Hill Country Region Week of October 20, 2021

Austin
GOOD. Water clear; 66 degrees; 0.69 feet low. As the lake cools the fish are moving to shallower water in the structure. Largemouth bass are fair along th shoreline. Sunfish are good on shrimp, cut earthworms, and live crickets along vegetation edges, near boat docks, brush, and rocks. Catfish are good with chicken liver and punch bait.
Brownwood
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 0.61 feet low. The water is beginning to cool down, and we should see Fall fishing patterns coming soon. Largemouth bass are good with perch like crankbaits, brown or green Texas-rigged plastic worms, chartreuse bladed spinners, and shaky head jigs near timber, rocky shorelines, and docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles and near bridge pilings. White bass and hybrids are good on slabs, swimbaits, and live bait along the main lake channels, humps, and ridges. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Catfish are good on shrimp, chicken liver, and live bait.
Buchanan
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75 degrees; 2.54 feet low. Fall cold fronts are rolling in, and we should see the fishing pattern change soon, but it is holding steady for now. Largemouth bass are good with blue, black, or purple Texas-rigged plastic worms, grey flukes, white swimbaits, perch-like crankbaits, and white-bladed spinners. Topwater plugs and plastic frogs are effective early in the morning. Striped bass are good along the river channel with live bait and topwaters early in the day. White bass are good schooling up and biting on swimbaits, slabs, and jigging spoons on main lake points, flats, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows and blue or white jigs working brush piles and timber in 18-24 feet of water. Channel catfish are good on live bait, nightcrawlers, and punch bait. Blue catfish are good on fresh cut bait and live bait.
Canyon Lake
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees; 0.13 feet low. The water is beginning to cool down, and we should see Fall fishing patterns coming soon. Striper fishing is good along the river channel edge with live bait. White bass are good with live bait, chartreuse jigging spoons, and silver slabs. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Largemouth bass are fair with football jigs, red or green Texas-rigged plastic worms, and white-bladed spinners near rocks, timbers, and roadbeds. Smallmouth bass are good on plastic grubs and small silver spoons along bluffs, rock ledges, and rocky shorelines. Catfish are good with punch bait and live bait. Crappie are good with live minnows and jigs near the marinas, timber, and brush piles.
Granger
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees; 1.82 feet high. Fish should be moving to shallower water as the temperatures decline. Black bass are good on medium diving crankbaits, raspberry, and watermelon Carolina rigged plastic worms and pearl or chartreuse swimbaits near points, rocky areas, flats, and channel edges. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in brush piles. White bass are good on jigging spoons and slabs near main lake points, humps, ridges, and flats. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. Yellow cats are fair with live perch.
LBJ
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees; 0.76 feet low. Fishing is more comfortable in the Fall weather and the fishing is good as the fish feed up and we see more schooling action. White bass are schooling up with some topwater action. Fish near main lake channels, flats, and humps with live bait, swimbaits, and slabs. Black bass are fair on plastic worms, football jigs, swimbaits, and diving crankbaits worked near rocky shorelines, main lake points, and timber in water depths 14-28 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs around brush piles in water depths 12-18 feet. Lots of small crappie, but keep working it, and you'll leave with a few keepers. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, live bait, and cut bait.
Medina
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees; 43.52 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early moving deeper with crankbaits, spinners, worms, and jigs. White bass are fair on spoons below black bass on deep points. Striped bass are fair cruising deep mid-lake. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers, and blood baits.
Travis
FAIR. Water clear; 72 degrees; 17.79 feet low. Bass fishing is slow, patience will produce a few bites. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near docks, brush piles, and creeks. Catfish are fair on punch bait, chicken liver, and live baits.
Waco
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees; 1.42 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters and plastic frogs early in the day, Carolina rigged plastic worms, shad like crankbaits, and football jigs working the timber, creek ledges, and rocky shorelines. Look for schools white bass in the main lake using crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows working bridge pilings and brush piles. Sunfish are good on cut earthworms, crickets, and dough bait working structures such as fallen timber, rock piles, and weeds. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken liver, punch, and cut bait.
Walter E. Long
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees. The fish are feeding up as the water temperatures continue to drop. The bass are schooling deep into the coves, staying within 10-12 feet of water or deep inside the reeds. Catfish are good on chicken liver, live and punch bait. Sunfish are good on crickets, cutworms, and shrimp pieces.

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