Fishing Reports

FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS:

 

ALAN HENRY Water clear; 48 degrees; 2.09’ low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits, swimbaits and jerkbaits. Crappie and bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on rod and reel with punchbait on a #6 treble hook up the river.

AMISTAD Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 16.29’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs, spoons, and jigs in 30–65 feet. White bass are good on slabs, spoons, and jigs in 30–65 feet. Catfish are good on shrimp, chicken livers, nightcrawlers, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

ARROWHEAD Water fairly clear; 49–56 degrees; 0.94’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

ATHENS Water lightly stained; 45–49 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are good on suspending jerkbaits, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BASTROP Water stained; 61–65 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 0.64’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with frozen shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 46–50 degrees; 1.21’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and flipping jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BONHAM Water lightly stained; 44–49 degrees; 3.05’ low. Black bass are slow on crankbaits, jigs and Texas rig soft plastics. Crappie are good on brush piles with jigs and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait.

BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, dark soft plastic worms, and minnows in the reeds and near the dam. Striped bass are good on spoons in deeper water. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, perch, and shad.

BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 45–49 degrees: 0.17’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Vision 110 jerkbaits in mat shad, lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BROWNWOOD Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black jigs, small crankbaits, and watermelon red 4” worms over brush piles in 10–20 feet. Hybrid striper are fair on green striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and watermelon red crankbaits under lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles in 10–20 feet. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait, minnows and shrimp in 10–20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 2.04’ low. Black bass are good on black Curb’s hair jigs, tequila sunrise JDC curl tail grubs on jigheads, and suspending crankbaits over rock piles in 8–18 feet. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs, and jigging Spoiler Shad swim baits and Pirk Minnows near Garrett Island in 20–30 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CADDO Water stained; 48–51 degrees; 0.70’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, weightless Senkos and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, live minnows, and crankbaits around reeds and near the dam. Striped bass are good on shad near the dam in 15–20 feet. Redfish are fair on live perch, shad, tilapia, and crawfish. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and minnows. Blue catfish are good on liver and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE Water stained; 62–65 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon red crankbaits, pumpkinseed worms, and watermelon tubes on jigheads along bluffs. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4’s on down riggers over humps in the lower end of the lake in 40–60 feet. White bass are fair but small on white spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Smallmouth bass are very good on Tomato Red JDC grubs and smoke/red flake tubes on jigheads. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 46–49 degrees; 1.85’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 19.78’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon jigs and large soft plastic lizards in the grass, and fair on crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows upriver. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLEMAN Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 1.40’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK Water murky; 77 degrees at the hot water discharge, 67 degrees in main lake; 2.68’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO CITY 12.91’ low. No report available.

CONROE Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon and watermelon red soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow.

COOPER Water stained to muddy; 3.81’ low. No report available.

FAIRFIELD Black bass fishing reported as significantly improved. TPWD discontinued stocking the lake after the fish kill in September 2011. Redfish survived the kill in limited numbers.

FALCON Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 30.33’ low. Black bass are fair slow rolling spinnerbaits, and on large worms in 12–18 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

FAYETTE Water murky. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits over grass, and on watermelon Carolina rigged worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and minnows over baited holes.FORKWater lightly stained; 45–49 degrees; 3.01’ low. Black bass are fair on soft jerkbaits, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

FT. PHANTOM HILL Water murky; 50–56 degrees; 0.6’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANBURY Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/blue flake soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and liver.

GRANGER Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 0.38’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are fair on shrimp and prepared baits in 6–15 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 44–49 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits, shakeyhead worms and lipless crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.

GREENBELT 31.2’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and clear/metal flake Brush Hogs off piers. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 51–55 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

JOE POOL Water lightly stained; 45–48 degrees; 1.13’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 47–50 degrees: 0.17’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

LAVON Water stained; 47–50 degrees: 3.45’ low. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LBJ Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 4.70’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue Curb’s jigs and PBJ colored Snag Proof jigs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair to good on Pirk Minnows and Li’l Fishies in the channel near the power plant. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles and under heated docks. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 44–48 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits, bladed jigs and umbrella rigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

LIVINGSTON Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 0.31’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

MACKENZIE 73.77’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 83–88 degrees; 1.84’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, weightless Flukes, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MEREDITH 60.89’ low. TPWD has begun restocking the lake with Walleye. Reports of black bass are rare. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.MONTICELLOWater stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

NASWORTHY 49–55 degrees; 1.42’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and chatterbaits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows in 9–15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

O.H. IVIE Water stained; 49–56 degrees; 34.93’ low. Black bass are fair on pearl crankbaits, Texas rigs and swimjigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK Water stained; 48–56 degrees; 9.32’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, crankbaits and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.

PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 45–48 degrees; 1.41’ low. Black bass are good on flipping jigs, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

PALO DURO 57.71’ low. No report available.

POSSUM KINGDOM Water off color; 48–55 degrees; 0.01 low. Black bass are fair to good on swimjigs, Texas rigs and medium running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

PROCTOR Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 0.56’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on green striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 44–49 degrees; 1.43’ low. Black bass are fair on umbrella rigs, football jigs and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS Water lightly stained; 45–48 degrees; 0.09’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, soft plastic jerkbaits and Carolina rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 44–48 degrees; 1.73’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, swim jigs and finesse jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 3.03’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics worms, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on live minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers.

SOMERVILLE Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green/black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SPENCE 50.1’ low. No report available.

STAMFORD 0.43’ low. Black bass and crappie are fair to good, but mostly undersized. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

STEINHAGEN 1.42’ high. No report available.

STILLHOUSE Water murky; 59–63 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and watermelon seed worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

SWEETWATER Water off color; 47–53 degrees; 23.1’ low. No report available.

TAWAKONI Water stained; 46–49 degrees; 2.85’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and flipping jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMAWater stained; 44–48 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 3.87’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 1.83’ high. Black bass are good on chrome jigging spoons, black jigs, and smoke grubs in 28–45 feet. Striped bass are fair on chrome spoons in 30–40 feet. White bass are good on minnows and chrome jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait in 30–48 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 0.87’ low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER Water stained; 45–52 degrees; 19.64’ low. Black bass are very slow (the bass population was greatly reduced during the drought). No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

WHITNEY Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 3.71’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, minnows, and stinkbait.

WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 4.08’ high. No report available.

—TPWD

Updated 1/13/17

 

SALTWATER FISHING REPORTS:

NORTH SABINE
Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell. Waders have taken better trout on the Louisiana shoreline on slow–sinking plugs.
SOUTH SABINE
Redfish are fair on the edge of the channel on mullet. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp.
BOLIVAR
Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on slow–sinking plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.
TRINITY BAY
Trout are fair for drifters working pods of shad and mullet and better in the channels. Redfish are fair at the spillway on crabs and mullet.
EAST GALVESTON BAY
Trout are fair to good on the north shoreline on Corkies and MirrOlures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.
WEST GALVESTON BAY
Trout are fair in the mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies in the afternoon. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.
TEXAS CITY
Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on natural baits. Sand trout and redfish are fair along channel drop–offs on shrimp.
FREEPORT
Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish are fair to good at San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of drains on Gulps and shrimp.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY
Trout are fair on the shorelines in the afternoon on slow–sinkers. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal and at the mouths of drains on Gulps and jigs tipped with shrimp.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY
Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous. Trout are fair on shell on soft plastics and finger mullet. Trout are fair to good in the river at night.
PORT O’CONNOR
Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist–deep water in San Antonio Bay. Redfish are fair at the mouths of drains on shrimp.
ROCKPORT
Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in California Hole on mullet and shrimp.
PORT ARANSAS
Redfish are fair to good on the ledges of the channel on mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel.
CORPUS CHRISTI
Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on live shrimp, Gulps and DOA Shrimp.
BAFFIN BAY
Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies, Soft–Dines and Gamblers. Trout are fair to good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies. Redfish are fair around spoils on live bait.
PORT MANSFIELD
Redfish are fair to good on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair to good on mud along the edge of the ICW on Corkies and MirrOlures.
SOUTH PADRE
Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish, black drum and mangrove snapper are fair to good in the channel on shrimp.
PORT ISABEL
Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks. Redfish are good in the holes and guts on Gulps and shrimp.
—TPWD

Updated 1/12/17