Fishing Reports for Week of August 20, 2014

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ATHENS Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 0.72' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and topwater walking type baits along edges of grass. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotline and prepared bait.
BASTROP Water stained; 85–89 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; 9.47' 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.
BONHAM Water stained, 82–85 degrees; 2.31' low. Black bass are fair early along points using topwaters. Later in the day move to ridges, humps and points along the creek. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows on offshore brush piles up to 20'. Catfish are excellent along the rocks with stinkbait, chicken liver and cut shad.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 82–86 degrees; 22.68' 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 good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 83–86 degrees; 4.39' 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 good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
COOPER Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 9.24' low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and worms Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slab and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and 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.
FAYETTE Water stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and Carolina rigged green pumpkin soft plastics over humps. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed soft plastic worms and white crankbaits, and on spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and live bait.
GRANBURY Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 6.35' 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.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 83–86 degrees; 10.29' low. Black bass are good on Texas rig craws and topwater poppers near floating docks. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
JOE POOL Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 0.74' low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits in shad patterns and topwater walking baits. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 11.49' low. Black bass are good on swim jigs and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 5.31' low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.76' 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.
PALESTINE Water clear; 83–86 degrees; 0.39' low. Black bass are fair on Flukes and weightless Senkos near docks. Some deeper fish being caught on football jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
PROCTOR Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 11.40' low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastic worms early. Striped bass are very 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; 83–87 degrees; 8.32' low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits and football jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad and nightcrawlers.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 83–86 degrees; 6.13' low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 8.17' low. Black bass are slow on crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.34' 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.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 10.56' low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 9.93' low. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. 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; 83–86 degrees; 5.42' low. Black bass are slow on topwaters and drop shot finesse worms along deeper points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs on brush piles. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 7.60' low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITNEY Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 8.31' 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.

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