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Texas Weekly Fishing Report

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Texas Parks & Wildlife fishing report for November 26-28.
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Alan Henry
GOOD. Water clear; 66 degrees; 3.00 feet low. Fishing at Alan Henry is excellent. On the days leading up to a cold front, the fish feed heavily. Black bass are good, with great catches on top waters, swim jigs, spoons, and the Kraken large square bill that dives to 10 feet. Crappie are biting on jigs tipped with small minnows.
Amistad
GOOD. Water clear; 65 degrees; 47.21 feet low. Bass are starting to move into the winter pattern. Baits mimicking shad are working to catch numbers. Ned rigs on primary and secondary points. Don’t be afraid to try punching in the grass. White bass and stripers are good below 20 feet following shad balls. Catfish are great on stinkbait and cut bait.
Arlington
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 3.49 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on blue or black spinners, football jigs, drop shots, and diving crankbaits fishing near creek ledges, rocks, and brush. Crappie are good near boat docks and brush on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and chicken liver.
Arrowhead
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 1.93 feet low. Fishing patterns are holding steady with fish hanging in 7-12 feet of water. Catfish are good on fresh-cut shad. Crappie are still good out of the derricks and around docks and brush piles. Sand bass still seems to be slow. Largemouth bass are slow.
Athens
GOOD. Water clear; 60-63 degrees; 0.08 feet low.Bass are slow and scattered along grass lines, and schooling up to chase shad. Moving baits such as rattle traps and smaller baits are working best. Crappie are good in brush piles in 16-25 feet of water using small jigs.
Austin
GOOD. Water clear; 55 degrees; 0.73 feet low. Fishing is holding true, until the cold fronts roll in more consistently. The wind will influence the bite by pushing the bait fish, so look to windblown points to find fish chasing their food source. Largemouth bass are good, on deep rocky banks with crawfish imitation plastics and early on top waters and shad imitation swimbaits. Crappie are fair around brush piles on jigs and minnows. White bass are good trolling crankbaits and minnows in the green lights at night. Blue catfish are good on cut live shad.
B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 61 degrees; 0.32 feet low. Low traffic on the lake due to the Thanksgiving holiday, so there is not a new report. Black bass are fair on crankbaits. Crappie are fair with minnows on the structure edges and above brush piles. Catfish are good on cut and prepped bait.
Bastrop
GOOD. Water clear; 74 degrees. Fishing patterns remain consistent with weeks past. Largemouth bass are good fishing football jigs, crankbaits, and purple or black Carolina rigged plastic worms near rocks, brush, and shaded timber. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and punch bait.
Belton
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 64 degrees; 1.79 feet low. Catfish is good, drifting main lake flats and channel ledges on fresh cut baits such as shad and perch. White bass and hybrid bass in the main lake.
Benbrook
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 6.97 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing jerk baits, shaky head jigs, deep-diving crankbaits, and blue or purple Carolina rigged worms near docks, brush, rocks, and main lake points. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. Hybrid striped bass are fair with live bait and swimbaits. White bass are good with slabs and live bait on main lake drop-offs, ridges, and humps. Catfish are good with chicken liver, shrimp, and cut bait.
Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water clear; 55 degrees; 1.69 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, shaky head jigs, red, blue, or black Texas-rigged plastic worms, and chartreuse bladed spinners near brush piles, timber, and rocky shorelines. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles, under docks, and timber near a creek or channel. Catfish are good on chicken liver, punch bait, and cut bait.
Braunig
FAIR, Water stained, 72 degrees. The bite is holding steady as we enter into this holiday weekend. Red drum have been fair for shoreline fisherman using live tilapia and perch. Boaters have had inconsistent catches on sunny days using spoons and live tilapia. Channel and blue catfish have been fair using worms, stinkbait and livers along Jetty and deep water access from shoreline.
Bridgeport
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 60 degrees; 2.74 feet low. Birds are showing up in good numbers. This bite will only get better as it gets colder. All ramps are open. Largemouth Bass are good on shad colored crankbaits as the day warms. Rock banks in the sun have been best. Hybrids and sand bass are fair on “deadstick” baits and slabs. These fish are moving fast, so don’t be afraid to move around and check different depths. Crappie are good around marinas in the south and north ends of the lake using minnows and jigs will work best. Catfish are fair on cut shad drifting/dragging in the northern end. The blue catfish bite will be picking up.
Brownwood
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 1.08 feet low. Largemouth bass are good with perch like crankbaits, brown or green Texas-rigged plastic worms, chartreuse bladed spinners, and shaky head jigs near timber, rocky shorelines, and docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles and near bridge pilings. White bass and hybrids are good on slabs, swimbaits, and live bait along the main lake channels, humps, and ridges. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Catfish are good on shrimp, chicken liver, and live bait.
Buchanan
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 4.74 feet low. Fishing is holding true, until the cold fronts roll in more consistently. The wind will influence the bite by pushing the baitfish, so look to windblown points to find fish chasing their food source. Largemouth bass are very good, throwing spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, topwaters, and soft plastics on rocky banks. Crappie are good brush piles using live minnows. Striper, hybrid, and white bass are schooling early morning on topwaters and later in the day drifting live shad. Channel, blue and yellow catfish are fair to good using chicken liver and cut live shad.
Caddo
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 58 degrees; 0.28 feet high. Largemouth bass are good working crankbaits, flipping jigs, buzz baits, wacky rigs, drop shots near creek channels, crossings, points, and trees. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber. White bass are good on slabs, live bait, and jigging spoons on the channel edges, flats, and main lake humps. Chain pickerel are slow. Catfish are good on live bait, nightcrawlers, and punch bait.
Calaveras
FAIR. Water Slightly Stained, 74 degrees. The bite is holding steady as we enter into this holiday weekend. Blue catfish and channel catfish have been consistent on cut shad, livers and stink bait off deep water structure, rocky points and park shorelines. Red drum have been fair on live tilapia from shoreline. Intermediate catches jigging spoons and live bait on old roadbeds.
Canyon Lake
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 58 degrees; 0.02 feet high. The water is beginning to cool down, and we should see fall fishing patterns coming soon. Striper fishing is good along the river channel edge with live bait. White bass are good with live bait, chartreuse jigging spoons, and silver slabs. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Largemouth bass are fair with football jigs, red or green Texas-rigged plastic worms, and white-bladed spinners near rocks, timbers, and roadbeds. Smallmouth bass are good on plastic grubs and small silver spoons along bluffs, rock ledges, and rocky shorelines. Catfish are good with punch bait and live bait. Crappie are good with live minnows and jigs near the marinas, timber, and brush piles.
Cedar Creek
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 61 degrees; 1.45 feet low. Largemouth bass bite has backed off some. Fish in 8-14 feet of water on secondary creek channels using Texas rigs and a four-ounce shaky head. White bass and hybrids are good on main lake humps and points using silver slabs. Night fishing is excellent right now too. Crappie are good using jigs in brush piles in submerged brush piles in 8-18 feet of water and around docks near creek channels. Catfish are good on baited holes.
Choke Canyon
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 66 degrees; 17.91 feet low. Crappie are excellent in submerged brush piles in shallower water of 12-15 feet and in the hardwoods using blue glimmer jigs and minnows. Largemouth bass are fair, primarily located 20-25 feet deep in brush. A few catches are still coming in water depths 12-15 feet in the hydrilla patches throughout the lake. Slow-moving baits along the bottom or swimming/vibrating jigs and flukes along the weed edge. Catfish are along ledges during the day and 12-15 feet flats later in the evening. Alligator gar are slow.
Cisco
GOOD. Water stained; 52 degrees; 2.71 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbait and soft plastic rigs in the early mornings and later in the evenings fishing the northern portion of the lake. Sunfish are good on cutworms under structures or vegetation. Crappie remain fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish have been fair on stinkbait, chicken livers, and cut shad.
Coleman
FAIR. Slightly stained. 58 degrees; 0.96 feet low. Hybrid stripers are fair on rattletraps chasing schools deeper, preferring silver coloring. Largemouth bass are fair with topwater, worms, and jerkbaits just off the timber in deeper water and brush. Crappie remain good on jigs off of points. Catfish are fair with stinkbait and cut bait.
Conroe
GOOD. Slightly stained; 67 degrees; 1.35 feet low. Catfish are good on baited holes in 10-25 feet of water using liver, or shrimp. Crappie have picked up this week biting on minnows and hair jigs, with Lone Star Crappie jigs producing better strikes, and a few hits using black/chartreuse jigs. Change locations after a few catches. Fish in 11-21 feet of water on structures and pylons under the 1097 bridge. Hybrids are good in 14-21 feet of water, with several juvenile fish at 17.5 inches. Try trolling using a Hell Bender with a pet spoon on humps, or use your electronics and jig for them with M.T. Pockets tackle slabs. It will not be long before deadsticking time. Black bass are good in 8-15 feet of water near tire and rock structures using jigs, rattle traps, and Texas rigs. 5XD gizzard shad are putting several bass in the boat as well.
Cooper
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 59 degrees. Fall fishing is holding steady. Largemouth bass are good on deep diving crankbaits, black or red plastic worms, chatter baits, and football jigs. The white bass and hybrids are good over humps and flats using silver or white slabs and chartreuse swimbaits. Crappie are fair with minnows working brush piles and timber in 16-25 feet of water. Catfish are good on punch bait and chicken liver.
Corpus Christi Lake
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 66 degrees; 2.40 feet low. White bass are good on crankbaits and swimbaits by the dam. Largemouth bass are fair fishing deep with crankbaits, spinners, and worms. Crappie are good fishing with jigs and minnows near the dam in rock pile structure and the pier in the state park. Carp are fair off the pier in the state park. Catfish are good on shad. Deeper water is holding the fish.
Eagle Mountain
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 62 degrees; 1.44 feet low. Sand bass catches are sporadic on chartreuse/white or shad colored slabs under dock lights at night. Catfish are slow, drifting with live shad. Crappie are fair at the marina dock using small jigs.
Falcon
GOOD. Water stained; 70 degrees; 42.39 feet low. Fish are in 10-15 feet of water near rock structures. Crappie are good in brush piles in 12-20 feet of water using small jigs. Bass are in the brush piles. Catfish are good, relating to the edge of the main river channel along the mouths of creeks where there are flats, live bait is key. Bow fishing for alligator gar is fair in the backs of creeks.
Fayette
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75 degrees. Water temperatures are cooling off from the higher summer temperatures. Largemouth bass are fair on shaky head jigs, square billed crankbaits, and purple or black drop shots. Sunfish are good on shrimp, dough balls, and cut earthworms. Catfish are good on earthworms, punch bait, and cut bait.
Fork
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 62-64 degrees; 2.76 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair and clinging to the same holding pattern. Bass are biting on chatterbaits in the backs of coves in 1-3 feet of water, but we should see this bite going away soon. Viper ST jigs 3-5 feet of water and one-half ounce football jigs in 8-10 feet of water on drop-offs. Suspending jerkbaits around wood in 5-7 feet has brought several catches. Catfish are excellent on self-baited holes in 20-35 feet of water.
Ft. Phantom Hill
GOOD. Water stained; 56 degrees; 0.76 feet low. White bass are in 4-7 feet of water biting on hardstyle crankbaits. Docks are also productive this time of year.
Gibbons Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 57 degrees; 2.00 feet low. Fall fishing is good. White bass bite is good schooling. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in structure. Channel blue catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Graham
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 2.24 feet low. Crappie are slow, improving some, with a few catches coming in 22 feet of water, they will be deep until the water cools off, over brushpiles. Stripers and sand bass are good using live baits such as minnows and shad. Catfish are good on cut baits.
Granbury
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 62 degrees; 0.43 feet low. Granbury water temperatures are around the middle 60’s. Striped bass and sand bass are fair to good under the birds from Decordova to near downtown. Black bass action is good on top water early and soft plastics later in the day. Black bass up to six-pounds are possible near main lake points and near creek channel entrances. Black bass in the river near Tin-Top continue to be fair to good near laydowns on small crankbaits. Crappies are excellent near submerged structure on the upper ends on small minnows and small jigs. Catfish of all species are also excellent on cut shad fished on feeding flats from Indian harbor to the Peninsula.
Granger
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 62 degrees; 0.90 feet high. Fish should be moving to shallower water as the temperatures decline. Black bass are good on medium diving crankbaits, raspberry, and watermelon Carolina rigged plastic worms and pearl or chartreuse swimbaits near points, rocky areas, flats, and channel edges. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in brush piles. White bass are good on jigging spoons and slabs near main lake points, humps, ridges, and flats. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. Yellow cats are fair with live perch.
Grapevine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 1.02 feet low. The birds action has slowed. White bass are good, schools are moving quickly. Success coming on a stinger hook using a bait hook.
Greenbelt
SLOW. Water stained; 42 degrees; 39.79 feet low. There are few fishermen out on the lake as the Fall weather settles in. Catfishing on jugs has been reported.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 57 degrees; 0.06 feet below. Dredging has the water murky. Crappie are good, suspended around brush and standing timber in water depths 12-18 feet using minnows. White bass are schooling from the surface to 20 feet of water and biting on silver slab spoons.
Hubbard Creek
GOOD. Water clear; 61 degrees; 1.90 feet low. White bass are on main lake structures in 25-30 feet of water and prefer a slow to moderate retrieve of lures such as the MAL lure worked vertical or cast.
Jacksonville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 0.40 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair with deep diving crankbaits, shaky head jigs, Texas-rigged plastic worms near points, timber, and brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs working for timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.
Joe Pool
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 62 degrees; 0.78 feet low. Fish are moving into the banks as the water temperatures drop, seeking structures in the shallows. Largemouth bass are good off of structures in 5-10 feet of water biting on June bugs on a slip weight. Crappie are good under the bridges in 20 feet of water on minnows. Catfish are good on chicken liver, punch bait, and cut bait off the marina dock.
Lake O’ the Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 0.32 feet low. The crappie are transitioning from the deeper water into the creek channel by 259 bridg. Fish are suspended in 18 feet of water biting on rosy red minnows or jigs. They are also biting on the Corps of Engineers brush tops using any color jig. Catfish are good on stinkbait.
Lavon
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 59 degrees; 3.54 feet low. Crappie are on good on jigs and minnows relating to submerged trees in 14-30 feet of water. White bass are good on windblown banks in 5-10 feet of water using swimbaits and spinners. Blue catfish are great in 25-30 feet of water drifting with cut bait. Bass are good using suspended crankbaits, jigs, deep diving crankbaits and soft plastics in 10-25 feet of water on structure.
LBJ
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.68 feet low. Fishing is holding true, until the cold fronts roll in more consistently. The wind is influencing the bite by pushing the bait fish, so look to windblown points to find fish chasing their food source. Black bass are good, with an early morning topwater bite using frog imitation baits and on soft plastics around shallow rocky docks. Crappie are good on brush piles using live minnows. White bass are good in the green lights at night, periodically schooling around shallow sandbars on the main lake areas during the day.
Lewisville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 1.39 feet low. Fish are becoming more active, so change locations frequently to chase them around. Check the weather before heading, and be sure to follow safe boating practices. White bass are good as shallow as 6 feet early, moving to 30-feet later. Crappie are good, catching average sizes on main lake brush piles in 18-22 feet on minnows and one-sixteenth ounce shad colored jig.
Limestone
GOOD. Water clear; 62 degrees; 1.84 feet low. Largemouth bass are good in eight feet of water or less on chatterbaits, lipless crankbaits, or wacky worms. Crappie are good using minnows suspended in 12-22 feet of water around brush and trees. White bass are good using jigging spoons in 7-11 feet of water.
Livingston
GOOD. Slightly stained; 67 degrees; 0.20 feet low. Fishing continues to be good. White bass are good on reaper duck tracker slabs in 9-15 feet of water. Crappie are good on jigs in the creek. Black bass are fair on crankbaits along the rip rap. Small blue catfish are good cut shad on the river banks.
Martin Creek
GOOD. 64 degrees. Water lightly stained; 2.31 feet low. Crappie bit is aggressive using jigs of any color in 9-30 feet of water in brush piles. Few catches of bass and catfish mixed in.
Medina
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 54 degrees. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, moving deeper with crankbaits, spinners, worms, and jigs. White bass are fair on spoons below black bass on deep points. Striped bass are fair cruising deep mid-lake. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers, and blood baits.
Meredith
GOOD. Water stained; 54 degrees; 51.33 feet low. Fishing is similar this week with sand bass, walleye and catfish in 25-30 feet of water biting on minnows, crawlers, grubs and slabs. The crappie bite continues to be slow.
Millers Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 1.41 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on points and fishing pondweed with worms, topwater frogs, and weedless jigs. Crappie are good in the timber with minnows. White bass are fair and schooling deep off points. Catfish are fair mid-depth in coves with live and prepared bait.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water stained; 58 degrees. Big bait balls are moving out to the creek channels. Bite has been inconsistent, but shad imitations are the best baits to throw. A slow twitched suspending jerk bait can be deadly. The bass are relating to the bottom of the lake in 15-20 feet of water on deep diving crankbaits. The crappie population is good. Catfish are slow.
Nasworthy
GOOD. Water murky; 41 degrees. 1.11 feet low. Black bass are great as heat drives bass to shelter and deeper water. Worms, spinners, and crankbaits are good suspending above the brush and fallen timber. Crappie are good with jigs but slowing. White bass are fair mid-depth. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.
Navarro Mills
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 62 degrees; 1.02 feet low. Fishing is slow with few reports coming in. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs off the docks.
O.C. Fisher
FAIR. Water stained; 45 degrees. 41.58 feet low. Largemouth bass and white bass are great using half-inch pumpkinseed jigs and 10-inch power worms. Crappie are good on minnows near similar drops and more prominent humps. White bass are fair schooling some early but mainly deep late in the day. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.
O.H. Ivie
GOOD. Water clear; 50 degrees; 15.50 feet low. The bass fishing has been good on swimbaits, jerkbaits and Texas rigs with a creature off the points. Crappie are good using Crappie jigs in 15-20 feet of water.
Oak Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 42 degrees; 5.29 feet low. Fishing is slow on the lake right now. Bass fishing is fair with many smaller catches. Reports of channel catfish catches using night crawlers off the dock largest around six-pounds using chicken liver. Crappie on minnows casting off the dock.
Palestine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 67 degrees; 0.81 feet low. The fall bite is in full swing. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows relating to timber and brush in 12-30 feet of water. Bass are good with a topwater bite early, switching to jigs later in the day. Rely on heavy structures such as the boathouse, brush piles, bridges, and laydowns. Catfish are good on cut bait, chicken liver. You will catch bigger catfish on stinkbait.
Palo Pinto
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 0.19 feet low. Fishing is slow due to the cold fronts rolling through. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows near docks and moving deeper than they have been. Catfish are good on the flats using perch, chicken liver and off docks using minnows.
Possum Kingdom
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 0.84 feet low. Fishing is good with most action on the north end of Broadway past Costello Island. Striper fishing is staying consistent, with more schooling action picking up early morning and later in the evening. Sand bass are good seeing large schools on the surface. Eater size catfish is good on cut shad in 20-30 feet of water.
Proctor
SLOW. Water clear; 53 degrees; 1.42 feet low. Fishing continues to be slow on the lake as we head into the holiday weekend. White bass and hybrid stripers are slow on slabs. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow at Copperas Creek and the dam. Catfish are slow drifting in 15-20 feet of water.
Raven
GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees. The fall fishing pattern is holding steady so far. Crappie are still good on minnows. Bass are fair on Texas rigs and topwaters. Catfish have been slow on cut bait and punch bait.
Ray Hubbard
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 60-61 degrees; 1.07 feet low. White bass are fair using a jig 12-inches above a three-fourth ounce slab on deep flats and levees in 25-30 feet of water. Small schools periodically on flats later in the evenings and early mornings using one-half ounce jig heads with 3 inch swimbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in trees submerged in 18-25 feet of water starting to stage on the deep flats.
Ray Roberts
FAIR; Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 0.58 feet low. White bass are moving quickly in 20-28 feet of water on main lake points biting on one-ounce silver and chartreuse slabs, with better luck on smaller slabs because the smaller size is most similar to what they are feeding on. The bass are moving quickly, so the bite is best on the bottom using Alabama jigs in 30-35 feet, letting the bait hit bottom and slowly reeling up. The bite is best while the wind is blowing and dies down when the wind does. Crappie are good on main lake brush piles 20-30 feet on minnows, with bigger fish in the Buck Creek area in the standing timber around 20 feet with bait suspended in the 10-12 feet of water.
Richland Chambers
GOOD. Water clear; 64 degrees; 2.06 feet low. Crappie are fair under bridges in 20 feet of water. White bass are fair on slabs on main lake points and humps in 25-35 feet of water. Catfish are good on Danny King’s Punch Bait in timber on the Richland Arm near Crab Creek in 20-30 feet of water. Largemouth bass are fair on plastics and in 10-20 feet of water on main lake points.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 62 degrees; 3.17 feet low. Bass are relating to points and main lake brush piles using jigging spoons and crankbaits. Crappie continue to migrate into the river, with catches in the brushpiles using whitehead jigs or minnows. Catfish continue to move into shallow water and into the creeks.
Somerville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 61 degrees; 0.20 feet low. White and hybrid bass are good with white/chartreuse jigging spoons, slabs, and live bait on main lake flats, humps, and points. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in brush piles and timber. Catfish are good with punch bait, chicken liver, and cut bait. Largemouth bass are good with wacky rigs, shaky head jigs, diving crankbaits near the timber, brush piles, and roadbeds.
Spence
FAIR. Water stained; 60 degrees. 37.68 feet low. Fish should be moving to shallower water but still seeking structure. Crappie are good on minnows in structure. Bass are schooling up. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait coming out from flats to deeper water. Blue cats are biting on chicken liver.
Stamford
FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 1.09 feet low. The crappie bite is good on live bait and jigs around the Crappie House. Fish continue to be in 7-15 feet of water. Catfish are slow. White bass are slow.
Stillhouse
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 57 degrees; 1.24 feet low. The fall patterns continue. White bass are schooling in 45-53 feet of water. When the bite is aggressive, drop MAL Heavy Lures with silver blades and whitetails to fish vertically, and when the bite is holding to the bottom, allow the MAL Heavy Lure with a white blade and chartreuse tail to fish horizontally. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles and timber. Blue catfish are good with fresh-cut bait and live bait.
Sulphur Springs
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 61 degrees; 4.56 feet low. Report is same as weeks past. White bass are good early back to the pockets using chatter bait in water depths 1-3 feet. Try topwaters at first light on the main lake points 1-3 feet deep using a KVD Sexy Dawg. Later, try shaky heads worms with GrandeBass Rattlesnakes or Lake Fork Tackle Baby Ring Fry in 5-8 feet of water. Largemouth bass are good on football jigs, crankbaits, and drop shots working near points, drop-offs, and fallen timber. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in near brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are fair on chicken liver, cut bait, and earthworms.
Tawakoni
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 1.69 feet low. Channel catfish are good in 30-40 feet of water. Bigger catfish are starting to bite on cut bait. White bass are good on the humps and flats. Striped bass should kick into gear as the temperature continues to decline. Crappie are biting around the marinas on minnows and jigs. Report by Keith Parks, Messin’ with the Fish. The fall channel catfish are on fire right now. Success with punch bait in the trees on the north side of the lake suspended 2 feet off the bottom.
Texana
FAIR. Water stained; 64 degrees; 0.76 feet low. Fishing has not changed too much as we are still waiting for water temperatures to drop. Largemouth bass are fair. Crankbaits, jigs, and spinners have been most successful. Crappie are fair with some slowing with jigs under vegetation. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and live bait.
Texoma
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 1.46 feet low. Striped bass are good all over the lake, thankful for the bird action leading the way to the fish. Limits coming in around 1-10 feet of water using slabs, and when the wind up casting Alabama rigs, and swimbaits.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water clear; 57-68 degrees; 4.38 feet low. GOOD. The water is clear in the main lake and feeder creeks. Water temperature in the main lake is running 61-72 degrees and further back up in the creeks is 60. Largemouth bass are good in 4-6 feet of water on small crankbaits, white spinner baits, Carolina rigs, Texas rig worms, lizards, craw worms and senkos. Good numbers of bass are being caught offshore using electronics casting one-half ounce to one ounce chrome jigging spoons and deep diving crankbaits, or umbrella rigs in 10-16 feet of water off points close to deep water. Crappie are biting around concrete and bridges as the water warms up in the evening. The catfish bite has been good on cut bait, shrimp and punch bait.
Travis
FAIR. Slightly stained; 66 degrees; 18.33 feet low. The fish are taking the holiday off because the bite is slow. Largemouth bass are good inside coves mid lake soft bite Texas rigs and drop shot. The bite is soft so work your bait slowly.
Twin Buttes
GOOD. Water stained. 55 degrees. 12.15 feet low. White bass are good on artificials and slabs in 20 feet of water. The crappie bite is good and in deeper water suspended at around eight feet, biting on live bait and jigs. The catfish bite is slowing.
Tyler
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 0.85 feet low. Crappie, blue and channel catfish are good on brush piles using live baits casting from The Crappie house. Bass are good along the grass lines using spinner baits in 16 feet of water, and starting to stage in 30 feet of water by the dam.
Waco
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 2.13 feet low. Catfish is good, drifting main lake flats and channel ledges on fresh cut baits such as shad and perch. White bass and hybrid bass in the main lake.
Walter E. Long
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees. The fish are feeding up as the water temperatures continue to drop. The bass are schooling deep into the coves, staying within 10-12 feet of water or deep inside the reeds. Catfish are good on chicken liver, live and punch bait. Sunfish are good on crickets, cutworms, and shrimp pieces.
Weatherford
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 2.56 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on swimbaits, flukes, drop shots, shaky head jigs, and diving crankbaits near fallen timber and rocky shorelines. White bass are good on slabs, swimbaits, and live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows around docks, creeks, and submerged cover. Catfish are good on chicken liver, live, and cut bait.
White River
SLOW. Water stained; 55 degrees; 21.16 feet low. Fishing is slow, with few reports coming in. Largemouth bass and stripers are fair in shallow water using plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows around rock structures. There are a few reports of crappie being caught from the banks. Walleye are good on minnows. Channel catfish are good on dough bait and minnows on the bottom.
Whitney
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 2.06 feet low. Striped bass are good on live bait, and down rigged jigs from the Island to Bear Creek. Follow the bird actions to locate schooling fish.
Worth
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 1.43 feet low. Thankfully, the fish continue to bite with similar patterns. Bass are fair. Crappie are good relating to water under docks and in structures using minnows. Catfish are good in the shallows hitting frozen shad, worms, and large minnows.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 58 degrees; 3.69 feet high. Largemouth bass are good on drop shots, shad like crankbaits, and football jigs on humps, flats, and points. White bass are fair on live bait and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on chicken liver, punch or live bait.
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