Prairies & Lakes Region Week of October 10, 2019

Athens
FAIR. Water moderately clear; 80–84 degrees; 1.20' low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits with structure. Largemouth are starting to approach shallower water especially before 12p. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs with some cover or and around underwater structures. All catfish are good on cutbait and stinkbait. Sunfish are good on earthworms around shallow vegetation.
Bastrop
FAIR. Clear to slightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.80' low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas rigged plastic worms and Carolina rigs and you will find them on edges of vegetation and creek beds with sharp drop offs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live bait. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait or cutbait, and flathead catfish are fair on live bait. Creek channels and near the plant seem to be the best spots
Belton
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 81–83 degrees; 1.58' low. Largemouth bass are picking up due to cooler water temps on stickbaits, chuggers, buzzbaits, crankbaits, and plastic worms. Smallmouth bass are fair on grubs and buzzbaits. Good fishing locations are on deeper points and edges of feeder tributaries. Hybrid stripers are fair on jigs and crankbaits. White bass are slow but have been hitting Alabama rigs. Crappie are picking up on mostly on jigs or live shiner. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad, shrimp, blood bait, and stinkbait.
Benbrook
FAIR. Water stained; 82–84 degrees; 10.35' low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms and light spinner baits, near the mouths of creeks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structures. Hybrid striped bass are good on surface with spinners or spoons White bass are good on slabs and will be found chasing shad. Catfish are good on stinkbait, and livebait. Sunfish are fair with prepared bait pellets or cut worms.
Bridgeport
FAIR. Water clear; 81–84 degrees: 4.19' low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, lizards, crankbaits, and Carolina rigged worms. Spinners and crankbait have been improving to cover more water. Crappie continue to be schooled in colder temp water with jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid stripers are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait.
Cedar Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 83–85 degrees, 1.93' low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, plastic worms and crankbaits mainly with vegetation as cover. Hybrid striper are good with blue Rat–L–Traps following the birds and schools of bait. Crappie are fair on pink and white jigs shooting larger structure. Catfish are good on cut shad and live bait. White bass are good on Alabama rigs and slabs.
Cooper
FAIR. Water clear; 83–85 degrees; 1.72' low. Largemouth bass are fair on mainly topwaters, Texas rigged craws, Carolina rigged worms, spinner, and crank baits. Flooded timber has been consistent. The whitebass are good on slabs and live bait. Search for the schools. The blue catfish bite will continue to get better. The channel cats are good on punch bait and cut bait.
Eagle Mountain
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 2.24' low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, light colored spinners, and jigs around reeds and private docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepped bait. Catfish have been very active at night.
Fayette
GOOD. Slightly stained. 83–86 degrees; Largemouth bass are great on buzzbaits have worked early and late in the day, and along the edge of the vegetation. Medium diving crankbaits also have been decent if fished over the top of the grass and along deeper channel edges. Redear sunfish are fair on worms and crickets. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live bait, and cut bait.
Granbury
GOOD. 80–83 degrees. 0.95' low. Crappie fishing is still good around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and jigs. Catfishing is fair fishing over baited holes in 5–15 feet of water. Drop offs with timber near the main river channel are good places to catch them. Look for white bass to be schooling mid lake and up towards the dam. Have a lure ready to cast when they surface. They can also be caught trolling and jigging with slabs.
Grapevine
FAIR. Water stained; 83–86 degrees; 2.31' low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas and Carolina rigged worms, spinner baits, and buzzbaits. All underwater structure below 10 feet has been holding bass. White bass are good on live shad especially around the dam. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish seem to be nocturnal with on live and prepped bait.
Joe Pool
FAIR. Water stained; 78–84 degrees;. 2.78' low. The largemouth bite is fair to good on T–rigged soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in 5–15 feet if wind is present. In calm water, a C–rig or drop shot on the edge of creek channels with any structure present and 20+ feet of depth will produce results.
Lavon
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 84–85 degrees: 4.23' low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on white spinners, Carolina rigged lizards, Texas rigged worms, and crankbaits. White bass are fair in deeper water near the dam on small jigs and minnows. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, and prepped blood bait.
Lewisville
GOOD. Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.71' low. Largemouth bass continue to be good on crankbaits, Texas rigged plastic baits, and spinnerbaits in medium depth structure, but with fall approaching this helped expend to shallow water. White bass are good on slabs and have been schooling. Crappie are good on minnows and weighted jigs around big structure. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait. Hybrid stripers are good around humps throughout the main lake.
Limestone
FAIR. Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 2.56' low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, spinner baits, buzz baits mostly in the mouth of the creeks. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs in deeper water tracking bait schools. Crappie are fair on minnows or crappie jigs between 12–20 feet in windy conditions. Catfish are fair on cut shad, shrimp, worms, or prepped baits.
Navarro Mills
FAIR. 79–82 degrees. 2.12' low. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles and drop offs. Catfish are fair in the west end on the lake on baited holes. White bass are good on slabs around the old Richland Creek Bridge and road bed. Black bass are fair on main lake points and road beds, use deep diving crank baits and soft plastic crawfish baits.
Palestine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83–85 degrees; 1.67' low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms and crankbaits near the creek beds above the pipeline. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows, but you have to find the manmade structure. Hybrid stripers are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs mainly around the deeper water by the dam. Catfish are excellent on shad and chicken livers and improving from dusk on throughout the night.
Proctor
FAIR. Water stained. 81–85 degrees. 2.71 low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, and plastic worms particularly in deeper water near structure. Trolling for stripper has been fair. Crappie have been good especially near the flood–controlled spillway. Catfish have been good on stinkbait and cut bait.
Ray Hubbard
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82–84 degrees; 3.24" low. Largemouth bass are fair on medium to deep depth crankbaits, spinners, and topwater poppers among the timber. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows with larger piles in no deeper than 20 feet of water, look for schooling. White bass and hybrid stripers are fair on slabs in the lower lake. Catfish are good on stinkbait, livers, and cut bait.
Ray Roberts
FAIR. Water lightly stained: 83–84 degrees; 0.70' low. Largemouth bass are fair on light Carolina rigged worms and lizards, along with spinners, jerk baits, and crank baits. White bass are fair on spoons and Alabama rigs throughout a lot of the lake. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Bluegill are good with cut worms among brush. Catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait.
Richland Chambers
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81–84 degrees; 2.43' low. Largemouth bass are fair on spiners, deeper water crankbaits, and jigging spoons around timber. White bass and hybrids are good on slabs and jigs using your fish finding equipment to identify schools of baitfish. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs with heavier brush piles. Catfish are fair on live bait and cut bait.
Somerville
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.16' low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms baits, spinners, and crankbaits mainly around deeper structure. Hybrid stripers and white bass are fair in open water chasing shad schools. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live bait, and cut bait. Trot lines and nighttime fishing have both been great for catfish.
Stillhouse
FAIR. Water clear; 81–84 degrees; 1.43' low. Stillhouse is still in slow summer mode with some signs of fall around the corner. Largemouth are fair on soft plastics fished at the deep edge of hydrilla and with hiding spots. White bass are fair on downriggers fished in open water with small spoons imitating young of the year shad with lots of small fishing being caught. Sunfish are fair in shallow hydrilla/rock/wood mixed areas on worms.
Tawakoni
FAIR. Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.38' low. Largemouth bass are good with cover and have moved to a tad bit shallower water under 15 feet. We've had success on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and jigs. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs, spoons, and Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows under deeper bridges and structure. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, worms, and chicken livers.
Texoma
GOOD. Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.27' low. Largemouth bass are good on morning topwaters, Texas rigged worms, spinners and deep diving crankbaits around channels. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Striped bass are good on live shad over the deeper original river channel. Catfish are fair on live sunfish, cut bait, prepped dough balls, and minnows.
Weatherford
FAIR. Water stained; 84–87 degrees; 2.73' low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinner baits, Texas rigged craws, and weighted deep plastic worms around creek beds. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in marina areas and around cover. Catfish are good on crawfish, livers, blood baits, and cut bait.
Whitney
FAIR. Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 6.25' low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms and crank baits in 12 feet or less and are starting the fall pattern with longer feeding times in sometimes shallower water. White bass are fair on spinnerbaits, and with minnows in the main reservoir. Crappie are fair over brush piles and structure with minnows and jigs normally below 10 feet deep. Catfish are good on live shad, stink bait and cut bait.

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