Prairies & Lakes Region Week of October 21, 2020

Arlington
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 4.68 low. Largemouth bass are good on spinners, jerk baits, jigs, and finesse worms. Crappie are good near boat docks and timber on minnows. Catfish are good on punch baits and shrimp in 12-18’.
Athens
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees; 0.20 high. Largemouth bass are fair on shad colored crankbaits, bladed spinners, and Texas-rigged plastic worms working the drop-offs, brush piles, and flooded timber. Crappie are good with minnows in standing timber and boat docks. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait. Sunfish are good on cutworms and crickets.
Bastrop
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75 degrees; Largemouth bass are good fishing creeks ledges, humps, and main lake drop-offs on spinners, small crankbaits, brown or green craws, and drop shots. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles and standing timber in 14-25’. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and earthworms.
Belton
EXCELLENT. Water clear; 74 Degrees;0.25 low. Black bass are good near creek mouths, and brushy shorelines on crankbaits, jigs, and black Carolina rigged plastic worms. White Bass are excellent on the main lake flats, humps, and drop-offs with slabs and swimbaits in 20-35’. Hybrid stripers are good with live bait in the main lake from 22-35’. Topwater plugs, crankbaits, and swimbaits are effective with surfacing schools of hybrids and white bass. Crappie are good on minnows, and chartreuse tipped jigs in brush piles in 15-28’. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait.
Benbrook
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 4.58 low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing swimbaits, jigs, and plastic worms near rocky shorelines, ridges, drop-offs, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows and small light jigs fishing structure and brush piles in 12-25’. Hybrid striped bass are fair with slabs and live bait. White bass are good with slabs and jigging spoons on the flats, ridges, drop-offs, and humps. Watch for diving birds to mark schools of feeding fish. Catfish are good with punch bait and live bait over baited areas.
Bridgeport
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 72-75 degrees; 2.86 low. Black bass are good on spinners, jigs, crankbaits, and plum or watermelon red Texas-rigged plastic worms in 12-18’ fishing deeper docks, main lake points near timber, drop-offs, and points. There is an early topwater bite on the points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs, fishing bridges, timber and brush piles. White bass are good on chartreuse or white slabs on main lake drop-offs, flats, and channels. Hybrid stripers are good on main lake humps and points with live bait. Catfish are good on cut bait, shrimp, and prepared bait in 12-20’’.
Cedar Creek
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees; 0.60 low. Largemouth bass are good working topwater plugs and jerk baits early on creek ledges, main lake points, and near boat docks and retainer walls. Shaky heads, jigs, and crankbaits fished near boat docks, brush piles, and timber are productive later in the day. Hybrids and sand bass are off main lake points and humps with slabs, swimbaits, and live bait. Crappie are excellent with jigs and minnows in brush piles, boat docks, and bridges in 15-28’. Catfish are excellent in 12-25’ with punch bait and cut bait.
Cooper
Good. Water clear; 73 degrees; 3.49 low. Largemouth bass are good on dark blue, Carolina rigged plastic worms, crankbaits, and skirted jigs in 6-15’. The white bass and hybrids are good in 25-35’ with live bait, slabs, and jigging spoons over humps, ridges, and near main lake drop-offs. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs on brush piles and timber near creek channels. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait in 14-25’.
Eagle Mountain
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 1.60 low. Black bass are fair fishing jigs, plastic worms, and crankbaits near boat docks and brush piles. White bass are good with chartreuse slabs fishing humps, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows between 15-25’ working docks, submerged brush, and standing timber. Catfish are good on fresh cut bait and punch bait.
Fayette
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on swimbaits, jigs, and topwater baits early on points and brushy coves. Sunfish are good on earthworms, dough bait, and live crickets around bank ledges and structure. Catfish are good on punch bait near baited areas.
Gibbons Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; Largemouth bass are good by points and creeks. Push mid-depth worms, work topwater to attract attention on natural edges and points, and jigs to get through the thick areas. Crappie are fair on minnows and be ready to be patient and alternate spots. Catfish are fair on live bait throughout the lake along with some dough pellets. Sunfish are fair on cutworms near the bank and in structures.
Graham
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 0.70 low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged plastic worms, jigs, and spinnerbaits in timber and near docks, brushy points, and creek channels. Crappie are good on minnows and shad colored jigs in channel bends, brush piles, and under deeper boat docks. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait and slabs in 20-35’. Catfish are good on cut shad, punch bait, and live bait.
Granbury
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 72 degrees; 0.23 low. Largemouth bass are good on jerk baits, spinnerbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms in 10-24’ near boathouses, submerged timber, and rock ledges. Crappie fishing is good around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and jigs. Catfishing is good with cut bait or shrimp. White bass are good using slabs, small crankbaits, and swimbaits. Stripers are good with live bait or trolling with swimbaits along the main lake channel in 20-35”. Watch for birds diving on feeding schools.
Grapevine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees; 0.59 low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, Texas-rigged worms, and spinners in brush piles, standing timber, and roadbeds. White bass are good in 23-35’ with slabs and crankbaits near main lake humps, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in marinas and near submerged structure. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait.
Jacksonville
GOOD. Water clear; 73 degrees; 0.17 low. Largemouth bass are good with purple or dark blue finesse worms, white spinners, and medium-sized crankbaits near docks, rip-rap, brush and brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows and gray jigs in 14-25’ around submerged structure and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad, earthworms, and punch bait.
Joe Pool
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 1.04 low. Largemouth bass are good fishing shad like crankbaits, jerk baits, and spinners along channel edges, mouths, and rocky shorelines are effective as well. Crappie are good beneath bridges and structure on minnows and jigs in 18-28’. Catfish are good on punch bait and chicken liver.
Lavon
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 73 degrees; 1.67 low. Crappie are excellent on minnows, or minnow tipped jigs fishing 12-24’ over brush piles and bridges. White bass are excellent in the 20-30’ bouncing slabs and heavy spoons. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Black bass are good on cranks, wacky worms, and jerk baits in 12-24’. Catfish are good on punch bait in 14-25’.
Lewisville
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 0.63 low. Black bass are good fishing points, coves, drop-offs, and standing timber with medium-sized crankbaits, plum or red plastic worms, and bladed jigs. White bass are excellent on white or chartreuse bouncing slabs and jigging spoons in 20-35’. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Swimbaits and chrome slabs are effective with this topwater action Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles, bridges, and standing timber. Catfish are excellent on cut bait and punch bait.
Limestone
GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees; 0.28 low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, medium-sized crankbaits, and jigs along ledges with timber or brush, creek channels, and off rocky points and shorelines. White bass are good with jigging spoons, slabs, and live bait fishing flats, drop-offs, and humps in the main lake in 20-30’. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush piles and submerged timber. Catfish are good on cut bait or shrimp.
Navarro Mills
GOOD. Water clear; 74 degrees; 0.33 low. Crappie are fair on minnows around the marina, brush piles, and standing timber in 12-25’. Catfish are good with prepared bait and cut bait. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons in 20-30’. Black bass are fair with crankbaits, jigs, and finesse worms near docks, brush piles, and timber.
Palestine
GOOD. Water clear; 73 degrees; 0.28 low. Largemouth bass are good working Texas-rigged worms, shaky heads, and small crankbaits near boat docks, drop-offs, and rocks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around bridges and timber in 15-25’. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait, A-rigs, and swimbaits. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Catfish are good on punch bait, chicken liver, and cut bait.
Palo Pinto
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees;0.84 low. Largemouth bass are good on points, flats, and brush piles with Texas-rigged plastic worms or craws, diving crankbaits, and skirted jigs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows near boat docks and brush piles in 14-28’. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons near main lake points, drop-offs, and flats. Hybrid bass are fair on live shad and slabs in 20-35’. Catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait.
Proctor
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.17 low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas rigged worms, jigs, and crankbaits in submerged brush, creeks, and sloping shorelines. Hybrid stripers are good with live bait in the main lake around 22-35’. Crappie are good with minnows in 14-28’ in standing timber and brush piles. Catfish remain good on prepared bait and cut bait.
Ray Hubbard
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees; 1.55 low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged plastic worms, green crankbaits, white spinners, and jigs in timber, near banks, ledges, and drop-offs. White bass are good fishing slabs and white jigging spoons on main lake flats, humps, and slopes in 12-28’. Crappie are good near bridges, brush piles, and submerged timber in with minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait in 12-25’.
Ray Roberts
GOOD; Water lightly stained; 70 degrees; 0.67 low. Largemouth bass are good on long purple, or dark blue Texas rigged worms, chrome or silver crankbaits, and white spinners in 9-22’ near timber, rip rap, and creek ledges. White bass are good in 15-35’ on white or chartreuse slabs near main lake points, slopes, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and small jigs in brush piles between 18-28’. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.
Richland Chambers
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 69-74 degrees; 0.85 low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, jigs, and Texas-rigged worms fishing near boat docks, points, creeks, and drop-offs. White bass and hybrids are good on slabs and jigging spoons or deeper near main lake points, flats, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows or downsized jigs on bridge pilings, timber, and in brush piles. Catfish are excellent on cut bait and live perch. Bream are good on live crickets or worms near boat docks, brush, and rocky shorelines.
Somerville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74-78 degrees; 2.04 low. White bass and hybrids are good with slabs and jigging spoons in 25-35’ on main lake flats, slopes, ridges, and humps. Crappie are good on live minnows in brush piles and flooded timber in 14-25’. Catfish are good with earthworms and punch bait in 15-25’. Largemouth bass are good with TX rigged plastic worms, jerk baits, and bladed spinnerbaits near the creeks, drop-offs, rocky shorelines, and roadbeds.
Squaw Creek
GOOD. Water clear; 73 degrees; 0.21 high. Catfishing is good in baited areas using prepared baits and cut bait. The largemouth bass fishing is good around structure on jigs, spinners, and plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in standing timber and brush piles.
Stillhouse
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 2.68 high. Black bass are good on jigs and brush hogs working brush piles, rock bluffs, and submerged timber. Smallmouth bass are good with plastic grubs and craws and small crankbaits near rocky banks, ledges, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles and standing timber in 14-28’. White bass are good on slabs and jigs off main lake points, humps, drop-offs, and along the dam. Catfish are good with punch bait. Blue cats are fair with live bait near brush piles.
Sulphur Springs
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 73 degrees; 3.02 low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged plastic worms and crankbaits near brush piles, drop-offs, and fallen timber. Crappie are fair on minnows in 18-28’ near brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait in 10-20’.
Tawakoni
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 71-74 degrees; 1.57 low. Catfish are excellent on live bait and cut bait. Largemouth bass are good on medium-sized crankbaits, June bug or watermelon colored plastic worms, bladed jigs, and swimbaits. White bass and hybrid stripers are excellent on live bait and slabs, with some fish schooling on the surface. Use sonar to locate fish in deeper water near ridges, flats and humps in the main lake. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush piles, docks, and bridge pilings.
Texoma
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 73 degrees; 3.47 low. Striped bass and white bass are good on live shad, swimbaits, and slabs. Diving birds are marking feeding schools feeding on the surface throughout the lake. Largemouth bass are fair fishing Texas-rigged plastic worms, jigs, and diving crankbaits in 16-28’ with some fish moving into shallow water in the 3-10’ range. Crappie are fair on minnows near boathouses, timber and brush piles in 15-25’. Catfish are excellent on cut bait and punch bait.
Weatherford
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 1.55 low. Largemouth bass are fair on chatter baits, jigs, crankbaits, and craws near rocky shorelines, timber, and brush. White bass are good in 20-35’ with slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows around docks, marinas, and submerged cover. Catfish are good on punch bait.
Whitney
EXCELLENT. Water clear; 72-76 degrees; 2.39 low. Black bass are good on rocky points, creeks ledges, timber and weed beds on plastic worms, smaller crankbaits, and skirted jigs. White bass are excellent on the main lake with jigging spoons and slabs. Stripers are good trolling swim baits along the main lake river channel, ridges, and humps in 15-35’. Watch for diving birds working the feeding schools of White bass and stripers. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows in 14-25’ timber near creek channels and brush piles. Catfish are good on punch bait, shrimp, and cut bait.
Worth
GOOD. Water clear; 72 degrees; 1.41 low. Largemouth bass are good with jigs, crankbaits, jerk baits, and spinnerbaits working creek drop-offs, creek channels, and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing brush piles, timber that lines a creek channel and under docks. Catfish are good on punch bait and shrimp.

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