch swimbait is picking up some really good ones as well, along with a frog at certain times. Report by Bryan Cotter, Texas Hawgs.
Caddo
GOOD. Water stained; 60 degrees; 1.09 feet above. The bite on Caddo is good with tons of white bass and yellow bass running in the river systems. You can catch them on shad pattern baits such as spoons, rattletraps, crankbaits and Alabama rigs. The black bass are slow to the party but getting better as the water temps start to fall into the mid 50s. It will only get better if you love winter fishing out on Caddo. This is a favorite time of the year to bring the family out fishing so they can learn why we spend all day on the water. The bite becomes easy and you can get them hooked on fishing easy as well. Plus, you get to share with them the majestic views only Caddo has as God spoke this wonderful lake into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
Calaveras
FAIR. Water stained, 72 degrees. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and liver. Red drum are slowing down with the cooler weather, but have been fair on live tilapia and cut shad from the recreational shoreline, also on live baits and crankbaits around rocky points and drop-offs in 10-25 feet of water.
Canyon Lake
GOOD. Water clear; 58 degrees; 9.37 feet low. Striped bass are good showing up in abundant numbers biting on topwaters. Largemouth bass are now deep or shallow, so cover a lot of water throwing a Texas rig, senkos, or swimbaits. Report by Evan Coleman, Big Bassin Fishing.
Cedar Creek
EXCELLENT. Water normal stain; 54-58 degrees; 3.35 feet low. Crappie are fair using minnows or jigs on select docks that have 6-8 feet of water, and brush piles in 5-20 feet of water and bridge pilings. Largemouth bass are good on brush piles 5-10 feet of water with Carolina rigs, or fishing bridge pilings with a shaky head. White bass and hybrid bass are under birds in 30-40 feet of water deadsticking. Report by Kyle Miers, Lake Country Outfitters.
Choke Canyon
GREAT. Water clear; 65 degrees; 23.49 feet low. Crappie are good in 12-16 feet of water on brush piles and standing timber with live minnows. White bass are fair, scattered on main lake humps biting jigging spoons or minnows. The bite slows on overcast days. Catfish are good all over the lake. Report Patrick Orosco, Twisted Arrow Bowfishing.
Cisco
GOOD. Water stained; 70 degrees; 8.01 feet low. Fishing patterns are similar and the fishing continue to be good as we head into a weekend with cloudy fishing conditions. Channel catfish and bass are good in 15 feet of water with live perch. Crappie are good after sunset using minnows in 20 feet of water. Report by Jason Miller, Lake Cisco Rentals.
Coleman
FAIR. Slightly stained; 60 degrees; 5.70 feet low. Fishing patterns are holding steady as we head into a weekend with mild weather forecasts and cloudy skies that are ideal for fishing. Hybrid striped bass are good on rattletraps and slabs. Crappie are fair with jigs or minnows on brush piles. Bass are fair on topwater, jerkbaits and crankbaits in and around vegetation.
Conroe
GOOD. Slightly stained; 59 degrees; 2.37 feet below. Eater catfish are still doing well on baited holes and structure. Averaging around 30 fish per trip weather permitting. Catching some trophy class cats mixed in there too on Catfish Bubblegum. Trophy catfish can also be found along channels and mud flats. At this time of year if you find the bait the fish are close. Hybrids are hit and miss as well. Finding some schools on the outskirts of large amounts of shad but mostly undersized fish. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Bass have been a little slower transitioning, but are still suspended on brush piles up to 14 feet. Crankbaits and slower sinking finesse style plastics have worked for them. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Crappie are good, staying tight to structure in 18-27 feet of water using a 1/6 ounce orange jig head tipped with a minnow, or white and chartreuse hair jig from Lone Star Crappie Jigs. Brush piles are good, but the fish are starting to stack up on standing timber suspended at 15 feet. Bigger fish are committing more and a lot of them are starting to hold eggs for the spawn in the spring. Report by Justin Burns with Slab Donkey Guide Service.
Cooper
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 65 degrees. Catfish are good on cut bait. White bass fair on jigging spoons on humps. Crappie are fair 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. 67 degrees; 2.98 feet below. Catfish are good in 10-15 feet of water on cut perch and soap baits. Largemouth bass are good in 5-10 feet of water on deep water crankbaits and jigs. White bass are good in 10 feet of water near the dam on vertical jigs, minnows, and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow in 10 feet of water near structures with black and chartreuse jigs and minnows. Alligator gar are great in 5-10 feet of water using cut carp and shad. Report provided by Damian Hubbs, Mathis Bait Co.
Cypress Springs
Water stained; 65 degrees; 1.38 feet low. Catfish are biting on cut bait. Bass are biting on chatterbaits and dropshots near the edge of structure. Crappie are in brush piles biting on minnows and jigs.
Eagle Mountain
GOOD. Water normal stain, 54 degrees; 4.52 feet low. White bass are fair to good on main lake structure on CC Spoons deadsticking. Crappie are fair to good in boat slips on jigs and minnows. Blue catfish and channel catfish are good on punch bait and shad in mid depths and deeper water. Report provided by Chad Ferguson of North Texas Catfish Guide Service.
Fairfield
GOOD. Slightly stained. 68 degrees. Largemouth bass are on the grass edge and points in 4-18 feet of water biting lipless crankbaits, Carolina rigs, jerkbaits and wacky worms. Bluegill are in 4-10 feet of water on the grass edge biting earthworms. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com. Fairfield
Falcon
GOOD. Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 40.02 feet low. Trophy catfish are good in 10-12 feet of water along submerged structure with fresh cut bait. Keeper catfish are biting in 10-12 feet of water on shrimp and smaller cut bait on a Kentucky rig or dropshot, and a Carolina rig. Crappie are good focussing on deeper brush piles and submerged timber in 15-30 feet of water. Bass are good in 10-20 feet of water along hard bottoms and rock structures with watermelon red five inch senkos and crankbaits. Report by Ram Reyes, Texas Kings Outdoors.
Fayette
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 1.50 feet below. 67 degrees. Fishing is holding steady with little change. Bass are good with a shallow morning topwater bite, then continue to target main lake points and dam rocks with various shad color crankbaits and plastics later in the day. Catfish are good with punch bait and chicken livers in 12-20 feet of water, on tight lines over chum. Bluegill and perch are slow on worms and crickets around structures. Report by Weldon Kirk, Fish Tales Guide Service.
Fork
FAIR. Water Stained; 65 degrees; 5.81 feet low. The bass bite should change after the rise in water. Suspending jerkbaits are still best worked over 7-10 feet around ditches and creeks. Spinnerbaits have been good in the same areas, slowly rolled near big wood. Viper XP jigs in sourgrape, PBJ, Purple Passion, are still good on big wood near the edges of the creeks 8-10 feet. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Bass are slow on Carolina rigs, dropshots, and jigging spoons in 15-18 feet of water, and squarebill crankbaits in 3-6 feet of water. Report by Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Guide Service. Rising water level will bring feeding bass shallow. Fish newly flooded grass and timber with streamers for bass chasing shad. Some bream will be mixed in on warmer sunny days. Crappie will be moving towards wintertime schools in the open water and deep pockets, beaded woolies fished with a 5 wt rod and sinking lines. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The bite is getting better and better going into the winter months. Big crappie are beginning to show up in numbers as the water temps continue to drop into the 50s. Catches over two pounds are landed each day with some fish closer to the three pound range. Timber on flats and along the main lake creek channels in 28-50 feet all seem to be holding good fish. We are seeing a good balance of white crappie and black crappie both being caught each day. Minnows still seem to be the dominant bait, but the jig bite is coming around finally on Lake Fork. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.
Ft. Phantom Hill
GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 6.44 feet low. Fishing patterns are holding steady as we head into a weekend with mild weather forecasts and cloudy skies that are ideal for fishing. White bass are good on humps with jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on the main lake structure using minnows and small jigs. Catfish are good with cut bait.
Graham
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 65 degrees; 4.10 feet low. Fishing patterns are similar. Crappie are biting on jigs and minnows at the crappie house. Catfish will be feeding on sand flats as the day warms. Report by Chuck Spindle, Blue Collar Fishing.
Granbury
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 2.32 feet low. Catfish are shallow biting on big cut shad. Shad is scattered and hard to find. Report by Jeffery Sojourner, Sojourner Fishing LLC. Striped bass and white bass continue to be good drifting flats with shad or trolling white and chartreuse umbrella-rigs in 10-25 feet of water mid lake to Striper Alley. Report provided by Kraig Sexton, Sexton's Guide Service LLC, Fishing Charter, Marine Electronics & Accessories Installation. Bass are good on jerkbaits and spinnerbaits fished slowly on rocky banks where trees are present. Report by James Moore, North Texas Bass Fishing and Cmoore Striper Guide.
Granger
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 64 degrees; 0.98 feet low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on jigs fished around drop offs in 12 to 17 feet of water. White bass are slow. Blue catfish are good on jug lines baited with cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow. Report by Tommy Tidwell, Tommy Tidwell’s Granger Lake Guide Service.
Grapevine
GOOD. Water normal; 58 degrees; 1.17 feet above. Fish days with sunshine and a slight breeze out of the south. This time of the year the bite starts up later in the morning when the sun starts to shine through the water. White bass are good with many smaller sized fish in 20-24 feet of water. Fish slowly using a spoon with an assist hook, paying close attention as the bite has been soft and hard. Use a thumper to attract fish. Crappie are mixed in with the white bass. Seeing fewer catfish mixed in. Some gulls, but the action is not as helpful as they have been in the past. Bass are on drop-offs in 15-20 feet of water using Alabama rigs. Report by Omar Cotter, Luck O’the Irish Fishing Guide Service.
Greenbelt
SLOW. Water stained; 72 degrees; 44.72 feet low. Catfish are good on cut bait and juglines. Crappie are slow with minnows and small jigs in submerged structure. Largemouth bass are slow target vegetation with slow and fast moving baits until you get a bite. Sand bass are slow with jigging spoons.
Hawkins
GOOD. 63 degrees. Streamers fished around lilly pads and above submerged vegetation are drawing strikes from bass and chain pickerel. Chain pickerel will become more active as water cools, try small fish patterns around lilies and boat houses. Look for crappie suspending in mid lake. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 63 degrees; 1.60 feet below. Largemouth bass are in 4-12 feet of water on docks, bulkheads and points using shaky head, Ned rigs and wacky worms. Crappie are in 10-20 feet of water in brush and standing timber using minnows. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.
Hubbard Creek
GREAT. Water Stained; 58-63 degrees; 7.07 feet low. Fishing patterns are holding steady as we head into a weekend with mild weather forecasts and cloudy skies that are ideal for fishing. Bass are square bill, and crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows in brush piles. White bass are slow on jigs under the lights. Catfish are slow on cut shad and perch.
Jacksonville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 67 degrees; 1.94 feet below. Bass are good on soft plastics, flukes, and crankbaits on brush from the bank to 12 feet.
Joe Pool
SLOW. Water normal stain; 58 degrees; 0.31 feet above. Bass are good near Cedar Hill State Park and around Lynn Creek Marina. Biting Texas-rigged soft plastic worm in 10-15 feet of water in old creek beds. On days with a breeze, target 5 feet or less with a white or shad-colored squarebill crankbait, or a white/chartreuse vibrating jig. Bait fish will soon be loading up in pockets and coves. Report by Ben Robertson, Ben’s Bass Excursions.
Lake O' the Pines
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.20 feet low. Crappie are good on standing timber 25-40 feet deep on jigs or minnows. Catfish are good 20-30 feet of water on baited holes. Bass are good early on shallow crankbaits. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Lavon
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 65 degrees; 3.40 feet low. Catfish are good at all depths from 5-30 feet of water with cut bait, shad, carp, and sunfish. Big fish 20 or more pounds are common catches everyday. Monsters seem to be in 25-30 feet of water. Black bass are in 5-20 feet of water on structures with Alabama rigs, swimbaits, and large spoons.Gliding Alabama rigs over brush piles and rock piles is deadly right now in 10-15 feet. Early morning white and chartreuse spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits on rocky structures. As the sun rises, 10-15 feet on crankbaits work as well. Crappie are great on 1/16 or ⅛ ounce jigs of any color, the trick is to get it in their face. Target fish in 20-30 feet of water on condos and piles. Thump Buddies in white/chartreuse or black/chartreuse seems to be the average colors the fish are being caught on. Bluegills are in 20-30 feet on brush piles biting earthworm pieces with very small hooks. White bass are in 15-25 feet of water on slopes and ledges with white or chartreuse one ounce slabs. Sometimes they are holding to the main lake humps. Very scattered and not on a pattern. Report by Carey Thorn, White Bass Fishing Texas.
LBJ
GOOD. Water stained; 62 degrees; 0.17 feet low. Catfish are good with punch bait in 30 feet of water. Crappie are fair in with chartreuse jigs in 25-28 feet of water over brush piles. Report by Jess Rotherham, Texas Crappie Fishing Service.
Lewisville
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 58 degrees; 3.35 feet low. White bass are fair to good on points, humps, and ledges in 15-28 feet of water. Slabs, small swimbaits, and live bait are working. 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 to good drifting cut shad or chicken breasts in 14-30 feet of water. Check near wind blown points, humps, and flats near creek channels. With the recent rain, there will be catfish at the mouths of the feeder creeks as well. Crappie are fair to good in 4-25 feet of water with minnows and jigs. Brush piles and standing timber have produced best, but rock piles, stumps, laydowns, and bridge columns have all produced fish. Report by Wes Campbell, BendaRod Fishing.
Limestone
FAIR. Water clear; 56 degrees; 5.39 feet low. The bite is improving as the water stabilizes. Crappie are on brush and standing timber in 10-16 feet of water biting minnows. Largemouth bass are in 2-6 feet of water on lipless crankbaits, chatterbaits, flat sided crankbaits near docks, rocks and stumps. White bass are good on humps and points 7-17 feet of water using silver jigging spoons. Catfish are on flats and points in 7-20 feet of water, and in the creek channels on cut bait. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.
Livingston
FAIR. Stained; 70 degrees; 0.40 feet low. Fish in the weather windows for the best fishing. Days leading up to a cold front are best, with the days after with a slow bite. White bass are fair on main lake humps jigging slabs in 10-15 feet of water. Catfish are fair to good drifting with cut bait on main lake flats and open water. Crappie continues to be slow. Striped bass are slow. Largemouth bass are slow in 2-6 feet of water along the banks. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.
Martin Creek
GOOD. 65 degrees. Water lightly stained; 3.59 feet low. Few reports due to the cooler weather. With the continued colder weather fish the Dry Creek area where the warmer water is.
Medina
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees; 78.76 feet low. Few reports and anglers on the water. Best success will be near the dam.
Meredith
GOOD. Water stained; 50 degrees; 54.55 feet low. Bass are fair on minnows and artificials. Catfish are fair on minnows and frozen shad. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows, or a jighead with a curly tailed grub. Trout are good on power baits, worms, small spinners and flies. Walleye are good on minnows, crawlers and artificial baits in 30 feet of water. Report by Kenneth Wysong, SharKens Honey Hole.
Millers Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 5.40 feet low. Bass are good on soft plastics, and topwaters on vegetation. Crappie are good on standing timber and brush piles with minnows and small jigs. Catfish are good on cut baits and cheese bait. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons.
Nacogdoches
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 55-60 degrees; 4.10 feet low. Fishing patterns continue to be similar as fish feed throughout the day. Shad are making their way to deeper water. Largemouth bass are good on grass edges and deeper flats adjacent to the creek channel. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush and standing timber in 20-30 feet. Use caution when running north of the highline. Lake levels continue to drop and more standing timber is soon to be exposed. Use caution. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water clear to stained; 56 degrees. Recent rains have the lake about 4 inches above full pool, so watch out for hidden stumps. The Alabama rig and deep diving crankbait has done the most damage lately for bass. Jerkbaits will be in play very soon. Numbers of bass are starting to pickup and the size will get bigger as we transition into the winter pattern. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
Nasworthy
GOOD. Water murky; 59 degrees. 0.87 feet low. Fishing patterns are holding steady as we head into a weekend with mild weather forecasts and cloudy skies that are ideal for fishing. The bass are slow in the reeds and around boat docks using soft plastics, jigs, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair around docks and bridge pilings using black and chartreuse crappie jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair 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
SLOW. Stained; 62 degrees; 2.84 feet low. Catfish are good with fishing off the bottom with cut or live perch or carp on trotlines and juglines, or rod and reel. Crappie are slow on brush piles.
O.C. Fisher
SLOW. Water stained; 67 degrees; 47.79 feet low. Few reports and anglers fishing due to weather and low lake levels.
O.H. Ivie
GOOD. Water stained; 53 degrees; 22.91 feet low. White bass are good with live bait and crankbaits. Crappie great 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
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 10.65 feet low. White bass are fair and in good shape in 15-18 feet of water. Bass up to six pounds on worms in deeper water. Crappie are slow off docks. Channel catfish are good on chicken liver off the bank. Report provided by Randal Pate, Sportsman’s Lodge.
Palestine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 2.10 feet low. Catfish continue to be good in the river baited holes using nightcrawlers, cut shad and punch bait. Bass are fair with a few catches early in the morning shallow with Carolina rigs, then throwing Carolina rigs off points into deeper water for better quality and numbers of bass. Crappie are fair in the natural timber near the river on jigs. White bass and hybrids are slow, slow, slow with very bites on rattletraps. You can find some in the river. Report by Ricky Vandergriff, Ricky’s Guide Service.
Palo Pinto
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 5.72 feet low. Fishing patterns are holding steady as we head into December. Bass are suspended off drop-offs and ledges fishing slowly with jerk baits and spinner baits. Report by James Moore, North Texas Bass Fishing and Cmoore Striper Guide.
Possum Kingdom
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 53-56 degrees; 5.86 feet low. Striped bass fishing is good with live bait best, but some can be caught slow trolling jigs in 15-30 feet of water. Sand bass are good on slabs and small spoons in chartreuse, white, and silver in 15-25 feet of water. Catfish are good using cut shad fished in 2-15 feet of water on or near bottom. Water clarity is 2-6 feet depending on location. Report by TJ Ranft, Ranft Guide Service.
Proctor
SLOW. Water stained; 62 degrees; 8.77 feet low. The water level is low, so navigate with caution. The forecast is cloudy which is good for fishing. Fishing should pick up as the fish resume feeding. Bait fish are abundant and easy to find. Blue catfish are slow, fish in deeper water with cut bait. Report by Jeffery Sojourner, Sojourner Fishing LLC.
Raven
GOOD. Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 2 feet low. The fluctuating water temperatures have made the bite hit-or-miss, but when you catch it right before the temperature drops, the bass and crappie bite has been good. Crappie are hitting minnows and jigs around brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait and prepared baits, but be prepared to let it soak a while. Bass have been good early, and even better late in the evening, coming mostly on chartreuse shad crankbaits and Carolina rigs in 6-10 feet of water. An occasional bite can be found in 5 feet or less on a junebug Texas rigged. Water clarity has deteriorated with the recent heavy rain, with visibility falling to 2 feet or less where the creeks come in. With the recent rise in lake level, some stumps that have been visible for the past year are now just below the surface. Boaters are advised to use caution while idling around the lake.
Ray Hubbard
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 54-56 degrees; 0.57 feet low. White bass are good fishing with slabs and jigs in deeper areas around 35-39 feet suspended 5-8 feet off bottom. Crappie are good on brush tops off of points in 28-34 feet of water with minnows for the best bite, but jigs are producing as well. Catfish are good on long flats in 28-32 feet of water using cut bait. Report by John Varner, John Varner's Guide Service.
Ray Roberts
GOOD; Water is clear; 56 degrees; 1.64 feet below. Fish are chasing schools of shad in deep main lake water. White bass are fair fishing covering a lot of water in 35-45 feet of water jigging with slabs with a bucktail trailer. Bass are slow to non-existent, search deep water structure with deep diving crankbaits jigs 20-35 feet of water. Run electronics looking for baitfish Blue and some channel catfish are fair mixed in with whites using cut shad. Several catches of blue catfish while slabbing for white bass. Crappie are slow, under bridges 25-30 scattered from shallow and deep in brush piles biting in minnows. Report by Jim Walling, Ucatchem Guide Service.
Richland Chambers
GOOD. Water clear; 57 degrees; 4.58 feet low. Overall, fishing is good if you focus on the catfish and white bass. Few reports of crappie or largemouth have been available as few fishermen have braved the recent cold weather, wind and much needed rain. White bass are good on slabs near Pelican Island and the 287 Roadbed in 15-25 feet of water. Watch for gulls as they will show the way for good action! Eater size channel and blue catfish are excellent on Danny Kings Punch Bait on a #4 Treble Hook. Best location is the timber along the Richland Creek Channel in 15-20 feet of water. Fish can be located where the Cormorants roost. Report by Royce Simmons, Gone Fishin' Guide Service.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 6.31 feet low. All species are chasing the bait in the back of creeks. Bass are good with the bigger sized catches coming on deeper ledges with a big worm, Carolina rig. White bass are good on spoons. Crappie are migrating up the river hanging around stumps like they are Christmas ornaments. They are moving quick biting on minnows or white feather jigs. Catfish are moving to the backs of creeks, and brush piles biting on cut bait and minnows. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
Somerville
FAIR. Stained; 56 degrees; 5.43 feet below. 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 craw jigs and shad color crankbaits in 6-10 feet of water on drop-offs and around rocky points. Crappie are fair on main lake brush piles best bite is on minnows. Catfish are good early morning in 6-12 feet of water. Larger catfish are biting jug lines baited with shad. Hybrids are good scattered in deeper water hitting jigs bounced into schools. White bass are slow trolling Pet spoons or using shad and pencil minnows in 6-10 feet. Report by Weldon Kirk, Fish Tales Guide Service.
Spence
SLOW. Water stained; 60 degrees. 43.95 feet low. Bass are starting to move shallower biting reaction baits in white and chartreuse or white. No catfish reports, this could be that there is no water flow, and the bite should improve after rain. Be safe and wear your life jacket. The lake is steadily dropping if you are going to put in at Wildcat utilize the low water ramp. The Paint Creek Ramp is still usable. Report by Bill Brasher Bronte fishing guide service.
Stamford
SLOW. Water stained; 60 degrees; 4.17 feet low. Lots of bait fish scattered throughout the lake. Crappie fishing continues to be excellent on minnows and jigs at the crappie house and in 7-15 feet of water on main lake brush piles. White bass are slow to fair on jigs. Black bass and largemouth bass are fair to good rattletraps, and crankbaits. Carp and drum are slow to bite. Catfish are slow to fair look in deeper water on juglines, or with cut perch and shad. Report by Anchor Marina.
Stillhouse
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 10.61 feet low. White bass fishing at Stillhouse has moderated and will likely stay "just okay" between now and late December, then pick up once again in January and February when the water drops below 58 degrees, high number of gulls arrive, fish begin to consolidate into large schools, and the fish begin to relate to near-channel topography. The white bass bait of choice is now the Bladed Hazy Eye Slab with stinger hook. Days with winds from a southerly component and pre-frontal weather days are excellent. Calm, clear, cold post-frontal conditions are to be avoided. Some light, helpful bird activity materialized this past week thanks to a big push of migrating gulls which came in with the rain and cold on November 25-26. The upper third of the lake nearest the Lampasas River is now very muddy thanks to flood waters from Trimmier Creek and, to a lesser extent, the Lampasas River. Largemouth bass continue to relate to the more lush, green, deep hydrilla in the lower half of the reservoir. Dark jigs with dark trailers allowed to fall vertically along the outside edge of deep hydrilla is accounting for solid largemouth bass results. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service.
Tawakoni
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 56 degrees; 1.73 feet low. Warmer temperatures this week have confused the fish some and there has been some surface action feeding by the striper and white bass. This is not expected to hold as there is a major cold front rolling through. Expect a solid winter pattern to continue to set in on Tawakoni. White bass and hybrid striper bite is solid bringing in limits on flukes, slabs and swimbaits. The crappie bite is solid with fish setting up in a solid winter pattern on bridge pilings and brush piles in 26-35 feet. Jigs and minnows both working well. Trophy blue catfish are turning on with catches in the mid 40 pound class this week. Best bait is cut gizzard Shad. The eater catfish bite over baited holes is winding down. We are still catching fish in 30-45 feet of water on prepared baits. The largemouth bite is good with stick baits and flukes still fishing best on rip rap and shallow docks. Report by Captain Michael Littlejohn, Lake Tawakoni Guide Service.
Texana
FAIR. Water stained; 65 degrees; 4.03 feet low. Bass are fair with with chatterbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair in structure using minnows and jigs. Catfish are good throughout the lake on punch bait and cut bait.
Texoma
EXCELLENT. Water stained; 65 degrees; 1.52 feet below. Bird action is slowing, so utilize fish finders to locate fish. Striped bass are good using slabs, and some catches deadsticking. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors. Striped bass are fair on live shad drifting flats in 20-35 feet of water. Also hitting slabs and swim baits under gulls in deeper water for the best bite at random times throughout the day. On Texoma the fish typically work the shad into the wind, so position your boat upwind of the birds and use your trolling motor. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared baits in 60-70 feet of water. Bigger fish are staging along flats in 20-30 feet of water but the trophy fish have been harder to catch. Crappie are excellent on jigs and dead minnows in 18-20 feet of water becoming very active on the brush piles but still catching a lot of smaller fish. Barely moving the jig with a slight pick-up to trigger the bite. Glow/chartreuse working in the clear water. Largemouth and smallmouth are fair on live shad along the gravel banks in 5-10 feet of water and swim baits off the bluffs in 10-15 feet of water. Carolina rig a craw on sunny days and work it slow off the banks out to 15-20 feet of water. Report by Jacob Orr Lake Texoma Guaranteed Guide Service.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 59 degrees; 4.25 feet low. GOOD. The water level is 167.7 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 59 degrees. The back feeder creeks are stained and muddy with lots of Fall leaves floating on the surface, and the main lake remains clear. We were blessed with some rain this week 2-3 inches. Not much has changed on the pattern this week. Chatter baits are still producing in 3/8 to 3/4 ounce white, chartreuse, watermelon pepper, and red/black skirts. To cover a lot of water, use a square bill crank bait or a flat side crank bait and smaller rattle traps from 0-8 feet in shad and perch imitation colors and the Rayburn red traps are still working. For deeper Bass, cast a Carolina rig with a worm or lizard. Jigging spoons are still producing quality bass on 1/2 to 3/4 ounce (silver with a white or yellow accent tail feather or a deep diving crank bait in citrus shad and Tennessee shad colors). The jig and pig bite has been strong. Cast your jig to long tapering points that drop off into deep water, the best colors are black and blue, PB&J football jigs 3/8 - 3/4 ounce with a 3-inch matching color craw trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with a chunk style trailer. The Crappie bite is still good in 12-20 feet on the edge of the river channels using 1/16- and 3/32-ounce Wager Baits, #46 Bluegrass, #3 Monkey Milk, #09 Electric Chicken, #10 Black and Chartreuse and small minnows depending on the cloud cover and cooling night temperatures. Now that the lake is at a Winter drawdown, it's prime time to go out scouting for new areas for Springtime fishing. Look for areas like feeder creeks, ditches, man-made structures, creek bends and undercuts, etc. Reminder: Keep and extra set of clothes in a dry bag stowed away on your vessel just in case you get caught in the rain, heavy winds, etc. Hypothermia happens quickly. Good luck and keep casting forward! Report from Master Captain Steve “Scooby” Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide, and Mudfish Custom Rod Shop
Travis
FAIR. Stained; 67 degrees; 40.50 feet low. Bass are biting good along flat shorelines, especially when there is wind on the water, using squarebill crankbaits. Fish are eating a jerkbait well on clear days. Report by Carson Conklin, ATX Fishing. Bass are good in the morning on shallow brush using spinnerbaits and chatterbait. Later move to bluff walls and main lake points in 10-15 feet of water with creature baits. Crappie are near the river on docks in 20-35 feet of water. Report by Randal Frisbie, Central Texas Fishing Guide, LLC.
Twin Buttes
GOOD. Water stained. 55 degrees; 22.57 feet low. White bass and crappie are excellent on jigs and live minnows in 25 feet of water in open water suspended above standing mesquite. Crappie are coming up to one and half pounds. Channel catfish are good in 25-35 feet of water on prepared baits with fresh cut bait working best. Largemouth bass are suspended in open water chasing shad under cover jigging soft plastics. Report by Captain Michael Peterson, 4 Reel Fun Guide Service.
Tyler
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 2.78 feet below. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stink baits in brush piles in 10 feet of water. Eight pound blue catfish caught off the barge. Larger catfish are biting on cut bait. Bass are fair on crankbaits at the fishing barge brush piles. Crappie are slow using live minnows in 25-30 feet of water. Bluegill are good on red worms. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Waco
FAIR. Water stained; 64 degrees; 11.15 feet low. Crappie are fair on brush piles and timber in 20-30 feet of water using minnows and jigs. Report by Zach Minnix, JigNJerk Guide Service. Largemouth bass are slow, having to cover lots of water using moving baits while the bass chase bait fish. Fish up to six pounds can be caught targeting brush piles and deeper structure, or shallow water later in the day. Crappie in numbers can be seen on livescop in shallow brush out to 20 feet. Minnows and jigs in monkey milk or white and chartreuse will catch plenty. White and hybrid bass chasing bait on the main lake biting tail spinners, umbrella rigs and spoons. Find the bait and find the fish. Report provided by Justin Prisock, Prisock's Fishing Guide Service.
Walter E. Long
GOOD. Water clear; 70 degrees. Decker Lake has been pretty consistent for fishing. Not catching large numbers of bass, but catching quality. Most fish seem to be 15-25 feet deep, throwing dropshots are good for targeting these fish. There is quite a bit of bait out deep with plenty of fish around them. Swimbaits, Alabama rigs, and deep jerkbaits are good ways to target these bass. The hybrid striper bite has been good catching 2-5 pound hybrids around that 15-25 depth range. Alabama rigs and swimbaits on a jig head are getting it done. Report by Carson Conklin, ATX Fishing.
Weatherford
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 6.87 feet low. Look for birds to lead the way to the baitfish, and where there is bait there will be fish. Crappie are fair to good on the deeper main lake on brush piles with live minnows. Catfish are fair off rocks near the dam with cut bait and stink bait. White bass are slow on slabs. Bass are slow and chasing bait so cover lots of water with swimbaits, and crankbaits.
White River
SLOW. Water stained; 64 degrees; 23.81 feet low. Bass are slow on craws, and Carolina rigs in shallow water. Channel catfish are fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers. Crappie and white bass are fair on small jigs.
Whitney
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 7.13 feet low. Striped bass are good in 12-20 feet of water around the Island and State Park area biting on swimbaits and slabs. Report by James Moore, North Texas Bass Fishing and Cmoore Striper Guide Services. Striped bass continue to hold on to the same pattern and are good throughout the reservoir in 12-40 feet of water trolling umbrella-rigs with white or chartreuse grub tails or swimbaits attached, and the artificial lure bite has picked up as well. Topwater lures work as well if you can find them schooling, but the stripers do not stay up long and are moving fast. Report provided by Kraig Sexton, Sexton's Guide Service LLC, Fishing Charter, Marine Electronics & Whitney.
Worth
GOOD. Water normally stained; 62 degrees; 2.22 feet low. White bass are fair to good on main lake structure on CC Spoons deadsticking. Crappie are good on brush piles and structure in mid depths on minnows. Blue catfish and channel catfish are good in mid depths and deeper water on cut bait, shad and punch bait. Report provided by Chad Ferguson of North Texas Catfish Guide Service.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 54 degrees; 5.92 feet above. Fishing patterns are similar. Catfish bite is really good on Mr Whiskers catfish baits. Blue catfish up to 49 pounds are good on deeper drop-offs dragging cut shad. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service

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