Freshwater Fishing Reports

FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS:

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained upriver; 52-57 degrees; 6’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

 

AMISTAD: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 23.14’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs and green/pumpkin soft plastic worms on light Texas rigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs and grubs. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on shrimp, nightcrawlers and cheese bait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and drop lines baited with live perch.

 

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 51-59 degrees; 2.72’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

 

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 45-49 degrees; 0.50’ high. Black bass are good on soft plastic jerkbaits, bladed jigs and Carolina-rigged lizards. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

AUSTIN: Water stained; 52-57 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are fair to good on lipless crankbaits, jigs and Texas rigs. Sunfish are fair on cut nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

 

BASTROP: Water stained; 63-67 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait and liver.

 

BELTON: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 3.49’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with frozen shad.

 

BENBROOK: Water stained; 46-50 degrees; 1.39’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

 

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 47-51 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

BONHAM: Water stained; 45-49 degrees; 1.24’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, medium crankbaits and Carolina-rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles. Catfish are fair along creek channel with cut shad.

 

BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are fair on tilapia, crawfish and shad near Dead Tree Point. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp and shad in 20-30 feet.

 

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 44-48 degrees: 4.45’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on white jigs. White bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 3.70’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed jigs, small crankbaits and watermelon/red worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on jigs and watermelon/red crankbaits under lighted docks at night. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on liver, minnows and shrimp.

 

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 4.79’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/red grubs, blue flake worms and drop-shot worms along ledges in 12-25 feet. Striped bass are fair drifting live shad in 20-28 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow.

 

CADDO: Water stained; 47-51 degrees; 1.35’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are fair on live perch, shad, tilapia and crawfish. Catfish are slow.

 

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 64-68 degrees; 3.89’ low. Black bass are very good on Texas-rigged red shad worms and creature baits along bluffs in 10-15 feet. Striped bass are fair jigging spoons and trolling crankbaits on down-riggers in 40-60 feet. White bass are fair but small on blade baits along main lake bluffs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

 

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 45-48 degrees; 1.74’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs.

 

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 24.92’ low. Black bass are good on heavy jigs, crankbaits and large soft plastic lizards in the grass. White bass are fair on minnows upriver. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait.

 

COLEMAN: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 2.75’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinner baits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow.

 

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 89 degrees at the hot water discharge, 66 degrees in main lake; 1.36’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and spinner baits in 8-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

CONROE: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.25’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, spinner baits and jigs. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

 

COOPER: Water stained; 55-64 degrees; 1.94’ low. Black bass are fair on swim jigs, spinner baits and Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.

 

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off-color; 58-63 degrees; 0.97’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, lipless crankbaits and shaky heads. White bass are fair on tail spinners. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are good on live shad.

 

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 45-48 degrees; 2.25 low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows on docks. Catfish are good on trotlines.

 

FAIRFIELD: Water fairly clear. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, swim jigs and Texas-rigged creature baits. No report on other species.

 

FALCON: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 17.72’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits, crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait.

 

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits and spinner baits. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and shrimp.

 

FORK: Water stained; 47-50 degrees; 1.01’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs and black and blue flipping jigs near timber along channel swings. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs along bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

 

  1. PHANTOM HILL: Water off-color; 52-58 degrees; 2.47’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

 

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinner baits and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stink bait.

 

GRANBURY: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics, spinner baits, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stink bait.

 

GRANGER: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 0.52’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad and cut bait in 10-20 feet.

 

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 45-48 degrees; 0.76 low. Black bass are slow. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

GREENBELT: Water off-color; 52–59 degrees; 32.54 low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

 

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are fair on black or blue worms with red or blue metal flake around sand bars at mid lake, and on jigs in creek channels. Crappie are fair on live minnows in 20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live worms near bream beds.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off-color; 54-59 degrees; 3.4’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

 

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 45-49 degrees; 0.91’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, spinner baits and Carolina-rigged worms. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 47-51 degrees: 1.51’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

 

LAVON: Water stained; 45-48 degrees: 2.63’ low. Black bass are Texas-rigged creature baits, shaky-head worms and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

 

LBJ: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue jigs and pumpkinseed tubes off docks. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles under heated docks. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers.

 

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 43-47 degrees; 1.71’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, spinner baits and shallow crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow.

 

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are good on silver/black spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad and cut bait.

 

MACKENZIE: 74.36’ low; 51-56. Black bass are slow. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. No reports on crappie.

 

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 84-88 degrees; 2.38’ low. Black bass are good on swim jigs, shaky-head worms and Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

 

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 49-56 degrees; 47.59’ low. No reports on black bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in limited numbers.

 

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 47-50 degrees; 2.48’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

 

NASWORTHY: 53-58 degrees; 1.07’ low. No reports on black bass. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

 

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 2.13’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on black/chartreuse jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and shrimp.

 

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 51-59 degrees; 38.36’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on live bait.

 

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 51-57 degrees; 11.05’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

 

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 44-48 degrees; 0.41’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, finesse jigs and flipping jigs on docks. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 51-58 degrees; 1.71’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

 

PROCTOR: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 3.06’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

 

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 44-49 degrees; 1.23’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, medium crankbaits and Carolina-rigged worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 44-47 degrees; 1.55’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow.

 

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 43-47 degrees; 2.98’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, spinner baits and football jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 2.19’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastics, crankbaits and spinner baits. White bass are fair on live minnows and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Bream are slow. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and nightcrawlers.

 

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on shad. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp.

 

SPENCE: 51.53’ low. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

 

STAMFORD: Water stained to muddy; 52-60 degrees; 0.94’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs. Crappie are slow. White bass are fair on live bait. Blue catfish are good on cut and live bait.

 

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 4.30’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinner baits and watermelon soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers.

 

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 45-49 degrees; 0.72’ low. Black bass are fair on spinner baits, flipping jigs and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

TEXANA: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 3.23’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

 

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 43-47 degrees; 1.38’ low. Black bass are good on suspending jerkbaits, medium crankbaits and shaky-head worms. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 3.02’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, nightcrawlers and stink bait.

 

TRAVIS: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 12.38’ low. Black bass are fair on brown jigs and green/pumpkin worms in 28-40 feet. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on silver jigging spoons and white grubs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and fresh cut bait in 30-45 feet.

 

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 44-47 degrees; 2.57’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless stick worms, lipless crankbaits and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 44-56 degrees; 21.9’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on cheese bait.

 

WHITNEY: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 4.70’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/red spinner baits, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers and stink bait.

 

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 46-50 degrees; 3.66’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, spinner baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

—TPWD

Updated 2/17/18