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Week of July 30, 2014

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ATHENS :  Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon creature baits and topwater walking type baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on rod and reel.

BASTROP :  Water stained; 83–87 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, minnows, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON :  Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 8.64’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon seed crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night in 18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, doughbait, and hot dogs in 6 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

BONHAM :  Water stained, 82–85 degrees; 2.86’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jigs and soft plastics near shallow flats with grass, boat docks, ridges, creek channels and rocky points up to 12’ deep. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows on offshore brush piles up to 25’. Catfish are excellent along the rocks with stinkbait, chicken liver and cut shad.

BRIDGEPORT :  Water clear, 81–85 degrees; 22.28’ low. Black bass are fair on Bandit 200 crankbaits in white splatterback. Crappie are good on minnows and tube jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slab. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK :  Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 3.75’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin and weightless Senkos. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER :  Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 8.45’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot finesse worms and deep crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good 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 pumpkinseed Carolina rigged soft plastics and topwaters early and late. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut shad.

GIBBONS CREEK :  Water clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms and watermelon/white crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and cut bait.

GRANBURY :  Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 5.22’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and chicken livers.

GRAPEVINE :  Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 9.66’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and topwaters. Some fish being caught in flooded cover. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters early. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait.

JOE POOL :  Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 0.85’ low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs topwaters. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

LAVON :  Water lightly stained; 82–87 degrees; 11.92’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craw worms. White bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LEWISVILLE :  Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 6.81’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, hollow body frogs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

NAVARRO MILLS :  Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.27’ low. Black bass are fair on silver Rat–L–Traps in Liberty Hill Park, and on shallow running crankbaits near the dam. White bass are good trolling silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs off docks early. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver in 4–5 feet. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PALESTINE :  Water clear; 81–84 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are good on Scrounger head rigs with flukes. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait.

PROCTOR :  Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 9.63’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on live shad and pet spoons. White bass are good on shad. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

RAY HUBBARD :  Water clear; 82–85 degrees; 8.36’ low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are fair on white jigs and minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS :  Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 7.56’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged worms and medium diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS :  Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 7.46’ low. Black bass are fair on deep crankbaits and swim jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

SOMERVILLE :  Water murky; 80–84 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows early. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE :  Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 9.66’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

TAWAKONI :  Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 9.77’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.

TEXOMA :  Water clear; 82–85 degrees; 5.67’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and finesse jigs near floating docks. Crappie are fair on minnows on brush piles. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD :  Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 7.90’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WHITNEY :  Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 7.61’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on shrimp and live bait.


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