Pineywoods Region Week of May 5, 2021

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; 0.17’ low. Largemouth bass are excellent. Get your day started working vegetation and timber with topwater and jigs. Mid-day change to spinners, crankbaits, worms and jigs working deeper over brush and off points. Crappie are fair using structures and shallower ledges around 8 feet or less. Catfish are good on cut and prepped bait, moving further north in the lake.
Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.66 high. Black bass are good on topwaters, finesse jigs, crankbaits, frogs, and spinners in 2-16 feet near shorelines, brush, and near the creeks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles, under docks, and in creeks. Catfish are good on chicken liver, cut bait, and punch bait in 4-12 feet.
Caddo
GOOD. Water clear; 68 degrees; 1.42 high. Largemouth bass are good working spinners, frogs, crankbaits, red/black or orange/green skirted jigs, and wacky worms near grass lines, shallow drop-offs, and trees. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles and creeks. White bass are good on slabs on the channel edges, flats, and main lake humps. Chain pickerel are fair with spoons and small jigs. Catfish are good on punch bait, chicken liver, and cut bait in 3-10 feet.
Conroe
GOOD. Water stained; 73 degrees; 1.50’ high. Largemouth bass are good in larger rocks and shallow vegetation using topwater, worms, spinners, jigs, and crankbait. Deeper structures are holding fish; they just haven't been very aggressive. Hybrid Striped Bass are good on rattletraps, with the best environment being deeper coves that aren't too broad. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait. Sunfish are good with live worms or crickets in shallow water.
Fork
EXCELLENT. Water stained; 62-67 degrees; 0.45 high. Largemouth bass are excellent on crankbaits, plastic frogs, spinners, chatter baits, and skirted jigs in 4 -16 feet. White and yellow bass are good with jigging spoons and slabs on humps, flats, and ridgelines. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs near docks and creeks. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait in 3-15 feet.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees; 0.81’ high. Black bass are good with dipped tails, spinners, and jigs. Working deeper structures like brush where the light-colored baits are required, especially earlier in the day. Crappie are fair on minnows off the pier or working timber. Catfish are fair using live and cut shad, as well as boiled deer corn.
Lake O' the Pines
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 65 degrees; 0.60 low. Largemouth bass are excellent on soft plastics, square billed crankbaits, jigs, topwater, and frogs in 4-16feet. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows near brush piles, fallen timber, and creeks. Catfish are good with cut bait, chicken liver, or punch bait.
Livingston
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.87’ high. Largemouth bass are good going deep around drops and points on Carolina rigged worms, spinners, and bass jigs. Striped bass are slow-moving, deeper, and less active. Crappie are fair on minnows or occasionally jigs when casting across structures. White bass are great sitting on points using small spinners and live bait. Catfish are fair on live baits throughout and excel at night.
Martin Creek
FAIR. Water clear; 68 degrees; 0.10 low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinners, crankbaits, and topwater baits. Crappie are good on minnows in creeks, timber, and brush piles. Catfish are good on chicken liver and shrimp.
Naconiche
FAIR. Water slightly stained; 72-75 degrees; Largemouth bass are good staying above vegetation on 11 feet with Carolina rigged worms, spinners, and crankbait. Crappie are fair with jigs out from creeks, bridge structures, and vegetation edges. Sunfish are fair on jigs and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut, and live bait.
Raven
FAIR. Water stained; 73 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair with worms and spinners working a bit deeper because of the warmer weather. Sunfish are fair on cutworms within casting range of the banks and loving the lights at night to attract them.
Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 73 degrees; 2.43’ high. Largemouth bass are fair in brush, moving to some points and drops right off timber with spinners, worms, and topwater. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs in deep brush and points. Crappie are good on jigs working the structures. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Very clear south, stained north; 71-73 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are good searching vegetation edges and islands with dipped worms, crankbait, bass jigs, and topwater. Start south these days and start moving north to mid-lake. White bass are fair using spoons and Alabama Rigs finding the brush around 22 feet. Crappie are excellent, with minnows and jigs hovering close to 12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait and stinkbait.
Tyler
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 68 degrees; 0.68 high. Black bass are good on buzz baits, finesse jigs and frogs near shorelines, and rocky or brushy coves. Crappie are good on minnows in timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on punch bait and earthworms. White bass are good in 25 feet with slabs. Bream are good with shrimp or dough bait.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water stained; 64 degrees; 0.99 high. Largemouth bass are good on bladed spinners, crankbaits, jerk baits, and topwaters along creek channels, flats, and coves. White bass are good on swimbaits and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near creeks and shallow brush piles. Catfish are good on chicken liver, punch bait, and live bait.

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