Pineywoods Region Week of November 25, 2020

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 63 degrees; 0.45’ low. Black bass remain good in afternoons as we are thankful for the mild weather so far this fall. Drops, coves, and points continue their success using mostly diving baits. Crappie are good on jigs in areas of vegetative cover. Sunfish are fair with jigs and crickets under docks. Catfish are good day and night on cut and prepped bait.
Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 0.86 low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, bladed spinners, chuggers, and poppers in 6-18’ near brush, rocky shorelines, and boat docks. Crappie are fair on small minnows and jigs in brush piles and bridges in 15-25’. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait in 12-25 near baited holes.
Caddo
GOOD. Water stained; 62 degrees; 0.28 high. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water working topwater baits, spinners, and jigs in 3-5’. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles and timber near a drop-off or creek channel. White bass are fair on white or silver slabs in the main lake. Chain pickerel are fair. Catfish are good on punch bait, cut bait, and nightcrawlers in 7-20’ fishing baited holes near channels and timber edges.
Conroe
GOOD. Water stained; 62 degrees; 2.10’ low. Black bass remain great with worms, spinners, topwater, and occasional live bait. Large man-made structures continue to excel while working deep structures for lunkers on sunny days. Crappie are fair on jigs shooting under docks. Hybrid striped bass are fair using rattle traps and smaller crankbait moving into deep coves. Catfish are fair on cut bait, live bait, and dough balls. Sunfish are fair with live worms, crickets, and power bait pellets.
Fork
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 62 degrees; 2.20 low. Largemouth bass are good on skirted jigs, crankbaits, and spinners near heavy timber, roadbeds, brushy points, and rocky shorelines. White and yellow bass are fair in deeper water with slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 14-25’ in brush piles and standing timber near creek ledges or drop-offs. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait in 8-24’.
Houston County
FAIR. Water stained; 66 degrees; 0.10’ low. Black bass are good, using vegetation and brush piles as starting points to gauge your strategy daily. There have many mid-sized catches this past week, with large catches continuing to be hard to pinpoint in deep water. Crappie are good around marinas and at night on the pier on minnows. Bream and bluegill are good using live worms. Catfish are good on shad, prepped dough balls with trot making a comeback with live bait.
Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water stained; 61 degrees; 0.22 low. Largemouth bass are good on finesse worms, skirted jigs, and chatter baits in 8-24’. Crappie are good on minnows in the standing timber areas along the creek channel, bridges, and brush piles in 15-28’’. Catfish are good with cut bait or live bait.
Livingston
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 0.49’ low. Black bass are good in calmer vegetation, and creek structures out into the lake continue to hold the active bass on worms, spinners, and crankbaits. Striped bass are good fishing shad trolling mid-lake. Crappie are good on jigs above brush deeper than previous weeks below 16 feet. White bass are good off drops and still staying deep below 23 feet. Catfish are fair on live baits and stinkbait in the main river channel.
Martin Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 65 degrees; 2.81 low. Largemouth bass are good on jigs spinners, shad like crankbaits, and finesse worms in 5-18’. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 12-28’ in timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait in 12-25’.
Naconiche
FAIR. Water slightly stained; 65-68 degrees; Largemouth bass are good as days have been mild the staying in creeks and vegetation with crankbaits, spinners, and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs on stumps and creeks. Sunfish are fair on power bait and cutworms at night under lights. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.
Raven
FAIR. Water stained; 67 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on sunny days working vegetation like hydrilla with topwater, worms, and jigs. Fish submerged brush in at least 12 feet with crankbaits and spinners. Sunfish are fair on cutworms and crickets fishing under vegetation.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 66 degrees; 4.48’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, Alabama rigs, and spinners with active fish all day long working drops, creeks, brush, and points. White bass are fair on minnows working deep over brush around 24 feet. Crappie are good on jigs in creeks. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Mostly clear; 64-67 degrees; 4.26’ low. Black bass are good shallow and deep, depending on structure. Shallow in 2-8 feet, use green Senokos early in the day. When fishing 25-40 feet, use jigging spoons, drop shot, Carolina Rigs, and Texas Rigs. White bass are fair, catching them as deep as 50 feet. Crappie are great but staying deep around 25-28 feet mainly on minnows and occasionally jigs. Bream are good with small jigs and crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.
Tyler
GOOD. Water clear; 63 degrees; 0.23 low. Black bass are fair on finesse worms, skirted jigs, swimbaits, and crankbaits fishing docks, shorelines, and creek mouths. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in brush piles, structure, and timber in 18-25’. Catfish are good on chicken liver and cut bait. White bass are good in 18-30’ on slabs and jigging spoons.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 61 degrees; 3.54 high. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, jigs, and spinners along creek channels, timber, and points. White bass are good on jigging spoons and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near structure and brush piles. Catfish are fair on punch bait and live bait.

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