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Texas Fishing Report

1 month 4 days 1 hour ago Wednesday, October 21 2020 Oct 21, 2020 October 21, 2020 6:33 PM October 21, 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 Oct. 21 and also available on the internet at https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml:

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: GOOD. Water clear; 78 degrees; 0.74' low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, small crankbait, and tubes near boat docks, ledges, and rocky shorelines. There is an early morning bite with topwaters, poppers, and chuggers on points and grass beds. Sunfish are good on earthworms and live crickets along ledges, boat docks, and brush. Catfish are good punch bait and shrimp.

BASTROP: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75 degrees. Largemouth bass are good fishing creeks ledges, humps, and main lake drop-offs on spinners, small crankbaits, brown or green craws, and drop shots. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles and standing timber in 14-25’. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and earthworms.

BELTON: EXCELLENT. Water clear; 74 degrees; 0.25' low. Black bass are good near creek mouths, and brushy shorelines on crankbaits, jigs, and black Carolina rigged plastic worms. White bass are excellent on the main lake flats, humps, and drop-offs with slabs and swimbaits in 20-35’. Hybrid stripers are good with live bait in the main lake from 22-35’. Topwater plugs, crankbaits, and swimbaits are effective with surfacing schools of hybrids and white bass. Crappie are good on minnows, and chartreuse tipped jigs in brush piles in 15-28’. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait.

BROWNWOOD: GOOD. Water clear; 76 degrees; 2.04' low. Largemouth bass are fair with crankbaits, jigs, and spinners in 6-15’ near creek drop-offs and standing timber. Crappie are good on minnows, and chartreuse tipped jigs in brush piles and timber near a creek channel. White bass and hybrids are good on jigging spoons and slabs in the main lake near humps, drop-offs, and flats. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait in 6-20’ near baited areas.

BUCHANAN: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 74-78 degrees; 3.34' low. Largemouth bass are good with white skirted jigs, spinners, and medium-size crankbaits working points, rock ledges, and the rocky shorelines. Striped bass are good along the river channel with live bait and trolling in 25-35’. White bass are excellent on slabs near drop-offs, humps, and flats. Use sonar to locate schools of baitfish and feeding fish. Crappie are good on minnows in 16-28’ fishing timber and brush piles. Channel catfish are good on punch bait, shrimp, and cut bait.

‘CANYON LAKE: EXCELLENT. Water clear; 76 degrees; 3.94’ low. Striper fishing is good along the river channel ledges with live bait and trolling A-rigs. White bass are excellent on humps, flats, and ridges with chartreuse or white slabs and jigging spoons. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Largemouth bass are good with crankbaits, jigs, and wacky-rigged worms near docks, timber, and rock piles. Smallmouth bass are good on plastic grubs on jigheads and small cranks in 5-15’ along rock ledges and steep rocky shorelines. Catfish are excellent with prepared baits and cut bait. Crappie are good with live minnows, and jigs near rocky drop-offs, brush piles, and timber in 12-25’.

FAYETTE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77 degrees. Largemouth bass are good on swimbaits, jigs, and topwater baits early on points and brushy coves. Sunfish are good on earthworms, dough bait, and live crickets around bank ledges and structure. Catfish are good on punch bait near baited areas.

GRANBURY: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 0.23' low. Largemouth bass are good on jerk baits, spinnerbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms in 10-24’ near boathouses, submerged timber, and rock ledges. Crappie fishing is good around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and jigs. Catfishing is good with cut bait or shrimp. White bass are good using slabs, small crankbaits, and swimbaits. Stripers are good with live bait or trolling with swimbaits along the main lake channel in 20-35'. Watch for birds diving on feeding schools.

GRANGER: GOOD. Water clear; 74 degrees; 1.32' low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, spinners, and jigs near rock banks, creek channels, and tree stumps. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles, creek ledges with cover, and timber near a drop off in 14-24’. White bass are good on chrome slabs in 20-30' near main lake humps and drop-offs. Catfish are good on cut bait and earthworms. Yellow cats are fair on live perch and goldfish.

LIMESTONE: GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees; 0.28' low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, medium-sized crankbaits, and jigs along ledges with timber or brush, creek channels, and off rocky points and shorelines. White bass are good with jigging spoons, slabs, and live bait fishing flats, drop-offs, and humps in the main lake in 20-30’. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush piles and submerged timber. Catfish are good on cut bait or shrimp.

LBJ: GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees; 0.72' low. Black bass are fair on root beer, plum or raspberry plastic finesse worms, and shallow diving crankbaits near docks, creeks edges, and main lake drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles and docks. White bass are good over main lake points, flats drop-offs, and humps in 20-35’ with white or chrome slabs and jigging spoons. Catfish are good on punch bait in 8-15’.

NAVARRO MILLS: GOOD. Water clear; 74 degrees; 0.33' low. Crappie are fair on minnows around the marina, brush piles, and standing timber in 12-25’. Catfish are good with prepared bait and cut bait. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons in 20-30’. Black bass are fair with crankbaits, jigs, and finesse worms near docks, brush piles, and timber.

PROCTOR: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.17' low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, jigs, and crankbaits in submerged brush, creeks, and sloping shorelines. Hybrid stripers are good with live bait 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 and cut bait.

SOMERVILLE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74-78 degrees; 2.04' low. White bass and hybrids are good with slabs and jigging spoons in 25-35’ on main lake flats, slopes, ridges, and humps. Crappie are good on live minnows in brush piles and flooded timber in 14-25’. Catfish are good with earthworms and punch bait in 15-25’. Largemouth bass are good with Texas-rigged plastic worms, jerk baits, and bladed spinnerbaits near the creeks, drop-offs, rocky shorelines, and roadbeds.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 2.68' high. Black bass are good on jigs and brush hogs working brush piles, rock bluffs, and submerged timber. Smallmouth bass are good with plastic grubs and craws and small crankbaits near rocky banks, ledges, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows 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 punch bait. Blue catfish are fair with live bait near brush piles.

TRAVIS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 19.91' low. Largemouth bass are good with topwater plugs, crankbaits, swimbaits, and skirted jigs near boat docks, marinas, rock ledges, and points. White bass are good with jigging spoons and slabs working main lake flats, drop-offs, and humps. Trolling is effective with swimbaits. Striper’s action along the main river channel is good with live bait and heavy jigging spoons. Watch for bird activity to indicate feeding schools near the surface. Crappie are good on minnows in 15-25’ near docks, brush piles, and rock ledges. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared baits in 10-20’.

WALTER E. LONG: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs and spinners near creeks, rocky points, and drop-offs. Hybrid stripers are fair with live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows in 14-24’ near brush piles or submerged timber. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait. Sunfish are good on worms, shrimp, and crickets.

WACO: GOOD. Water clear; 73 degrees; 0.68' low. Largemouth bass are good on swimbaits, jigs, and spinnerbaits near the creeks, timber, rocky shorelines, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing brush piles around 20’. Sunfish are good on cutworms or live crickets. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on punch bait near baited areas.

WHITNEY: EXCELLENT. Water clear; 72-76 degrees; 2.39' low. Black bass are good on rocky points, creeks ledges, timber and weed beds on plastic worms, smaller crankbaits, and skirted jigs. White bass are excellent on the main lake with jigging spoons and slabs. Stripers are good trolling swim baits along the main lake river channel, ridges, and humps in 15-35’. Watch for diving birds working the feeding schools of white bass and stripers. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows in 14-25’ timber near creek channels and brush piles. Catfish are good on punch bait, shrimp, and cut bait.

NORTHEAST

ARLINGTON: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 4.68' low. Largemouth bass are good on spinners, jerk baits, jigs, and finesse worms. Crappie are good near boat docks and timber on minnows. Catfish are good on punch baits and shrimp in 12-18’.

ATHENS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees; 0.20' high. Largemouth bass are fair on shad colored crankbaits, bladed spinners, and Texas-rigged plastic worms working the drop-offs, brush piles, and flooded timber. Crappie are good with minnows in standing timber and boat docks. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait. Sunfish are good on cutworms and crickets.

BENBROOK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 4.58' low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing swimbaits, jigs, and plastic worms near rocky shorelines, ridges, drop-offs, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows and small light jigs fishing structure and brush piles in 12-25’. Hybrid striped bass are fair with slabs and live bait. White bass are good with slabs and jigging spoons on the flats, ridges, drop-offs, and humps. Watch for diving birds to mark schools of feeding fish. Catfish are good with punch bait and live bait over baited areas.

BOB SANDLIN: GOOD. Water clear; 71 degrees; 0.72' low. Black bass are good on swimbaits, crankbaits, and long Texas-rigged plastic worms in 18-28’ near humps, pond dams, and boat docks with some bass in 3-7’ early with topwater and plastic frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and shad colored jigs in brush piles, bridges in 15-25’. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait in 12-25' near baited holes.

BRIDGEPORT: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72-75 degrees; 2.86' low. Black bass are good on spinners, jigs, crankbaits, and plum or watermelon red Texas-rigged plastic worms in 12-18’ fishing deeper docks, main lake points near timber, drop-offs, and points. There is an early topwater bite on the points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs, fishing bridges, timber and brush piles. White bass are good on chartreuse or white 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 cut bait, shrimp, and prepared bait in 12-20’.

CADDO: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 0.35' high. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water near grass beds and weed lines working, chatter baits, and skirted jigs in 3-5’. Texas-rigged plastic worms and crankbaits are productive in deeper water near timber and vegetation lines. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles and timber edges. White bass are fair on swimbaits 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: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees; 0.60' low. Largemouth bass are good working topwater plugs and jerk baits early on creek ledges, main lake points, and near boat docks and retainer walls. Shaky heads, jigs, and crankbaits fished near boat docks, brush piles, and timber are productive later in the day. Hybrids and sand bass are off main lake points and humps with slabs, swimbaits, and live bait. Crappie are excellent with jigs and minnows in brush piles, boat docks, and bridges in 15-28’. Catfish are excellent in 12-25’ with punch bait and cut bait.

COOPER: GOOD. Water clear; 73 degrees; 3.49' low. Largemouth bass are good on dark blue, Carolina-rigged plastic worms, crankbaits, and skirted jigs in 6-15’. The white bass and hybrids are good in 25-35’ with live bait, slabs, and jigging spoons over humps, ridges, and near main lake drop-offs. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs on brush piles and timber near creek channels. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait in 14-25’.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 1.60' low. Black bass are fair fishing jigs, plastic worms, and crankbaits near boat docks and brush piles. White bass are good with chartreuse slabs fishing humps, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows between 15-25’ working docks, submerged brush, and standing timber. Catfish are good on fresh cut bait and punch bait.

FORK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees; 1.98' low. Largemouth bass are fair on shaky heads, crankbaits, and skirted jigs near heavy timber, roadbeds, brushy points, and rocky shorelines. 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 near creek ledges or drop-offs. Catfish are good on punch bait in 12-24’.

GRAHAM: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 0.70' low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina-rigged plastic worms, jigs, and spinnerbaits in timber and near docks, brushy points, and creek channels. Crappie are good on minnows and shad colored jigs in channel bends, brush piles, and under deeper boat docks. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait and slabs in 20-35’. Catfish are good on cut shad, punch bait, and live bait.

GRAPEVINE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees; 0.59' low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, Texas-rigged worms, and spinners in brush piles, standing timber, and roadbeds. White bass are good in 23-35’ with slabs and crankbaits near main lake humps, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in marinas and near submerged structure. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait.

JACKSONVILLE: GOOD. Water clear; 73 degrees; 0.17' low. Largemouth bass are good with purple or dark blue finesse worms, white spinners, and medium-sized crankbaits near docks, rip-rap, brush and brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows and gray jigs in 14-25’ around submerged structure and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad, earthworms, and punch bait.

JOE POOL: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 1.04' low. Largemouth bass are good fishing shad like crankbaits, jerk baits, and spinners along channel edges, mouths, and rocky shorelines are effective as well. Crappie are good beneath bridges and structure on minnows and jigs in 18-28’. Catfish are good on punch bait and chicken liver.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: GOOD. Water stained; 71 degrees; 0.15' high. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged plastic worms, jigs, and crankbaits in 8-24’. Crappie are good on minnows in the standing timber areas along the creek channel, bridges, and brush piles in 15-28’’. Catfish are good with cut bait or punch bait.

LAVON: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 73 degrees; 1.67' low. Crappie are excellent on minnows or minnow-tipped jigs fishing 12-24’ over brush piles and bridges. White bass are excellent in the 20-30’ bouncing slabs and heavy spoons. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Black bass are good on cranks, wacky worms, and jerk baits in 12-24’. Catfish are good on punch bait in 14-25’.

LEWISVILLE: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 0.63' low. Black bass are good fishing points, coves, drop-offs, and standing timber with medium-sized crankbaits, plum or red plastic worms, and bladed jigs. White bass are excellent on white or chartreuse bouncing slabs and jigging spoons in 20-35’. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Swimbaits and chrome slabs are effective with this topwater action Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles, bridges, and standing timber. Catfish are excellent on cut bait and punch bait.

MARTIN CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 2.14' low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinners, jerk baits, and wacky worms in 8-18’. Crappie are fair on minnows in 12-28’ in timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on punch bait in 12-25’.

PALESTINE: GOOD. Water clear; 73 degrees; 0.28' low. Largemouth bass are good working Texas-rigged worms, shaky heads, and small crankbaits near boat docks, drop-offs, and rocks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around bridges and timber in 15-25’. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait, A-rigs, and swimbaits. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Catfish are good on punch bait, chicken liver, and cut bait.

PALO PINTO: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.84' low. Largemouth bass are good on points, flats, and brush piles with Texas-rigged plastic worms or craws, diving crankbaits, and skirted jigs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows near boat docks and brush piles in 14-28’. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons near main lake points, drop-offs, and flats. Hybrid bass are fair on live shad and slabs in 20-35’. Catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait.

RAY HUBBARD: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees; 1.55' low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged plastic worms, green crankbaits, white spinners, and jigs in timber, near banks, ledges, and drop-offs. White bass are good fishing slabs and white jigging spoons on main lake flats, humps, and slopes in 12-28’. Crappie are good near bridges, brush piles, and submerged timber in with minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait in 12-25’.

RAY ROBERTS: GOOD; Water lightly stained; 70 degrees; 0.67' low. Largemouth bass are good on long purple, or dark blue Texas-rigged worms, chrome or silver crankbaits, and white spinners in 9-22’ near timber, riprap, and creek ledges. White bass are good in 15-35’ on white or chartreuse slabs near main lake points, slopes, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and small jigs in brush piles between 18-28’. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 69-74 degrees; 0.85' low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, jigs, and Texas-rigged worms fishing near boat docks, points, creeks, and drop-offs. White bass and hybrids are good on slabs and jigging spoons or deeper near main lake points, flats, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows or downsized jigs on bridge pilings, timber, and in brush piles. Catfish are excellent on cut bait and live perch. Bream are good on live crickets or worms near boat docks, brush, and rocky shorelines.

SQUAW CREEK: GOOD. Water clear; 73 degrees; 0.21' high. Catfishing is good in baited areas using prepared baits and cut bait. The largemouth bass fishing is good around structure on jigs, spinners, and plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in standing timber and brush piles.

SULPHUR SPRINGS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 73 degrees; 3.02' low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged plastic worms and crankbaits near brush piles, drop-offs, and fallen timber. Crappie are fair on minnows in 18-28’ near brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait in 10-20’.

TAWAKONI: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 71-74 degrees; 1.57 low. Catfish are excellent on live bait and cut bait. Largemouth bass are good on medium-sized crankbaits, June bug or watermelon colored plastic worms, bladed jigs, and swimbaits. White bass and hybrid stripers are excellent on live bait and slabs, with some fish schooling on the surface. Use sonar to locate fish in deeper water near ridges, 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; 73 degrees; 3.47' low. Striped bass and white bass are good on live shad, swimbaits, and slabs. Diving birds are marking feeding schools feeding on the surface throughout the lake. Largemouth bass are fair fishing Texas-rigged plastic worms, jigs, and diving crankbaits in 16-28’ with some fish moving into shallow water in the 3-10’ range. Crappie are fair on minnows near boathouses, timber and brush piles in 15-25’. Catfish are excellent on cut bait and punch bait.

TYLER: GOOD. Water clear; 73 degrees; 0.25' low. Black bass are good on plum, or cranberry Texas-rigged plastic worms skirted football jigs and shad like crankbaits fishing docks, timber, and creek mouths. Crappie are good on minnows and grey jigs in brush piles, structure, and timber in 18-25’. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait. White bass are good in 18-30’ on jigging spoons, swimbaits, and slabs.

WEATHERFORD: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 1.55' low. Largemouth bass are fair on chatter baits, jigs, crankbaits, and craws near rocky shorelines, timber, and brush. White bass are good in 20-35’ with slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows around docks, marinas, and submerged cover. Catfish are good on punch bait.

WORTH: GOOD. Water clear; 72 degrees; 1.41' low. Largemouth bass are good with jigs, crankbaits, jerk baits, and spinnerbaits working creek drop-offs, creek channels, and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing brush piles, timber that lines a creek channel and under docks. Catfish are good on punch bait and shrimp.

WRIGHT PATMAN: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 73 degrees; 3.61' high. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms along creek channels, timber, and main lake flat drop-offs. 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 and earthworms.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 44.48’ low. A small cool front was a welcome sign to help accelerate the fall fishing. Black bass are fair to good working brush, submerged structures, boulders, and vegetation with worms, topwaters, and square billed crankbait. White bass are fair on points and over deep brush on small crankbait. Catfish are fair on shrimp, chicken livers, and stinkbait dough balls still work in the river than the main lake. Remember to stay on the Texas side of the lake unless you possess a Mexican fishing license.

CALAVERAS: FAIR. Water stained; 76-78 degrees. Red drum are fair to slow changing daily with live bait. Black bass are good working topwaters till about noon within 8 feet of vegetation. Cover and the outside of the intake are excellent in the afternoons with jigs, spinners, large worms, and occasionally crankbait. Hybrid striped bass are good still feeding in schools surrounding baitfish on rattletraps. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and cut shad.

CHOKE CANYON: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77-79 degrees; 21.22’ low. Largemouth bass are good with topwater along the bigger points or off islands. Crankbait are good along the dam, and worms up the Elm Creek feeder west lake. White bass are fair off the deeper points around 16'. Crappie are good in the Elm and moving out in shallow water with some vegetation for cover. Catfish are fair with live bait and cheese bait.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: GOOD. Water stained; 78 degrees; 6.21’ low. Largemouth bass are good in weed beds and natural structures, humps, and creeks. Worms are the go-to bait, buzzbaits have success early, jerk bait are best in calm water, and topwater on the edges of natural structure. Crappie are good on minnows moving under docks and in major creeks. Catfish are good on cut bait and cheese bait.

FALCON: FAIR. Water lightly stained north and clear south; 80 degrees; 37.41’ low. The heat has slowed the fall pattern just a bit but has pushed some activity back to brush piles and created an in-between with success most places you turn. Black bass are fair on submerged buildings, brush piles, and rocky structures. Large plastic worms, plastic crawfish, large topwaters, and square billed crankbait, and be ready to throw everything in the tackle box. Use your equipment to your advantage, and don’t waste time otherwise. The white bass are great deep brush and rocks with crankbait. Crappie are great on shallower structures, natural and artificial. Catfish are always biting, and constant cloudy water help. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican fishing license.

MEDINA: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77 degrees; 26.72’ low. Black bass are good with less movement day to day and spots holding consistent fish. Work large structures, undeveloped calm coves, and humps near the dam. White bass are good with Alabama rigs on main lake points. Striped bass are good trolling west mid-lake straights. Crappie are fair in creeks on jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers, and blood baits.

TEXANA: GOOD. Water stained; 79 degrees; 0.42’ low. Largemouth bass are fair under vegetation, along the Texas 111 bridge, and in coves with submerged vegetation with spinners, worms, and jigs. Crappie are great in creek structures and deep in coves. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and live bait.

SOUTHEAST

BRAUNIG: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees. Red drum remain slow with live bait. Largemouth bass are good while staying attentive to conditions and colors as fall fishing requires. It’s a good mix of topwater and diving baits with vegetation and out to structures staying shallower than 20'. Stripers are fair searching mid-lake for success. Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, and cheese bait.

B.A. STEINHAGEN: FAIR. Water stained; 73 degrees; 0.90’ low. Black bass are good and best on worms, crankbaits, and spinners in trees and vegetation around U.S. 190. Crappie are good on jigs working north of the U.S. 190 bridge in covered water and deepwater vegetation. Sunfish are fair with jigs and crickets under docks. Catfish are good day and night on cut and prepped bait.

CONROE: GOOD. Water stained; 72 degrees; 1.68’ low. Black bass are great with worms, spinners, and topwater in creeks and working the water with high oxygen levels. Crappie are fair on jigs in vegetation. Hybrid striped bass are fair with spinners, and highly shaky rattle traps corning bait in shallow water. Catfish are good on cut bait, live bait, and dough balls. Sunfish are fair with live worms, crickets, and power bait pellets.

GIBBONS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; Largemouth bass are good by points and creeks. Push mid-depth worms, work topwater to attract attention on natural edges and points, and jigs to get through the thick areas. Crappie are fair on minnows and be ready to be patient and alternate spots. Catfish are fair on live bait throughout the lake along with some dough pellets. Sunfish are fair on cutworms near the bank and in structures.

HOUSTON COUNTY: FAIR. Water stained; 72 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are good moving to some soft points and continuing on vegetation with weighted worms and crankbait. Crappie are good on piers with increases at night. Bream and bluegill are good using live worms and power bait pellets. Catfish are good on shad, prepped dough balls.

LIVINGSTON: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees; 0.29’ low. Black bass are good starting your day on topwater and start moving out to deeper habitats with worms, jigs, and crankbaits. Striped bass are good mid-lake on shad. Crappie are good on jigs working as deep into the structure as possible. White bass are good on spinners, and Alabama rigs working points and significant drops. Catfish are fair on live baits and stinkbait in the main river channel.

NACONICHE: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees. Largemouth bass are good, hugging the banks with topwater, worms, and jigs. When it’s windy, move deeper to brush or points out of the wind. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows using deeper cover. Sunfish are fair on pellets improving at night under lights. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.

RAVEN: FAIR. Water stained; 72 degrees. Largemouth bass are good matching the hatch with worms and some quick-moving jigs in and on the edges of cover. Sunfish are fair on cutworms and crickets fishing cover.

SAM RAYBURN: GOOD. Water stained; 73 degrees; 3.71’ low. Largemouth bass continue to be good with consistent locations in creeks, timber, and brush working topwater, spinners, and worms. White bass are fair working points and mid-depth brush below 25'. Crappie are good on jigs in natural and unnatural structures. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.

TOLEDO BEND: FAIR. Water stained; 69-72 degrees; 3.96’ low. Black bass are good as oxygen turnover has loosened and is leading to some shallower fish but typically still below 10'. Topwater can be successful on vegetation edges with jigging spoons, worms with a weighted leader, and crankbait. White bass are fair fishing brush piles near 22'. Crappie are excellent, suspended over brush close to 10-12'. Bream are good with small jigs and crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.

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CISCO: FAIR. Water clear; 70-72 degrees; 4.96’ low. Largemouth bass are fair north lake in the standing vegetation along with surface cover on poppers, and weedless jigs. Sunfish are good with cover on minnows, nightcrawlers, and cutworms around any structure, especially under shallower docks. Crappie are fair with jigs among all covers, hitting quickly and moving structures quickly without a bite. Catfish are good catching every day and night on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and cut shad.

MEREDITH: FAIR. Water stained; 70 degrees; 50.56’ low. Black bass are fair, excelling with crayfish, spinners, and worms finding mid-lake structures. Walleye are slow with minimal activity. Crappie are fair with jigs looing for structure and brush piles. White bass are good mid-lake. Channel catfish are fair fishing stink bait in most places.

MILLERS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 69 degrees; 0.36’ high. Largemouth bass are good, staying close to the creeks and points coming out from the creeks. Crappie are good on jigs in timber getting in there. White bass are fair off points and drops. Catfish are fair mid-depth in coves with live, blood, and liver prepared baits.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: GOOD. Water clear; 68 degrees; 3.24’ low. Black bass remain good, especially in the post-cold front environment deeper than previous weeks, working some 15-25' and digging some large fish out of vegetation. Topwater, plastic worms, and crankbait are the baits to use as bass and feeding in preparation for winter. Crappie are good with some slowdowns with jigs suspended and under docks. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.

ARROWHEAD: FAIR. Water stained; 69 degrees; 0.49’ low. Largemouth bass are good in creeks on jigs and spinners while working some brush and drops around 18'. White bass are fair looking for points moving below drops. Crappie are fair on jigs on big structures in less than 12'. Catfish are good on cheese bait, stinkbait, and minnows.

COLEMAN: FAIR. Slightly stained. 68 degrees. 2.41’ low. Hybrid stripers are good finding schools of baitfish running less than 15 feet. Largemouth bass are good with topwater and diving baits finding rocky structures, drops, and points. Crappie are fair on jigs in dense timber north. Catfish are fair with stinkbait and cut bait.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: GOOD. Water stained; 69 degrees; 1.32’ low. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs deep off drops and working above some deeper structure. Black bass are fair, mixing it up based on wind mainly between vegetation and deep structures with some large fish. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and stinkbait throughout the lake.

HUBBARD CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 67 degrees; 1.61’ low. Largemouth bass are good working timber, vegetation, and creeks on fast reeling baits. Crappie are good on jigs working right thru the thick vegetation and structures. White bass are fair over brush on small crankbaits and Alabama rigs. Sunfish are always fair on worms. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.

NASWORTHY: GOOD. Water stained; 69 degrees. 0.97’ low. Black bass are good staying above 10' with topwater, spinners, jigs, and worms. Crappie are good with some decreased activity minnows in the afternoons. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs working points and drops. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.

OAK CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees; 3.35’ low. Largemouth bass are good working creeks, timber, and vegetation, with the best success coming on topwaters and worms when you need an alternative. Crappie are good under large structures on jigs. White bass are fair off points and humps. Catfish are fair on trotlines, nightcrawlers, live bait, and cut bait.

O.C. FISHER: FAIR. Water stained; 69 degrees; 41.12’ low. Largemouth bass are fair with low water conditions creating new habitats among vegetation, drops, and riprap. A leader on weighted worms, spinners, topwater, and jigs have emerged. Crappie are fair on jigs, still pushing humps and large, defined drops. White bass are fair down to 17'. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: GOOD. Water clear; 71 degrees; 12.86’ low. Black bass are good as activity increases with temperature and weather changes. Worms are a good choice anytime, topwater is still best early with increased success late, jigs are good thru structure, and smaller crankbaits are good looking for suspended fish or along rocks. Crappie are good on jigs working deeper into creeks. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live, and cut bait. White bass are fair on points.

POSSUM KINGDOM: GOOD. Water clear; 68 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are fair with rocks and steep rocky canyon banks, providing the best habitat, especially in warm afternoons with lower wind conditions. Soft plastic worms are consistently the best bait, along with jigs, crankbaits, and spinners. White bass are good working below black bass. Crappie are good with jigs during the day and minnows at night, primarily on docks. Striped bass remain slow with some increased activity mid-lake. Catfish are good on cut shad, dough balls, and stinkbait, increasing at night over quarks.

SPENCE: FAIR. Water stained; 68 degrees; 39.18’ low. Black bass are good as new structures establish themselves with such low water levels. Try fishing shallower than in the past on jigs, worms, topwater, and spinners with new drops and quickly dropping points. White bass remain slow with minimal success mid-lake. Crappie are slow, with a few pockets available using fish finders. Hybrid bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait coming out from flats to deeper water.

STAMFORD: FAIR. Water stained; 70 degrees; 0.75’ high. Black bass are fair and improving in creek structures and submerged vegetation standing visible above the water on topwaters and worms. Crappie are fair on jigs on boulders and thick vegetation. White bass are fair with Alabama rigs near the dam. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.

TWIN BUTTES: FAIR. Water stained; 68 degrees; 11.47’ low. Black bass continue to be active on worms, jigs, and live bait near creeks, drops, and humps. Crappie are good on jigs staying near drops and creeks. White bass are fair with Alabama rigs on deep rocks and points. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits.

WHITE RIVER: FAIR. Water stained; 67 degrees; 24.47’ low. Drought conditions continue to be in place. Largemouth bass are fair looking to move shallower when winds calm as temperatures yo-yo between 36 and 86 degrees the past week. Between 5' to 12' are the bass habitats with Carolina-rigged worms, jigs, rattle traps, and spinners. Crappie are fair but slowing on jigs in mid-depth structures. Walleye continue to be slow. Channel catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait, with sizable catches starting to emerge.

COASTAL

SABINE LAKE: GOOD. Water stained; 75-76 degrees. Fishing the mouths of the bayous along the eastern shoreline will yield some speckled trout, redfish, and flounder on artificial lures. Also, fishing under the birds is a promising method during October. The jetties will have a few speckled trout, but the redfish will be in bigger numbers.

TRINITY BAY: GOOD. 76-77 degrees. Speckled trout and redfish are good around Robinson Bayou on soft plastics. Flounder is best around rocks on minnows. The north and northwest shoreline is a great area year-round due to the generating station. The cooling canal flows into the north side.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 78 degrees. Deep Reef, Hanna’s Reef, and Pepper Grove are great spots for speckled trout on small topwaters. The Bull Red Run has been the best spot for bull reds. Small speckled trout will be found under the birds. Sheepshead are fair along the rocks and piers on shrimp.

TEXAS CITY: GOOD. 77 degrees. Unchanged. Bull reds are strong around the dike, and fresh-cut mullet is the best bait. Redfish and speckled trout are still excellent 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 around deep structure or vegetation. Sheepshead are fair around the rocks on mullet.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 78-79 degrees. Speckled trout are great on small topwaters or soft plastics around Confederate Reef. The shell reefs around the Intracoastal Waterway and San Luis Pass are great for speckled trout and redfish on shrimp under a cork. Flounder are good in back lakes.

FREEPORT: GOOD. 77 degrees. Unchanged. Redfish and speckled trout are plentiful in the back lakes and bays on live shrimp under popping cork or mullet. Black drum and sheepshead are good on live shrimp under popping cork around the reefs. Flounder are fair along the drains on mullet.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. 78 degrees. Speckled trout and redfish are good around Chinquapin Reef on down south soft plastics. Black drum are good using Bass Assassins around vegetation or deep structure.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. 78 degrees. Speckled trout and redfish are good on soft plastics around the grass and sand bottoms early in the morning. Switch to soft plastics as the sun comes up. The north shoreline is great for redfish on live shrimp or mullet.

PORT O’CONNOR: GOOD. 78-79 degrees. The jetties are busy with speckled trout on Super Spook Junior, soft plastics, or minnows. Black drum are good on crab around vegetation or structure. Flounder is fair on minnow around the jetties.

PORT ARANSAS: GOOD. 83-84 degrees. Aransas Bay is a great spot for speckled trout and redfish on soft plastics, preferably the strawberry color. Bull reds are best caught on live shrimp or mullet. The north jetty has been great for redfish and speckled trout on live shrimp or cut mullet. Black drum are good on crab or topwaters. Flounder are fair on soft plastics.

ROCKPORT: GOOD. 81-82 degrees. Redfish are still good on shrimp, KWiggler, and topwater around the flats. Speckled trout are good around vegetation under a popping cork.

CORPUS CHRISTI: GOOD. 81 degrees. The north side of Nueces Bay has been excellent for speckled trout, redfish, and black drum. The back lakes have lots of redfish and black drum and are best on popping corks or topwaters. Flounder are fair around the docks and channel edges and are good on soft plastics.

BAFFIN BAY: GOOD. 86-87 degrees. Speckled trout and redfish are good on shrimp under a popping cork. Redfish are good on mullet or shrimp around the Kleberg Point Rocks. Black drum are good on topwaters or blue crab around vegetation.

PORT MANSFIELD: GOOD. 81-82 degrees. Speckled trout have been good from the weather station moving north on the grass and potholes using topwater, KWiggler ball tail, and shrimp under a popping cork. Redfish have been good on the west shoreline, working up into the shallow using KWiggler paddle tails and spoons. Flounder are good in the east cut and in shallow drains. Use caution in the east cut as they have started dredging. Texas waters for snapper are good.

SOUTH PADRE: GOOD. 82-83 degrees. Redfish and speckled trout are both great on shrimp under a popping cork or mullet. Use large top waters around the grass flats. Black drum are in stained waters, and speckled trout are good along the shoreline and will be best on artificials.

PORT ISABEL: GOOD. 81 degrees. Speckled trout are along the shoreline or in the shallow grass flats. Redfish will be around the shallow sand flats. Flounder are in the back marsh feeding around the drains. Black drum are good on blue crab around deep structure or grass.

BOLIVAR PENINSULA: GOOD. 78-80 Degrees. Speckled trout and redfish are in the cut and the surf on shrimp. Black drum are good on crab. Lots of male Flounder are moving through the pass and are good on minnows. Sheepshead are slow.

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