Prairies & Lakes Region Week of September 22, 2021

Arlington
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 3.56 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on blue or black spinners, football jigs, drop shots and diving crankbaits fishing near creek ledges, rocks and brush. Crappie are good near boat docks and brush on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and chicken liver.
Athens
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 91 degrees; 0.02 feet high. Largemouth bass are good on jigs, crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastic worms working the docks, humps and road beds with some top water action early and late in the day. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs near timber, brush piles and boat docks. Catfish are good on live bait and earthworms. Sunfish are good on doubt bait, crickets and cut earthworms.
Bastrop
GOOD. Water clear; 90 degrees. The water is beginning to cool down, and we should see Fall fishing patterns coming soon. Largemouth bass are good fishing football jigs, crank baits and purple or black Carolina rigged plastic worms near rocks, brush and shaded timber. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and punch bait.
Belton
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.64 feet low. The water is beginning to cool down, and we should see Fall fishing patterns coming soon. Black bass are good on blue flecked Texas rigged plastic worms, chartreuse swim jigs and bladed spinners. White Bass are good on the main lake points, flats and humps using white/chartreuse jigging spoons and slabs. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait and pearl swimbaits in the main lake along the channel edges where bait is present. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles and timber in water depths 14-25 feet. Catfish are good on chicken liver, live and cut bait.
Benbrook
FAIR . Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 4.81 feet low. Fishing has been good, and should be shifting to the Fall patterns as the cold fronts roll through. As the temperatures decline, suspended fish should start moving up and feeding. Largemouth bass are fair fishing jerk baits, shaky head jigs, deep diving crankbaits and blue or purple Carolina rigged worms near docks, brush, rocks and main lake points. Crappie are excellent on minnows near brush piles. Hybrid striped bass are fair with live bait and swimbaits. White bass are good with slabs and live bait on main lake drop-offs, ridges and humps. Catfish are good with chicken liver, shrimp and cut bait.
Bridgeport
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 0.25 feet low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, blue or purple Texas rigged plastic worms, pearl flukes and shaky head jigs working rip rac, points, timber and channel ledges. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs working bridge pilings, timber and brush piles. White bass are good on main lake channels and flats with live bait, jigging spoons and slabs. Hybrid stripers are good along the main lake channel with live baits. Catfish are good on shrimp, live bait and prepared bait.
Cedar Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.58 feet low. Largemouth bass are good with chartreuse flukes, diving crankbaits and Texas rigged plastic worms near brush piles, docks and timber in 14-28 feet of water. Hybrids and sand bass are good on main lake points, humps and flats using spoons, slabs and live bait. Crappie are slowing down as the lake turns to the fall pattern. Stick with it and you will find a few, try using minnows and jigs in brush piles, beneath boat docks and bridges. Catfish are good using live bait, punch bait and chicken liver.
Cooper
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees. Largemouth bass are good on deep diving crankbaits, black or red plastic worms, chatter baits and football jigs. The white bass and hybrids are good over humps and flats using silver or white slabs and chartreuse swimbaits. Crappie are fair with minnows working brush piles and timber in 16-25 feet of water. Catfish are good on punch bait and chicken liver.
Eagle Mountain
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75 degrees; 01.09 feet low. Black bass are good fishing crankbaits, purple plastic worms rigged Texas style and football jigs near points, brushy shorelines and timber. White bass are good with swimbaits, chrome slabs and live bait fishing flats and humps. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs working near docks, submerged brush and timber in creeks in 13-25 feet of water. Catfish are good on chicken liver, live and punch bait.
Fayette
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75 degrees. Water temperatures are cooling off from the higher summer temperatures. Largemouth bass are fair on shaky head jigs, square billed crankbaits and purple or black drop shots. Sunfish are good on shrimp, dough balls and cut earthworms. Catfish are good on earthworms, punch bait and cut bait.
Gibbons Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 80 degrees; 2.70 feet low. Summer fishing patterns persist, best bites early morning and evening. Largemouth bass are fair fishing over brush with several suspended per location. Drag over spinners, worms, and crankbait. White bass bite is good on topwaters. Crappie are fair on jigs in water depths 14-16 feet, off drop-offs using minnows jigs. Channel blue catfish are good on live bait, and stink bait all throughout the lake. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Graham
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 1.49 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on drop shots, spinner baits, shaky head jigs and crankbaits working near timber, docks, points and grass lines. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles and under boat docks and near brush piles. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons on points, flats and humps. Hybrid stripers are good on spoons, swimbaits and live bait. Catfish are good on punch bait and live bait.
Granbury
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 0.35 feet low. Seagulls have returned to the area which is a sign that Fall is on the horizon. Soon you will be able to track their diving feeding to find the fish. Fishing has been good, and should be shifting to the Fall patterns as the cold fronts roll through. As the temperatures decline, suspended fish should start moving up and feeding. The fish on Granbury are healthy and only going to get bigger as they feed on the abundant bait fish. Recent reports of sand bass are good using slabs on mainly mid lake from Decordova Estates to in town by the Shores. Black bass reported as good to 7-pounds on crankbaits and soft plastics fished near main lake points and near deeper shaded docks. Striped bass are good to 10-pounds fished near channel ledges close to feeding flats from Indian Harbor to Blue Water Shores. Catfish continue to be good to excellent on cut shad all over the lake. Crappie limits are common on small minnows and jigs fished from the Peninsula to the 51 bridge.
Grapevine
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Largemouth bass are fair on spinners, shaky heads, Texas rigged plastic worms, swimbaits and diving crankbaits near brush piles, points and docks. White bass are good near main lake channels, flats and points using slabs, swimbaits and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows in marinas and brush piles. Catfish are fair on chicken liver, live bait and earthworms.
Jacksonville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees; 0.31 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair with deep diving crankbaits, shaky head jigs, Texas rigged plastic worms near points, timber and brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs working timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.
Joe Pool
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.04 feet high. Largemouth bass are good fishing wacky worms, drop shots and shaky head jigs along rocky shorelines, flats and drop-offs. Crappie are good near brush piles on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on chicken liver, punch bait and cut bait.
Lavon
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 2.31 feet low. Crappie are good midday until dark in 10-20 feet of water. Seek out submerged timber and brush piles using minnows and jigs. White bass are poor, search in 10-20 feet of water on main lake points using white slabs and live shad. Swimbaits thrown at shoreline on main points produce some keepers. Black bass are great on watermelon colored Carolina rigs, and red paddle tails in rocks, brush piles and concrete submerged in 5-20 feet of water. There is also an early morning bite with topwater spooks. Catfish are great on cut shad or sunfish in 15-25 feet of water drifting creek channels, humps and points.
Lewisville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.38 feet low. Black bass are good fishing points, timber and brush using Texas rigged plastic worms, drop shots, crankbaits, flutter spoons and shaky head jigs. White bass are good on live bait, slabs and swimbaits on main lake flats, humps and points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 15-20 feet of water. Catfish are good using fresh cut shad on flats.
Limestone
GOOD. Water clear; 81 degrees; 0.77 feet low. Fishing has been good, and should be shifting to the Fall patterns as the cold fronts roll through. As the water temperature starts to decline the fish should start moving up. Largemouth bass are starting the day off with topwater action, then transitioning to 17 feet of water using Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are suspended around brush, standing timber and power lines in water depths 12-18 feet. Whitebass are schooling throughout the day in 1-17 feet of water. Throw silver slab spoons to hook a few.
Navarro Mills
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.54 feet low. Crappie are good on jigs tipped with minnows around timber, docks and main lake brush piles. Catfish are good with chicken liver, punch bait and nightcrawlers. White bass are good on white slabs, chartreuse swimbaits and live bait. Black bass are good with blue or purple plastic worms, swimbaits, shaky head jigs and crankbaits near brush piles, timber and drop-offs.
Palestine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.21 feet low. Largemouth bass are good working perch like crankbaits, shaky head jigs, drop shots and swimbaits working brush, flats, brush piles and points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush piles, docks, bridge columns and timber. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait and swimbaits. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons on main lake points, channel ledges and flats. Catfish are good on punch bait and chicken liver.
Palo Pinto
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 0.41 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on deeper points, humps, ridges and brushy shorelines with silver spoons, crankbaits, flukes and football jigs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows near bridge columns and brush piles. White bass are fair on slabs, jigging spoons and live bait near humps, points and flats. Hybrid bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on cut bait, earthworms and chicken liver.
Proctor
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.59 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas rigged plastic worms, diving crankbaits, flukes and football jigs near main lake points, road beds, humps and rocky shorelines. Hybrid stripers are good in shallow water 8-10 feet. Sand bass are good in 8-10 feet of water off points. Try ¾ ounce cordell spoons for hybrids and sand bass. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs near timber and brush piles in water ranging 14-28 feet. Catfish are good on cut bait, and earthworms. All fishing is slow on live baits.
Ray Hubbard
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 1.02 feet low. White bass schooling early morning throughout the later morning on flats adjacent to river channels. Later morning schooling in deep water in windward coves. Try inline spinners with no. 2 blades. Fish relating to structure in lower lake humps 22-28 feet deep. Success with 3/4 ounce chartreuse slabs dropped and reeled up 5 cranks fast.
Ray Roberts
FAIR; Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 0.19 feet high. White bass fishing is good on the early morning topwater bite, then transitioning to deeper water later in the day with slabs and jigging spoons on points, humps and ridges. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, spinners and jigs near timber, rip rac and drop-offs. Crappie are fair on minnows around timber, bridge columns and in brush piles. Catfish are good on chicken liver and cut bait.
Richland Chambers
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.94 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on drop shots, shaky head jigs, Texas rigged plastic worms and shad like crankbaits fishing near points, docks and rocky shorelines. White bass and hybrids are good on live bait, slabs and swimbaits near main lake flats, humps and points. Crappie are good on minnows near bridge pilings, brush piles and timber. Catfish are good on cut bait, punch bait and chicken liver. Bream fishing is good with dough bait, cut earthworms and live crickets.
Somerville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.15 feet low. White and hybrid bass are good with white/chartreuse jigging spoons, slabs and live bait on main lake flats, humps and points. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in brush piles and timber. Catfish are good with punch bait, chicken liver and cut bait. Largemouth bass are good with wacky rigs, shaky head jigs and diving crankbaits near the timber, brush piles and road beds.
Stillhouse
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.25 feet low. Black bass are good on drop shots, shad like crankbaits and spinners working vegetation, grass lines and hydrilla beds early in the day, then deeper water and timber with football jigs, diving crankbaits and Texas rigged plastic worms. Smallmouth bass are good with plastic grubs, small spoons and rooster tails near rocky shorelines, rock ledges and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles and timber. White bass are good on slabs and live bait off main lake points, humps and drop-offs. Channel catfish are good with night crawlers and punch bait. Blue catfish are good with fresh-cut bait and live bait.
Sulphur Springs
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 91 degrees; 2.88 feet low. White bass are good early back to the pockets using chatterbait in water depths 1-3 feet. Try topwaters at first light on main lake points 1-3 feet deep using a KVD Sexy Dawg. Later, try shaky heads worms with GrandeBass Rattlesnakes or Lake Fork Tackle Baby Ring Fry in 5-8 feet of water. Largemouth bass are good on football jigs, crankbaits and drop shots working near points, drop-offs and fallen timber. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in near brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are fair on chicken liver, cut bait and earthworms.
Tawakoni
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.68 feet low. Blue Catfish are good on fresh cut bait and live bait. Channel Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait. Largemouth Bass are good on diving crankbaits, Texas rigged plastic worms, football jigs and bladed spinners near rocky areas, docks and flats. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on swimbaits, slabs and live bait near the main lake channel, flats, drop-offs and humps. Crappie are good on minnows and black/chartreuse jigs around brush piles, docks and bridge pilings.
Texoma
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 1.73 feet low. Striped bass are good on live bait along the river channel with some top water action at sunrise. White bass are good on silver slabs and white swimbaits. Largemouth bass are good fishing flukes, shaky head jigs, crankbaits and Texas rigged plastic worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near boathouses, timber near a channel and brush piles. Catfish are good on earthworms, chicken liver and live bait.
Weatherford
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 1.27 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on swimbaits, flukes, drop shots, shaky head jigs and diving crankbaits near fallen timber and rocky shorelines. White bass are good on slabs, swimbaits and live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows around docks, creeks and submerged cover. Catfish are good on chicken liver, live and cut bait.
Whitney
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 1.22 feet low. Fishing has been good, and should be shifting to the Fall patterns as the cold fronts roll through. As the temperatures decline, suspended fish should start moving up and feeding. Black bass are good on blue or black Carolina rigged plastic worms, diving crankbaits, bladed spinners and shaky head jigs near brush, timber and rock ledges in 12-22 feet of water. White bass are good along the main lake channel, flats and humps with white and chartreuse swimbaits and slabs. Stripers are good with live bait along the main lake river channel edges, and lower ends of the lake. Crappie are excellent with minnows and jigs in timber, creek channels and brush piles. Catfish are good on chicken liver, punch bait and live bait.
Worth
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 1.13 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair with shaky head jigs, diving crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastic worms working points, brushy shorelines and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs working brush piles, timber that lines a creek channel or drop-off and under docks. Catfish are good on earthworms, chicken liver and punch bait.

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