Fishing Reports for Week of September 17, 2014

Piney Woods Region

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Water Body Report
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
STEINHAGEN 1.44' high. No report available.
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.
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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