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Texas Fishing Report

3 months 1 week 4 days ago Wednesday, August 19 2020 Aug 19, 2020 August 19, 2020 6:56 PM August 19, 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. 19 and also available on the internet at https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml:

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.70' low. Largemouth bass are slow on crankbaits and Texas-rigged worms near boat docks, bluffs, and rocky shorelines. There is an early morning bite with topwater plugs and crankbaits near points, drop-offs, 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: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 2.21' low. Black bass are fair in gravel beds, structure and timber on spinners, crankbaits, and Carolina rigged plastic worms. White bass are fair on the main lake flats, humps, and drop-offs with slabs. Hybrid stripers are fair 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 fair on minnows and jigs over brush piles in 15-28’. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait.

BROWNWOOD: GOOD. Water clear; 87 degrees; 3.88' low. Largemouth bass are fair with deep diving crankbaits, jigs and Carolina -rigged plastic worms in 15-25’ near drop-offs and standing timber. White bass are good on slabs 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; 2.35' 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 fair along the river channel with live bait. 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. Try scouting for diving birds 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; 2.73' low. Striper fishing is fair on main lake humps, drop-offs, and river channel 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 fair 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 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; 0.96' low. Largemouth bass are good on jerk baits, spinners and plum or maroon 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 fair on diving crankbaits, plastic worms and chatter baits near rock banks, deeper creek channels, and standing timber. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles. White bass are good on slabs in 20-30’. Catfish are good on cut shad, chicken liver, and prepared baits.

LIMESTONE: GOOD. Water clear; 88 degrees; 0.90' low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged plastic worms along rock ledges, creek channels, and off main lake points. White bass are fair 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; 0.60' low. Black bass are fair on with plastic worms, crankbaits, and chatter baits. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles and docks. White bass are fair 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; 0.28' low. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around the marina, brush piles and 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; 3.51' low. Largemouth bass are fair 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: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 85-88 degrees; 1.24' low. White bass and hybrids are fair with slabs and jigging spoons in 25-35’ on main lake drop-offs, flats, and humps. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles. Catfish are fair throughout the lake with earthworms and prepared bait in 15-25’. Largemouth bass are fair with Texas-rigged worms fished slowly, deep-diving crankbaits and chatter baits near the points, drop-offs, rocky shorelines, and timber.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: GOOD. Water clear; 88-90 degrees; 2.23' 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 good 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 the dam. Catfish are good with prepared and cut bait.

TRAVIS: GOOD. Water clear; 86 degrees; 16.55' low. Largemouth bass are good fishing in 18-28’ 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 and minnows 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; 86 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on diving crankbaits and jigs in timber, creek channels, and coves. Hybrid stripers are good with 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 worms.

WACO: GOOD. Water clear; 86 degrees; 1.42' low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and Carolina-rigged plastic worms on main lake points, bridge pilings, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing brush piles and structure. Sunfish are good on cutworms or crickets. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken liver and prepared bait.

WHITNEY: GOOD. Water clear; 85-89 degrees; 2.67' low. Black bass are fair on points, creek channels, grass lines, and weed beds on plastic worms crankbaits and jigs. White bass are good 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; 87 degrees; 3.76' low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, crankbaits 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: FAIR. Water slightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.02' low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, swimbaits, spinners and purple-colored Texas-rigged plastic worms working the drop-offs, brush piles and standing timber. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs in standing timber and boat docks. Catfish are fair on prepared bait. Sunfish are good on cutworms.

BENBROOK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 3.90 low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing jigs, crankbaits, 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 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; 87 degrees; 0.40' low. Black bass are good on jigs, diving crankbaits, chatter baits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms in 18-28’ 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; 86-89 degrees; 1.27' low. Black bass are good on jigs, craws, and Texas-rigged plastic worms in 14-28’ fishing rocks, points, and submerged timber. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing bridges, timber and brush piles. White bass are good on slabs 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; 0.28' high. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water near trees and grass beds fishing plastic frogs, topwater plugs, chatter baits, skirted jigs. Texas-rigged plastic worms are productive in deeper water near timber and vegetation lines in 8-16’. Crappie are good on minnows 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 baited holes near channels and timber edges.

CEDAR CREEK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.99' low. Largemouth bass are good working topwater plugs and poppers very early on points, creek ledges, boat docks, then shaky heads, Texas-rigged plastic worms, and diving cranks 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 good 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: Good. Water clear; 86-89 degrees; 1.72' low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina-rigged curly-tailed plastic worms, crankbaits, and skirted jigs in 16-25’. The white bass are good in 25-35’ with slabs and jigging spoons over humps, flats edges, and near main lake drop-offs. Crappie are fair 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; 1.33' low. Black bass are fair 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 good in the main lake fishing humps, flats and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows between 15-25’ working docks and standing timber. Catfish are good on fresh cut bait and punch bait.

FORK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87-91 degrees; 1.35' low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic craws, crankbaits, jigs and chatter baits near standing timber, points and drop-offs in 14-28’. White and yellow bass are fair in deeper water of main lake drop-offs, flats and humps. Crappie are fair on 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; 1.28' low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, jigs, and chatter baits in timber and shady coves. 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 25-35’. Catfish are fair on cut shad, punch bait, and live bait.

GRAPEVINE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86-88 degrees; 0.34' low. Largemouth bass are fair on long plastic worms in brush piles, standing timber, and rocky areas. 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 fair on dough bait and chicken liver.

JACKSONVILLE: FAIR. Water clear; 88 degrees; 0.45' low. Largemouth bass are fair with plastic worms, crankbaits, chatter baits, and spinners in deeper water near docks, riprap and brush piles. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 14-25’ around submerged structure and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad and live bait.

JOE POOL: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 0.81' low. Largemouth bass are good fishing Senkos, craws and diving crankbaits along channel edges, submerged timber, and roadbeds in 15-28’. 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; 87 degrees; 0.02' low. Largemouth bass are slow on jigs, 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, chicken liver and cut bait in 12-25’.

LAVON: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 2.11' low. Crappie are good 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 fair on chatter baits, plastic worms and crankbaits in 15-28’. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait in 14-25’.

LEWISVILLE: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 0.95' low. Black bass are good fishing points, drop-offs, and timber with the crankbaits, plastic worms, 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; 0.87' low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, bladed spinners, chatter baits, and long plastic worms in 12-18’. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in 14-18’ in timber and brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait and prepared bait in 12-25’.

PALESTINE: GOOD. Water clear; 89 degrees; 0.42' 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; 89 degrees; 2.09' 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 near boat docks and brush piles in 14-28’. White bass are good on slabs and live minnows 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; 88 degrees; 1.27' low. Largemouth bass are good on diving crankbaits and Texas-rigged plastic worms in timber, near rocky banks, ledges, or drop-offs. White bass are good 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 prepared bait in 12-25’.

RAY ROBERTS: FAIR; Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.47' low. Largemouth bass are slow on plastic 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 minnows near main lake flats and drop-offs. Crappie are fair on minnows around standing timber and brush piles. Catfish are fair on live bait and prepared baits.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86-89 degrees; 0.36' low. Largemouth bass are good on chatter baits, flukes, jigs and jerk baits fishing 15-30’ near submerged vegetation, bridges, and drop-offs. White bass and hybrids are good on 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; 90 degrees; 0.18' 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; 88 degrees; 1.43' low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, weighted jigs and brush hogs along vegetation lines, drop-offs, and timber edges. Crappie are fair 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; 0.96' low. Catfish are good 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 (mostly early or late in the day) or use sonar to locate fish feeding in bait schools 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; 0.49' low. 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 fair 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 by boathouses, timber and brush piles in 15-25’. Catfish are good on cut bait, prepared bait and live bait.

TYLER: GOOD. Water clear; 87 degrees; 0.64' low. Black bass are fair on plastic worms, skirted football jigs, chatter baits and drop shots fishing docks, timber and vegetation edges. Crappie are fair 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: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 1.65' low. Largemouth bass are fair on jerk baits, crankbaits and plastic worms near submerged structure, timber and riprap. White bass are fair in 20-35’ with slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows around docks, marinas and submerged cover. Catfish are good on punch baits and cut bait.

WORTH: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 0.96' low. Largemouth bass are good with skirted jigs, diving crankbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic craws working drop-offs, 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; 86 degrees; 1.32' 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 good on punch bait, chicken liver and earthworms.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 89-90 degrees; 47.18’ low. Black bass are good despite the sweltering conditions. Early around 5 a.m. was the best fishing time you could find, followed by sundown. Topwater on the edges of vegetation, square-billed crankbaits of rocks, Carolina- and Texas-rigged worms over brush piles continue as our strategy, changing bait colors to match the conditions. White bass are fair still seeking deep structures like brush piles and deeper rock structures. 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; 86-89 degrees. Red drum are good on live baits moving in open water and around points. Black bass are good as the heat returns to fishing deep on established structures with crankbaits, Carolina-rigged plastic worms, light-colored weighted jigs and the occasional spinner. Hybrid striped bass are fair working mid-depth water in the shallowest 10'. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers and cut shad.

CHOKE CANYON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 85-87 degrees; 20.31’ low. Largemouth bass are fair off topwater baits, 6" leader on plastic worms and square-billed crankbait to get to the depths you’ll need. White bass are fair on deep points on small spinners and the occasional spoon. Crappie are fair on jigs over brush and in structure. Catfish are fair, moving deeper with dough balls, live bait and cheese bait.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: GOOD. Water stained; 87 degrees; 5.53’ low. Largemouth are good over brush, past point edges and some occasional stump fishing. White bass are fair on smaller spinners and crankbait. If you think you’re deep enough, go deeper. Crappie are good fishing jigs and minnows looking for flooded vegetation. Catfish are good on cut bait and cheese bait.

FALCON: GOOD. Water lightly stained north and clear south; 88-90 degrees; 37.85’ low. Rain has been good for the last two weeks as the reservoir has gained over 3'. Black bass are good flipping trees and vegetation shallow, so don’t let your preconceived notions fool you. There is a smaller second spawn on Falcon every August that might be driving some of this activity. Most successes came on crankbaits to soft plastics to spinners and chatter baits, but mostly keep moving and chunking. Crappie are still good above brush piles and moving with so many baitfish around. White bass are everywhere, and people are reaching limits easily on. Catfish are great shallow on almost all baits. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican fishing license.

MEDINA: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 21.47’ low. Black bass are good staying north, seeking out steep dropping points with crankbaits and worms. White bass are fair even deeper off those same points throughout the lake on Alabama rigs. Striped bass are fair still running mid-depth. Crappie are slow throughout the lake. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers and blood baits.

TEXANA: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 0.39’ high. Largemouth bass are good on deeper drops and laydowns with worms and crankbait. Crappie are great with minnows and jigs coming out from creeks and in vegetative cover. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait and live bait.

SOUTHEAST

BRAUNIG: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees. Red drum are good, slowing just a bit schooling, mainly mid-lake with very visual keys. Largemouth bass remain good on the riprap and the first major ledge out from the bank with grassy banks on artificial baits. Stripers are mid-lake and fair. Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait and cheese bait.

B.A. STEINHAGEN: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 0.33’ low. Black bass are good on topwater before 9 a.m. and occasionally after 7 p.m. mixing in some spinners to attract attention. 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; 88 degrees; 1.10’ low. Black bass are great with quite a few catches recently of 10 pounds and more. Work deep cover and under man-made structures with shad imitators, nightcrawlers and rigged soft plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs still under docks and larger structure. Hybrid striped bass remain fair tracking baitfish. Catfish are good on cut bait below 8'. Sunfish are fair with live worms or crickets.

GIBBONS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 86 degrees. Largemouth bass are good mostly on worms and crankbait. Activity is high dusk, dawn and night seeking deep structure. Crappie are good on jigs reaching the shady vegetative spots. Catfish are fair on live bait all throughout the lake. Sunfish are fair on cutworms in shallow water.

HOUSTON COUNTY: GOOD. Water stained; 92 degrees; 0.41’ low. Black bass are good with many catches under 4 pounds on Senko watermelon-red and red worms. Crappie are good on live minnows over brush piles. Crappie improve at night with light. Bream and bluegill are good using live worms fishing piers. Catfish are good on juglines using shad.

LIVINGSTON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 0.10’ low. Black bass are good drifting northward with long casts on synthetic worms, spinners and crankbaits suspended and fish attractors. Striped bass are fair on spoons and live shad trolling. Crappie are good on jigs working in and around shallow structures. White bass remain good fishing points and deep creek beds on a variety of spoons and Alabama rigs. Catfish are fair on live baits and stinkbait in the main river channel.

NACONICHE: GOOD. Water slightly stained; 88 degrees. Largemouth bass are good fishing deep points and creek mouths on crankbait, spinners, and plastic worms. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in vegetation and moving further out in darker light conditions. Sunfish are fair on jigs and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls and cut and live bait.

RAVEN: FAIR. Water stained; 84 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater looking for vegetation and stumps during low light conditions. Sunfish are fair on cutworms and crickets.

SAM RAYBURN: GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 2.20’ low. Largemouth bass are good on large points and drops with crankbait, light-colored worms, and jigs with some bonus success time of fishing at night. White bass are fair with minnows and spoons deeper off points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs under shallow vegetation. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.

TOLEDO BEND: FAIR. Water slightly stained; 88-89 degrees; 2.55’ low. Black bass are good on Mill Creek with topwater early, switching to worms about 8 a.m. between 20-30' on big worms and brush hogs. White bass are fair and staying consistently under 25'. Crappie are good, preferring shiners and jigs equally with fishing picking up. Bream are good on spawning beds, small jigs and crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.

PANHANDLE

CISCO: FAIR. Water clear; 87 degrees; 4.91’ low. Largemouth bass are fair among boulders, and just outside grassy coves on jigs, spinners and jerk bait still later in the afternoon. Sunfish are good on cutworms under docks, piers, and shallows. Crappie are fair with jigs in the shade and under vegetation. Catfish have been fair on stinkbait, chicken livers and cut shad.

MEREDITH: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 48.91’ low. Black bass are fair seeking deep structure, and these hot conditions have been detrimental. Walleye are fair deep off points with small bait moving very slow about 20 yards offshore. Crappie are fair on minnows in vegetation and quiet water. Channel catfish are fair fishing deep for the larger catches and running around 10-12' consistently.

MILLERS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.55’ low. Largemouth bass are good working most vegetation and timber on buzzbait, spinners, jigs, and worms. Crappie are good in timber and cool covered structure. White bass are fair working points with Alabama rigs and small spoons below 22 feet. Catfish are fair mid-depth in coves with live, blood and liver prepared baits.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: GOOD. Water clear 84 degrees; 1.42’ low. Black bass are good with August having many personal bests set. Try in 20-35' on jigs, spinners and spoons. Crappie are good on jigs seeking cover. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait and stinkbait.

ARROWHEAD: FAIR. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.81’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina-rigged plastic worms and spinners in shallow coves and working the many points where the bass are. Crappie are fair on jigs in flooded vegetation. Catfish are good on cheese bait, stinkbait and minnows.

COLEMAN: FAIR. Slightly stained; 82 degrees; 1.84’ low. Hybrid stripers are good on rattle traps, and smaller spinners either see baitfish on boat equipment or surface activity. Largemouth bass are fair working a bit shallower than normal for this time of year. Try fishing some under docks. Crappie are fair on jigs hitting every cast on good spots in calmer cooler water. Catfish are fair with stinkbait and cut bait.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: FAIR. Water stained; 83 degrees; 1.96’ low. White bass are good on Alabama rigs and spoons working the deeps, especially along the dam and points east. Black bass are good flopping some topwater, spinners, and crankbait on untouched points that drop suddenly. Crappie are good on live minnows more in the afternoons around human structures. Catfish are fair on cut shad and stinkbait all throughout the lake.

HUBBARD CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 84 degrees; 2.43’ low. Largemouth bass are good working topwater on still water. Still fish deep in the evenings on Carolina rigged worms and deep crankbait over points and ledges. Crappie are good on jigs moving on the edges of timber. White bass are good working deep structure. Sunfish are always fair on worms. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.

NASWORTHY: GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.94’ low. Black bass are good, letting your bait sink to between 15-20', then reeling slowly with Carolina-rigged worms. Crappie are good with minnows pulling them slightly out from the structure. White bass are fair moving just above brush and hitting hard on drops. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.

OAK CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 3.34’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, crankbait and jigs. Neutral colors are best. Crappie are good on minnows, pulling them out from the structure. White bass are fair below 22'. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live bait and cut bait.

O.C. FISHER: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 40.30’ low. Largemouth bass are fair, just moving slowly. They are seeking structure under ledges and vegetation, especially the lake’s eastern side on worms, spinners, crankbait, and shad imitations. Crappie are good working humps and moving quickly if at all between structures. White bass are fair off points. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: GOOD. Water clear; 85 degrees; 11.66’ low. Black bass remain good in 14-22' on steep drops and above piles with crankbaits, jigs and plastic worms. Crappie are good on jigs working structure and shade. Catfish are good on stinkbait and live and cut bait. White bass are fair even deeper below 22'.

POSSUM KINGDOM: GOOD. Water slightly stained; 84 degrees; 1.53' low. Black bass are fair, finding shady drops and structure early or late to create the shadows. Success comes in bunches with soft plastic worms, spinners, crankbanks and mixing in Alabama rigs simulating small baitfish schools. White bass are good deep along the rocks and finding quick descending points. 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; 87 degrees; 39.39’ low. Black bass are good fishing early, especially with the low water conditions as the entire lake is hotter than normal. Alabama rigs, worms, crankbait, and spinners are all good, depending on exact conditions throughout the day. 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; 85 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are good on stumps, rocks, and best in vegetation on soft plastics, worms, and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs under and among all structures as the lake is having one of its best crappie seasons in years. White bass are fair deep with live shad between 16-25'. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.

TWIN BUTTES: FAIR. Water stained; 86 degrees; 10.66’ low. Black bass are fair, seeking the cover of cooler water and along the riprap. Worms, spinners, crankbait and jigs are best. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs off the islands and suspending on western points. White bass are fair with Alabama rigs west along the dam. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits.

WHITE RIVER: SLOW. Water stained; 87 degrees; 22.70’ low. Drought conditions continue to be in place. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina-rigged worms, jigs, and spinners. Crappie are slow everywhere; it seems just to be luck at this point. Walleye are fair deep with some decent movement across the lake. Channel catfish are good on live bait, cut bait and stinkbait.

COASTAL

SABINE LAKE: GOOD. Water stained; 88-89 degrees. Trout fishing has been good with fishing live baits and topwater baits. Fish have been holding over shell and keying in on schools of mullet and shad. Redfish are still good in the main area of the lake on live shrimp under a popping cork or KWiggler or gulp.

TRINITY BAY: GOOD. 87-88 degrees. Structure fishing is great. Try Clamshell Reef and Dry Hole Reef. Speckled trout and redfish have been good on live shrimp under a popping cork. Flounder is fair on minnow around rocks.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 88 degrees. The shoreline, jetties, and granite reefs are best spots for speckled trout, redfish, and flounder. Live shrimp or KWiggler are best baits. Black drum are fair around vegetation on crab.

TEXAS CITY: GOOD. 87-88 degrees. Redfish and speckled trout are fair to good along the shoreline on shrimp under a popping cork or soft plastics. Flounder are good on minnow around the rocks. Black drum are good on blue crab along vegetation. Sheepshead are fair around the rocks on mullet or minnows.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 87-88 degrees. Typical summer weather pattern is back. Light winds are coming along with warm temperatures. Flounder, redfish and speckled trout have been excellent around the jetties on live shrimp.

FREEPORT: GOOD. 87 degrees. Speckled trout are good around San Luis Pass on shrimp, mirrolures, and soft plastics. Redfish, black drum and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Bastrop Bay.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: FAIR to GOOD. 87 degrees. Drifting the big mudflats is the best method on this side. Live shrimp under a popping cork is best bait for redfish and speckled trout.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. 87 degrees. Wading the grass beds is the best method. Look for bait activity as a clue as to where the fish will be. We got a lot of guts running through these beds that are deeper with slightly cooler water. Trout often use these guts to move from deeper water into the flats or from the flats to deeper water. Use topwaters in the morning, if no luck, then switch to soft plastics.

PORT O’CONNOR: FAIR to GOOD. 87 degrees. Speckled trout are steady in numbers along the shoreline and near the Intracoastal Waterway. Redfish have been good on shrimp under a popping cork. Black drum are good on crab around structure or vegetation. Concentrate on flats that are close to deep water, throw topwaters in the morning.

PORT ARANSAS: FAIR to GOOD. 90 degrees. Horace Caldwell Pier is excellent for all species. Speckled trout and redfish are good on shrimp under a popping cork and are found around Mustang Island. Black drum are good on crankbait or crab around deep structure.

ROCKPORT: FAIR to GOOD. 87-88 degrees. The shipping channels are 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 good.

CORPUS CHRISTI: GOOD. 85 degrees. Redfish are good around Laguna Madre 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 then will move to structure as the water warms up.

BAFFIN BAY: GOOD. 91-92 degrees. Target the large sand areas around King Ranch using croaker and move down the shoreline for redfish and speckled trout. Black drum has been great on live shrimp just off the shoreline in the deeper water.

PORT MANSFIELD: GOOD. 86 degrees. Reds are good at the land cut and the jetties, using gulp, KWiggler ball tail in Mansfield margarita. Trout are good on the flats and west shoreline around oak mount using KWiggler ball tail in red, and red and white. Red snapper, kingfish and cobia are in the culverts.

SOUTH PADRE: GOOD. 87 degrees. Find the deep-colored water, and you will find the fish. Speckled trout and redfish are in off-colored and dirty colored water adjacent to grass beds. Some of the bigger fish are in 3' or more. Black drum are going to show up with the moving tide.

PORT ISABEL: GOOD. 85 degrees. Speckled trout will 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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