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Prairies & Lakes Region Week of September 30, 2020

Arlington
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77 degrees; 3.26 low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, jerk baits, and finesse plastic worms. Crappie are good near boat docks and timber on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared baits in 12-25’.
Athens
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.49 high. Largemouth bass are fair on shad colored crankbaits, bladed spinners, and Texas-rigged plastic worms working the drop-offs, brush piles, and flooded timber. Crappie are fair with minnows in standing timber and boat docks. Catfish are fair on prepared bait. Sunfish are good on cutworms and crickets.
Bastrop
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; Largemouth bass are good fishing creeks ledges and submerged timber on jigs, small crankbaits, brown or green craws, and drop shots. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles and standing timber in 14-25’. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and live bait.
Belton
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77 Degrees;0.73 high. Black bass are fair near flats, drop-offs, and brushy shorelines on swimbaits, crankbaits, and Carolina rigged plastic worms. White bass are good on the main lake flats, humps, and drop-offs with slabs in 18-35’. Hybrid stripers are good with live bait in the main lake from 22-35’. Topwater plugs, crankbaits, and swimbaits are effective with surfacing schools of hybrids and white bass. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles in 15-28’. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait.
Benbrook
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 4.56 low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing swimbaits, jigs, and plastic worms near rocky shorelines, ridges, drop-offs, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows fishing structure and brush piles in 15-25’. Hybrid striped bass are fair with slabs and live bait. White bass are good with slabs on the lake points, flats, and humps. Watch for diving birds to mark schools of feeding fish. Catfish are good with punch bait and live bait over baited areas.
Bridgeport
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 1.92 low. Black bass are good on jigs, crankbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms in 12-18’ fishing deeper docks, main lake points with near rip rap, drop-offs, and secondary points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing bridges, timber, and brush piles. White bass are fair on slabs on main lake drop-offs, flats, and channels. Hybrid stripers are fair on main lake humps and points with live bait and heavy spoons. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait in 12-20’’.
Cedar Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77 degrees; 0.10 low. Largemouth bass are good working topwater plugs and jerk baits very early on creek ledges and near boat docks. Shaky heads, black or purple plastic worms, and diving cranks fished in deeper water near boat docks, main lake drop-offs, and timber are productive later in the day. Hybrids and sand bass are being caught off main lake points and humps with slabs, and live bait. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows in brush piles, deep water boat docks, and near submerged timber in 15-28’. Catfish are good in 12-25’.
Cooper
Good. Water clear; 77-81degrees; 2.71 low. Largemouth bass are fair on drop shots, medium size crankbaits, and skirted jigs in 12-25’. The white bass and hybrids are good in 25-35’ with live bait, slabs, jigging spoons over humps, flats edges, and near main lake drop-offs. Crappie are good with minnows on brush piles and timber near creek channels. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait in 14-25’.
Eagle Mountain
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 1.01 low. Black bass are fair fishing finesse worms and crankbaits baits near structure or timber. White bass are good with slabs fishing humps, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows between 15-25’ working docks, submerged brush, and standing timber. Catfish are good on fresh cut bait and punch bait.
Fayette
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged shad like cranks, drop shots, and bladed spinnerbaits. Sunfish are good on worms and live crickets around bank ledges and structure. Catfish are good on punch bait near baited areas.
Gibbons Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 77 degrees; Largemouth bass are good moving away from brush to mid-depth structure perimeters like creeks. Crappie are fair on minnows making it hard to predict structures. Catfish are fair on live bait throughout the lake along with some dough pellets. Sunfish are fair on cutworms shallow.
Graham
GOOD. Water stained; 80 degrees; 0.27 low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in timber and near flats with drop-offs, secondary points, and creek channels. Crappie are fair on minnows in 14-24’ standing timber and brush piles. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait in 20-35’. Catfish are good on cut shad, punch bait, and live bait.
Granbury
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 77 degrees; 0.09 low. Largemouth bass are good on shad colored or white crankbaits and bladed spinnerbaits as well as TEXAS rigged plastic worms in 13-28’ near boathouses, submerged timber, and rock ledges. Crappie fishing is good around brush piles and boat docks with minnows. Catfishing is good with earthworms or prepared bait. White bass are fair using slabs, jigging spoons, and swimbaits. Stripers are fair with live bait or trolling with crankbaits or swimbaits along the main lake channel in 20-35”.
Grapevine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 78 degrees; 0.12 low. Largemouth bass are good on medium-sized crankbaits, craws, and finesse worms in brush piles, standing timber, and rocky points. White bass are good in 23-35’ with slabs near main lake humps, flats, and drop offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in marinas and near submerged structure. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
Jacksonville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.06 high. Largemouth bass are fair with finesse worms, silver spoons, and medium crankbaits in deeper water near docks, rip-rap, and brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 14-25’ around submerged structure and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad and punch bait.
Joe Pool
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.47 low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing wacky worms fished slowly in 14-23’. Shad like crankbaits and spinners along channel edges, mouths, and pockets are effective as well. Crappie are good beneath bridges and structure on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
Lavon
GOOD. Water stained; 80 degrees; 0.81 low. Crappie are good on minnows or jigs fishing 15-25’ over brush piles and bridges. White bass are good in the 20-30’ with slabs and swimbaits. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Black bass are fair on craws, wacky worms, and crankbaits in 15-28’. Catfish are good on prepared bait in 14-25’.
Lewisville
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.06 high. Black bass are good fishing points, humps, drop-offs, and standing timber with the medium sized silver or chrome crankbaits, plastic worms or creatures, and bladed jigs. White bass are excellent on slabs and jigging spoons in 20-35’. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared baits.
Limestone
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.05 low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, crankbaits, and drop shots along ledges, creek channels, and off main lake points with slow presentation. White bass are good with slabs and live bait fishing drop-offs and humps in the main lake in 20-30’. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles and submerged timber. Catfish are good on cut bait or live baits. Flatheads are more consistent with live bait.
Navarro Mills
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.04 high. Crappie are good on minnows around the marina, brush piles, and in standing timber in 15-28’. Catfish are good with prepared bait and live bait. White bass are fair on slabs and jigging spoons in 20-30’. Black bass are fair with senkos, jigs, and finesse worms near docks, drop-offs, and timber.
Palestine
GOOD. Water clear; 81 degrees; 0.26 high. Largemouth bass are good working TEXAS rigged worms, swimbaits, and crankbaits near boat docks and rip rac. Crappie are good on minnows or jigs tipped with minnows around bridges and timber in 15-25’. Hybrid stripers are fair on live bait in 25-35’. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Catfish are good on punch baits and live minnows.
Palo Pinto
GOOD. Water stained; 81 degrees;0.22 low. Largemouth bass are good on points with ledges, flats with a drop-off, and brush piles with Texas-rigged plastic craws, diving crankbaits, and skirted jigs. Plastic frogs and topwater plugs are working early on grass flats and vegetation edges. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows near boat docks and brush piles in 16-28’. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons near main lake points, drop-offs, and flats. Hybrid bass are fair on live shad in 20-35’. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait.
Proctor
GOOD. Water stained; 78 degrees;0.19 high. Largemouth bass are good on plum, or purple Texas-rigged worms, jigs, and crankbaits in submerged timber, creek channels, and rocky shorelines. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait and jigging slabs in the main lake around 22-35’. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs in 14-28’ in standing timber and brush piles. Catfish remain good on prepared bait and cut bait.
Ray Hubbard
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.67 low. Largemouth bass are fair on wacky worms, crankbaits, and football jigs in timber, near rocky banks, ledges, and drop-offs. White bass are good fishing chrome slabs and white jigging spoons on main lake flats, humps, and ridges in 18-28’. Crappie are good near bridges, brush piles, and submerged timber in with minnows. Catfish are good on punch bait in 16-25’.
Ray Roberts
FAIR; Water lightly stained; 77 degrees; 0.09 high. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms, diving crankbaits, and white spinners in 16-26’ near timber, rip rap, and channel edges. There is an early and late topwater bite on points with a ledge or drop off. White bass are fair in 20-40’ on slabs near main lake flats and drop-offs. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles between 18-28’. Catfish are good on punch baits over haunted holes.
Richland Chambers
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.23 low. Largemouth bass are good on swimbaits, crankbaits, jerk baits, and finesse worms fishing near boat docks, rocky points, creek ledges, and drop-offs. White bass and hybrids are fair on slabs and jigging spoons or deeper near main lake points, flats, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows or jigs tipped with minnows on bridge pilings and in brush piles. Catfish are good on punch bait and live perch. Bream are good on live crickets or dough bait near boat docks and rocky shorelines.
Somerville
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 1.70 low. White bass and hybrids are fair with slabs and jigging spoons in 25-35’ on main lake flats, deep channel ledges, and humps. Crappie are fair on live minnows in brush piles and flooded timber in 18-25’. Catfish are good with live bait and punch bait in 15-25’. Largemouth bass are fair with dead sticking plastic worms fished slowly, shad like crankbaits and spinnerbaits near the creek ledges, drop-offs, rocky shorelines, and flooded timber.
Squaw Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 029 high. Catfishing is good in baited areas using prepared baits and cut bait. The largemouth bass fishing is fair around structure on jigs, spinners, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 17-25’ in standing timber and brush piles.
Stillhouse
GOOD. Water stained; 77 degrees; 3.27 high. Black bass are good on jigs, white jigs, and Texas-rigged soft plastic craws working brush piles, rock bluffs, and submerged timber. Smallmouth bass are good with small plastic grubs and small crankbaits near rocky banks, ledges, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles and standing timber in 14-28’. White bass are good on slabs and jigs off main lake points, humps, drop-offs, and along the dam. Catfish are good with punch bait. Blue cats are good with live bait near brush piles.
Sulphur Springs
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 2.25 low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms and brush hogs near brush piles, drop-offs, and flooded timber. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 18-28’ near brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait in 15-25’.
Tawakoni
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 78-81 degrees; 1.10 low. Catfish are excellent on punch bait and cut bait. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, senkos, jigs, and swimbaits. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on live bait and slabs with some fish schooling on the surface. Use sonar to locate fish in deeper water near drop-offs, large flats, and humps in the main lake. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush piles, docks, and bridge pilings.
Texoma
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 2.22 low. Striped bass and white bass are good on live bait in 25-35’ and topwater baits when fish are near the surface. Diving birds are marking feeding schools on the surface throughout the lake. Use sonar to mark schools along the river channel and flats. Largemouth bass are fair fishing Texas-rigged plastic worms and diving crankbaits in 16-28’ with some fish moving into shallow water in the 8-12’ range. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs by boathouses, timber and brush piles in 15-25’. Catfish are fair on cut bait.
Weatherford
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 78 degrees; 0.85 low. Largemouth bass are fair on poppers, crankbaits, and plastic worms near rocky shorelines, timber, and brush. White bass are fair in 20-35’ with slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows around docks, marinas, and submerged cover. Catfish are good on live bait.
Whitney
GOOD. Water stained; 79-82 degrees; 0.24 low. Black bass are good on secondary points, deeper creeks ledges, grass lines, and weed beds on purple or black plastic worms, crankbaits, and silver spoons. White bass are excellent on the main lake with spoons and slabs. Stripers are good trolling swim baits along the main lake drop-offs and humps in 15-40’. Watch for diving birds working the feeding schools of White bass and Stripers at times. Crappie are good with jigs tipped with minnows in 14-25’ timber near creek channels and brush piles. Catfish are fair on punch bait.
Worth
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.82 low. Largemouth bass are good with spinners, crankbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms working drop-offs, creek channels, and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows among brush piles, timber, and under docks. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.

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