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Piney Woods Fishing Reports

Week of July 29, 2015

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BOB SANDLIN :  Water murky; 83–88 degrees; 0.29’ low. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CADDO :  Water stained to muddy; 85–89 degrees; 1.24’ high. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and weightless worms. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CONROE :  Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on chicken livers and shrimp.

FORK :  Water lightly stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.27’ low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY :  Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 0.35’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on bream colored topwaters, crankbaits, and purple or watermelon seed soft plastic worms around structure. Smallmouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish to 5 pounds are good on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

LAKE O' THE PINES :  Water stained to muddy; 85–88; degrees; 0.98’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LIVINGSTON :  Water fairly clear; 81–85 degrees; 0.45’ high. Black bass are good on tequila sunrise crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on slabs and white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are very good on minnows in 12–22 feet. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

MARTIN CREEK :  Water clear; 91–99 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early and then weightless Senkos later in the day. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

MONTICELLO :  Water clear to stained; 93–99 degrees; 0.2’ low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits and drop shot worms near the intake. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait

SAM RAYBURN :  Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 2.81’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Bream are slow. Catfish are very good on trotlines baited with live bait and shrimp.

STEINHAGEN :  0.49’ low, boat ramps open. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND :  Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.62’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on crankbaits and silver striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WRIGHT PATMAN :  Water stained to muddy; 83–88 degrees; 11.74’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and swimjigs. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on cut shad.


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