Freshwater Fishing Reports

FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS:

ALAN HENRY Water clear on the main lake, stained toward the river; 60 degrees; 1.54’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads with trick worms, 7” Power Worms, swim jigs, medium and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie and bass are good on minnows. Catfish are excellent on rod and reel with cut bait and punchbait on baited holes.

AMISTAD Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 20.52’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics, and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs, small crankbaits, and minnows. White bass are good on slabs, small crankbaits, and minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows up Devil’s River. Catfish are fair 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; 49–56 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, Texas rigs and slow rolled spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
ATHENS Water lightly stained; 58–63 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, weightless Senkos and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
BASTROP Water stained; 63–67 degrees. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 1.11’ high. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 59–64 degrees; 0.83’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 2.81’ low. Black bass are slow on Rat L Traps, jerkbaits, jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs along creek channels. Catfish are good drifting cut bait.
BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in the reeds and near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and shad near the pier. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are excellent on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and cut bait near the dam. Blue catfish are good on cut bait in 15–20 feet.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 59–63 degrees: 0.28’ high. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.54’ high. Black bass are fair on Brownwood craw jigs, watermelon spinnerbaits, craw colored crankbaits, and chrome/blue Rat–L–Traps along the shorelines. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies, Rat–L–Traps, and shad crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 1.97’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkin Curb’s jigs, jerkbaits, and Carolina rigged JDC lizards along break lines in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are good drifting live bait in 20–30 feet. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows, slabs, and crankbaits in creeks. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CADDO Water stained; 59–64 degrees; 0.90’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in reed beds. Striped bass are good on chartreuse spoons and jigs near the crappie wall. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver, shrimp, and bloodbait near the railroad trestle. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 1.35’ high. Black bass are fair on black/chartreuse Curb’s hair jigs, jerkbaits, and Texas rigged Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads in 20–30 feet. Striped bass are good trolling white Curb’s striper jigs and vertically jigging Pirk Minnows. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and Blade Baits. Crappie are good on minnows and crappie jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows, Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 20.19’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 81 degrees at the hot water discharge, 68 degrees in main lake; 0.51’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 13.12’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live minnows, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water stained to muddy; 3.64’ low. No report available.
FAIRFIELD Water lightly stained; 63–72 degrees; 0.10’ low. Black bass fair on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits and flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish no report. Redfish no report.
FALCON Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 30.50’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Brush Hogs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and cut bait. 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 good on watermelon red and redbug Carolina rigged soft plastics spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps off deep points. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.
FORK Water lightly stained; 59–63 degrees; 2.04’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged lizards and craws, soft plastic swimbaits and squarebill crankbaits. White and yellow bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water murky; 50–56 degrees; 0.36’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and slow rolled spinnerbaits with a Colorado blade. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, hot dogs, and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps over grass. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are slow.
GRANGER Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.83’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse jigs and soft plastic worms upriver in heavy timber. White bass are fair upriver. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver under lights at night. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits and on juglines baited with cut bait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are good on flipping jigs, weightless Senkos and spinnerbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
GREENBELT 30.92’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass to 7 pounds are very good on soft plastics in shallow water. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows near the dam, from piers, and near the pump station. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with perch and shad.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 51–55 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are good on weightless Senkos, bladed jigs and shakeyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 59–63 degrees: 0.87’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
LAVON Water stained; 58–62 degrees: 2.10’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.84’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
LEWISVILLE Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and soft jerkbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 73.83’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 73–79 degrees; 0.63’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, wake baits, and Texas rig craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
MEREDITH 60.33’ 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; 72–77 degrees; 0.65’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
NASWORTHY 49–55 degrees; 1.58’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas rigs and DT10s. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 49–56 degrees; 32.96’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, swimjigs and shakyheads. 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; 8.12’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 58–61 degrees; 0.25’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
PALO DURO 58.42’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water off color; 48–55 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and shakyheads. 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; 62–66 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.62’ low. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged worms and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water stained; 58–61 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 57–61 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas rigged craws and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 1.44’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed and watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on live minnows and watermelon spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 2.15’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 49.76’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 0.42’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.
STEINHAGEN 1.84’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 1.08’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 47–53 degrees; 22.32’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 2.71’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, flipping jigs and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
TEXOMA Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are good on shakyhead worms, squarebill crankbaits and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 2.68’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 1.22’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse jigs, smoke grubs, and watermelon crankbaits in 8–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white spoons in 20–35 feet. White bass are fair on white spoons and chrome crankbaits in 20–35 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and green pumpkin soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are very good on Charlie slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 0.25’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 45–52 degrees; 19.36’ 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; 65–69 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 4.13’ high. No report available.

—TPWD

Updated 3/1/17