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Pineywoods Region Week of September 16, 2020

B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are good with vegetation and brush on topwaters, worms, and crankbait, with some changes in pattern starting to accelerate. Crappie are good on minnows in and around structure. Sunfish are fair with jigs and crickets hiding a bit more shallow. Catfish are good day and night on cut and prepped bait.
Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.35 low. Black bass are fair on drop shots, crankbaits, chatter baits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms in 18-28’ near deep water humps, flats, and boat docks with some bass being caught in 6-10’ early. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles, bridges, and standing timber. Catfish are fair on live bait and cut bait in 12-25 near baited holes'.
Caddo
GOOD. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.62 high. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water near trees, stumps, and grass beds fishing plastic frogs, chatter baits, skirted jigs in 3-5’. Texas-rigged plastic worms are productive in deeper water near timber and vegetation lines in 8-16’. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles and timber in 14-25’. White bass are fair on jigs and slabs in the main lake. Chain pickerel are slow. Catfish are good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers in 12-20’ fishing baited holes near channels and timber edges.
Conroe
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 1.38’ low. Black bass are great with live bait excelling over other baits amongst natural vegetation and shallow structure no deeper than 13 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows undercover. Hybrid striped bass are fair on rattletraps moving in schools and seem to take a liking to deeper coves. Catfish are good on cut bait, live bait, and dough balls. Sunfish are fair with live worms, crickets, and power bait pellets under docks and natural banks.
Fork
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 1.46 low. Largemouth bass are fair on slow-moving finesse worms near standing timber, points, and drop-offs. Diving crankbaits are effective at times. White and yellow bass are fair in deeper water with slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are slow on minnows in 18-25’ in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are fair on punch bait in 12-24’.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 88 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are good with some appearances near the piers and docks along with working brush piles. Carolina rigged red worms, crankbaits, spinners, and plastic nightcrawlers are best. Crappie are fair on small live minnows on the pier. Bream and bluegill are good using live worms coming quickly out of structure. Catfish are good on juglines using shad.
Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83-86 degrees; 0.06 high. Largemouth bass are fair on swimbaits, silver or chrome crank, and Texas-rigged worms in 15-25’. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in the standing timber areas along the creek channel and brush piles in 15-28’’. Catfish are good on trotlines with cut bait or live bait. Baited holes are producing with punch bait.
Livingston
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are fair on worms, spinners, and crankbaits working both edges of original creek beds and the occasional brush piles. Striped bass are fair on live shad trolling mid-lake. Crappie are good on jigs out from structure no further than 10 feet. White bass are good on spoons and Alabama Rigs deep off points. Catfish are fair on live baits and stinkbait in the main river channel.
Martin Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 1.51 low. Largemouth bass are fair on chatter baits and plastic finesse worms in 15-28’. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 16-28’ in timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on punch bait in 12-25’.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 87 degrees; Largemouth bass are good still sticking to those solid points and moving shallower to some creek structures. Baits to bookend the day are topwater, worms, occasional crankbait, and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows suspending and deeper in creeks. Sunfish are fair on pellets, jigs, and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.
Raven
FAIR. Water stained; 84 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair with topwater, and jigs on the edges of and in hydrilla. Sunfish are fair on cutworms and crickets fishing the open banks next to cover.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 3.24’ low. Largemouth bass are good with timber, brush, and the early exposure to creek channels. Topwater baits have had surprising success this week, along with worms and jigs. White bass are good staying aggressive lately on brush and points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs using all structures. Catfish are fair on live and stinkbait.
Toledo Bend
FAIR. Water stained; 86-88 degrees; 2.84’ low. The lake is still getting back to normal, and it will be a while, but on the bright side, water clarity improved mid-lake to south. Black bass are good with topwater, jigs, wacky rigs, Carolina rigged worms with a 4-foot leader, and Carolina rigged baby brush hog in light green illuminated colors. Boat equipment is as essential as ever since the storm reset most patterns and piles. White bass are very active between the depths of 14-20 feet. Crappie are good with some structure shuffles after the storm, normally around 8-10 feet. Bream are good with small jigs and crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.
Tyler
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.02 low. Black bass are fair on finesse worms, skirted football jigs, chatter baits, and drop shots fishing deeper docks, timber, and vegetation edges. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles, structure, and timber in 18-25’. Catfish are fair on punch bait and live bait. White bass are good in 25-40’ on jigging spoons and slabs.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.88 high. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, spinners, and finesse worms along creek channels, rip rap, and main lake flat drop-offs. White bass are fair on jigging spoons and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows near structure and brush piles. Catfish are good on punch bait and earthworms.

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