Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of October 29, 2014

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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 9.55’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 32.35’ low. Black bass are good on spooks and soft plastic worms in 10–30 feet. Striped bass are fair on light green spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on brim. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 73–75 degrees; 19.6’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 71–74 degrees; 1.69’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Texas rig worms and craws as well as Yellow Magic topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BASTROP Water stained; 77–81 degrees. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Crappie are very good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on bait shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 11.80’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits near the bank and trolling Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are good on silver jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on Spam and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are good on live perch and live shad.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 71–76 degrees; 2.58’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and black and blue flipping jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
BONHAM Water stained, 70–75 degrees; 2.90’ low. Black bass are slow along creek channel and on the rocks with shad pattern crankbaits and Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs along bridge pilings and deeper points with brush. 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. Striped bass are fair on silver and gold spoons and marble spinnerbaits near the dam. Redfish are fair down rigging spoons near the jetty and dam. Channel catfish are good on liver and stinkbait near the dam. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 70–73 degrees; 23.73’ low. Black bass are fair on shad pattern squarebills and Texas rigged Speed Craws in green pumpkin around shallow wood and brush. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
BROWNWOOD Water clear; 71–75 degrees; 12.80’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and craw colored crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies, small Rat–L–Traps, and shad crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and tube jigs over brush piles and under lighted docks at night. Channel catfish are good on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 31.70’ low. Black bass are fair on silver flake Whacky Sticks on jigheads, root beer JDC Drop Shot Worms on drop shot rigs, and white/chartreuse/purple back crankbaits in 8–20 feet early. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs and drifting or free lining live bait at daylight. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on live bait upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait upriver.
CADDO Water stained; 72–75 degrees; 0.31 low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. White and yellow bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on spoons and jigs near the crappie wall and the dam. Redfish are good on live bait and down rigging spoons with green grubs near the dam in 15–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and shad near the railroad bridge. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 70–74 degrees; 11.90’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red Whacky Sticks on wacky rigs, Smokin’ Green Devil’s Tongues on drop shot rigs, and white spinnerbaits in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are good jigging blade baits and trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits over and around humps. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and 3/16oz. pumpkin Curb’s jigs in 14–28 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows and crappie jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 5.45’ low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns near docks and shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 27.64’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Drum are fair on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water clear; 72–76 degrees; 18.83’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 76 degrees in main lake, 90 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.24’ low. Black bass to 7 pounds are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits around grass in 10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs near Coletoville Bridge in 10–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish to 16 pounds are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 21.71’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.65’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed/chartreuse soft plastics, Senkos, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live bait, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 11.77’ 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; 79–83 degrees; 31.35’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, buzzbaits, and topwaters. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut bait and shrimp. 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 green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Red ear perch are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 6.36’ low. Black bass are fair on black blue flipping jigs and Texas rigged worms near stumps in 2–10’ as well as squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns near main lake points. White and yellow bass are fair on small crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 72–75 degrees; 17.16’ low. Black bass are fair to good on spinnerbaits, 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 watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are fair on minnows and hot dogs.
GRANBURY Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 9.75’ low. Black bass are good on shad colored spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and on topwaters early and late. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows, hellbenders, and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and nightcrawlers.
GRANGER Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are good on chrome crankbaits upriver. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are very good on live perch.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 11.77’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
GREENBELT 44.85’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass to 8 pounds are fair on buzzbaits, and on watermelon and green pumpkin soft plastc worms near structure. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 73–76 degrees; 29.28’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, jigs, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs over deep cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 71–74 degrees; 1.72’ low. Black bass are fair on shad pattern shallow crankbaits and soft plastic jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 71–75; degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and punch bait.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 71–75 degrees; 12.62’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are fair on Curb’s buzzbaits, JDC Skip–N–Pops, and on wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks under boat docks. Striped bass are good on Creme Lures 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 dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair to good on trotlines baited with live bait.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 70–74 degrees; 7.08’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and black shallow to medium crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 75–79 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on Zara spooks and chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on pet spoons, hellbenders, and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 90.03’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 85–89 degrees; 2.16’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
MEREDITH 78.68’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water clear; 86–90 degrees; 0.10’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 1.70’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on live and frozen shad. Yellow catfish are fair on perch.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 42.03’ low. Black bass are fair to good on spinnerbaits, Texas rigs, jigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 25’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, shakyheads, crankbaits, Carolina rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 0.84’ low. Black bass are slow on swim jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
PALO DURO 56.6’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 72–76 degrees; 15.06’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, drop shot rigs, Carolina rigs and Texas rigs. 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; 76–80 degrees; 12.51’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/chartreuse tailed soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on white pearl crankbaits. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on goldfish, stinkbait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 71–74 degrees; 9.86’ low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits and small swimbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 70–73 degrees; 7.40’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws and worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on topwaters and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 70–74 degrees; 9.68’ low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and Senkos. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 2.38’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastic worms and chartreuse crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs and white/gold spoons. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on live bait, shrimp, and punchbait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 0.97’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows at night. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 71.17’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 16.84’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.42’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 12.86’ low. Black bass are good on chrome Tiny Torpedoes and on cotton candy and watermelon red soft plastic worms. White bass are good on white/chartreuse little roadrunners and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and night crawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 71–75 degrees; 28’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 72–75 degrees; 11.40’ low. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and swimjigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on topwaters and small crankbaits. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on topwaters. Catfish are good 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; 70–74 degrees; 6.61’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, medium crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 3.60’ low. Black bass are very good on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, flukes, and topwaters early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 12–15 feet over baited holes. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 58.00’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome chuggers, watermelon red soft plastic worms, and smoke grubs in 5–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs in 15–25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait in 25–40 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 70–73 degrees; 8.92’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 71–74 degrees; 28.57’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 10.22’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and on topwaters early. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, liver, and live bait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 72–76 degrees; 4.82’ high. Black bass are slow on flipping tubes and flipping jigs near shallow cover. Some fish being caught on hollow body frogs and Ribbits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

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