Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of November 26, 2014

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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 48–55 degrees; 9.78’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, Texas rigs, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 30.44’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines 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; 45–52 degrees; 19.69’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 50–54 degrees; 1.66’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and black and blue jigs on docks. Lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs working as well. Crappie are good on minnow and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
BASTROP Water stained; 70–74 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon Finesse worms and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on hot dogs and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.
BELTON Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 12.01’ low. Black bass are good on tequila sunrise spinnerbaits and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 49–52 degrees; 2.80’ low. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 49–53 degrees; 3.24’ low. Black bass are slow near cattails, boat docks, points. Creek channel swings are producing as well. Best baits are jigs, Texas rigged soft plastics and shakyheads. Crappie are slow drifting the main lake with minnows. Catfish are good along the rocks on shrimp, chicken livers and stinkbait.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in reeds and near the jetty and dam. Striped bass are good on silver and gold spoons and marble spinnerbaits near the jetty and dam. Redfish are good down rigging spoons near the jetty and dam. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam and the intake. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 49–53 degrees; 23.80’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Vision 100 jerkbaits in pro blue. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water clear; 65–69 degrees; 12.32’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, Persuader crankbaits, and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms over brush piles in 10–20 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and pet spoons off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and stinkbait over baited holes in 12–20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 33.63’ low. Black bass are fair on white Spinnerbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and white/chartreuse crankbaits in 8–20 feet. Striped bass are good on Zara Spooks, Red Fins, and drifting or free lining live bait in 25–40 feet on the surface early. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on watermelon tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and cheesebait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live shad.
CADDO Water stained; 50–54 degrees; 0.18 high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs and flipping jigs. White and yellow bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are good on live bait and down rigging silver spoons between the crappie wall and the dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and shad near the railroad bridge. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 11.92’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red Whacky Sticks on wacky rigs, Smokin’ Green Devil’s Tongues on drop shot rigs, and Texas rigged 6” pumpkin Scoundrel worms in 12–25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and 3/16oz. pumpkin Curb’s jigs in 12–28 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live goldfish and perch.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 49–53 degrees; 5.92’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 27.84’ low. Black bass are good on soft plastic lizards and large worms in 12–20 feet. White bass are fair on Charlie slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.
COLEMAN Water clear; 67–71 degrees; 18.91’ low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are good on green striper jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 57 degrees in main lake, 79 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.58’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits near the hot water discharge in 4–8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs near Coletoville Bridge in 10–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish to 16 pounds are good on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 22.8’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 0.51’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/chartreuse tailed soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and topwaters in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water clear; 50–53 degrees; 12.58’ low. No report available. Please call ahead to verify if launching a boat is possible.
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; 64–68 degrees; 29.75’ low. Black bass are good but mostly small on spinnerbaits and large Brush Hogs in 5–10 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait up the river. 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 chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics over grass in 6–10 feet. Red ear perch are good on worms in 4 – 10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water clear; 49–52 degrees; 7.06’ low. Black bass are good on black and blue flipping jigs and Megabass Wild Header bladed jigs with Megabass Spark Shad trailers. Megabass Vision 110 jerkbaits in threadfin shad effective as well. Some fish being caught on Carolina rigged soft plastics as well. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 47–55 degrees; 17.04’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are very good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and live bait.
GRANBURY Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 10.24’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are good on green striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows, hellbenders, and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and live minnows.
GRANGER Water clear; 67–71 degrees; 1.96’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slab spoons around main lake points. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with cut bait and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 49–54 degrees; 12.42’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and drop shot Reaction Innovations Trixie Worms in California 420 near floating docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
GREENBELT 44.96’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.61’ high. Black bass are fair on square–billed jigs, dark grape soft plastic worms, and pumpkinseed Brush Hogs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 48–53 degrees; 29.68’ low. Black bass are fair to good on shad pattern crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs over deep cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 49–52 degrees; 1.95’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and soft plastic jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and rod and reel.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 49–53; degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs and flipping jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 50–53 degrees; 12.77’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and chartreuse/white spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and tube jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are fair on Curb’s buzzbaits, clear swim baits, and chartreuse Whacky Sticks in 2–12 feet at daylight. Striped bass are good on Creme 2” Spoiler Shads and Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are fair on white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and liver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 49–53 degrees; 7.39’ low. Black bass are slow on chartreuse and black shallow to medium crankbaits. Suspending jerkbaits effective as well. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 68–72 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 90.08’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 69–80 degrees; 1.88’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms and Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
MEREDITH 78.86’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water clear; 54–57 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 1.88’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 46–51 degrees; 42.53’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, chatterbaits, jigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 47–53 degrees; 25.19’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 50–54 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and drop shots around docks. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
PALO DURO 57.1’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 48–55 degrees; 15.14’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and medium running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Road Runners. Striped bass are fair on live shad and while trolling. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 12.47’ low. Black bass are good on purple, black/yellow, and chartreuse soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good but small on jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows in 12–15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 50–53 degrees; 10.27’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 49–52 degrees; 7.84’ low. Black bass are fair on umbrella rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 51–54 degrees; 10.25’ low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and Senkos. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 2.94’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, soft plastic worms, and spinnerbaits early. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on punchbait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and green/black jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 71.98’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 16.96’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.73’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 13.50’ low. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in 40 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, hot dogs, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 43–52 degrees; 28.08’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, chatterbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 50–54 degrees; 11.91’ low. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair 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; 49–53 degrees; 6.73’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and shakyhead worms in green pumpkin. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 3.80’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkin green, watermelon, and redbug soft plastic worms in 20 feet. Striped bass are good on spoons. White bass are good on spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 57.37’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, dark soft plastic worms, and crankbaits in 5–15 feet. Striped bass are fair on white grubs and jigging spoons in 30–40 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 15–30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait in 28–42 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms near the dam at night. Hybrid striper are good on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on cut shad and minnows near the power plant. Crappie are good on red wigglers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad and cut bait at the gravel pit. Yellow catfish are fair on goldfish.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 51–54 degrees; 8.44’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 44–51 degrees; 28.78’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 10.53’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and topwaters early and late. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows, pet spoons, and hellbenders. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on liver, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 51–55 degrees; 3.82’ high. Black bass are slow on flipping tubes and flipping jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
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