Freshwater Fishing Reports

FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS

ALAN HENRY

Water clear main lake, stained up river; 74 degrees; 1.31’ low. Black bass are good on black buzzbaits at first light and last light with lots of small bass on baby bass wacky worms with chartreuse tips fished around grass. Blue fleck 7” and 10” Power Worms have been productive on the 25–35 foot drops. Spoons are catching schooling bass all day in 25–50 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on juglines baited with goldfish, perch or minnows.

AMISTAD
Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 17.27’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, Senkos, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and pet spoons. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. 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; 71–76 degrees; 0.49’ low. Black bass are fair to good 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; 70–73 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Flukes and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
BASTROP
Water stained; 80–84 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.
BELTON
Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.73’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are very good on minnows in 20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on doughbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on small live perch.
BOB SANDLIN
Water lightly stained; 71–74 degrees; 1.93’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, squarebill crankbaits and black buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BONHAM
Water lightly stained; 69–73 degrees; 2.60’ low. Black bass are good on buzzbaits, crankbaits, jigs and Texas rig soft plastics. Crappie are good on brush piles with jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait.
BRAUNIG
Water murky. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in reeds. Striped bass are fair on silver and gold spoons and marble spinnerbaits near the dam. Redfish are good on shad, shrimp, tilapia, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and cut bait. Blue catfish are slow.
BRIDGEPORT
Water lightly stained, 68–73 degrees: 0.62’ high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
BROWNWOOD
Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.44’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN
Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 2.34’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and crankbaits in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are good on Red Fins, Zara Spooks, and plastic swim baits near Lighthouse Point at daylight. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on pink or chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver and cheesebait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live shad.
CADDO
Water stained to muddy; 71–74 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
CALAVERAS
Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and topwaters around reed beds. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are good on crawfish and tilapia near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE
Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.07’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Whacky Sticks on wacky rigs, Smokin’ Green Devil’s Tongues on drop shot rigs, and Texas rigged 6” pumpkin Scoundrel worms along main lake bluffs. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits over humps, and on Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on pumpkin Curb’s jigs and smoke JDC grubs in 12–25 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows and crappie jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch.
CEDAR CREEK
Water lightly stained; 70–73 degrees; 1.73’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, squarebill crankbaits and topwaters near shallow cover and docks. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON
Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 19.30’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms and lizards over grass in 8–15 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.
COLEMAN
Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 1.21’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK
Water murky; 90 degrees at the hot water discharge, 78 degrees in main lake; 2.43’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and green tube jigs near Coletoville Bridge in 8–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live perch and soap bait in 8–12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY
14.46’ low. No report available.
CONROE
Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.87’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and topwaters. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers.
COOPER
Water stained to muddy; 3.11’ 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; 82–86 degrees; 30.27’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on stinkbait and cut bait upriver. 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 watermelon crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastics over grass. Red ear perch are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait.
FORK
Water lightly stained; 71–74 degrees; 2.56’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, weightless Flukes near submerged grass and flutter spoons. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL
Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, chrome Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.
GIBBONS CREEK
Water stained. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and live bait.
GRANBURY
Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastic worms and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are good on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on slabs, hellbenders, and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.
GRANGER
Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.41’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs over brush piles in 4–15 feet. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits, and on juglines baited with fresh shad. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.
GRAPEVINE
Water lightly stained; 69–72 degrees; 1.13’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, shallow crankbaits and wakebaits. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
GREENBELT
31.16’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.
HOUSTON COUNTY
Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on black/red and watermelon green Senko worms off grassy areas. Crappie are good on live minnows in 12 feet early and late. Bream are good on live worms near the islands. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with chicken livers, shad, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait off lighted piers at night.
HUBBARD CREEK
Water off color; 73–77 degrees; 0.39’ low. Black bass are fair to good on medium running shad pattern crankbaits, Texas rigged Baby Brush Hogs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and live shad.
JOE POOL
Water lightly stained; 70–73 degrees; 0.57’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits and soft jerkbaits. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LAKE O’ THE PINES
Water lightly stained; 71–74 degrees: 0.23’ low. Black bass are good on weightless Flukes, hollow body frogs and Texas rigged worms. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAVON
Water stained; 70–73 degrees: 3.13’ low. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.
LBJ
Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.90’ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits, swim baits, and watermelon Whacky Sticks off creek points early. Striped bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are fair on watermelon Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and liver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.
LEWISVILLE
Water lightly stained; 69–73 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are fair on swimjigs, spinnerbaits and shallow swimbaits crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON
Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE
73.19’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
MARTIN CREEK
Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 2.36’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait.
MEREDITH
60.52’ 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.
MONTICELLO
Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.31’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, hollow body frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
NASWORTHY
71–75 degrees; 1.1’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and Rat–L–Traps. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
NAVARRO MILLS
Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics. White bass are fair on minnows and green spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on shrimp. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE
Water stained; 73–76 degrees; 34.61’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and split shot weighted flukes. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.
OAK CREEK
Water stained; 72–75 degrees; 9.81’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE
Water lightly stained; 69–73 degrees; 1.84’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, Texas rigged worms, and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
PALO DURO
56.48’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM
Water off color; 73–76 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chrome Rat–L–Traps, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on live shad and slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
PROCTOR
Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.03’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD
Water lightly stained; 69–72 degrees; 0.57’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS
Water lightly stained; 69–73 degrees; 0.25’ high. Black bass are fair on swimjigs, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS
Water lightly stained; 69–72 degrees; 0.99’ low. Black bass are good on swimjigs, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged worms. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN
Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 3.11’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse topwaters, soft plastic worms, and crankbaits early. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait.
SOMERVILLE
Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE
52.12’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD
0.07’ low. Black bass and crappie are fair to good, but mostly undersized. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Little Georges. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.
STEINHAGEN
1.64’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE
Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, hot dogs, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER
Water off color; 71–74 degrees; 23.38’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI
Water stained; 70–73 degrees; 2.38’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws flipped in shallow cover and docks. Some fish being caught on hollow body frogs as well. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
TEXOMA
Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 0.93’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters, medium crankbaits and hard jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
TOLEDO BEND
Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 4.56’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and small spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS
Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, topwaters, and crankbaits in 8–15 feet. Striped bass are fair on white grubs and chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on chrome jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG
Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on white Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are fair on perch.
WEATHERFORD
Water lightly stained; 0.52’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER
Water stained; 69–74 degrees; 19.15’ 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; 79–83 degrees; 2.07’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on silver slabs, pet spoons, and hellbenders. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on liver, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers.
WRIGHT PATMAN
Water stained; 3.59’ high. No report available.

 

—TPWD

Updated 11/10/16