Fishing Reports for Week of July 16, 2014

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 7.85' low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITNEY Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 7.34' low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on shad colored Li'l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on bait shrimp, stinkbait, and liver.

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