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Texas Fishing Report

1 month 3 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, August 27 2020 Aug 27, 2020 August 27, 2020 2:42 PM August 27, 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. 26 and also available on the internet at https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml:

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 0.75' low. Largemouth bass are fair on deep-diving crankbaits and Texas-rigged craws near boat docks, bluffs and rocky shorelines. There is an early morning bite with topwater plugs and chatter baits near points, drop-offs and ledges. Sunfish are good on worms and crickets along ledges, boat docks, and brush. Catfish are fair on prepared baits and cut bait.

BASTROP: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair fishing grass lines, creeks, and timber on spinners, 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; 86 degrees; 2.52' low. Black bass are fair near roadbeds, drop-offs, submerged structure and timber on bladed spinners, crankbaits, and Carolina rigged plastic worms. White bass are good on the main lake flats, humps and drop-offs with slabs in 20-35’. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait in the main lake from 20-40’. Look for large schools of bait using sonar to find feeding fish. Topwater plugs, crankbaits, and swimbaits are effective with surfacing fish. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs over brush piles in 15-28’. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait.

BROWNWOOD: FAIR. Water clear; 88 degrees; 4.05' 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 fair on slabs in the main lake near humps, drop-offs and flats. Catfish are good on punch bait and live bait in 10-20’.

BUCHANAN: GOOD. Water clear; 86-90 degrees; 2.75' low. Largemouth bass are good with Texas-rigged plastic worms, chatter baits, skirted jigs and deep-diving crankbaits working along with drop piles, main lake points, rock ledges and the tops of flooded timber. Striped bass are fair along the river channel with live bait in 25-35’. 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 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; 2.90' low. Striper fishing is fair on main lake humps, drop-offs and river channel with live bait in 25-40’. White bass are good on flats and drop-offs with slabs and jigging spoons. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Largemouth bass are fair with diving crankbaits and Texas-rigged plastic worms near docks, timber and steep drop-offs. Smallmouth bass are fair on grubs and small craws in 12-17’ along rock ledges and steep rocky shorelines. Catfish are good with prepared baits and cut bait. Crappie are fair with crappie jigs and live minnows over submerged brush piles.

FAYETTE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 90 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on dark red 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 lightly stained; 85-87 degrees; 0.83' low. Largemouth bass are good on shad-colored crankbaits, spinnerbaits and green pumpkin Texas-rigged plastic worms in 13-28’ near boathouses, submerged timber and rock ledges. Crappie fishing is good around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and chartreuse jigs. Use earthworms or prepared bait for success when catfishing. White bass are good using slabs, jigging spoons and swimbaits. Stripers are good with live bait along the main lake channel in 25-40'.

GRANGER: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86-89 degrees; 1.14' low. Black bass are fair on diving crankbaits, watermelon-colored Texas-rigged plastic craws and chatter baits near rock banks, deeper creek channels and standing timber in 15-20’. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs on brush piles. White bass are good on slabs in 20-30’. Catfish are good on cut shad, earthworms and prepared baits.

LIMESTONE: GOOD. Water clear; 88 degrees; 0.90' low. Largemouth bass are fair on slow-moving blue or purple Texas-rigged plastic worms along ledges, creek channels and 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 fair 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: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.61' low. Black bass are slow on with plastic worms, jigs and chatter baits. The best action is at sunrise or night fishing. Crappie are fair on minnows around brush piles and docks with minnows or chartreuse tipped crappie jigs. White bass are fair over main lake points and humps in 20-35’ with slabs and jigging spoons. Catfish are excellent on cut bait and prepared bait in 10-25’.

NAVARRO MILLS: GOOD. Water clear; 89 degrees; 0.46' low. Crappie are good on 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 fair on slabs and jigging spoons in 20-30’. 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; 3.77' 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 around 22-35’. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows in 14-28’ in standing timber and brush piles. Catfish remain good on prepared bait, earthworms and cut bait.

SOMERVILLE: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.37' low. White bass and hybrids are fair with slabs and jigging spoons in 25-35’ on main lake drop-offs, channel ledges and humps. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles and flooded timber in 18-25’. Catfish are good 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 in the tops of flooded timber.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: GOOD. Water clear; 88-90 degrees; 2.56' low. Black bass are good on jigs, 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 along the dam. Catfish are good with prepared and cut bait.

TRAVIS: GOOD. Water clear; 88 degrees; 17.23' low. Largemouth bass are good fishing early in 18-28’ with Texas-rigged plum, purple or dark green plastic worms, skirted jigs, and spinners 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. Some stripers action along the main river channel with live bait and heavy spoons. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in 15-25’ near docks, marinas and deeper rock ledges. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared baits in 15-25’.

WALTER E. LONG: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on diving crankbaits and jigs in timber, humps and drop-offs. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows in 14-24’ near brush piles or standing timber. Catfish are fair on cut bait and prepared bait. Sunfish are good worms.

WACO: GOOD. Water clear; 88 degrees; 1.72' low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and drop-shot plastic worms along the river channel, bridge pilings and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows 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; 86-91 degrees; 3.11' low. Black bass are fair on points near drop-offs, deeper creeks, 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 in 15-40’. Watch for diving birds working the feeding schools of white bass and stripers at times. Crappie are good with minnows in 14-25’ timber near creek channels and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared baits.

NORTHEAST

ARLINGTON: GOOD. Water clear; 89 degrees; 4.45' low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, crankbaits and Texas-rigged plastic creatures. Crappie are good near boat docks and shaded vegetation on minnows. Catfish are good on crickets, earthworms, and prepared baits in 12-25’.

ATHENS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.14' low. Largemouth bass are good on jerk baits, swim baits, flukes and blue or purple-colored Texas-rigged plastic worms working the drop-offs, brush piles and standing timber. Crappie are good with minnows in standing timber and boat docks. Catfish are good on prepared bait. Sunfish are good on cutworms.

BENBROOK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 4.45' 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. 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 lightly stained; 89 degrees; 0.56' low. Black bass are good on Senkos, diving crankbaits, chatter baits and watermelon-colored Texas-rigged plastic worms in 18-28’ near deep-water humps, 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; 88-92 degrees; 4.05' 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 and heavy spoons. Catfish are good on punch bait, earthworms and crickets in 14-24’.

CADDO: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 90 degrees; 0.22' high. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water near trees, stumps and grass beds fishing plastic frogs, topwater plugs, chatter baits and skirted jigs in 3-5’. 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 nightcrawlers in 12-20’ fishing baited holes near channels and timber edges.

CEDAR CREEK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 1.18' low. Largemouth bass are good working topwater plugs and poppers very early on vegetation lines, creek ledges and boat docks. Shaky heads, Texas-rigged plastic worms and diving cranks fished along deeper boat docks, main lake drop-offs and timber in 14-28’. Hybrids and sand bass are found 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; 87-91 degrees; 2.04' low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina-rigged curly-tailed plastic worms, crankbaits and skirted jigs in 16-25’. The white bass are excellent in 25-35’ with slabs and jigging spoons over humps, flats edges 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; 90 degrees; 1.53' low. Black bass are fair fishing coves with top waters along reeds and grass edges early in the morning, then chatter baits, jigs and dark-colored 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 fair on minnows between 15-25’ working docks and standing timber. Catfish are good on fresh cut bait, earthworms and punch bait.

FORK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87-92 degrees; 1.55' low. Largemouth bass are good on slow-moving plastic craws and worms near standing timber, points and drop-offs in 18-28’. Diving crankbaits and light-colored spinners are effective at times. White and yellow bass are fair in deeper water with slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows in 18-25’ in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on cut bait and live bait in 12-24’.

GRAHAM: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86-89 degrees; 1.48' low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, jigs and flukes in timber and shady coves. Crappie are fair 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 good 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; 91 degrees; 0.56' low. Largemouth bass are fair with purple or red plastic worms and crankbaits in deeper water near docks, riprap and brush piles. Crappie are fair on minnows in 14-25’ around submerged structure and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad and live bait.

JOE POOL: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 1.04' low. Largemouth bass are good fishing Texas-rigged plastic worms and craws fished slowly in 20-28’. Diving crankbaits along channel edges, submerged timber and roadbeds are producing as well. Crappie are good beneath bridges and structure on live minnows. Catfish are fair on fresh cut bait and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 0.24' low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs and Texas-rigged worms in 15-25’. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in the standing timber areas along the creek channel and brush piles in 15-28’. Catfish are fair on punch bait, chicken liver and cut bait in 12-25’. While the lake is four hours from the coast, it will see conditions change this weekend as Hurricane Laura hits the coasts of Texas and Louisiana.

LAVON: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 2.41' low. Crappie are fair on minnows 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 fair on cut bait and punch bait in 14-25’.

LEWISVILLE: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 90 degrees; 1.25' low. Black bass are good fishing points, humps, drop-offs and standing timber with the diving crankbaits, long plastic worms, skirted jigs and jerk baits. White bass are excellent on slabs and spoons 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: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 1.15' low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, bladed spinners, chatter baits and plum-colored plastic worms in 12-18’. Crappie are fair on minnows in 16-28’ in timber and brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait and prepared bait in 12-25’.

PALESTINE: GOOD. Water clear; 89 degrees; 0.62' low. Largemouth bass are good working Texas-rigged brush hogs, shad like swim baits and deep running crankbaits near boat docks and riprap. Crappie are good on minnows around bridges and timber in 15-25’. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait in 25-35’. White bass are excellent on slabs and swim jigging spoons. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Catfish are good on earthworms and live minnows.

PALO PINTO: GOOD. Water clear; 91 degrees; 2.30' low. Largemouth bass are good on points with ledges, flats with 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, jigging spoons and live minnows near main lake points, drop-offs and humps. Hybrid bass are good on live shad in 20-35’. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.

RAY HUBBARD: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 0.63' low. Largemouth bass are good on long Texas-rigged plastic worms in timber, near rocky banks, ledges and drop-offs. White bass are suitable fishing slabs and jigging spoons on main lake points, humps and ridges in 22-33’. Crappie are good near bridges, brush piles and submerged timber in with minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait in 12-25’.

RAY ROBERTS: FAIR; Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 0.63' low. Largemouth bass are fair 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; 87-91 degrees; 0.59' 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 fair on punch bait. Bream are good on live crickets or worms.

SQUAW CREEK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 90 degrees; 0.20' high. Catfishing is good in baited areas using 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; 89 degrees; 1.71' low. Largemouth bass are fair on long plastic worms, weighted jigs and brush hogs near brush piles, drop-offs and timber. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 15-25’ near brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are fair on cut shad and live bait in 12-25’.

TAWAKONI: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 88-92 degrees; 1.18' low. Catfish are excellent on punch bait and cut bait. Largemouth bass are fair on chatter baits, dark-colored 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 fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles, docks and bridge pilings.

TEXOMA: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87-91 degrees; 1.38' low. 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 and flats. Largemouth bass are good fishing skirted jigs, Texas-rigged plastic worms and crankbaits in 16-28’ 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; 89 degrees; 0.89' low. Black bass are good 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 good in 25-40’ on jigging spoons and slabs.

WEATHERFORD: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 1.85' 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; 90 degrees; 0.86' low. Largemouth bass are good with spinners, diving crankbaits and Texas-rigged plastic craws working drop-offs, creek channels and boat docks. Crappie are fair on minnows among brush piles, timber and under docks. Catfish are good on earthworms and cut bait.

WRIGHT PATMAN: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.88' high. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, spinners, and Carolina rigged plastic worms along creek channels, riprap and main lake flat drop-offs. White bass are fair 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; 47.25’ low. Black bass remain good fishing aggressive topwaters and shallow jigs early along with shallow structures close to banks such as rocks and vegetation. Afternoons are excellent or slow, and you can assess around 5 p.m. Fish 12-18' over brush, as well as under deep ledges and rocks. We successfully added some spinners, topwaters, square-billed crankbaits and Carolina- and Texas-rigged worms to our tackle box. White bass are fair closer to the brush piles between 20-24'. 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 slowing but continue to be good on live baits moving in open water in cooler portions of the lake. Black bass are fair fishing deep around points and over brush on crankbait and soft plastic weighted worms in lighter colors. Hybrid striped bass are good on rattletraps trolling mid-depth. Live baits, liver and shad have also been successful for hybrids. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers and cut shad.

CHOKE CANYON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 86-88 degrees; 20.53’ low. Largemouth bass are fair off topwater baits, 6" leaders on plastic worms and jigs when working calmer water. White bass are fair moving just a bit further out from points and finding deep humps below 18' on small spinners and spoons. Crappie are fair in flooded timber, shallow brush and deeper creek mouths. Catfish are fair, moving deeper with dough balls, live bait, and cheese bait.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: GOOD. Water stained; 88 degrees; 5.71’ low. Largemouth bass remain good fishing jigs, worms and spinners at depths of 10-16'. Brush, points and topwater near surface vegetation are best. Crappie are good fishing jigs in calm, cool and shaded structure water. Catfish are good on cut bait and cheese bait.

FALCON: GOOD. Water lightly stained north and clear south; 88-90 degrees; 37.98’ low. It’s returned to hot and dry and hoping for the best with some rain possible. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, swim jigs, and chatter baits can also produce on shallow rock. Structures from eight to the dam have had fish. You can also throw some bladed baits amongst the hardwoods in Blanco and the Salanaias and catch a few. If you’re fishing for lunkers, toss square billed crankbaits parallel to the rocks deep and shallow. Crappie are good in timber, above brush and in timber. White bass are great everywhere deep on spoons. 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; 22.19’ low. Black bass are good still fishing north on points and drops with crankbait, and worms. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs moving to the deepest edges of points. Striped bass are fair mid-depth trolling around 28' of depth. Crappie are slow with minimal success in structures. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers and blood baits.

TEXANA: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 0.68’ high. Largemouth bass are good hitting 12-22' drops and points with worms and crankbait. Crappie are excellent with minnows and jigs hiding under vegetative cover. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait and live bait.

SOUTHEAST

BRAUNIG: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees. Red drum are fair to good following birds and baitfish. Largemouth bass remain fair on the riprap with topwater and worms, vegetation submerged and surface cover with jigs and topwaters. Stripers are fair cruising around 10-14'. Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait and cheese bait.

B.A. STEINHAGEN: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 0.99’ low. Black bass remain good with increased success early on poppers. Reeled baits and worms are increasing activity on feeder creeks. Crappie are good on minnows still in and around 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; 1.27’ low. Black bass are great using points and docks as cover day and night. The best docks are close to points. Excel and extend your days with shad imitators, nightcrawlers and rigged soft plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs moving out from structures and just a bit shallower. Hybrid striped bass are fair. Catfish are good on cut bait below 10'. Sunfish are fair with live worms or crickets.

GIBBONS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 86 degrees. Largemouth bass are good as a small cold front brought increased movement early 12' or less. Worms, crankbait, and some thicker green slug os dominate. Crappie are good getting those hard to reach spots under structures. Catfish are fair on live bait throughout the lake. Sunfish are fair on cutworms when shallow.

HOUSTON COUNTY: GOOD. Water stained; 88 degrees; 0.55’ low. Black bass are good finding brush in afternoons on Senko watermelon-red and red worms. Crappie are good on live minnows over brush piles and off lighted piers. Bream and bluegill are good using live worms fishing piers and shallow structure. Catfish are fair on juglines using shad.

LIVINGSTON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are fair covering water with points and creek beds looking to feed 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 being a little riskier out from 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 moving shallower and more aggressively on shad imitating baits. Creek mouths and shallow structures are doing well with plastic worms and spinners. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in vegetation. 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 with topwater still producing the best success and using jigs when in vegetation and submerged vegetation. Sunfish are fair on cutworms and crickets.

SAM RAYBURN: GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 2.58’ low. Largemouth bass are good fishing between 8-16' with crankbait, light-colored worms, jigs, and die-dipped or night-crawling worms at night. White bass are fair with spoons still deeper off points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs with activity increasing. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait. On Tuesday this week, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District announced the closure of Sam Rayburn Lake due to the forecasted impact of Hurricane Laura. The initial closure is through Monday, Aug. 31, but may be extended depending on the extent of the hurricane damage.

TOLEDO BEND: FAIR. Water slightly stained; 88-89 degrees; 2.88’ low. We are still in the summer pattern, but another cold front could get the fall pattern started. Black bass are good, but the next couple of weeks will be great as cooler temperatures move shad shallower bringing bass with them. White bass have become very active, ranging between 15-23'. Crappie are good on shiners and jigs equally with the weather also starting to change patterns to shallow water. 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; 5.08’ low. Largemouth bass are fair working the grass shallow and early. Brush has emerged as a habitat producing along with rocks for shelters in the afternoon. Tame, natural-colored baits are favored. Sunfish are good on cutworms under docks, piers and shallows. Crappie are fair with jigs in cool water. Catfish have been fair on stinkbait, chicken livers and cut shad.

MEREDITH: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 49.15’ low. Black bass are fair with some increasing success as the temperature cools just a bit. Stay near the dam cliffs and coves. Walleye are fair mid-lake and east with small crankbait. Crappie are fair on minnows sticking to rocks. Channel catfish are fair fishing stink bait and around 8-12'.

MILLERS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.73’ low. Largemouth bass are fair and picking up amongst submerged vegetation. Topwater can excel on the occasional cloudy days but don’t stray too far from spinners, jigs, and worms. Crappie are good in timber on jigs. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs and small spoons. Catfish are fair mid-depth in coves with live, blood, and liver prepared baits.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: GOOD. Water clear 84 degrees; 1.67’ low. Black bass are good fishing steep rock shorelines and timber coming shallower to around 16-23' of water on jigs, spinners and spoons. Crappie are good on jigs in timber and cover. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait and stinkbait.

ARROWHEAD: FAIR. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.92’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on points, power pillars, and undeveloped coves with Carolina-rigged plastic worms and spinners. Crappie are fair on jigs, on overcast days escaping the sunlight conditions are the best. Catfish are good on cheese bait, stinkbait, and minnows.

COLEMAN: FAIR. Slightly stained; 82 degrees; 1.94’ low. Hybrid stripers are excelling on rattle traps moving with the surface activity. Largemouth bass are fair working worms and jigs in less than 12'. Crappie are fair on jigs sticking close to structures. Catfish are fair with stinkbait and cut bait.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: FAIR. Water stained; 83 degrees; 2.16’ low. White bass are good on Alabama rigs trolling points, and working the depths near the dam. Black bass are good early with persistence and patience on topwater. Evenings even test your patience more with crankbaits and plastic worms focusing on points and humps. Crappie are good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and stinkbait throughout the lake.

HUBBARD CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 84 degrees; 2.62’ low. Largemouth bass are good but not without a lot of effort and moving spots. Topwaters, jigs, worms, and deep crankbait continue to excel and give bass different looks. Crappie are fair on jigs in 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; 0.75’ low. Black bass are good slowly fishing worms, working crankbait about 10' above structures and jigs in thicker vegetation. Crappie are good with minnows in and around structures. White bass are fair just below drops. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.

OAK CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 3.52’ low. Largemouth bass are good moving to timber, large rock structures, and working vegetation with worms, crankbait and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair deep on boulders and drops. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live bait and cut bait.

O.C. FISHER: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 40.49’ low. Largemouth bass are fair working ledges, vegetation and western bank drops on worms, spinners and crankbait. Crappie are good working humps and up Bald Eagle Creek. White bass are fair off islands deep. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: GOOD. Water clear; 85 degrees; 11.86’ low. Black bass remain good in standing timber and seeking out vegetation above and below the surface with crankbaits, jigs, and plastic worms. Live bait has popped some open water success. Crappie are good on jigs working structure and shade. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live, and cut bait. White bass are fair even deeper below 22'.

POSSUM KINGDOM: GOOD. Water slightly stained; 84 degrees; 1.80’ low. Black bass are fair finding shady drops under docks and shifting to the shady steep banks with soft plastic worms, spinners, crankbanks and Alabama rigs. White bass are good even deeper in rock coves and steep points. Crappie are good still under structures and around Costello Island and Bee Creek. Striped bass are slow. Catfish are good on cut shad with increased activity at night.

SPENCE: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 39.62’ low. Black bass are good fishing early seeking topwater spots and throwing Alabama rigs, worms, crankbait, and spinners. Overcast days excel. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows moving out from structures. Hybrid bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait coming out from flats to deeper water.

STAMFORD: GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are good moving from structure to structure with no consistency to spots. Fish Finders are crucial, and so are bright worms, and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs with many limits coming in vegetation and timber. White bass are good with live shad. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.

TWIN BUTTES: FAIR. Water stained; 86 Degrees; 11.57’ low. Black bass are fair staying a bit deeper than normal around 18' fishing worms, spinners, crankbait and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs off the islands and standing timber. White bass are fair with Alabama rigs along the dam. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits.

WHITE RIVER: SLOW. Water stained; 87 degrees; 23.37’ low. Drought conditions continue to be in place. Largemouth bass have found some new structures like drops and previously too deep brush. Stay near dam points and continue fishing Carolina-rigged worms, jigs and spinners for any success. Crappie are slow with random success in calm water with the only species moving north or in the marina. 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. Speckled trout fishing is good on live shrimp and topwater baits. The fish have been holding over shell and keying in on schools of mullet and shad. Redfish are still good in the lake’s main area when using live shrimp, under a popping cork, KWiggler or gulp. Conditions have shifted dramatically during the week as the area is currently feeling the effects of Hurricane Laura.

TRINITY BAY: GOOD. 86-87 degrees. Speckled trout and redfish have been good around structure and reefs on live shrimp under a popping cork. Flounder is fair on minnows around rocks. The north and northwest shoreline is a great area year-round due to the generating station. The cooling canal flows into the north side. Work the structure and watch for what’s under the birds.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 86-87 degrees. Fishing the mudflats, oyster reefs and drains with live shrimp are best spots for speckled trout, redfish and flounder. Black drum are good around vegetation or structures on blue crab. Conditions have shifted dramatically during the week as the area is currently feeling the effects of Hurricane Laura.

TEXAS CITY: GOOD. 87-88 degrees. Redfish and speckled trout are good along the shoreline on shrimp under a popping cork and 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. Flounder, redfish and speckled trout have been excellent around the jetties on live shrimp. Topwaters in the morning and then soft plastics later in the day. Conditions have shifted dramatically during the week as the area is currently feeling the effects of Hurricane Laura.

FREEPORT: VERY GOOD. 86 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 under popping cork around the reefs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. 86 degrees. Drifting the big mudflats is the best method on this side. Live shrimp under a popping cork is the best bait for redfish and speckled trout.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. 86 degrees. Unchanged. Wading the grass flats 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: GOOD. 89 degrees. Speckled trout are steady in numbers along the shoreline and near the Intracoastal Waterway and good on croaker or shrimp. 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: GOOD. 86 degrees. Unchanged. Horace Caldwell Pier is excellent for all species. Speckled trout and redfish are good on shrimp under a popping cork and are around Mustang Island. Black drum are good on crankbait or crab around deep structure.

ROCKPORT: GOOD. 85-86 degrees. Due to very warm temps, get into the water early and fish sandy bottoms and drop-offs. The shipping channels are also great spots this time of year. Regardless of the fish you are looking to catch right now, a shrimp under a popping cork is the best lure. Using it will stimulate game fish activity. Redfish, speckled trout, flounder and black drum have all produced!

CORPUS CHRISTI: GOOD. 86 degrees. Redfish are good around Laguna Madre and found in the shallow area when winds are calm. Packery Channel is a great spot if you are looking for somewhere with vehicle access. 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. 90-91 degrees. Significant numbers of trout are south of the causeway, mostly on the west side. Live shrimp or croaker when available or soft plastics. Redfish are in the back lake near the drop-offs along the edge on live shrimp. Big schools of black drum are in the boat hold area and are best on dead shrimp.

PORT MANSFIELD: GOOD. 87.6 degrees. Trout and redfish have been good starting shallow in the morning throwing top waters, KWiggler paddle tail early and moving out deeper as the sun gets up still throwing topwater, KWiggler ball tail and shrimp under a popping cork. Flounder are good in the east cut around drains. Texas state snapper is good when you can get out.

SOUTH PADRE: GOOD. 84-85 degrees. Speckled trout are great with live bait on a bottom rig while anchored. Black drum are good on the drop-offs in deep water with live or frozen shrimp on a bottom rig. Redfish are good, along with the color changes on shrimp.

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 good on minnow around the rocks. Flounder are fair on mullet or croaker. Black drum are good on blue crab around structure or vegetation.

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