Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of July 30, 2014

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Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water stained; 75–83 degrees; 17.28’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters, Senkos, DD22s and Carolina rigs. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 41.93’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin crankbaits, topwaters, spooks, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on stinkbait, and on juglines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are good on juglines 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; 75–83 degrees; 18.41’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon creature baits and topwater walking type baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on rod and reel.
BASTROP Water stained; 83–87 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, minnows, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 8.64’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon seed crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night in 18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, doughbait, and hot dogs in 6 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Senkos and Carolina rig soft plastics. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotline and prepared bait.
BONHAM Water stained, 82–85 degrees; 2.86’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jigs and soft plastics near shallow flats with grass, boat docks, ridges, creek channels and rocky points up to 12’ deep. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows on offshore brush piles up to 25’. Catfish are excellent along the rocks with stinkbait, chicken liver and cut shad.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps in reeds. Striped bass are good down rigging silver and gold spoons near the jetty and dam. Redfish are good on perch, tilapia, shad, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and shrimp.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 81–85 degrees; 22.28’ low. Black bass are fair on Bandit 200 crankbaits in white splatterback. Crappie are good on minnows and tube jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slab. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 11.81’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are good on cheesebait in 5–10 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish in 3–10 feet.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 28.19’ low. Black bass are fair on flukes, buzzbaits, Chug Bugs, and Texas rigged 5” watermelon candy Whacky Sticks in 4–10 feet at first light. Striped bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps, Rattlin’ Rogues, and plastic swim baits. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and plastic swim baits in creeks. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained; 82–85 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs and small crankbaits. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits over reed beds and near the dam. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam in 15–20 feet. Redfish are good on live perch and tilapia along the shoreline. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 9.17’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, watermelon candy flukes, and Whacky Sticks along grassy banks early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on JDC grubs, Gambler Crickets, and white crankbaits in 10–21 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows and Curb’s jigs in standing timber. Channel catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 3.75’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin and weightless Senkos. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 25.61’ low. Black bass are fair on small white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, watermelon crankbaits, and pumpkin Whacky Sticks with chartreuse tails along main lake points. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait upriver.
COLEMAN Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 17.30’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water stained; 87 degrees in main lake, 100 degrees at hot water discharge; 1.96’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are fair on watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits over grass beds in 6–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 16 pounds are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 10–14 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 21.49’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and shrimp.
COOPER Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 8.45’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot finesse worms and deep crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad.
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; 83–87 degrees; 29.93’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon seed soft plastics and brush hogs off points. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait upriver. 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 pumpkinseed Carolina rigged soft plastics and topwaters early and late. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut shad.
FORK Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 3.90’ low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and drop shot worms in 15–20’. White and yellow bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines and chicken liver.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 74–82 degrees; 14.67’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Yellow Magics, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms and watermelon/white crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and cut bait.
GRANBURY Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 5.22’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and chicken livers.
GRANGER Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 1.08’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs in 6–17 feet. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 9.66’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and topwaters. Some fish being caught in flooded cover. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters early. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait.
GREENBELT 44.04’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water clear; 86–90 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass to 7 pounds are fair on watermelon red topwaters and soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on live worms around grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 75–84 degrees; 27’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, jigs, Texas rigs and DD22s. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs over deep cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 0.85’ low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs topwaters. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 82–86; degrees; 1.67’ high. Black bass are good on flipping jigs and creature baits. Crappie are slow on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 82–87 degrees; 11.92’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craw worms. White bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LBJ Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue Berkley Power worms, watermelon topwaters, and watermelon red Whacky Sticks in 5–12 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 6.81’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, hollow body frogs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 81–85 degrees; 0.25’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 89.52’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 86–88 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are slow on drop shot soft plastics and deep diving crankbaits along deeper points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on punch bait and trotlines.
MEREDITH 80.34’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 93–100 degrees; 1.06’ low. Black bass are good on deep diving crankbaits and drop shot finesse worms near the discharge. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.27’ low. Black bass are fair on silver Rat–L–Traps in Liberty Hill Park, and on shallow running crankbaits near the dam. White bass are good trolling silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs off docks early. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver in 4–5 feet. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 76–84 degrees; 38.73’ low. Black bass are good on Zell Pops early and late, Senkos, Texas rigs, jigs and shallow or medium running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 75–83 degrees; 23.35’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Carolina rigs, jigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 81–84 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are good on Scrounger head rigs with flukes. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait.
PALO DURO 53.99’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 74–81 degrees; 15.17’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and D22s. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Little Georges. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 9.63’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on live shad and pet spoons. White bass are good on shad. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 82–85 degrees; 8.36’ low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are fair on white jigs and minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 7.56’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged worms and medium diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 7.46’ low. Black bass are fair on deep crankbaits and swim jigs. 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.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on silver and gold spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are slow.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 80–84 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows early. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 74.63’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 15.58’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.25’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 9.66’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 75–82 degrees; 26.23’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Carolina rigs, split shot weighted flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 9.77’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.
TEXOMA Water clear; 82–85 degrees; 5.67’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and finesse jigs near floating docks. Crappie are fair on minnows on brush piles. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are fair on redbug soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons in the river. Crappie are fair on minnows at night. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, livers, and hearts in 30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 53.07’ low. Black bass are good on plum worms, smoke grubs, and chartreuse topwaters in 10–25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chrome topwaters and white grubs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on bloodbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on shad colored crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on shad colored Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 7.90’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 74–82 degrees; 29.16’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 7.61’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on shrimp and live bait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 6.24’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and swim jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

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