Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of September 10, 2014

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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 18.64’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits and Zell Pops early, later switching to jigs, Texas rigs and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 41.64’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, soft plastics, jigs, and drop shots. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines, juglines, and droplines baited with live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 83–88 degrees; 19.05’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 1.21’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotline.
BASTROP Water stained; 86–90 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 10.81’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits around structure. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, Spam, and summer sausage. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 2.30’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged soft plastics and football jigs on brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 82–87 degrees; 3.28’ low. Black bass are slow along creek channel and on the rocks with crankbaits, buzzbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are slow on minnows along bridge pilings and deeper points with brush. Catfish are good along the rocks with chicken liver and cut shad.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good down rigging silver and gold spoons near the jetty and dam. Redfish are fair down rigging spoons near the jetty and dam. Channel catfish are good on cheesebait near the dam. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 83–87 degrees; 23.14’ low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits banana milk. Crappie are fair and jigs on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are good on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 12.25’ low. Black bass are fair on black/chartreuse spinnerbaits and watermelon red soft plastic worms over brush piles in 12–15 feet. Hybrid striper are fair trolling and drifting shad. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and Persuader crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers in 12–20 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 30.75’ low. Black bass are fair on JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, watermelon flukes, Rat–L–Traps, and watermelon red Whacky Sticks at first light along break lines of flats. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads plastic swim baits and drifting live bait at first light on the surface. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and 2” plastic swim baits. Crappie are fair on pink/white tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained; 83–88 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and flipping jigs. White and yellow bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits over reed beds. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are good down rigging silver and gold spoons along the crappie wall and the dam in 10–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, cheesebait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 10.81’ low. Black bass are fair on JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, green pumpkin Whacky Sticks, and Texas rigged blue flake worms along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling crankbaits over and around humps and jigging 1oz. Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and pumpkin Curb’s jigs with matching JDC craw trailers. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 4.85’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin on docks and Carolina rigged centipedes on deeper brush piles. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 26.76’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastics early. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are good on live perch.
COLEMAN Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 18.29’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and watermelon Rat–L–Traps and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water stained; 86 degrees in main lake, 99 degrees at hot water discharge; 3.43’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on watermelon soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps around vegetation in Coleto and Perdido Creeks in 8–14 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 18 pounds are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch and goldfish in 10–16 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 22.18’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.68’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/white Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 10.21’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
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.
FALCON Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 33.50’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged large soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
FAYETTE Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics in 10–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad in 8–12 feet.
FORK Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 5.13’ low. Black bass are slow on flutter spoons and Carolina rigged creature baits’. Some fish being caught in the pads with a Megabass Pony Gabot hollow body frog in tonosama. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows along the bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 84–89 degrees; 15.74’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Zara Spooks, Senkos, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white Carolina rigged soft plastics, perch colored Rat–L–Traps, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and perch.
GRANBURY Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 7.49’ low. Black bass are fair on blue/green Rat–L–Traps and watermelon soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse/white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and live bait.
GRANGER Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 0.54’ low. Black bass are good on white crankbaits and spinnerbaits upriver. White bass are good on shad upriver. Crappie are good on marabou jigs in 4–15 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 10.88’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rig craws and medium diving crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
GREENBELT 43.73’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.64’ low. Black bass to 3 pounds are fair on watermelon seed soft plastic worms near the dam, and on chatterbaits and poppers near the mouths of creeks. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush. Bream are good on live worms off grassy banks. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 83–89 degrees; 28.01’ low. Black bass are good on Zara Spooks and buzzbaits early, later switching to split shot weighted flukes, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs over deep cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 1.14’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 83–87; degrees; 0.87’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rig creature baits and bladed jigs. Topwaters best early and late. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 82–87 degrees; 12.15’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
LBJ Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Curb’s jigs, perch colored crankbaits, and green pumpkin tubes around docks and laydowns. Striped bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 6.04’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, topwaters and small swimbaits near larger rocks. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 82–88 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and Zara spooks. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 89.62’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 88–96 degrees; 1.20’ low. Black bass are slow on Flick Shake worms and drop shot finesse worms along deeper points and breaks. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
MEREDITH 79.57’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 95–101 degrees; 0.67’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged Trick Worms and drop shot finesse worms near breaks. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.25’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait in 5–15 feet. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 40.42’ low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Carolina rigs, jigs and Rapala DT 10s. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 24.24’ low. Black bass are fair to good on medium running shad pattern crankbaits, Carolina rigs, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and wacky worms near docks. Some deeper fish being caught on football jigs and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
PALO DURO 54.14’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 84–89 degrees; 15.92’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits and Yellow Magics, later switching to Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, jigs and DD22s. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on chartreuse slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad and while trolling. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 12.06’ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on shrimp and shad.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 9.16’ low. Black bass are slow on medium and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 6.65’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged worms. Some fish being caught early on topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 8.79’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and Texas rigged worms. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 1.19’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue flake soft plastic worms and chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.79’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on Charlie slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 76.54’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 16.45’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.52’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 11.57’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and Perk Minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 83–88 degrees; 27.16’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Carolina rigs, jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 83–88 degrees; 10.50’ low. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows White bass are fair on topwaters. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.
TEXOMA Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 5.97’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are fair on jigs on brush piles. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 1.41’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue flake and black/red flake soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks in 4–5 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 57.70’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome chuggers and red shad worms in 20–35 feet. Striped bass are fair on white/blue striper jigs. White bass are good on chrome chuggers and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 7.75’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 29.63’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 9.09’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and liver.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 83–88 degrees; 4.88’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and weightless Senkos near shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

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