Freshwater Weekly Fishing Report Week of February 22, 2024

Alan Henry
GOOD. Water clear; 48 degrees; 4.00 feet below pool. Crappie are good in 15-30 feet of water on minnows and jigs. Report by The Bait Shop, Post, Texas.
Amistad
GOOD. Water stained; 59 degrees; 63.01 feet below pool. Lake is very low, so navigate very cautiously. Black bass are fair on main lake points with access to deep water and drains are holding fish. Fished very slow on light fluorocarbon line in 15-25 feet of water with dropshots, creature baits, weightless senkos, Texas rigged plastics, light Carolina rigs, rattletraps, crankbaits and jigs. White bass are good around the birds on deep channels all over the lake. Fish around bait balls with small Alabama rigs, spoons, blade baits, bucktail jigs in 40-60 feet of water. Stripers are slow. Tight lines. Report by Captain Raul Cordero, Far West Guide Service.
Arlington
SLOW. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.10 feet above pool. The water is warmer, and patterns are holding steady but the bite should pick up. Bass are slow, on docks with grass throwing creature baits and moving baits.
Arrowhead
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 8.06 feet below pool. Catfish continue to be good in 2-20 feet of water with cut bait. Report by Brandon Brown, Brown’s Guide Service.
Athens
FAIR. Water slightly stained; 50-55 degrees; 0.49 feet above pool. The water is clear in the main lake and slightly stained in the creeks. Bass are good using red rattletraps around grass flats 6-12 feet, jerk baits on windy points, and shaky-head worms on deep grass are all catching quality fish. Expect the fishing to continue to improve with the longer days and warmer weather. Crappie are slow. They continue to be finicky. They are starting to make moves to the shallows and are difficult to pattern. Brush piles are still kicking out a few limits with a lot of work. Report by Jim Brack, Athens Guide Service.
Austin
SLOW. Water normal stain; 58-62 degrees; 0.65 feet below pool. Fishing patterns are consistent for bass. Fish are deeper relating to channel swings and any type of structure. There is also some grass in areas, and those fish are mostly related to the deep side of it. Start looking for fish in spawning areas as the water temp eases into the 60 degree range. Use jigs and soft plastics around the structure and a crankbait to cover water. Report by Bryan Cotter, Texas Hawgs. A few small male bass are shallow making beds. With this next warming trend we should start seeing more fish up shallow nesting. Right now the key has been fishing just outside spawning areas with senkos and dropshots. The big females should push-up shallow within the next couple of weeks as soon as the water temps get above 60. This is definitely a good time to be out there looking for big pre-spawn females. Numbers of bass are still lower right now but some big fish are being caught. Lady Bird Lake water temperatures quickly on the rise. Bass are spawning, so fishing shallow has been the key. Lightweight plastics around spawning areas have been getting some nice bites. Majority of the fish up right now are males with a few females around beds. The bite will continue to heat up as spring time approaches. This is a great time to get on Lady Bird Lake or any local Austin lake! Report by Carson Conklin, ATX Fishing.
B.A. Steinhagen
SLOW. Water stain; 50 degrees; 0.27 feet below pool. Influx of runoff so the water is turbid and lake levels are in constant flux. Catfish are biting good in the shallows on cut baits and prepared baits. Largemouth bass are slow.
Bastrop
GOOD. Water stained; 58-65 degrees. Bass have been good on creature baits in the grassy areas and senkos in deeper waters around 10 feet. Report by Jason Hernandez, Bass Institute of Bastrop. Bass continue to be good working soft plastics like 4 inch worms, flukes and craws in or on the edge of grass lines. A Carolina rig or ball head jig with small straight tail swimbait is still working on humps and deeper ledges. Report by Bryan Cotter, Texas Hawgs.
Belton
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 12.49 feet below pool. The water level is steady and warming due to unseasonably mild weather. White bass, hybrid stripers and shad have all begun shifting shallower thanks to what is shaping up to be an early spring. Fish can be found in 19-30 feet of water. Fish have been noticeably more aggressive due to a net warmup over the past three weeks. Use side imaging to find fish, Spot-Locking atop them, then fishing vertically aided by Garmin LiveScope to catch. A good go-to tactic right now is easing with the white, 5/8 ounce or 3/4 ounce Bladed Hazy Eye Slab. The easing tactic involves slowly and steadily lifting the slab from near bottom upwards and watching sonar for signs of fish following the bait. If a follow occurs, the bait must continue to be moved steadily upwards. Speeding up, slowing down, or jigging motions will typically put fish off and cause a missed opportunity. Bird activity continues to thin out as the resident gulls we have had all winter have begun departing. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service. Blue catfish are great in anchoring 10-25 feet of water with suspended baits such as fresh shad or carp works best. Anglers should focus on the mouths of creeks and river channels while the freshwater flows in from the river. Flatheads and channel catfish are slow. Report by Brian Worley, B&S Catfishing.
Benbrook
FAIR. Water stained; 50 degrees; 0.30 feet above pool. Bass are shallow for the spawn biting shallow crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are moving to the creeks for the spawn using live bait and jigs. Blue catfish and channel catfish continue to be really good anchored at the mouths of creeks with cut bait. Report by Camron Wilkerson, Camron’s Quality Crappie Guiding.
Bob Sandlin
FAIR. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.34 feet above pool. Crappie are fair in 15-20 feet of water with minnows or jigs. Sand bass are excellent with fish stacked under the Texas State Highway 21 bridge with yellow or white slabs. Catfish are fair in 20 feet of water on baited holes with cheese bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. Bass are good in shallow water with some starting to set up on beds biting lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged lizards and chatterbaits. Most bass are in 10 feet or less. Expect fish to be spawning in the full moon this weekend. Report by Mike Stroman, R & R Marine. Black bass will be active in the backs of creeks and coves, shad pattern streamers in white are a good bet. Crappies will start their move towards the banks soon, try wooly buggers and small fish patterns fished slowly. Try streamers around retaining walls on warm sunny days. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.
Brady
FAIR. Water stained; 51 degrees; 13.04 feet below pool. Largemouth bass are slow on rocks with chatterbaits or crankbaits or in the stickups on senkos or worms. Catfish are fair on live perch or cut shad in the mouth of Brady creek on trotlines or jug lines. Crappie are good in the marina or around hardwood main lake or creek entrance. White bass are slow on small crankbaits.
Braunig
FAIR. Water stained, 57-60 degrees. Red drum are fair to poor on cut bait like shad and crawfish scented baits around the discharge in warmer water. Catfish are fair using cheese bait, livers and frozen Gulf shrimp around the edges of the discharge, jetties and shoreline coves.
Bridgeport
GOOD. Water clear; 50 degrees; 15.37 feet below pool. Lake Bridgeport is holding around 15 feet low. Water is stained with temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 50s. The low water ramp on U.S. Route 380 and the ramp at the dam are the best bets for launching. Sand bass and hybrids have been holding in the main lake. They are very deep and the bite very light. The deadstick method has put some in the boat. Catfish have been good on cut bait. A partial shad kill has the catfish feeding hard on dead bait. Look shallow and work your way deeper. Largemouth bass should be well into their pre-spawn pattern. Try a black and blue jig and craw in warmer, protected water. Crappie remain scattered, deep water around docks are the best bet. They should be heading to their pre-spawn areas pretty quickly. Report by Keith Bunch, Lake Bridgeport Guide Service.
Brownwood
GOOD. Water stained; 54 degrees; 8.79 feet below pool. Black bass to 8.80 pounds are good on Hag’s Bait jigs, jerkbaits and Alabama rigs in 6-12 feet of water. Staging up to a prespawn on the secondary points and mouth of cove pockets. Crappie are fair at the Wild Duck and brush piles on minnows in 12-15 feet of water. White bass are good on cranks and Alabama rigs. Catfish are slow at baited holes.
Bryan
FAIR. Water stained; 57 degrees. Catfish, crappie and bass can be caught near the restaurant, off rocks and floating docks with small minnows, worms, and cut bait. Report by The Bait Barn.
Buchanan
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 54 degrees; 25.59 feet below pool. The bite has been up and down over the last week, but vertically jigging slab spoons for both striper and white bass is still the main producer for all species right now. Key water depths have been 15-50 feet of water. The birds have been pointing out the fish still and if you can find feeding gulls the fish are close by. Report by Travis Holland, TH Fishing.
Caddo
FAIR. Water stained; 61 degrees; 1.59 feet above pool. We have had a warmer February than normal and some female bass have moved up and around trees. Target these fish in 3 feet of water with a wacky worm, fluke or chatterbait. Should still be a huge wave waiting in the pad stems and around the grass waiting for the full moon in March to move up, so use search baits like rattletraps, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits or even swim jigs. Just cover water and you should find bass. Get ready because this is an amazing time to come and experience a lake that God spoke into existence and catch a fish of a lifetime. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
Calaveras
FAIR. Water slightly stained, 57 degrees. Red drum have been fair to slow on frozen Gulf shrimp, cut bait and crawfish scented baits. Blue catfish and channel catfish have been fair on cheese bait, frozen Gulf shrimp and livers in 15-25 feet of water and in deep parts of coves from the recreational shoreline.
Canyon Lake
GOOD. Water clear to normal stain; 58 degrees; 21.28 feet below pool. The stripers are schooling all around the lake, and can be caught on swimbaits are minnow shaped baits run through the school. Largemouth bass are getting into pre-spawn locations and starting to stage. Dropshots and Texas rigs produced catches. Report by Evan Coleman, Big Bassin Fishing.
Cedar Creek
FAIR. Water stained due to rain and wind ; 53 degrees; 0.05 feet below pool. The white bass are staging for the spring spawn and heading into shallower water, 20-30 feet, and also into any shallow creek that has flowing water. Hybrids and white bass are still being caught deadsticking in 25-35 feet of water. Deadsticking utilizing a thumper and a splasher with deadsticking lures with a 1-1.5 ounce jighead with a tandem hook or jig above it paired with a small plastic fluke. You must keep your drift speeds under .5 mph with the ideal drift being .3 mph utilizing drift socks to keep you slowed down in windy conditions. In the weeks to come Hybrids and White bass will continue to migrate to the shallower water from 10-25 feet to spawn and will be easy to find. The crappie bite has picked up in the creeks on the far south end of the lake due to all the rain and the creeks filling up. If you can find a brush pile near a dock you can find them stacked up but most of the crappie have migrated into the creeks or shallow water now. Guides have been reporting exceptionally slower days but getting nice catches on sunny warmer days. Report by Brent Herbeck, Herbeck’s Lonestar Fishing Guide Service.
Choke Canyon
FAIR. Water stained; 54 degrees; 27.98 feet below pool. Bass are slow on deep drop offs with a Carolina rig. Catfish are slow with stink bait or cut shad. Crappie are fair to good in 20-30 feet of water on brush piles using little minnows or small jigs. Check ramp status before heading out, and navigate with caution. Report by Scott Springer, Fish Choke Canyon Lake.
Cisco
GOOD. Water stained; 60 degrees; 11.49 feet below pool. Full moon will help the night bite. The lake is still murky but clearing after turnover. Channel catfish are good in 8 feet of water on liver, shad and goldfish. Carp are biting with catches up to 8 pounds. Crappie are good in 12 feet of water with live minnows. Expect the crappie bite to improve over the next few weeks with the spawn around the corner. No reports of largemouth bass, but largemouth bass are chasing baitfish. Report by Lake Cisco Rentals.
Coleman
SLOW. Water stained; 55 degrees; 9.11 feet below pool. Few reports, but typically crappie can be caught in the brush piles under docks.
Comanche Creek
GREAT. Water stained. 65 degrees; 0.08 feet above pool. This power plant lake continues to draw wintertime bass and catfish anglers. Numbers of largemouth bass to 7 pounds are possible on soft plastics. Eater sized channel catfish limits are common on prepared baits. Report by Michael Acosta, Unfair Advantage Charters.
Conroe
GREAT. Water stained; 60 degrees; 0.01 feet above pool. Water is still mid to upper 50s and pretty stained. Eater catfish are good on baited holes from 10-40 feet on Catfish Bubblegum, liver, worms, and punch bait. Trophy and eater sized catfish are good drifting cutbait along ledges and flats. Largemouth have been moving up with plenty of buck bass being caught shallow preparing beds. The big gals are a bit deeper in structure. Hybrids can still be found on large bait schools and running with whites up the creeks. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Crappie are in 3-14 feet of water with minnow or jigs with a cork. Some fish are starting the spawn, with some at pre-stage. Always wear your life jacket.Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Guide.
Cooper
GOOD. Water stained; 50 degrees: 1.00 feet below pool. The water is turbid after the recent rainfall and rising water level. Few anglers on the water but reports indicate the blue catfish bite is good.
Corpus Christi Lake
SLOW. 52 degrees; 7.91 feet below pool. Conditions look great over the next week. Catfish are good in 2-4 feet of water on wind blown shorelines on worms, cheese bait, and cut carp. Crappie are fair in 1-2 feet of water on minnows and jigs. The spawn is slowly turning on. White bass are slow. Largemouth are slow. Report provided by Captain Damian Hubbs, Top Gun Outfitters.
Cypress Springs
FAIR: Water stained; 49-52 degrees; 0.59 feet above pool. Crappie are slow in 15-20 feet of water, with some fish pushing shallow using minnows or jigs. Catfish are good in 20-25 feet of water on tire reefs. Sand bass are good in 15-20 feet of water at the mouths of coves with white or yellow slabs. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. Bass are good with most bass still roamer in deeper water, but in the coming weeks bass will push shallow to beds. Bass are biting lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged lizards and chatterbaits. Report by Mike Stroman, R & R Marine.
Eagle Mountain
GOOD. Water stained; 53 degrees; 5.93 feet below pool. White bass are fair on main lake structure on slabs and in mid depths on chartreuse and white cocahoes. Crappie are fair to good on brush piles shallow and in mid depths and main lake structure on jigs. Blue catfish and channel catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait on structure. Report provided by Chad Ferguson of North Texas Catfish Guide Service.
Fairfield
Closed to the public.
Falcon
GOOD. Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 35.63 feet below pool. The lake is on the rise so many new structures will be submerged to target fish in. Bass are good in the backs of coves with hard bottoms and green grass using weedless swimbaits, chatterbaits, and spinnerbaits. In the coming weeks there could be a wave of fish moving shallow to structures to spawn. Fish the hardwoods with creature baits. Bow fishing for gar has been slow, but should improve with the rising water and warming temperatures for gar. Lots of tilapia and carp in the shallow green grass. Trophy catfish are in the main river channel in 20-30 feet of water. Keeper catfish are being caught in the back of creeks in the recently submerged vegetation fishing with shad under a cork has been key. Crappie are slow with very few reports. Report by Ram Reyes, Ram Outdoors.
Fayette
GOOD. Water stained; 57 degrees. Fishing patterns are consistent, but fish may push shallow with the full moon. Bass are good targeting roadbeds and the dam with Carolina rigs and finesse worms. Look for fish staging for the spawn in the backs of coves and cuts. Report by Bryan Cotter, Texas Hawgs.
Fork
GOOD. Water Stained; 58 degrees; 0.21 feet below pool. Bass are hitting the shallows pretty good biting chatterbaits and spinnerbaits. Strike King Ochos are good weightless in shallow water. Best overall depth has been 1-3 feet. Texas rigs with creature baits and Mini Viper XP jigs good around grass and wood in 3-5 feet of water. Water temps range from 56-60 .Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Be weather-aware! A warming trend predicted for this week will send black bass heading to the shallow waters. Streamers are working in 1-8 feet depending on the water temperature. Clousers should produce good results around structure. Crappie will be moving towards the banks, small patterns like wooly buggers are a good bet. Bream will also move to warmer water, a wooly bugger would be a good choice. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie on Lake Fork are spread out all over the different depths on the lake right now. You can still catch some fish out deep in 50 plus feet of water, you can catch fish up in 2 feet of water and all the depth in between. Not seeing huge numbers of fish concentrated in any specific depth yet as these fish are moving towards spawning areas. We have been seeing bigger fish this past week being caught like we normally do in the springtime. The bite should get hotter and hotter in less than 20 feet deep areas as water temperature rise over the next few weeks. With tons of rain the last few weeks the water is stained in most areas and muddy way up north close to the runoff and feeder creek areas. Chartreuse hand ties are working well for fish deeper than 25 feet right now and black and chartreuse soft plastics are working well on shallower fish where the water is more stained. Minnows will still work as well. The catfish bite is really good around roosting trees on the north ends of the lake. Timber in 13-18 feet is best and look for the birds in that timber at first light. Bait around the trees with cattle cubes or sour grain to really concentrate those channel cats well. Then any prepared catfish bait will load the boat. The bite has been light and most fish just swim away with the bait. We are watching lines very closely to see when fish have the bait. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.
Ft. Phantom Hill
GOOD. Water stained; 60 degrees; 6.50 feet below pool. Crappie are good shallow along rocky banks with black and blue fleck chartreuse tail jig, or live minnow. Bass are good shallow along the north facing banks and coves with jigs, Texas rigged worms or crankbait. Catfish are slow drifting with cut shad or stink bait. Report by Camron Wilkerson, Camron’s Quality Crappie Guiding.
Graham
SLOW. Water stained; 55 degrees; 5.64 feet below pool. The bite slowed over the weekend, but should improve with the warming trend. Expect fish to push shallow with te full moon. Crappie are still biting on jig and minnow. Catfish are moving into shallow water and catching them on shad. Bass have been hard to catch.
Granbury
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.13 feet below pool. The recent cold snap lowered water temperatures in the low 50s on the main lake. Water temperatures are warmer in the river above Granbury. Water is relatively clear and some floating debris is still present. Striped bass fishing has been hit-and-miss, but some good fish are being caught mid lake from Indian Harbor to Decordova on 5 inch soft plastics and swimbaits. Sand bass spawn is continuing from Hunter Park upstream. Some good reports coming from near Tin Top. Black bass numbers continue to get better on those warmer days especially on the upper ends or in the backs of major creeks. Soft plastics on Texas rigs or Carolina rigs may be your best choice. Crappie reports continue to be scattered, however the majority of the fish are still on deeper structure and can be taken on small minnows or jigs. Big blue and yellow cat reports have slowed some, but your best chance for a huge catfish is best on the upper ends by Hunter Park using cut bait. Report by Michael Acosta, Unfair Advantage Charters. Granbury striped bass are slow, but can be caught on live bait, deadsticking, strolling swim baits and umbrella-rigs. Fish are scattered from Striper Alley to the railroad bridge. Report provided by Kraig Sexton, Sexton's Guide Service LLC, Fishing Charter, Marine Electronics & Whitney.
Granger
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.89 feet above pool. Black bass are good on black Stanley Jigs fished in heavy timber in Willis Creek. Crappie are moving shallow into the backs of ditches and sloughs off the river and up Willis Creek. White bass are good up river around Comanche Bluff. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow. Report by Tommy Tidwell, Tommy Tidwell’s Granger Lake Guide Service.
Grapevine
FAIR. Water clear; 50 degrees; 0.55 feet above pool. Cold fronts are slowing down so fishing will improve. White bass should be in the creeks for the spawn. The creeks are full with a good flow. Fish are in 40-50 feet of water suspended down 20-35 feet of water biting slabs on stingers hooks using a thumper. Crappie are in the deeper water and can be caught on jigs. Bass may be 15-18 feet of water working imitation crawfish or blue soft plastics very slowly. Report by Omar Cotter, Luck O’the Irish Fishing Guide Service.
Greenbelt
GOOD. Water normal stain; 55 degrees; 45.99 feet below pool. Few anglers and reports while the lake level is low.
Hawkins
SLOW. Water slightly stained. 50 degrees. Chain pickerel are shallow in the lily pads and around brush and grass. Black bass will feed in shallow water on warm banks and creeks. Try small baitfish imitations with barbless hooks. Fish calm sunny banks. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.
Houston County
GOOD. Water clear; 55 degrees; 0.28 feet above pool. Fishing patterns are consistent, with the best success in areas with warmer water. Largemouth bass are on dock, bulkheads and shallow banks with deep water nearby using shakey heads, wacky worms, jerk baits. Soon, but not yet, swim jigs will come into play. Crappie are in 10 feet or less on deep dock posts, standing timber, brush piles with minnows. Crappie are starting to stage for the spawn. Report by Colan Gonzales, CG’s Just Fishing Guide Service.
Hubbard Creek
GOOD. Water Stained; 60 degrees; 11.88 feet below pool. Crappie are excellent running up the creek channels hanging near brush and trees. Bass continue to be tough working a half ounce football jig, spinnerbait or deep diving crankbait, Texas rigged worm. Catfish are good, drifting with cut shad or stink bait. Report by Camron Wilkerson, Camron’s Quality Crappie Guiding.
Jacksonville
SLOW. Water slightly stained; 55 degrees; 0.18 feet above pool. Lake is clearing up some, water Temps are 54-56 degrees. Fish are biting on crankbaits and vibrating jigs shallow, some on dock with soft plastics
Joe Pool
FAIR. Water normal stain; 53 degrees; 0.46 feet above pool. Warming trend and full moon should have fish pushing shallow. Crappie are biting when you can find them stacked. Report by Gilbert Miller, GTB Outdoors.
Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water stained; 58 degrees; 1.37 feet above pool. Crappie are good in 15-20 feet of water with some fish pushing shallow biting minnows or jigs. Catfish are good in 20 feet of water on baited holes with cheese bait. Sand bass are good, in the creeks and main river channel with slabs of spinnerbaits. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O’ the Pines Crappie Fishing. Bass are good in shallow water with some starting to set up on beds biting lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged lizards and chatterbaits. Most bass are in 10 feet or less. Expect fish to be spawning in the full moon this weekend. Report by Mike Stroman, R & R Marine. Crappie are good in 18-25 feet on creek channel swings and standing timber on jigs and minnows. Bass are good in 20-25 feet on jigs, Carolina rigs, Alabama rigs and Texas rigs. Report by Kacey Tilley, Fish Perfect Guides & Outfitters.
Lavon
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.41 feet below pool. Crappie seem to be moving north. Starting to see some in 18-20 feet of water on structures. A few roamers out in 15 feet. February 24 is the next full moon, which should get them moving into the shallows for the spawn as long as no crazy cold fronts come. So basically, they are scattered around the lake. I would be on the north end, looking more than the south end. A majority of white bass are on the north end, funneling into the creeks for their annual white bass spawning run. 4 pound line and small jigs, rooster, tails, in-line, spinners, or minnows are working great in the creek systems. Catfish are great using cut bait on a santee rig drifting in 20-30 feet of water. If you are the first one out on the lake and you see the cormorants roosted in a tree, you can bobber out chicken liver, or cut bait or punch bait 3-6 foot under a bobber underneath the cormorants where they were in the tree, and you should find blue catfish and channel catfish feeding on what the birds were dropping into the water at night. Expect black bass to come shallow in the full moon to put these fish in 1-10 feet of water on beds. Best places to look are rocks, concrete or sandy bottom with gravel. Senko watermelon green watermelon, red work very well for hitting the bushes and tree stumps surrounding the shores. Work your way back into the back of the coves. don’t overlook the sides of boat ramps as they will use that to lay their eggs in the rip rap and sandy bottoms. Report by Carey Thorn, White Bass Fishing Texas.
LBJ
FAIR. Water stained; 53 degrees; 0.25 feet below pool. Crappie are fair with orange and black jigs in 5-15 feet of water. Report by Jess Rotherham, Texas Crappie Fishing Service.
Lewisville
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 48-52 degrees; 0.05 feet below pool. Fishing patterns are holding steady. White bass are fair in 40-65 feet of water in and around the river channels close to schools of baitfish using slabs, jigs, and live bait. Keeper sized hybrid stripers are slow in the same areas as the sand 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. Now is a great time to catch the bigger blue catfish drifting the river channels and nearby flats in 18-36 feet of water with cut shad or chicken breasts. Shallower water can be productive on warmer sunny days in the afternoon as well. Crappie are fair to good in the main lake and creeks in 5-32 feet of water on bridge columns, brush piles, standing timber near creek mouths, rock piles, stumps, and laydowns using minnows or jigs. Report by Wes Campbell, BendARod Fishing.
Limestone
GOOD. Water normal stain; 58 degrees; 0.02 feet below pool. Fishing patterns are holding steady. Continue to look for areas with warmer water. Largemouth bass are biting chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas rigs near docks, rocks and bulkheads. Bass are staging getting ready for water temperature to hit 60 degrees to start spawning in 2-5 feet of water. White bass are on points and rocks in 7 feet or less using silver jigging spoons, crankbaits, and rattletraps. A lot of white bass are heading north to the river to get ready to spawn. Crappie are in 10 feet or less on brush, standing timber, at the mouth of creek areas. Catfish have also moved up 15 feet or less in the creek channels on points near drops biting cutbait. Report by Colan Gonzales, CG’s Just Fishing Guide Service.
Livingston
SLOW. Stained; 50 degrees; 0.41 feet above pool. Full moon should push fish shallow this weekend. Sand bass are running in the creeks. Few reports on other species, but expect the bite to improve with the warmer weather.
Martin Creek
FAIR. Water stained; 64 degrees; 0.01 feet above pool. Bass are good on deep crankbaits fishing on the hot water side in 8-12 feet of water, or running a lipless crankbait over the hydrilla. Crappie are fair to good on brush piles in 15-25 feet of water. Catfish are good fishing the hot water discharge with live and cut bait.
Medina
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 89.96 feet below pool. Few reports and anglers on the water due to limited access and low water level. Very little public access.
Meredith
FAIR. Water stained; 42 degrees; 45.25 feet below pool. The pattern is consistent, but the bite has been hit-or-miss. Bass are fair on minnows and artificials. Catfish are fair on crawlers, minnows, chicken liver and frozen shad. Crappie are fair on artificial baits and minnows. White bass are good, but fish are scattered biting minnows, slabs or any vertical presentations. Trout are good on power baits, minnows, worms, small spinners l, spoons and flies. Walleye are fair to good on minnows, grubs and other artificials. Please be safe out there, watch weather reports. Best of luck on finding your next catch. Life vests save lives. Report by Kenneth Wysong, SharKens Honey Hole.
Millers Creek
FAIR. Water stained; 50 degrees; 8.16 feet below pool. Warming trend in the forecast and a full moon so the fish should be pushing shallow. Due to low lake levels few anglers are on the water. Crappie and catfish are slow with a few bites near the dam.
Nacogdoches
GOOD. Water stained; 55-59 degrees; 0.16 feet above pool. Crappie are fair, and scattered with fish suspended in open water solo or in small groups. Look for them to soon start staging for spawn. Water levels are finally back to normal. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service. The muddy water will warm up quickly. Expect to be shallow biting rattletraps and squarebill crankbaits. Report by Captain Hank Harrison, Double H Precision Fishing.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water stained; 54 degrees; 0.50 foot above pool. Morning ambient temperatures in the 20-30s dropped the surface temp down a bit. This had the fish in a hold tight mode. Some quality fish were caught near standing timber on southern facing points. This warmer week should all but trigger the bucks to move up shallow. There is still some time before the females move up, fully, but this will not take long. A chartreuse squarebill crankbait got the bites over the weekend, but any shad imitation could produce. Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
Nasworthy
FAIR. Water slightly stained; 57 degrees. 0.42 feet below pool. Fishing patterns are consistent. Bass were slow on chatterbaits, flipping soft plastics in the reeds in 1-3 feet of water. Crappie are good around boat docks on chartreuse jigs and catfish were fair on cut bait and stink bait around the dam. Report provided by the Angelo State Fishing Team.
Navarro Mills
GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.93 feet above pool. The lake is 2 feet high and the dam gates are open. Fishing on the main lake will remain slower than usual until the lake level comes down and the gates are closed. White bass are slow on minnows in 20 feet of water. Crappie a slow on jigs with a slow presentation in 20 feet of water. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait near timber. Channel catfish are fair on Danny King's punch bait. Report by Clay Major, Major Guide Service.
O.C. Fisher
SLOW. Water stained; 50 degrees; 51.15 feet below pool. Few reports and anglers fishing due to low lake levels.
O.H. Ivie
FAIR. Water stained; 57 degrees; 30.77 feet below pool. White bass are slow. Crappie, fair live bait or jigs. Largemouth are slow. As the lake level drops, be cautious of the trees. Report by Concho Park Marina.
Oak Creek
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 15.98 feet below pool. Bass are being caught using Alabama Rigs and small swimbaits. Anglers are finding the baitfish then searching for fish suspended in 10 feet of water. Report by Bronte Guns and Tackle Pro Staff.
Palestine
GOOD. Water normal stain; 58 degrees; 0.30 feet above pool. The back of coves and pockets heat up faster and are more active. Crappie are now spawning with most fish 1-12 feet. Males are pushed up and females right behind them. Bite is good on jigs and minnows. Largemouth bass are in 2-10 feet of water spawning still. Traditional plastics in crawfish and creature baits work best. Sand bass are still pushing up the river and creeks to spawn as well. Bite is good on small bladed jigs. Report by Sam Parker, Freshwater Fishing Adventures. The warming trend this week should change the temperature by 5-8 degrees by the weekend, improving the bite and bringing the spawners shallower. Blue catfish were still the winner for bait fishing in the lake and channels in the Neches River and other creeks. Live minnows and cut perch were best for rod and reelers in the lake, shrimp was better in the still-muddy water creeks. For white bass and channel catfish do not forget the free fishing area where Texas State Highway 31 crosses the Neches River, the Chandler River Park, there is about a mile of river bank that can be walked and fished legally.. The Lake Palestine special catfish rules apply in the park. Report by Jim Beggerly, Jim’s Fishing.
Palo Pinto
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 9.54 feet below pool. Water temperature is nearing the 60 degree mark, so watch for pre-spawn patterns to emerge. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish catch near the outlet at the power plant with cut bait. Crappie are good off the docks.
Pinkston
GOOD. clear; 55 degrees. This lake warms up quickly. Expect bass to push into the backs of creeks staging for the spawn. Utilize bed fishing tactics like chatterbaits, rattletraps, Texas rigs, weightless flukes and senkos. Report by Captain Hank Harrison, Double H Precision Fishing.
Possum Kingdom
FAIR. Water clear; 50-55 degrees; 0.37 feet below pool. Water temperature is 50-55 degrees, and slowly on the rise after the cold snap. Water clarity is steady at 2-8 feet of visibility. Striper are slow to fair casting Alabama rigs and swimbaits along the shoreline in 5-20 feet of water. Sand bass are fair to good with small slabs and small jigs are the way to go, but some can be caught using small live bait. Your best bet is to use deadstick methods using jigs and slabs. White and silver are the preferred colors. Check river channels and large creek channels. Catfish are great using cut shad in 1-6 feet of water. Report by TJ Ranft, Ranft Guide Service.
Proctor
GOOD. Water normal stain; 50 degrees; 12.81 feet below pool. Full moon should push fish shallow this weekend. Bank anglers are reporting a good bite for crappie and catfish. Ramps are closed. It is possible to launch a boat from the gravel at Buffalo Springs.
Raven
SLOW. Water stained; 58 degrees. Lake Raven is still very turbid. Fish reports are still slow across the board for bass, crappie, and catfish. Bluegill are good at our fishing piers and boathouse dock.
Ray Hubbard
GOOD. Water stained; 51 degrees; 0.01 feet full pool. White bass are good and grouping back up after the fridge’s temperatures on deep flats mid lake 30-40 feet of water and are relating to bottom more than suspended using slab jig combo. The afternoon bite is better and more consistent. Crappie are slow on deep brush piles and trees roaming in deep water, jigs or minnows keeping the bait not far off bottom. Catfish good in deeper water on flats in 35-40 feet of water, drifting cut bait, shad working best. Some big blue are moving shallow on the north end of the lake 3-7 feet of water cut shad working best. Report by John Varner, John Varner's Guide Service.
Ray Roberts
FAIR. Water slightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.42 feet below pool. Catfishing is better than last week. Not many big fish but quality eaters. 15-25 inch fish. 5-15 foot of water. Cut gizzard Shad. Should continue to only get better with this warm weather should see some bigger ones showing up shallow real soon. Catching some whites up closer to the creeks but not in the creeks yet. Don’t think it will be long before we see guys catching them off the side of the roads way up creek. First big rain with this warm weather I think a lot of them will move up especially the males. Low 50s water temp should creep up throughout the week if this weather stays true to forecast. Report by Justin Wilson, Wilson Outdoor Connection.
Richland Chambers
FAIR. Water clear; 52 degrees; 0.20 feet above pool. More rain last week had the Creeks running and raised the Lake level to slightly over Full Pool. Spillway Gates were open all week and the water temperature was in the 50-54 degree range. Very little fishing was being done in the past two to three weeks due to the continual fronts, rain and strong winds. Fishing for white bass and hybrid stripers are slow with fish being caught on a slab and jig combination off main lake points and humps in 30-40 feet of water. It is deadsticking time if you can locate the fish. Many of the white bass are moving up the creeks for their annual spawn. A few reports of crappie being caught in the shallow water, coves and creek channels on minnows. Eatersize blue and channel catfish are fair and continue to be caught on punch bait on a treble hook fished in the timber off the Richland Creek Channel in 15-20 feet of water. Report by Royce Simmons, Gone Fishin' Guide Service.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 58-63 degrees; 0.84 feet below pool. Full moon this weekend will draw the fish up shallow with the best bites in the morning and late afternoon. The water is muddy north of the Texas State Highway 147 bridge and clearing south of the bridge. The grass lines are in 6-12 feet grass of water. Male bass are moving up shallow in the grass, but the females are holding in 12 feet of water. Cast soft plastics and rattletraps. Crappie are moving into creeks to spawn with very few on main lake brush piles. Catfish will follow soon. White bass are good up the river and can be fun to fish as they put up a good fight. If there are high winds it will stir the water up, cooling the water in the pockets. Water is being released as work continues on the dam. Report by Captain Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service. Water conditions continue to rise with large rains this past weekend. Murky water continues to head south from the Angelina River inflow of water and major creeks water temperature ranging from 54-59 large populations of fish can be found shallow in the mouths of the creeks secondary points and drains. Rattletrap and chatterbait up shallow, Alabama rig, Damici rig, jig, and crankbait out deep. Report by Captain Hank Harrison, Double H Precision Fishing.
Somerville
FAIR. Water stained; 54 degrees; 0.33 feet below pool. Catfish and crappie are fair, bluegill are slow on minnows, worms, and stink bait at Somerville Marina early morning. Black Bass are fair in 6-10 feet of water hitting shad colored crankbaits, and jerk baits. Crappie are slow on the main lake brush piles and pilings in 14 feet of water and piling, but the best bite is up the creeks that are now full of water biting minnows and very small jigs. Catfish are scattered in 6-12 feet of water. Larger catfish are fair in deep water drifting and on jug lines baited with shad or cut bait. White bass are slow in the lake, but the bite is fast up the creeks using Pet spoons and jigs. Hybrids are fair with fish schooling, and along the shoreline in the Dam and Welch Park area using cut bait and 2 ounce jigs. The water clarity is stained with trashy grass mixed in from run off. Report by Weldon Kirk, Fish Tales Guide Service.
Spence
SLOW. Water stained; 59 degrees. 47.14 feet below pool. Anglers are reporting catches of bass using crankbaits and swim jigs. The catfish bite is moderate on cut bait. Report by Bronte Guns and Tackle Pro Staff.
Stamford
FAIR. Water stained; 50 degrees; 2.95 feet below pool. Typically 55 degrees is the wake up call for the bite. Crappie are slow to fair with the best bite at the crappie house. Back bass are slow to fair shallow points near water will be key. White bass are fair. Catfish are slow.
Stillhouse
GOOD. Water stained; 52 degrees; 16.81 feet below pool. Water is rising and warming due to recent rains and mild weather. White bass and shad have begun shifting shallower thanks to what is shaping up to be an early spring. Fish are in 18-32 feet of water. Fish have been noticeably more aggressive thanks to a net warmup over the past three weeks. Use side imaging to find fish, Spot-Locking atop them, then fishing vertically aided by Garmin LiveScope. A good go-to tactic right now is easing with the white, 5/8 ounce or 3/4 ounce Bladed Hazy Eye Slab. The easing tactic involves slowly and steadily lifting the slab from near bottom upwards and watching sonar for signs of fish following the bait. If a follow occurs, the bait must continue to be moved steadily upwards. Speeding up, slowing down, or jigging motions will typically put fish off and cause a missed opportunity. Bird activity is still sufficient to help find fish in the mornings only. Once the fish lose interest in a vertical presentation, throw a 3/8 ounce jighead and 3 inch white curltail grub to mop up any nearby fish. Once those fish quit, it is time to move. If you encounter schools of migrating white bass using the river channel, a short, fluke-like soft plastic on a jighead tied to hang horizontally and fish similar to deadsticking will add fish to your count before they move on. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service.
Tawakoni
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.50 feet above pool. Lake Tawakoni is beginning to turn back on! With the warm weather expected over the next seven days I expect temperatures to rise significantly. This is really going to get our white bass and hybrid striper active and feeding. The hybrid striper and white bass are being caught on plastics and swim baits in 20-35 feet. The trophy catfish are good on fresh cut shad and cut bait in 10-25 feet. Both drifting and anchoring are working equally good. The largest fish we landed this week was 60 pounds. The eating sized smaller catfish are also becoming active and can be targeted in shallow water on very small pieces of cut shad. Look for these fish in 2-10 feet of water on wind blown points. The crappie are good right now. They are in transition and we are starting to see them move up out of deep water and into the mid depths and semi-shallow water. Minnows and jigs are working equally good. The largemouth bass bite has also turned on. Anglers are catching fish on rip-rap and shallow docks on soft plastics like brush hogs and small flukes in 2-6 feet. Report by Captain Michael Littlejohn, Lake Tawakoni Guide Service.
Texana
FAIR. Water stained; 53 degrees; 0.06 feet below pool. Few anglers on the water due to the recent weather, but the warming trend and full moon should bring fish shallow. No white bass or crappie reports from anglers. Water clarity is turbid from runoff.
Texoma
GOOD. Water normal stain; 38-41 degrees; 0.64 feet below pool. Striped bass are good drifting flukes in the river channels near the Red River and Washita River mouths. Look for bigger fish on big swimbaits around creek channels and the backs of creeks in 8-25 feet of water on structure. Catfish are slow anchored and drifting cut gizzard shad in 50-65 feet of water. Fish are full and not feeding well, look for bigger fish to be in the muddy water near the rivers in 10-15 feet of water. Crappie are moving shallow with the warmer weather. Fish creeks 5-10 feet of water using jigs and minnows. Deeper fish are still not as cooperative with the electronics but these warmer days will change that this week. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair on soft plastic fishing structure in 5-12 feet of water near creeks and stumps. Look for them to move shallow in numbers with this warmer weather. Report by Jacob Orr, Guaranteed Guide Service Lake Texoma. Striped bass continue to gorge on bait, looking like little butter balls. Fish are in 10-30 feet of water on structure or in the open water on Sassy shad or an Alabama rig. With the full moon fish may feed at night which can slow the bite. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 57 degrees; 0.38 feet below pool. High winds are in the forecast for the next week which can create tough fishing conditions. Water is clear to stained with lots of bass on the bank or in 5-9 feet of water biting chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and wacky worms. Deeper bass can be caught using Texas or Carolina rigged lizards. There are still a big group of fish out deep in 12-20 feet of water on main lake points and ridges. Expect these fish to move shallow during the full moon in March. Crappie fishing is finally starting to pick back up in the main creeks on jigs and road runners. Best colors have been chartreuse or pink. With warmer weather, this bite should improve to good by next week. Report by Stephen Johnston, Johnston Fishing.
Travis
GOOD. Water stain; 53 degrees; 49.04 feet below pool. Lake Travis is fishing strong for bass. Look for fish piling up in transitional areas chasing bait fish. Shad colored crankbaits, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits are catching some as well as craw colored jigs and worms as well as green colors. Look at deep water ledges near main lake pockets and halfway back in creeks and coves. Report by Bryan Cotter, Texas Hawgs.
Twin Buttes
SLOW. Water stained. 54 degrees; 32.27 feet below pool. Crappie are slow in the main lake hugging the bottom in 20 feet of water biting minnows. Crappie should start migrating in the rivers. Several catches of females with eggs, but they are not ready for the spawn just yet. White bass are up the river for the annual spring spawn. Channel catfish are slow. Report by Captain Michael Peterson, 4 Reel Fun Guide Service.
Tyler
SLOW. Water stained; 52 degrees; 0.15 feet above pool. Fishing should be good for the next few weeks as fish begin to spawn. Catfish are very slow off the barge in 16 feet of water using liver. Crappie are fair to good scattered in 4-10 feet of water in the creek beds with minnows and jigs. Bluegill are very slow with a few catches on red worms. Bass are slow using crankbaits, and black trick worms, spinnerbaits and crankbaits starting in 6 feet of water moving deeper. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Waco
GREAT. Water stained; 48 degrees; 0.24 feet above pool. Fishing patterns are holding steady but look for fish to push shallow with the warming trend and full moon. Blue catfish are biting live shad, and cut bait. Largemouth bass are slow. White bass and hybrid stripers are fair staging up the river for the spawn. Crappie are fair with fish still in a winter pattern deep on open water brush piles and standing structure. Catches of hybrids and crappie near Bosque Park on live bait and cut bait.
Walter E. Long
SLOW. Water stained; 55 degrees. Fishing was excellent before the last big cold front of the year hit, slowing the bite last weekend. Expect the bite to improve forecasted 80 degree weather. Bass are good shallow on 5 inch worms in green pumpkin. Some fish are deep biting worms, glide baits, Alabama rigs, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits. Report by David Townsend, Austin Fishing Guide. Bass are strong using worms in green colors with red or blue flakes, Alabama rig and spinnerbaits. Crankbaits are catching some good largemouth and hybrid stripers. Crappie are starting to pile up as well. A small crappie jig with a chartreuse head and light colors is working well for those. Report by Bryan Cotter, Texas Hawgs. Crappie are fair in 20 feet of water using chartreuse jigs. Report by Jess Rotherham, Texas Crappie Fishing Service.
Weatherford
FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 7.29 feet below pool. Catfish are slow in the main lake. Crappie are slow to fair in the crappie house with minnows and jigs. Mostly undersized catches with a few keepers. Bass are slow, with a few catches in 15-20 feet of water using Texas rigs and crankbaits.
Welsh
GOOD. Water normal stain. 59 degrees, 69 degrees in the discharge. Largemouth bass are good spawning shallow on beds with creature baits and crankbaits.
White River
SLOW. Water normal stain; 52 degrees; 20.10 feet below pool. Warming trend in the forecast and a full moon so the fish should be pushing shallow. Crappie and catfish are being caught on minnows and worms from the docks or banks.
Whitney
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 52 degrees; 1.44 feet above pool. Fishing patterns are holding steady but look for fish to push shallow with the warming trend and full moon. Hybrid stripers can be caught from the island to Bear Creek on live bait, deadsticking, strolling swimbaits and umbrella-rigs. Report provided by Kraig Sexton, Sexton's Guide Service LLC, Fishing Charter, Marine Electronics & Whitney.
Worth
FAIR. Water normally stained; 53 degrees; 2.98 feet below pool. White bass are fair on main lake structure on slabs and in mid depths on chartreuse and white cocahoes. Crappie are fair to good on brush piles shallow and in mid depths and main lake structure on jigs. Blue catfish and channel catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait on structure. Report provided by Chad Ferguson of North Texas Catfish Guide Service.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water normal stain; 48-53 degrees; 4.55 feet above pool. Crappie are good in 18-25 feet on creek channel swings and standing timber on jigs and minnows. Bass are good in 20-25 feet on jigs, Carolina rigs, Alabama rigs and Texas rigs. Report by Kacey Tilley, Fish Perfect Guides & Outfitters.
Houston
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 58 degrees; 0.21 feet below pool. Water stained and still flowing good. If there was a time to get out and white bass fish in the creeks, now is it! They are turned on using small jigs and rooster tails. Largemouth bass are on structure and in the creeks and mouths off main lakes. Crappie are good in the East fork and Luce Bayou scattered on the bottom in 8-14 feet of water. Catfish are good using cut sugar and stink bait. Gar are thick in the creeks being caught on rooster tails and rattletraps.

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