Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of November 19, 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; 30.73’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on topwaters and large jerkbaits. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. 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; 49–54 degrees; 1.80’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos and black and blue jigs on docks. Lipless crankbaits working as well. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
BASTROP Water stained; 70–74 degrees. Black bass are very good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on live minnows and pink/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.
BELTON Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 12.42’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and white spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on white Riversides and Sassy Shad at night under lights. White bass are good on white Riversides and silver/green Sassy Shad at night under lights. Crappie are good on minnows in 10–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on summer sausage, hot dogs, and Owens sausage. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 49–53 degrees; 2.84’ low. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and bladed jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
BONHAM Water stained, 50–54 degrees; 3.21’ 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 good on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are good on liver and shad near the pier. Redfish are good on perch, shrimp, shad, tilapia, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are very good on shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait. Blue catfish are slow.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 50–53 degrees; 23.94’ low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Vision 100 jerkbaits in pro blue. Crappie are fair 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; 12.92’ low. Black bass are fair on June bug worms, buzzbaits, and watermelon red soft plastic worms over brush piles in 8–15 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers over baited holes in 12–15 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 33.82’ 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; 51–55 degrees; 0.25 high. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and flipping jigs. White and yellow bass are slow on slab and minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and trotlines.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits around reed beds. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are good on perch and tilapia near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are very good on live bait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 12.00’ 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; 5.91’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 27.79’ 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; 19.17’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and watermelon red soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 56 degrees in main lake, 78 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.49’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and spinnerbaits near the hot water discharge in 8–10 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 18 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 stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.83’ 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; 12.51’ 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; 30.10’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and on deep running crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp in 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 good on shad colored Pop–R’s and soft plastics early. Red ear perch are good on worms in 2–10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water clear; 49–53 degrees; 6.96’ low. Black bass are fair 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. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. 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; 10.22’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics off points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.
GRANGER Water clear; 67–71 degrees; 0.55’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps off points. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs in 7–14 feet. Blue catfish are fair on fresh shad. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 49–54 degrees; 12.52’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shot Reaction Innovations Trixie Worms in California 420. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
GREENBELT 44.96’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass to 4 pounds 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; 49–53 degrees; 2.03’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos and soft plastic jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on cut shad and rod and reel.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 50–55; degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs as well as flipping jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 51–55 degrees; 12.79’ low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and chartreuse/white spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 0.29’ 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; 50–55 degrees; 7.16’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and black shallow to medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 68–72 degrees; 0.68’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 90.08’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 69–83 degrees; 2.40’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms and Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
MEREDITH 78.86’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water clear; 72–85 degrees; 0.36’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 1.88’ low. Black bass are good on shad colored crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on pet spoons and silver slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shad. 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; 52–56 degrees; 0.85’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and tube jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair 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; 12.62’ low. Black bass are good on black and purple soft plastic worms. Striped bass are good on silver/blue Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on cut shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are good on live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 53–56 degrees; 10.30’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are good 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; 51–55 degrees; 7.80’ low. Black bass are slow on umbrella rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 53–56 degrees; 10.22’ low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and Senkos. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 2.85’ 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; 1.16’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 71.98’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 16.96’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.64’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 13.57’ 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; 51–54 degrees; 11.88’ low. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. 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; 50–53 degrees; 6.96’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and shakyhead worms in green pumpkin. Crappie are good on jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 3.68’ low. Black bass are good on redbug or black/blue worms off points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs in 20 feet. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 58.94’ 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 watermelon/chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 52–55 degrees; 8.71’ 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; 10.51’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and on watermelon topwaters early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and hellbenders. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and minnows.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 53–57 degrees; 3.92’ 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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