Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of August 27, 2014

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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 18.1’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Carolina rigs and jigs. 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; 41.56’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and jigs in 20–28 feet. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and punchbait in 40–80 feet. Yellow catfish are fair to good on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch in 20–30 feet. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 83–88 degrees; 18.71’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 0.94’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and topwater walking type baits along edges of grass. Crappie are fair on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
BASTROP Water stained; 88–92 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 9.92’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad in coves. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on summer sausage. Yellow catfish are fair on perch and live shad.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 83–88 degrees; 1.81’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged soft plastics and football jigs on brush piles. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 84–89 degrees; 2.93’ low. Black bass are good along creek channel and on the rocks with crankbaits, buzzbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows along bridge pilings and deeper points with brush. Catfish are good along the rocks with chicken liver and cut shad.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms in reeds. Striped bass are good on liver and perch off points near the pier. Redfish are excellent on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver, shrimp, and cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 83–87 degrees; 22.88’ low. Black bass are good on small soft plastic swimbaits on jigheads fished near rocky points on main lake. Megabass Dog X walking baits in raigyo have been effective as well. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are good on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 12.11’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms in 8–15 feet, and on jigs and buzzbaits in 4–10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies in 10–18 feet. 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; 82–86 degrees; 29.90’ low. Black bass are good on white Curb’s buzzbaits, watermelon Skip–N–Pop topwaters, and weightless Texas rigged purple flake Whacky Sticks in 5–15 feet. Striped bass are fair on topwaters or Rat–L–Traps at first light, and drifting live bait. 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 blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
CADDO Water stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.10’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits and black buzzbaits near shallow cover. Hollow body frogs effective as well in same areas. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are fair on perch colored crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on spoons and striper jigs. Redfish are fair on live perch and tilapia along the shoreline, and on live bait along the crappie wall. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are good on liver and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 10.32’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Flukes, Texas rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks, and white crankbaits off points in 2–8 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on root beer JDC grubs, craws, and watermelon red tubes on ball jigheads in 8–15 feet. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 10 feet upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines upriver.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 4.52’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin on docks and Carolina rigged centipedes and deep diving crankbaits on deeper brush piles. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 26.48’ low. Black bass are very good on watermelon crankbaits and large soft plastic lizards and worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait in 5–10 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
COLEMAN Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 17.91’ low. Black bass are very good on Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and chartreuse soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad near the park and the store. Crappie are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water stained; 87 degrees in main lake, 100 degrees at hot water discharge; 3.04’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps around vegetation in Coleto and Perdido Creeks in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 21 pounds are good on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch and goldfish in 10–14 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 21.85’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are good on silver/gold striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on liver and bait shrimp.
COOPER Water clear; 83–88 degrees; 9.61’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws and worms Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
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; 85–89 degrees; 32.82’ low. Black bass are good on large soft plastics and slow rolling spinnerbaits in 5–10 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait. 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 crankbaits and Carolina rigged green pumpkin soft plastics over humps. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water clear; 84–89 degrees; 4.61’ low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits, flutter spoons and drop shot worms in 15–20’. Weighted watermelon Flukes working in 10–15’. Some fish being caught in the pads with a Megabass Pony Gabot hollow body frog in tonosama. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles and bridges. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 84–89 degrees; 15.21’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Zell Pops, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on electric blue soft plastic worms and watermelon crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on minnows, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.
GRANBURY Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 6.78’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows, Charlie slabs, and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are fair on chicken livers and frozen shrimp.
GRANGER Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and crankbaits around timber. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in 4–15 feet. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 83–89 degrees; 10.50’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rig craws and medium diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
GREENBELT 44.22’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 0.52’ low. Black bass to 3 pounds are fair on strawberry soft plastic worms in 15 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on live worms off grassy banks and piers. Channel and blue catfish to 5 pounds are good on trotlines baited with liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 83–89 degrees; 27.66’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, midmorning switching to Texas rigs, crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs over deep cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 84–87 degrees; 0.84’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits in shad patterns and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 84–90; degrees; 1.18’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rig creature baits and hollow body frogs near shallow cover. Mid–day bite is slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 83–88 degrees; 11.68’ low. Black bass are fair on swim jigs and bladed jigs near stumps. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
LBJ Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, weightless watermelon red Whacky Sticks, and Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps in 5–12 feet at daylight. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 5.52’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and small swimbaits. 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 nightcrawlers.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 83–87 degrees; 0.17’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. White bass are good on troll tubes, pet spoons, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows in 20 feet. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 89.42’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 88–96 degrees; 0.74’ low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits and drop shot finesse worms along deeper points and breaks. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on punch bait and trotlines.
MEREDITH 82.14’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 95–101 degrees; 0.83’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged Trick Worms and drop shot finesse worms near breaks. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.92’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and chicken livers. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 39.73’ low. Black bass are good on Zara Spooks early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs, jigs and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 23.93’ 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; 84–88 degrees; 0.54’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos and wacky worms near docks. Some deeper fish being caught on football jigs and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
PALO DURO 53.63’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 83–89 degrees; 15.55’ low. Black bass are fair on Zell Pops early, later switching to drop shot rigs, Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Little Georges. Striped bass are fair on live shad and while trolling. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 11.44’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastic worms early. Striped bass are good on live shad. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. 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; 84–89 degrees; 8.60’ low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits and football jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 6.30’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged worms and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 84–90 degrees; 8.43’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and white buzzbaits near the dam. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.67’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with shrimp and cut bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 0.51’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, minnows, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 75.64’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 16.06’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.43’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 10.89’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 83–88 degrees; 26.78’ 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; 85–90 degrees; 10.17’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on topwaters. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good 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; 84–88 degrees; 5.62’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 0.98’ low. Black bass are good on redbug and watermelon red soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/green tube jigs over baited holes in 20 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers and crickets in 2–8 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, livers, and hearts. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 56.12’ low. Black bass are good on bone topwaters, red shad worms, and smoke grubs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on grubs, topwaters, and chrome jigging spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and fresh cut perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 7.60’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 29.77’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 8.59’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows, pet spoons, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and yellow tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and live bait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees; 5.28’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and weightless Senkos near shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

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