South Texas Plains Region Week of October 13, 2021
- Good, Water Stained, 84 degrees; The fall pattern is holding steady this week. Red drum are good slow trolling spoons and crankbaits in open water. Boaters casting spoons and live baits around the dam area are also having success. Shoreline fisherman using tilapia and perch having luck around the southeast side of the lake. Catfish fair on cheese bait and worms around the jetty.
- Good, Water Stained, 85 degrees; The Fall pattern is holding steady this week. Red drums are good, shoreline fishermen reeling them in casting tilapia, perch, and shrimp off deep water points. Red drum have also been good for boaters trolling lipless crankbaits, casting spoons, and on live bait around the rocks at the dam. Catfish fair using cut bait and cheese bait for shoreline fisherman and boaters.
- Choke Canyon
- GOOD. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees; 17.04 feet low. Fall is here, and the fishing is really good. Crappie are excellent. 15-20 feet over brush piles minnows and white jigs. Largemouth bass are fair, primarily located in 20-25 feet deep in brush. A few catches are still coming in water depths 12-15 feet in the hydrilla patches throughout the lake. Slow-moving baits along the bottom or swimming/vibrating jigs and flukes along the weed edge. Catfish are along ledges during the day and 12-15 feet flats later in the evening. Alligator gar are good using shad and carp.
- Corpus Christi Lake
- GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 1.81 feet low. Fall fishing is good as the temperatures decline. The fish are holding steady to their typical haunts and treats. White bass are good on crankbaits and swimbaits by the dam. Largemouth bass are fair fishing deep with crankbaits, spinners, and worms. Crappie are good fishing with jigs and minnows near the dam in rock pile structure and the pier in the state park. Carp are fair off the pier in the state park. Catfish are good on shad. Deeper water is holding the fish.
- GOOD. Water stained; 81 degrees; 42.35 feet low. Fishing remains consistent as the fish are feeding up on all the baitfish. Catfish are good in the shallows early and late, transitioning midday to 10-15 feet around structures. The best baits are live shad, live tilapia, live perch, trying shad or carp when fresh bait isn't available. Black bass are best on the south end of the lake up to (8-pounds) throwing deep diving crankbaits on rocks or Texas-rigged Senko in brush piles in water depths 10-15 feet of water. Crappie can be found in water depths 15-30 feet in submerged timber and brush piles using live bait or plastic jigs. Black bass are good in the shallows on square bills early morning, moving to 19-20 feet of water as the day heats up. Bigger catches come on jigs, bigger crankbaits, shaky heads, Texas rigs, senkos using watermelon, green pumpkin, and purple colors. Gar fishing has slowed down for the Fall season. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican Fishing License.
- FAIR. Water stained; 74 degrees; 1.27 feet low. Summer fishing patterns persist, with early and evening bites bringing the most success. Largemouth bass remain fair fishing summer cover along deep and steep drops. Crankbaits, jigs, and spinners have been most successful. Crappie are fair with some slowing with jigs under vegetation. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and live bait.
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