Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of April 16, 2014

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To prevent the spread of invasive zebra mussels, anglers in some North and Central Texas counties are required to drain all water from their boats before leaving or approaching a public water body. Get details.

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ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 52–61 degrees; 14.75’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water fairly clear; 66–70 degrees; 36.63’ low. Black bass are very good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs, crankbaits, and jigging spoons. White bass are good on slabs, crankbaits, and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on live minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch at night. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 53–59 degrees; 17.33’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 57–62 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are slow on white swim jigs along the shoreline as well as weightless Senkos. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers.
BASTROP Water clear; 65–69 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water clear; 63–67 degrees; 9.72’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on light blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows in 20–30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers, shrimp, and stinkbait at night. Yellow catfish are slow. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 58–63 degrees; 1.86’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged lizards in green pumpkin or black and blue near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 59–63 degrees; 2.05’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, crankbaits and spinner baits on boat docks and rocky points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs along the bridges and boat docks. Catfish are good on jug lines with cut bait.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits along shorelines and structure. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and silver spoons. Redfish are good on live perch and tilapia. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, liver, and stinkbait. Blue catfish are fair on chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 56–61 degrees; 21.62’ low. Black bass are good on bahama milk color Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 10.88’ low. Black bass to 7 pounds are excellent on craw and shad colored crankbaits, chartreuse/white chatterbaits, and shad colored spinnerbaits in 4–10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are excellent on minnows and jigs off lighted docks at night in 1–8 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white and shad Li’l Fishies. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 31.21’ low. Black bass are fair on JDC RocKraw trailers, pumpkin JDC Craws, and black/blue Whacky Sticks on jigheads along ledges. Striped bass are fair jigging and trolling Curb’s striper jigs and trolling crankbaits in 20–30 feet. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows, Shad Raps, and live bait. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CADDO Water stained; 58– 62 degrees; 1.11’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rig creature baits and weightless Senkos. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and grubs along shorelines. Striped bass are good on chicken livers, shad, and spoons. Redfish are good on perch and shrimp on the bottom. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shad, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 8.62’ low. Black bass are fair on brown Curb’s hair jigs, JDC drop shot worms, and Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling white Curb’s striper jigs and vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and at mid lake in 40 feet. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 56–62 degrees; 3.95’ low. Black bass are good on citrus color squarebill crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 65–69 degrees; 24.00’ low. Black bass are fair on swimbaits and Texas rigged soft plastic lizards. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and fair on jigs under lights at night. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water clear; 62–66 degrees; 16.45’ low. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, lizards, and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 65 degrees in main lake, 73 degrees at hot water discharge; 3.89’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 12 pounds are fair on live perch in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 20.61’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait and liver.
COOPER Water clear; 66–70 degrees; 10.74’ low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to ’15 deep. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair 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 clear; 65–69 degrees; 24.81’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, stinkbait, 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 and chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad.
FORK Water clear; 57–62 degrees; 3.62’ low. Black bass are good on Megabass hazedong Shad swimbaits on jigheads along main lake points. Bed fish being caught on white Zoom Speed Craws and. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on rod and reel and cut shad.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 53–60 degrees; 13.15’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and June bug red soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 10.27’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow.
GRANGER Water clear; 65–69 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver at night. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch in the river.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 55–60 degrees; 9.96’ low. Black bass are good on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits in pumpkinseed. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.
GREENBELT 42.32’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on black soft plastic worms and white/light blue spinnerbaits in 4–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and grubs around brush piles. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 54–61 degrees; 24.03’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 1.34’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 58–64; degrees; 1.13’ high. Black bass are good on sexy shad swim jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 56–60 degrees; 11.76’ low. Black bass are fair on sun perch bladed jigs and green pumpkin creature baits. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
LBJ Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue Curb’s jigs and watermelon tubes on docks. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 55–60 degrees; 7.66’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 64–68 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon red spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shad and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 97.47 low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 68–71 degrees; 0.05 high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.
MEREDITH 89.15’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 61–66 degrees; 0.81’ high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on black/orange jigs and minnows off docks. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 54–60 degrees; 45.90’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed jigs, shakyheads, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 54–61 degrees; 22.45’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 55–60 degrees; 0.86’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin wacky worms and shakyheads. Crappie are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
PALO DURO 52.64’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 54–61 degrees; 13.64’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 8.65’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are good on live shad and white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 10–15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 7.34’ low. Black bass are slow on medium diving crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are slow on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 55–60 degrees; 8.09’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and football head jigs dragged along main points. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 56–61 degrees; 7.59’ low. Black bass are slow on medium and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 2.03’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged watermelon red soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Charlie slabs and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 2.49’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 69.86’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 15.22’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.72’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 11.37’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 53–59 degrees; 24.16’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 9.82’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow 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; 55–60 degrees; 8.58’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and Texas rigged worms near laydown timber. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 1.35’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 53.96’ low. Black bass are good on Senkos, flukes, and crawfish crankbaits in 5–15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver crankbaits, white grubs, and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/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 good on chartreuse striper jigs and silver spoons. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 55–61 degrees; 7.13’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 52–60 degrees; 34.64’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 12.12’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on silver spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on live bait and frozen shrimp.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 5.96 ’ high. Black bass are fair on black neon Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.

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