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Texas Fishing Report

1 month 2 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 August 13, 2020 4:18 PM August 13, 2020 in Sports - AP - Texas

By ELLIOTT MOOREFor The
Associated Press

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Aug. 12 and also available on the internet at https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml:

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 0.78' low. Largemouth bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits, chatter baits, and Texas-rigged craws along roadbeds, boat docks, bluffs, and rocks. There is an early morning bite with topwater plugs on points and ledges. Sunfish are good on worms along ledges, boat docks, and brush. Catfish are fair on prepared baits and cut bait.

BASTROP: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair fishing grass lines, creeks, and timber on Carolina-rigged plastic worms, crankbaits, and poppers. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles and standing timber in 14-25’. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and live bait.

BELTON: GOOD. Water clear; 86 degrees; 1.86' low. Black bass are fair in gravel beds, structure and timber on spinners, crankbaits, and Carolina-rigged plastic worms. White bass are excellent on the main lake flats, humps and drop-offs with soft plastic swimbaits and slabs. Hybrid stripers are good with live bait in the main lake. Look for large schools of bait using sonar to find active fish. Topwater plugs, crankbaits, and swimbaits are effective with surfacing fish. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs over brush piles in 15-28’. Catfish are good on cut bait and live bait.

BROWNWOOD: GOOD. Water clear; 87 degrees; 3.64' low. Largemouth bass are fair with deep diving crankbaits, jigs, and long rootbeer or plum-colored Carolina-rigged plastic worms in 12-25’ near grass beds, drop-offs, and standing timber. White bass are good on slabs, swimbaits, and jigging spoons in the main lake near humps, drop-offs, and flats. Catfish have been good on prepared bait and live bait in 10-20’.

BUCHANAN: GOOD. Water clear; 86-89 degrees; 1.90' low. Largemouth bass are good with Texas-rigged plastic craws, chatter baits, skirted jigs, and deep-diving crankbaits working along brush piles, points, rock ledges, and flooded timber. Striped bass are good along the river channel with live bait, jigging spoons, and slabs. White bass are good on slabs when fishing deeper water in the main lake off points, drop-offs and flats. Use sonar to locate schools of baitfish and feeding fish. Scout for diving birds mostly early or late in the day to mark feeding schools. Crappie are good on minnows in 16-28’ fishing timber and brush piles. Channel catfish have been good on prepared bait.

CANYON LAKE: GOOD. Water clear; 87-90 degrees; 2.46' low. Striper fishing is fair on main lake humps and drop-offs with slabs, heavy jigging spoons, and live bait. White bass are good on main lake flats, drop-offs, and humps with slabs and jigging spoons. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Largemouth bass are good with crankbaits, chatter baits, skirted jigs, Texas-rigged plastic worms and spinners. Catfish are good with prepared baits and cut bait.

FAYETTE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on plum- and purple-colored Texas-rigged plastic craws, plastic grub drop shots and crankbaits. Sunfish are good on worms and crickets around bank ledges and structure. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

GRANBURY: GOOD. Water clear; 85-87 degrees; 0.53' low. Largemouth bass are good on jerk baits, spinners, and blue or purple Texas-rigged plastic worms in 10-20’ near boathouses, submerged timber and rock ledges. Crappie fishing is good around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and jigs. Catfishing is good when using earthworms or prepared bait. White bass are good using slabs, jigging spoons, and swimbaits. Stripers are good with live bait.

GRANGER: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86-88 degrees; 0.70' low. Black bass are good on diving crankbaits, blue flecked plastic worm drop shots and chatter baits near rock banks, deeper creek channels, and standing timber. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles and in standing timber. White bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits in 20-30’. Catfish are good on cut shad, chicken liver, and prepared baits.

LIMESTONE: GOOD. Water clear; 89 degrees; 0.70' low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged plastic worms, chatter baits, and skirted jigs along rock ledges, submerged timber, and main lake points. White bass are good with slabs and live bait fishing drop-offs and humps in the main lake in 20-30’. Crappie are good on minnows 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; 86 degrees; 0.62' low. Black bass are fair on with plastic worms, crankbaits, and chatter baits. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles, timber, and docks. White bass are good over main lake points and humps in 20-35’ with slabs, swimbaits, and rooster tails. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait in 10-25’.

NAVARRO MILLS: GOOD. Water clear; 87 degrees; 0.08' low. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around the marina, brush piles and in standing timber in 15-28’. Catfish are good with prepared bait and live bait. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons over the feeding schools in the main lake. Black bass are good with crankbaits, jigs, and blue or purple Texas-rigged plastic worms along weed lines vegetation and timber.

PROCTOR: GOOD. Water clear; 89 degrees; 3.11' low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas rigged worms, bladed spinners, and chatter baits in submerged timber, creek channels, and rocky shorelines. Hybrid stripers are good with live bait and jigging slabs in the main lake. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows in 14-28’ in standing timber and brush piles. Catfish remain good on prepared bait, chicken liver, and cut bait.

SOMERVILLE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85-88 degrees; 1.04' low. White bass and hybrids are good with slabs and jigging spoons in 25-35’ on main lake drop-offs, flats, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles and standing timber in 14-28’. Catfish are good throughout the lake with earthworms and prepared bait in 15-25’. Largemouth bass are good with Texas-rigged worms, deep-diving crankbaits, and chatter baits near the points, drop-offs, rocky shorelines, and timber.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: GOOD. Water clear; 88-90 degrees; 1.88' low. Black bass are good on flukes, diving crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms working vegetation edges, brush piles, rock bluffs and submerged timber. Smallmouth bass are fair with small plastic grubs and small crankbaits near rocky banks, ledges, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles and standing timber in 14-28’. White bass are good on slabs and jigs off main lake points, humps, drop-offs, and along the dam. Catfish are good with prepared and cut bait.

TRAVIS: GOOD. Water clear; 87 degrees; 15.66' low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing in 14-26’ with Texas-rigged blue flecked plastic worms, skirted jigs and chatter baits near rock ledges, points, deep creeks, and drop-offs. White bass are good with swim jigs and slabs working main lake points, drop-offs, and humps. Crappie are good on jigs in 15-25’ near docks, marinas and deeper rock ledges. Catfish are good on earthworms and prepared baits in 15-25’.

WALTER E. LONG: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on blue plastic worms, deep-diving crankbaits, and jigs in timber, creek channels, and brushy shorelines. Hybrid stripers are good with slabs and live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows in 14-24’ near brush piles or standing timber. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait. Sunfish are good on worms.

WACO: GOOD. Water clear; 86 degrees; 1.09' low. Largemouth bass are good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and drop shots on main lake points, standing timber, creek channels, and drop-offs. 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 excellent on live bait and prepared bait.

WHITNEY: EXCELLENT. Water clear; 85-89 degrees; 2.10' low. Black bass are fair on points, creek channels, grass lines, and weed beds on plastic worms crankbaits and jigs. White bass are excellent on the main lake with jigging spoons and slabs. Stripers are good on 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 in 14-25’ timber near creek channels. Catfish are good on earthworms and prepared baits.

NORTHEAST

ARLINGTON: GOOD. Water clear; 89 degrees; 2.81' low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, crankbaits, flukes, and Texas-rigged plastic creatures. Crappie are good among structures such as boat docks and partially shaded vegetation on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on crickets and prepared baits in 12-25’.

ATHENS: GOOD. Water clear; 86 degrees; 0.09' low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, swimbaits, spinners and purple colored Texas-rigged plastic worms working the grass lines, brush piles and standing timber. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs in standing timber and boat docks. Catfish are good on prepared bait. Sunfish are good on cutworms.

BENBROOK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 3.14' low. Largemouth bass are good fishing jigs, crankbaits, jerk baits, and drop shots on long points, ridges, drop-offs, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows fishing structure and brush piles in 15-25’. Hybrid striped bass are good with live bait and slabs. White bass are good with slabs and jigs on the lake points, flats, 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 slightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.28' low. Black bass are good on jigs, diving crankbaits, chatter baits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms in 14-25’ near creek channels, standing timber, and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on live bait and cut bait in 12-25'.

BRIDGEPORT: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87-90 degrees; 0.84' low. Black bass are good on diving crankbaits, flukes, and Texas-rigged plastic worms in 14-28’ fishing rocks, points, and submerged timber. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fishing bridges, timber and brush piles. White bass are good on slabs and swimbaits on main lake drop-offs, flats, and channels. Hybrid stripers are good on main lake humps and points with live bait. Catfish are good on punch bait, worms and live crickets in 14-24’.

CADDO: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.38' high. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water near trees and grass-bed fishing plastic frogs, chatter baits, and skirted jigs. Texas-rigged plastic worms are productive in deeper water near timber and vegetation lines in 8-16’. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber in 14-25’. White bass are good on jigs and slabs in the main lake. Chain Pickerel are slow. Catfish are good on prepared bait and earthworms in 12-20’ fishing channels and timber edges.

CEDAR CREEK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.87' low. Largemouth bass are good working topwater plugs and poppers very early on lake points, grass lines, and brushy cover, then shaky heads, Texas-rigged plastic worms, and diving cranks later in the day along deeper creek banks, drop-offs and timber in 14-28’. Hybrids and sand bass are being caught off main lake points and humps with slabs, heavy spoons, and swimbaits. Crappie are excellent with jigs and minnows in brush piles, deep water boat docks and near submerged timber in 15-28’. Catfish are good in 12-25’. Live bait and cut bait are working well.

COOPER: EXCELLENT. Water clear; 86-89 degrees; 1.41' low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina- rigged curly-tailed plastic worms, crankbaits, and skirted jigs in 16-25’. The white bass are excellent in 25-35’ with slabs, swimbaits, and jigging spoons over humps, flats, and near main lake drop-offs. Crappie are good with minnows on brush piles and timber edges. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait in 14-25’.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: GOOD. Water clear; 89 degrees; 1.03' low. Black bass are good fishing coves with top waters along reeds and grass edges early in the morning then chatter baits, jigs and plastic worms in 15-25’ later in the day near structure or timber. White bass are excellent in the main lake fishing humps, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows between 11-24’ working docks and standing timber. Catfish are good on fresh cut bait and punch bait.

FORK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87-91 degrees; 1.15' low. Largemouth bass are good on plum, and dark green plastic craws, diving crankbaits, bladed jigs and chatter baits near standing timber, points and drop-offs in 14-28’. Some early mornings offer topwater action with topwater plugs, poppers, and chatter baits. White and yellow bass are good in deeper water of main lake drop-offs, flats and humps. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in 18-25’ in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait in 12-24’.

GRAHAM: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86-88 degrees; 0.95' low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, jigs, and chatter baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 14-24’ standing timber and brush piles. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait in 20-40’. Catfish are fair on cut shad, punch bait, and live bait.

GRAPEVINE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86-89 degrees; 0.18' high. Largemouth bass are good on jigs, long plastic worms, and chatter baits in brush piles, standing timber, creek channels, and rocky shorelines. White bass are excellent in 23-35’ with slabs. Look for birds diving over feeding schools near humps and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in marinas and near submerged structure. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait.

JACKSONVILLE: GOOD. Water clear; 89 degrees; 0.35' low. Largemouth bass are good with plastic worms, crankbaits, chatter baits, and spinners in deeper water near docks, riprap, and brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 14-25’ around submerged structure and brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut shad and live bait.

JOE POOL: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.59' low. Largemouth bass are good fishing Senkos, bladed spinners, and diving crankbaits along channel edges, submerged timber, and roadbeds in 12-23’. Crappie are good beneath bridges and structure on minnows. Catfish are good on fresh cut bait and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.07' high. Largemouth bass are good on jigs, crankbaits, bladed spinners, and Texas-rigged worms in 15-25’. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in the standing timber areas along the creek channel and brush piles in 12-20’. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait in 12-25’.

LAVON: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 1.34' low. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs fishing 15-25’ over brush piles, submerged timber, and bridges. White bass are excellent in the 20-30’ with jigs, jigging spoons, and slabs. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Black bass are good on chatter baits, plastic creatures, and swimbaits in 12-24’. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait in 14-25’.

LEWISVILLE: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 0.65' low. Black bass are good fishing points, drop-offs timber with the crankbaits, jigs, and jerk baits. White bass are excellent on slabs in 20-35’. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared baits.

MARTIN CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 0.62' low. Largemouth bass are good on jigs, bladed spinners, chatter baits, and long plastic worms in 12-18’. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in 14-18’ in timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait in 12-25’.

PALESTINE: GOOD. Water clear; 89 degrees; 0.32' low. Largemouth bass are good working Texas-rigged brush hogs, shad like swimbaits, and deep running crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows around bridges and timber in 15-25’. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait. White bass are excellent on slabs and swimbaits. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Catfish are good on earthworms and prepared baits.

PALO PINTO: GOOD. Water clear; 88 degrees; 1.82' low. Largemouth bass are good on points with ledges, flats near a drop-off, and standing timber with Texas-rigged plastic creatures, deep diving crankbaits, and skirted jigs. Plastic frogs and topwater plugs are working early on grass flats and vegetation edges. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near boat docks and brush piles in 14-28’. White bass are good on slabs, swimbaits, and jigging spoons on main lake points, drop-offs, and humps. Hybrid bass are good on live shad. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.

RAY HUBBARD: GOOD. Water clear; 89 degrees; 1.10' low. Largemouth bass are good on diving crankbaits, chatter baits, jigs, and Texas-rigged plastic worms in timber, near rocky banks and ledges. White bass are good on small crankbaits and rooster tails early then fishing slabs and jigging spoons on main lake points, humps, and ridges in 18-30’. Crappie are good near bridges, brush piles and submerged timber in with minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on baited holes in 12-25’ on the north end of the lake.

RAY ROBERTS: GOOD; Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.35' low. Largemouth bass are good on finesse worms, chatter baits, and bladed jigs in 16-26’ near timber, points, and channel ledges. White bass are fair in 20-40’ on slabs and jigging spoons near main lake flats, ledges, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around standing timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared baits.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 0.21' low. Largemouth bass are good on chatter baits, flukes, tubes, and jerk baits fishing 15-30’ near submerged vegetation, bridges, and drop-offs. White bass and hybrids are good on swim jigs and slabs under birds or deeper near main lake points, flats, and humps when marking large bait schools on sonar. Crappie are good on minnows on bridge pilings and in brush piles. Catfish are good on punch bait.

SQUAW CREEK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 91 degrees; 0.20' high. Catfishing is good in baited areas using live bait, punch baits, and cut bait. The largemouth bass fishing is fair around structure on plastic worms, jigs, and chatter baits. Crappie are good on minnows in 15-25’ in standing timber and brush piles.

SULPHUR SPRINGS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 90 degrees; 1.23' low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, weighted jigs, and brush hogs along vegetation lines, drop-offs, and timber edges. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 15-25’. Catfish are good on cut shad and punch bait in 12-25’.

TAWAKONI: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 86-89 degrees; 0.82' low. Catfish are excellent on punch bait, earthworms, and cut bait. Largemouth Bass are good on spinnerbaits, dark blue or purple Texas-rigged plastic worms, and skirted jigs. White bass and hybrid stripers are excellent on live bait and slabs. Watch for diving birds to mark feeding schools or use sonar to locate fish feeding in schools of bait near drop-offs, flats, and humps in the main lake. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush piles, docks and bridge pilings.

TEXOMA: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85-88 degrees; 0.35' high. Striped bass and white bass are good 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 and flats. Largemouth bass are good fishing skirted jigs, Texas-rigged plastic creatures and crankbaits in 14-24’ with some fish being caught in shallow water early in the morning. Top waters, chatter baits, and poppers are catching fish in the shallow areas Crappie are good on minnows and jigs by boathouses, marinas, and brush piles in 15-25’. Catfish are good on cut bait, prepared bait, and live bait.

TYLER: GOOD. Water clear; 87 degrees; 0.49' low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms, skirted football jigs, chatter baits and drop shots fishing docks, timber and vegetation edges. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles, structure, and timber. Catfish are good on punch bait and live bait. White bass are fair in 25-40’ on jigging spoons and slabs.

WEATHERFORD: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 91 degrees; 1.41' low. Largemouth bass are fair on jerk baits, diving crankbaits, and green or plum-colored plastic worms near submerged structure, timber, and rip-rap. White bass are fair in 20-35’ with slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows around docks, marinas, and submerged cover. Catfish are good on punch baits and cut bait.

WORTH: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.98' low. Largemouth bass are good with skirted jigs, diving crankbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic craws working timber, creek channels, and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs among brush piles, timber and under docks. Catfish are good on earthworms and cut bait.

WRIGHT PATMAN: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 1.15' high. Largemouth bass are fair on chatter baits, spinners, and Carolina-rigged plastic worms along creek channels, riprap, and vegetation edges. White bass are good on jigging spoons and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows near structure and brush piles. Catfish are very good on punch bait, live bait, and earthworms.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87-89 degrees; 47.08’ low. Black bass are fair to good with a minor slow down on clear and sunny days. Topwater is your best bet every morning on edges, with the activity level being best. Mid-afternoon to sundown, it’s all about location over established brush piles, rocks, and points, and they are biting square billed crankbaits, Carolina- and Texas-rigged worms. White bass are OK deeper off points. 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: GOOD. Water stained; 85-86 degrees. Red drum are steady at good and still consistent with live baits. Use rattletraps, and stinkbait as your backup, as you can feel the season winding down just a bit. Black bass are good with a small break in the heat. Fish Carolina-rigged plastic worms, light-colored weighted jigs, crankbaits. Hybrid striped bass are good to fair on rattletraps and some success locating surface activity. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and cut shad.

CHOKE CANYON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 85-87 degrees; 20.18’ low. Largemouth bass are fair if fishing poppers and a variety of topwater bait in the sticks and vegetation. Late afternoon fish brush piles, rocks, and timber. White bass are fair on points hitting in bunches. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in shaded spots and some suspended brush spots. Catfish are fair, moving deeper with dough balls, live bait, and cheese bait.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: GOOD. Water stained; 87 degrees; 5.28’ low. Largemouth are good on brush piles and decent ridges with crankbait, and some reflective soft plastic worms. White bass are fair still deeper than largemouth on smaller spinners and crankbait. Crappie are good fishing jigs and minnows in shady water. Catfish are good on cut bait and cheese bait.

FALCON: GOOD. Water lightly stained north and clear south; 87-90 degrees; 37.85’ low. Rain has been good for the last two weeks as the reservoir has gained over 3 feet. .Black bass in the afternoon bite being better during this full moon stretch. Brush piles in the fifteen to the twenty-foot range are good targets, as are rocky points and ledges in the same depth range. Texas-rigged plastics and shakey heads are good choices in the brush. A big fluke on a big shakey head is an excellent thing to try. Crappie are still good in the brush piles, but not as good as I have seen them. If you are good with your electronics, you can still whack ‘em pretty good. White bass are schooling down south all over the place, especially Government Cove. Catfish have been great the past couple of weeks in hardwoods between 3-10' with some success on channel edges. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican fishing license.

MEDINA: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 20.70’ low. Black bass are good still in the north drops with crankbaits and worms. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs, spoons, and jigs off deep points. Striped bass are fair still running mid-depth. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers, and blood baits.

TEXANA: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 0.05’ high. Largemouth bass have upgraded to good on creeks and western banks with worms and crankbait. For later afternoon success, fish near the dam with worms, minnows, and jigs. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs in flooded vegetation and timber. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and live bait.

SOUTHEAST

BRAUNIG: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees. Red drum are good, pretty active, towards the point of the jetty and about 80 yards off the point on live bait. Largemouth bass remain good on the rip rap and the first major ledge out from the bank with grassy banks. Stripers are fair finding the cooler deep water. Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, and cheese bait.

B.A. STEINHAGEN: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are good on topwater till mid-morning, staying as close to the vegetative cover as possible. Late afternoons have been more difficult over brush and humps on worms. Crappie are good on minnows in vegetation. Sunfish are fair with jigs and crickets. Catfish are good day and night on cut and prepped bait.

CONROE: GOOD. Water stained; 86 degrees; 1.08’ low. Black bass are good on spinners, shad imitators, nightcrawlers, and rigged soft plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs under docks. Hybrid striped bass remain fair on rattletraps chasing schools of baitfish. Catfish are good on cut bait below 8 feet. Sunfish are fair with live worms or crickets.

GIBBONS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 86 degrees. Largemouth bass are good seeing some schools of shad making the bass plentiful. Light-colored worms are all you need, but crankbaits and spinners are still reaching deep enough. Crappie are good on jigs mainly east. Catfish are fair on live bait throughout the lake. Sunfish are fair on cutworms shallow.

HOUSTON COUNTY: GOOD. Water stained; 92 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are good with the largest catch coming at night in 15' of water. Other successes came fishing spinners and crankbaits and Carolina-rigged worms in schooling shad. Crappie are good on live minnows near stumps. Bream and bluegill are good using live worms fishing piers. Catfish are good on juglines using perch.

LIVINGSTON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are decent on synthetic worms, spinners, and crankbaits working points and bays. Striped bass are fair mid-lake trolling, and finding schools. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass remain good fishing points on a variety of spoons, jigs, and Alabama rigs. Catfish are fair on live baits and stinkbait.

NACONICHE: GOOD. Water slightly stained; 88 degrees. Largemouth bass are good fishing crankbaits, spinners, and plastic worms pushing just past points on entrances to coves. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in vegetation. Sunfish are fair on jigs and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.

RAVEN: FAIR. Water stained; 84 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair working hydrilla and some flooded structure. Sunfish are fair on cutworms, especially in shallow cover.

SAM RAYBURN: GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 1.77’ low. Largemouth bass are good, mostly early with weaker evenings. Your successful spots will be consistent like large points, man-made brush piles on light-colored crankbait worms, and jigs. White bass are fair with minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs under structures and suspending over mid-depth structure. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.

TOLEDO BEND: FAIR. Water slightly stained; 84-85 degrees; 2.10’ low. Black bass are good with topwater and shallow baits under 5' until 8:30 a.m., rigged plastic lizards in 15-20' and Carolina-rigged green worms between 15-25'. White bass are fair and staying consistently under 20'. Crappie are good, preferring shiners and jigs a little less. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.

PANHANDLE

CISCO: FAIR. Water clear; 85 degrees; 4.69’ low. Largemouth bass are fair over brush piles and occasionally points on jigs, spinners, and jerk bait. Most of the bass activity is 5:30 p.m. and beyond. Sunfish are good on cutworms under docks and piers. Crappie are fair with jigs in shade. Catfish have been fair on stinkbait, chicken livers, and cut shad.

MEREDITH: FAIR. Water stained; 85 degrees; 48.72’ low. Black bass are fair, and all you should use are crankbait, jigs, and weighted worms in the deepest structure you can find. Walleye are fair deep off points. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are fair fishing deep for the larger catches and running around 10-12' consistently.

MILLERS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.31’ low. Largemouth bass are good on calm and cloudy days in vegetation on buzzbait, spinners, jigs, and worms. Crappie are good and favoring minnows in timber and cool covered structure. White bass are fair working points below 20'. Catfish are fair mid-depth in coves with live, blood, and liver prepared baits.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: GOOD. Water clear 84 degrees; 1.15’ low. Black bass are good in deep water searching brush piles and some points with spinners, Carolina rigs, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs seeking cover. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.

ARROWHEAD: FAIR. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.61’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina-rigged plastic worms and spinners. We’ve been searching deep to mid-depth for success. Crappie are fair on jigs seeking cover under and around large structures. Catfish are good on cheese bait, stinkbait, and minnows.

COLEMAN: FAIR. Water slightly stained; 82 degrees; 1.65’ low. Hybrid stripers are good on rattle traps, and smaller spinners either see baitfish on boat equipment or with surface activity. Largemouth bass are fair casting vegetation edges and holes. Crappie are fair on jigs seeking cool structure. Catfish are fair with stinkbait and cut bait.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: FAIR. Water stained; 83 degrees; 1.72’ low. White bass are good Alabama rigs deep near the dam catching more than one fish with regularity. Black bass are good on points and planted structures with spinners and crankbait. Crappie are good on live minnows mostly. Catfish are fair on cut shad and stinkbait throughout the lake.

HUBBARD CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 84 degrees; 2.19’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater, worms, and deep crankbait. Crappie are good on jigs in timber. White bass are good working deep spots close to entrances of coves. Sunfish are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.

NASWORTHY: GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.87’ low. Black bass are good on long slow casts for your reeled baits past each side of structure sitting around 16-18'. Crappie are good with minnows. White bass are fair staying deep. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.

OAK CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 3.11’ low. Largemouth bass are good preferring worms on every structure, but you must give these bass different looks daily. Try a variety of colors for Texas-rigged worms, crankbait, and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows next to structure. White bass are fair, staying deep off points. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live bait, and cut bait.

O.C. FISHER: FAIR. Water stained; 85 degrees; 40.06’ low. Largemouth bass are fair despite a lot of structure eroding with low water. You have to stay east to find the depths and structure. Fish worms, spinners, crankbait, and shad imitations. Crappie are good working humps and east banks early. White bass are fair deeper off points. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: GOOD. Water clear; 85 degrees; 11.37’ low. Black bass are good working the steeper fingers of the lake with crankbaits, jigs, and we’ve been trying Alabama rigs with success. Crappie are good on jigs, especially in the shady coves in the afternoon. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live, and cut bait. White bass are fair deep below 18'.

POSSUM KINGDOM: GOOD. Water slightly stained; 84 degrees; 1.23' low. Black bass are fair, sticking to rocky drops with soft plastic worms and crankbait. White bass are good on small crankbaits and spoons reaching deep and also on the rocks. Crappie are good on jigs under docks and some vegetation. Striped bass are slow. Catfish are good on cut shad with increased activity at night.

SPENCE: FAIR. Water stained; 85 degrees; 39.13’ low. Black bass are good fishing early with shallow baits, and deep in the afternoons and evenings. Alabama rigs are essential to the mix. They check spots quickly for smaller bass to know if you should continue for the lunkers. Flooded vegetation, drops, and exposed timber piles remain best. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait coming out from flats to deeper water.

STAMFORD: FAIR. Water stained; 84 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are good on topwater early and looking for deeper brush piles below 15'. Crappie are fair on jigs under docks, marinas, and thicker timber. White bass are fair deep with live shad and small crankbait. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.

TWIN BUTTES: FAIR. Water Stained; 84 degrees; 10.66’ low. Black bass are fair in vegetation on topwater and worms, on the rip rap with live bait, spinners, and crankbait, and drops with jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair with Alabama rigs in deep points. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits.

WHITE RIVER: SLOW. Water stained; 83 degrees; 22.96’ low. Drought conditions continue to be in place. Largemouth bass are fair in any structure the bass can find below 15 feet on Carolina-rigged worms bottom bumping, jigs, and spinners. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows in any larger shady structure. Walleye are fair running mid-lake to get to comfortable depths. Channel Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.

COASTAL

SABINE LAKE: GOOD. Water stained; 88-89 degrees. Redfish are still good in the lake’s main area on live shrimp under a popping cork or KWiggler or gulp. The best bait has been a bone-colored Skitterwalk. Speckled trout have been good on live and topwater baits.

TRINITY BAY: GOOD. 87-88 degrees. The spillway remains good for flounder on minnow or shrimp. Speckled trout and redfish have been fair to good on live shrimp under a popping cork.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 88 degrees. The shoreline, jetties, and granite reefs are the best spots for speckled trout, redfish, and black drum right now. Use live shrimp or other live baits.

TEXAS CITY: GOOD. 86 degrees. Redfish and speckled trout are good along the shoreline on shrimp under a popping cork or soft plastics. Flounder are good on live bait around the rocks. Black drum are good on blue crab around structure. Sheepshead are fair around the dike on mullet or minnows.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 87-88 degrees. The action has been good along the shoreline for speckled trout, redfish, and black drum. Live shrimp under a popping cork is best. San Luis Pass is still a hot spot.

FREEPORT: GOOD. 87 degrees. Unchanged. The jetties are very active with fish right now feeding on the granite reef. Redfish and speckled trout will be along the shoreline and are good on shrimp. Bull reds are starting to ramp up. Sheepshead will be found around the oyster reefs and rocks and are fair on mullet or minnow. Flounder are fair around the rocks on mullet. Black drum are fair using crankbait around vegetation. This summer has seen some days of high wind that make fishing the open waters of the jetties and beachfront almost impossible. On those days, we fish the protected back lakes for slot reds, speckled trout, and flounder.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: FAIR to GOOD. 87 degrees. The shorelines are an excellent spot for trout; work the shad over the shell and mud in mid-depth water using soft plastics or live shrimp. Black drum are good on crab around vegetation and deep structure.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: FAIR to GOOD. 87-88 degrees. Sand and grass shorelines along this side of the bay have held scattered catches of trout; use shrimp under a popping cork or soft plastics. Black drum are good on blue crab near deep-water transitions. Redfish and trout are good on live bait and will be around reefs. Flounder are good on shrimp around the rocks.

PORT O’CONNOR: FAIR to GOOD. 86 degrees. Speckled trout are showing up in larger numbers along the shoreline and near the Intracoastal Waterway. Redfish have been fair to good on shrimp under a popping cork. Black drum are good on crab around vegetation. Concentrate on flats that are close to deep water, throw topwaters early in the day.

PORT ARANSAS: FAIR to GOOD. 87 degrees. Speckled trout and redfish are good on shrimp under a popping cork and found around Mustang Island. Black drum are fair on soft plastics or crab and will most likely be in the deep water transitions or near vegetation.

ROCKPORT: FAIR to GOOD. 87-88 degrees. Unchanged. Fishing close to the ports and shipping channels is great spots this time of year. Regardless of the fish you are looking to catch right now, shrimp under a popping cork is the best bet. It will stimulate game fish activity. Redfish, speckled trout, flounder, and black drum have all been fair to good.

CORPUS CHRISTI: GOOD. 87 degrees. Redfish are good around Laguna Madre and are found in the shallow area when winds are calm. The Intracoastal Waterway is a good spot for them as well on crankbaits. Speckled trout will be found in the shallows the first part of the day and will move to structure as the water warms up.

BAFFIN BAY: GOOD. 90-91 degrees. The speckled trout have been moving into mid-depth water later in the day, about 3' deep. Schools of redfish on mornings with light wind along shallow shorelines and some of the spoil islands. Shrimp under a cork has been the most productive. Look for areas with deep potholes and grass lines.

PORT MANSFIELD: GOOD. 86 degrees. Trout are good around the weather station to the land cut using gulp under popping cork, KWiggler ball tail, and shrimp under popping cork. Reds fish are good at the jetties using gulp, KWiggler ball tail, and live shrimp. Red snapper and cobia are good in Texas waters.

SOUTH PADRE: GOOD. 86-87 degrees. The Lower Laguna trout action speckled trout, and redfish remains steady. The majority of the trout have been coming waist-deep in off-colored to green water. Fishing alongside the drop-off into the Intracoastal Waterway has also been productive at times.

PORT ISABEL: GOOD. 85 degrees. Speckled trout are going to be in the shallow water near vegetation and are best on shrimp under a popping cork. Redfish will be in the deeper water and are good on shrimp or soft plastics. Sheepshead are fair on minnow around the rocks. Flounder are good on mullet. Black drum are good on blue crab around structure or vegetation.

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