Hill Country Region Week of December 11, 2019

Austin
FAIR. Water very lightly stained; 63-64 degrees; 0.85’ low. Largemouth bass are fair but disrupted by the northern wind forcing fishing to northern coves, points, and creeks. Consistent bait has been plastic worms, spinners, crankbaits, and jerkbaits. Sunfish are slow on cutworms, and corn. Catfish are fair on perch, gulp minnows, day or night on the edge of the main lake channel.
Brownwood
FAIR. Lightly stained; 64 degrees; 3.48’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, and spinners on points with drops and in the upper end flooded timber. White bass are good on slabs and Alabama rigs. Catfish have been good on prepared bait night fishing, and shad baited trotlines.
Buchanan
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 64 degrees; 3.95’ low. Largemouth bass are fair with jigs and spinners on ledges, in the numerous creeks and there edges with on rocky drops. Striped bass are fair on live shad and swimbaits on mid-lake humps and drops. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Channel catfish have been good on stinkbait, live and cut bait.
Canyon Lake
FAIR. Water barely stained; 63 degrees; 2.91’ low. Striper fishing continues to be excellent throughout the lake with good schooling. Largemouth bass are fair with crankbaits, plastic worms, and grubs on rocky points. Catfish is good with live and cut bait, and trotlines are successful, especially west lake, primarily with live bait.
Granger
SLOW. Water clear; 61 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are slow on crankbaits, plastic worms, and spinners. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are slow to fair on slab spoons in deeper water and typical bass structures. Catfish are good with cut shad on juglines.
LBJ
FAIR. Water stained; 62 degrees; 0.69’ low. Largemouth bass are fair in the Colorado River portion with bass found in structure on crankbaits, spinners, plastic rigged worms, and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on smaller crankbaits, jigs, and minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait, flathead catfish good on live bait.
Medina
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 65-68 degrees; 8.81’ low. Largemouth bass are good on trick worms in pink or green, jigs, and shad on open water lake drops. Crappie are slow with jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on spoons and jigs. Striped bass are fair on rattletraps. Smallmouth bass are good on white grubs and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers and blood baits in the inflow from feeder creeks.
Travis
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 10.76’ low. Wind has not been favorable the past week but it didn’t cause a lot of inconsistencies. Largemouth bass are good on slow baits in the shallow water in the mornings. As the day progresses, move deeper with a drop shot. Crappie are slow on minnows and weighted jigs close to shore structure. White bass have been fair in submerged drops. Catfish are fair on cut bait, prepped bait, and live bait.
Waco
FAIR. Water lightly stained. 64 degrees; 4.74’ low. Largemouth bass continue to be fair on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, crankbaits, and plastic worms in submerged creek bed channels and northern coves. Crappie are fair on minnows and weighted light-colored jigs among standing timber and shallowly submerged brush piles. Sunfish are fair on worms or crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad, live bait, and blood flavored-prepped bait.
Walter E. Long
VERY GOOD. Water stained. 63 degrees; Largemouth bass have continued their activity moving out of the grass and great on a reeled baits bait or a Texas rig. The power plant has been a good location for all baitfish species. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on prepared baits, cut baits, and live bait. Sunfish can be caught on crickets, power bait pellets, and corn.

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