Prairies & Lakes Region Week of January 22, 2020

Arlington
FAIR. Water stained; 56-58 degrees; 0.13' high. Largemouth bass continue to be good near boat dock structures and warm water fishing worms, spinners, and jigs. Crappie are fair among structure such as boat docks, and partially shaded structures. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait throughout the lake and around the plant.
Athens
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 50-51 degrees; 0.11’ low. Largemouth bass continue to be good on Carolina rigged worms, jigs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits fishing points and submerged timber with vegetation on the eastern end of the lake Crappie are slow but picking up with minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and dough balls. Sunfish are slow on cutworms, and corn.
Bastrop
FAIR. Slightly stained; 54-55 degrees. Largemouth bass continue to be fair on small spinners, Carolina rigged plastic worms, jigs, and crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows around structure. Channel and blue winter catfish are good on stinkbait or cut bait.
Belton
FAIR. Lightly stained; 54-55 degrees; 3.01’ low. Black bass are fair on grubs, jigs, plastic worms, and smaller crankbait. In the pre-spawn pattern, work shallow water in the mudflats and shallow rocky coves. Hybrid stripers have slowed a bit in the past week. Use live bait and jigs in the mid-lake channels and bottom fish. Crappie are slow on jigs. Catfish are fair on shad, shrimp, blood bait, and stinkbait.
Benbrook
FAIR. Water stained; 50-52 degrees; 5.73’ low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing creek beds, edges of creeks, and around boat docks on worms, spinners, and crankbait. Crappie are fair on minnows in deeper structure and man-made cover. Hybrid striped bass remain slow. White bass are fair with slabs, spinners, or spoons by the dam, and main lake points. Catfish are fair on chicken livers, stinkbait, and live bait.
Bridgeport
GOOD. Water fairly clear; 53 degrees: 4.63’ low. Black bass are fair on worms, jigs, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in deep water chasing baitfish. Hybrid are great on slabs and crankbaits, drawing a crowd of birds.
Cedar Creek
FAIR. Water stained; 52-53 degrees, 2.10’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged creatures or plastic worms, crankbaits, and jigs on the northern flats, drops, and boat houses on main lake points. Hybrid stripers and white bass are fair in deeper water following schools. Crappie continue to be fair on minnows on docks just inside of shallow coves shooting large docks with jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad, dough bait, and stinkbait.
Cooper
FAIR. Water clear; 52-54 degrees; 0.97’ low. Largemouth bass are good covering from the northern wind on Carolina rigged worms, crankbaits, and spinners. The white bass are good on slabs and live bait. Catfish are excellent on live and cut bait.
Eagle Mountain
FAIR. Water stained; 53-54 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are fair fishing vegetation and man-made structures with jigs, crankbaits, spinners, and plastic worms. White bass are slow with no consistency. Crappie are good on minnows jigs under boat docks. Catfish are good on cut bait, prepped bait, and liver.
Fayette
GOOD. Water lightly stained. 57-58 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair to good on worms, and lipless crankbait in the standing timber, vegetation, around the dam, and drop-offs. Sunfish are fair on worms and crickets. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live bait, and cut bait.
Gibbons Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 58-63 degrees; Largemouth bass have continued to be great! It exciting to be catching trophy size fish in January. The warm water discharge continues to produce 6-10lbs regularly on worms, crankbaits, and spinners. Crappie are good on jigs in larger structure and structure around the warm water. Catfish are good on live bait and liver-flavored prepared bait.
Graham
FAIR. Water stained; 52-54 degrees; 2.77’ low. Largemouth bass are good on artificial baits on vegetation, and it is most consistent in warm discharge water. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows around structure and near vegetation. White bass are good on slabs and Alabama rigs in deep water points. Hybrid strippers can be found in the channel between Graham and Eddleman on rattle traps. Catfish are fair on cut shad and live bait.
Granbury
FAIR. Water lightly stained. 54-55 degrees. 0.11’ low. Crappie fishing is fair around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and jigs. Catfishing is good when using cut bait near deeper water. Drop-offs with timber near the main river channel are good places to catch them. Look for white bass to be mid-lake and up north. They can be caught on slabs and live bait. Largemouth bass are found around boat docks and timber. Stripers are slow but accessible on live shad or soft plastics.
Grapevine
FAIR. Water stained; 53-54 degrees; 4.38’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged plastic worms, jigs, spinners, and crankbaits around submerged vegetation and close to the dam on quick drops. White bass are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles and any structure. Catfish are excellent on live and prepped bait in most parts of the lake.
Jacksonville
FAIR. Water stained; 52-53 degrees; 0.24' low. Largemouth bass are fair with cranks, worms and spinners in creeks, and close to the dam, grassy points, and flats. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows around piers and up creeks. Catfish are very slow on cut shad and prepped bait.
Joe Pool
GOOD. Water stained; 54-56 degrees; 2.54’ low. Largemouth bass continue to be good fishing any submerged vegetative structure, and shallower points out of the north wind on jigs, worms, and crankbait. Crappie are good beneath bridges and man-made structures with jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait by the spillway and near creeks.
Kemp
FAIR. Water clear; 53 degrees; 1.89’ low. Largemouth bass are good fishing rocky points and vegetation, especially on the north end with Texas-rigged, straight-tailed worms, crankbait, live bait and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on jigs with submerged brush less than 10 feet deep. White bass and hybrid continue to be good on slabs. Catfish are good with blood and liver prepared baits fishing medium to shallow depths.
Lavon
GOOD. Water stained; 54 degrees: 2.29' low. Crappie are good on jigs and spinners finding healthy structure. White bass have been weak. Black bass are good on crankbaits, worms, lizards, and jigs looking for flooded vegetation. Catfish are excellent on stinkbait.
Lewisville
GOOD. Water stained; 53-54 degrees; 2.05’ low. Black bass are good along the dam, rocky, steep dropping shorelines, coves, and flooded timber. The best baits are Texas-rigged plastic baits, crankbaits, jigs, and spinnerbaits covering large amounts of water. White bass have stabilized to fair on slabs on deeper points and structure. Crappie are fair on minnows and weighted jigs among brush and vegetation. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait. Hybrid stripers continue to be slow.
Limestone
FAIR. Water stained; 56-57 degrees; 3.30’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms and spinners deep in creek beds and finding the warmest water. White bass are fair with spoons and small jigs among main points. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in standing timber and beneath docks. Catfish are good on cut shad or prepped baits. Flatheads are more consistent with live bait.
Navarro Mills
FAIR. Water stained; 53-54 degrees. 2.57’ low. Crappie are fair on minnows around the marina and upper-end timber. Catfish continue to be good with live bait throughout the lake. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs covering long stretches of ridges. Black bass are fair with spinners, crankbaits, and jigs.
Palestine
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.79’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, spinners, lipless cranks continuing to be found in Saline Bay, among creeks moving towards the northern end of the reservoir. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid stripers are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish continue to be excellent on shad and chicken livers.
Palo Pinto
FAIR. Water stained; 53 degrees; 3.19’ low. Largemouth bass are fair under and around docks, and with rocky points dropping quickly. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on live shad. Striped bass are good on live shad and jigs. Catfish are fair on live shad, minnows, and stinkbait.
Proctor
FAIR. Water lightly stained. 53-55 degrees. 3.45’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, spinners, and jigs with submerged cover, vegetative cover, and brush. Hybrid stripers are fair trolling jigs. Crappie are fair with jigs on points close to the spillway. Catfish have been good on stinkbait and cut bait.
Ray Hubbard
GOOD. Water stained; 51-53 degrees; 2.24” low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits and spinners on the north side of 30 and 66. White bass are fair on drop shots and spinner tail shads sticking to deep water structure. Crappie remains slow on minnows and small jigs using bridge pilings, structure, and brush. Catfish are good on live shad towards the center of the lake. Hybrid are fair on lipless crankbaits in deeper water. The power plant to the spillway has been productive with some sand humps.
Ray Roberts
GOOD. Water stained: 51-52 degrees; 2.07’ high. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, lizards and jigs working points deeper than usual. White bass are excellent in 35 feet of water at night on minnows. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows around the brush and timber north. Catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait.
Richland Chambers
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 56-68 degrees; 3.56’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, plastic worms, spinners, and jigging spoons. Underwater structure is hard to find but will be successful. White bass and hybrids are good on a jigging spoon on the east side. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Catfish are good on live bait and cut bait.
Somerville
GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.23’ low. White bass and hybrids are fair fishing in points and creeks on minnows, rattle traps, and Alabama rigs. Crappie are good with small minnows. Catfish are good throughout the lake with cut shad and stinkbait. Largemouth bass are great with plastic worms, crankbait, larger spinners, and jigs near vegetation and the western creeks and flats.
Squaw Creek
GOOD. Water clear; 55-56 degrees; 0.83’ low. Catfishing has been excellent while fishing around the timber next to creek channels mid-lake and south. Chumming with soured grain is a great way to be more successful when targeting these fish. The largemouth bass fishing has been excellent this week around shallow and deep structure on soft plastic worms, topwater baits, and crankbaits.
Stillhouse
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 54-55 degrees; 3.48’ low. Black bass are fair on topwater, jigs, crankbaits, and Carolina rigged plastic worms in warm water with vegetation, points, and drop-off shorelines. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair with live and cut bait, and trot lining with live bait remains popular.
Sulphur Springs
SLOW. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.50’ high. Largemouth bass continue to be slow with limited success coming as bass move shallower. Crappie continue to be slow on minnows and jigs working all structures. Catfish are fair on cut shad and live bait.
Tawakoni
FAIR. Water stained; 53 degrees; 0.97’ low. Catfish are excellent on live, cut shad and stinkbait. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and crankbait along the shoreline and drop within 50 feet of shorelines. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs, spoons, and Alabama rigs among schools of baitfish. Crappie are fair on minnows around structure.
Texoma
FAIR. Water stained; 48-50 degrees; 1.52’ high. Striped bass are good using slabs, swimbaits, using flukes, and with live bait around structure and big schools in creeks and channels in the warmest part of the day. Some trolling has been successful main lake. Largemouth bass are good drifting live baits and reeled baits across shallow low traffic natural structure. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs by boathouses, submerged vegetation, and timber. Catfish are fair on live shrimp, cut bait, and minnows.
Weatherford
FAIR. Water stained; 53 degrees; 0.05’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms using boat houses, brush piles, and ledged points off the main lake. White bass are fair with minnows, shad crankbaits, and Alabama rigs on ridges. Crappie has been excellent on minnows and jigs, relying on all man-made structures. Catfish are good on crawfish, livers, blood baits, and cut bait.
Whitney
GOOD. Water stained 55 degrees; 5.94’ low. Black bass continue to be very good on deep diving crankbaits, plastic worms and spinnerbaits with deep water structure and drops. White bass remain fair on Alabama rigs and with minnows in the south end deep water. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs looking mid-lake to north with structure in 10 feet or less. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
Worth
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51-53 degrees; 1.66' low. Largemouth bass are fair, especially under boat houses with spinners and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs among vegetation beds and under docks. Catfish are good on live bait, stinkbait, and cut bait.

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