Freshwater Fishing Reports

FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS:

ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 61–65 degrees; 1.88’ low. Black bass are good on 7-inch worms, swim jigs and medium-diving crankbaits. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows in the back of creeks. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait on baited holes.
AMISTAD: Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 22.01’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, soft plastics, spinner baits and swimbaits. Striped and white bass are fair on slabs, jigging spoons, and live minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cheese bait, shrimp and liver over baited holes.ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 55–61 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, stick baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows in the shallows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.51’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, buzzbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows.

BASTROP: Water stained; 66–70 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on live bait, frozen shrimp, liver and blood bait.

BELTON: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.96’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and spinner baits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad in coves. White bass are good on spinner baits and watermelon jigs. Crappie are very good on minnows early and under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait and hot dogs.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, weightless stick baits and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained; 65–70 degrees; 3.05’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good drifting cut bait.

BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics along shorelines and structure. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and spoons. Redfish are good on live perch and tilapia. Channel catfish are very good on shrimp, liver and stinkbait. Blue catfish are fair.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 66–69 degrees: 0.42’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged worms and square-billed crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.86’ high. Black bass are fair on craw-colored crankbaits, chartreuse/blue spinner baits and jigs and watermelon soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and minnows over brush piles. Catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 1.97’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin jigs, top-waters and wacky-rigged watermelon red stick baits in creeks. Striped bass are fair on live bait and white bucktail jigs around Shaw Island. White bass are good near Paradise Point. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines near Paradise Point.

CADDO: Water stained; 67–72 degrees; 1.30’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, black buzzbaits and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and grubs around reed beds along shorelines. Striped bass are good on chicken livers, shad and spoons. Redfish are good on perch and shrimp on the bottom. Channel and blue catfish are very good on nightcrawlers, shad and liver.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin stick baits and grape worms along break lines. Striped bass are fair. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps in 10–20 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 65–70 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are good on spinner baits, Texas-rigged creature baits and top-water poppers. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 20.09’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits, crankbaits and Carolina-rigged worms. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnow-tipped jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits and dark soft plastic worms or lizards. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 80 degrees at the hot water discharge, 68 degrees in main lake; 0.21’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon lipless crankbaits, soft plastics and spinner baits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in 10–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and liver.

CONROE: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinner baits, crankbaits and soft plastics in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stink bait and shrimp.

FALCON: Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 31.27’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on minnows, frozen shrimp, shad and cut bait.

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon stick baits, white and white/chartreuse spinner baits and pumpkinseed worms along the outside edges of breaks. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad and shrimp over baited holes.

FORK: Water lightly stained; 66–70 degrees; 1.92’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, white buzzbaits and weightless flukes. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 57–62 degrees; 0.03’ high. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait and frozen shrimp.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms with white tails. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait.

GRANGER: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.60’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse lipless crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs over brush piles. Blue catfish are fair on stink bait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch in the river.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 65–69 degrees; 1.15’ high. Black bass are good on square-billed crankbaits and Texas-rigged craws. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait.

GREENBELT: 30.82’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and 5-inch worms. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 0.39’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Bream are fair on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off-color; 56–62 degrees; 0.32’ low. Black bass are fair on split-shot rigged flukes, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around shallow cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.93’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, shaky-head worms and buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 67–71 degrees: 0.67’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, spinner baits and buzzfrogs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

LAVON: Water stained; 66–70 degrees: 1.48’ low. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.

LBJ: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.87’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, chartreuse creature baits and pumpkin top-waters on flats. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good vertically jigging under birds. Crappie are fair on live minnows and white jigs in 6–10 feet. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.42’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, flipping jigs and shallow crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.38’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows, soft plastics and spec rigs in the upper creeks. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on perch and shad.

MACKENZIE: 74.11’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 72–77 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.54’ high. Black bass are good on spinner baits, buzzbaits and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

NASWORTHY: 57–63 degrees; 1.46’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, jigs and Texas-rigged lizards. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.43’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinner baits along banks and near the dam. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with minnows and shrimp.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 59–65 degrees; 33.18’ low. Black bass are good on jigs and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 56–62 degrees; 7.89’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, stick baits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse nightcrawlers.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, finesse jigs and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 63–68 degrees; 0.1’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, jigs, shaky heads and chatterbaits. 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; 65–69 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.36’ low. Black bass are fair on spinner baits, Texas-rigged craws and swim jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, swim jigs and square-billed crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 1.52’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits, soft plastics and flukes over grass in 3–10 feet. Crappie are good on live shiners and on pink and black tube jigs around willows. Catfish are good on juglines baited with prepared bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 0.41’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinner baits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and chicken livers.

STAMFORD: 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on spinner baits, stick baits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows in the shallows. White bass are fair to good on Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics and watermelon flukes. White bass are fair on minnows in 10–20 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows in 10–22 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 2.84’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, hollow-body frogs and Texas-rigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 65–69 degrees; 1.32’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, top-waters and shaky head worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 2.47’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and shallow-running crankbaits around hydrilla beds in 6-12 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on black/chartreuse jigs over hydrilla beds. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are very good on white grubs and watermelon stick baits in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows, pumpkin crankbaits and white grubs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs in 10-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and fresh cut bait in 20-40 feet.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon lipless crankbaits, crankbaits and spinner baits. White bass are good on slabs and chartreuse soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait and hot dogs.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 55–62 degrees; 19.6’ low. Black bass are very slow. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 2.90’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinner baits, crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait and frozen shrimp.

—TPWD

Updated 4/7/17