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Week of August 27, 2014

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ATHENS :  Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 0.94’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and topwater walking type baits along edges of grass. Crappie are fair on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

BASTROP :  Water stained; 88–92 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; 9.92’ 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, 84–89 degrees; 2.93’ low. Black bass are good along creek channel and on the rocks with crankbaits, buzzbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows along bridge pilings and deeper points with brush. Catfish are good along the rocks with chicken liver and cut shad.

BRIDGEPORT :  Water clear, 83–87 degrees; 22.88’ 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 fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are good on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK :  Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 4.52’ 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 fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER :  Water clear; 83–88 degrees; 9.61’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws and worms Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on 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 electric blue soft plastic worms and watermelon crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on minnows, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

GRANBURY :  Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 6.78’ 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; 83–89 degrees; 10.50’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rig craws and medium diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

JOE POOL :  Water clear; 84–87 degrees; 0.84’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits in shad patterns and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

LAVON :  Water lightly stained; 83–88 degrees; 11.68’ low. Black bass are fair on swim jigs and bladed jigs near stumps. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

LEWISVILLE :  Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 5.52’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and small swimbaits. 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 nightcrawlers.

NAVARRO MILLS :  Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.92’ 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; 84–88 degrees; 0.54’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos and wacky worms near docks. Some deeper fish being caught on football jigs and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PROCTOR :  Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 11.44’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastic worms early. Striped bass are 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; 84–89 degrees; 8.60’ low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits and football jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS :  Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 6.30’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged worms and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS :  Water lightly stained; 84–90 degrees; 8.43’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and white buzzbaits near the dam. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

SOMERVILLE :  Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 0.51’ 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; 10.89’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

TAWAKONI :  Water stained; 85–90 degrees; 10.17’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on topwaters. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good 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; 84–88 degrees; 5.62’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD :  Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 7.60’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WHITNEY :  Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 8.59’ 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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