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Texas Fishing Report

1 year 5 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, January 16 2019 Jan 16, 2019 January 16, 2019 4:14 PM January 16, 2019 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 Jan. 16 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water lightly stained; 53-58 degrees; 0.88 feet low. Black bass are slow on jigs, Texas rigs and spoons. Sunfish are slow on cut nightcrawlers and corn. Catfish are fair on cut and live baitfish.

BASTROP: Water stained; 56-60 degrees. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed and chartreuse/white soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 54-58 degrees; 10.86 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; 52-56 degrees; 0.31 feet high. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, craw colored jigs, and small crankbaits off points and in coves. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li'l Fishies and crawdad crankbaits. Crappie are fair on Li'l Fishies and tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 53-57 degrees; 2.06 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged weightless watermelon/blue flake Whacky Sticks, pumpkin/chartreuse Curb's jigs, and smoke/red flake grubs in 4-10 feet. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads, jigging Pirk Minnows, and drifting or free lining live bait in 25-40 feet. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and 2-inch plastic swim baits along the river channel and in deep creeks. Crappie are fair on white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 12-15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live goldfish.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 55-59 degrees; 1.71 feet high. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and stickbaits over flats in 2-10 feet, and on Texas rigged blue flake Scoundrel worms along bluffs. Striped bass are good vertically jigging Pirk Minnows in the lower end of the lake, and on Spoiler Shads and Red Fins. Smallmouth bass are good on tomato red curl tail grubs on jigheads and smoke/red flake tubes along ledges and over rock piles in 6-15 feet. Crappie are fair on live minnows upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 56-60 degrees; 0.12 feet high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on electric blue Carolina rigged Finesse worms in 10-16 feet, and on spinnerbaits along the outside edges of grass. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp over baited holes.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 52-56 degrees; 0.08 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and pumpkinseed soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait.

GRANGER: Water murky; 51-55 degrees; 5.92 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water murky; 54-58 degrees; 4.64 feet low. Black bass are fair on 1/8-oz. buzzbaits, Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, and wacky rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks in 2-6 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good vertically jigging Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on live minnows over brush piles in 12-15 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows under crappie docks. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 53-57 degrees; 8.28 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; 56-60 degrees; 0.47 feet high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse/black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 57-61 degrees; 9.51 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; 56-60 degrees; 12.06 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; 53-57 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 fair on watermelon soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and red/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and frozen shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 54-58 degrees; 2.11 feet high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 47-51 degrees; 0.55 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, weightless Senkos and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

BENBROOK: Water stained; 48-51 degrees; 1.35 feet high. Black bass are slow on jigging spoons, bladed jigs and football jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 48-52 degrees; 0.32 feet high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, shakeyhead worms and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained; 47-50 degrees; 0.08 feet high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, suspending jerkbaits, and Texas rigged craws around docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained; 48-52 degrees: 0.14 feet high. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits, spinnerbaits and Ned rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water lightly stained; 49-54 degrees; 2.40 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 47-50 degrees, 0.01 feet high. Black bass are slow on shakeyhead worms, Ned rigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows.

COOPER: Water stained; 48-52 degrees; 1.52 feet high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 47-50 degrees; 0.22 feet high. Black bass are slow on shakeyhead worms, Ned rigs, and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

FAIRFIELD: Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. No report on other species.

FORK: Water lightly stained; 48-51 degrees; 0.44 feet low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, football jigs, and Carolina rigged worms. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 47-50 degrees; 3.39 feet high. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits, shakeyhead worms and suspending jerkbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

JOE POOL: Water stained to muddy; 47-51 degrees; 1.28 feet high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, Texas rigged craws and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnow. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAKE O' THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 49-52 degrees: 6.11 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and Carolina rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 48-52 degrees: 2.23 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained to muddy; 48-51 degrees; 1.01 feet high. Black bass are slow on Ned rig worms, suspending jerkbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 76-83 degrees; 0.01 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 47-51 degrees; 2.33 feet low. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 48-51 degrees; 0.93 feet high. Black bass are good on weightless Senkos, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 47-50 degrees; 0.02 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakeyhead worms, Texas rigged worms and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained: 47-51 degrees; 1.81 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 46-50 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Ned rigs and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.

TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 48-52 degrees; 0.96 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained to muddy; 47-50 degrees; 4.38 feet high. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits, shakeyhead worms and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 47-51 degrees; 0.02 feet low. Black bass are good on shakyhead worms, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 49-53 degrees; 14.37 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 58-62 degrees; 24.46 feet low. Black bass are good on dark soft plastics in 15-25 feet. Striped bass are good on jigging spoons under birds. White bass are good on jigging spoons under birds. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch in 20-30 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. 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 fair on green pumpkin soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on live shad and silver jigging spoons. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on liver, frozen shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on small crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on live shad and silver spoons. Redfish are good on live perch and shad in 15-30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, frozen shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 57-61 degrees; 13.96 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, heavy jigs, and large soft plastic lizards in the grass. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and red/white tube jigs. Drum are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 55 degrees in the main lake, 87 degrees at the hot water discharge, 67-71 degrees in main lake; 0.28 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off color; 57-65 degrees; 0.37 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, shakyheads 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 live shad.

FALCON: Water murky; 56-60 degrees; 24.27 feet low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, Carolina rigged Senkos, and slow rolling spinnerbaits in 12-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait and doughbait. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

TEXANA: Water stained; 53-63 degrees; 0.23 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water murky; 55-59 degrees; 0.20 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and pumpkinseed spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps in 15-35 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water murky; 54-58 degrees; 0.42 feet high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and clear/metal flake Brush Hogs around brush. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows near piers at the dam. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 55-59 degrees; 1.87 feet high. Black bass are good on crankbaits, buzzbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are very good on minnows in creeks. Blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shad and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 57-61 degrees; 10.12 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Catfish are slow.

STEINHAGEN: 0.82 feet low. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 0.21 feet high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 42-48 degrees; 36.49 feet low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 47-52 degrees; 78.28 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; 39-46 degrees; 49.38 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; 4.72 feet low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

ARROWHEAD: Water stained; 44-53 degrees; 0.72 feet high. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: Water fairly clear; 46-52 degrees; 12.17 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; 0.88 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; 0.34 feet high. 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; 0.64 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; 0.45 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; 18.77 feet low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, 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; 0.13 feet low. Black bass are slow. 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: 36.65 feet low. Black bass are slow on weighted soft plastics. 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 on Texas rigs. 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; 0.31 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; 23.1 feet low. Black bass are slow on minnows and Texas rigs. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Fishing is fair at best with freshwater runoff. Redfish are fair on bait.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove on Corkies. Trout and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on live shrimp and shad.

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: Redfish are fair around the spillway. Most of the bay remains fresh from runoff.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Norton Sand Shad, Bass Assassins and Down South Lures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for waders tossing soft plastics on the incoming tide. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Black drum are good in the channel on crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are fair to good at San Luis Pass on shrimp. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Black drum are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the Intracoastal reefs on crabs and live shrimp.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good in Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.

PORT O'CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on Gulps over sand and grass in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in Morris-Cummings Cut on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Trout are fair to good in St. Charles Bay on topwaters while working reefs.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Black drum are good on crabs in the Packery Channel.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair in the grass on Corkies and topwaters. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass at Green Island and the Saucer. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps and soft plastics under corks.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Trout, black drum and redfish are fair at the jetty. Trout are good while wading over grass with Corkies.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp, Gulps and DOA Shrimp under a popping cork. Redfish are fair to good on gold spoons and soft plastics under rattling corks on the incoming tide.

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