Fishing Reports for Week of April 23, 2014

Piney Woods 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
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 60–64 degrees; 1.78' low. Black bass are good on white buzzbaits and spinnerbaits around shallow cover. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
CADDO Water stained; 61– 66 degrees; 1.10' high. Black bass are good on Texas rig creature baits and worms. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
CONROE Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.52' low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/green spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.
FORK Water clear; 60–64 degrees; 3.60' low. Black bass are good on Megabass Hazedong Shad swimbaits on jigheads along main lake points. Shad pattern swim jigs effective as well. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.06' high. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on white spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and watermelon red soft plastic worms on the north side of the lake. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 3 pounds are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 61–66; degrees; 1.06' high. Black bass are good on sexy shad swim jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 64–68 degrees; 0.22' high. Black bass are good on watermelon red spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shad and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 0.10 low. Black bass are slow on weightless soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 63–67 degrees; 0.86' high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 2.02' low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Trick Worms, Senkos, and Carolina rigged soft plastics on main lake flats. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live shiners and black/chartreuse roadrunners over hydrilla in 6–10 feet. Catfish are good on juglines baited with prepared bait.
STEINHAGEN 1.61' high. No report available.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 1.47' low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 61–65 degrees; 6.13' high. Black bass are good on black neon Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.

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