Pineywoods Region Week of April 8, 2020

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained;73 degrees; 0.29’ low. Largemouth bass are good with topwater, worms, and spinners fishing creek structures, and cove points Crappie remain excellent in shallow structure on the north and west tributaries of the lake. Catfish are good on cut and prepped bait coming out of the river.
Bob Sandlin
EXCELLENT. Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.68’ high. Black bass are good on square billed crankbaits, plastic lizards, and topwater baits in coves. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows in creeks fishing 1-2’ with spoke fish in 12-18’. Catfish are good on cut bait in 6-18'.
Caddo
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 65-68 degrees; 1.87’ high. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water working trees in 1-4’ with swimbaits, plastic worms and crankbaits. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs in creeks. White bass are good on jigs and small crankbaits in shallow water. Chain Pickerel are fair. Catfish are excellent on prepared bait and live bait in 15-20’.
Conroe
GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; 0.47’ low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters, soft plastics, spinners, and shallow on the northern end of the lake. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing structures. Hybrid striped bass remain slow. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait. Sunfish are fair with live worms or crickets in shallow water.
Fork
FAIR Water lightly stained; 63-66 degrees; 0.09’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic lizards, topwater, and chatter baits spawning in shallow grassy areas with some fish holding on roadbeds and points. White and yellow bass are fair in creeks and shallow water to spawn Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in creeks in 2-5’. Catfish are good on cut bait.
Houston County
GOOD. Water clear to lightly stained; 66-69 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are good with multiple bass over 10 pounds caught using green brush hogs along the banks, watermelon red weightless worms and flukes, white chatter baits, and crankbaits. Crappie are very good in numbers around structures in 12 or more feet of water using live minnows. Catfish are fair near structure using prepared liver and worms.
Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water stained; 64 degrees; 6.09’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on medium size crankbaits, and Texas rigged creature baits in shallow coves. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in the creeks and timber areas. Catfish are good on cut bait and blood bait in 10-16 feet of water.
Livingston
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 1.18’ high. Black bass are good fishing creeks, points, and drops with worms, spinners, and jigs. Striped bass are fair. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in most structures under 6 feet. White bass remain good on spoons. Catfish are fair on live baits.
Martin Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 68 degrees; 0.04' high. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, and TX rigged worms in shallow coves. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in creeks. Catfish are good on cut bait in 8-15’.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water slightly stained;73 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on spinners, crankbaits, and creature baits. Stick to fishing the edges of vegetation, and shallow drops. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around structure, creek structures, and vegetation. Sunfish are fair on jigs and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.
Raven
GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; Largemouth bass are consistently good with Carolina rigged plastics, spinners, and jigs fishing the creeks, vegetation, and drops. Sunfish are fair on crickets and cutworms among any shallow structure under 5 feet.
Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 73 degrees; 0.48’ high. Largemouth bass are good fishing points, vegetation, and shallow nests with worms, crankbait, jigs and spinners. White bass are fair fishing minnows sticking to creek and drops. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.
Toledo Bend
FAIR. Water slightly stained; 72 degrees; 0.16’ high. Largemouth bass are good with crankbaits, spinners, and jigs looking for gaps in vegetative cover. Striped bass are fair. White bass are fair in the deeper portions. Crappie are good on minnows in structure. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Louisiana is not allowing fishing due to Covid-19, so ensure your trip is on the Texas side of Toledo Bend.
Tyler
EXCELLENT. Water clear; 64-66 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are excellent on Carolina rigged creature baits as well as spinners and jigs fishing dock structures and natural shorelines in creeks and coves. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows near creek edges in 1-2’. Catfish are good on stinkbait and live baits. White bass are good in creeks and lakes.
Wright Patman
FAIR. Water stained; 59 degrees; 11.32’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on slow-moving worms and jigs working creeks and coves. White bass are good on spoons and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs in creeks. Catfish are fair on cut bait, live bait, and stinkbait.

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