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Texas Fishing Report

1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago Wednesday, September 02 2020 Sep 2, 2020 September 02, 2020 6:22 PM September 02, 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 Sept. 2 and also available on the internet at https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml:

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 0.68' low. Largemouth bass are slow on deep-diving crankbaits and Texas-rigged craws near boat docks, bluffs and rocky shorelines. There is an early morning and sundown bite with topwater and chatter baits near points with drop-offs and ledges. Sunfish are good on worms and live crickets along ledges, boat docks and brush. Catfish are fair on prepared baits and cut bait.

BASTROP: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair fishing grass lines, creeks and timber on spinners, crankbaits, finesse worms and poppers. Crappie are fair 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; 2.85' 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 20-35’. Look for large schools of bait using sonar to find feeding 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: FAIR. Water clear; 87 degrees; 4.25' low. Largemouth bass are fair with deep diving crankbaits, Senkos 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 fair on punch bait and live bait in 10-20’.

BUCHANAN: GOOD. Water clear; 84-88 degrees; 3.24' low. Largemouth bass are good with Texas-rigged plastic worms, chatter baits, skirted jigs and deep-diving crankbaits working along creek channels, 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 fair on slabs and jigging spoons 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 fair on minnows in 16-28’ fishing timber and brush piles. Channel catfish have been good on prepared bait.

CANYON LAKE: GOOD. Water clear; 86-90 degrees; 3.19' 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: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on dark red Texas-rigged plastic craws, plastic grub drop shots and crankbaits. Sunfish are fair on worms and crickets around bank ledges and structure. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

GRANBURY: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84-86 degrees; 1.08' low. Largemouth bass are fair on shad-colored crankbaits and spinnerbaits and green or purple 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 black/chartreuse jigs. Catfishing is good when using earthworms or prepared bait. White bass are fair using slabs, jigging spoons and swimbaits. Stripers are fair with live bait along the main lake channel in 25-40'.

GRANGER: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86-88 degrees; 1.31' low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Texas-rigged plastic worms and chatter baits near rock banks, deeper creek channels and stumps near the river channel. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles. White bass are fair on slabs in 20-30’. Catfish are good on cut shad, earthworms and prepared baits. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

LIMESTONE: GOOD. Water clear; 86 degrees; 1.33' low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged plastic worms along ledges and creek channels and off main lake points with slow presentation. 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; 87 degrees; 0.60' low. Black bass are slow on with plastic worms, jigs and chatter baits. The best action is at sunrise or night fishing with topwater or lipless crankbaits. 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 good on earthworms and prepared bait in 10-25’.

NAVARRO MILLS: GOOD. Water clear; 88 degrees; 0.63' 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 fair with crankbaits, jigs and blue or purple Texas-rigged plastic worms along weed lines, vegetation and timber.

PROCTOR: GOOD. Water clear; 89 degrees; 4.13' low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, jigs and chatter baits in submerged timber, creek channels and rocky shorelines. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait and jigging slabs in the main lake around 22-35’. Crappie are good with 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; 86-88 degrees; 1.79' 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 tops of flooded timber.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: GOOD. Water clear; 85-87 degrees; 2.90' low. Black bass are good on jigs, silver spoons and red- or maroon-colored 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 fair on minnows and jigs in brush piles and standing timber in 14-28’. White bass are fair on slabs and jigs off main lake points, humps, drop-offs and along the dam. Catfish are good with prepared and cut bait. Blue catfish are good with live minnows near brush piles.

TRAVIS: GOOD. Water clear; 87 degrees; 18.06' low. Largemouth bass are good fishing early in 18-28’ with Texas-rigged plum, purple or watermelon plastic worms, skirted jigs and spinners near boat docks and marinas, rock ledges and drop-offs. White bass are fair with swim jigs and slabs working main lake points, drop-offs and humps. Striper action happens along the main river channel with live bait and heavy spoons with schools continually moving. 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 spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs in timber, humps and drop-offs. Hybrid stripers are fair with live shad. 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 and crickets.

WACO: GOOD. Water clear; 86 degrees; 2.02' low. Largemouth bass are fair on finesse worms, diving crankbaits and drop-shot plastic worms along the river channel, bridge pilings and drop-offs. Crappie are fair on minnows fishing brush piles and structure. Sunfish are good on cutworms or live crickets. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait.

WHITNEY: GOOD. Water clear; 85-89 degrees; 3.42' low. Black bass are fair on points near drop-offs, deeper creeks, grass lines and weed beds on dark brown, green, or black plastic craws, crankbaits and jigs. White bass are good on the main lake with jigging spoons and slabs. Stripers are fair 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. The feeding schools are moving with the bait schools. Crappie are good with minnows in 14-25’ timber near creek channels and brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait and prepared baits.

NORTHEAST

ARLINGTON: GOOD. Water clear; 87 degrees; 4.99' low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, crankbaits and watermelon Texas-rigged plastic worms. Crappie are good near boat docks and shaded vegetation on minnows. Catfish are fair on crickets, earthworms and prepared baits in 12-25’.

ATHENS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.05' low. Largemouth bass are good on jerk baits, swimbaits, flukes and blue- flecked-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 and crickets.

BENBROOK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 5.23' 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 fair with live bait. White bass are fair 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; 85-88 degrees; 0.45' low. Black bass are fair on drop shots, 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, bridges and standing timber. Catfish are good on live bait and cut bait in 12-25'.

BRIDGEPORT: GOOD. Water stained; 84-87 degrees; 2.14' low. Black bass are fair on jigs, craws and Texas-rigged plastic worms in 16-28’ fishing deeper docks, main lake points nearby drop-offs and submerged timber or brush. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing bridges, timber and brush piles. White bass are fair on slabs on main lake drop-offs, flats, and channels. Hybrid stripers are fair on main lake humps and points with live bait and heavy spoons. Catfish are fair on cut bait, earthworms and live bait in 14-24’.

CADDO: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.30' 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’. Blue, purple and maroon 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 fair 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; 87 degrees; 1.17' low. Largemouth bass are good working topwater plugs and poppers very early on vegetation lines and creek ledges and near 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 off main lake points and humps with slabs, heavy spoons and swimbaits. Crappie are good with chartreuse-tipped jigs and minnows in brush piles and deep water boat docks and near submerged timber in 15-28’. Catfish are fair in 12-25’. Live bait and cut bait are working well.

COOPER: Good. Water clear; 85-88 degrees; 2.25' low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina-rigged curly-tailed plastic worms, crankbaits and skirted jigs in 16-25’. The white bass and hybrids are good in 25-35’ with slabs and jigging spoons over humps and flats edges and near main lake drop-offs. Crappie are good with minnows on brush piles and timber edges. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait in 14-25’.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: GOOD. Water clear; 87 degrees; 1.66' 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 structures 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, submerged brush and standing timber. Catfish are fair on fresh cut bait, earthworms and punch bait.

FORK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.61' low. Largemouth bass are fair 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. White and yellow bass are fair in deeper water with slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are slow on minnows in 18-25’ in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on live bait in 12-24’.

GRAHAM: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 84-87 degrees; 1.68' 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 fair on slabs and jigging spoons. Hybrid stripers are fair on live bait in 25-35’. Catfish are fair on cut shad, punch bait, and live bait.

GRAPEVINE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85-88 degrees; 0.63' low. Largemouth bass are good on diving crankbaits and jigs along with plastic worms in brush piles, standing timber and deep rock piles. White bass are good in 23-35’ with slabs. Look for birds diving over feeding schools near humps and drop-offs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in marinas and near submerged structures. Catfish are fair on dough bait and nightcrawlers.

JACKSONVILLE: Fair. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.11' 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 structures and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad and live bait.

JOE POOL: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 1.13' low. Largemouth bass are good fishing Texas-rigged plastic worms and craws fished slowly in 20-28’. Diving crankbaits and light-colored spinners 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; 87 degrees; 0.23' low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, spinners and Texas-rigged creatures 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 trotlines with cut bait.

LAVON: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 2.51' low. Crappie are good on minnows fishing 15-25’ over brush piles, submerged timber and bridges. White bass are good in the 20-30’ with 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 live bait in 14-25’.

LEWISVILLE: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 1.41' low. Black bass are good fishing points, humps, drop-offs and standing timber with the diving crankbaits, long plastic worms, skirted jigs and shaky heads. 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 fair on live bait and prepared baits.

MARTIN CREEK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 1.23' 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 good on cut bait and prepared bait in 12-25’.

PALESTINE: GOOD. Water clear; 89 degrees; 0.79' low. Largemouth bass are good working Texas-rigged brush hogs, shad-like swimbaits and deep-running crankbaits near boat docks and riprap. Crappie are fair on minnows around bridges and timber in 15-25’. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait in 25-35’. White bass are good 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; 2.55' 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 jigs tipped with minnows near boat docks and brush piles in 14-28’. White bass are fair on slabs and jigging spoons near main lake points, drop-offs and humps. Hybrid bass are good on live shad in 20-35’. Catfish are good on punch bait, earthworms and cut bait.

RAY HUBBARD: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 1.55' low. Largemouth bass are fair on long Texas-rigged plastic worms in timber and near rocky banks, ledges and drop-offs. White bass are good fishing slabs and jigging spoons on main lake points, humps and ridges in 22-28’. Crappie are fair 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; 85 degrees; 0.68' low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, chatter baits and bladed jigs in 16-26’ near timber, points and channel ledges. There is an early and late topwater bite on points with a ledge or drop off. 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; 0.77' low. Largemouth bass are fair on chatter baits, flukes, jigs and finesse worms fishing near boat docks, submerged vegetation, bridges and drop-offs. White bass and hybrids are fair 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. Bream are good on live crickets or worms.

SQUAW CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 0.23' 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 fair on minnows in 15-25’ in standing timber and brush piles.

SULPHUR SPRINGS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 1.79' low. Largemouth bass are good 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 good on cut shad and live bait in 12-25’.

TAWAKONI: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.21' 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 good on minnows and jigs around brush piles, docks and bridge pilings.

TEXOMA: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86-89 degrees; 1.00' 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. Schools are continually moving with the bait. Largemouth bass are fair fishing skirted jigs, Texas-rigged plastic worms and shad-colored 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 these shallow areas. Crappie are fair 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 lightly stained; 87 degrees; 1.05' low. Black bass are fair on plastic worms, skirted football jigs, chatter baits and drop shots fishing deeper docks, timber and vegetation edges. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles, structure and timber in 18-25’. 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; 87 degrees; 1.97' 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; 88 degrees; 0.96' low. Largemouth bass are good with spinners, diving crankbaits and dark green or red Texas-rigged plastic craws working drop-offs, creek channels and boat docks. Crappie are fair on minnows among brush piles and timber and under docks. Catfish are fair on earthworms and punch bait.

WRIGHT PATMAN: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.85' 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; 47.36’ low. Black bass are good with slightly milder temps fueling a resurgence. Topwaters are even hotter than before on ledges and shallow water less than 4'. Jigs continue along with shallow baits early. Afternoons are the best time to switch to soft plastics. Past 4 p.m., fishing continues over brush and rocky structures with square-billed crankbaits, spinners and Carolina- plus Texas-rigged worms. White bass are fair more than likely off rocky points below 20' where you can. 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 with a small fall slowdown starting to affect catches. Live baits are good in tandem with rattletraps and spoons in deep water with minimal to no schooling. Black bass are fair fishing a smidge shallower than the past couple of weeks on the riprap, the dam and points on crankbaits and soft plastic weighted worms in lighter colors. Hybrid striped bass are good with some schooling in mid-depth spots and the mouth of some covers. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, chicken livers and cut shad.

CHOKE CANYON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 86-88 degrees; 20.71’ low. Largemouth bass continue to prefer topwater baits, 6" leader on plastic worms, and jigs with brush and brushy main lake points being the primary structure. 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 good on points, deep humps and mid-lake depths, especially north. Catfish are fair, moving deeper with dough balls, live bait and cheese bait.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: GOOD. Water stained; 88 degrees; 5.97’ low. Largemouth bass are good but ready for the fall fishing. Use rattletraps, jigs, worms, spinners and jerk baits near the gravel bars off points, and some topwater early in the day for success. Crappie are good fishing piers and docks, especially at night on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and cheese bait.

FALCON: FAIR. Water lightly stained north and clear south; 88-90 degrees; 38.42’ low. It’s become more challenging to find the big bass, but the weather is beginning to turn in our favor. Black bass are good midlake and south. Long points or ridges have been best running a crankbait, or a weighted Carolina-rigged worm with rocks and more rocks. There is still some success in the standing timber flipping worms or jigs. Crappie are good in timber with mainly jigs and hitting some shallow rock covers. White bass are great everywhere deep on spoons, especially by the dam. Catfish are great shallow on almost all baits. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican fishing license.

MEDINA: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 22.80’ low. Black bass are good on jigs, spinners, crankbait and worms fishing points and deep drops under 12'. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs below black bass. Striped bass are fair are good on humps and around the dam. Crappie are fair in the northeast and southeast vegetative coves. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers and blood baits.

TEXANA: GOOD. Water stained; 87 degrees; 1.00’ low. Largemouth bass are good with worms and crankbait moving around points and suspending over structures 15-20'. Crappie are excellent with minnows and jigs seeking the cooler structures. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, cut bait and live bait.

SOUTHEAST

BRAUNIG: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees. Red drum are good in open water spotting surface activity. Largemouth bass are good getting up early with topwater on vegetation edges and weighted worms plus crankbait along the riprap. Stripers are fair, moving fast in open water between 12-18'. Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait and cheese bait.

B.A. STEINHAGEN: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 0.78’ low. Black bass are fair on active topwater on poppers, crankbaits, worms and jigs above the brush and shallow brush. Crappie are good looking for calm water near structures on minnows. Sunfish are fair with jigs and crickets. Catfish are good day and night on cut and prepped bait.

CONROE: GOOD. Water stained; 88 degrees; 1.31’ low. Black bass are great pursuing structure. Natural structures like point pockets, vegetation and man-made docks moving shallower with some surface activity at night. Lures excelling are nightcrawlers, crankbait and rigged soft plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs under docks and under vegetation. Hybrid striped bass are fair and improving on rattle traps. Catfish are good on cut bait below 10'. Sunfish are OK with live worms or crickets with any untouched cover.

GIBBONS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 86 degrees. Largemouth bass are good with small spinners and worms working schools over brush, but bass have moved to shallower water in the mornings. Crappie are fair with reluctance to bite when we see them with more aggression coming at dusk. Catfish are fair on live bait throughout the lake. Sunfish are fair on cutworms in shallow water.

HOUSTON COUNTY: GOOD. Water stained; 88 degrees; 0.65’ low. Black bass are good earlier in the day. Use Carolina rigs in vegetation. Continue finding brush piles in the afternoons on Senko watermelon-red and red worms. Crappie are good on live minnows moving shallower and the best success at night off lighted docks and piers. Bream and bluegill are good using live worms. Catfish are fair on juglines using shad.

LIVINGSTON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 0.43’ low. Black bass are fair below 8' on synthetic worms, spinners and crankbaits. There are established brush piles holding several fish, and ledges seem to have picked up as a new favorite. Striped bass are fair on live shad trolling mid-lake. Crappie are good on jigs moving more in between habitats. White bass are good, seeking 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 lightly stained; 88 degrees. Largemouth bass are good on vegetation edges with topwater, worms and jigs, and deeper creek channels with plastic worms and spinners. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows just above the vegetation in 10' of water and below. 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 with some struggles, mainly in afternoons. Topwater is your best bet with jigs second staying close to structures. Sunfish are fair on cutworms and crickets in 5 feet or less pretty much everywhere.

SAM RAYBURN: GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 2.73’ low. Largemouth bass are good mainly around Texas 103, near Jackson Hill, and Rayburn Parks with worms, crankbait, and jigs. White bass are fair deep off points with small spinners. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs moving out from vegetation. Catfish are fair on live and stinkbait.

TOLEDO BEND: FAIR. Water heavily stained; 86-87 degrees; 2.32’ low. The water we received this past week was welcome. It added activity to the lake and made the water a bit murkier and cooler. Black bass are good with the colder water using brighter baits such as poppers, jigs and worms around shallower structures with all catches coming shallower than 13'. White bass have become very active, ranging between 14-20'. Crappie are good shallower on shiners and jigs equally. 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; 5.21’ low. Largemouth bass are fair but getting good with a small cooldown working in fisherman’s favor. Work grass, brush rocks and brush using worms, crankbait, jigs and spinners. Sunfish are good on cutworms under docks, piers and shallows. Crappie are fair with jigs in cool water and among large structures. Catfish have been fair on stinkbait, chicken livers and cut shad.

MEREDITH: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 49.28’ low. Black bass are tough but can be caught with long casts near drops with spinners, jigs, and keeping your worms shallow. Walleye are fair with small crankbait moving mid-lake. Crappie are fair on minnows moving above and in rocks. Channel catfish are fair fishing stink bait in most places.

MILLERS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.85’ low. Largemouth bass are good early with topwater and working submerged and surface vegetation in the afternoons past around 4p. Crappie are fair working the edges of timber on jigs. White bass are fair still below 20' 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; 1.86’ low. Black bass are good, staying close to the rocks on spinners and crankbait. Crappie continue to be good in timber and vegetative banks with cover. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait and stinkbait.

ARROWHEAD: FAIR. Water stained; 85 degrees; 1.01’ low. Largemouth bass are fair in submerged pockets with Carolina-rigged plastic worms. Crappie are fair on jigs looking in cool, calm and shaded water. Catfish are good on cheese bait, stinkbait and minnows.

COLEMAN: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 2.06’ low. Hybrid stripers are continuing their success on rattle traps finding the schools and continuing to follow mid-depth along with coves and downrigging when you can’t find them. Largemouth bass are fair as topwater returns to success and working crankbaits, 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; 2.32’ low. White bass are good seeking deep edges of coves and before the spillway on Alabama rigs. Black bass are good with points, humps and rocks with crankbait, occasionally topwater and plastic worms. Crappie remain good on live minnows less than 40 yards off banks. Catfish are fair on cut shad and stinkbait throughout the lake.

HUBBARD CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 84 degrees; 2.78’ low. Largemouth bass are good continuously searching for patterns and giving them a variety to bite with topwater, jigs, worms and deep crankbait. The most consistent pattern now has been working timber and creek beds drops. Crappie are good on jigs in vegetation and timber. White bass are good starting to move shallower but still below 15'. Sunfish are always fair on worms. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.

NASWORTHY: GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees. 0.96’ low. Black bass are fair on long points, ledges and random humps identified by boat instruments. Worms and jigs are good through thick vegetation. Crankbait are best deeper above structures. Crappie are good with minnows. White bass are fair just below drops. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.

OAK CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 3.66’ low. Largemouth bass are good on the traditional worms, crankbait and jigs. So many structures to choose from, but stay below 10'. Crappie are good on minnows on drops and ledges. White bass are fair and deep mid-lake on the structures present with small spinners. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live bait and cut bait.

O.C. FISHER: FAIR. Water stained; 86 degrees; 40.65’ low. Largemouth bass are fair working flooded vegetation, riprap and ledges staying west with worms, spinners and crankbait. Crappie are good in creeks, humps and drops. White bass are fair over structures on small spinners. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: GOOD. Water clear; 85 degrees; 12.03’ low. Black bass are good in standing timber, but don’t forget about humps off points and ledges. Try crankbaits, jigs, live bait and plastic worms. Crappie are good on jigs and appear to be mostly nocturnal. Catfish are good on stinkbait and live and cut bait. White bass are fair further off points and on the edges of structures.

POSSUM KINGDOM: GOOD. Water slightly stained; 84 degrees; 2.02’ low. Black bass are fair getting on the ledge edge drops with soft plastic worms, spinners, crankbaits and Alabama rigs. White bass are good even deeper in rock coves and steep points. Crappie are fair still under structures and in the vegetation of low traffic water. Striped bass are slow. Catfish are fair on cut shad with increased activity at night.

SPENCE: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 39.79’ low. Black bass are good fishing early on topwater and among rock and drops, use Alabama rigs, worms, crankbait and spinners. White bass remain slow with limited success as deep as possible. Crappie are fair on minnows over jigs and moving just a bit further away 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; 0.48’ low. Black bass are good with more consistent spots with topwater next to bulrush or off grassy points. Bumping jigs and deeper baits have been good around 12' depth. Crappie are good on jigs in timber and a lot of structures across the lake. White bass are good with live shad below 18'. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.

TWIN BUTTES: FAIR. Water stained; 86 degrees; 11.73’ low. Black bass are good on worms, spinners, crankbait and jigs staying along the riprap. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs west in shallower pools. White bass are fair deep with Alabama rigs along the dam. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits.

WHITE RIVER: FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 23.54’ low. Drought conditions continue to be in place. Largemouth bass are good and have caught large bass recently on dam points with Carolina rigged worms. Crappie are fair increasing activity among marinas, grass, and submerged vegetation. Walleye are fair still deeper than normal and can be fished just shy of mid-lake. Channel catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.

COASTAL

SABINE LAKE: GOOD. Water stained; 87-88 degrees. Speckled trout fishing has been 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 great over near the Betsy Heights marsh on mullet or shrimp.

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 minnow 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. 88 degrees. It’s been rough with high winds and dangerous tides. The hurricane has left some bait shops closed. The conditions should start improving towards the end of this week. Offats Bayou has produced some decent fish in the first hours of the day.

TEXAS CITY: GOOD. 87-88 degrees. Bull reds are showing up around the dike in decent numbers, so use cut mullet. Redfish and speckled trout are good along the shoreline on shrimp under a popping cork and soft plastics. Flounder are fair on minnow around the rocks. Black drum are good on blue crab around deep structure. Sheepshead are fair around the rocks on mullet or minnows.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 88 degrees. It’s been rough with high winds and dangerous tides. The hurricane has left some bait shops closed. The conditions should start improving towards the end of this week. Offats Bayou has produced some decent fish in the first hours of the day.

FREEPORT: VERY GOOD. 87 degrees. Most of the fish are going to be in the deeper waters where the cool water is. Speckled trout are good around San Luis Pass on shrimp, MirrOlures and soft plastics. Redfish, back drum and sheepshead are fair on live shrimp under popping cork around the reefs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. 87 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. 87 degrees. Wade fishing for redfish has been great using topwaters and plastics. 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.

PORT O’CONNOR: GOOD. 89 degrees. Speckled trout are near the Intracoastal Waterway and are in deep-water transition and love cut mullet. Redfish have been good on shrimp under a popping cork. Black drum are good on crab around deep structure. Concentrate on flats that are close to deep water, throw topwaters in the morning.

PORT ARANSAS: GOOD. 87 degrees. Horace Caldwell Pier has been great for all species. North Jetty has been great for redfish and speckled trout on shrimp. Black drum are good on crab around deep structure.

ROCKPORT: GOOD. 86-87 degrees. Very warm temperatures, so get into the water early and fish sandy bottoms and drop-offs. Later in the day, the fish will be in the deep water. Laguna Reef has a great pier for fishing. The shipping channels are also 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. 87 degrees. Redfish are good around Laguna Madre on mullet or shrimp. Speckled trout has been rough this past week. You will need to get out early to have any chance of catching them.

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 found 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. 89-90 degrees. The fishing has been tough with the summer heat, but grinding it out can pay off. Start shallow in the morning, targeting grass and sand potholes for trout and reds using topwater, KWiggler paddle tails and shrimp under popping cork. Move out deeper as the sun gets up using KWiggler ball tail gulp under popping cork. Reds are also at the jetties. State red snapper is good with a mix of kingfish and cobia offshore.

SOUTH PADRE: GOOD. 87-88 degrees. Speckled trout has been good on both live and artificial baits. Black drum have been good on the drop-offs in deep water with live or frozen shrimp on a bottom rig. Redfish are good along the color changes on fresh cut bait and soft plastics.

PORT ISABEL: GOOD. 86 degrees. Speckled trout will be in the shallow water near vegetation in the very early morning hours 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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