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Texas Fishing Report

2 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Wednesday, June 24 2020 Jun 24, 2020 June 24, 2020 5:40 PM June 24, 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 June 24 and also available on the internet at https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml:

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: GOOD. Water clear; 88 degrees; 0.67' low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, jerk baits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms in deep creek beds, channel edges, and rocks. There is an early bite with topwater plugs. Sunfish are excellent on cutworms. Catfish are good on prepared baits and cut bait.

BASTROP: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair fishing grass lines, creek banks and brushy coves on Carolina-rigged plastics, shad colored crankbaits, and buzz baits. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles and standing timber. Channel and blue catfish are good on earthworms, cut bait, and live bait.

BELTON: GOOD. Water clear; 84 degrees; 0.04' low. Black bass are good in gravel beds, brushy shorelines, and timber on jigs, crankbaits, spinners, and red, black, or purple Carolina-rigged worms. White bass are good in the main lake with slabs and swimbaits. Hybrid stripers are good with live bait in the main lake. Look for large schools of bait using sonar to find active fish. Crappie are fair on minnows near structure and brush piles in 14-28’. Catfish are good on prepared baits and live bait in 10-25’.

BROWNWOOD: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 2.08' low. Largemouth bass are good with crankbaits, jigs, plastic worms in 10-25’ with plastic frogs still working in shallow grass beds, drop-offs, and weedlines. White bass are good on minnows and jigs in the main lake near ledges and points. Catfish have been good on prepared bait and chicken liver in 7-20’.

BUCHANAN: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.29' low. Largemouth bass are good with Texas-rigged plastic creatures and deep-diving crankbaits working along grass lines, points, drop-offs, and brushy areas. Early morning bite with plastic frogs and topwater baits in grassy regions and weed patches. Striped bass are very good with slabs, jigging spoons and live bait. White bass are excellent on minnows and slabs when fishing deeper water and using sonar to locate baitfish schools. Scout early or late in the day for diving birds that mark feeding schools. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in 12-25’ fishing timber. Channel catfish have been excellent on chicken liver and cut bait.

CANYON LAKE: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 83-88 degrees; 1.09' low. Striper fishing is excellent on main lake humps vertically jigging striper jigs and live bait and topwater baits when schools are feeding near the surface. White bass are excellent on main lake flats, drop-offs, and humps. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Largemouth bass are good near rocky bluffs, gravel beds, and roadbeds with square billed crankbaits, jigs, plastic worms and spinners with some fish taken early with topwater plugs and plastic frogs. Catfish are excellent with live and cut bait throughout the lake in 9-27’.

FAYETTE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms or creatures, jigs, spinners, and crankbaits. Sunfish are good on worms and crickets around bank ledges and structure. Catfish are good on chicken liver.

GRANBURY: GOOD. Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 0.03' low. Largemouth bass are good on buzz baits, crankbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic creatures in 8-25’ near boathouses, grass lines, and rocky shorelines. Crappie fishing is good around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and jigs. Catfishing is excellent when using earthworms, cut bait, or blood bait in 4-12’. White bass are good using slabs and swimbaits. Stripers are good with live bait and jigging spoons.

GRANGER: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.17' high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, jigs and Carolina-rigged plastic creatures near humps, stumps, and timber. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 12-24’ on brush piles and standing timber. White bass are good on live bait and slabs in 25-40’. Catfish are good on cut shad, chicken liver, and prepared baits.

LIMESTONE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 0.35' low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina-rigged plastic worms, crankbaits and spinners along rock ledges, submerged timber, and main lake points. White bass are good with slabs and jigging spoons fishing points and humps in the main lake. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush piles and submerged timber. Catfish are good on cut bait or live baits. Flatheads are more consistent with live bait.

LBJ: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 0.62' low. Black bass are fair on with Texas-rigged plastic creatures, jigs, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows around brush, marinas, and docks. White bass are good over main lake points and humps in 20-35’. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait in 10-25’.

NAVARRO MILLS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.50 low. Crappie are good on minnows around the marina and timber in 12-24’. Catfish are good with chicken liver and cut bait. White bass are excellent on slabs and swimbaits over the feeding schools in the main lake. Black bass are fair with crankbaits, jigs, and Texas-rigged plastic worms.

PROCTOR: GOOD. Water clear; 86 degrees; 0.92' low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina-rigged creatures, jigs, and crankbaits in 5-20’ in submerged timber and rocky shorelines. Hybrid stripers are good with live bait and slabs in the main lake. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows in 10-18’ in standing timber and brush piles. Catfish remain good on prepared bait, chicken liver, and cut bait.

SOMERVILLE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 0.25' low. White bass and hybrids are good with slabs and swimbaits in 15-35’. Crappie are good on brush piles and in standing timber in 12-24’. Catfish are good throughout the lake with cut shad and stinkbait in 12-25’. Largemouth bass are good with Texas-rigged worms, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and top waters near the points, rocks, and grass ledges.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 0.13' high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, jigs and Carolina-rigged soft plastic worms working vegetation, brush, rocks bluffs and roadbeds. Smallmouth bass are fair with small plastic grubs and jigs near rocky banks and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles and standing structure in 12-24’. White bass are excellent on slabs and minnows off main lake points, humps, and drop-offs. Catfish are very good with live and cut bait.

TRAVIS: GOOD. Water clear; 82-85 degrees; 10.41' low. Largemouth bass are good fishing in 8-26’ with Texas-rigged plastic worms, topwater plugs (early), and square billed crankbaits near rock ledges, points, and humps. White bass are good with jigs, crankbaits, and slabs working main lake points and humps. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 12-25’ near docks, marinas and rock ledges. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared baits in 10-20’.

WALTER E. LONG: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on black plastic worms and lizards, diving crankbaits and jigs in weed beds and brushy shorelines. Jerk baits and plastic frogs along grass lines and over grass flats are still effective. Hybrid stripers are good with slabs and live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on chicken liver and prepared bait. Sunfish are good worms.

WACO: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.13' low. Largemouth bass are good on spinnerbaits, silver or white diving crankbaits and jigs on main lake points and flats near a drop off. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing brush piles and structure. Sunfish are very good on cutworms or crickets. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait, chicken liver, and prepared bait.

WHITNEY: EXCELLENT. Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 1.61' low. Black bass are good on topwater (early) on points and near grass lines and weed beds. Later in the day, plastic worms, crankbaits, and bladed spinners are working in 8-28’. White bass are excellent on the main lake with jigging spoons and slabs. Stripers are good on jigging slabs and live bait fishing the main lake drop-offs and humps. Watch for diving birds working the feeding schools of white bass and stripers. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs in 12-25’. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared baits.

NORTHEAST

ARLINGTON: GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.32' high. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater plugs, senkos, deep-diving crankbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms. Crappie are good among structures such as boat docks and partially shaded vegetation on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared baits in 8-25’.

ATHENS: GOOD. Water clear; 85 degrees; 0.13' high. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, jigs, and spinnerbaits working the vegetation edges and grass lines. Top waters are effective early mornings and evenings along grassy shorelines and plastic frogs in the lily pads and weeds. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs in standing timber and man-made structures. Catfish are good on earthworms, cut bait, and prepared bait. Sunfish are excellent on cutworms.

BENBROOK: GOOD. Water slightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.12' low. Largemouth bass are good fishing swimbaits, crankbaits, and drop shots on long points, ridges, drop-offs, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing structure and brush in 12-25’. Hybrid striped bass are good with live bait and slabs. White bass are excellent with slabs and jigs on the lake points and humps. Watch for diving birds to mark schools of feeding fish. Catfish are good with cut bait and live baits.

BOB SANDLIN: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.10' low. Black bass are good on jigs, swimbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms in 8-15’ near brushy coves, timber, and docks. Plastic frogs and topwater plugs are still effective early in near grass lines, and lily pads Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are excellent on earthworms, live bait, and chicken liver in 6-24'.

BRIDGEPORT: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.06' high. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, jigs and Texas-rigged plastic worms in 7-18’ fishing rip-rap, gravel and timber. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing bridges, standing timber and brush piles. White bass are excellent on slabs on main lake points and drop-offs. Hybrid stripers are good on main lake humps and points with live bait. Catfish are excellent on punch bait and live bait in 8-24’.

CADDO: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 79-84 degrees; 0.47' high. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water near trees and vegetation fishing plastic creatures and frogs, topwater, and rattle baits. Crankbaits, jigs, and Texas-rigged plastic worms in deeper water near structure are working as the day warms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber in 15-25’. White bass are good on jigs and small crankbaits in the main lake. Chain pickerel are fair. Catfish are excellent on prepared bait and live bait in 6-25’.

CEDAR CREEK: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.42' low. Largemouth bass are good working topwater plugs early on lake points, grass lines, and brushy cover, then Texas rigged craws, crankbaits, and jigs later in the day along deeper creek banks, drop-offs and timber in 12-28’. Hybrids and sand bass are caught off main lake points and humps with slabs, swimbaits, and live bait. Crappie are excellent with jigs and minnows in brush piles and near structure in 12-25’. Catfish are excellent in 12-25’. Chicken liver and cut bait are working well.

COOPER: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.16' low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged plastic worms, deep diving crankbaits, and jigs in 9-18’. The white bass are excellent in 12-30’ with slabs, jigs and jigging spoons over humps and flats. Crappie are good with minnows in standing timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on live and cut bait in 10-25’.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.24' high. Black bass are fair fishing coves with topwater baits and plastic frogs in grass and brush early in the morning then diving crankbaits, jigs and plastic worms in 8-20’ later in the day. White bass are excellent in the main lake fishing humps and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs between 12-24’ working docks and timber. Catfish are excellent on fresh cut bait and punch bait.

FORK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83-85 degrees; 0.29' low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic creatures, bladed jigs, and crankbaits near drop-offs, points, grass lines, and humps in 8-12’. Topwater plugs and plastic frogs are effective early in grass patches and lily pads. White and yellow bass are good in the deeper water of main lake points, flats, and humps. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows in 12-25’ in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait in 6-20’.

GRAHAM: GOOD. Water clear; 85 degrees; 0.16' low. Largemouth bass are fair on purple or green plastic worms, jigs, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in 12-24’. White bass are excellent on slabs and jigging spoons. Hybrid stripers are good on slabs in 20-40’. Catfish are good on cut shad and blood bait.

GRAPEVINE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83-86 degrees; 1.19' high. Largemouth bass are good on jigs, plastic creatures, and crankbaits. White bass are excellent in 10-35’. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in marinas and near submerged structure. Catfish are excellent on chicken liver and cut bait.

JACKSONVILLE: FAIR. Water clear; 85 degrees; 0.22' low. Largemouth bass are fair with crankbaits, drop shots, and buzz baits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in 12-25’ around submerged structure and brush. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait.

JOE POOL: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 0.40' low. Largemouth bass are good fishing Texas-rigged plastic craws and worms, jigs, swimbaits and crankbaits along creek banks, rock ledges and roadbeds in 7-18’. Crappie are good beneath bridges with minnows. Catfish are excellent on fresh cut bait and chicken liver.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 0.08' low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, flukes, plastic frogs, topwater baits, and Carolina rigged creature baits in 8-18’. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows in the standing timber areas along the creek channel and brush piles 12-24’. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, chicken liver and cut bait in 8-25’.

LAVON: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.05' high. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs fishing 12-24’ over brush piles, timber, and bridges. White bass are excellent in the 10-30’ with jigs and slabs. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jigs, plastic worms and swimbaits in 7-18’. Catfish are good on live bait and chicken liver in 8-25’.

LEWISVILLE: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.59' high. Black bass are good fishing the deep diving crankbaits, jigs, spinners, and Texas-rigged plastic worms. Good topwater bite early in the day on points, rocky shorelines, and in grassy, brushy coves. White bass are excellent on slabs and rooster tails in 12-35’. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs around brush piles, standing timber and bridges. Catfish are excellent on live bait and chicken liver.

MARTIN CREEK: GOOD. Water clear; 87 degrees; 0.48' low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, and Texas-rigged worms in 6-18’. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in 12-18’ in timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and earthworms in 7-25’.

PALESTINE: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.23' low. Largemouth bass are good working Texas-rigged worms, jigs, and crankbaits. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows around bridges and marinas in 12-25’. Hybrid stripers are very good on slabs and live bait. White bass are excellent on jigs and slabs in 18-35’. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Catfish are excellent on cut shad, chicken livers, and prepared baits.

PALO PINTO: GOOD. Water clear; 84 degrees; 1.26' low. Largemouth bass are good on points, flats, and humps with crankbaits and jigs. Plastic frogs and topwater plugs are working on grass flats and weed beds. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near boat docks and brush piles in 12-24’. White bass are excellent on slabs and swimbaits on main lake points, drop-offs, and humps. Hybrid bass are good on live shad and slabs. Catfish are excellent on prepared baits and chicken liver.

RAY HUBBARD: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.07' low. Largemouth bass are good on diving crankbaits, jigs, Texas-rigged plastic worms and craws in 6-18’. White bass are excellent on swimbaits and rooster tails early and later in the day. Slabs and jigging spoons are working on main lake flats, humps and drop-offs in 12-26’ midday. Crappie are good near bridges, brush piles, and submerged trees in 18-23’ with minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait, live bait, and prepared bait in 14-20’.

RAY ROBERTS: GOOD; Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.40' high. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, crankbaits, and jigs in 8-24’. White bass are excellent in 20-40’ on slabs and jigging spoons. Main lake flats, ledges, and drop-offs are holding fish. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around bridges, standing timber and brush piles. Catfish are excellent on live bait and chicken liver.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.18' low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, jigs, swimbaits, plastic frogs, and topwater baits fishing 5-25’ near submerged vegetation, rocks, and brush. White bass and hybrids are good on jigs and swimbaits under birds or deeper near main lake points, flats, and humps when marking large bait schools on sonar. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs under bridges and in brush piles. Catfish are excellent on live bait and cut bait.

SQUAW CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 86 degrees; 0.68' high. Catfishing is excellent working baited areas using chicken liver, earthworms, and cut bait. The largemouth bass fishing is good around structure on plastic worms, crankbaits, and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 12-25’ in standing timber.

SULPHUR SPRINGS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.22' low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms and jigs along grass lines, drop-offs, and creek banks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 12-22’. Catfish are good on cut shad and live bait in 6-15’.

TAWAKONI: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 82-85 degrees; 0.09' high. Catfish are excellent on live bait, chicken liver and cut bait along brushy shorelines and rip-rap. Largemouth bass are good on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and crankbaits. White bass and hybrid stripers are excellent on swimbaits and slabs. Watch for diving birds to mark feeding schools or use sonar to locate fish feeding in schools of bait over deeper points, creek beds, and humps in the main lake. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush piles, docks, and marinas.

TEXOMA: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 2.09' high. Striped bass and white bass are excellent on live bait and topwater baits when fish are near the surface. Diving birds are marking feeding schools on the surface throughout the lake. Use sonar to mark schools along the river channel. Largemouth bass are good fishing plastic creatures, shaky worms, jigs, swimbaits, and crankbaits in 8-28’. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs by boathouses, marinas and brush piles 12-25’. Catfish are excellent on cut bait, live bait, and chicken liver in 4-20’.

TYLER: GOOD. Water clear; 84 degrees; 0.08' low. Black bass are good on Carolina-rigged creature baits and worms, spinners, crankbaits and jigs fishing dock structures and brushy shorelines in 8-24’. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in brush piles and timber. Catfish are excellent on punch bait and live bait. White bass are good in 25-40’ on swimbaits and slabs.

WEATHERFORD: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.14' high. Largemouth bass are good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms near structure and rip-rap. Plastic frogs are working in grass and lily pads. White bass are good in 15-35’. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around docks, marinas, and creeks. Catfish are good on prepared baits, earthworms, and chicken liver.

WORTH: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.18' low. Largemouth bass are good with spinners, diving crankbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic creatures working grassy coves and brushy coves in 8-20’. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs among brush piles, sloping banks and under docks. Catfish are good on chicken liver, earthworms, and cut bait.

WRIGHT PATMAN: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 3.96' high. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, jigs, and chatter baits. White bass are good on jigging spoons and slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows near structure and brush piles. Catfish are excellent on cut bait, live bait, and chicken liver.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 46.58’ low. Black bass are fair, and summer has its grips on Amistad. Keep using topwater early and late around vegetation. Carolina rigged worms and crankbait continue to excel around the Devil’s River and the ridges associated with the original channel. Depths haven’t changed a lot from last week, still looking 8-16' depths. White bass are fair. Black bass are biting more than white. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and cut bait. Remember to stay on the Texas side of the lake unless you possess a Mexican fishing license.

CALAVERAS: FAIR. Water stained; 82-84 degrees. Red drum have slowed just a bit but are still good. Downrigging and trolling in deeper water outside of coves have been best. Live baits are still fair once you get in the schools with crawfish and tilapia. Black bass remain fair with topwater along the rip rap. Switch to crankbait and soft plastic worms in the late morning. Hybrid striped bass remain fair. It’s all about finding the schools mid-lake by seeing activity or using boat equipment. Once you do, you can catch every cast for about 10 minutes. Catfish are good mid-depth every day on stinkbait, chicken livers, and cut shad.

CHOKE CANYON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 82-84 degrees; 19.10’ low. Largemouth bass have slowed a bit to fair, as we get into our summer pattern with bass being deeper during the day. The lake fishes a bit differently with low water, so look for newer structures below 10'. Vegetation edge has still been good in the morning, but you need to find ledges or brush piles to cast deeper past about 11 a.m. White bass are fair under black bass, mainly focused on deep points. Crappie are good on jigs under structures and above the brush. Catfish are fair, moving deeper with dough balls, live bait, and cheese bait.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 4.65’ low. Largemouth remain fair between 8-18'. The deeper fish are between 2-6 p.m., moving closer to the surface before and afterward. Topwater poppers and buzzbaits are best in the late afternoon. Use spinners, crankbait, jigs, and worms all other times of the day. White bass are fair; deep below black bass on spoons and small crankbait. Crappie are good fishing jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait and cheese bait.

FALCON: FAIR. Water very lightly stained; 84 degrees; 37.55’ low. Most black bass are on planted brush piles, but not all brush piles are created equal. There are hundreds of them out there, and finding the right one may take a little work with your electronics, finding them is not too hard. There are still crankbait fish on rocky ridges and humps, probably better than on points. Try deep running crankbaits, a Mag fluke, a jig, and a Senko. Crappie are good in the afternoons seeking structure and structure you can get under for cooler cover. White bass are deep on minnows, and a lot of shad is pooling deep in creeks. Catfish are fair in the deep spots with cut shad, or nightcrawlers. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican fishing license.

MEDINA: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 16.22’ low. Black bass are fair still fishing deep. Seek deeper structures with crankbaits, spinners, and jigs. Ledges and points have picked up inactivity. Topwater has not seen success at Medina. White bass are fair on spoons deep off points. Striped bass are slow to fair depending on the day, near the dam. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers, and blood baits.

TEXANA: FAIR. Water stained; 84 degrees; 0.76’ low. Largemouth bass are fair in vegetation with deep water below and on the start of deeper structures. Deep diving crankbaits, jigs, and spinners in lighter or reflective colors have been best. Crappie are excellent with jigs all-around structure. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and live bait.

SOUTHEAST

BRAUNIG: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees. For red drum fisherman, this is the best time of the year, and this year has been better than the last few. Keep looking for the birds and feeding activity on the water’s surface. Several drum of more than 20 pounds were landed on crawfish and tilapia. Largemouth bass are fair in deeper portions and off the end of the jetty. Deeper parts of the lake have also been successful. The location seems to be the most significant factor. Stripper remain slow but can be found in schools roaming Catfish are good on live bait and cheese bait.

B.A. STEINHAGEN: FAIR. Water stained; 84 degrees; 0.21’ low. Largemouth bass are fair, staying near vegetation on the edges of sunlight. Overcast days are the best days to continue working worms and spinners in the afternoons, and topwater plus worms in the evenings. Crappie are good with minnows moving out from structures. Catfish are excellent day and night on cut and prepped bait.

CONROE: GOOD. Water stained; 82 degrees; 1.28’ low. Black bass remain good, finding the deep structure stressing the importance of your fish finders. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs with surface cover. Hybrid striped bass are fair mid-lake chasing schools. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait deep. Sunfish are fair with live worms or crickets in shallow water.

GIBBONS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 84 degrees. Largemouth bass remain good still fishing over the top of the brush and drops deeper than 10'. Mid-lake schools are the norm and have held multiple fish. Crappie are fair on jigs closer to banks and not mid-lake. Catfish are fair on live bait. Sunfish are fair on cutworms shallow.

HOUSTON COUNTY: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85-88 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are fair using drop shots, and crankbaits for the best success. We have seen a shift to structure with cooler water below 12'. Crappie are very good in the evenings on live minnows above brush. Bream are excellent on live worms around islands. Channel catfish are good using cut shad and perch on trotlines.

LIVINGSTON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair, moving deeper into creek structures and other ledges and drops. Spinners, weighted worms, and crankbait have been best to cover parallel to the downward sloping structure. Striped bass are fair under the U.S. 190 bridge. Crappie are good with jigs working vegetation. White bass are fair; get as deep as you can off points. Catfish are fair on live baits and stinkbait.

NACONICHE: FAIR. Water slightly stained; 80 degrees. Largemouth bass are good and best in the evenings. Standing timber and vegetation with soft plastic worms and spinners are producing the best results. Crappie are fair on jigs moving quickly, especially above brush or below structure. Sunfish are fair on jigs and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.

RAVEN: FAIR. Water stained; 82 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair early within shallow vegetation. Topwater, crankbait, and Carolina rigs are the staples of a Raven tacklebox. Sunfish are fair on crickets and cutworms in shallow structures all over the lake.

SAM RAYBURN: FAIR. Water stained; 82 degrees; 0.80’ low. Largemouth bass are fair suspended around 12' above structures vegetation, and quick dropping banks with topwater, spinners, and worms. White bass are fair with minnows. Crappie remain excellent on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.

TOLEDO BEND: FAIR. Water slightly stained; 82-83 degrees; 1.26’ low. Black bass are good shallow for the first 2 hours of the day and longer on cloudy days. Carolina rigs and deep crankbaits are producing during the day when positioned in deeper water and working shallower water back to the boat. Striped bass remain fair in deep water. White bass continue fair staying deep off points with mainly spoons. Crappie are good on shiners in 10-14' suspended over brush at 20'. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.

PANHANDLE

CISCO: GOOD. Water clear; 77 degrees; 3.54’ low. Largemouth bass are fair still working shallower than 10' of depth. We’ve found bunches suspended above points, particularly on crankbait and soft plastic rigs. Sunfish are good on minnows and cutworms shallow looking for large enough structure to hold these fast-moving fish. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows under docks and marinas. Catfish have been fair on stinkbait, chicken liver, and cut shad.

MEREDITH: FAIR. Water stained; 77 degrees; 47.90’ low. Black bass remained fair with low water resetting some typical spots or patterns. Look for rocky drops and ledges on spinners, Carolina rigged worms, and crankbait. Walleye are great on crankbaits, live worms, and minnows traveling along ledges and both sides of points. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait near steep drops of the dam.

MILLERS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 76 degrees; 0.18’ low. Largemouth bass are good hitting a summer grove and striking hard and fast on Carolina rigged soft plastic worms and spinners. From Wolf Creek moving south and southwest has been the most successful portions of the lake in the afternoons. Crappie are good in the timber with minnows. White bass are deeper than largemouth in the same spots, and hybrids are schooling at the borders of coves, following baitfish. Catfish are good on trotlines and at night with live, blood, and liver prepared baits.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: GOOD. Water clear; 77 degrees; 0.32’ high. The lake has benefited from increased vegetation this year. Black bass are excellent, and the lake is seeing it’s best year in the past 5! Topwater is only good in the early morning. Then we see deep aggressive fish between 20-30'. Jigs are best but keep fishing with worms, spinners, and cranks. Crappie remain great on minnows. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait. Be careful because boat traffic is up, especially on the weekends.

ARROWHEAD: FAIR. Water stained; 80 degrees; 0.30’ low. Largemouth bass are fair, moving to or away from structure depending on the time and heat of the day. Typical days fish shallows early with topwater or fast-moving shallow jigs and under docks and bridges during the day/evenings with shad or shad like baits. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cheese bait, stinkbait, and shrimp, with some increased activity beyond dusk.

COLEMAN: FAIR. Slightly stained; 76 degrees; 1.19’ low. Hybrid stripers are fair on rattletraps on the first significant drop out of coves 10-25', but they have been venturing into coves chasing baitfish. Largemouth bass remain fair among points and ledges with jerkbaits, jigs, spinners, and topwater worms. Crappie remain good out from vegetation. Catfish are fair with stinkbait and cut bait.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: FAIR. Water stained; 78 degrees; 0.44’ low. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs working points and looking deep. Black bass are good among steep rocky banks working crankbait and soft plastic baits. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs in structures. Catfish are fair on cut shad and stinkbait throughout the lake.

HUBBARD CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 78 degrees; 1.07’ low. Largemouth bass are fair with spinners, crankbait, and jigs. Deeper structures have been the most successful with inconsistencies. Crappie are good but slowing under structure with jigs. White bass are good on deep points. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.

NASWORTHY: GOOD. Water murky; 77 degrees; 0.88’ low. Black bass are great with increased vegetation edges this year fishing topwater and with worms. Crappie remain good beneath larger docks with jigs. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs off from vegetation and pushing deeper below 15'. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.

OAK CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 1.92’ low. Largemouth bass are good with Carolina-rigged soft plastic worms, spinners, and topwater. Past the summer solstice avoid fishing midday. Crappie remain good on live minnows suspending over brush or structure. White bass remain fair with minnows working points and ledges. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live bait, and cut bait.

O.C. FISHER: FAIR. Water stained; 78 degrees; 38.73’ low. Largemouth bass are fair along rip rap and gravel bottom points with spinners and crankbait. Crappie are good on minnows among vegetation and under structures. White bass are fair deep mid-lake. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: GOOD. Water clear; 78 degrees; 10.01’ low. Black bass are fair on points and deeper vegetation with soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs staying west and using afternoon shade as primetime. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live, and cut bait. White bass are fair.

POSSUM KINGDOM: FAIR. Water slightly stained; 75-78 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are fair working steep drops with crankbaits, gravel bottoms with worms, and islands early with topwater near vegetation. White bass remain good on steep drops with Alabama rigs. Crappie are good shooting jigs under docks and are best finding shade with structure in the evening sun. Striped bass are slow. Catfish are good on cut shad with increased activity at night.

SPENCE: SLOW. Water stained; 78 degrees; 37.85’ low. Black bass are fair working rocks, points, and deeper shady spots. With plastic worms below 6' in sunlight, try some bottom bumping worms, and use crankbaits and minnows for suspended fish. White bass have improved to fair finding the drops and channels 12-20' deep. Crappie are slow. Hybrid bass are slow to nonexistent. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

STAMFORD: FAIR. Water stained; 79 degrees; 0.46’ high. Largemouth bass are good fishing mid-depth above or on structures and vegetation. Fishing mainly the northern end of the lake for bass. Crappie are good on minnows off drops and coming out from creeks south and west. White bass are fair on points on live shad and small crankbaits. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.

TWIN BUTTES: FAIR. Water stained; 77 degrees; 8.63’ low. Black bass are fair moving away from and along points, seeking cooler water and shade in the daytime. Live minnows are still good, suspended about 8' of depth off points. For tackle, use spinners, jigs, and worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs coming out of creeks, vegetation, and in structure. White bass are fair on an Alabama rig further off points. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits.

WHITE RIVER: SLOW. Water stained; 78 degrees; 22.10’ low. Drought conditions continue to be in place. Please check boat ramp access. Largemouth bass are fair working the river channel as deep as possible. Try some spinners, crankbaits, jigs, and bottom bumping worms across structure. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Walleye are great on spinners and crankbait moving deeper than normal but ledges and rounded points. Channel catfish are great on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait. All other species of catfish are slow.

COASTAL

SABINE LAKE: GOOD. Water stained; 83-84 degrees. Limits of trout, redfish, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, and almost every inshore fish is feeding in the green water when the winds are light. Finger mullet or shrimp is the best bait to use. South of the causeway bridge is the best fishing right now. The ship channel and jetties are also consistent. Fishing the birds, slicks, bayous, and shorelines is very productive.

TRINITY BAY: GOOD. 83-84 degrees. Fishing under the birds, working structure, and wading the flats are the best methods to fish for both redfish and speckled trout. The most popular wading areas are along the northwestern and eastern sides of the bay. Flounder are highest in numbers around the rocks when using mullet or mud minnows.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 83-85 degrees. Seawolf Park is still a good spot for redfish and speckled trout on shrimp or mullet. There have also been higher numbers near the jetties. Catfish are fair on cut bait. Sheepshead are good and will be found primarily around rocks on mud minnow.

TEXAS CITY: GOOD. 84 degrees. Redfish are best along the shoreline on live bait. Flounder are good on live bait around the jetties and wherever there are rocks. Speckled trout are good in the shallows along the shoreline on shrimp or soft plastics. Black drum are fair on blue crab around vegetation. Sheepshead are fair around the dike on mullet.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 83-85 degrees. Redfish are best around structure or along the shore. The topwater action has been good for speckled trout near the jetties. Some redfish are mixed in. Catfish are fair on blue crab. Sheepshead are fair and will be found primarily around rocks on shrimp.

FREEPORT: GOOD. 83 degrees. Redfish will be found along the flats or shoreline and are best on shrimp. Speckled trout are good on shrimp near San Luis Pass or in the shallows. Sheepshead will be found around the oyster reefs and rocks and are good on live bait. Flounder are good around the rocks on mullet. Black drum are fair on blue crab, slow bouncing off the bottom around vegetation. Spanish mackerel is excellent near the north jetty.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. 83 degrees. Unchanged. Mid-bay reefs are the place to be on this side of the bay, specifically Chinquapin and Boggy reefs. Trout and redfish are good on live bait near structures. Black drum are good on blue crab over vegetation.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. 83 degrees. Unchanged. June is a great month to be fishing shell. Wading has been the best method to beat the heat. Sand and grass shorelines along this side of the bay have held scattered catches of trout on topwaters and soft plastics. Black drum are good on blue crab or shrimp and in deeper water around vegetation or structure. Redfish and trout are good on live bait and will be gravitating towards structure. Flounder are good on shrimp around the rocks.

PORT O’CONNOR: GOOD. 83-84 degrees. Bull reds are plentiful in front of the jetties in the morning. Mid-level water is ideal for fishing trout and redfish. In the south, lures with red/white and a black spoon work well or live shrimp. Black drum are fair on blue crab and will be in deeper water transitions. Flounder are good around the jetties on shrimp or minnow. Sheepshead are fair around the rocks on live bait.

PORT ARANSAS: GOOD. 84 degrees. Redfish are good on shrimp under a popping cork, which stimulates fish activity. Speckled trout are good on shrimp, KWigglers ball tail, and top waters. Black drum are fair on soft plastics or crab and will most likely be in the deep water.

ROCKPORT: GOOD. 84-86 degrees. The key to finding the fish has been shallow water with thick grass in the northern areas. Redfish are good using topwaters in black or white/red color in Redfish Bay. Trout are good on shrimp under a popping cork and are being found around the shoreline. Flounder have been good on mullet around the piers and Rockport wall. Black drum are fair and around grass beds. Blue crab or shrimp are best baits.

CORPUS CHRISTI: GOOD. 84-85 degrees. Sunset Lake and Bob Hall Pier are two great spots for redfish, trout, pompano, jacks, black drum, and flounder. If the surf is green, try live shrimp under a float. In stained water, use shrimp or combine with Fishbites Fish ’n Strips on the bottom for drum and redfish. The Laguna flats is also a reliable area.

BAFFIN BAY: GOOD. 86-87 degrees. Unchanged. This is the place to be for large speckled trout. It is still holding a good number of trout, redfish, and flounder. The spot to be is in the top portion of Laguna Madre. They will most likely be found in water less than 4. The darker colors will perform best when the water is dirty. The flats have been holding good slot reds on the Eastside. Flounder are good on live bait around the rocks.

PORT MANSFIELD: GOOD. 84 degrees. Trout and redfish bite is still good. With that said, there’s a lot of floating grass which affects the topwater bite, but soft plastics in kwiggler bail tail and shrimp under popping cork can get down to the fish start shallow in the morning and work your way out to the end of the grass beds as the sun gets up. Red snapper or still good when you can get out. Flounder is good in the east cut and drains.

SOUTH PADRE: GOOD. 85-86 degrees. The south jetties around Isla Blanca Park or Pirate’s Landing pier are a few favorite fishing locations for jetty fishing. You can find redfish, trout, flounder in big numbers right now, and live shrimp is the best bait.

PORT ISABEL: GOOD. 83 degrees. Snook are thick in the Brazos Santiago Pass and along the beachfront. The lower Laguna Madre is holding some big levels of trout. They can also be found in the shallow water in vegetation and are best on live baits. Redfish are in the shallows. Sheepshead are good on mullet around rocks. Flounder are fair on fresh shrimp or mullet. Jack crevalle are good on live mullet. Black drum are fair on blue crab over vegetation or around structure.

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