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Texas Fishing Report

5 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago Wednesday, October 23 2019 Oct 23, 2019 October 23, 2019 3:01 PM October 23, 2019 in Sports - AP - Texas

By ELLIOTT MOORE
For The Associated Press

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Oct. 23 and also available on the internet at https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees; 0.71 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters in feeder coves and creeks, along with white spinners in grass beds along the shoreline. Sunfish are good on weighted jigs, cut worms, and corn. Flatheads and blue catfish are fair on prepared baits in 5 feet and deeper under corks.

BASTROP: FAIR. Clear to slightly stained; 74-77 degrees; 0.68 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters, Carolina rigged plastic worms, and lizards. Largemouth are being found around vegetation along with creek beds and sharp shelves. Crappie are good on jigs and live bait mostly around timber this time of year. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait or cutbait. Flathead catfish are fair on live bait. Creek channels and near the plant continue to be successful.

BELTON: FAIR. Water clear to lightly stained; 75-77 degrees; 1.96 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on stickbaits, chuggers, buzzbaits, crankbaits, and plastic worms. Smallmouth bass are fair on grubs and buzzbaits. Successful locations remain on edges of feeder creeks and in the deeper feeders. Hybrid stripers are fair on jigs and crankbaits. Crappie are picking up on mostly on jigs or live shiner. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad, shrimp, blood bait, and stinkbait deeper than 6 feet all across the lake.

BROWNWOOD: FAIR. Water clear to lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 3.05 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits, and topwater. They have been moving to shallower water in their fall pattern. White bass are good on slabs and school bait in the main lake area. Catfish have been good on prepared bait, and shad baited trot lines. Nighttime continues to have success for all catfish.

BUCHANAN: GOOD. Water stained; 75-78 degrees; 1.92 feet low. Largemouth bass are good along the bank in 5 feet or less with topwater lures, jigs and, lighter weight spinners. Striped bass are fair on plastic swim baits and Rat-L-Traps along the edges of bait fish. White bass are good on minnows and twisted tail jigs schooling in shallower than normal water of 12-18 feet. Crappie are good on weighted crappie jigs and live minnows on structure. With the correct bait catfish are good throughout the lake. Channel catfish have been good on stink bait, yellow/blue catfish are good on live or stink bait.

CANYON LAKE: FAIR. Water clear to lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 2.53 feet low. Largemouth bass continue to be good on topwater, plastic worms, and crankbaits adjusting to depths and structure. Crappie are poor with weighted jigs, and minnows. White bass have been fair on minnows on the river portion. Hybrid and striped bass are great on topwater baits, grubs, and jigging spoons. The fish finders have been in locating hybrid and striper. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cutbait for channel and blue catfish. Live bait has been consistent for flathead.

FAYETTE: GOOD. Slightly stained. 76-78 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on buzzbaits and topwater worked as close to the edge of the vegetation as possible. Spinners and weedless worm rigs are best among grass and deeper channel edges. Sunfish are fair on worms and crickets. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live bait, and cut bait in most areas of the lake.

GRANBURY: GOOD. Water stained. 74-77 degrees. 0.81 feet low. Storms late last week further established fall fishing conditions and brought down water temps. Largemouth bass are good with shallower crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair fishing over baited holes. White bass are following bait fish. They remain being caught trolling and jigging with slabs.

GRANGER: GOOD. Water clear; 76 degrees; 0.83 feet low. Black bass are good up river and Willis Creek on Model A crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are very good all over the lake and in some structures on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slab spoons fished over humps and ridges. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait fished on jug lines. Flathead catfish are slow. The dam area has been holding the bigger catfish.

LBJ: FAIR. Water clear to stained; 76-78 degrees; 0.77 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on worms and jigs around private docks and all types of cover. Crappie have been decent on jigs. White bass are fair on smaller crankbaits, and minnows with deep and mid-level schooling. Crappie are good on weighted jigs and minnows have been very active in the past week. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait, flathead catfish good on live bait. Trot lines are best with live bait.

LIMESTONE: FAIR. Water stained; 74-76 degrees; 2.76 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms and buzz baits at the mouths of and in creeks. White bass and hybrid stripers are fair on slabs by baitfish and following birds. Crappie are fair on minnows or crappie jigs in deeper than 4 feet. Catfish are good on cut shad, shrimp, worms, or prepped baits.

NAVARRO MILLS: FAIR. Water stained; 76-79 degrees. 2.11 feet low. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs by structure. Catfish continue to be fair on the west end on the lake on baited holes. White bass are good on slabs around main lake points, schooling has been fair. Black bass have picked up and are fair with jigs.

PROCTOR: FAIR. Water stained. 74-78 degrees. 2.99 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, and plastic worms staying around medium water structure, and the north end creeks. Trolling for stripper has been fair. Crappie have been good especially near the spillway on jigs and have picked some among normal structure. Catfish have been good on stinkbait and cut bait.

SOMERVILLE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75-77 degrees; 0.36 feet low. Has been steady since last week. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms baits, spinners, and topwaters. Hybrid stripers and white bass are fair in open water chasing shad across the lake. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs especially around the quarry. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live bait, and cut bait. Trot lines are best with cut bait.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: FAIR. Water clear; 76-79 degrees; 1.96 feet low. Largemouth are good on topwaters and with soft plastics especially down the Lampasas just past the bridge on the southwest side. White bass are fair on downriggers fished in open water with small spoons and school baits. Sunfish are fair in shallow on cut worms.

TRAVIS: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 77-79 degrees; 8.92 feet low. Largemouth bass are most active in the main channel swing on topwaters and spinners. The steep drops on the Colorado and Pedernales have been producing. Crappie are good on minnows and weighted light-colored jigs. White bass have not been seen in the main lake but have been decent on the edges of deeper coves. Catfish are fair on cut bait, prepped bait, and live bait.

WALTER E. LONG: FAIR. Water stained. 77-80 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, topwater and jigs. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on prepared baits, cut baits, and live bait. Sunfish can be caught on crickets and corn in shallow water.

WACO: GOOD. Water lightly stained. 75-78 degrees; 3.72 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and plastic worms around the Bosque moving to a traditional fall start. Crappie are good on minnows and weighted light-colored jigs in medium brush piles. Sunfish are fair on worms or crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad, live bait, and blood flavored-prepped bait.

WHITNEY: FAIR. Water stained; 76-78 degrees; 6.18 feet low. Black bass are good on plastic worms, crank baits and topwater. White bass are fair on spinnerbaits and with minnows throughout the main reservoir following birds. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live shad, stink bait, and cut bait.

NORTHEAST

ARLINGTON: FAIR. Water stained; 75-77 degrees; 1.67 feet low. Largemouth bass are good light-colored spinners and plastic worms near the main body of the lake and plant. Murky water has been hurting conditions on the south end. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around docks and structure. Catfish are good on livebait, and stinkbait anywhere below 5 feet depth.

ATHENS: FAIR. Water clear to stained; 74-76 degrees; 1.04 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwaters, Texas rigs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. One hotspot has been near Bear Creek. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. All catfish are good on cutbait and stinkbait. Sunfish are good on cut earthworms around shallow vegetation and shallower boat docks.

BENBROOK: FAIR. Water stained; 74-79 degrees; 11.93 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms and lighter-colored spinner baits. Largemouth movement has been tracked in mid to shallower water. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structures. Hybrid striped bass and white bass are good on the surface with slabs, spinners, or spoons identifying schools. Catfish are good on stinkbait, and livebait. Sunfish are fair with prepared bait pellets or cut worms.

BOB SANDLIN: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 76-78 degrees; 0.88 feet low. Largemouth bass on are good on topwater baits, and spinners continuing to move closer to the bank. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around underwater structures. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on worms or stinkbait.

BRIDGEPORT: FAIR. Water clear; 74-78 degrees: 5.05 feet low. Black bass are fair on rigged worms, topwater, and medium depth crankbaits. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and with live minnows. Hybrids are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait.

CADDO: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75-78 degrees; 0.45 feet high. Largemouth bass are good on topwater baits, plastic worms, and spinner baits moving shallower and up in creeks. Crappie have been smaller and are fair on smaller minnows and jigs trolling brush. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live bait.

CEDAR CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 74-77 degrees, 2.00 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, plastic worms and buzzbaits towards the north 198 & 175 bridges. Hybrid striper are good with blue and silver Rat-L-Traps following the birds. Crappie are fair on pink and white jigs shooting under large man-made structure. Catfish are good on cut shad and live bait. Use live bait with trotlines.

COOPER: FAIR. Water clear; 76-80 degrees; 1.85 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwaters, Texas rigged craws, Carolina rigged worms and spinners. Follow the drop-offs and settling on underwater creek beds. The white bass continue to be good on slabs and live bait. The channel cats are good on punch bait and cut bait.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 73-77 degrees; 2.15 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, light-colored spinners, and jigs around the Trinity River input and private docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. At night catfish are good on cut bait and prepped bait.

FORK: GOOD. Water stained; 75-78 degrees; 1.72 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, Alabama rigs, and topwaters. Lunker fisherman continue to work around 8-15 feet of depth and around points. White and yellow bass are good on Alabama Rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in the stumps or man-made structures. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait especially in the evenings.

GRAHAM: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 2.61 feet low. Black bass are good on topwater, with worms and spinnerbaits. The north end of Eddleman has been picking up as a bass haven. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows with medium structure. White bass are good on slabs and Alabama rigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and livebait.

GRAPEVINE: GOOD. Water stained; 74-79 degrees; 2.15 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas and Carolina rigged worms, spinner baits, and buzzbaits. Structures, Denton creek and around rocky shorelines continue to be good moving; even in shallower water. White bass continue to be good on live shad, especially around the dam. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish have seemed easy to catch on live and prepped bait with patience and bobbers.

JACKSONVILLE: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 76-78 degrees; 1.01 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair along the dam, and moving to feeder water with spinners, jigs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad, and prepped bait. Trot lines have continued to produce success.

JOE POOL: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 2.82 feet low. The largemouth bite is fair to good on T-rigged soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in 5-15 feet if wind is present. In calm water, a C-rig or drop shot on the edge of creek channels with any structure present and 20+ feet of depth will produce results.

KEMP: GOOD. Water clear; 76-79 degrees; 2.21 feet low. Largemouth are good on Texas rigged, straight-tailed worms, and white 1/2 oz spinnerbait. Under the bridges have slowed and topwater is hit and miss. Crappie have been excellent and widening their path on crappie jigs that are reflective. White bass and hybrid continue to be good on the south portion of the lake on artificial and live baits. Catfish are good with blood and liver prepared baits.

LAKE O' THE PINES: FAIR. Water slightly stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.89 feet high. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater, spinners, swim baits and chatter baits. Crappie are slow and catfish are slow. We've had an interesting week weather wise with some fog making conditions tougher some mornings.

LAVON: FAIR. Water stained; 74-78 degrees: 4.41 feet low. Sunday was tough on us around Lake Lavon with storms damaging the area. Fishing conditions were recorded before the weather event. Largemouth bass are good on white spinners, Carolina rigged lizards, Texas rigged worms, and crankbaits. Patterns have been a bit sporadic so be mindful of light. White bass are fair in deeper water near the dam on small jigs and minnows. Alabama Rigs have started producing on white bass and have made me a fan. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, and prepped blood bait.

LEWISVILLE: GOOD. Water stained; 75-78 degrees; 2.14 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on topwater, Texas rigged plastic baits and spinnerbaits moving in the from medium depths to shallow water. White bass are good on slabs and have been schooling. Crappie are good on minnows and weighted jigs around larger expanded structure. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait. Hybrid have slowed to fair around humps throughout the main lake.

MARTIN CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 3.02 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwaters, Texas rigged creature baits and bladed jigs as fall fishing conditions develop. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around brush piles and creek channels. Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, or prepped bait.

PALESTINE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75-78 degrees; 1.52 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms and jigs in creek beds. They are also close to the creek - get as close as you can to the creek to hook them. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid stripers are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs around the deeper water by the dam but have been more difficult to find recently. Catfish are excellent on shad and chicken livers.

PALO PINTO: FAIR. Water clear; 76-79 degrees; 2.84 feet low. Largemouth bass are consistent on Carolina rigged plastic worms, spinners and shallower baits. Ridges have still been consistent but so has shallower vegetation. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on live shad. Striped bass are slow on live shad and jigs. Catfish are fair on live shad, minnows, and stinkbait.

RAY HUBBARD: FAIR. Water stained; 76 degrees; 3.26 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinners, and topwater poppers from the spillway to the power plant moving around 8 feet. Crappie are still good on jigs and minnows under bridges and some in the timber. White bass and hybrid stripers are fair on slabs in the lower lake. Catfish are good on stinkbait, livers, and cut bait.

RAY ROBERTS: FAIR. Water stained: 74-77 degrees; 0.92 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on light colored Carolina rigged worms and lizards, spinners, jerk baits, and topwater in 6-10 feet by finding the right coves with decent vegetation. White bass are fair on spoons and Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Bluegill are good with cut worms among brush. Catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait but you have to search for some deeper water to find the larger catfish.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 2.72 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair and have turned to topwater mixing in spinners and jigging spoons around timber. Topwater has been more successful around the edges and less populated spots. White bass and hybrids are good on slabs and jigs using your fish finding equipment to identify schools of baitfish. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait and cut bait above bobbers.

SQUAW CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 1.42 feet low. Catfishing has been excellent while fishing around the timber next to creek channels mid-lake and up north. Chumming with soured grain is a great way to be more successful when targeting these fish. The largemouth bass fishing has been good this week around shallow and deep structure.

SULPHUR SPRINGS: FAIR. Water stained; 74-76 degrees; 0.52 feet low. Largemouth bass are becoming fair on Texas rigged plastic worms, topwater, spinnerbaits, and bass jigs near the airport and in Century Lake. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, stinkbait cut and live bait at night.

TAWAKONI: FAIR. Water stained; 75-78 degrees; 1.42 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and jigs. Fall is proving to takeover and it's been shallow, which is similar to spring trips. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs, spoons, and Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows under. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, worms, and chicken livers.

TEXOMA: GOOD. Water stained; 72-78 degrees; 0.51 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters, Texas rigged worms and spinners. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs on timber structure. Striped bass are good on live shad with the normal bite. Catfish are fair on live sunfish, cut bait, prepped dough balls, and minnows. Trot lines continue to be excellent.

TYLER: GOOD. Water slightly stained; 77 degrees; 2.08 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and crankbaits in both lakes. Topwater has continued successful on the west portion. Crappie are fair on jigs under docks. Catfish are good on all stinkbait, and live baits below a cork. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good with Rat-L-Traps following the birds on the surface.

WEATHERFORD: FAIR. Water stained; 75-78 degrees; 2.93 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinner baits and plastic worms in and around creek beds. White bass are good with smaller crankbaits or Alabama Rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in marina areas. Catfish are good on crawfish, livers, blood baits, and cut bait.

WORTH: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 75-78 degrees; 1.78 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms and lighter-colored spinners. Topwater baits have been hit and miss. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near beds and cover. Catfish are fair on livebait, stinkbait, and cut bait.

WRIGHT PATMAN: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 3.70 feet high. Largemouth bass are good with jigs, spinnerbaits, topwater poppers, and plastic worms. White bass are hitting slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait, live bait, and stinkbait. Fish activity and movement has been higher in the past week and affected all species.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: FAIR. Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 32.27 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on most topwater tackle, buzzbaits, spinners, plastic worms, grubs, especially around the Devil's River. White bass haven't shown much activity recently. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and cut bait. Some baited holes have been attracting catfish. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican fishing license.

CALAVERAS: GOOD. Water Stained; 79-83 degrees. 1.82 feet low. Catfish are good on stinkbaits, liver and live shad. Red drum are good crawfish and rattle traps. Largemouth bass have been fair on plastic worms, crank baits and spinner baits. Hybrid striped bass and fair to slow on spoons and rattle traps.

CHOKE CANYON: FAIR. Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 16.93 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater, buzzbaits, jigs, plastic worms, spinners, and tube baits. White bass are slow with minnows and smaller rattle traps. Crappie are slow on all tackle. All catfish are good on larger live bait and cut baits. The west fingers and northern coves have been producing the best results recently.

CORPUS CHRISTI: GOOD. Water stained; 76-80 degrees; 2.58 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas rigged worms, Carolina rigs, spinners and crankbaits if you head as far north as you can go. White bass are fair on rattletraps. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. They are still sticking to structures. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait, and cheese bait in the main parts of the lake.

FALCON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 75-80 degrees; 35.49 feet low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic worms, spinners, and topwaters. The best environments continue to be around flooded brush, points and humps. Crappie continue to be slow. Catfish are good on all live bait including shrimp, shad, and stinkbait. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican Fishing License.

MEDINA: FAIR. Water stained; 77 degrees; 6.36 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, spinners, minnows and plastic shad around shallower creek beds and the northern Bruin Creek. Crappie are slow with weighted jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on small crankbait and jigs. Striped bass are fair on rattletraps. Smallmouth bass are fair on white grubs and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait, and blood baits.

TEXANA: FAIR. Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 4.69 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on most reeled baits, jigs and Texas-rigged soft plastics. Most black bass have been moving between 5-10 feet. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair to good on stink bait, cut bait, and live bait. Trotlines are good for all species of catfish.

VICTOR BRAUNIG: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 77-79 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged plastic worms, and spinner baits. Red drum have been good on points. Striped bass are fair on jigs and live shad. Smallmouth bass are fair on white grubs and jigs. Red drum are fair on rattle traps or live bait with crawfish. Catfish are fair on live bait and cheese bait. All species have been staying close to the power plant so not a lot of change will take place till most likely next week.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: GOOD. Water stained; 72-79 degrees; 2.22 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on top water poppers, jigs, spinners and buzzbaits. Largemouth fishing from the bank has been exceptional as long as you can cover multiple water depths. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait and cut bait.

GIBBONS: FAIR. Water stained; 75-78 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair on most all light-colored Carolina rigged soft plastics and buzzbaits moving to shallower structure and points. Crappie are fair on jigs especially in the warmer discharge waters. Catfish are good on live bait and liver flavored prepared bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: FAIR. Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 0.18 feet low. Black bass are good on soft plastics, buzzbaits, and spinners holding fish at 4-8 feet best on the east side of the lake. White bass continue to be slow with jigs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and have increased catchability. Sunfish are good on live cut worms. Catfish are good on shad, and stinkbait.

LIVINGSTON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 0.76 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina or Texas rigged plastics, spinners, topwater and jigs. Get positioned toward the Kickapoo. Striped bass are good on spoons, and Rat-L-Traps chasing. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass have been good on spoons. Catfish are fair on live bait, and flavored prepared baits.

NACONICHE: FAIR. Water clear; 73-75 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, creature baits, spinnerbaits, and jigs. The northern creeks have been the fall territory for largemouth. Crappie are fair on jigs, and live minnows among vegetation. Sunfish are good on jigs, spinners, and crickets.

RAVEN: FAIR. Water clear; 76-78 degrees; 0.10 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on top-water and soft plastic worms in shallower water. Redear sunfish continue to be fair with crickets and worms. Catfish have been good on trot lines with live bait.

SAM RAYBURN: FAIR. Water stained; 75-76 degrees; 2.61 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on topwater and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms. Trust the topwater and try several different techniques. White bass continue to be fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good with live bait and cut bait.

TOLEDO BEND: FAIR. Water stained; 73-75 degrees; 7.05 feet low. Largemouth bass are in shallower water with topwater being most successful. They remain fair on spinners, plastic worms, and jigs. Striped bass are good on topwater, rattle traps, and spoons. White bass are fair on spoons and small crankbaits. Sunfish are good on powerbait pellets, crickets, and jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait.

PANHANDLE

CISCO: FAIR. Water clear; 68-72 degrees; 2.85 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigged worms and jigs. Wind continues to be an obstacle so make sure light colors and deeper bait are used during those times. Sunfish are fair with mealworms and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live, and cut shad all over the lake.

MEREDITH: FAIR. Water clear; 69-75 degrees; 46.99 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigged plastics, topwaters, and flukes as they have been moving along ridges. There are a lot of good spots throughout the lake but focus on the dam and southern Canadian River. Smallmouth bass are fair on minnows, crayfish, and worms. Walleye are fair on crankbait and spinners. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait.

MILLERS CREEK: GOOD. Water clear; 79-84 degrees; 1.49 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on bass jigs, plastic worms, and rattle traps by Wolf Creek and Antelope Creek. Crappie are good on crappie jigs. White bass and hybrids have been good on the south portion of the lake on artificial and live baits. Catfish are good with blood and liver prepared baits below bobbers.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: FAIR. Water clear 68 degrees; 4.25 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on rigged worms, spinner baits and crank baits around the northern Rocky Creek bed. White bass continue to be excellent on artificial shad. Crappie are fair on minnows, and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.

ARROWHEAD: FAIR. Water stained; 72-74 degrees; 1.94 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigs, topwaters and buzzbait continuing in 7ft of water or less in and around creeks. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs amid brush piles and cover. Catfish are fair at night under lights on shad, cut bait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers.

COLEMAN: GOOD. Slightly stained. 72-74 degrees. 2.54 feet low. Hybrid strippers continue to be good on live baits, including shad. They are also responding to fast lures, and topwater. Largemouth bass are fair to good on topwater baits, buzz baits, spinner baits, plastic worms, jigs, and jerkbaits. Keep in shallow, calmer waters when in creeks and coves. Catfish are good on live bait and stink bait. Trotline are best with live bait.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: FAIR. Water stained; 71-74 degrees; 2.32 feet low. Largemouth bass continue to be good on Texas rigs, buzzbaits, and spinners. The main catch has expanded to around noon. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and stinkbait.

HUBBARD CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 2.23 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigs and topwater moving away from shallow structure and water banks. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are active at night on live and cut shad.

NASWORTHY: GOOD. 68-70 degrees water stained to murky. 1.00 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on jigs and flukes up in the reed beds. Crappie are good on reed points on crappie jigs.

OAK CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 67-70 degrees; 1.94 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinners, topwater, Texas rigs and Carolina rigged worms on shallow drops. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows around cove structure. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live and cut shad.

O.C. FISHER GOOD. Water clear to stained; 69-71 degrees; 36.98 feet low. Baitfish are gathering around the mouth of river and two creeks. Largemouth bass are good on spoons and flukes. Crappie are good in river and creek channel edges on crappie minnows and jigs.

O.H. IVIE: FAIR. Water stained; 69-71 degrees; 9.72 feet low. Wind speeds have played a big factor on the lake, so adjust accordingly. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina and Texas rigged worms and minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: FAIR. Water clear; 68-70 degrees; 1.67 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, topwater and spinner baits near cliffs and vegetation. The bass continue their march to shallow water. Crappie are fair on jigs, and minnows. White bass remain good on jigs, slabs, and spoons. Striped bass are fair on live shad and jigs in the main channels of the lake. Catfish are good on cut bait, live sunfish, and stinkbait.

E.V. SPENCE: GOOD. Water stained; 69-72 degrees; 35.86 feet low. Largemouth bass are good at the mouths and up in both creeks along with the river. Crappie are fair to good on the river and creek channel edges with jigs.

STAMFORD: FAIR. Water stained; 70-75 degrees; 1.45 feet low. Fishing near the powerplant continues to be best for largemouth bass. They have been fair on topwater, Carolina rigged plastic worms, and spinners. Crappie are fair with smaller numbers and sizes on live minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on live shad and slabs. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait prepped pellets.

TWIN BUTTES: FAIR. 68-71 degrees. Water clear to stained. 8.98 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair around bluff walls and in the tops of the salt cedars on square billed crankbaits and Texas rigged flukes. Crappie are fair on main lake points with jigs.

WHITE RIVER: SLOW. Water murky; 68-70 degrees; 21.37 feet low. Largemouth bass have picked up on crankbait, spinners, Carolina rigs, and craws. Crappie are slow on live minnows and jigs. Walleye are slow. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and prepared bait.

B.A. STEINHAGEN: FAIR. Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 0.20 feet low. Largemouth bass continue to be fair on flukes, buzzbait, and topwater bait. You'll find them in the submerged shallower vegetation. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows, and catfish are good on cut and prepped bait.

COASTAL

NORTH & SOUTH SABINE: FAIR. 72 degrees. Sabine Lake is clear with 3-foot visibility on the main lake to the south and slightly stained in the north. The Sabine and Neches rivers are stained near the lake and muddy up stream. Speckled trout are good on jigs and soft plastics as well as slow sinking twitch baits. Birds are working but mostly smaller trout. Red fish are fair on shorelines and mid-lake in schools. Live bait, jigs, and soft plastics fished and gulp under popping corks. Flounder are beginning to gather along shorelines and are moving toward the Gulf. Some are beginning to show up in the lower ship channel at the Sabine Pass, but the big run has not started yet.

PORT MANSFIELD: GOOD. Water temperatures are dropping, and extreme high tides are keeping trout and redfish scattered. Both trout and redfish are in 3 to 6 feet of water. You can catch them on top water, kwiggler ball tail in red and white and honey gold, and gulp under popping cork. Offshore good at the culverts using honey gold ball tails catching snapper and cobia.

TRINITY BAY: GOOD. 76 degrees. Specks under birds with some keeper size fish mixed in. Soft plastics and live shrimp under a popping cork are working well. Wade fish the flats for redfish. Flounder activity is still increasing and are good on mullet or shrimp.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: FAIR. High Tide having a negative effect on fishing conditions. Trout are fair among reefs on live shrimp and DS plum/chartreuse plastics have been effective. Eastern parts of East Bay have recovered but are still inconsistent. The north and south jetty continue to be good for bull reds on fresh shad and mullet. Spanish mackerel are fair along south jetty.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: FAIR. High tides are having a negative effect on fishing conditions. Ling fish are fair on whole herring or squid and can be found in deeper waters; feeding very close to the seabed. Popping cork with live shrimp are great. Trout are good on shallow mud bottoms on live shrimp or wade, using top waters. Reds are very good in the back lakes and continue to go the live shrimp and DS soft plastics. Flounder activity are on the increase.

TEXAS CITY: GOOD. Bull reds are still being caught along dike on fresh mullet or cracked crab. Flounder activity along dike are increasing. Speckled trout are good along the levee on soft plastic or live shrimp under popping cork.

FREEPORT: VERY GOOD. 83 Degrees. Redfish activity very good over oyster reefs and drains along Intracoastal Waterway with live shrimp and mullet. Spotted trout are fair over oyster reefs. Flounder are good on mullet or shrimp in shallow bay.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. Redfish are very good on live shrimp, live mullet, and soft plastic. Speckled trout are very good on plastics, and shrimp. Red drum are good on live shrimp and mostly found in the surf. Snapper are good using live shrimp or squid on ½-oz. jig head in areas that have quick access to deep water.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. Speckled trout are good on soft plastics. Redfish are very good on live shrimp. Blackdrum are fair on live shrimp.

PORT O'CONNOR: GOOD. Trout are very good on combination of live or fresh baits such as shrimp or crab. Redfish are very good in back bays on live shrimp. Tuna are good on squid. Tarpon are very good on mullet or pinfish. Flounder are good on minnows or mullet and croakers.

ROCKPORT: GOOD. Black drum are very good on live shrimp. Expect to get limit on kingfish using flying fish or squid. Wahoo are good on live bait such as scad. Blackfin tuna are excellent on squid or threadfin herring. Redfish are very good on mullet.

PORT ARANSAS: GOOD. Redfish are good on shrimp, kwigglers paddle tail, top waters and will be found in schools. Trout are good in grass on shrimp, kwigglers ball tail, and top waters.

CORPUS CHRISTI: VERY GOOD. Redfish are very good on mullet and shrimp spawning and will be found in schools. Trout are having high levels of activity and are good with lures and popping bobbers. Flounder are very good on minnow or squid.

BAFFIN BAY: VERY GOOD. Redfish and flounder are excellent and feeding in the flats with topwater, and live bait following up the mullet.

PORT MANSFIELD: GOOD. Water temperatures are dropping, and extreme high tides are keeping trout and redfish scattered. Both trout and redfish are in 3 to 6 feet of water. They can be caught on top water, kwiggler ball tail in red, white and honey gold, and gulp under popping cork. The offshore is good at the culverts using honey gold ball tails catching snapper and cobia.

SOUTH PADRE: GOOD. Fishing is excellent. Water is still at very high tides water and clarity is slightly stained. Speckled trout bite are strong using lures with or without popping cork. Work the color change along the intercostal waterway. Redfish bite are good in the shallows using lures and cut mullet. Look for schools of mullet.

PORT ISABEL: VERY GOOD. Fall months producing a great bite for redfish and spotted trout mainly on kwigglers, red and white ball tail, and paddle tail. Redfish have been good in the early morning. Wade fishing for reds has continued to be successful throwing lures at bait schools moving thru the shallow grass beds.

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