Pineywoods Region Week of May 18, 2022

B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 76 degrees; 0.47 feet below. Bass are fair with some topwater action and in submerged vegetation hitting senkos, chatterbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are good using minnows and jigs on main lake structures and brush piles. Catfish are good moving shallow biting cut and cheese bait.
Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water clear; 82 degrees; 0.28 feet low. Crappie are good on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are shallow in 2-3 feet of water off banks and under docks. Throwing your favorite plastics should land you some nice catches. Catfish are spawning with a good bite off rocks in 2-3 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
SLOW. Water stained; 75 degrees; 1.46 feet high. Summer patterns will be here quickly with this heat wave. The top water action is starting to heat up on Caddo, as the brim become more active the top water bite will only get better. It is time to tie on a big worm and go hit deep solo trees, or the rivers to find active schools. The flowers are blooming on the lily pads all around the lake. God made this lake so beautiful and majestic, if you come you will not be disappointed. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship
GOOD. Slightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.01 feet above. Catfish are ready to spawn in 5-25 feet of water looking for nests in tires, rock, brush, and timber. They will be concentrated together until around mid July. Hitting catfish bubblegum, shrimp, shad or minnows under a cork. Report by Brad Doyle with Bradley’s Guide Service. Crappie are good in 13-22 feet of water in standing timber and brush piles using crappie jigs in blue/white, black/silver or sho nuff. Report by Justin Burns with Slab Donkey Guide Service. Hybrid stripers are in small schools in 16-25 feet of water, with some early morning topwater action. Jigging with a one ounce spoon or trolling with a hellbender and pet spoon is producing. To determine the differences between hybrid and white bass check the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. Black bass are good deadsticking weightless senkos close to bulkheads. Texas rigged creature baits are producing early morning in 8-17 feet of water, moving deeper in the afternoon hitting creature baits and rattle traps. Always wear your life jacket! Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.
GOOD. Water Stained; 75 degrees; 5.46 feet low. The crappie bite on Lake Fork is heating up more than the temperature right now. Post spawn fish are stacking up on timber, lay downs and brush this week in big numbers. They are hungry and will bite almost anything you drop on them. Minnows are still the best producer with hand tied jigs a close second. Best depths seem to be 10-23 feet of water. The next few months are the best months to load the boat with good eater sized crappie. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service. Bass are good with an early morning topwater bite on points. Shad patterned spinnerbaits are working well in 1-4 feet of water on windy points and banks. Carolina rigs are very good on main lake points and secondary points. Lizards are good in 4-10 feet of water. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell and Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Pro.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees; 0.01 feet above. As the weather warms the bite will be shallow then push deeper as the sun rises. Crappie are good on brush piles and docks using minnows and jigs. Bass are good in standing timber, docks and rocks on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and green pumpkin or watermelon red worms. Catfish are good on cut and prepared baits.
Lake O' the Pines
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 0.15 feet low. Fish are right where we left them in the same pattern. Crappie are staging on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are shallow in 2-3 feet of water off banks and under docks. Throwing your favorite plastics should land you some nice catches. Catfish are spawning with a good bite off rocks in 2-3 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
GOOD. Stained; 75 degrees; 0.16 feet above. White bass are good off points and brush hitting slabs and spoons. Catfish are good in the bulkheads on cut shad. Largemouth bass are fair just out from the shoreline and around standing timber on crankbaits, topwaters, and chatterbaits.
Martin Creek
SLOW. 77 degrees. Water lightly stained; 0.04 feet above. Crappie are good on main lake brush piles and structure. Bass are fair in submerged vegetation and points out a little deeper than we have been seeing. Hitting Texas rigs, crankbaits, and some topwaters. Catfish are fair on punch bait and shad.
GOOD. Water clear to stained; 80 degrees. Starting to see some good numbers of post-spawn bass schooling up over deeper water. The shad are small, so down-size your presentation. Most fish are suspended just above the thermocline depth, so count your lure down to 10-14 feet and keep it in the strike zone. Topwater bite was good early morning and later in the evening. Crappie population is good. Look to main lake brush piles using minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
EXCELLENT. Water stained; 81 degrees. Fishing has been excellent this week. Crappie and catfish are on fire with minnows. Catfish weighing in at 4-5 pounds are being caught in 5-8 feet of water on minnows and cut bait, and they are hitting like they're starving so be prepared! Bass are still cruising shallow in the morning biting on Texas rigs as well as white chatterbaits. The water is still about 2 to 3 ft low, and visibility is excellent. Prairie Branch fishing pier is still undergoing renovations, with a tentative reopening of the 27th if all goes well.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; 1.01 feet low. Bass are in Summer patterns schooling up and chasing shad. Thow small crankbaits or Carolina rigs on the edges of drains points and ledges. Crappie are good brush piles with jigs and minnows. Catfish are moving out of the creek channels, mouths of creeks cut bait. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 70-73 degrees; 0.67 feet low. The water level is 171.7 with one generator running 24 hours. Water temperature in the mid lake area is 70-73 degrees. The back feeder creeks are stained, but the shallow flats and main lake are clear. Bass are moving around in submerged vegetation and structures. Try casting topwater imitations like popping frogs, buzz baits, spinnerbaits, wacky worms, senko style baits, flukes, lizards and don’t forget them swim jigs. Crappie are relocating to deeper water. When you see the Magnolia trees starting to blossom that is an indicator that the temperature is almost right for the bluegill to spawn. You can catch a bluegill using live crickets, grasshoppers, earthworms and small surface floating spiders and poppers. The shad spawn is still working, so follow the shad and you will find the bass. Typically, the shad are triggered to start their spawn when the water temperature ranges between 68-76 degrees. Laying their eggs on wooden structures and wooden bulkheads in shallow waters. Threadfin and gizzard shad play an important role in freshwater ecosystems, and by extension, are important to fishermen. The Catfish are biting on a slip cork rig in 2-4 feet of water from first light to 8:30 a.m. using shrimp, live or frozen shad, chicken livers and punch baits. Summer is here, time to get those kayaks or canoes out and get the family together to go fishing or exploring on beautiful Toledo Bend Lake! Remember to always keep your life jacket on while on the water and don’t forget to fasten that engine kill switch lanyard to your life jacket if you are operating a motorized vessel on the water. Play it safe on the water, always inform your loved ones or a friend of your expected return time to port or home. Good luck and tight lines! Report from Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak and Fishing Guide Service.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75 degrees; 0.10 feet above. Bass are good on chatterbaits, trick worms and crankbait moving out from the shallows to deeper water. Crappie are good in 16 feet of water on brush piles and submerged structures using minnows and jigs. Bluegill are good on red worms. Catfish are good along the rocks using minnows and nightcrawlers. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 6.50 feet above. Fishing patterns are locked in for another week. White bass are beginning to slow to fair biting on slabs. Crappie are good in McGuffy Slough and Point on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good in the upper end near Herron Creek and McFarlan Island punch bait. White bass are good hitting most everything such as swimbaits, and fluke style baits. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service.

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