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Week of July 1, 2015

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ATHENS :  Water stained; 81–86 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and weightless worms. Football jigs fished in deep water are effective as well. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

BASTROP :  Water stained; 75–79 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON :  Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 13.58’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and dark soft plastic worms in coves. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night in 30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on bacon. Yellow catfish are fair on juglines baited with live perch.

BONHAM :  Water stained, 80–85 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are excellent on topwaters, flipping jigs and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around bridges. Catfish are excellent on prepared bait, shrimp, cut bait and nightcrawlers.

BRIDGEPORT :  Water stained to muddy, 0.23’ high. No report available. Use caution when navigating the lake due to floating debris.

CEDAR CREEK :  Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigged Megabass Bottle Shrimp on docks. White bass are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

COOPER :  Water stained; 1.75’ high. No report available.

FAIRFIELD :  Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD has discontinued stocking the lake after another kill in early September 2011. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers.

FAYETTE :  Water murky. Black bass are good on shad colored spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps in 10–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad in 10–15 feet.

GIBBONS CREEK :  Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

GRANBURY :  Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.

GRAPEVINE :  Water stained to muddy; 25.81’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.

JOE POOL :  Water stained to muddy; 12.74’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.

LAVON :  Water stained to muddy; 10.92’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.

LEWISVILLE :  Water stained; 12.25’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.

NAVARRO MILLS :  Water murky; 71–75 degrees; 18.02’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters near the boat ramps, and on red/black soft plastic worms along banks. White bass are good on silver dollars and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 7–12 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and hot dogs. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with perch and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.

PALESTINE :  Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.44’ high. Black bass are good on drop shot rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

PROCTOR :  Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 9.14’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits off points early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on live shad and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

RAY HUBBARD :  Water slightly stained; 82–85 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are fair on medium to deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS :  Water stained to muddy; 7.98’ high. No report available. Use caution when navigating lake due to floating debris.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS :  Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are fair on swim jigs and Carolina rigged worms. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

SOMERVILLE :  Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 17.47’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on shad off points. White bass are good on shad and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on dead shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE :  Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 1.93’ high. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

TAWAKONI :  Water stained; 1.28’ high. No report available. Use caution when navigating lake as floating debris is present.

TEXOMA :  Water stained to muddy; 22.97’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.

WEATHERFORD :  Water stained; 0.01’ high. No report available.

WHITNEY :  Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 8.81’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and liver.


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