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Prairies & Lakes Region Week of July 8, 2020

Arlington
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.57 low. Largemouth bass are fair on senkos, diving crankbaits, and TX rigged plastic worms. Crappie are good among structures such as boat docks and partially shaded vegetation on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared baits in 12-25’.
Athens
GOOD. Water clear; 84 degrees; 0.26 low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, spinners, and shaky heads working the vegetation and brush. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs in standing timber and man-made structures. Catfish are good on earthworms, cut bait, and prepared bait. Sunfish are excellent on cutworms.
Bastrop
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair fishing grass lines, creek banks, and brushy areas on Carolina rigged plastic worms, shad colored crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows on brush piles and standing timber in 12-25’. Channel and blue catfish are good on earthworms, cut bait, and live bait.
Belton
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.37 low. Black bass are fair in gravel beds, brushy shorelines, and timber on skirted jigs, crankbaits, spinners, and Carolina rigged plastic worms. White bass are good in the main lake humps with slabs and swimbaits. Hybrid stripers are good with live bait in the main lake. Look for large schools of bait using sonar to find active fish. Crappie are fair on minnows near structure and brush piles in 14-28’. Catfish are good on prepared baits and live bait in 10-25’.
Benbrook
GOOD. Water stained; 84 degrees; 0.32 high. Largemouth bass are good fishing jigs, crankbaits, and drop shots on long points, ridges, drop-offs, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing structure and brush in 12-25’. Hybrid striped bass are good with live bait and slabs. White bass are excellent with slabs and jigs on the lake points and humps. Watch for diving birds to mark schools of feeding fish. Catfish are good with cut bait and live baits.
Bridgeport
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.23 high. Black bass are fair on diving crankbaits, flukes, and Texas-rigged plastic worms in 12-18’ fishing structure, gravel and timber. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing bridges, standing timber and brush piles. White bass are excellent on slabs and paddle tails on main lake points, flats, and drop-offs. Hybrid stripers are good on main lake humps and points with live bait. Catfish are good on punch bait and live bait in 12-24’’.
Cedar Creek
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.53 low. Largemouth bass are good working topwater plugs early on lake points, grass lines, and brushy cover, shaky heads, weighted senkos, and wacky rigs later in the day along deeper creek banks, drop-offs and timber in 12-28’. Hybrids and sand bass are off main lake points and humps with slabs, swimbaits, and rooster tails. Crappie are excellent with jigs and minnows in brush piles, deep water boat docks, and near submerged structure in 12-25’. Catfish are excellent in 12-25’. Live bait and cut bait are working well.
Cooper
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.38 low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas rigged plastic worms, crankbaits, and jigs in 12-18’. The white bass are excellent in 12-30’ with slabs, swimbaits, and jigging spoons over humps and flats and near the main lake drop off. Crappie are good with minnows in standing timber and brush piles. Catfish are excellent on live and cut bait in 10-25’.
Eagle Mountain
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.22 high. Black bass are fair fishing coves with plastic frogs along reeds and grass edges early in the morning, then diving crankbaits, swimbaits and maroon or dark brown plastic worms in 10-24’ later in the day near structure or timber. White bass are excellent in the main lake fishing humps, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs between 12-24’ working docks and timber. Catfish are excellent on fresh cut bait and punch bait.
Fayette
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on purple plastic worms, spinners and crankbaits Sunfish are good on worms and crickets around bank ledges and structure. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
Gibbons Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair fishing over brush with several suspended per location, so don’t move after the first catch. Drag over spinners, worms, and crankbait. Crappie are fair on jigs trying each spot you see. Catfish are fair on live bait throughout the lake. Sunfish are fair on cutworms shallow.
Graham
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.22 high. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, senkos, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows in 12-24’. White bass are good on swimbaits, slabs, and jigging spoons. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait in 20-40’. Catfish are good on cut shad and live bait.
Granbury
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.02 low. Largemouth bass are good on jerk baits, and TX rigged plastic worms in 10-20’ near boathouses, submerged brush, and drop-offs. Crappie fishing is good around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and jigs. Catfishing is good when using earthworms, cut bait or live bait in 10-22’’. White bass are good using slabs, spoons, and swimbaits. Stripers are good with live bait and slabs.
Grapevine
GOOD. Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 3.61 high. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, plastic worms, crankbaits in brush piles, and standing timber and rocky areas. White bass are excellent in 20-35 with slabs’. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Crappie are good on minnows, shad, colored, small crankbaits and jigs in marinas and near submerged structures. Catfish are good on live bait and cut bait.
Jacksonville
FAIR. Water clear; 85 degrees; 0.22 low. Largemouth bass are fair with crankbaits, drop shots, and buzz baits. Crappie are good on minnows in 12-25’ around submerged structure and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad and live bait.
Joe Pool
GOOD. Water stained; 86 degrees; 0.15 high. Largemouth bass are good fishing Texas-rigged plastic worms, jigs and jerk baits along creek beds, submerged timber and roadbeds in 12-18’. Crappie are good beneath bridges with minnows and jigs. Catfish are excellent on fresh cut bait and live bait.
Lavon
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.08 low. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs fishing 15-25’ over brush piles, submerged timber, and bridges. White bass are excellent in the 20-30’ with jigs, spoons, and slabs. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jigs, dark plastic worms and swimbaits in 12-24’. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait in 10-25’.
Lewisville
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.28 high. Black bass are good fishing the Texas-rigged plastic worms, diving baits, and spinners. White bass are excellent on slabs, spinners and small crankbaits in 18-35’. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Crappie are excellent on minnows around brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are excellent on live bait and prepared baits.
Limestone
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.48 low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, diving crankbaits and spoons along rock ledges, submerged timber, and main lake points. White bass are good with slabs and jigging spoons fishing points and humps in the main lake. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs 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; 86 degrees; 0.49 low. Crappie are good on minnows around the marina and timber in 12-24’. Catfish are good with prepared bait and live bait. White bass are excellent on slabs and swimbaits over the feeding schools in the main lake. Black bass are fair with spinners, jigs and Texas-rigged plastic worms.
Palestine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.42 low. Largemouth bass are fair working dark green or black TEXAS rigged worms, swimbaits, and deep running crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around bridges and timber in 15-25’. Hybrid stripers are good on slabs and live bait. White bass are good on small swimbaits and slabs. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared baits.
Palo Pinto
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.82 low. Largemouth bass are good on windy points, flats near a drop-off, and timber with jigs and flukes. Plastic frogs and topwater plugs are working early on grass flats and weed beds. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near boat docks and brush piles in 12-24’. White bass are good on slabs and swimbaits on main lake points, drop-offs, and humps. Hybrid bass are good on live shad. Catfish are good on prepared baits and cut bait.
Proctor
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 1.18 low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged creatures, jigs, and crankbaits in 8-20’ submerged timber and rocky shorelines. Hybrid stripers are good with live bait and slabs in the main lake. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows in 12-24’ in standing timber and brush piles. Catfish remain good on prepared bait, chicken liver, and cut bait.
Ray Hubbard
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.09 low. Largemouth bass are fair on diving crankbaits, skirted jigs, TX rigged plastic worms in timber. White bass are good on tiny torpedoes and small tail spinners early then fishing slabs and jigging spoons on main lake points, humps, and ridges in 13-18’. Crappie are good near bridges, brush piles and submerged trees in with minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on baited holes in 12-18’ on the north end of the lake.
Ray Roberts
GOOD; Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 0.59 high. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, diving crankbaits, and jigs in 16-26’ near timber, drop-offs, and channel edges. White bass are excellent in 20-40’ on slabs and jigging spoons. Main lake flats, ledges, and drop-offs are holding fish. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows around bridges, standing timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared baits.
Richland Chambers
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84-87 degrees; 0.33 low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, TX rigged plastic worms and spoons, fishing 12-25’ near submerged vegetation, rocks, and points. White bass and hybrids are good on swim jigs and slabs under birds or deeper near main lake points, flats, and humps when marking large bait schools on sonar. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs under bridges and in brush piles. Catfish are good on live bait and cut bait.
Somerville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 0.20 low. White bass and hybrids are good with slabs and swimbaits in 15-35’ on flats and humps. Crappie are good on brush piles and in standing timber in 12-24’. Catfish are good throughout the lake with cut shad and prepared bait in 12-25’. Largemouth bass are good with TX rigged worms, diving crankbaits, spinnerbaits near the points, rock structure, and grass ledges.
Squaw Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 86 degrees; 0.43 high. Catfishing is excellent working baited areas using prepared bait, earthworms, and cut bait. The largemouth bass fishing is fair around structure on plastic worms, crankbaits, and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows in 12-25’ in standing timber and brush piles.
Stillhouse
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.33 low. Black bass are fair on spinners, jigs and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms working vegetation edges, brush piles, rocks bluffs and submerged timber. Smallmouth bass are fair with small plastic grubs and small crankbaits near rocky banks and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles and standing timber in 14-28’. White bass are excellent on slabs off main lake points, humps, and drop-offs. Catfish are good with live and cut bait.
Sulphur Springs
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.43 low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, jigging spoons, and crankbaits along vegetation lines, drop-offs, and creek beds. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 13-25’. Catfish are good on cut shad and live bait in 10-25’.
Tawakoni
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.06 low. Catfish are excellent on live bait and cut bait in 10-20’. Largemouth bass are good on spinnerbaits, dark red plastic worms, and diving crankbaits. White bass and hybrid stripers are excellent on swimbaits and slab spoons. Watch for diving birds to mark feeding schools or use sonar to locate fish feeding in schools of bait near drop-offs, flats, and humps in the main lake. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush piles, docks, and marinas.
Texoma
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 81-86 degrees; 2.55 high. Striped bass and white bass are good on live bait 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 shaky worms, swimbaits, and crankbaits in 10-24’. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs by boathouses, marinas and brush piles in 15-25’. Catfish are good on cut bait and live bait.
Weatherford
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.13 low. Largemouth bass are good on jerk baits, diving crankbaits, and long plastic worms near submerged structure, cover, and rip-rap. Plastic frogs are working in grass and lily pads. White bass are good in 20-35’ with slabs. Crappie are good on minnows around docks, marinas, and submerged cover. Catfish are good on prepared baits and cut bait.
Whitney
EXCELLENT. Water clear; 82-87 degrees; 0.82 low. Black bass are fair on points, creek channels, grass lines, and weed beds on plastic worms crankbaits and bladed spinners. White bass are excellent on the main lake with jigging spoons and slabs. Stripers are good on live bait fishing the main lake drop-offs and humps. Watch for diving birds working the feeding schools of White bass and Stripers. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs in 12-25’. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared baits.
Worth
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.03 high. Largemouth bass are good with skirted jigs, diving crankbaits, and TX rigged plastic creatures working grass lines and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs among brush piles, sloping banks and under docks. Catfish are good on live bait and cut bait.

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