Prairies & Lakes Region Week of April 8, 2020

Arlington
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 65 degrees; 0.18 low. Largemouth bass are good in creeks and coves on topwater plugs, lipless crankbaits, and drop shots. Crappie are good among structures such as boat docks and partially shaded vegetation on small minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared baits in 12-20’ with some fish caught in 3-6 feet of water’.
Athens
EXCELLENT. Water clear; 65 degrees; 0.56’ high. Largemouth bass are excellent on Carolina rigged worms, chatter baits, and bladed spinnerbaits working the vegetation edges of shoreline and creeks. Crappie are excellent with minnows and jigs among natural and man-made structures and creeks. Catfish are good on cut bait. Sunfish are good on cutworms.
Bastrop
FAIR. Water stained; 65 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair fishing creeks, and coves on Carolina rigged plastics, swimbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and stinkbait.
Belton
GOOD Water lightly stained 67 Degrees. 0.03 high Black bass are good in creek mouths and coves on bladed spinners with some post-spawn fish in 8-10’. White bass are good. Hybrid stripers are fair trolling jigs and diving crankbaits in main creeks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in the creeks. Catfish are excellent on prepared baits.
Benbrook
FAIR. Water stained; 63 degrees; 8.53’ high. Largemouth bass are fair fishing spinners and crankbaits in creeks and coves. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in creeks. Hybrid striped bass are slow. White bass are good with small spoons in creeks and lake points. Catfish are good on trotlines with cut bait.
Bridgeport
FAIR. Water stained. 66 degrees. 0.07’ high. Black bass are good on shallow running crankbaits, top waters, and Texas rigged creature baits in 2-5’. Crappie are good on minnows in creeks. White bass are fair on jigs and swimbaits in creeks. Hybrid stripers are fair. Catfish are good on cut bait and live bait.
Cedar Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 63-65 degrees, 0.02’ high. Largemouth bass are in coves in 2 to 7' also along shorelines leading to the back of spawning coves. Jigs, plastic creatures, and moving baits like chatter baits and spinnerbaits are producing. Hybrids and sand bass are now up in the creeks. Small grubs, spoons, and swimbaits are good in the creeks, and crankbaits can be good in 4 to 10' on the points. Crappie are in the creeks and spawning coves. Some docks are starting to hold fish, as well as some of the brush piles in various depths. Jigs and minnows are both effective. Catfish are good on the shallow north end of the lake and also moving shallow all over the lake. There are still some deep fish as well, so don't rule that out. Fresh cut shad is best.
Cooper
GOOD. Water clear; 67 degrees; 3.19’ high. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, crankbaits, and spinners in creeks and coves. The white bass are good in shallow water with crappie jigs or rooster tails. Catfish are good on live and cut bait in 8-16’.
Eagle Mountain
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 64 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are good fishing coves with plastic frogs, jigs and plastic worms in 2-6’. White bass are fair. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs between 8-15’ working docks and structures. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait.
Fayette
GOOD. Water lightly stained. 70 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, spinners, and crankbaits. Sunfish are very good on worms and crickets around bank ledges and structure. Catfish are excellent on stinkbait, live bait, and cut bait.
Gibbons Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; Largemouth bass are having the best week of the year! Ten plus pound catches have become regular on Carolina rigged worms, spinners and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and spinners. Catfish are fair on live bait. Sunfish are fair on cutworms shallow.
Graham
GOOD. Water clear; 65 degrees; 0.12’ high. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water on plastic worms, buzzbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows. White bass are excellent on jigs in creeks. Hybrid stripers are good on slabs in deep water and humps. Catfish are good on cut shad and live bait.
Granbury
GOOD. Water clear. 61 degrees. 0.11’ low. Crappie fishing is good around brush piles, boat docks, and creeks with minnows and jigs. Catfishing is good when using cut bait or live bait in 7-15’. White bass are very good with fish spawning in creeks. Largemouth bass are good on chatter baits and flipping jigs in creeks and shallow water. Stripers are good trolling.
Grapevine
FAIR. Water muddy; 65 degrees; 14.10’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on buzz baits, and square billed crankbaits. Fish creeks, flooded flats, and shallow structure. White bass are fair in creeks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in marinas and creek areas. Catfish are slow on live and prepped bait.
Jacksonville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 67 degrees; 0.22' high. Largemouth bass are fair with crankbaits, creatures, and spinners, moving into spawning areas and coves. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in creeks and shallow structure. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.
Joe Pool
GOOD. Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 4.78’ high. Largemouth bass are good fishing Texas rigged lizards and frogs and shallow running crankbaits along banks of coves. Crappie are fair beneath bridges and in creeks with jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared baits.
Lavon
GOOD. Water stained; 64 degrees:6.34 high. Crappie are excellent on minnows fishing creek edges and marinas. White bass are excellent on the creek with rooster tails, jigs, and spoons. Black bass are good on crankbaits, top waters, lizards and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared baits and live bait.
Lewisville
GOOD. Water stained; 67 degrees; 5.73’ high Black bass are fair fishing the crankbaits, spinners, and Texas rigged plastic creatures. White bass are good on jigs in creeks and main lake points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in creeks. Catfish are fair on cut bait and prepared bait.
Navarro Mills
GOOD. Water stained; 66 degrees.7.71’ high. Crappie are good on minnows around the marina and in the creeks. Catfish are very good with punch bait. White bass are good on jigs in shallow inlets and creeks. Black bass are good with top waters, spinners and buzz baits in shallow coves and grass lines.
Palestine
GOOD. Water clear; 64 degrees; 0.95’ high. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water working Texas-rigged soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in creeks and marinas. Hybrid stripers are fair on slabs and trolling. White bass are excellent on swimbaits and jigs in the creeks. Catfish are good on cut shad, chicken livers, and prepared baits.
Palo Pinto
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 68 degrees; 0.06’ low. Largemouth bass are good in coves and creeks with Carolina rigged creature baits, plastic frogs, and topwater plugs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs along creeks and brush piles in 20 feet. White bass are good on jigs in creeks and main lake points and humps. Striped bass are fair on live shad and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared baits in 8-18’.
Proctor
GOOD. Water clear. 67 degrees. 0.52’ high. Largemouth bass are excellent on Carolina rigged creatures and worms and with jigs in shallow water and coves. Hybrid stripers are good. Crappie are excellent with jigs and minnows in shallow water. Catfish remain good on stinkbait and cut bait.
Ray Hubbard
GOOD. Water clear; 65-70 degrees; 0.12’ high. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, plastics and spinners in water less than 5’. White bass are good spawning in creeks caught on white rooster tails and swimbaits with some fish found on main lake points, humps and flats. Crappie are in the creeks and marinas. Catfish are good on cut bait.
Ray Roberts
GOOD Water stained: 64 degrees; 5.15’ high. Largemouth bass are good flipping plastic lizards and worm and working crankbaits and spinners. White bass are good in creeks and Trinity river on jigs and spinners. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in the marina and shallow water 8’ in creeks. Catfish are good on live bait and cut bait.
Richland Chambers
EXCELLENT. Water stained; 69 degrees; 0.39’ high. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, plastic lizards and frogs, and bladed jigs working flats, submerged vegetation, and creeks. White bass and hybrids are excellent on jigs and swimbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near structure and in the creeks. Catfish are excellent on live bait and cut bait.
Somerville
GOOD. Water clear; 64 degrees; 0.19’ high. White bass and hybrids are good fishing creeks with rooster tails and jigs. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs. Catfish are good throughout the lake with cut shad and stinkbait in 7'-20’. Largemouth bass are good with plastic worms, crankbaits, spinners, and top waters near the creeks and coves.
Squaw Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.41’ high. Catfishing is good working baited areas in 6-15’ using punch bait and cut bait. The largemouth bass fishing is good around shallow structures on soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs.
Stillhouse
GOOD. Water clear; 65-68 degrees; 1.34’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinners, and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms working vegetation in creeks and coves. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in creeks. White bass are good on small crankbaits and jigs in creeks and main lake points. Catfish are very good with live and cut bait.
Sulphur Springs
FAIR. Water stained; 67 degrees; 0.05’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on bladed jigs and plastics in creeks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and live bait in 13-20’.
Tawakoni
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 68 degrees; 0.92’ high. Catfish are excellent on live bait and cut bait 8-18’. Largemouth bass are good on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and square billed crankbaits in coves and creeks. White bass and hybrid stripers are excellent on swimbaits and jigs in creeks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around structure including docks and marinas.
Texoma
GOOD. Water stained; 62 degrees; 4.26’ high. Striped bass and white bass are good. Largemouth bass are good fishing plastics and crankbaits in shallow water spawning areas. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs by boathouses, marinas, creeks, and inlets. Catfish are good on cut bait and minnows in 5-15’.
Weatherford
GOOD. Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.11’ high. Largemouth bass are good on spinnerbaits, topwaters, and worms working shallow water coves. White bass are excellent in creeks and shallow water run-offs. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs around docks and marinas and creeks. Catfish are good on crawfish and cut bait.
Whitney
GOOD. Water clear 64 degrees; 0.71’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and plastic creatures while fishing spawning areas and coves 8-10’. White bass are good in creeks with jigs. Stripers are good trolling main lake. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs in shallow water. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared baits.
Worth
GOOD. Water stained; 67 degrees; 0.27’ high. Largemouth bass are good with spinners, lipless crankbaits and worms working coves and creeks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs among vegetation beds and under docks and in creeks. Catfish are good on live bait and cut bait.

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