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Week of April 23, 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; 59–64 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are fair on shad pattern squarebills and small soft plastic swimbaits around docks. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BASTROP :  Water clear; 65–69 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON :  Water clear; 63–67 degrees; 9.87’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on light blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows in 20–30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers, shrimp, and stinkbait at night. Yellow catfish are slow. 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, 61–65 degrees; 2.08’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, crankbaits and spinner baits on boat docks and rocky points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs along the bridges and boat docks. Catfish are good on jug lines with cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT :  Water clear, 60–65 degrees; 21.58’ low. Black bass are good on bahama milk color Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and small crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel. 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; 60–64 degrees; 3.99’ low. Black bass are good on citrus color squarebill crankbaits and white spinnerbaits near docks. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER :  Water clear; 67–71 degrees; 10.66’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to ’15 deep. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are good on slabs and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow 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 watermelon and chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad.

GIBBONS CREEK :  Water clear. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and liver.

GRANBURY :  Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 10.44’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow.

GRAPEVINE :  Water clear; 59–63 degrees; 9.99’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and Reaction Innovations Skinny Dippers in sprayed grass color. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

JOE POOL :  Water clear; 60–63 degrees; 1.37’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and small white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LAVON :  Water lightly stained; 59–63 degrees; 11.67’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs and green pumpkin creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are good 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; 59–64 degrees; 7.57’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair 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.

NAVARRO MILLS :  Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 0.12’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on black/orange jigs and minnows off docks. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

PALESTINE :  Water clear; 59–64 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin shakyheads. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PROCTOR :  Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 8.87’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are good on live shad and white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 10–15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD :  Water clear; 60–65 degrees; 7.46’ low. Black bass are fair on medium diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS :  Water clear; 59–64 degrees; 8.04’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and Missile D–Bombs in super bug. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good 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; 59–63 degrees; 7.71’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

SOMERVILLE :  Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 2.56’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE :  Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 11.49’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Carp are good on minnows and corn. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TAWAKONI :  Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 9.78’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow 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; 59–63 degrees; 8.46’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and Texas rigged worms near laydown timber. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair 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.

WEATHERFORD :  Water clear; 59–64 degrees; 6.67’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WHITNEY :  Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 12.34’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on silver spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on live bait and frozen shrimp.


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