Pineywoods Region Week of July 28, 2021

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees; 0.14 feet above. Black bass are fair only on the edges of the hot summer days searching vegetation edges, mid-depth points, and some river structures on jigs, worms, and crankbait. Crappie are fair with minnows on the structure edges and above brush piles. Sunfish are fair with jigs and crickets. Catfish are good day and night on cut and prepped bait.
Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water clear; 86-89 degrees; 0.05 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, flipping jigs, senkos, topwaters and bladed spinners near grass lines, brush and rocky shorelines. Try drop shots, football jigs and crankbaits working in deeper water near cover or timber as well. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles, under docks and timber near a creek or channel. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.
Caddo
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 0.97 feet high. Largemouth bass are good working crankbaits, flipping jigs, jerk baits, wacky rigs and drop shots near grass lines, channel edges, points and trees. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber. White bass are good on slabs and swimbaits on the channel edges, flats and main lake humps. Chain pickerel are slow with spoons and small jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, chicken liver and punch bait.
Conroe
GOOD. Water clear; 90 degrees; 0.01 feet high. Found many black bass near structures in 10-14 feet of water. Hybrid bass, with a few white bass in the mix, are scattered in water depths of 20-25 feet and on humps. Crappie can be found in structures submerged in 14-29 feet of water such as standing timer on “sho-nuff” colored magnets.
Fork
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86-88 degrees; 0.50 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters and buzz baits early or late in the day, Carolina rigged plastic worms, diving crankbaits and football jigs working road beds, timber and brush piles. White and yellow bass are good using live bait, jigging spoons and slabs on humps, flats and ridge lines. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles, bridges and timber. Catfish are good using cut bait and punch bait.
Houston County
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 78 degrees; 0.33 feet high. Black bass are fair early morning and evenings using swimbaits, black and blue Senko, watermelon red off points, and spinners and divers. Crappie are fair in 12 to 14 feet of water using live minnows and moving among brush piles. Bream are good using live worms in shallow structures. Catfish are good on jug lines and over 15lbs using hot dogs and perch plus shad.
Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 1.03 feet high. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon green and pumpkin colored Texas rigged plastic worms, diving crankbaits, football jigs and jerk baits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows near brush piles, fallen timber and deep creek bends and ledges. Catfish are good with live bait, chicken liver or cut bait.
Livingston
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.13 feet high. White bass are fair following shad in deeper water. Success around Pine Island has been reported. Black bass are fair using jigs, weighted worms, crankbait, and topwater. The best habitats have been points, and working vegetation. Striped bass are fair moving around the bridge. Crappie are good with jigs working vegetation and above some structures deeper than 10 feet depth. White bass have emerged as good with minnows and Alabama rigs working points and cove barriers. Catfish are fair on live baits, and stink bait.
Martin Creek
GOOD . Water slightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.18 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on drop shots, spinners, crankbaits and football jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 80 degrees. Largemouth bass are good moving out from standing and fallen timber with worms and jigs, and vegetation with topwater, jigs, and worms. Crappie are fair on jigs seeking shade. Sunfish are fair on jigs and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.
Raven
GOOD. Water stained; 80 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair working vegetation spots shallow and deep with a variety of topwater early in the day, worms and crankbait all day. In this heat, best success comes before 10a.m., and after 6p.m. Sunfish are fair on powerbait pellets, crickets and cutworms.
Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 81 degrees; .03 feet high. Largemouth bass are good on points and ledges using topwater frogs, and in the grass lines using jigs. Crappie are good in the 14-22 feet of water working brush piles using jigs, but most success comes with shiners.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 82 degrees; 1.44 feet low. The water is clear to slightly stained. The water level is 170.5 feet with two generators operating during the day (12 hours). It’s been an early bass bite on the Mudfish Stealth Goober surface popper in black in 2-6 feet of water fishing off the bank in timber areas. We are using 8 WT fly rods. Our best bite for Perch is a slow sinking Black Cap Spider in 1-3 feet of water under the shaded tree line in the early morning and late evening.
Tyler
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees;0.25 feet high. Black bass are good on crankbaits, football jigs, drop shots and chatter baits near points, drop-offs and brushy coves. Crappie are fair on minnows in timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait, chicken liver, punch bait and earthworms. White bass are good in water depths 12-25 feet with slabs and jigging spoons. Bream are good with live crickets, dough balls or cutworms.
Wright Patman
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 2.98 feet high. Largemouth bass are fair on bladed spinners, crankbaits, jerk baits, curly tailed plastics and flipping jigs in flooded vegetation, flats and points. White bass are fair on swimbaits and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows near timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on chicken liver, punch or live bait.

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