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Texas Fishing Report

9 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Wednesday, January 08 2020 Jan 8, 2020 January 08, 2020 5:58 PM January 08, 2020 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 Dec. 11 and also available on the internet at https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml:

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: FAIR. Water Clear; 51-55 degrees; 1.01’ low. The winter pattern at Lake Austin has emerged, making dusk the optimal time to fish. Largemouth bass are fair along the vegetation line, and points with Carolina rigged plastic worms spinners, jigs, and crankbaits. Sunfish are slow on cutworms, and corn under structure. Catfish are fair on perch, gulp minnows, day or night on the edge of the main lake channel.

BASTROP: FAIR. Slightly stained; 55 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair being fished in warm water and by vegetation in creeks and coves. The best largemouth baits this winter have been Carolina rigged plastic worms and crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs and live bait seeking structure. Channel and blue winter catfish are good on stinkbait or cut bait.

BELTON: FAIR. Lightly stained; 56 degrees; 3.06’ low. Black bass are fair on grubs, jigs, plastic worms, and smaller crankbait. Bass are found in the shallow water of the mudflats and along the rocky points before the drops. Hybrid stripers have slowed a bit the past week on live bait and jigs mid-lake channels fishing the deep water for schools. Crappie are slow on jigs. Catfish are fair on shad, shrimp, blood bait, and stinkbait.

BROWNWOOD: FAIR. Lightly stained; 52 degrees; 3.61’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, jigs, and plastic worms. Hot spots are fish attractors, points, and rocky banks with steep drops. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs in similar areas as the largemouth normally are a bit deeper. Catfish are good on prepared bait night fishing, and shad baited trotlines.

BUCHANAN: FAIR. Water stained; 59 degrees; 3.81’ low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing boat docks and points with jigs, spinners, crankbaits, and plastic worms. Striped bass are among the mid-lake humps on live shad and swimbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Channel catfish have been good on stinkbait, live and cut bait.

CANYON LAKE: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 56 degrees; 3.15’ low. Striper fishing has slowed down to fair. Largemouth bass are fair with warmer days this past week hitting points with worms and crankbaits among flooded timber plastic worms.. Catfish are good with live and cut bait throughout the lake deeper than 7 feet and along the dam.

FAYETTE: GOOD. Water lightly stained. 54 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on worms and crankbait in the standing timber on the north banks across from the park and points near the dam. Sunfish are fair on worms and crickets. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live bait, and cut bait.

GRANBURY: FAIR. Water lightly stained. 57 degrees. 0.22’ low. Crappie fishing is fair around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and jigs. Catfishing is fair when using punch bait or cut bait near deeper water. Drop-offs with timber near the main river channel are good places to catch them. Look for white bass to be mid-lake and up north. They can be caught on slabs and live bait. Largemouth bass are found around boat docks and timber. Stripers are slow but show up on live shad or soft plastics.

GRANGER: FAIR. Water clear; 55 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are now fair fishing main lake points across from the Granger Dam. Try slowly swimmed crankbait, and working worms in flooded timber and near the San Gabriel River. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair with stink bait and cut bait in deeper than 10 feet.

LBJ: GOOD. Water stained; 52 degrees; 5.16’ low. Black bass have had continued success in coves and around the dam on crankbait. You can also flip or shoot some docks and topwater vegetation with jigs and worms. Crappie are good on jigs under docks. White bass will be slow till February. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait.

LIMESTONE: FAIR. Water stained; 54 degrees; 3.51’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms and spinners on points in creek bed vegetation and major points of the lake. White bass are fair on main lake points with spoons and small jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs around standing timber and beneath larger and deeper boat docks. Catfish are good on cut shad or prepped baits. Flatheads are more consistent with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees. 2.57’ low. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around the marina and upper-end vegetation. Catfish are good with live bait throughout the lake. White bass are fair using Alabama rigs. Black bass are fair with spinners, crankbaits, and jigs out of the wind against shallow to medium depth shorelines.

PROCTOR: FAIR. Water lightly stained. 53 degrees. 3.50’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, spinners, and jigs finding brush piles with your boat equipment. The main hot spots this week have been the western lake flats. Hybrid stripers are fair but very inconsistent with trolling jigs. Crappie are fair with jigs on the many points and cover. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait sticking around the spillway as well.

SOMERVILLE: GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.33’ low. White bass and hybrids are good among points coming out of creeks on minnows, rattle traps, and Alabama rigs. Crappie fishing is good with smaller minnows and some darker jigs, specifically west lake. Catfish are good throughout the lake with cut shad and stinkbait. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, crankbait, larger spinners, and jigs along points and the western creeks and flats.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 3.37’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater, jigs, and Carolina rigged plastic worms in hydrilla covered patches. Smallmouth are fair with topwaters and crankbaits on rocky points and quick dropping ledges about 50-75 yards out from the shoreline. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair with live and cut bait, and trot lining is popular.

TRAVIS: GOOD. Water clear; 54 degrees; 9.94’ low. Largemouth bass are good with finesse baits or tube bait near the bluff walls- natural colored baits have been working well. White bass are fair in submerged drops leading to mid-lake depth with smaller spinners, crankbaits, and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and stinkbait, excelling with blues and flatheads.

WALTER E. LONG: GOOD. Clear to slightly stained. 55 degrees; Largemouth bass are good with points, warm water, and among vegetation with plastic worms, topwaters, and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad at night, and on minnow jigs are best. Crappie are poor. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait. Sunfish are good are caught on any natural baits like worms or crickets.

WACO: FAIR. Water lightly stained. 54 degrees; 5.22’ low. Largemouth bass are good on spinnerbaits, crankbait, weighted plastic worms in shallower water including points, creeks, and flats. Crappie are good on minnows and weighted light-colored jigs in creeks and brush moving to shallower water. Sunfish are fair on worms or crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad, live bait, and blood flavored-prepped bait.

WHITNEY: GOOD. Water stained 55 degrees; 6.43’ low. Black bass are excellent on crankbait and spinnerbait. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits, and with minnows in the south end. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

NORTHEAST

ARLINGTON: FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 2.19' low. Largemouth bass are good near boat docks and around the plant with worms, spinners, rattletraps, and Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs finding submerged brush and under boat docks. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait throughout the lake and around the plant. The catfish have been smaller than other times of year.

ATHENS: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.72’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, jigs, and spinnerbaits fishing through submerged timber mid-lake for bigger fish, and points for smaller fish. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs searching for good enough cover. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and dough balls. Sunfish are slow on cutworms.

BENBROOK: FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 6.60’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms, bass jigs, and crankbait fishing creek beds moving towards mid-lake. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striped bass are slow. White bass are fair with slabs, spinners, or spoons by the dam, and main lake a bit deeper than the past couple of weeks. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live bait.

BOB SANDLIN: FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 0.76’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, jigs, jerkbaits, and spinners looking for timber. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows trying the same timber as bass. White bass are fair on jigs under deeper boat docks. Catfish are good on worms or stinkbait.

BRIDGEPORT: GOOD. Water clear; 53 degrees: 4.88’ low. Expect to limit out on sand bass and catch some decent size hybrids. Most fish have are found in 12 to 16 ft. of water off submerged humps. Crappie are fair in the main lake. Black bass are fair on crankbaits in 20 ft of water.

CADDO: GOOD. Water stained; 51 degrees; 0.50 high. Largemouth bass are good moving on rigged plastic worms, and spinnerbaits with vegetation in Clinton Lake, Back Lake, and Carter Lake. Crappie are good on smaller minnows and jigs among the cypress trunks and vegetation. White bass are fair in the main channels. Chain Pickerel have also picked up to fair among submerged vegetation. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live bait throughout the shallow reservoir.

CEDAR CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 52-54 degrees, 2.58’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged creature baits, plastic worms, crankbaits, and spinners. Hybrid stripers and white bass are fair finding the schools. White bass are deeper than normal, and Alabama rigs have added to our arsenal. Crappie continue to be fair on minnows and shooting deeper and docks on points with jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad, dough bait, and stinkbait over corks under boat docks and the coves with at least 5 feet of water.

COOPER: FAIR. Water clear; 51 degrees; 2.33’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, crankbaits, spinners, and adding some topwater bait fishing points or working flooded timber. The white bass continue to be good on slabs and live bait. Catfish are excellent on live and cut bait.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: FAIR. Water stained; 54 degrees; 2.37’ low. Black bass are fair among steep drops, and on the open water side of boat docks with crankbaits, spinners, and plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs under the same boat docks. Catfish are good on cut bait, prepped bait, and liver.

FORK: FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 2.48’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, spinners, and Alabama rigs on deep humps, creek bends, points, and standing timber. In typical Lake Fork tradition, there have been several 10lb+ largemouth caught this past week. White and yellow bass are fair on Alabama Rigs in the same bass habitats and deeper. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows around any structure. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait.

GRAHAM: FAIR. Water stained; 51 degrees; 2.99’ low. Largemouth bass are good on artificial baits on vegetation and in warm discharge water. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows under docks, in warm water, and vegetation. White bass are good on slabs and Alabama rigs. Hybrid stripers are consistent in the channel between Graham and Eddleman on rattle traps. Catfish are fair on cut shad and live bait.

GRAPEVINE: FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 0.52’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged plastic worms, spinners and crankbait around rocky points, finding drops, and vegetation. White bass are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Catfish are good on live and prepped bait in most parts of the lake.

JACKSONVILLE: FAIR. Water stained; 51 degrees; 0.58' low. Largemouth bass continue to be fair with cranks and spinners in creeks, structure around the dam, and piers. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows around piers. Catfish are very slow on cut shad and prepped bait.

JOE POOL: GOOD. Water stained; 53 degrees; 2.97’ low. The largemouth bite is fair to good on T-rigged soft plastic worms and creature baits, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits searching for underwater structure and flooded timber. Crappie continue to produce using live bait under the bridges. Catfish are good on cut bait by the spillway and near creeks.

KEMP: FAIR. Water clear; 53 degrees; 2.38’ low. Largemouth bass are good with Texas-rigged, straight-tailed worms, crankbait, live bait, and spinnerbait. Largemouth fishing is best on rocky points, and seeking out vegetation. Crappie are good on crappie jigs with any shallow water structure. White bass and hybrid continue to be good on slabs. Catfish are good with blood and liver prepared baits with deep water access.

LAKE O' THE PINES: GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.48’ high. Largemouth bass are good on topwater, worms and crankbaits around Watts island point and any flooded vegetation. Crappie are fair on mainly minnows, and jigs among structure. Catfish are good on live bait. White bass are good on Alabama Rigs. Sunfish are poor till the water warms.

LAVON: GOOD. Water stained; 54 degrees: 3.44' low. Crappie are good on jigs, spinners, crankbaits, and plastic worms in deeper than normal water. White bass are poor. Black bass are good on crankbaits, worms, lizards and jigs on rocky and deep points. Catfish are excellent on Santee rig cut shad in 8-20 feet.

LEWISVILLE: GOOD. Water stained; 53 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged plastic baits, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits along the rocky shorelines and trees. White bass have turned quickly to slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and weighted jigs among brush and vegetation. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait. Hybrid stripers continue to be slow.

MARTIN CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 54 degrees; 3.49' low. Largemouth bass are fair on worms, jigs, crankbaits, and spinners and have started moving towards shallower and warm water. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows among lily pads, and structure close to warm water. Catfish are excellent on live bait, cut bait, or prepped bait throughout the lake.

PALESTINE: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 1.49’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, spinners, lipless cranks in Saline Bay, and along creeks. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Hybrid stripers are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Both hybrids and whites are having crazy activity this week on the north end of the lake. Catfish continue to be excellent on shad and chicken livers.

PALO PINTO: FAIR. Water stained; 53 degrees; 3.22’ low. Largemouth bass remain fair on Carolina rigged worms and spinners on points and around docks. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs normally under the same docks as bass. White bass are fair on live shad. Striped bass are good on live shad and jigs. Catfish are fair on live shad, minnows, and stinkbait.

RAY HUBBARD: GOOD. Water stained; 53 degrees; 2.99' low. Largemouth Bass are good on crankbaits and spinners on the Rockwall side of the I-30 bridge, in warm water, and among the standing timber north of the I-30 bridge. White bass are fair on drop shot and spinner tail shads sticking to deep water structure. Crappie remain slow on minnows and small jigs using bridge pilings, structure, and brush as cover. Catfish are good on live shad mid-lake. Hybrid are fair on lipless crankbaits in 10-20 feet. The power plant to the spillway has been effective with some sand humps.

RAY ROBERTS: GOOD. Water stained: 54 degrees; 0.06’ high. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms/lizards and jigs working points deeper than normal. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows around the brush and timber north. Catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 57 degrees; 3.77’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, plastic worms, spinners, and jigging spoons. Underwater structure is hard to find but will be successful. White bass and hybrids are good on slabs and jigs in deep water on the east portion of the lake. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around the coves with timber. Catfish are good on live bait and cut bait.

SQUAW CREEK: GOOD. Water clear; 54 degrees; 1.37’ low. Catfishing has been excellent around the timber on live bait, chicken livers, and prepped bait. Largemouth bass has been excellent on soft plastic worms and crankbaits sticking to the warm water areas in 10-20 feet.

SULPHUR SPRINGS: SLOW. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.77’ low. Largemouth bass are slow, trying most baits on deeper ridges. Crappie continue to be slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and live bait near the dam.

TAWAKONI: FAIR. Water stained; 53 degrees; 1.81’ low. Catfish are excellent on the lake with live, cut shad, shrimp, and stinkbait. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and crankbait on the shoreline, piers, and boathouses. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs, spoons, and Alabama rigs among schools of baitfish. Crappie are fair on minnows under bridges, docks and marinas.

TEXOMA: FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 0.83’ high. Striped bass are good using slabs, swimbaits, trolling, and with live bait in deeper water and deep coves. Largemouth bass are good drifting live baits and reeled baits across shallow low traffic natural structure. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs by boathouses, submerged vegetation, and timber. Catfish are fair on live shrimp, cut bait, and minnows.

TYLER: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 54 degrees; 2.11’ low. Black bass are great on Carolina rigged creatures and plastic worms in the vegetation of both lakes, around the many boat dock structures, especially on points and around Langley Island. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in submerged structure, and boat docks. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live baits. White bass are slow.

WEATHERFORD: FAIR. Water stained; 53 degrees; 2.63’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms working points out towards the main lake. White bass are fair with minnows, smaller crankbaits, and Alabama rigs on ridges. Crappie are great on minnows and jigs under boat docks. Catfish are good on crawfish, livers, blood baits, and cut bait.

WORTH: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 54 degrees; 1.80' low. Largemouth bass continue to be fair on buzzbaits, spinners, and worms under docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs under docks. Catfish are good on live bait, stinkbait, and cut bait close to the airport flats.

WRIGHT PATMAN: FAIR. Water stained; 53 degrees; 3.63’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on slow-moving jigs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and plastic worms among man-made structures. White bass are good on slabs and spoons. Crappie are good on jigs within brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait, live bait, and stinkbait.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 61 degrees; 30.73’ low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters, spinners, and plastic worms with submerged vegetation, and staying deep in coves. Topwater has picked up in the mornings and late evenings. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and cut bait throughout the reservoir.

CALAVERAS: FAIR. Water stained; 58 degrees. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and live shad moving a tab bit shallower the past week. Red drum are slow on live crawfish and tilapia but have shown signs of picking up. Largemouth bass have been fair on jigs, plastic worms, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striped bass are fair on spoons and rattle traps.

CHOKE CANYON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 57 degrees; 17.77’ low. Largemouth bass are fair topwater, worms, crankbaits, and spinners fishing points slowly. White bass are fair with minnows moving out from rivers and creeks. All catfish are on larger live bait and cut baits in all water.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 59 degrees; 3.38’ low. Largemouth bass are fair using worms and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on rattletraps and minnows on deep points, and feeding in the Nueces River channel. Crappie are fair on live minnows with structure. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and cheese bait.

FALCON: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 57 degrees; 35.96’ low. Black bass are good on soft plastic worms, spinners, and topwater lures along rocky banks, and mid-lake humps. Crappie are good on live bait among submerged brush piles. 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 lightly stained; 58-62 degrees; 10.16’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on worms, jigs, and reeled baits among creek beds and points. Crappie are slow with jigs and minnows, but they should pick up by late February. White bass are fair on spoons and jigs. Striped bass are fair on rattletraps. Smallmouth bass are good on white grubs and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers and blood baits in the inflow from feeder creeks.

TEXANA: FAIR. Water stained; 56 degrees; 4.99’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, Texas–rigged soft plastics and light-colored tube baits on points and drops. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair to good on stinkbait, cut bait, and live bait. Trotlines are good for all species of catfish using live bait.

SOUTHEAST

BRAUNIG: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged plastic worms, crankbaits, bass jigs, and spinnerbaits looking for warm water. Red drum are fair using crawfish and tilapia among plant discharge and close by ridges. Striped bass are fair on jigs and live shad in open water. Catfish are good on live bait and cheese bait.

B.A. STEINHAGEN: GOOD. Water stained; 61 degrees; 0.39’ low. Largemouth bass are good with Carolina rigged worms, spinners and crankbaits. Fish closer to the banks with windy and colder conditions driving most largemouth shallower. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows, and catfish are good on cut and prepped bait.

CONROE: GOOD. Water stained; 64 degrees; 2.19’ low. Largemouth bass are good on jigs, spinners, and buzzbait in shallow water. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Hybrid striped bass are good in open water with jigs and shad. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait. Bluegills are good with live worms or crickets in shallow water.

GIBBONS CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 65 degrees; Largemouth bass are good in timber crankbaits and spinners. Crappie are good on jigs, especially in the warmer discharge waters. Catfish are good on live bait and liver-flavored prepared bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: FAIR. Water stained; 60 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are good on worms and cranks normally 50-100 yards off points. White bass are slow with jigs and spoons in deep drops. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are good on live and cut shad along with stinkbait.

LIVINGSTON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 59 degrees; 0.15’ high. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged plastics, spinners, crankbait, and jigs in coves and creek structures on the northern end of the lake. Striped bass are good on spoons and shad. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs in the creeks. White bass are good on spoons and Alabama Rigs. Catfish are fair on live bait and prepped dough balls.

NACONICHE: GOOD. Water slightly stained; 59 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, spinners, and jigs in shallow water, around timber. Crappie are good on jigs, and crappie minnows within shallower creek channels and bridge structures. Sunfish are fair on jigs, spinners, and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.

RAVEN: FAIR. Water stained; 57-61 degrees; Largemouth bass continue to be fair around vegetation on buzzbaits or frogs early morning and overcast. Look for vegetation and any structure in 15 feet or less. Larger plastic worms are better among traditional structures with depth.

SAM RAYBURN: GOOD. Water stained; 57 degrees; 2.19’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, and plastic worms staying 10 feet and shallower on creek edges, and. White bass are good on minnows riding humps. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs among deeper brush piles. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.

TOLEDO BEND: GOOD. Water slightly stained; 57 degrees; 6.63’ low. Largemouth bass are good on drop shots, jigs, plastic worms, and spinners in shallow water on creek structure and some mid-depth ledges. Crappie are very good in brush pile jigs in 15-20 feet of water. Striped bass are good on topwater, rattle traps, and spoons on main lake points and humps. White bass are fair on spoons and small crankbaits in deeper drops. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and dough bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

CISCO: FAIR. Water clear; 54 degrees; 3.26’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigged worms and jigs shallow on the lower end of the lake around boulders. Sunfish are fair with nightcrawlers or grubs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver, and cut shad all over the lake.

MEREDITH: SLOW. Water stained; 53 degrees; 46.83’ low. Low water conditions have hampered largemouth bass and walleye. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged plastics, crankbaits, jigs, and topwaters working humps, points and ledges throughout the lake. Walleye are slow on crankbaits and rattletraps. Channel catfish are good on cut bait and live bait.

MILLERS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 54 degrees; 1.89’ low. Largemouth bass are good moving to submerged trees on jigs, and in vegetation with crankbaits and plastic worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs among brush piles. White bass and hybrids have been good with artificial and live baits. Catfish are good with blood and liver prepared baits.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: FAIR. Water clear 55 degrees; 2.35' low. Black bass are good on rigged worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits working the steep shorelines and around timber. Crappie are good on minnows, and jigs around the pier and flooded timber. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.

ARROWHEAD: FAIR. Water stained; 55 degrees; 2.06’ low. Largemouth bass continue to be fair on Texas rigs, spinners, and jigs in less than 10 feet. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs near structure. Catfish are good on punch bait, prepped baits, and shrimp.

COLEMAN: GOOD. Slightly stained. 54 degrees. 2.96’ low. Hybrid stripers are good drift fishing with live bait on the main lake, humps and deep drops. Some topwaters are successful before noon and late afternoon. Largemouth bass are good on topwater, spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and buzzbait among standing timber, and ledges. Catfish are fair with stink bait and cut bait.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 2.36’ low. White and hybrid striped bass are good with deep-diving crankbaits fishing with the wind. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms and spinners in deep drops. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are OK at night on cut shad and stinkbait.

HUBBARD CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 55 degrees; 2.71’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass and crappie are good in Hubbard Creek. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.

NASWORTHY: FAIR. Water murky; 56 degrees. 0.82’ low. Largemouth bass are fair among vegetation, man-made structures, and drops with slowly reeled spinners, jigs and crankbaits. Crappie fair under deep structure on Crappie Minnows. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.

OAK CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 2.08’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinners, and Carolina rigged worms within flooded timber and vegetation. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs looking for mid-depth structure. White bass are slowing on Alabama Rigs, and small crankbaits in the main part of the reservoir. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live bait, cut bait, and dough balls anywhere in the lake.

O.C. FISHER: GOOD. Water stained; 56 degrees. 37.47’ low. The low water has hurt some of the natural structure on the lake, but look for main lake humps and any existing creek channels. Largemouth Bass are good on plastic worms, spinners, and jigs. Crappie are good along the dam on crappie minnows.

O.H. IVIE: FAIR. Water clear; 55 degrees; 9.94’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, spinners, minnows, and jigs around timber- look in 20 plus feet depth on drops. Crappie are fair on live minnows, and jigs drop fishing. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: GOOD. Water clear; 56 degrees; 0.96’ low. Rainbow Trout are good on nightcrawlers or red wigglers. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, plastic worms and spinnerbaits. Smallmouth bass up to 16 inches, continue to bite well on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. Crappie are good on jigs, and minnows among brush piles and boat docks. White bass are fair on jigs, slabs, and spoons in the same habitat as largemouth. Striped bass are fair on live shad and jigs looking for mid-lake humps. Catfish are good on cut bait, live sunfish, and stinkbait.

SPENCE: FAIR. Water stained; 51 degrees; 36.65’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater among rocky drops and vegetation. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait throughout.

STAMFORD: FAIR. Water stained; 50 degrees; 1.38’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged plastic worms, crankbait, spinners, and jigs seek out lower reservoir, seek out points, and vegetation. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs vertically fishing timber. White bass are fair on live shad and slabs. Catfish are fair on live bait, and stinkbait prepped pellets.

TWIN BUTTES: FAIR. Water stained. 51 degrees. 8.70’ low. Largemouth Bass are fair on Carolina Rigs, worms, spinners, minnows, and crankbaits in creeks and on humps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs on submerged humps and creek channels. Catfish are fair on live prepped and cut bait all over.

WHITE RIVER: SLOW. Water stained; 52 degrees; 22.03’ low. Drought conditions are still in place. Please check boat ramp access. Largemouth bass have picked up to fair on spinners, crankbaits and worms seeking flooded brush and points. Crappie are slow on live minnows and jigs. Walleye are slow. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait close to the White River Marina.

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SABINE LAKE: GOOD. Water clear to slightly stained in the northern half of the Sabine system and clear to murky in the southern half due to predominately northerly winds. The northern half of Sabine Lake is producing more speckled trout than the southern half due to water clarity. Rivers are down, and big reservoirs to the north are still low. Fishing is good between cold fronts on jigs and soft plastics such as Mirro Lure Lil John and Provokers. Suspending twitch baits such as Borboleta lures and Mirro lure Catch 5 are working well. On colder days, try a Corky or Soft Dine. Red Fish: redfish are biting on jigs and soft plastics in the Entergy Outfall Canal up the Neches River and all along the Louisiana shoreline, Taylors Bayou, Sabine and Neches River channels, and the Intracoastal Waterway. Fresh or frozen dead shrimp is working as well, fished on a Carolina rig. Flounder that did not leave for winter are hooked on jigs and Gulp or soft plastics up the Neches and Sabine Rivers and in some of the deeper bayous such as Black's or Johnson's.

PORT MANSFIELD: GOOD. 67 degrees. Trout and reds are good on the flats in 3 to 5 feet most being smaller but keepers. Trout and reds also good over swallow areas of mud bottom were you find better quality and using kwiggler paddle, and willow tails gulp and live shrimp. Offshore still good for snapper when weather permits.

TRINITY BAY: VERY GOOD. 59 degrees. Speckled trout are excellent on live shrimp and soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh on live mullet, soft plastics, and shrimp and are found along the shoreline. Sheepshead are very good on live shrimp.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 56 degrees. The flounder bite is good on live shrimp. Redfish and black drum are good over mud and shell. Speckled trout are good near Oyster Bayou in deeper water- topwaters are good on warm days. Catfish are good on cut bait.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 56 degrees. Redfish and Black Drum are good near the south shoreline coves. Flounder are good on live shrimp. Speckled trout are excellent on shrimp under popping cork or fatboys in deeper water. Catfish are good on cut bait.

TEXAS CITY: VERY GOOD. 55 degrees. Redfish are very good on soft plastics or live mullet. Flounder is fair on live shrimp or minnow. Speckled trout are excellent on slow sinking mullet imitating plugs. Black drum are good on whole shad.

FREEPORT: GOOD. 59-61 degrees. Black drum are excellent. Redfish are found in the deeper channels early in the day and caught using live baits like finger mullet- best time in these temperatures are mid-day/afternoon in shallow mudflats. Speckled trout bite is excellent on mullet or pinfish. Sheepshead are good on shrimp near the jetties. Flounder are good along the marsh using live mullet. Bull reds are fair at the mouth of the Brazos river on cut menhaden baits.

PORT ARANSAS: GOOD. 59 degrees. Flounder are good on live mullet along the marsh. Redfish are fair on shrimp, KWigglers paddle tail, and found in schools. Speckled trout are fair on shrimp and top waters in the warmer temperatures. Black drum are fair on shrimp or soft plastics. Fishing has been best mid-morning or late at night.

ROCKPORT: EXCELLENT. 59 degrees. Redfish are very good on gold spoon dragg. Trout are outstanding drifting and wading over hard sand with shell pockets on live bait. Flounder are excellent on live finger mullet. Expect to limit out on most fish.

CORPUS CHRISTI: VERY GOOD. 60 degrees. Redfish are good on cut mullet and shrimp. Speckled trout are fair with Texas Rattler jigs near the jetties. Flounder are excellent on minnow or squid or jig. Black drum are excellent on shrimp or crab on sinkers near piers and jetties and best around Laguna Madre.

SOUTH PADRE: GOOD. 63 degrees. Redfish are good around mud boils on Kwiggler. Speckled trout have been good on the flats on cut mullet and are found in shallower water in the warm afternoons and the muddy flats along the ICW. Black drum are good on shrimp or crab

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. 62 degrees. Speckled trout are good on live shrimp under popping cork and soft plastics around the mid-bay reefs- the bigger trout will be found here versus in the west. Redfish are very good in the marsh on live mullet, soft plastics and topwater in the warm afternoons. Flounder are good on shrimp and found under birds. Black drum are good on soft plastics or blue crab.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. 62 degrees. Black drum are fair on blue crab or soft plastics. Speckled trout is good on live shrimp under a popping cork and soft plastics along the flats around mullet. Redfish are good in the marsh on live mullet, soft plastics and topwater. The flounder bite is fair on down south plastic in red or white color. The Southern shoreline seems to be the best spot to catch fish.

PORT O’CONNOR: VERY GOOD. 58 -61 degrees. Black drum are excellent on blue crab, shrimp, or soft plastics. Trout are good on a combination of live or fresh baits such as shrimp or crab in the shallow sand bars or at the dropoffs of the ICW or sometimes at Sunday beach. Redfish are excellent on live shrimp. Flounder are excellent around any kind of baitfish at the end of the jetties. Sheepshead are good near the jetty on live shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: VERY GOOD. 64 degrees. Redfish are very good in the flats suspending plugs and soft plastics- topwater can work on warm sunny days in between cold fronts and on live bait following the mullet. Flounder are good on jigs or minnow. Speckled Trout are excellent on Gulp Shrimp- use lead jig head, bounce off the bottom quickly. Slow sinking artificial lures are the best choice for the wade fisherman.

PORT ISABEL: GOOD. 64 degrees. Speckled trout are good on bait resembling mullet. Sheepshead are good on crab. Flounder are good on minnows. Jack Crevalle are good on live mullet. Redfish are good on shrimp and will be found near sand where it's warmer. Black drum are good on dead shrimp on a jig head, and they are schooling in deep waters and located near mud bottoms. The best fishing seems to be in the late morning into the afternoon.

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