Pineywoods Region Week of January 15, 2020

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 53 degrees; 0.33’ low. Largemouth bass are good with spinners and crankbaits. The bass have had long active periods every day, and are best fished near the vegetative edges and gaps. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows, and catfish are good on cut and prepped bait.
Bob Sandlin
FAIR. Water stained; 51-52 degrees; 0.08’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, jigs, jerkbaits, and spinners looking for underwater timber stretches. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on jigs under deeper piers and boat docks. Catfish are good on worms or stinkbait.
Caddo
GOOD. Water stained; 51-52 degrees; 0.60 high. Largemouth bass continue to be good on rigged plastic worms and spinnerbaits with vegetation in Clinton Lake, Back Lake, and Carter Lake. Crappie are good on smaller minnows and jigs among the cypress trunks and gaps in the vegetation. White bass are fair on small spinners in open water with depth. Chain Pickerel have also picked up to fair among submerged vegetation. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live bait throughout the shallow reservoir.
Conroe
GOOD. Water stained; 59 degrees; 1.97’ low. Largemouth bass are good in the current pre-spawn pattern on jigs, spinners, live shad, and buzzbait in finding submerged ridges. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs with structure. Hybrid striped bass are good in open water with jigs and shad. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait. Sunfish are good with live worms or crickets in shallow water.
Fork
FAIR TO GOOD. Water stained; 50-54 degrees; 2.03’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits in 2-8 feet of water. In Lake Fork tradition, there have been several over 10lb largemouth caught in recent weeks. White and yellow bass are fair on Alabama Rigs around timber. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows around any structure. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait.
Houston County
FAIR. Water stained; 60 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are good on worms and crankbaits fishing standing timber, and the man-made fish attractors. You can get the location of the fish attractors on the TPW website. White bass are slow with jigs and spoons in deep drops. Crappie are fair on live minnows seeking cover. Sunfish are consistently good on small crickets, and Powerbait pellets. Catfish are good on live and cut shad along with stinkbait.
Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water stained; 54-55 degrees; 0.59’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater, worms and crankbaits fishing the vegetation edges. Crappie are fair on mostly minnows, and jigs when fishing structure. Catfish are good on live bait. White Bass have been fair on Alabama Rigs with points. Sunfish are poor till the water warms.
Livingston
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 58-60 degrees; 0.09’ high. Largemouth bass remain good working points going into coves with some vegetation and in creeks and their structures. Working the edges. The best baits are Carolina rigged worms, spinners, and jigs. Striped bass are good on spoons and shad. Crappie are very good on minnows and jigs in the creeks. White bass are good on spoons and Alabama Rigs in the deeper coves. Catfish are fair on live bait and prepped dough balls.
Martin Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 54 degrees; 3.35' low. Largemouth bass are feeling the warmth of the water, and most have started to spawn. Fish shallow water on worms, jigs, crankbaits, and spinners quickly as bass are very active. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows among lily pads and creek structures. Catfish are very good on live bait, cut bait, or prepped bait throughout the lake.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 59 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on spinners, and jigs in submerged brush and around timber. Crappie are good on jigs, and crappie minnows under vegetation, and bridge structure. Sunfish are fair on jigs and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.
Raven
GOOD. Water stained; 58-60 degrees; Largemouth bass are good among vegetation edges with worms, spinners, and topwater at dusk and dawn. Sunfish are fair on crickets and worms in shallow cover.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 53 degrees; 1.82’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, spinners and plastic worms working warm water, and ledges White bass are good on minnows and small cranks on humps. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs among deeper brush piles. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 53-56 degrees; 6.36’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits and spinners in shallow water on creek structure and vegetative cover. Crappie are very good in brush piles on jigs and minnows in creeks. Striped bass are fair on rattle traps, and spoons on main lake points and humps. White bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and dough bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
Tyler
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 1.89’ low. Black bass are great on Carolina rigged creatures and plastic worms in the vegetation cover of both lakes, around the many boat dock structures, and timber-lined shorelines on both lakes. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in submerged structure, and boat docks. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live baits. White bass are slow.
Wright Patman
FAIR. Water stained; 51 degrees; 4.27’ high. Largemouth bass are good on slow-moving jigs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and plastic worms among man-made structures. White bass are good on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on jigs within brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait, live bait, and stinkbait.

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