Fishing Reports

FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained to muddy upriver; 66 degrees; 4.96’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and spoons. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on punch bait and live worms.

 

ALAN HENRYWater clear main lake, stained to muddy upriver; 42–51 degrees; 5.39’ low. No reports on black bass. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair drifting live bait.

AMISTADWater murky; 62–66 degrees; 23.25’ low. Black bass are good on silver slabs, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on slabs, crankbaits, and grubs. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on shrimp, nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and cheesebait in 60–90 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

ARROWHEADWater fairly clear; 41–49 degrees; 2.42’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

ATHENSWater lightly stained; 42–46 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

AUSTINWater stained; 44–56 degrees; 0.82’ low. Black bass are slow jigs and Texas rigs. Sunfish are fair on cut nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

BASTROPWater stained; 60–64 degrees. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and chartreuse jigs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTONWater stained; 61–65 degrees; 3.04’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, doughbait, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BENBROOKWater stained; 41–46 degrees; 2.32’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, Carolina rigged worms and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

BOB SANDLINWater lightly stained; 42–47 degrees; 0.72’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, shakyhead worms and weightless Senkos on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BONHAMWater stained; 41–45 degrees; 0.93 low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, jerkbaits, flipping jigs and lipless crankbaits around shallow cover, rip rap and boat docks. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair along creek channel with cut shad.

BRAUNIGWater murky. Black bass are good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in the reeds. Striped bass are good on liver and shad. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.

BRIDGEPORTWater clear, 42–46 degrees: 4.02’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, drop shot worms and Megabass 110 jerkbaits in MB Gizzard Shad. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

BROWNWOODWater stained; 59–63 degrees; 3.33’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse jigs, crankbaits, and watermelon red worms in 10–25 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles in 10–25 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, minnows and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANANWater stained; 60–64 degrees; 4.54’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkin/chartreuse Curb’s jigs, Texas rigged weightless watermelon/blue flake Whacky Sticks, and smoke/red flake grubs in 5–12 feet. Striped bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and drifting or free lining live bait. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live goldfish.

CADDOWater stained; 44–47 degrees; 0.90’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, Texas rigged craws, and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CALAVERASWater murky. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits around reed beds. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKEWater stained; 63–67 degrees; 3.54’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin Whacky Sticks on jigheads and Texas rigged blue flake Scoundrel worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

CEDAR CREEKWater lightly stained; 42–45 degrees; 2.05’ low. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged worms and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs.

CHOKE CANYONWater stained; 62–66 degrees; 24.49’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and weedless crankbaits in heavy grass. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are fair on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

COLEMANWater stained; 58–62 degrees; 2.45’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and dark red soft plastics, Rat–L–Traps, and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEKWater clear; 89 degrees at the hot water discharge, 62 degrees in main lake; 1.11’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Tilapia are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO CITY15.35’ low. After a period of drought, this lake caught water and boating is now allowed. However, it is not currently recommended for fishing due to severe golden alga blooms.

CONROEWater stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps in 20–30 feet. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and shrimp.

COOPERWater stained; 45–49 degrees; 1.52’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, weightless Flukes and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs and minnows.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKEWater off color; 45–53 degrees; 0.12’ low. Black bass are on Rat–L–Traps and shakyheads. White bass are fair on tail spinners. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

EAGLE MOUNTAINWater lightly stained; 41–45 degrees; 1.55 low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, drop shot worms and shakyhead worms on docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

FAIRFIELDWater fairly clear. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and spinnerbaits. No report on other species.

FALCONWater murky; 61–65 degrees; 17.18’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs around bridges. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

FAYETTEWater murky. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

FORKWater stained; 42–46 degrees; 1.14’ low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, and football jigs near brush piles. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

FT. PHANTOM HILLWater off color; 42–48 degrees; 1.87’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

GIBBONS CREEKWater stained. Black bass are good on tequila sunrise soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers.

GRANBURYWater stained; 60–64 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chrome spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait.

GRANGERWater stained; 60–64 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad and cut bait in 3–20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

GRAPEVINEWater lightly stained; 41–45 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged worms, suspending jerkbaits, and lipless crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

GREENBELTWater off color; 37–43 degrees; 32.31 low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow to fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

HOUSTON COUNTYWater stained; 59–63 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are fair on red lipless crankbaits, motor oil colored jigs, Rat–L–Traps, and jerkbaits in 5–7 feet. Crappie are good on live minnows near the dam. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

HUBBARD CREEKWater off color; 41–49 degrees; 3.12’ low. Black bass are slow. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

JOE POOLWater lightly stained; 42–46 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINESWater lightly stained; 43–47 degrees: 1.19’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAVONWater stained; 43–46 degrees: 2.66’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, weightless Senkos and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LBJWater stained; 59–63 degrees; 0.70’ low. Black bass are good on Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps, watermelon crankbaits, and wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows. Crappie are good on Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

LEWISVILLEWater lightly stained; 41–45 degrees; 1.51’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LIVINGSTONWater stained; 60–64 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

MACKENZIE74.1’ low. Black bass are slow. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. No reports on crappie.

MARTIN CREEKWater lightly stained; 85–91 degrees; 2.70’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, flipping jigs and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

MEREDITHWater fairly clear; 34–45 degrees; 47.59’ low. No reports on black bass. No reports of smallmouth bass or walleye. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in limited numbers.

MONTICELLOWater stained; 58–63 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, small plastic swimbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

NASWORTHY43–48 degrees; 1.37’ low. No reports on black bass. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on live bait.

NAVARRO MILLSWater stained; 58–62 degrees; 1.96’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits near the dam. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows near the dam in brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cheesebait near the dam. Yellow catfish are slow.

O.H. IVIEWater stained; 41–52 degrees; 37.82’ low. No reports on black bass. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on live bait.

OAK CREEKWater stained; 41–47 degrees; 10.73’ low. Black bass slow on Texas rigs. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

PALESTINEWater lightly stained; 41–45 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, shakyheads and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

POSSUM KINGDOMWater off color; 39–46 degrees; 1.38’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnow. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

PROCTORWater murky; 60–64 degrees; 2.82’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARDWater lightly stained; 42–46 degrees; 1.04’ low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits, lipless crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punchbait.

RAY ROBERTSWater lightly stained; 41–44 degrees; 1.28’ low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits, Carolina rigged worms and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERSWater lightly stained; 41–46 degrees; 2.71’ low. Black bass are slow on finesse jigs, suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

SAM RAYBURNWater stained; 59–63 degrees; 2.88’ low. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on worms. Catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLEWater murky; 61–65 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green/black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SPENCE51.17’ low. Catfish are fair on live bream, cut bait and nightcrawlers.STAMFORDWater stained; 38–49 degrees; 0.57’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs. Crappie are slow on live minnows. White bass are fair on live bait. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

STEINHAGEN1.78’ high. No report available.STILLHOUSEWater murky; 60–64 degrees; 3.63’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons and smoke grubs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SWEETWATERWater off color; 39–45 degrees; 24.34’ low. This lake is currently experiencing a fish kill due to golden alga. Biologists are monitoring the situation and will post updates as they become available.

TAWAKONIWater stained; 43–46 degrees; 0.77’ low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits, flipping jigs and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.

TEXANAWater stained; 44–53 degrees; 1.95’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

TEXOMAWater lightly stained; 41–44 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, flick shake worms and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

TOLEDO BENDWater stained; 58–62 degrees; 4.24’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, frozen shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVISWater stained; 59–63 degrees; 11.62’ low. Black bass are fair on crawfish crankbaits, watermelon worms, and jigs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on white jigging spoons and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONGWater murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on white striper jigs in the cove and at the hot water outlet. White bass are good on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on red wigglers. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WEATHERFORDWater lightly stained; 41–45 degrees; 2.26’ low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, finesse jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

WHITE RIVERWater stained; 38–46 degrees; 21.56’ low. Black bass are slow. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on cheese bait.

WHITNEYWater stained; 60–64 degrees; 4.57’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, liver, and stinkbait.

WRIGHT PATMANWater stained; 42–46 degrees; 4.34’ high. Black bass are fair on black and blue jigs, bladed jigs and Rat–L–Traps. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

 

—TPWD

Updated 1/12/18

 

SALTWATER FISHING REPORTS

 

NORTH SABINE
Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell. Trout are fair on Down South Lures over clam shell on the edge of the channel.
SOUTH SABINE
Redfish are fair on the edge of the channel on mullet. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp.
BOLIVAR
Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on slow–sinking plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.
TRINITY BAY
Trout are fair to good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet along shell shorelines. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet. Trout are fair to good in Red’s Bayou on plastics.
EAST GALVESTON BAY
Trout are fair to good on the north shoreline on Corkies and MirrOlures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.
WEST GALVESTON BAY
Trout are fair in the mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies in the afternoon. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.
TEXAS CITY
Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on shrimp and crabs. Sand trout, black drum, sheepshead and mangrove snapper are fair to good on the piers on fresh shrimp.
FREEPORT
Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish are fair to good at San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. Bull redfish are good at the jetty and along the beachfront.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY
Trout are fair for drifters on Bass Assassins, Down South Lures and MirrOlures over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal and at the mouths of drains on Gulps and jigs tipped with shrimp.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY
Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous. Trout are fair in the guts on the incoming tide on Soft–Dines and Corkies.
PORT O’CONNOR
Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist–deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp and topwaters. Redfish are good at the mouths of drains.
ROCKPORT
Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in California Hole on mullet and shrimp.
PORT ARANSAS
Redfish are fair to good on the ledges of the channel on mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel.
CORPUS CHRISTI
Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are good on the edge of the flats on live shrimp, Gulps and DOA Shrimp.
BAFFIN BAY
Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and Soft–Dines. Trout are fair to good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies. Redfish are fair around spoils on live bait.
PORT MANSFIELD
Redfish are fair to good on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair to good on mud along the edge of the ICW on Corkies and MirrOlures.
SOUTH PADRE
Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish, black drum and mangrove snapper are fair to good in the channel on shrimp.
PORT ISABEL
Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks. Redfish are good in the holes and guts on Gulps and scented baits.

—TPWD

Updated 1/12/18

 

—TPWD

Updated 12/17/17