Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of July 16, 2014

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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 75–83 degrees; 16.77’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters, shallow running crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
AMISTAD Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 41.70’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, and on watermelon seed and green pumpkin soft plastics in 18–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 75–83 degrees; 18.52’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 85–89 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are slow on watermelon creature baits and topwaters. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
BASTROP Water stained; 83–87 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 8.50’ low. Black bass are good trolling Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in 20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 86–89 degrees; 1.24’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless soft plastics and Texas rig plastic worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
BONHAM Water clear, 83–87 degrees; 2.82’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and soft plastics near shallow flats with grass, boat docks, ridges, creek channels and rocky points up to 15’ deep. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows on offshore brush piles. Catfish are excellent along the rocks with stinkbait, chicken liver and cut shad.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad off points near the pier. Redfish are good down rigging near the jetty and dam. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut bait and cheesebait near the hot water discharge.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 84–88 degrees; 22.37’ low. Black bass are fair on white medium crankbaits near riprap and green pumpkin shakyhead worms on deeper docks. Crappie are good on minnows and tube jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 11.60’ 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; 79–83 degrees; 28.18’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged grape Scoundrel worms, flukes, and watermelon JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters around stumps in 5–15 feet. Striped bass are good on Red Fins, Zara Jr’s, and trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits on the surface at daylight. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps and jigging Pirk Minnows and Tiny Traps over rock piles in 20-30 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and Curb's crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
CADDO Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and hollow body frogs near stumps and shallow cover. White and yellow bass are slow on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons along the crappie wall and the dam in 10-20 feet. Channel catfish are good on cheesebait, and shad near the railroad trestle. Blue catfish are good on liver and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 8.77’ low. Black bass are fair on Pop R’s, crankbaits and Flukes upriver along shorelines in 4–8 feet at daylight. Striped bass are fair drifting live bait and trolling Gizz 4 and Shad Rap crankbaits. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on root beer JDC grubs and craws, chartreuse plastic Crickets and watermelon red tubes on ball jigheads along ledges in 6-20 feet. Crappie are good on Curb's crappie jigs and live minnows upriver over submerged brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines upriver.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 84–89 degrees; 3.43’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin and topwater poppers. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 25.31’ low. Black bass are good on deep running crankbaits and white/chartreuse spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and punchbait. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with perch.
COLEMAN Water clear; 79–83 degrees; 17.99’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and watermelon green spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 20–30 feet. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 88 degrees in main lake, 100 degrees at hot water discharge; 1.51’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 6–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 10 pounds are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 10-12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 21.28’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on shad colored crankbaits and silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and fair on blue tube jigs over brush in 20 feet. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 8.40’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and drop shot finesse worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on rod and reel.
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; 29.13’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp under birds. 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 watermelon gold Carolina rigged soft plastics in 10–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad in 8–12 feet.
FORK Water clear; 84–89 degrees; 3.67’ low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and drop shot worms in 15–20’. White and yellow bass are good on topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows near the bridges. Catfish are slow on trotlines and chicken liver.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 74–82 degrees; 14.87’ low. Black bass are fair on Zara Spooks, 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 soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on liver, cut bait, and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 4.63’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged soft plastic worms and lizards, and on shad colored crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and frozen shrimp.
GRANGER Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are fair on jigs upriver. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs in 12-15 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch and goldfish.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 84–87 degrees; 10.80’ low. Black bass are good on shakyhead worms and topwaters near main lake points. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
GREENBELT 44.22’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass to 10 pounds are good on topwaters and purple or red soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are good on live worms around structure. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 75–84 degrees; 27.20’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads, jigs, Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs over deep cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 0.63’ low. Black bass are good on medium and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 85–89; degrees; 1.84’ high. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs in black and blue and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are fair on white tube jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 11.92’ low. Black bass are slow on black buzzbaits and Texas rigged worms in 5–10’. White bass are slow on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LBJ Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, and weightless watermelon red Whacky Sticks along seawalls and docks. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 12 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 8.33’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and medium diving crankbaits near submerged rock. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 81–85 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on pet spoons, hellbenders, trolling tubes, and slabs. White bass are good on pet spoons, hellbenders, trolling tubes, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
MACKENZIE 89.42’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 89–93 degrees; 0.45’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow belly frogs near shallow cover as well as drop shot soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on punch bait and rod and reel.
MEREDITH 82.14’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 94–100 degrees; 0.89’ low. Black bass are good on deep diving crankbaits and drop shot finesse worms near the discharge. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.07’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and June bug soft plastic worms, white or chartreuse spinnerbaits, and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs over humps. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs off docks. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 76–84 degrees; 38.74’ low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magics, Texas rigs, jigs and medium swimbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 75–83 degrees; 23.12’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, jigs and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on chartreuse (use Worn-Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 83–88 degrees; 0.22’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin shakyheads and Scrounger head rigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.
PALO DURO 53.63’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 74–81 degrees; 15.15’ 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 Humdingers. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 10.58’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastic worms early. Striped bass are good on live shad. White bass are excellent on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with goldfish. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 85–89 degrees; 8.23’ low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 85–88 degrees; 9.26’ low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and crankbaits in 10–15’ targeting rock piles along drop–offs. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 7.06’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs and Carolina rigged worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/black tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are slow. Catfish are very good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair trolling slab spoons near the dam. White bass are fair trolling slab spoons near the dam. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on punchbait, and on juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 73.93’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 16.62’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.53’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 9.28’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and green pumpkin soft plastics. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on doughbait, chicken livers and chicken bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 75–82 degrees; 26.11’ low. Black bass are fair to good on flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 9.53’ low. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and shallow crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are fair on minnows and tube jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. 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; 84–87 degrees; 6.21’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and Texas rigged plastics near floating docks. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 1.14’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes in 15-20 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and stinkbait in 30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 52.48’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon worms and bone topwaters in 5–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on fresh cut bait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on shad. Hybrid striper are fair on shad and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and green/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, frozen shad, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 7.85’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 74–82 degrees; 31.57’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 7.34’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on shad colored Liíl Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on bait shrimp, stinkbait, and liver.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees; 6.28’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and swim jigs. Some fish being caught early on topwaters. Crappie are good on jigs minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait.

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