Freshwater Fishing Reports

FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS:

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained to muddy up the river; 68-76 degrees; 4.24’ low. Black bass are fair on 7-inch worms, spoons and jigs. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on live bait and punch bait.

 

AMISTAD: Water murky; 76-80 degrees; 25.08’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, spinner baits, crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass and white bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cheese bait, shrimp and nightcrawlers over baited holes.

 

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 63-72 degrees; 1.77’ low. Black bass are fair on shaky heads and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on split-shot weighted live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

 

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 63-66 degrees; 0.95’ low. Black bass are good on hollow-body frogs, stick worms and Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

 

AUSTIN: Water stained; 68-77 degrees; 0.8’ low. Black bass are fair to good on lipless crankbaits and Texas-rigged pumpkinseed worms. Sunfish are fair to good on cut nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

 

BASTROP: Water stained; 73-77 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon worms and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and stink bait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

 

BELTON: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 2.02’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs, silver spoons and white spinner baits. Crappie are good on white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

 

BENBROOK: Water stained; 71-76 degrees; 2.43’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop-shot rigs and chrome lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair to good on Little Georges. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

 

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 64-67 degrees; 0.98’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, spinner baits and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

 

BONHAM: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws on boat docks and near reeds. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good along creek channel with punch bait and prepared bait.

 

BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and tequila sunrise soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good on silver spoons near the dam. Redfish are good on perch, shad and silver spoons. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp and cheese bait near the dam.

 

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 62–65 degrees: 2.12’ low. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, jerkbaits and shaky-head worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on punch bait.

 

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 2.62’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, green pumpkin or redbug worms near docks, white flukes and spinner baits. White bass are excellent on crankbaits and jigs off lighted docks at night in 5-25 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies over brush piles in 5-15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

 

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 2.23’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and spinner baits. Striped bass are good on swim baits and drifting live bait along the river channel in 30 feet. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, minnows and stink bait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live shad.

 

CADDO: Water stained; 65-68 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless stick worms and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

 

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinner baits and crankbaits around reed beds. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are good on perch and tilapia near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp and cheese bait.

 

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 2.99’ low. Black bass are good on white spinner baits and Texas-rigged watermelon green stick worms. Striped bass are good over and around the humps in 30-60 feet at daylight. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live perch.

 

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 63-66 degrees; 1.83’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits, Texas-rigged craws and shaky heads on docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows.

 

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 23.74’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic lizards and large worms in grass in 12-20 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and punch bait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.

 

COLEMAN: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 1.98’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and liver.

 

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 90 degrees at the hot water discharge, 76 degrees in main lake; 0.50’ low. Black bass are fair on spinner baits and crankbaits in 6-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8-12 feet.

 

CONROE: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 0.68’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on stink bait and shrimp.

 

COOPER: Water stained; 72-77 degrees; 1.32’ low. Black bass are fair. Crappie are fair on jigs. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs and minnows.

 

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 63-66 degrees; 1.48’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, shallow running crankbaits and black and blue jigs on docks.

 

FAIRFIELD: Water fairly clear. Black bass are fair to good on weightless worms, Texas-rigged craws and chatterbaits along shoreline vegetation.

 

FALCON: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 18.27’ low. Black bass are fair to good on shallow-running crankbaits and large creature baits in flooded grass. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait and cut bait up the river.

 

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse pepper Carolina-rigged soft plastics along outside edges of grass in 5-10 feet. Red ear perch are good on worms in 4-10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

 

FORK: Water stained; 62-65 degrees; 1.02’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, black and blue flipping jigs and flutter spoons. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

 

PHANTOM HILL: Water off-color; 67-76 degrees; 0.98’ low. Black bass are fair on white/chartreuse spinner baits, Texas rigs and stick worms. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

 

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and liver.

 

GRANBURY: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.39’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits, crankbaits and soft plastics off points. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs and spoons. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stink bait, shrimp and liver.

 

GRANGER: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on spinner baits along main lake points. Crappie are fair on jigs over brush in 12-18 feet. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with cut bait and Zote soap.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are good on jerkbaits, shaky-head worms and flukes. White bass and hybrid bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs.

 

GREENBELT: Water off-color; 62–71 degrees; 32.04 low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and shallow-running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

 

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows in 20 feet. Bream are fair on live worms in coves. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad and perch.

 

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off-color; 71-76 degrees; 2.6’ low. Black bass are fair to good brown/orange shallow-running crankbaits, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and live shiners.

 

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 62-65 degrees; 1.05’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, bladed jigs and flukes. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 64-68 degrees: 0.55’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, weightless woms and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

 

LAVON: Water stained; 62-65 degrees: 2.30’ low. Black bass are fair on black and blue jigs, spinner baits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

 

LBJ: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are fair on Bleeding Shad lipless crankbaits and plastic swimbaits along seawalls, and on buzzbaits and weightless watermelon/red stick worms on creek points. Striped bass are good on 2-inch Spoiler Shads and Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on pink/white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and nightcrawlers.

 

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 61-64 degrees; 1.34’ low. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits and shaky-head worms. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

 

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.78’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits, lipless crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shad.

 

MACKENZIE: 73.47’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and lipless crankbaits. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

 

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 84-88 degrees; 2.90’ low. Black bass are fair on spinner baits, finesse jigs and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

 

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 59-68 degrees; 48.61’ low. Black bass are fair on live minnows, Texas rigs, shaky heads and suspending jerkbaits. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.

 

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 82-87 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

 

NASWORTHY: 69-75 degrees; 1.29’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, silver spinner baits and Texas0rigged motor oil worms. No reports on crappie. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

 

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 1.47’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on stink bait and shad. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with goldfish and shad.

 

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 71-76 degrees; 37.08’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and shallow-running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

 

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 68-74 degrees; 10.22’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chrome/black lipless crankbaits, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

 

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 62-65 degrees; 1.12’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, shallow crankbaits and Texas-rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait.

 

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 72-77 degrees; 0.6’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop-shot rigs, Texas rigs and shallow-running chartreuse/white crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and tail spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

 

PROCTOR: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 2.50’ low. Black bass are fair on black and purple soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on silver/blue lipless crankbaits. White bass are good on cut shad. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers.

 

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 63-66 degrees; 1.55’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

 

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 61-64 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas-rigged craws and football jigs. White bass are good on minnows and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

 

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 63-66 degrees; 2.19’ low. Black bass are good on square-billed crankbaits, Texas-rigged craws and spinner baits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

 

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 1.14’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse top-waters, pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and lipless crankbaits on outside grass lines. White bass are good on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stink bait and minnows.

 

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 75-79 degrees; 3.36’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

 

SPENCE: 50.33’ low. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

 

STAMFORD: Water stained; 67-75 degrees; 0.1’ low. Black bass are fair on spoons, Texas rigs and shallow-running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows around structure. White bass are fair on live bait and Little Georges. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

 

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 74-78 degrees; 1.94’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinner baits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, hot dogs and nightcrawlers.

 

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 63-66 degrees; 0.92’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws and flipping jigs in willow bushes and docks. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and shrimp.

 

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 62-65 degrees; 1.66’ high. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits, shallow crankbaits and shaky-head worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 4.45’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/red soft plastic worms, spinner baits, and top-waters early. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 20 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish good on shrimp and stink bait.

 

TRAVIS: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 10.42’ low. Black bass are good on bone top-waters and green/pumpkin worms in 5-25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chrome spoons and minnows in 35-45 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and blood bait in 30-45 feet.

 

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse lipless crankbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp.

 

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 62-66 degrees; 1.67’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, spinner baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows on docks. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

 

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 68-74 degrees; 20.83’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and spinner baits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

 

WHITNEY: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 4.54’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse lipless crankbaits and watermelon soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on spoons and striper jigs. White bass are good on slabs and hellbenders. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stink bait and liver.

 

—TPWD

Updated 11/03/17