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Piney Woods Fishing Reports

Week of July 30, 2014

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BOB SANDLIN :  Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Senkos and Carolina rig soft plastics. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotline and prepared bait.

CADDO :  Water stained; 82–85 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs and small crankbaits. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait.

CONROE :  Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and shrimp.

FORK :  Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 3.90’ low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and drop shot worms in 15–20’. White and yellow bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines and chicken liver.

HOUSTON COUNTY :  Water clear; 86–90 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass to 7 pounds are fair on watermelon red topwaters and soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on live worms around grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LAKE O' THE PINES :  Water lightly stained; 82–86; degrees; 1.67’ high. Black bass are good on flipping jigs and creature baits. Crappie are slow on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

LIVINGSTON :  Water fairly clear; 81–85 degrees; 0.25’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

MARTIN CREEK :  Water clear; 86–88 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are slow on drop shot soft plastics and deep diving crankbaits along deeper points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on punch bait and trotlines.

MONTICELLO :  Water fairly clear; 93–100 degrees; 1.06’ low. Black bass are good on deep diving crankbaits and drop shot finesse worms near the discharge. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

SAM RAYBURN :  Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on silver and gold spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are slow.

STEINHAGEN :  1.25’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND :  Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are fair on redbug soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons in the river. Crappie are fair on minnows at night. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, livers, and hearts in 30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WRIGHT PATMAN :  Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 6.24’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and swim jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.


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