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Texas Fishing Report

5 years 4 months 1 week ago Wednesday, December 12 2018 Dec 12, 2018 December 12, 2018 10:15 PM December 12, 2018 in Sports - AP - Texas

By J.P. GREESON
For The Associated Press

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Dec. 12 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water stained; 48-54 degrees; 0.66 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs, spoons and jigs. Sunfish are fair on cut nightcrawlers and corn. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

BASTROP: Water stained; 70-74 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon Finesse worms and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on hot dogs and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

BELTON: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 3.47 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, Persuader crankbaits, and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms over brush piles in 10-20 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies and pet spoons off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and stinkbait over baited holes in 12-20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 1.95 feet low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits, Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, and 3-inch shad Flukes in larger creeks. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shad plastic swim baits, Red Fins, and drifting live bait along the river channel in 30 feet. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and Spoiler Shads. Crappie are good on pink/white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver, nightcrawlers, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live shad.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 0.74 feet high. Black bass are good on Fat Free Shads, white spinnerbaits, and watermelon Flukes on secondary points in 4-12 feet. Striped bass are fair on Red Fins and jigging Pirk Minnows over and around humps in 30-60 feet at daylight. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows along the river channel. Smallmouth bass are good on green pumpkin tubes, pumpkin jigs, and smoke grubs in 8-15 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live perch.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 0.04 feet low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are good on green striper jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO RIVER: (At Colorado Bend State Park) No report available.

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics over grass in 6-10 feet. Red ear perch are good on worms in 4-10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 0.25 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are good on green striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows, hellbenders, and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and live minnows.

GRANGER: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 3.87 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 0.99 feet low. Black bass are good on Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, Curb's buzzbaits, and weightless watermelon red Whacky Sticks along laydowns and stumps on creek points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on Li'l Fishies at night. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 5.18 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 0.31 feet high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 5.97 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 9.30 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 1.09 feet high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms near the dam at night. Hybrid striper are good on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on cut shad and minnows near the power plant. Crappie are good on red wigglers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad and cut bait at the gravel pit. Yellow catfish are fair on goldfish.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 0.34 feet high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 48-51 degrees; 0.57 feet high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, football jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BENBROOK: Water stained; 47-50 degrees; 1.57 feet high. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and Carolina rigged craws. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 49-52 degrees; 0.18 feet high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas rigged craws and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained; 47-50 degrees; 0.46 feet high. Black bass are slow on shallow spinnerbaits, bladed jigs, and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained to stained; 47-50 degrees: 0.13 feet low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slab, football jigs and bladed jigs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water lightly stained; 50-52 degrees; 2.40 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, lipless crankbaits and black and blue flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 46-49 degrees, 0.14 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged craws and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs.

COOPER: Water stained to muddy; 84-87 degrees; 0.75 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, swim jigs and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 47-49 degrees; 0.16 feet high. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, suspending jerkbaits, and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

FAIRFIELD: Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, weightless Senkos and spinnerbaits. No report on other species.

FORK: Water lightly stained; 49-52 degrees; 0.34 feet high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, Carolina rigged creature baits, and lipless crankbaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 48-50 degrees; 4.75 feet high. Black bass are slow on finesse jigs, bladed jigs and shakyhead worms. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water stained to muddy; 48-50 degrees; 0.59 feet high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, Texas rigged craws and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAKE O' THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 49-52 degrees: 2.76 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 49-53 degrees: 1.45 feet high. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained to muddy; 47-50 degrees; 1.61 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, suspending jerkbaits and shakyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.03 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, swim jigs and weightless Flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 48-50 degrees; 2.38 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 47-49 degrees; 0.85 feet high. Black bass are good on shakyhead worms, suspending jerkbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 48-51 degrees; 0.11 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, Texas rigged craws and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained to muddy: 47-50 degrees; 3.03 feet high. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 47-49 degrees; 0.57 feet high. Black bass are fair on weightless Flukes, lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 49-52 degrees; 1.03 feet high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, black and blue jigs and Texas rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained to muddy; 46-49 degrees; 1.03 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, lipless crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 47-50 degrees; 0.08 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, weightless Senkos and bladed jigs. Crappie are fai on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 49-52 degrees; 5.69 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 25.56 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 13.77 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 97 degrees at the hot water discharge, 70-74 degrees in main lake; 0.06 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 22.22 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, Rat-L-Traps, and crankbaits in 10-25 feet. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water murky; 58-63 degrees; 0.34 feet high. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs, spoons and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are fair on perch colored spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on hot dogs, shrimp, and liver.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 0.98 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.95 feet high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

TEXANA: Water stained; 57-64 degrees; 0.25 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 1.65 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Catfish are slow.

STEINHAGEN: 2.07 feet low. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.86 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 45-52 degrees; 36.46 feet low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 43-51 degrees; 78.09 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 44-52 degrees; 49.25 feet low. No reports on black bass. No reports of smallmouth. There are a few reports of walleye being caught on live bait and artificials. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in limited numbers.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained up the river; 42-51 degrees; 4.43 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads, flutter spoons and drop shot rigs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

ARROWHEAD: Water stained; 44-53 degrees; 0.09 feet low. Black bass are fair dead-sticking weighted soft plastics. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: Water fairly clear; 46-52 degrees; 12.12 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on jigs, Texas rigs and spoons. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water stained; 43-51 degrees; 0.7 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around deeper structure. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water stained; 43-48 degrees; 0.07 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: Water stained; 42-49 degrees; 0.55 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs, spoons and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 43-50 degrees; 0.47 feet high. Black bass are slow on jigs, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 44-52 degrees; 19.58 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 47-53 degrees; 0.2 feet high. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs, spoons and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

SPENCE: 37.03 feet low. Black bass are slow. No report on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

STAMFORD: Water stained to muddy; 52-63 degrees; 0.96 feet high. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water stained; 56-64 degrees; 0.33 feet high. This lake is currently experiencing a fish kill due to golden alga. Biologists are monitoring the situation and will post updates as they become available. Fish populations have been substantially reduced by the golden alga blooms.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 43-49 degrees; 23.02 feet low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under the birds when the wind allows. Redfish are fair to good around marsh drains on the outgoing tide.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair around the Reef on live shrimp.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair around the spillway on live bait. Redfish are fair on the north shoreline on Gulps.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on topwaters and soft plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good in the mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Sand trout and whiting are fair to good in the channels on shrimp. Trout are fair to good at night from the piers on glow plastics and live shrimp.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Bull redfish are good in Cold Pass and San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. Trout are fair to good on the reefs in Bastrop Bay on live shrimp.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on Down South Lures over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are good on the edge of the Intracoastal along the north shoreline on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous. Trout are fair on shell on soft plastics and live shrimp.

PORT O'CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Redfish are good at the mouths of drains on Gulps.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats and in the holes on mullet and shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Sheepshead are good at the jetty on shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the East Flats on Gulps and mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the channel on live shrimp and DOA Shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and Gamblers. Redfish are good in the Land Cut on natural baits. Trout are fair on the spoil banks on Corkies.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and while wading spoil islands. Trout are fair to good on muddy shorelines and on the edge of the ICW on Corkies and MirrOlures.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish, black drum and mangrove snapper are fair to good in the channel on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Redfish are fair to good on the flats on topwaters and Gulps. Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks.

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