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Week of April 9, 2014

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Invasive species alert! To prevent the spread of 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.


ATHENS :  Water clear; 59–63 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are fair on shad pattern shallow crankbaits along the shoreline as well as weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

BASTROP :  Water clear; 62–66 degrees. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON :  Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 9.67’ low. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on downriggers. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows around structure under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch. 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, 58–63 degrees; 2.05’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits as well as soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs along the bridges as well as the park pier. Catfish are good on jug lines.

BRIDGEPORT :  Water clear, 57–61 degrees; 21.50’ low. Black bass are fair on bahama milk or sunshine gill color Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good 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; 58–64 degrees; 3.98’ low. Black bass are fair on citrus color squarebill crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

COOPER :  Water clear; 66–70 degrees; 11.39’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to ’15 deep. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and 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 good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics off deep points, and on spinnerbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and soft plastics in shallow areas. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

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; 59–63 degrees; 10.18’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps over grass. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GRAPEVINE :  Water clear; 57–61 degrees; 9.84’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits in pumpkinseed and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

JOE POOL :  Water clear; 57–60 degrees; 1.35’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

LAVON :  Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 11.84’ low. Black bass are slow on sun perch bladed jigs and green pumpkin creature baits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow 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; 57–61 degrees; 7.56’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on cut shad and 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; 59–63 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PALESTINE :  Water clear; 57–62 degrees; 0.86’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin wacky worms. Crappie are fair on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PROCTOR :  Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 8.61’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair trolling crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on live shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD :  Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 7.34’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are slow on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS :  Water clear; 57–61 degrees; 8.00’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair 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; 58–62 degrees; 7.48’ low. Black bass are slow on medium and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are good 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; 61–65 degrees; 2.45’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE :  Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 11.35’ 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; 58–62 degrees; 9.77’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on 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; 57–60 degrees; 8.59’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and Texas rigged worms near floating docks. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and 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; 57–61 degrees; 7.19’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WHITNEY :  Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 12.20’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.


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