Prairies & Lakes Region Week of September 20, 2019

Athens
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.84' low. Largemouth bass are good on worms, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around docks and calm water. All catfish are good minnows and stinkbait. Trot lines are good with cut live bait.
Bastrop
FAIR. Water stained; 83–88 degrees.. Largemouth bass are fair on smaller spinnerbaits and mid to deep water crankbaits in a minimum depth of 12 feet. Crappie are fair on jigs and live bait. Channel and blue catfish are good on prepped stinkbait, and cut bait in almost all levels.
Belton
FAIR. Water stained; 85–88 degrees; 0.93' low. Largemouth bass are fair on live and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are slow but have been hitting Alabama Rigs. Crappie are picking back up but hard to find. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait.
Benbrook
FAIR. Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 7.15' low. Largemouth bass are good on worms spinners and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on crappie jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on livebait. Sunfish are good with prepared bait pellets, bread, or cut worms.
Bridgeport
FAIR. Water clear; 84–86 degrees: 3.07' low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on Texas rigged crawfish, crankbaits and Carolina rigged worms. Crappie are slow but have been fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid stripers are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on live, and stinkbait.
Cedar Creek
FAIR. Water barely stained; 85–89 degrees, 1.45' low. Largemouth bass are slow on spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs under docks and in shady spots. Catfish are good all stinkbait. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good with Rat–L–Traps following schools of bait fish.
Cooper
FAIR. Water clear; 82–85 degrees; 1.08' low. Largemouth bass are slow on Texas rigged craws and Carolina rigged worms. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are good on slabs.
Eagle Mountain
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 82–87 degrees; 1.76' low. Largemouth bass are fair on worms, spinners and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on livebait and stink bait.
Fayette
FAIR. Water stained. 83–86 degrees; 0.01' low. Largemouth bass are fair on worms, and Rat–L–Traps early and late. Redear Sunfish are fair on worms and grubs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. All other Catfish are good on shad.
Granbury
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.37' low. Catfishing continues to be good fishing over baited holes in 10–20 feet of water. Drop offs with timber near the main river channel are holding good concentrations of fish right now. 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; 86–89 degrees; 0.77' low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters and plastic bass baits. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on live and prepped bait.
Joe Pool
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 2.13' low. Largemouth are biting T–rigged, straight–tailed worms on windy banks and points. Watermelon, green pumpkin or red shad in color. A white 1/2 oz or heavier spinnerbait can produce in open water when the bass are visibly chasing bait to the surface. Look for lunkers to be holding in the shade under the bridges in at least 15 feet of water. A slow, heavy T–rigged or C–rigged plastic bait of your choice slowly dragged near the pylons can be deadly. Don't overlook the open water between the pylons as they are also covered with crappie structure.
Lavon
FAIR. Water stained; 86–87 degrees: 3.20' low. Largemouth bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and Alabama rigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on live bait.
Lewisville
GOOD. Water stained; 85–88 degrees; 1.01' low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas rigged plastic baits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs and Alabama rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and weighted jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and jugged lines.
Limestone
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 1.97' low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater poppers in the morning, plastic worms, and deeper diving crankbaits spinners during the day. White bass and hybrid are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.
Navarro Mills
FAIR. Water stained; 83–88 degrees; 1.64' low. Largemouth bass are fair in deeper water with deep diving tackle. White bass are good in shallower water with multiple hooked baits. Crappie are fair in cooler spots with jigs. Channel catfish are good plus consistent on stinkbait and shrimp. Blue and Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with perch.
Palestine
GOOD. Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 1.26' low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters early, Carolina rigged worms, spinners and crankbaits are successful during the day. Crappie are fair on jigs minnows. Hybrid stripers are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on shad.
Ray Hubbard
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 85–88 degrees; 2.48" low. Largemouth bass are fair on medium depth crankbaits, spinners and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid stripers are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
Ray Roberts
FAIR. Water stained: 86–86 degrees; 0.52' low. Largemouth bass are slow on Carolina rigged worms and colder water crankbaits. White bass are slow on minnows and Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait.
Richland Chambers
FAIR TO GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 1.83' low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater poppers, plastic worms, and spinners. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.
Somerville
GOOD. Water stained; 82–88 degrees; 0.35' high. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms and deep–water crank baits. Hybrid striper are good on white striper jigs or with shad. White bass are fair with smaller minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, nightcrawlers, or stinkbait.
Stillhouse
FAIR. Water stained; 82–87 degrees; 0.84' low. Stillhouse is still in slow summer mode. Largemouth are fair on soft plastics fished at the deep edge of hydrilla in ~24 feet. 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 still reliable in shallow hydrilla/rock/wood mixed areas.
Tawakoni
FAIR. Water stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.86' low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwaters in the mornings/evenings, thicker dark green worms, and crankbait during the day. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs and rat–l–traps. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Texoma
GOOD. Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.35' high. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters and heavy bait. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on live bait trotlines.
Weatherford
FAIR. Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 2.18' low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms, Texas rigged craws, and deeper reeled baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines with live bait.
Whitney
FAIR. Water stained; 81–86 degrees; 5.87' low. Largemouth bass are fair on deep water baits. Striped bass are fair on shad. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits, and with live minnows. Crappie are fair over brush piles and structure with weighted crappie jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.

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