The Basin Report

Texas Weekly Fishing Report

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Texas Parks & Wildlife fishing report for weekend of October 15-18.

Alan Henry
GOOD. Water clear 68 degrees; 2.98’ low. Black bass are good working vegetation and sunny spots early in the day. Topwater excels early, plastic worms midday at mid-depth, spinners edges of structure anytime, and crankbait when they just won’t bite anything else. Crappie are good with jigs under docks, especially on points. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.
Amistad
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 44.66’ low. October heat slowed the fishing the past week, making some sluggish activity for confused fish. Black bass are fair with some shallow feeds and some deeper feeds retreating back to brush and some deeper areas. Carolina rigged worms, and square billed crankbait are the best current options. White bass are fair working deep brush on small crankbait. Catfish are fair on shrimp, chicken livers, and stinkbait dough balls still kore in the river than the main lake. Remember to stay on the Texas side of the lake unless you possess a Mexican Fishing License.
Arlington
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 4.19 low. Largemouth bass are fair on jerk baits, jigs, and plastic worms. Crappie are good near boat docks and timber on minnows. Catfish are good on punch baits and shrimp in 12-18’.
Arrowhead
FAIR. Water stained; 73 degrees; 0.32’ low. Largemouth bass continue to be good in the Little Wichita Creek on jigs, vegetation with worms and spinners. White Bass are fair looking for points and moving to some brush piles above 18 feet. Crappie are fair on jigs in man-made structures. Catfish are good on cheese bait, stinkbait, and minnows.
Athens
GOOD. Water clear; 74 degrees; 0.26 high. Largemouth bass are fair on shad colored crankbaits, bladed spinners, and Texas-rigged plastic worms working the drop-offs, brush piles, and flooded timber. Crappie are good with minnows in standing timber and boat docks. Catfish are good on prepared bait. Sunfish are good on cutworms and crickets.
Austin
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.73 low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, cranks, and wacky worms near boat docks, bluffs, and rocky shorelines. There is an early morning bite with topwater and chuggers on points, drop-offs, and rocky ledges. Sunfish are good on earthworms and live crickets along ledges, boat docks, and brush. Catfish are good punch bait and shrimp.
B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 76 degrees; 0.55’ low. Black bass are good, with worms producing most catches with spinners being second best in vegetation. Crappie are good on jigs in calm water. Sunfish are fair with jigs and crickets under docks. Catfish are good day and night on cut and prepped bait.
Bastrop
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77 degrees; Largemouth bass are good fishing creeks ledges, humps, and main lake drop-offs on spinners, small crankbaits, brown or green craws, and drop shots. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles and standing timber in 14-25’. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and live bait.
Belton
EXCELLENT. Water clear; 76 Degrees;0.05 low. Black bass are good near creek mouths, drop-offs, and brushy shorelines on crankbaits, jigs, and Carolina rigged plastic worms. White bass are excellent on the main lake flats, humps, and drop-offs with slabs in 20-35’. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait in the main lake from 22-35’. Topwater plugs, crankbaits, and swimbaits are effective with surfacing schools of hybrids and white bass. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles in 15-28’. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait.
Benbrook
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 4.55 low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing swimbaits, jigs, and plastic worms near rocky shorelines, ridges, drop-offs, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows fishing structure and brush piles in 15-25’. Hybrid striped bass are fair with slabs and live bait. White bass are good with slabs and jigging spoons on the lake points, ridges, and humps. Watch for diving birds to mark schools of feeding fish. Catfish are good with punch bait and live bait over baited areas.
Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water clear; 74 degrees; 0.62 low. Black bass are good on swimbaits, crankbaits, and long Texas-rigged plastic worms in 18-28’ near humps, pond dams, and boat docks, with some bass early in 3-10’. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles, bridges in 15-25’. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait in 12-25 near baited holes.
Braunig
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; Red drum are slow with live bait. Largemouth bass are good with various topwaters, jigs, and worms working vegetation and brush occasionally from the same spot. Strippers are fair when moving deep. Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, and cheese bait.
Bridgeport
GOOD. Water clear; 73-77 degrees; 2.59 low. Black bass are good on spinners, crankbaits, and root beer or watermelon red Texas-rigged plastic worms in 12-18’ fishing deeper docks, main lake points with near timber, drop-offs, and points. There is an early topwater bite. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs, fishing bridges, timber and brush piles. White bass are fair on chartreuse slabs on main lake drop-offs, flats, and channels. Hybrid stripers are good on main lake humps and points with live bait. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait in 12-20’’.
Brownwood
GOOD. Water clear; 78 degrees; 1.86 low. Largemouth bass are fair with lipless crankbaits, jigs, and plum or green Carolina rigged plastic worms in 12-20’ near drop-offs and standing timber. Crappie are good on minnows, and chartreuse tipped jigs in brush piles and timber near a creek channel. White bass and hybrids are good on jigging spoons and slabs in the main lake near humps, drop-offs, and flats. Catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait in 10-20’ near baited areas.
Buchanan
EXCELLENT. Water slightly stained; 75-78 degrees; 3.04 low. Largemouth bass are good with Texas-rigged worms, white skirted jigs, and medium-size crankbaits working points, rock ledges, and the rocky shorelines. Striped bass are good along the river channel with live bait and trolling in 25-35’. White bass are excellent on slabs near drop-offs, humps, and flats. Use sonar to locate schools of baitfish and feeding fish. Crappie are good on minnows in 16-28’ fishing timber and brush piles. Channel catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.
Caddo
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.47 high. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water near trees, stumps, and grass beds working, poppers, chuggers, and skirted jigs in 3-5’. Texas-rigged plastic worms and crankbaits are productive in deeper water near timber and vegetation lines. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles and timber edges in 14-25’. White bass are fair on swimbaits and slabs in the main lake. Chain pickerel are slow. Catfish are good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers in 12-20’ fishing baited holes near channels and timber edges.
Calaveras
FAIR. Water stained; 78-80 degrees. Red drum are fair with rattletraps and live bait with dwindling days upon us. Black bass are good with topwater, jigs, and bigger worms along vegetation, working cover, and moving erratically. Hybrid striped bass are good when feeding in schools on rattletraps. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and cut shad.
Canyon Lake
EXCELLENT. Water clear; 78 degrees; 3.74 low. Striper fishing is good along the river channel ledges with live bait. White bass are excellent on humps flats and drop-offs with chartreuse or white slabs and jigging spoons. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Largemouth bass are good with crankbaits, shaky heads, and wacky-rigged worms near docks, timber, and rock piles. Smallmouth bass are good on plastic grubs in jigheads and small cranks in 9-15’ along rock ledges and steep rocky shorelines. Catfish are excellent with prepared baits and cut bait. Crappie are good with live minnows and jigs near rocky drop-offs, brush piles, and timber in 12-25’.
Cedar Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 73 degrees; 0.46 low. Largemouth bass are good working topwater plugs and jerk baits early on creek ledges, main lake points, and near boat docks. Shaky heads, plastic worms, and crankbaits fished in deeper water near boat docks, brush piles, and timber are productive later in the day. Hybrids and sand bass are being caught off main lake points and humps with slabs and live bait. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows in brush piles, boat docks, and bridges in 15-28’. Catfish are good in 12-25’.
Choke Canyon
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 79-81 degrees; 21.08’ low. Largemouth bass continue to excel with topwater, crankbait, and worms moving to creeks and coves out of the southern wind. White bass are fair in deeper creek channels. Crappie are good moving to calm coves and the ELM creek working west. Catfish are fair with live bait and cheese bait.
Cisco
FAIR. Water clear; 70-72 degrees; 4.79’ low. Largemouth bass are fair still working surface structures with buzzbait, poppers, and weedless jigs. Tallgrass and cattails provide ample habitat. Still better north lake. Sunfish are good with cover on minnows, nightcrawlers, and cutworms. Crappie are fair with jigs under docks, and in grassy cover. Catfish are good catching every day and night on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and cut shad.
Coleman
FAIR. Slightly stained. 73 degrees. 2.25’ low. Hybrid stripers are good on rattletraps still attracted to feeding schools mid-depth in coves. Largemouth bass are good with topwater, buzzbaits, and jerkbaits moving to the active areas signaled by topwater early. Crappie are fair on jigs in timber. Catfish are fair with stinkbait and cut bait.
Conroe
GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees; 1.55’ low. Black bass are excellent with more activity in murkier water near creeks with increased activity catching with worms, spinners, and topwater. Crappie are fair moving jigs thru creeks or structure. Hybrid striped bass are fair feeding in schools between 3-10 feet. Catfish are good on cut bait, live bait, and dough balls. Sunfish are fair with live worms, crickets, and power bait pellets.
Cooper
Good. Water clear; 76 degrees; 3.24 low. Largemouth bass are good on dark blue, purple, or dark red Carolina rigged plastic worms, medium-size crankbaits, and skirted jigs in 8-25’. The white bass and hybrids are good in 25-35’ with live bait, slabs, and jigging spoons over humps, flats edges, and near main lake drop-offs. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs on brush piles and timber near creek channels. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait in 14-25’.
Corpus Christi Lake
GOOD. Water stained; 80 degrees; 6.27’ low. Largemouth bass are good hunting weedbeds, humps, and creeks with worms, buzzbait, jerk bait, and topwater on the edges of natural structure. Crappie are good on minnows moving into creeks and under structures. Catfish are good on cut bait and cheese bait.
Eagle Mountain
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 1.38 low. Black bass are fair fishing jigs, wacky worms, and lipless crankbaits near boat docks and brush piles. White bass are fair with slabs fishing humps, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows between 15-25’ working docks, submerged brush, and standing timber. Catfish are good on fresh cut bait and punch bait.
Falcon
FAIR. Water lightly stained north and clear south; 79 degrees; 37.18’ low. Location and mapping out submerged building are as important as they ever are while the lake turns over to the fall. Black bass are fair in rock piles, brush piles, and larger rocky structures are best with the continued buildings. Large plastic worms, plastic crawfish, and square billed crankbait are good but still inconsistent some days. Keep an eye on your equipment. The white bass are great deep on the rocks with crankbait. Crappie are excellent in the creek and shallower piles that can hold crappie around 8 feet. Catfish are always biting, and constant cloudy water help. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican Fishing License.
Fayette
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on chatter baits, jigs, and topwater baits early on points. Sunfish are good on earthworms, dough bait, and live crickets around bank ledges and structure. Catfish are good on punch bait near baited areas.
Fork
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 1.83 low. Largemouth bass are fair on shaky heads, finesse worms, and skirted jigs near heavy timber, roadbeds, brushy points, and rocky shorelines. White and yellow bass are fair in deeper water with slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows in 18-25’ in brush piles and standing timber near creek ledges or drop-offs. Catfish are good on punch bait in 12-24’.
Ft. Phantom Hill
GOOD. Water stained; 72 degrees; 1.13’ low. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs, staying suspended on drops, brush, and points. Black bass are fair, working shallow feeding water along with vegetation closer to open waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and stinkbait all throughout the lake.
Gibbons Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 76 degrees; Largemouth bass are good and stabilizing with creek locations slow reeling worms, spinners, and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows moving further out from structure. Catfish are fair on live bait all throughout the lake along with some dough pellets. Sunfish are fair on cutworms near the bank and in structures.
Graham
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.48 low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, jigs, and crankbaits in timber and near docks, points, and creek channels. Crappie are good on minnows and shad colored jigs in channel bends, brush piles, and under deeper boat docks. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait in 20-35’. Catfish are good on cut shad, punch bait, and live bait.
Granbury
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 73 degrees; 0.03 low. Largemouth bass are good on shad colored crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms in 10-24’ near boathouses, submerged timber, and rock ledges. Crappie fishing is good around brush piles and boat docks with minnows. Catfishing is good with cut bait or shrimp. White bass are good using slabs, small crankbaits, and swimbaits. Stripers are good with live bait or trolling with swimbaits along the main lake channel in 20-35”.
Granger
GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees; 1.20 low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Texas-rigged plastic worms, and jigs near rock banks, creek channels, and tree stumps. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles, creek ledges with cover, and timber near a drop off in 14-24’. White bass are fair on slabs in 20-30 near main lake humps and drop-offs. Catfish are good on cut bait and live bait. Yellow cats are fair on live perch and goldfish.
Grapevine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 73 degrees; 0.39 low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, Texas-rigged worms, and spinners in brush piles, standing timber, and rocky shorelines. White bass are good in 23-35’ with slabs near main lake humps. Flats and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in marinas and near submerged structure. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait.
Houston County
FAIR. Water stained; 76 degrees; 0.14’ low. Black bass are good moving back to brush piles and vegetation fishing worms and crankbait. Crappie are good around vegetation and at night fishing minnows. Bream and bluegill are good using live worms on the edges in the smallest of structures. Catfish are good on shad, prepped dough balls.
Hubbard Creek
FAIR. Water stained; 71 degrees; 1.37’ low. Largemouth bass are fair, starting to turn to good working vegetation features and creeks. Crappie are good on jigs still in calmer water. White bass are fair over brush and working out from creeks. Sunfish are always fair on worms. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.
Jacksonville
GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees; 0.04 low. Largemouth bass are fair with purple or dark blue finesse worms, white spinners, and medium-sized crankbaits in deeper water near docks, rip-rap, and brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 14-25’ around submerged structure and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad and punch bait.
Joe Pool
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.84 low. Largemouth bass are good fishing wacky worms fished slowly in 6-12’’. Shad like crankbaits, jerk baits, and spinners along channel edges, mouths, and rocky shorelines are effective as well. Crappie are good beneath bridges and structure on minnows and jigs in 18-28’. Catfish are good on punch bait.
Lake O’ the Pines
GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees; 0.25 high. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, spinners, and crankbaits in 8-24’. Crappie are good on minnows in the standing timber areas along the creek channel, bridges, and brush piles in 15-28’’. Catfish are good with cut bait or punch bait.
Lavon
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 1.35 low. Crappie are good on minnows, or minnow tipped jigs fishing 15-25’ over brush piles and bridges. White bass are good in the 20-30’ with slabs and heavy spoons. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Black bass are good on craws, wacky worms, and jerk baits in 12-24’. Catfish are good on prepared bait in 14-25’.
LBJ
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 78 degrees; 0.69 low. Black bass are fair on root beer, plum or raspberry plastic finesse worms and crankbaits near docks, creeks edges, and main lake drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles and docks. White bass are good over main lake points, flats, and humps in 20-35’ with white or chrome slabs and jigging spoons. Catfish are good on punch bait in 15-25’.
Lewisville
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.41 low. Black bass are good fishing points, rocky shorelines, drop-offs, and standing timber with the medium sized crankbaits, plastic worms or craws, and bladed jigs. White bass are excellent on white or chartreuse slabs and jigging spoons in 20-35’. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles, bridges, and standing timber. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared baits.
Limestone
GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees; 0.28 low. Largemouth bass are good on long plastic worms, crankbaits, and drop shots along ledges with timber or brush, creek channels, and off rocky points and shorelines. White bass are good with jigging spoons, slabs, and live bait fishing flats, drop-offs, and humps in the main lake in 20-30’. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles and submerged timber. Catfish are good on cut bait or live baits.
Livingston
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are good, adding topwater to the mix along with worms, jigs, and crankbaits. Spots are still inconsistent day to day, start with creeks and coves, and move deeper from there. Striped bass are good trolling live shad. Crappie are good on jigs shallower than 8 feet around any substantial structure. White bass are good on spinners, and Alabama rigs working points and significant drops. Catfish are fair on live baits and stinkbait in the main river channel.
Martin Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 1.99 low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, crankbaits, and Texas-rigged worms in 8-18’. Crappie are fair on minnows in 12-28’ in timber and brush piles. Catfish are fair on punch bait in 12-25’.
Medina
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 25.99’ low. Black bass are good with everything moving a bit deeper momentarily where Spires and Bruins creek converge upstream. White bass are near Walton Island and the surrounding points with Alabama rigs. Striped bass are good trolling west mid-lake straights. Crappie remain slow in creeks. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers, and blood baits.
Meredith
FAIR. Water stained; 73 degrees; 50.20’ low. Black bass are fair, excelling with topwater, crayfish, and worms around new low water spots. Walleye are slow as the habitat is struggling for them to thrive. Crappie are fair but stressed and smaller than years past. Fish jigs around floor suspending above structure. White bass are good mid-lake. Channel catfish are fair fishing stink bait in most places.
Millers Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 73 degrees; 0.54’ high. Largemouth bass are good on vegetation and some creek structures. Crappie are good on jigs in timber getting in there. White bass are fair off points and cove entrances. Catfish are fair mid-depth in coves with live, blood, and liver prepared baits.
Naconiche
FAIR. Water slightly stained; 75 degrees; Largemouth bass are good in the shallow structures normally within 40 feet of banks throwing topwater, worms, and jigs. You could easily successfully fish from the banks without a boat. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows searching for cover. Sunfish are fair on pellets improving at night under lights. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.
Nasworthy
GOOD. Water stained; 70 degrees. 0.90’ low. Black bass are good moving in less than 10 feet of water with topwater, spinners, jigs, and worms. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs with up and down activity periods leaning towards later. White bass are fair on Alabama Rigs working points and drops. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.
Navarro Mills
GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees; 0.22 low. Crappie are fair on minnows around the marina, brush piles, and in standing timber in 12-25’. Catfish are good with prepared bait and cut bait. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons in 20-30’. Black bass are good with crankbaits finesse worms near docks, brush piles, and timber.
O.C. Fisher
FAIR. Water stained; 72 degrees. 40.96’ low. Largemouth Bass are fair still working standing vegetation as the strongest structure with weighted worms, spinners, and topwater. Crappie are fair working jigs across humps. White bass are fair with drop-offs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.
O.H. Ivie
GOOD. Water clear; 71 degrees; 12.69’ low. Black bass are great, still changing habitat daily from timber to vegetation to shallow brush. Topwater is on before 8 am, worms are good all day in less open water, crankbaits, and jigs are good in a variety of habitats. Crappie are good on jigs working creeks. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live, and cut bait. White bass are fair on points.
Oak Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 3.17’ low. Largemouth bass are good working points inward to coves and creeks with topwaters killing it, worms, and jigs being situational. Crappie are good under structures and docks on jigs. White bass are fair working the same coves as largemouth further out on points. Catfish are fair on trotlines, nightcrawlers, live bait, and cut bait.
Palestine
GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees; 0.06 low. Largemouth bass are good working Texas-rigged worms, silver spoons, and small swimbaits near boat docks and rip rac. Crappie are good on minnows or jigs tipped with minnows around bridges and timber in 15-25’. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait and curly tail swimbaits in 25-35’. White bass are fair on slabs, swimbaits, and jigging spoons. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Catfish are fair on punch bait, chicken liver, and cut bait.
Palo Pinto
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 0.64 low. Largemouth bass are good on points with ledges, flats with a drop-off, and brush piles with Texas-rigged plastic worms or craws, diving crankbaits, and skirted jigs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows near boat docks and brush piles in 14-28’. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons near main lake points, drop-offs, and flats. Hybrid bass are fair on live shad and slabs in 20-35’. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait.
Possum Kingdom
GOOD. Water clear; 71 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are fair still working rock and rock banks that drop quickly with soft plastic worms, jigs, crankbaits, and spinners. Afternoons have turned to the most productive time of day. White bass are good, staying deep, especially on southern lake drops. Crappie are good in bunches fishing jigs using docks as structures. Striped bass are slow. Catfish are good on cut shad with increased activity at night.
Proctor
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75 degrees; 0.09 low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas rigged worms, jigs, and crankbaits in submerged brush, creeks, and sloping shorelines. Hybrid stripers are good with live bait in the main lake around 22-35’. Crappie are good with minnows in 14-28’ in standing timber and brush piles. Catfish remain good on prepared bait and cut bait.
Raven
FAIR. Water stained; 76 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on topwater, and Carolina rigged worms moving quickly between habitats such as submerged brush and vegetative cover. Sunfish are fair on cutworms and crickets fishing cover.
Ray Hubbard
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75 degrees; 1.27 low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, crankbaits, and football jigs in timber, near rocky banks, ledges, and drop-offs. White bass are good fishing chrome slabs and white jigging spoons on main lake flats, humps, and slopes in 12-28’. Crappie are good near bridges, brush piles, and submerged timber in with minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait in 12-25’.
Ray Roberts
GOOD; Water lightly stained; 75 degrees; 0.51 low. Largemouth bass are good on purple, or dark blue Texas rigged worms, crankbaits, and white spinners in 16-26’ near timber, rip rap, and channel edges. There is an early and late topwater bite on wind-driven points. White bass are good in 20-40’ on white or chartreuse slabs and white bladed jigs near main lake points, slopes, and drop-offs. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles between 18-28’. Catfish are good on punch baits over haunted holes.
Richland Chambers
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.65 low. Largemouth bass are fair on swimbaits, crankbaits, and finesse worms fishing near boat docks, rocky points, vegetation edges, and flats drop-offs. White bass and hybrids are fair on slabs and jigging spoons or deeper near main lake points, flats, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows or downsized jigs on bridge pilings and in brush piles. Catfish are good on punch bait and live perch. Bream are good on live crickets or worms near boat docks and rocky shorelines.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees; 3.49’ low. Largemouth bass are good in creeks, timber, and brush continue to be the main habitat with topwater, spinners, and worms. White bass are fair on spoons moving closer to points. Crappie are good on jigs, mainly under vegetation. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.
Somerville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76-80 degrees; 1.96 low. White bass and hybrids are good with slabs and jigging spoons in 25-35’ on main lake flats, slopes, ridges, and humps. Crappie are good on live minnows in brush piles and flooded timber in 18-25’. Catfish are good with earthworms and punch bait in 15-25’. Largemouth bass are good with TX rigged plastic worms, shad like crankbaits, and bladed spinnerbaits near the creeks, drop-offs, rocky shorelines, and roadbeds.
Spence
FAIR. Water stained; 70 degrees; 38.98’ low. Black bass are good on jigs, worms, topwater, and spinners, working deep with habitats disappearing as the water level continues to drop. White bass remain slow with minimal success mid-lake. Crappie are slow without consistency. Hybrid bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait coming out from flats to deeper water.
Squaw Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75 degrees; 0.24 high. Catfishing is good in baited areas using prepared baits and cut bait. The largemouth bass fishing is good around structure on jigs, spinners, and finesse worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 17-25’ in standing timber and brush piles.
Stamford
FAIR. Water stained; 70 degrees; 0.95’ high. Black bass are fair working shallow structures, deeper coves, and creek beds on topwaters and worms. Crappie are fair on jigs close to the larger rocks for cover. White bass are fair with Alabama rigs near the dam. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.
Stillhouse
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 2.87 high. Black bass are good on jigs and drop shots working brush piles, rock bluffs, and submerged timber. Smallmouth bass are good with plastic grubs and craws and small crankbaits near rocky banks, ledges, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles and standing timber in 14-28’. White bass are good on slabs and jigs off main lake points, humps, drop-offs, and along the dam. Catfish are good with punch bait. Blue cats are fair with live bait near brush piles.
Sulphur Springs
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 2.63 low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged plastic worms and craws near brush piles, drop-offs, and flooded timber. Crappie are fair on minnows in 18-28’ near brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait in 10-20’.
Tawakoni
EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 73-76 degrees; 1.43 low. Catfish are excellent on punch bait and cut bait. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, plastic worms, jigs, and swimbaits. White bass and hybrid stripers are excellent on live bait and slabs, with some fish schooling on the surface. Use sonar to locate fish in deeper water near ridges, flats, and humps in the main lake. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles, docks, and bridge pilings.
Texana
GOOD. Water stained; 81 degrees; 0.23’ low. Largemouth bass are fair with a quick and slight warming. Emerging spots were drops coming out of creeks and decently deep under vegetation with spinners, worms, jigs, and buzzbaits. Crappie are excellent in and out of creek structure on jigs in lighter colors. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and live bait.
Texoma
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75 degrees; 3.42 low. Striped bass and white bass are excellent on live bait, slabs, and topwater baits when fish are near the surface. Diving birds are marking feeding schools on the surface throughout the lake. Use sonar to mark schools along the river channel and flats. Largemouth bass are good fishing TX rigged plastic worms and diving crankbaits in 16-28’ with some fish moving into shallow water in the 8-12’ range. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs by boathouses, timber, and brush piles in 15-25’. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait.
Toledo Bend
FAIR. Water stained; 74-76 degrees; 3.51’ low. Black bass are good on jigging spoons, worms with a weighted leader, and crankbait. Most of the bait is now closer to the bottom as we are experiencing oxygen turnover with several cold fronts pushing bait to around 25 feet. White bass are fair fishing brush piles and the occasional edges of structure. Crappie are on fire in 10-12 foot depth above brush piles around 20-25 feet deep. Bream are good with small jigs and crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.
Travis
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 19.91 low. Largemouth bass are good with topwater plugs, drop shots, and jigs near boat docks, marinas, rock ledges, and points. White bass are good with jigging spoons and slabs working main lake flats, drop-offs, and humps. Trolling is effective with swimbaits. Stripers action along the main river channel is good with live bait and heavy jigging spoons. Watch for bird activity to indicate feeding schools near the surface. Crappie are fair on minnows in 15-25’ near docks, brush piles, and rock ledges. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared baits in 10-20’.
Twin Buttes
FAIR. Water Stained. 71 degrees. 11.21’ low. Black bass are good on worms and jigs, and some live worms for those who fish with live bait. The return of some warmer temps drove fish deeper but only during the daytime. Crappie are good on jigs staying near brush, and covered water. White bass are fair with Alabama rigs on the rocks and points. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits.
Tyler
GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees; 0.15 low. Black bass are good on plum or cranberry Texas-rigged plastic worms, skirted football jigs, and crankbaits fishing docks, timber, and vegetation edges. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles, structure, and timber in 18-25’. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait. White bass are good in 18-30’ on jigging spoons and slabs.
Waco
GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees; 0.44 low. Largemouth bass are good on swimbaits, jigs, and drop-shot plastic worms along the river channel, timber, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing brush piles around 20’. Sunfish are good on cutworms or live crickets. Channel and blue catfish are good on punch bait.
Walter E. Long
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair on jigs and worms near timber, humps, and drop-offs. Hybrid stripers are fair with live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows in 14-24’ near brush piles or standing timber. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait. Sunfish are good on worms, dough bait, and crickets.
Weatherford
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 1.31 low. Largemouth bass are fair on chatter baits, crankbaits, and Carolina rigged plastic craws near rocky shorelines, timber, and brush. White bass are good in 20-35’ with slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows around docks, marinas, and submerged cover. Catfish are good on live bait.
White River
FAIR. Water stained; 70 degrees; 24.27’ low. Drought conditions continue to be in place. Largemouth bass are fair with Carolina rigged worms, jigs, rattle traps, and spinners in the structure that remains deep. Crappie are fair on jigs around rocks. Walleye continue to be slow. Channel catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait, with sizable catches starting to emerge.
Whitney
EXCELLENT. Water clear; 73-76 degrees; 2.12 low. Black bass are good on points, creeks ledges, timber and weed beds on plastic worms, smaller crankbaits, and silver spoons. White bass are excellent on the main lake with jigging spoons and slabs. Stripers are good trolling swim baits along the main lake drop-offs and humps in 15-40’. Watch for diving birds working the feeding schools of White bass and Stripers at times. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows in 14-25’ timber near creek channels and brush piles. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.
Worth
GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees; 1.20 low. Largemouth bass are good with jigs, crankbaits and Texas-rigged plastic worms working drop-offs, creek channels, and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing brush piles, timber that lines a creek channel and under docks. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.
Wright Patman
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 3.97 high. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, spinners, and finesse worms along creek channels, rip rap, and main lake flat drop-offs. White bass are fair on jigging spoons and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows near structure and brush piles. Catfish are good on punch bait and earthworms.

 

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