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South Texas Plains Fishing Reports

Week of July 16, 2014

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BRAUNIG :  Water stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad off points near the pier. Redfish are good down rigging near the jetty and dam. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut bait and cheesebait near the hot water discharge.

CALAVERAS :  Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons along the crappie wall and the dam in 10-20 feet. Channel catfish are good on cheesebait, and shad near the railroad trestle. Blue catfish are good on liver and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON :  Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 25.31’ low. Black bass are good on deep running crankbaits and white/chartreuse spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and punchbait. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with perch.

COLETO CREEK :  Water clear; 88 degrees in main lake, 100 degrees at hot water discharge; 1.51’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 6–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 10 pounds are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 10-12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON :  Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 29.13’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp under birds. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.


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