Freshwater Fishing Reports

FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS:

ALAN HENRY: Water murky from windy days; 70 degrees; 2.99’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in 12 to 20 feet. Catfish are slow on cut bait, perch and goldfish up the river.

AMISTADL Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 24.70’ low. Black bass are good on swimbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwaters, and soft plastics. White bass are fair on crankbaits and minnows. Striped bass are fair on topwaters and Red Fins. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers in 3–12 feet. Yellow catfish are very good on trotlines and throwlines 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; 68–71 degrees; 0.18’ low. No reports on black bass. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows in the shallows. Catfish are good on worms and stinkbait.

ATHENS: Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.41’ high. Black bass are fair on weightless wacky worms, hollow body frogs and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BASTROP: Water clear; 63–67 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 7.75’ 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.

BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are fair on swimjigs, buzzbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained to muddy, 70–73 degrees; 0.48’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, shallow crankbaits and flipping jigs around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows around the bridges. Catfish are slow on cut bait.

BRAUNIG: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics in reeds. Striped bass are very good on liver and perch off points near the pier. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait, cut bait, and liver near the dam.

BRIDGEPORT: Water stained to muddy, 69–73 degrees: 0.47’ high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits and black buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.33’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon and craw colored crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 5–15 feet. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 10–20 feet. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored Rat–L–Traps, watermelon Skip–N–Pop topwaters, and weightless wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks with chartreuse tails. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse topwaters and Rat–L–Traps on the surface early. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on live bait and cut bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

CADDO: Water muddy; 5.30’ high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps may be closed due to flooding in the area.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are fair on perch colored Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits over reed beds and in the cove near the park store. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and shad near the dam and power lines. Redfish are good on live bait along the crappie wall. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and shad. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and liver near the railroad bridge. Yellow catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 0.77’ high. Black bass are good on JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, watermelon Whacky Sticks, and pumpkinseed ¼oz. Curb’s Erratic jigs in 8–15 feet. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging white Curb’s striper jigs and trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits. White bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and shad colored crankbaits upriver. Smallmouth bass are good on smoke tubes and root beer JDC curl tail grubs with chartreuse tails along main lake points and ledges. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and live minnows around submerged brush piles along break lines. Channel catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and doughbait in the upper end of the lake. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines in creeks.

CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 70–75 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics and swim jigs near docks and shoreline grass. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 23.70’ low. Black bass are good on deep running chartreuse crankbaits and watermelon Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on blue jigs tipped with minnows. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Blue and yellow catfish are good on live bait.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 68 degrees in main lake; 0.12’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with nightcrawlers, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

COLORADO CITY: 20.65’ low. No report available.

CONROE: Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on minnows, shrimp, and liver.

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; 68–72 degrees; 25.41’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and jigs. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait and frozen shrimp in the river channel. 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 slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

FORK: Water stained to muddy; 70–75 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs with finesse worms, football jigs and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 68–73 degrees; 0.74’ high. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, swimbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse/blue and chartreuse/black soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on hot dogs, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on silver slabs and chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers.

GRANGER: Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 3.27’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 8.17’ high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.

GREENBELT: 33.5’ low. No report available.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are good on shad colored soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad and chicken hearts.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 70–74 degrees; 8.71’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits, weightless flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

JOE POOL: Water stained to muddy; 71–74 degrees; 5.03’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzbaits and buzz frogs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water muddy; 13.38’ high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water. Use caution when navigating the lake.

LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 71–76 degrees: 3.42’ high. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, topwater poppers and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

LBJ: Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps, watermelon Flukes, and weightless green pumpkin wacky rigged Whacky Sticks along break lines of flats early. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white Curb’s crappie jigs over brush piles in 10–15 feet. Channel catfish are good on minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained to muddy; 70–75 degrees; 0.67’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, flipping jigs and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are very good on shad. Yellow catfish are good on live bait.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 77–83 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MEREDITH: 58.05’ low. No report available.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, Texas rigged craws and buzz frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on rod and reel and trotlines.

NASWORTHY: 69–73 degrees; 1.36’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas rigged lizards and weightless flukes. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 5.61’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 67–72 degrees; 44.08’ low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 12.53’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, spinnerbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.

PALESTINE: Water stained; 70–75 degrees; 0.79’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, finesse jigs and Megabass Pop Max poppers in mat frog pattern. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 69–73 degrees; 0.55’ low. Black bass are fair on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and split shot weighted flukes. Crappie are fair to good on chartreuse jigs and live minnows. White bass are fair to good on Road Rooster Tails. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 11.64’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD: Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are fair on shallow and medium crankbaits as well as topwater walking baits near rip rap. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 2.87’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs. Some fish being caught deep on football jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 70–75 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and wakebaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 4.29’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 6.80’ 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.

STEINHAGEN: 1.70’ high. No report available.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 7.56’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 72–76 degrees; 0.87’ high. Black bass slow on hollow body frogs, buzzbaits and shad pattern wakebaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained; 70–75 degrees; 4.58’ high. Black bass are good on shad pattern swim jigs, Reaction Innovations Vixen topwaters and bone pattern Pop Rs. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and shad. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are good on green striper jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows in the river. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs with yellow tails. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with minnows, cut bait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. 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.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 0.08’ high. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 17.01’ low. No report available.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 9.35’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water muddy; 33.98’ high. No report available.

 

—TPWD

Updated 5/13/16