Freshwater Fishing Reports

FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS:

ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 78–84 degrees; 3.85’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.

 

AMISTAD: Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 32.56’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and perch-colored lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. White bass are good on top-waters and slabs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and punch bait.

 

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 79–84 degrees; 1.47’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to weightless flukes, Texas rigs and shallow-running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

 

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 85–88 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on Carolina-rigged flukes, weightless stick worms and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

 

BASTROP: Water stained; 79–83 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait.

 

BELTON: Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad in coves. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on summer sausage. Yellow catfish are fair on perch and live shad.

 

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, white buzzbaits and buzz frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 83–84 degrees; 2.00’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles in 12-15 feet. Catfish are slow.

 

BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in reeds. Striped bass are fair down-rigging silver and gold spoons near the dam. Redfish are good on perch, tilapia and shad. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp and cut bait. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.

 

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 83–86 degrees: 0.18’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, swimbaits on deeper docks and shaky-head worms in green/pumpkin. Crappie are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon seed, green/pumpkin and redbug soft plastic worms around docks in 8-10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs over brush piles in 5-15 feet. Channel catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait over baited holes.

 

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters, flukes and watermelon/candy stick worms in creeks early. Striped bass are good on watermelon lipless crankbaits and plastic swim baits at daylight. White bass are fair on small lipless crankbaits and plastic swim baits in creeks. Crappie are fair on pink/white and chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows and dip bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.

 

CADDO: Water stained; 85–90 degrees; 0.33’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon lipless crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam. Redfish are very good down-rigging silver and gold spoons near the crappie wall. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver, cheese bait and shrimp.

 

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 1.23’ low. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin flukes and top-waters early. Striped bass are fair trolling crankbaits over humps, White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in standing timber. Channel catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.

 

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, Texas-rigged worms and top-water poppers. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 22.21’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white spinner baits, crankbaits and green/pumpkin worms with chartreuse tails in 5-15 feet early. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait upriver.

 

COLEMAN: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.70’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and perch-colored crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

 

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 91 degrees at the hot water discharge, 83 degrees in main lake; 1.49’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinner baits in 4-6 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch and shad in 8-10 feet.

CONROE: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.06’ high. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed and watermelon Carolina-rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on stink bait, nightcrawlers and liver.

 

FALCON: Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 37.09’ low. Black bass are very good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on frozen shrimp and stink bait.

 

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and lipless crankbaits early. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

 

FORK: Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, Carolina-rigged worms and deep-diving crankbaits in shad patterns. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

  1. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 78–83 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, square-billed crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

 

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and live bait.

 

GRANBURY: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on shad Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stink bait, nightcrawlers and frozen shrimp.

GRANGER: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on spinner baits in flooded willows upriver. White bass are fair on slab spoons over humps in the main lake. Crappie are good on marabou jigs in 4-12 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait in 4-10 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait upriver.

 

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 83–86 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are good on shaky-head worms, Texas-rigged craws and top-waters. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

 

GREENBELT: 31.68’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early and late, midday switching to square-billed crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

 

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 85–89 degrees. Black bass are very good on top-waters, rogues with orange bellies and Carolina-rigged soft plastics. Crappie are very good on live minnows near creek channels and around brush piles. Bream are fair on live worms off piers. Channel and blue catfish are good on live worms, chicken livers off piers and on trotlines baited with shad.

 

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off-color; 77–84 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early and late, midday switching to jerkbaits, square-billed crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

 

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, shakyh-ead worms and football head jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 84–88 degrees: 1.94’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, hollow-body frogs and weightless stick worms. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

 

LAVON: Water stained; 84–88 degrees: 0.03’ high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs, weightless worms and Texas-rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

 

LBJ: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are fair on perch-colored crankbaits, white jigs, and green/pumpkin tubes in 6-15 feet early. Striped bass are good on 2-inch shad jigs at night. White bass are good on jigs at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver and dip bait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

 

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, top-waters and shaky-head worms. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow.

 

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on slabs, pet spoons and tubes. White bass are good on tubes, pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are very good on minnows in 20 feet. Blue catfish are fair on shad.

 

MACKENZIE: 73.95’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. No reports on crappie or bass.

 

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 87–96 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

 

MEREDITH: 60.14’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on shallow-running crankbaits, Texas rigs and jerkbaits. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.

 

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 88–96 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs, deep-diving crankbaits and shaky-head worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

 

NASWORTHY: 73–78 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, drop-shot rigs, Carolina rigs and weightless stick worms. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

 

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon shallow-running crankbaits near the dam. White bass are fair on jigs and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs off docks in Liberty Hill Park. Channel catfish are good on stink bait over baited holes.

 

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 78–84 degrees; 34.76’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters early, later switching to weightless flukes, Texas rigs, jigs and square-billed crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

 

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 79–85 degrees; 8.83’ low. Black bass are fair to good on split-shot weighted flukes, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

 

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, shaky-head worms and top-water walking baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

 

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 78–83 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to drop-shot rigs, Texas rigs, medium-running crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs and inline spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

 

PROCTOR: Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on live shad. White bass are fair on live shad and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pearl tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with live bait and cut shad.

 

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are fair on flukes, football jigs and Carolina-rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait.

 

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.06’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.28’ low. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin soft plastic worms and crankbaits. White bass are fair on silver spoons and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, cut bait and liver.

 

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad, live minnows and nightcrawlers.

 

STAMFORD: Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.9’ high. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early and late, midday switching to shallow-running crankbaits, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on live minnows around cover. White bass are fair to good on live bait and tail spinners. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and nightcrawlers.

 

TAWAKONI: Water lightly stained; 84–89 degrees; 1.36’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, hollow-body frogs and buzzbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 83–86 degrees; 1.22’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, top-water walking baits and shaky-head worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

 

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.41’ low. Black bass are good on junebug and plum soft plastic worms early and late, and on top-waters early. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on jigs and spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are very good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stink bait, liver and hearts in 30 feet.

 

TRAVIS: Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 6.15’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait.

 

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons and hellbenders. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and live bait.

 

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 77–83 degrees; 20.41’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

 

WHITNEY: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 1.26’ low. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair trolling with downriggers. White bass are good on white Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stink bait.

 

—TPWD

Updated 8/1/17