Freshwater Fishing Reports

FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS:

ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 76 degrees; 3.28’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.

 

AMISTAD: Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 32.05’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and green/pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics in 18–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines and jug lines baited with live perch.

 

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 73–79 degrees; 0.91’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, drop-shot 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; 81–84 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, buzz frogs and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair.

 

BASTROP: Water stained; 75–79 degrees. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, minnows and stink bait.

 

BELTON: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.47’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait.

 

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.45’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, white buzzbaits and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 79–82 degrees; 3.00’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, shallow crankbaits and Texas-rigged soft plastics around rocks, docks and secondary points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around the bridges and dam. Catfish are good cut bait and frozen shad, shrimp and chicken liver.

 

BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in reeds. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are good down-rigging near the jetty and dam. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp, cut bait and cheese bait near the dam.

 

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 78–81 degrees: 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, weightless flukes and square-billed crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits and spinner baits over grass, and on watermelon red worms with chartreuse tails around docks. Hybrid striper are good on shad in Hybrid Alley. White bass are fair on jigs off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows in 8–15 feet. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

 

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.49’ low. Black bass are fair to good on watermelon flukes, white crankbaits and Texas-rigged watermelon stick worms in 4–8 feet early. Striped bass are good on lipless crankbaits and plastic swim baits. White bass are fair on plastic swim baits in creeks. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows and dip bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.

 

CADDO: Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.05’ high. Black bass are fair on black and blue jigs, black buzzbaits and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines with cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinner baits. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are good down-rigging silver and gold spoons and live bait along the crappie wall in 10-20 feet. Channel catfish are good on cheese bait and nightcrawlers near the railroad trestle. Blue catfish are fair on liver and cut bait.

 

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.22’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters, watermelon flukes, and stick worms around flooded bushes. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on clear grubs and watermelon crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs in standing timber. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.

 

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are fair on top-water poppers, Texas-rigged craws and white buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

 

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 21.32’ low. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin soft plastics and white/chartreuse spinner baits. Crappie are slow. Drum are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with perch.

 

COLEMAN: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 20–30 feet. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

 

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 95 degrees at the hot water discharge, 84 degrees in main lake; 1.23’ low. Black bass are good on white crankbaits and spinner baits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch and shad.

 

CONROE: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and watermelon Carolina-rigged soft plastics and spinner baits. Striped bass are fair on chrome spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on stink bait, nightcrawlers and shrimp.

 

FALCON: Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 32.97’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow-running crankbaits on the north end of the lake. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp under birds.

 

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon/red Carolina-rigged soft plastics off points, and on top-waters and buzzbaits early. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut shad.

 

FORK: Water lightly stained; 81–84 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, buzzbaits and hollow-body frogs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

 

  1. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits early, later switching to lipless crankbaits, Texas rigs 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 chartreuse spinner baits and watermelon/white crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp and cut bait.

 

GRANBURY: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are good on Carolina-rigged soft plastic worms and lizards, and on shad-colored crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and frozen shrimp.

 

GRANGER: Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass are fair on spinner baits in willows upriver. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on jigs in 5-15 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait in 5-12 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait upriver.

 

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 78–81 degrees; 1.20’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, square-billed crankbaits and top-waters. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

GREENBELT: 30.85’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, lipless crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

 

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are very good on Carolina-rigged and wacky-rigged white or red stick worms and red frogs. Crappie are very good on live minnows over 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; 74–78 degrees; 0.41’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to 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; 80–84 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut bait.

 

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 82–85 degrees: 2.47’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, hollow-body frogs and weightless worms. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

LAVON: Water stained; 81–84 degrees: 0.44’ low. Black bass are good on square-billed crankbaits, buzzbaits and Texas-rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

 

LBJ: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are fair on motor oil worms, watermelon top-waters and watermelon/red stick worms in 6-12 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.

 

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.54’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, square-billed crankbaits and top-water poppers. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

 

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons, trolling tubes and slabs. Crappie are excellent on minnows. Blue catfish are very good on cut bait and shad.

 

MACKENZIE: 73.57’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 81–86 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows.

 

MEREDITH: 59.73’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs, chatterbaits and drop-shot rigs. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.

 

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.25’ high. Black bass are good on hollow-body frogs, deep-diving crankbaits and stick worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

 

NASWORTHY: 73–78 degrees; 1.17’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop-shot rigs, finesse jigs and Texas rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

 

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.42’ high. Black bass are good on silver lipless crankbaits in Liberty Hill Park, and on shallow-running crankbaits near the dam. White bass are fair on slabs over humps. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs off docks early. Channel catfish are good on stink bait in 4–5 feet.

 

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 73–79 degrees; 33.43’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

 

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 74–80 degrees; 8.26’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs and top-waters. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

 

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.36’ high. Black bass are fair on black and blue jigs, square-billed crankbaits and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 72–78 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, shallow-running crankbaits and shaky heads. 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 stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.61’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

 

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 79–82 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, top-water poppers and walking baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 78–81 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, Carolina-rigged creature baits and football jigs. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

 

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 80–83 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, buzzfrogs and buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

 

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.49’ high. Black bass are good on white spinner baits and dark soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on silver and gold spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over baited holes in 20-25 feet. Bream are slow. Catfish are very good on trotlines baited with liver and cut bait.

 

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair trolling slab spoons near the dam. White bass are fair trolling slab spoons near the dam. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on punch bait, and on juglines baited with cut shad.

 

STAMFORD: Water stained; 71–77 degrees; 1.08’ high. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early, later switching to Texas rigs and stick worms. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around cover. White bass are fair to good on Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

 

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 0.82’ high. Black bass are good on white spinner baits and watermelon/red soft plastics. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on dough bait, chicken livers and chicken blood bait.

 

TAWAKONI: Water lightly stained; 81–84 degrees; 1.56’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws flipped in flooded bushes and docks, and fair early on black buzzbaits and hollow-body frogs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

 

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 79–82 degrees; 2.07’ high. Black bass are fair on top-water poppers and medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

 

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Catfish are slow.

 

TRAVIS: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 1.44’ low. Black bass are good on plum worms and smoke grubs in 10–25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chrome spoons and white grubs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on blood bait and shrimp in 25–40 feet.

 

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on shad. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and frozen shrimp.

 

WHITNEY: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.67’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on swimbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

—TPWD

Updated 6/21/17