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Week of September 17, 2014

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ATHENS :  Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 1.37’ low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and finesse jigs. Crappie are slow on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and stinkbait.

BASTROP :  Water stained; 86–90 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, liver, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON :  Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 11.17’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits in coves near structure. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.

BONHAM :  Water stained, 80–85 degrees; 3.28’ low. Black bass are slow along creek channel and on the rocks with crankbaits, buzzbaits and Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs along bridge pilings and deeper points with brush. Catfish are good along the rocks on shrimp, chicken livers and stinkbait.

BRIDGEPORT :  Water clear, 81–85 degrees; 23.24’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits in banana milk color. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and shrimp.

CEDAR CREEK :  Water clear; 82–85 degrees; 5.01’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin on docks and Carolina rigged centipedes on deeper brush piles. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and marabou jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER :  Water clear; 80–85 degrees; 10.47’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and 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 shad colored swim baits, Zara Spooks, and Carolina rigged soft plastics in 14–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad.

GIBBONS CREEK :  Water clear. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white Carolina rigged soft plastics, perch colored Rat–L–Traps, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and perch.

GRANBURY :  Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 7.92’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits, and on watermelon/white soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and silver/white striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and live bait.

GRAPEVINE :  Water clear; 81–84 degrees; 11.08’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rig craws, topwaters and medium diving crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and shrimp.

JOE POOL :  Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 1.32’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters 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 prepared bait.

LAVON :  Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 12.33’ low. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LEWISVILLE :  Water lightly stained; 81–86 degrees; 6.28’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, topwaters and small swimbaits near larger rocks along mid lake area. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

NAVARRO MILLS :  Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.27’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp around stickups in 5–12 feet. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PALESTINE :  Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 0.83’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin jigs on brushed out docks. Some deeper fish being caught on football jigs and Carolina rigs in middle of the day. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and chicken liver.

PROCTOR :  Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 12.10’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored crankbaits. Striped bass are good on silver spoons. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

RAY HUBBARD :  Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 9.43’ low. Black bass are slow on medium and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS :  Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 6.65’ low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Some fish being caught early on topwaters. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and shrimp.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS :  Water lightly stained; 80–85 degrees; 9.02’ low. Black bass are slow on blue fleck Texas rigged worms. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are slow on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

SOMERVILLE :  Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.63’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Rat–L–Traps and crappie jigs. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Perch are excellent on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE :  Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 11.94’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and Perk Minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TAWAKONI :  Water stained; 81–87 degrees; 10.70’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on topwaters. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair 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; 80–84 degrees; 5.94’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are good on jigs. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD :  Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 8.04’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WHITNEY :  Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 9.34’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait.


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