Pineywoods Region Week of October 27, 2021

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees; 0.55 feet low. Summer fishing patterns persist. 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; 68 degrees; 1.49 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, shaky head jigs, red, blue, or black Texas-rigged plastic worms, and chartreuse bladed spinners near brush piles, timber, and rocky shorelines. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles, under docks, and timber near a creek or channel. Catfish are good on chicken liver, punch bait, and cut bait.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Largemouth bass are good working crankbaits, flipping jigs, buzz baits, wacky rigs, drop shots near creek channels, crossings, points, and trees. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber. White bass are good on slabs, live bait, and jigging spoons on the channel edges, flats, and main lake humps. Chain pickerel are slow. Catfish are good on live bait, nightcrawlers, and punch bait.
GOOD. Slightly stained; 80 degrees; 1.32 feet low. Catfish are good on baited holes in 18-25 feet of water using liver, shrimp, or catfish bubblegum. Crappie are still having a tough time with the lockjaw. Look in 12-19 feet of water in structure moving locations after a few catches. Minnows seem to be the better bait, with a few hits on black and chartreuse jigs. Always wear your life jacket. Hybrids are good in 13-20 feet of water. There are many juvenile fish if you are trolling. At 17.5-inches, use a hellbender with a pet spoon on humps or use your electronics and a jig for them. Try an M.T. Pocket tackle slab. Black bass are good in 4-15 feet of water near structure using jigs, rattle traps, or Texas-rigged creatures. Always wear your life jacket.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 66 degrees; 2.14 feet low. Fishing is slow, but the shallow bite is the ticket right now. Bass are good using chatterbaits early in 1-3 feet of water after the bite tapers off, transitioning to square bills like Xcite XB 1 in 3-5 feet. Shaky heads are good in submerged timber in 3-6 feet of water with Lake Fork Tackle Baby ring fry. The crappie bite is heating up, moving to creek channels, and suspended to 12-26 feet of water using minnows and jigs.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.24 feet below. Dredging has the water murky. Crappie are good, suspended around brush and standing timber in water depths 12-18 feet using minnows. White bass are schooling from the surface to 20 feet of water and biting on silver slab spoons.
Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.04 feet high. The bite continues to be good with similar patterns as weeks past. Bass are good biting on topwaters in the shallows and over grass, in deeper water on Carolina or Texas rigs, diving crankbaits off drop-offs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs under bridges and near brush piles, fallen timber, and deep creek bends and ledges. Catfish are good with punch bait or cut bait.
FAIR. Slightly stained; 72 degrees; 0.21 feet low. White bass are good on reaper duck tracker slabs in 7-15 feet of water. Crappie are good on jigs in submerged brush. Black bass are fair on soft plastic creature baits. Small blue catfish are good using fresh shad in 8-10 feet of water. Bigger cats are biting cut shad.
Martin Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 1.97 feet low. Fishing remains the same as weeks past. Largemouth bass are good on red or purple Texas-rigged plastic worms, bladed spinners, diving crankbaits, and football jigs. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait.
GOOD. Water stained; 76 degrees. Warmer weather has the water temperature rising, but cooler temperatures are on the horizon. Lake turnover is about to happen. Fall transition is in full swing. Largemouth bass are good, schooling up and chasing bait balls down creek channels to the back of the bays. Bass are going to the bottom of the lake in less than 15-feet of water using Texas rigs and crankbaits. Throw a square bill crank over the grass and wind-blown points. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow.
GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees. Fishing has slowed. Catfish are biting on cut perch. Crappie are slow, with a few bites on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Bass are good, biting on Junebug and watermelon red Texas rigs and minnows. A lake record-sized redear sunfish measuring 10.25-inches was caught this past weekend using a nightcrawler.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; 2.65 feet low. Fish have moved up to shallower water and are feeding for winter. Largemouth bass are good with some topwater action using frogs and spinnerbaits. Schooling bass are good on crankbaits off the flats in 6-15 feet of water and Carolina jigs in 18-25 feet of water off of points. Crappie are good in deeper water structures on minnows and jigs.
Toledo Bend
FAIR. 68-70 degrees; 4.18 feet low. The water level is 167.7, with no generators running and no rain this week. The water is clear in the main lake and feeder creeks. Water temperature in the main lake is running 68-70 degrees, and further back up in the creeks is 66 degrees. Largemouth bass are on shallow running crankbaits in crawfish pattern and shad colors, white spinnerbaits, Texas rig worms, and craw worms. Some local guides have been catching bass on a topwater frog imitation bait in 2-4 feet of water. Crappie are being caught in 12-24 feet on timber and laydowns using jigs and shiners. The catfish bite is good on cut bait and punch bait. Remember to watch your moon phase chart or app for your best bite and times for this week. Good luck and tight lines! Safety Reminder: Everyone needs to wear their life jackets (PFDs). Inspect your lanyard (for wear and tear) on your engine kill switch before leaving the boat ramp to make sure they are in good operating conditions.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 73 degrees; 0.70 feet low. Black bass are good on tubes, football jigs, crankbaits, and Carolina-rigged plastic worms near points, flats, and brush piles. Crappie continue to be good on minnows and jigs in timber and brush piles in 13-15 feet of water. Catfish are good on cut bait, chicken liver, and punch bait. White bass are good with slabs and swimbaits. Bream are good with dough bait, live crickets, or cutworms.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 68 degrees; 3.56 feet high. Largemouth bass are good on drop shots, shad like crankbaits, and football jigs on humps, flats, and points. White bass are fair on live bait and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on chicken liver, punch or live bait.

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