Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of April 23, 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 stained; 62–67 degrees; 15.7’ low. Black bass are fair to good on flukes, Senkos, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs around shallow cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water fairly clear; 66–70 degrees; 38.72’ 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; 63–67 degrees; 17.63’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 59–64 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are fair on shad pattern squarebills and small soft plastic swimbaits around docks. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
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; 9.87’ 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; 60–64 degrees; 1.78’ low. Black bass are good on white buzzbaits and spinnerbaits around shallow cover. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 61–65 degrees; 2.08’ 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, 60–65 degrees; 21.58’ low. Black bass are good on bahama milk color Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and small crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel. 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; 10.99’ low. Black bass 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; 31.47’ low. Black bass are good on white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, pumpkin/chartreuse–tailed Whacky Sticks, and soft jerkbaits in 4–12 feet. Striped bass are good vertically jigging silver Perk Minnows in 25–35 feet. White bass are good on Bleeding Shiner Tiny Traps and live minnows in 15–25 feet. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live bait.
CADDO Water stained; 61– 66 degrees; 1.10’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rig creature baits and worms. White and yellow bass are good 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; 8.77’ low. Black bass are good on jerkbaits, white Terminator spinnerbaits, and pumpkin Whacky Sticks in 4–10 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on smoke/red tubes and root beer curl tail grubs on ledges in 10–25 feet. Crappie are fair on live minnows upriver in 5–15 feet. Channel catfish are fair upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 60–64 degrees; 3.99’ low. Black bass are good on citrus color squarebill crankbaits and white spinnerbaits near docks. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 65–69 degrees; 24.16’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Carolina rigged soft plastics. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnow tipped jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait in 10–15 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
COLEMAN Water clear; 62–66 degrees; 16.51’ 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; 74 degrees in main lake, 86 degrees at hot water discharge; 3.92’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 10 pounds are fair on live perch in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 21.19’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.52’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/green spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.
COOPER Water clear; 67–71 degrees; 10.66’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to ’15 deep. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are good on slabs and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow 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 clear; 65–69 degrees; 24.82’ 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; 60–64 degrees; 3.60’ low. Black bass are good on Megabass Hazedong Shad swimbaits on jigheads along main lake points. Shad pattern swim jigs effective as well. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 62–67 degrees; 13.70’ 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 green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and liver.
GRANBURY Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 10.44’ 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; 0.13’ low. 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; 59–63 degrees; 9.99’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and Reaction Innovations Skinny Dippers in sprayed grass color. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.
GREENBELT 42.86’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.06’ high. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on white spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and watermelon red soft plastic worms on the north side of the lake. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 3 pounds are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 63–68 degrees; 24.69’ low. Black bass are good on jigs, Texas rigs and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 60–63 degrees; 1.37’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and small white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 61–66; degrees; 1.06’ high. Black bass are good on sexy shad swim jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 59–63 degrees; 11.67’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs and green pumpkin creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are good 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; 0.37’ low. Black bass are good on blue/white spinnerbaits, watermelon Whacky Sticks, and green pumpkin soft plastic jerkbaits. Striped bass are fair on Spoiler Shads and white bucktails early. White bass are fair on Spoiler Shads and chrome/blue Tiny Traps early. Crappie are good on blue tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 59–64 degrees; 7.57’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair 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; 0.22’ 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 98.15’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 0.10 low. Black bass are slow on weightless soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
MEREDITH 89.41’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 63–67 degrees; 0.86’ high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and trotlines.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 0.12’ 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; 63–68 degrees; 47.47’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, jigs and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 62–67 degrees; 23.14’ low. Black bass are fair Texas rigged lizards or worms, jigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 59–64 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin shakyheads. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
PALO DURO 52.37’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 63–69 degrees; 14.29’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. 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 stained; 65–69 degrees; 8.87’ 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; 60–65 degrees; 7.46’ low. Black bass are fair on medium diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 59–64 degrees; 8.04’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and Missile D–Bombs in super bug. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair 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; 59–63 degrees; 7.71’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 2.02’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Trick Worms, Senkos, and Carolina rigged soft plastics on main lake flats. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live shiners and black/chartreuse roadrunners over hydrilla in 6–10 feet. Catfish are good on juglines baited with prepared bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 2.56’ 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 71.91’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 15.84’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.61’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 11.49’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Carp are good on minnows and corn. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 63–68 degrees; 24.78’ 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; 60–64 degrees; 9.78’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair 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; 59–63 degrees; 8.46’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and Texas rigged worms near laydown timber. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. 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; 1.47’ 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; 54.39’ low. Black bass are good on smoke grubs and Baby Brush Hogs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chrome crankbaits and minnows in 10–20 feet. Crappie are good on minnows in 10–20 feet. 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; 59–64 degrees; 6.67’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 62–67 degrees; 34.75’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 12.34’ 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; 61–65 degrees; 6.13’ high. Black bass are good 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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