Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of September 25, 2014

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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 9.08’ 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; 39.72’ 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; 19.24’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 80–85 degrees; 1.52’ low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.
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; 11.07’ 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; 81–85 degrees; 2.38’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 80–84 degrees; 2.84’ 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, 80–85 degrees; 23.38’ 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; 12.45’ 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; 31.35’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics, Pop–R’s, and shad flukes along deeper creek points and ledges in 6–15 feet at daylight. Striped bass are fair on plastic swim baits on the surface at first light, and drifting or free lining live bait near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are good on rod/reel, juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained; 80–86 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and topwaters. White and yellow bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.
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; 10.74’ low. Black bass are good on drop shot Devil’s Tongues and watermelon red Whacky Sticks along grassy banks early and late. Striped bass are fair jigging 1oz. Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 5.20’ 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 good on slabs and small crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and marabou jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 27.04’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored Rat–L–Traps and white spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on frozen shrimp and punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.
COLEMAN Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 18.38’ 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; 3.64’ low. Black bass 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 are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 10–14 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 21.32’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.34’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and watermelon red Carolina rigged soft plastics, Senkos, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.
COOPER Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 10.80’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms in green pumpkin. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and 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; 84–88 degrees; 32.97’ 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; 80–85 degrees; 5.58’ low. Black bass are slow 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 fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs along the bridges. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 84–89 degrees; 16.12’ 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 green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live perch.
GRANBURY Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 8.21’ 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; 0.33’ high. 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; 11.23’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rig craws, topwaters and medium diving crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and shrimp.
GREENBELT 44.19’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass to 8 pounds are fair on spinnerbaits near the island. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows over brush and near the dam in 14–15 feet. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish to 7 pounds are good on catalpa worms. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 83–89 degrees; 28.57’ 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; 80–85 degrees; 1.44’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and weightless Senkos. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 80–86; degrees; 0.62’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rig creature baits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 81–86 degrees; 12.52’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits and black buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
LBJ Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are fair to good on blue flake Whacky Sticks, black/blue Curb’s Erratic jigs, and Texas rigged Big Pigs in 5–12 feet early. Striped bass are good on Creme Lure’s 2” Spoiler Shads and Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, liver, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 6.44’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, topwaters and small swimbaits near larger rocks along mid lake area. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 82–88 degrees; 0.45’ 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 89.66’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 85–91 degrees; 1.70’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shot finesse worms along deeper points and breaks. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
MEREDITH 78.96’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 91–97 degrees; 0.10’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged Trick Worms, deep diving crankbaits and drop shot finesse worms near breaks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.37’ 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; 40.58’ 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; 24.47’ 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; 79–83 degrees; 0.92’ low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin finesse jigs on brushed out docks. Some fishing being caught on shallow crankbaits as well. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and chicken liver.
PALO DURO 55.72’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 84–89 degrees; 16.24’ 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; 12.20’ 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; 80–84 degrees; 9.67’ low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits and football jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 6.83’ low. Black bass are slow on white spinnerbaits, medium crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and shrimp.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 9.22’ low. Black bass are fair on blue fleck Texas rigged worms and shakyheads. White bass are slow on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 1.66’ low. Black bass are good on bone topwaters and watermelon soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on spoons over humps. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and nightcrawlers.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.58’ 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 77.72’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 16.31’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.36’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 11.79’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms. White bass are good on pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 83–88 degrees; 27.27’ 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; 81–86 degrees; 10.87’ low. Black bass are slow on topwaters and black buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair 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; 6.04’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 1.67’ 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; 55.98’ low. Black bass are fair on bone chuggers and watermelon worms in 15–28 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on smoke grubs and jigging spoons in 28–40 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut perch in 30–45 feet. 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; 80–85 degrees; 8.27’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 29.93’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 9.42’ 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; 81–86 degrees; 5.09’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and flipping jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

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