Pineywoods Region Week of May 25, 2022

B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 77 degrees; 0.89 feet below. Bass are fair with some topwater action early morning, switching to your favorite plastics along grass lines midday. 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; 0.39 feet low. Fishing patterns are similar as we head into the Memorial Day weekend. Crappie are good on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are shallow early morning moving to deep water points 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 5-10 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
SLOW. Water stained; 75 degrees; 1.20 feet high. This week fishing was tough as the current slowed to a crawl, but the rain in the forecast should improve the current and the bass will be active. Bass are good biting frogs and Pop R’s on the main lake. The bite is good with Texas rig worms, or a shaky head set ups around points or cuts in the river. Either way with good days or slow days it is always a fun day on this majestic lake that God spoke into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
GOOD. Slightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.00 at pool. 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 near brush. Texas rigged creature baits are producing early morning in 8-17 feet of water, moving deeper in the afternoon hitting creature baits and rattletraps. Always wear your life jacket! Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.
GOOD. Water Stained; 75 degrees; 5.58 feet low. Bass are good on windy points and secondary points using topwaters with white bellies as well as spinnerbaits. Carolina rigs with 10 inch blue fleck power worms and ring fry’s in chart pepper are good on points and ridges in 5-12 feet of water. Strike King XD 5 in shad patterns are working mid range depth in 7-10 feet in the timber near channels and points. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell and Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Pro. 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.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees; 0.02 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; 0.44 feet low. Fish are still fishing in the same patterns as we head into Memorial Day weekend. 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; 0.06 feet above. White bass are good off points and brush hitting slabs and spoons. Catfish are good shallow and off boat docks using cut bait and prepared baits. Largemouth bass are good early morning with topwaters, switching to crankbaits and spinnerbaits along vegetation edges when the morning bite ends.
Martin Creek
SLOW. 77 degrees. Water lightly stained; 0.14 feet below. 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; 84 degrees; 3 feet low. Visibility is good at the moment, but predicted rains may lead to a muddy lake. Catfish are excellent on cut bait and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows around timber and piers. Bass bite has been great on top water and weightless plastics in morning and evening. Prairie Branch fishing pier is still under renovations, but should reopen soon.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; 0.93 feet low. Lots of fresh water after the recent rains and the water is off colored with lots of floating debris. Bass are going nuts schooling shallow hitting white frogs and spinnerbaits. In the grass throw crankbaits and Carolina rigs on points and ledges. Crappie are good on brush with minnows and jigs. Bluegills are good in the brush on worms. Catfish are good in the creeks. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 78-80 degrees; 0.76 feet low. Good. The water level is 171.33 with two generators running 6 hours a day from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Electronics are showing shad everywhere. The back feeder creeks are muddy and stained from rain this week, but the shallow flats and main lake is clear. Threadfin and gizzard shad play an important role in freshwater ecosystems, and by extension, are important to fishermen. Follow the shad to find schools of bass. Bass are chasing topwaters like Pop-Rs, yellow magics, white buzz baits, clear tiny torpedoes, and topwater frog imitations early in the morning. Switching over to squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swim jigs, and Carolina rigs with creature baits or 10–12-inch ribbon tail worm casting to deeper points and ridges in 20-30 feet of water when the sun rises. Crappie are in full transition back to their summer pattern biting on crappie jigs and live minnows in brush piles. The Magnolia trees are in full bloom which indicates that the temperature is right for the bluegill to spawn in 2-4 feet of water. You can catch a Bluegill using live crickets, grasshoppers, earthworms and small surface floating spiders and poppers. Catfish are biting on a slip cork rig and bottom rig in 2-10 feet of water from first light to mid-morning using shrimp, live shad or frozen, chicken livers and punch baits. Summer is here with air temperatures in the 90s, remember sun protection and gear (light clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen). It is Memorial Day weekend, when on the water stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and other fluids, so you do not develop heat exhaustion or heat stroke. It is time to bring the family out on kayaks or canoes 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; 77 degrees; 0.00 at pool. Bass are fair on topwaters early morning and late in the evening. Crappie are fair 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 stink bait. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 6.35 feet above. Crappie are good in McGuffy Point and underwater stumps in Big Creek on jigs and minnows. Limits of catfish are good in the main lake using Mr. Whisker’s 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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