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Pineywoods Region Week of July 1, 2020

B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 84 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are fair near vegetation and in the Angelina River structure on jigs, crankbait, and spinners covering water. Crappie are good with minnows suspended at 8-10 feet. Catfish are excellent day and night on cut and prepped bait.
Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.13 high. Black bass are fair on skirted jigs, swimbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms in 8-15’ near creek channels, timber and boat docks. Plastic frogs and topwater plugs are still effective early in near grass lines and lily pads. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on earthworms, live bait and chicken liver in 10-20'.
Caddo
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81-84 degrees; 0.57 high. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water near trees and vegetation fishing plastic creatures and frogs, topwater and jerk baits. Crankbaits, jigs, and TX rigged plastic worms in deeper areas near structure and vegetation are productive as well. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber in 12-22’. White bass are good on jigs and small crankbaits in the main lake. Chain pickerel are fair. Catfish are good on prepared bait and live bait in 12-20’ fishing channels and timber edges.
Conroe
GOOD. Water stained; 82 degrees; 0.48’ low. Black bass are good, seeking deep structures of points and drops as well as in some deep high traffic areas. A variety of soft plastics and shad imitating smaller crankbaits have shown to be productive. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs getting deep into structure. Hybrid striped bass are fair mid-lake but not always catchable this time of year. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait deep. Sunfish are fair with live worms or crickets in shallow water.
Fork
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83-85 degrees; 0.39 low. Largemouth bass are good on blue plastic worms, bladed jigs and crankbaits near drop-offs,windy points, grass lines, and humps in 8-22’. Topwater plugs and plastic frogs are productive early in grass patches and lily pads. White and yellow bass are good in deeper water of main lake points, flats, and humps. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows in 18-25’ in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on cut bait and live bait in 10-20’.
Houston County
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are fair early morning and evenings using swim baits, black and blue Senko, and watermelon red off points. Crappie are fair in 12 to 14 feet of water using live minnows and moving brush piles. Bream are good using live worms. Catfish are good on juglines in 15 feet of water using perch.
Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.14 high. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, flukes, swimbaits, and wacky-rigged worms in 8-18’. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows in the standing timber areas along the creek channel and brush piles 12-20’’. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, chicken liver and cut bait in 8-25’.
Livingston
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass have stayed fair using creek edges as your drops and cove barriers that drop. Green jigs, weighted worms, and crankbait are all successful. Striped bass are fair moving around the bridge but aren’t as aggressive as normal. Crappie are good with jigs working vegetation and above some structures deeper than 10-foot depth. White bass have picked up to fair with some great points mid-lake on a variety of baits. Catfish are fair on live baits and stinkbait.
Martin Creek
GOOD. Water clear; 87 degrees; 0.38 low. Largemouth bass are fair on jerk baits, and Texas rigged worms in 12-18’. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in 12-18’ in timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and earthworms in 12-25’.
Naconiche
FAIR. Water slightly stained; 80 degrees; Largemouth bass are good, just deeper than the standing timber, and vegetation on the drop in the late afternoons. Jigs, soft plastic worms, and spinners are consistent along with the occasional rigged craw. Crappie are fair on jigs in similar structures. Sunfish are fair on jigs and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.
Raven
FAIR. Water stained; 82 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair working long and deep vegetation spots with topwater early, worms during the day, and crankbait in the heat of the day. Sunfish are fair on power bait pellets, crickets, and cutworms.
Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 82 degrees; 0.84’ low. Largemouth bass are fair, still sticking around 12-14 feet but inclusive of more structures off points and brush piles. Topwaters are great with the timing of early and low light. Jigs and Carolina rigs remain good too. White bass have slowed with minnows seeking depth. Crappie remain excellent on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.
Toledo Bend
FAIR. Water slightly stained; 82-83 degrees; 1.21’ low. Black bass are good staying shallow early and on cloudy days. Water clarity varies by location as the south is clear and better for the daytime bite. Wacky rigs, square billed crankbaits, and topwaters remain the best to tie on. Striped bass remain fair to slow in deep water. White bass are good schooling late in the afternoons in the many creeks and caught on spoons. Crappie are fair suspended over their brush piles in 25-26 feet, suspended 13-14 feet from surface using live shiners. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.
Tyler
GOOD. Water clear; 84 degrees; 0.16 low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms, spinners, jerk baits, and jigs fishing dock structures and vegetation edges. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles and timber. Catfish are excellent on punch bait and live bait. White bass are good in 25’ -40’ on swimbaits and slabs.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 2.76 high. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, jigs, and chatter baits along creek channels, timber, and vegetation edges. White bass are good on jigging spoons and slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows near structure and brush piles. Catfish are excellent on cut bait, live bait, and chicken liver.

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