Hill Country Region Week of January 13, 2021

Austin
SLOW. Water clear; 58 degrees; 0.69 low. Largemouth bass are slow on paddle tails, crankbaits, finesse jigs, and bladed jigs near timber, deep points, and rock ledges. Sunfish are slow on cut earthworms along ledges, boat docks, and brush. Catfish are fair with punch bait and cut bait.
Brownwood
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 2.75 low. Largemouth bass are slow with crankbaits, spoons, and jigs near creeks, rocky shorelines, and fallen timber. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles and timber edge near a creek channel or drop off. White bass and hybrids are fair on slabs and trolling swimbaits. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait in 15-25’ near baited areas.
Buchanan
GOOD. Water clear; 54 degrees; 6.63 low. Largemouth bass are fair with hair jigs, football jigs, brush hogs, and purple drop shots on bluffs, rock ledges, and the rocky shorelines. Striped bass are good along the river channel with live bait and dead sticking swimbaits. White bass are fair on silver slabs near drop-offs, humps, and flats. Use sonar to locate schools of baitfish and feeding fish. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 15-25’ fishing timber and brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait. Blue cats are good on cut bait.
Canyon Lake
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 59 degrees; 5.30 low. Striper fishing is good along the river channel with live bait. Trolling swim baits is working as well. White bass are fair on humps, flats, and ridges with white slabs and jigging spoons. Largemouth bass are fair with suspended jerk baits, jigs, Carolina rigged plastic worms, and diving crankbaits near drop-offs, timber and rock piles in 15-30”. Smallmouth bass are good on small swimbaits, green or brown plastic grubs and small cranks in 8-20’ along rock ledges and steep rocky shorelines. Catfish are good with prepared baits and cut bait. Crappie are fair with live minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber near a creek or drop off in 15-25’.
Granger
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.71 low. Black bass are fair on red Texas-rigged plastic worms, crankbaits, brown/green grubs, and jigs near rocky shorelines, brushy creeks and timber in 12-20’. Crappie are fair on minnows and tube jigs on brush piles and timber near a drop off in 14-24’. White bass are slow on chrome or white slabs in 25-35’ near lake channels, flats, and drop-offs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait. Yellow cats are slow.
LBJ
FAIR. Water clear; 55 degrees; 0.66 low. Black bass are slow on drop shots, suspended jerk baits, jigs, and crankbaits worked near brush, creek edges, and rock ledges. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles, rock ledges, and docks. White bass are fair over main lake points, flats, drop-offs, and humps with slabs. Catfish are slow on punch bait and cut bait in 14-28’.
Medina
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 57 degrees; 32.16’ low. Black bass are still fair, but activity has not been high. As promised, it would drop temps making crankbait your best bait on traditional structures. White bass are good and attracted to bass baits. Striped bass are good on live bait when finding the right ledge. Crappie remain slow. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers, and blood baits.
Travis
GOOD. Water clear; 57 degrees; 21.74 low. Largemouth bass are fair with medium diving blue crankbaits, red/orange skirted jigs, and drop shots near deeper boat docks, rock ledges, and points with drop-offs. White bass are fair with slabs or jigging spoons working main lake channel, drop-offs, and humps. Trolling is still effective with pearl or white swimbaits. Striper action along the main river channel is good with live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows in 15-25’ near docks, brush piles, and rock ledges. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared baits in 12-26’.
Waco
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.81 low. Largemouth bass are fair on brown, black, and red skirted jigs, suspended jerk baits, and pearl paddle tail swim baits near the ledges, creeks, steep shorelines, and rocky coves. Crappie are fair on minnows fishing brush piles around 13-26’. Sunfish are slow on cutworms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait.
Walter E. Long
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 54 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair on purple or black drop shots, shad like crankbaits and chartreuse spinners near timber, creek mouths, and brushy shorelines. Hybrid stripers are fair with live shad or spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows in 14-24’ near brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait. Sunfish are slow on worms and crickets.

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