Fishing Reports for Week of April 16, 2014

Prairies & Lakes Region

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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.

Water Body Report
ATHENS Water clear; 57–62 degrees; 0.13' high. Black bass are slow on white swim jigs along the shoreline as well as weightless Senkos. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers.
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; 9.72' 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.
BONHAM Water stained, 59–63 degrees; 2.05' 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.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 56–61 degrees; 21.62' low. Black bass are good on bahama milk color Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel 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.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 56–62 degrees; 3.95' low. Black bass are good on citrus color squarebill crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
COOPER Water clear; 66–70 degrees; 10.74' low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to '15 deep. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on 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.
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.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and June bug red soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 10.27' 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.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 55–60 degrees; 9.96' low. Black bass are good on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits in pumpkinseed. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.
JOE POOL Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 1.34' low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 56–60 degrees; 11.76' low. Black bass are fair on sun perch bladed jigs and green pumpkin creature baits. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair 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.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 55–60 degrees; 7.66' low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are slow 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.
NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 0.03' 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.
PALESTINE Water clear; 55–60 degrees; 0.86' high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin wacky worms and shakyheads. Crappie are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
PROCTOR Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 8.65' 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; 56–60 degrees; 7.34' low. Black bass are slow on medium diving crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are slow on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 55–60 degrees; 8.09' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and football head jigs dragged along main points. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good 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; 56–61 degrees; 7.59' low. Black bass are slow on medium and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 2.49' 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.
STILLHOUSE Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 11.37' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on minnows and Li'l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 9.82' low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are slow 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; 55–60 degrees; 8.58' low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and Texas rigged worms near laydown timber. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs. 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.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 55–61 degrees; 7.13' low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITNEY Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 12.12' 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.

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