Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of September 17, 2014

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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 18.19’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, Rat–L–Traps and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 40.64’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on shrimp, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers over baited holes in 15–45 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines, juglines, and droplines around rockslides 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; 83–88 degrees; 19.13’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 1.37’ low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and finesse jigs. Crappie are slow on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and stinkbait.
BASTROP Water stained; 86–90 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, liver, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 11.17’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits in coves near structure. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 2.17’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and finesse worms on shakyheads. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are slow on topwaters and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 80–85 degrees; 3.28’ low. Black bass are slow along creek channel and on the rocks with crankbaits, buzzbaits and Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs along bridge pilings and deeper points with brush. Catfish are good along the rocks on shrimp, chicken livers and stinkbait.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad off points near the pier. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are very good on liver, shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam. Blue catfish are slow.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 81–85 degrees; 23.24’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits in banana milk color. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and shrimp.
BROWNWOOD Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 12.47’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and topwaters near the docks and over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles in 10–18 feet, and off lighted docks at night. Channel catfish are good on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 31.26’ low. Black bass are fair on JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, watermelon flukes, Rat–L–Traps, and watermelon red Whacky Sticks at first light along break lines of flats. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads plastic swim baits and drifting live bait at first light on the surface. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and 2” plastic swim baits. Crappie are fair on pink/white tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and black and blue flipping jigs. White and yellow bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam and the crappie wall in 15–20 feet. Redfish are fair on crawfish and tilapia along the shoreline. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 11.09’ low. Black bass are fair on JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, green pumpkin Whacky Sticks, and Texas rigged blue flake worms along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling crankbaits over and around humps and jigging 1oz. Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and pumpkin Curb’s jigs with matching JDC craw trailers. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 82–85 degrees; 5.01’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin on docks and Carolina rigged centipedes on deeper brush piles. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and marabou jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 26.98’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastics early. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are good on live perch.
COLEMAN Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 18.49’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 85 degrees in main lake, 99 degrees at hot water discharge; 3.63’ low. Black bass to 5 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 16 pounds are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 10–14 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 22.34’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.81’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/white Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water clear; 80–85 degrees; 10.47’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and 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 murky; 84–88 degrees; 33.31’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and watermelon Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on 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 shad colored swim baits, Zara Spooks, and Carolina rigged soft plastics in 14–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad.
FORK Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 5.32’ low. Black bass are fair on medium to deep diving crankbaits and Yellow Magics. Best bite has been mid–day in 10–20’ of water. White and yellow bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs along the bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 84–89 degrees; 16.24’ low. Black bass are fair to good on medium running crankbaits, Senkos, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white Carolina rigged soft plastics, perch colored Rat–L–Traps, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and perch.
GRANBURY Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 7.92’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits, and on watermelon/white soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and silver/white striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and live bait.
GRANGER Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 0.70’ low. Black bass are good on black/chartreuse soft plastic worms in 3–6 feet. White bass are fair on crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps along shallow roadbeds early and late. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 81–84 degrees; 11.08’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rig craws, topwaters and medium diving crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and shrimp.
GREENBELT 44.05’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed soft plastic worms near the dam, and on chatterbaits and poppers near the mouths of creeks. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush. Bream are good on live worms off grassy banks. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 83–89 degrees; 28.48’ low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to jigs, Texas rigs and DT 10s. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs over deep cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 1.32’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters 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 prepared bait.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 81–86; degrees; 0.77’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rig creature baits and shallow crankbaits. Topwaters best early and late. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 12.33’ low. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LBJ Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Curb’s jigs, perch colored crankbaits, and green pumpkin tubes around docks and laydowns. Striped bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 81–86 degrees; 6.28’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, topwaters and small swimbaits near larger rocks along mid lake area. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 82–88 degrees; 0.58’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on shad. White bass are good on troll tubes and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 89.81’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 86–92 degrees; 1.48’ low. Black bass are fair on Flick Shake worms and drop shot finesse worms along deeper points and breaks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
MEREDITH 79.02’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 93–99 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged Trick Worms, deep diving crankbaits and drop shot finesse worms near breaks. Crappie are slow on minnows and marabou jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.27’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp around stickups in 5–12 feet. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 40.96’ low. Black bass are good on topwater frogs early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 24.50’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, shakyheads, crankbaits, Carolina rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 0.83’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin jigs on brushed out docks. Some deeper fish being caught on football jigs and Carolina rigs in middle of the day. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and chicken liver.
PALO DURO 55.51’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 84–89 degrees; 16.19’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to drop shot rigs, Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and jigs. 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; 82–86 degrees; 12.10’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored crankbaits. Striped bass are good on silver spoons. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 9.43’ low. Black bass are slow on medium and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 6.65’ low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Some fish being caught early on topwaters. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and shrimp.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 80–85 degrees; 9.02’ low. Black bass are slow on blue fleck Texas rigged worms. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are slow on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 1.53’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue flake soft plastic worms and chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.63’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Rat–L–Traps and crappie jigs. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Perch are excellent on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 77.53’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 16.65’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.44’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 11.94’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and Perk Minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 83–88 degrees; 27.41’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Carolina rigs, jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 81–87 degrees; 10.70’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on topwaters. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good 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; 80–84 degrees; 5.94’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are good on jigs. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 1.51’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse topwaters and redbug soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers in 5–10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 58.20’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome chuggers and red shad worms in 20–35 feet. Striped bass are fair on white/blue striper jigs. White bass are good on chrome chuggers and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 8.04’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 29.49’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 9.34’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 81–87 degrees; 5.02’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and flipping jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on jigs minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

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