Pineywoods Region Week of February 24, 2021

B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 60 degrees; 0.60’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good as the quick warm-up was much needed to continue spawn activities and have a successful spring and hatch. The best success has come below 10 feet in structures on spinners, crankbaits, and Carolina rigged worms. Crappie are fair on jigs moving in structures around creeks, timber, and cover. Catfish are good on cut and prepped bait.
Bob Sandlin
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 47 degrees; 0.56 high. Black bass are fair on A-rigs and skirted jigs in 18-30’ near creek bends, timber, rocky shorelines, and drop-offs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in brush piles and near open water bait schools. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait in 12-25 near baited holes.
Caddo
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 46 degrees; 0.22 low. Largemouth bass are slow working brush hogs, crankbaits, and swimbaits near channel edges, boat docks, and creek mouths. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber near a drop-off or creek channel in 14-24’. White bass are slow on slabs in the main lake. Chain Pickerel are slow with spoons and small jigs. Catfish are fair on punch bait fishing baited holes near channels and timber edges.
Conroe
GOOD. Water stained; 61 degrees; 0.20’ high. Largemouth bass are good, favoring worms now staying under 11 feet as vegetation is acting as a magnet for spawning activity. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs staying north. Hybrid striped bass are slow. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait. Sunfish are good with live worms or crickets in shallow water.
Fork
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 47 degrees; 0.79 low. Largemouth bass are slow on spinners, spoons, crankbaits, and jigs near deep points, roadbeds, brush piles, timber, and rocky shorelines. White and yellow bass are slow in deeper water with slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in 28-45’ near bait schools in the main lake. Catfish are slow on punch bait and cut bait in 12-30’.
Houston County
FAIR. Water stained; 58 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are fair, with the spawn starting strong and fast, staying north and in vegetative cover, and shallow. Crappie are fair looking towards the eastern portions of the lake. Catfish are fair using live and cut shad, as well as boiled deer corn.
Lake O' the Pines
FAIR. Water clear; 48 degrees; 0.82 high. Largemouth bass are slow on plastic worms, bladed spinners, skirted jigs, and diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows in the standing timber areas along the deep creek channels, brush piles, and open water bait schools near the dam. Catfish are fair with cut bait or punch bait in baited areas.
Livingston
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 58 degrees; 0.20’ high. Largemouth bass are fair as we recover from cold conditions on Carolina rigged worms, spinners, and jigs. Striped bass are fair on spoons and live shad moving back to deeper shelves. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs still in creeks. White bass are good on spoons in about 15 feet of water out from creeks. Catfish are fair on live baits.
Martin Creek
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.08 low. Largemouth bass are slow on skirted jigs, suspended jerk baits, crankbaits, and swimbaits in 18-25’. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in 12-28’ in timber and brush piles. Catfish are slow on punch bait and live bait in 20-30’.
Naconiche
FAIR. Water slightly stained; 57-60 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair with a quick warm-up on jigs, crankbaits, and worms near-natural structures and grassy banks. Crappie are fair on jigs in timber, mainly, especially around creek structures. Sunfish are fair on jigs, and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut, and live bait.
Raven
FAIR. Water stained; 60 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair as they are very aggressive with worms and spinners in less than 6 feet. Sunfish are fair on cutworms striking quick and hard from undercover and better at night.
Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 62 degrees; 1.50’ low. Largemouth bass are fair, turning it back on working crankbaits, worms, and spinners coming out of the Angelina. White bass are fair on minnows and small cranks looking out from west lake. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs working timber, and the out from the river looks great. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.
Toledo Bend
FAIR. Very clear south, stained north; 56-59 degrees; 2.82’ low. Black bass are fair, with some inconsistencies fishing shallow and deep. Shallow timber, under vegetation, and staying south to clear water is the most productive environment. White bass are fair, still staying close to southern tributaries. Crappie are fair with spawn in shallower structures with spurts in afternoons. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait and stinkbait.
Tyler
SLOW. Water clear; 50 degrees; 0.34 high. Black bass are slow on crankbaits, jigs, and bladed spinners fishing docks, shorelines, and creeks. Crappie are slow on minnows in brush piles, structure, and timber in 15-30’. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait. White bass are slow in 18-30’ on slabs and jigging spoons.
Wright Patman
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 47 degrees; 4.17 high. Largemouth bass are slow on crankbaits, spinners, and drop shots along creek channels, timber, and rocky points. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near structure and brush piles. Catfish are slow on punch bait and live bait.

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