Prairies & Lakes Region Week of January 13, 2021

Arlington
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 2.96 low. Largemouth bass are slow on crankbaits, jigs, jerk baits, and bladed spinners on brushy shorelines, creek drop-offs, and submerged brush piles. Crappie are slow near boat docks, brush, and timber on minnows or jigs. Catfish are slow on punch baits and cut bait.
Athens
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 0.68 high. Largemouth bass are fair on diving crankbaits, bladed spinners, suspended jerk baits, and red/brown skirted jigs working the deeper creeks, brush piles, and brushy shorelines. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs tipped with minnows in standing timber and boat docks. Catfish are fair on punch bait. Sunfish are slow on cutworms.
Bastrop
SLOW. Water clear; 55 degrees; Largemouth bass are slow fishing creeks, rocks, and brush on drop shots, crankbaits, and jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows in brush piles and standing timber in 14-25’. Channel and blue catfish are slow on cut bait, live bait.
Belton
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 Degrees;0.56 low. Black bass are fair near steep rocky shorelines, timber, and drop-offs on drop shots, finesse jigs, and crankbaits. White bass are fair on the main lake points, channels, and drop-offs with slabs, jerk baits and swim baits in 18-40’. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait in the main lake from 25-40’. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles in 14-28’. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait.
Benbrook
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 2.16 low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing slow-moving crankbaits, blue/green jigs, and black or plum-colored drop shots near rocky shorelines, submerged brush, and timber. Crappie are fair on minnows fishing structure and brush piles in 14-25’. Hybrid striped bass are fair with live bait. White bass are slow with slabs and jigging spoons on the flats, channels, and humps. Catfish are fair with punch bait over baited areas.
Bridgeport
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 3.73 low. Black bass are slow on jigs, spinners, and crankbaits in 14-28’ fishing main lake points near drop-offs, rocky shorelines, and ledges. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs, fishing bridges, timber and brush piles. White bass are slow on white slabs and live bait on main lake ridges, flats, and channels. Hybrid stripers are slow along the main lake channel with live bait and slabs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and prepared bait in 12-20’’.
Cedar Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 49 degrees; 0.07 high. Largemouth bass are fair working jigging spoons, finesse jigs, diving crankbaits, and minnow-like jerk baits on creeks, steep rocky coves, deeper boat docks, and retaining walls near a channel or point. Hybrids and sand bass are slow off main lake points and humps with white or chartreuse slabs, white/chartreuse swimbaits, and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair with minnows and tube jigs in brush piles, boat docks, and bridges in 14-26’. Catfish are fair in 15-25’ with cut bait and live bait.
Cooper
SLOW. Water stained; 47 degrees; 1.34 low. Largemouth bass are slow on Carolina rigged plastic worms, diving crankbaits, and skirted jigs. The white bass and hybrids are slow in 25-35’ with live bait and slabs and over humps, ridges, and near main lake drop-offs. Crappie are slow with minnows and jigs on brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait and in punch bait 15-25’.
Eagle Mountain
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 1.56 low. Black bass are slow fishing crankbaits, spinners, drop shots, and jerk baits near timber, brushy shorelines, boat docks, and brush piles. White bass are slow with slabs fishing humps, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are slow on minnows between 15-25’ working docks, submerged brush, and standing timber. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait.
Fayette
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 56 degrees; Largemouth bass are slow on Carolina rigs, crankbaits, and jigs in creek bends, brushy coves, and ledges. Sunfish are slow on cut earthworms. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait near baited areas.
Gibbons Creek
FAIR. Water stained; 55 degrees; Largemouth bass are good seeking vegetation being location flexible with light-colored worms and some spinners. Crappie are good on jigs with lots of movement among shallower structure. Catfish are good on live bait and liver-flavored prepared bait.
Graham
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 0.93 low. Largemouth bass are fair on black, purple, or red plastic craws, skirted football jigs, and jerk baits in timber and near docks, brushy points, rocky shorelines, and creek channels. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in channel bends, brush piles, and under deeper boat docks. White bass are fair on slabs and jigging spoons. Hybrid stripers are fair on live bait in 20-35’. Catfish are good on cut bait, punch bait, and live bait near baited areas.
Granbury
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.02 high. Largemouth bass are fair on shad pattern crankbaits, suspended jerk baits, and red/black flipping jigs in 14-22’ near creek bends, rocky areas, and rock ledges. Crappie fishing is fair around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and minnow-tipped jigs. Catfishing is fair with cut bait or punch bait. White bass are fair using white or chrome slabs and jigging spoons. Stripers are slow with live bait along the main lake channel in 20-35”.
Grapevine
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 0.27 high. Largemouth bass are slow on shad like crankbaits, drop shots, grubs, and jerk baits near brush piles, deep points, and steep rocky shorelines. White bass are slow in 20-35’ with slabs and white or chartreuse swim baits near main lake humps, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in marinas and near submerged structure. Catfish are slow on punch bait and cut bait.
Jacksonville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 0.22 high. Largemouth bass are good with spinners, brush hogs, finesse jigs, and shad like suspended jerk baits near docks, rip-rap, brush, and brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows in 11-26’ around submerged structure and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad and punch bait.
Joe Pool
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 1.31 low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing paddle tails, brown/red football jigs, crankbaits, drop shots, and bladed spinners along channel ledges, steep bank edges, and rocky shorelines. Crappie are fair near brush piles and timber on minnows and jigs in 15-28’. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
Lavon
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 0.52 high. Crappie are fair on minnows or road runner jigs fishing 12-26’ over brush piles and around bridge columns. White bass are slow in the 20-30’ bouncing slabs and heavy spoons. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits, spoons, and finesse worms in 6-18’. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait in 14-25’.
Lewisville
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 0.35 high. Black bass are fair fishing points, rocky shorelines, and brush with the red/black football jigs, curly-tailed grubs, suspended jerk baits, shad like swimbaits. White bass are fair on bouncing slabs and jigging spoons in 20-35’. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles, bridges, and standing timber. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait.
Limestone
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 0.15 high. Largemouth bass are slow on plastic finesse worms, crankbaits, and skirted jigs along ledges, creek channels, and off rocky shorelines. White bass are fair with jigging spoons and slabs near flats, drop-offs, and ledges in the main lake in 20-35’. Crappie are slow on minnows around ledges, brush piles, and submerged timber. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait.
Navarro Mills
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.78 high. Crappie are slow on minnows around the marina, brush piles, and in standing timber in 15-30’. Catfish are slow with punch bait and cut bait. White bass are slow on slabs in 20-30’. Black bass are slow with flukes, jigs, and crankbaits near docks, brush piles, and timber.
Palestine
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 1.10 high. Largemouth bass are fair working Carolina rigged worms, red/black or orange/green skirted jigs, and crawfish colored diving crankbaits near boat docks, creek bends, and ledges, and rocky coves. Crappie are fair on minnows around bridge columns and timber near a creek or drop off in 15-25’. Hybrid stripers are slow on live bait, A-rigs, and swimbaits. White bass are slow on slabs and jigging spoons. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait.
Palo Pinto
GOOD. Water clear; 51 degrees;1.54 low. Largemouth bass are good on points, flats, brushy or rocky shorelines with bladed spinners, pumpkin Texas-rigged plastic worms, medium crankbaits, and red/brown skirted jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near boat docks and brush piles in 14-28’. White bass are fair on slabs near main lake ridges, drop-offs, and flats. Hybrid bass are fair on live shad in 20-35’. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.
Proctor
FAIR. Water clear; 54 degrees; 0.46 low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, tube baits, suspended jerk baits, green/orange skirted jigs, and purple or black drop shots near brush, creeks, and rocky shorelines in 14-28’. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait in the main lake around 23-35’. Crappie are fair with minnows in 14-28’ in standing timber and brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait.
Ray Hubbard
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.12 low. Largemouth bass are fair on heavy football jigs, Carolina rigged plastic worms, and deep-diving crankbaits in timber, near banks, creeks, and drop-offs. White bass are slow fishing slabs and jigging spoons on main lake flats, humps, and points in 20-35’. Crappie are fair near bridges, brush piles, and submerged timber in with minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on cut bait and punch bait.
Ray Roberts
SLOW; Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 0.40 low. Largemouth bass are slow on crankbaits, jerk baits, and jigs near drop-offs, timber, points, and deep creeks. White bass are slow in 15-35’ on slabs near main lake points, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are slow on minnows and small jigs in brush piles and cover between 18-28’. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait.
Richland Chambers
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 49 degrees; 0.09 high. Largemouth bass are fair on finesse worms, bladed swim baits, football jigs, and silver/blue crankbaits fishing near boat docks, points, creeks, and submerged brush. White bass and hybrids are fair on slabs and jigging spoons on flats and humps. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs on bridge pilings, timber, and in brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait. Bream are slow.
Somerville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 2.22 low. White bass and hybrids are good with live bait, white and chartreuse slabs, and jigging spoons in 20-40’ on main lake flats, slopes, ridges, and humps. Crappie are fair on slow minnows and jigs in brush piles and flooded timber in 14-25’. Catfish are good with cut bait and punch bait. Largemouth bass are fair with green pumpkin craws, blade baits, and football jigs near the creek bends, drop-offs, rocky shorelines, and roadbeds.
Squaw Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.08 high. Catfishing is fair in baited areas with punch bait and cut bait. The largemouth bass fishing is fair around structure on plastic worms, spinners, and diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows in standing timber and brush piles.
Stillhouse
FAIR. Water stained; 54 degrees; 1.236 high. Black bass are slow on crankbaits, spinners, skirted jigs, and drop shots working brush piles, rock bluffs, and drop-offs. Smallmouth bass are fair with small jigs and plastic grubs near rocky banks, creek ledges, and drop-offs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in brush piles and standing timber in 14-28’. White bass are slow on slabs off main lake ridges, humps, drop-offs, and along the dam. Channel catfish are fair with punch bait. Blue cats are fair with cut bait or live bait near brush piles.
Sulphur Springs
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 49 degrees; 0.02 low. Largemouth bass are slow on jigs, brush hogs, and crankbaits near brush piles, creek bends, and fallen timber. Crappie are slow on minnows in 13-28’ near brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are fair on cut shad and punch bait in 12-25’.
Tawakoni
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.15 high. Blue Catfish are good on live bait and fresh cut bait. Channel catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged soft plastics, shad like diving crankbaits, football jigs, and swimbaits. White bass and hybrid stripers are fair on live bait and slabs near ridges, flats, and humps in the main lake. Trolling swim baits and diving crankbaits are effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows and lightweight jigs around brush piles, docks, and bridge pilings.
Texoma
FAIR. Water stained; 49 degrees; 1.13 high. Striped bass are good on slow-moving shad like swim baits and live bait. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Largemouth bass are slow fishing soft plastic swimbaits, deep diving crankbaits, bladed spinners, and flutter spoons in 12-25’. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near boathouses, timber, creek ledges, and brush piles in 15-25’. Catfish are fair on fresh cut bait and punch bait.
Weatherford
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 1.60 low. Largemouth bass are fair on crawfish colored football jigs, chrome crankbaits, and blue/green spinners near rocky shorelines and points, fallen timber, and brush. White bass are slow in 20-35’ with slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows around docks, marinas, and submerged cover. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait.
Whitney
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 2.42 low. Black bass are fair on creek ledges, main lake ridges, and drop-offs on suspended jerk baits, diving crankbaits, black or purple drop shots, and black/red skirted jigs. White bass are fair on the main lake channel with jigging spoons and slabs. Stripers are good with live shad along the main lake river channel edges in 20-35’. Crappie are good with minnows and lightweight jigs in 14-25’ timber near creek channels and brush piles. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait.
Worth
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 2.02 low. Largemouth bass are slow with Texas-rigged worms, crankbaits, spoons, and swimbaits working creek mouths, shorelines, and boat docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fishing brush piles, timber that lines a creek channel or drop-off and under docks. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait.

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