The Basin Report

Texas Weekly Fishing Report

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Texas Parks & Wildlife fishing report for weekend of January 14-17.

Alan Henry
GOOD. Water clear 52 degrees; 4.23’ low. Black bass are fair to slow recently over and in submerged vegetation with crankbaits, spinners, and worms. Crappie are good with jigs on any large structure with cover. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.
Amistad
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 57 degrees; 43.29’ low. Last week was great. The last couple of days have been tough, and there haven’t been a lot of boats on the water. Black bass are fair sticking to large rocks, and some shallow creeks. Square-billed crankbait, and fat plastic worms Carolina rigged. White bass are good, still pretty active over brush and on points with structure. Catfish are fair on shrimp, chicken livers, and stinkbait dough balls, still more 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
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 2.96 low. Largemouth bass are slow on crankbaits, jigs, jerk baits, and bladed spinners on brushy shorelines, creek drop-offs, and submerged brush piles. Crappie are slow near boat docks, brush, and timber on minnows or jigs. Catfish are slow on punch baits and cut bait.
Arrowhead
FAIR. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.01’ low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing rip rap with crankbait to cover more water around 16 feet. White bass are slow off points and looking above 20 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows in and understructure. Catfish are good on cheese bait, stinkbait, and minnows.
Athens
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 0.68 high. Largemouth bass are fair on diving crankbaits, bladed spinners, suspended jerk baits, and red/brown skirted jigs working the deeper creeks, brush piles, and brushy shorelines. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs tipped with minnows in standing timber and boat docks. Catfish are fair on punch bait. Sunfish are slow on cutworms.
Austin
SLOW. Water clear; 58 degrees; 0.69 low. Largemouth bass are slow on paddle tails, crankbaits, finesse jigs, and bladed jigs near timber, deep points, and rock ledges. Sunfish are slow on cut earthworms along ledges, boat docks, and brush. Catfish are fair with punch bait and cut bait.
B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 2.15’ low. Largemouth bass are good around vegetation, standing trees, and drops on spinners and crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good being very aggressive in shallow structure on minnows below 10 feet. Catfish are good on cut and prepped bait lurking between 8-24 feet using all times of day.
Bastrop
SLOW. Water clear; 55 degrees; Largemouth bass are slow fishing creeks, rocks, and brush on drop shots, crankbaits, and jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows in brush piles and standing timber in 14-25’. Channel and blue catfish are slow on cut bait, live bait.
Belton
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 Degrees;0.56 low. Black bass are fair near steep rocky shorelines, timber, and drop-offs on drop shots, finesse jigs, and crankbaits. White bass are fair on the main lake points, channels, and drop-offs with slabs, jerk baits and swim baits in 18-40’. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait in the main lake from 25-40’. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles in 14-28’. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait.
Benbrook
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 2.16 low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing slow-moving crankbaits, blue/green jigs, and black or plum-colored drop shots near rocky shorelines, submerged brush, and timber. Crappie are fair on minnows fishing structure and brush piles in 14-25’. Hybrid striped bass are fair with live bait. White bass are slow with slabs and jigging spoons on the flats, channels, and humps. Catfish are fair with punch bait over baited areas.
Bob Sandlin
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.51 high. Black bass are fair on diving crankbaits, black/blue skirted jigs, and red drop shots in 18-30’ near creek bends, brush, rocky shorelines, and drop-offs. Crappie are slow on minnows and lightweight jigs in brush piles and bridges in 14-28’. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait in 12-25 near baited holes.
Bridgeport
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 3.73 low. Black bass are slow on jigs, spinners, and crankbaits in 14-28’ fishing main lake points near drop-offs, rocky shorelines, and ledges. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs, fishing bridges, timber and brush piles. White bass are slow on white slabs and live bait on main lake ridges, flats, and channels. Hybrid stripers are slow along the main lake channel with live bait and slabs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and prepared bait in 12-20’’.
Brownwood
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 2.75 low. Largemouth bass are slow with crankbaits, spoons, and jigs near creeks, rocky shorelines, and fallen timber. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles and timber edge near a creek channel or drop off. White bass and hybrids are fair on slabs and trolling swimbaits. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait in 15-25’ near baited areas.
Buchanan
GOOD. Water clear; 54 degrees; 6.63 low. Largemouth bass are fair with hair jigs, football jigs, brush hogs, and purple drop shots on bluffs, rock ledges, and the rocky shorelines. Striped bass are good along the river channel with live bait and dead sticking swimbaits. White bass are fair on silver slabs near drop-offs, humps, and flats. Use sonar to locate schools of baitfish and feeding fish. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 15-25’ fishing timber and brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait. Blue cats are good on cut bait.
Caddo
FAIR. Water stained; 50 degrees; 2.64 high. Largemouth bass are fair working jigs, crankbaits, finesse worms, and paddle tail baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber near a drop-off or creek channel in 15-25’. White bass are slow on white slabs in the main lake. Chain pickerel are slow, small spoons and jigs. Catfish are fair on punch bait, and cut bait in 12-20’ fishing baited holes near channels and timber edges.
Calaveras
FAIR. Water stained; 58-61 degrees; Red drum are slow. Black bass are fair to good on crankbait, and Carolina rigged worms. Rocks are best. Vegetation is second. Hybrid striped bass are good on rattle traps still following the schools. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and cut shad.
Canyon Lake
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 59 degrees; 5.30 low. Striper fishing is good along the river channel with live bait. Trolling swim baits is working as well. White bass are fair on humps, flats, and ridges with white slabs and jigging spoons. Largemouth bass are fair with suspended jerk baits, jigs, Carolina rigged plastic worms, and diving crankbaits near drop-offs, timber and rock piles in 15-30”. Smallmouth bass are good on small swimbaits, green or brown plastic grubs and small cranks in 8-20’ along rock ledges and steep rocky shorelines. Catfish are good with prepared baits and cut bait. Crappie are fair with live minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber near a creek or drop off in 15-25’.
Cedar Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 49 degrees; 0.07 high. Largemouth bass are fair working jigging spoons, finesse jigs, diving crankbaits, and minnow-like jerk baits on creeks, steep rocky coves, deeper boat docks, and retaining walls near a channel or point. Hybrids and sand bass are slow off main lake points and humps with white or chartreuse slabs, white/chartreuse swimbaits, and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair with minnows and tube jigs in brush piles, boat docks, and bridges in 14-26’. Catfish are fair in 15-25’ with cut bait and live bait.
Choke Canyon
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 55-58 degrees; 22.12’ low. Largemouth bass are fair working steep rocky banks, and calm deeper timber on jigs, plastic worms, and crankbait. White bass are fair on crankbait. Catfish are consistently good on larger live bait, cut baits, and stinkbait.
Cisco
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 47 degrees; 5.54’ low. Largemouth bass are fair working warm sunny days with small crankbait and worms hiding in rocks. Sunfish are fair with nightcrawlers, and cutworms normally better when it’s warm. Crappie are slow on jigs in creeks. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and chicken livers night and day.
Coleman
GOOD. Slightly stained. 52-55 degrees. 3.03’ low. Hybrid stripers are good drift fishing with live bait on the entrance to main lake drops and following schools of baitfish. Largemouth bass are good on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and buzzbait, among standing timber and ledges. Catfish are fair with stink bait and cut bait.
Conroe
GOOD. Water stained; 56 degrees; 0.28’ high. Largemouth bass are good with the strategy of staying close to large man-made structures under 14 feet on bass jigs, spinners, and buzzbait. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs within shallower water near bass areas. Hybrid Striped Bass are fair fishing jigs finding baitfish schools. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait.
Cooper
SLOW. Water stained; 47 degrees; 1.34 low. Largemouth bass are slow on Carolina rigged plastic worms, diving crankbaits, and skirted jigs. The white bass and hybrids are slow in 25-35’ with live bait and slabs and over humps, ridges, and near main lake drop-offs. Crappie are slow with minnows and jigs on brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait and in punch bait 15-25’.
Corpus Christi Lake
GOOD. Water stained; 56 degrees; 7.27’ low. Largemouth bass are fair, slowly working worms and crankbait in less than 15 feet on worms and crankbait. Crappie are good with jigs staying very active around cover. Catfish are good on cut bait and cheese bait.
Eagle Mountain
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 1.56 low. Black bass are slow fishing crankbaits, spinners, drop shots, and jerk baits near timber, brushy shorelines, boat docks, and brush piles. White bass are slow with slabs fishing humps, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are slow on minnows between 15-25’ working docks, submerged brush, and standing timber. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait.
Falcon
FAIR. Water lightly stained north and clear south; 56 degrees; 39.25’ low. Winter fishing is always a crapshoot, and with water temps in the mid-fifties, there isn’t as much activity as weeks previous. Black bass are fair, pushing their nose into the rocks and going days without feeding activity. We’ve had several over 10+lb catches, but in most instances, that was the only catch of the day. Success is coming on crankbait between 10-12 feet. Very few shallow catches. White bass are great deep on brush or below ledges. Crappie are good on brush piles and isolated hardwoods still, with the bigger crappie are in the hard to reach sticks. Catfish are excellent hitting coves at their deepest and using live bait and stinky bait. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican Fishing License.
Fayette
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 56 degrees; Largemouth bass are slow on Carolina rigs, crankbaits, and jigs in creek bends, brushy coves, and ledges. Sunfish are slow on cut earthworms. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait near baited areas.
Fork
FAIR. Water stained; 53 degrees; 0.81 low. Largemouth bass are slow on finesse worms, crankbaits, and football jigs near creeks with timber, roadbeds, brush piles, creeks, and rocky shorelines. White and yellow bass are slow in deeper water with white or chartreuse swim baits, slabs, and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 14-28’ in brush piles and standing timber near creek ledges or drop-offs. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait in 12-24’.
Ft. Phantom Hill
FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 2.07’ low. White and hybrid striped bass are good when fishing the drop or ledge where they congregate on crankbaits fishing or small rattle traps. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms and spinners moving just a bit shallower on warm days feeding near vegetations. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs working structures with decently deep water underneath. Catfish are fair at night on cut shad and stinkbait.
Gibbons Creek
FAIR. Water stained; 55 degrees; Largemouth bass are good seeking vegetation being location flexible with light-colored worms and some spinners. Crappie are good on jigs with lots of movement among shallower structure. Catfish are good on live bait and liver-flavored prepared bait.
Graham
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 0.93 low. Largemouth bass are fair on black, purple, or red plastic craws, skirted football jigs, and jerk baits in timber and near docks, brushy points, rocky shorelines, and creek channels. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in channel bends, brush piles, and under deeper boat docks. White bass are fair on slabs and jigging spoons. Hybrid stripers are fair on live bait in 20-35’. Catfish are good on cut bait, punch bait, and live bait near baited areas.
Granbury
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.02 high. Largemouth bass are fair on shad pattern crankbaits, suspended jerk baits, and red/black flipping jigs in 14-22’ near creek bends, rocky areas, and rock ledges. Crappie fishing is fair around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and minnow-tipped jigs. Catfishing is fair with cut bait or punch bait. White bass are fair using white or chrome slabs and jigging spoons. Stripers are slow with live bait along the main lake channel in 20-35”.
Granger
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.71 low. Black bass are fair on red Texas-rigged plastic worms, crankbaits, brown/green grubs, and jigs near rocky shorelines, brushy creeks and timber in 12-20’. Crappie are fair on minnows and tube jigs on brush piles and timber near a drop off in 14-24’. White bass are slow on chrome or white slabs in 25-35’ near lake channels, flats, and drop-offs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait. Yellow cats are slow.
Grapevine
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 0.27 high. Largemouth bass are slow on shad like crankbaits, drop shots, grubs, and jerk baits near brush piles, deep points, and steep rocky shorelines. White bass are slow in 20-35’ with slabs and white or chartreuse swim baits near main lake humps, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in marinas and near submerged structure. Catfish are slow on punch bait and cut bait.
Greenbelt
SLOW. Water stained; 47 degrees; 40.17’ low. Black bass are slow being a nomad across the lake and sticking to a spot where you had a catch working worms just above the floor and crankbait. Catfish are good on stinkbait, and some live bait in most of the lake deeper. Walleye are slow. Sunfish and crappie are fair on minnows searching ledges and submerged brush. White bass are slow.
Houston County
FAIR. Water stained; 54 degrees; 0.36’ high. Black bass are good on drops coming out from timber, large points, and ledges on Carolina rigged worms and crankbait. We’ve had many catches on the lake and continued success with fish up to 8 pounds. White bass are fair but slowing with spoons. Crappie are fair in timber and piers at night. Catfish are good on live and cut shad along with stinkbait.
Hubbard Creek
FAIR. Water stained; 51-53 degrees; 2.31’ low. Largemouth bass are fair still later on sunny days among on points, timber, ledges on Texas rigged worms and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows suspended on brush. White bass are with small crankbaits reeling slowly. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.
Jacksonville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 0.22 high. Largemouth bass are good with spinners, brush hogs, finesse jigs, and shad like suspended jerk baits near docks, rip-rap, brush, and brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows in 11-26’ around submerged structure and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad and punch bait.
Joe Pool
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 1.31 low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing paddle tails, brown/red football jigs, crankbaits, drop shots, and bladed spinners along channel ledges, steep bank edges, and rocky shorelines. Crappie are fair near brush piles and timber on minnows and jigs in 15-28’. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
Lake O’ the Pines
SLOW. Water stained; 49 degrees; 3.53 high. Largemouth bass are slow on drop shots, tail spinnerbaits, bladed jigs, and crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows in the standing timber areas along the creek channel, bridges, and brush piles in 15-28’’. Catfish are slow with cut bait or live bait.
Lavon
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 0.52 high. Crappie are fair on minnows or road runner jigs fishing 12-26’ over brush piles and around bridge columns. White bass are slow in the 20-30’ bouncing slabs and heavy spoons. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits, spoons, and finesse worms in 6-18’. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait in 14-25’.
LBJ
FAIR. Water clear; 55 degrees; 0.66 low. Black bass are slow on drop shots, suspended jerk baits, jigs, and crankbaits worked near brush, creek edges, and rock ledges. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles, rock ledges, and docks. White bass are fair over main lake points, flats, drop-offs, and humps with slabs. Catfish are slow on punch bait and cut bait in 14-28’.
Lewisville
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 0.35 high. Black bass are fair fishing points, rocky shorelines, and brush with the red/black football jigs, curly-tailed grubs, suspended jerk baits, shad like swimbaits. White bass are fair on bouncing slabs and jigging spoons in 20-35’. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles, bridges, and standing timber. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait.
Limestone
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 0.15 high. Largemouth bass are slow on plastic finesse worms, crankbaits, and skirted jigs along ledges, creek channels, and off rocky shorelines. White bass are fair with jigging spoons and slabs near flats, drop-offs, and ledges in the main lake in 20-35’. Crappie are slow on minnows around ledges, brush piles, and submerged timber. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait.
Livingston
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 56 degrees; 0.81’ high. Largemouth bass are good as most anglers prefer fishing deep for larger fish with worms and smaller crankbait. Habitat has been tough to pinpoint, so just start at creeks and work outward. Striped bass are good working ledges with shad. Crappie are good on minnows in submerged vegetation. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs in deep water. Catfish are fair on live bait.
Martin Creek
FAIR. Water stained; 58 degrees; 0.47 low. Largemouth bass are fair on blue/black skirted jigs, suspended jerk baits, shad like crankbaits, and white/chartreuse paddle tails in 12-25’. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 12-28’ in timber and brush piles. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait in 12-25’.
Medina
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 57 degrees; 32.16’ low. Black bass are still fair, but activity has not been high. As promised, it would drop temps making crankbait your best bait on traditional structures. White bass are good and attracted to bass baits. Striped bass are good on live bait when finding the right ledge. Crappie remain slow. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers, and blood baits.
Meredith
FAIR. Water stained; 46 degrees; 51.14’ low. Black bass are slow but schooled up when you find them below ledges. Deepwater is the only option as traditional structures are not available. Walleye are slow. Crappie are fair with jigs working the channel of the Canadian. White bass are slow. Channel catfish are fair fishing stinkbait and cut bait.
Millers Creek
FAIR. Water stained; 46 degrees; 0.11’ high. Largemouth bass are fair to slow with a rough week behind us. Vegetation and trees are the best spots on bass jigs, worms, and spinners. Crappie are good on jigs visibly working cover. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs amongst points. Catfish are fair mid-depth in coves with live, blood, and liver prepared baits.
Naconiche
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 55-59 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, spinners, and jigs over brush and shallower vegetation. Crappie are fair on jigs over minnows, moving slowly out deeper from structure. Sunfish are fair on cutworms and power bait close to the shore in less than 6 feet. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.
Nasworthy
GOOD. Water stained; 51 degrees. 0.80’ low. Black bass are fair among banks with vegetation on crankbaits, worms, and spinners. Crappie are good on jigs, slowly fishing brush, timber, and creek entrances. White bass are fair on small crankbaits finding the correct depth. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.
Navarro Mills
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.78 high. Crappie are slow on minnows around the marina, brush piles, and in standing timber in 15-30’. Catfish are slow with punch bait and cut bait. White bass are slow on slabs in 20-30’. Black bass are slow with flukes, jigs, and crankbaits near docks, brush piles, and timber.
O.C. Fisher
FAIR. Water stained; 52 Degrees. 41.68’ low. The low water continues to affect natural structure on the lake, but look for main lake humps and creek channels. Largemouth bass are good hanging around the rip rap on plastic worms, spinners, and jigs. Crappie are good but slowing on minnows with a lack of habitat. White bass are good with small crankbait above deep structure. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live and cut bait
O.H. Ivie
FAIR. Water clear; 49 degrees; 13.26’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged worms and minnows working deep standing timber and drops. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs working out around 10 feet. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.
Oak Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 3.82’ low. Largemouth bass are good when bottom bumping and finding drops on worms, spinners, and bass jigs. Crappie are good on jigs on brush piles around 12 feet. White bass are fairway deep on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines, nightcrawlers, live bait, and cut bait.
Palestine
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 1.10 high. Largemouth bass are fair working Carolina rigged worms, red/black or orange/green skirted jigs, and crawfish colored diving crankbaits near boat docks, creek bends, and ledges, and rocky coves. Crappie are fair on minnows around bridge columns and timber near a creek or drop off in 15-25’. Hybrid stripers are slow on live bait, A-rigs, and swimbaits. White bass are slow on slabs and jigging spoons. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait.
Palo Pinto
GOOD. Water clear; 51 degrees;1.54 low. Largemouth bass are good on points, flats, brushy or rocky shorelines with bladed spinners, pumpkin Texas-rigged plastic worms, medium crankbaits, and red/brown skirted jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near boat docks and brush piles in 14-28’. White bass are fair on slabs near main lake ridges, drop-offs, and flats. Hybrid bass are fair on live shad in 20-35’. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.
Possum Kingdom
FAIR. Water clear; 53 degrees; 0.42’ low. Largemouth bass are fair working submerged vegetation deeper than 15 feet on worms, crankbait, and spinners. Crappie are fair on jigs under docks. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs and spoons off drops. Striped bass are fair trolling live shad in open water looking for drops. Catfish are good on cut bait, live sunfish, and stinkbait.
Proctor
FAIR. Water clear; 54 degrees; 0.46 low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, tube baits, suspended jerk baits, green/orange skirted jigs, and purple or black drop shots near brush, creeks, and rocky shorelines in 14-28’. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait in the main lake around 23-35’. Crappie are fair with minnows in 14-28’ in standing timber and brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait.
Raven
GOOD. Water stained; 57 degrees; Largemouth bass are good with Carolina rigs, crankbaits, and spinners still looking towards the evening fishing and staying in the shallower warm-water coves. Sunfish are good on cutworms within 15 yards of the bank. Look for dense cover.
Ray Hubbard
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.12 low. Largemouth bass are fair on heavy football jigs, Carolina rigged plastic worms, and deep-diving crankbaits in timber, near banks, creeks, and drop-offs. White bass are slow fishing slabs and jigging spoons on main lake flats, humps, and points in 20-35’. Crappie are fair near bridges, brush piles, and submerged timber in with minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on cut bait and punch bait.
Ray Roberts
SLOW; Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 0.40 low. Largemouth bass are slow on crankbaits, jerk baits, and jigs near drop-offs, timber, points, and deep creeks. White bass are slow in 15-35’ on slabs near main lake points, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are slow on minnows and small jigs in brush piles and cover between 18-28’. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait.
Richland Chambers
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 49 degrees; 0.09 high. Largemouth bass are fair on finesse worms, bladed swim baits, football jigs, and silver/blue crankbaits fishing near boat docks, points, creeks, and submerged brush. White bass and hybrids are fair on slabs and jigging spoons on flats and humps. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs on bridge pilings, timber, and in brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait. Bream are slow.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 56 degrees; 2.26’ low. Largemouth bass are good with crankbaits, and Carolina rigged weighted worms. Points, vegetation, and shallow structures. White bass are fair on small spinners finding schools deep off brush or within drops. Crappie are consistently good in creeks and adding some brush around sixteen feet with jigs. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.
Somerville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 2.22 low. White bass and hybrids are good with live bait, white and chartreuse slabs, and jigging spoons in 20-40’ on main lake flats, slopes, ridges, and humps. Crappie are fair on slow minnows and jigs in brush piles and flooded timber in 14-25’. Catfish are good with cut bait and punch bait. Largemouth bass are fair with green pumpkin craws, blade baits, and football jigs near the creek bends, drop-offs, rocky shorelines, and roadbeds.
Spence
FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 40.33’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on rocks, and vegetation on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and buzzbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs or minnows. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait working around 15 feet.
Squaw Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.08 high. Catfishing is fair in baited areas with punch bait and cut bait. The largemouth bass fishing is fair around structure on plastic worms, spinners, and diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows in standing timber and brush piles.
Stamford
FAIR. Water stained; 50-52 degrees; 0.42’ high. Black bass are fair working vegetation and ledges over brush on Carolina rigged plastic worms, and crankbait. Crappie are good on live minnows pushing to around 8 feet. White bass are fair on live shad moving just a bit deeper to around 25 feet. Catfish are fair on live bait, and stinkbait prepped pellets.
Stillhouse
FAIR. Water stained; 54 degrees; 1.236 high. Black bass are slow on crankbaits, spinners, skirted jigs, and drop shots working brush piles, rock bluffs, and drop-offs. Smallmouth bass are fair with small jigs and plastic grubs near rocky banks, creek ledges, and drop-offs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in brush piles and standing timber in 14-28’. White bass are slow on slabs off main lake ridges, humps, drop-offs, and along the dam. Channel catfish are fair with punch bait. Blue cats are fair with cut bait or live bait near brush piles.
Sulphur Springs
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 49 degrees; 0.02 low. Largemouth bass are slow on jigs, brush hogs, and crankbaits near brush piles, creek bends, and fallen timber. Crappie are slow on minnows in 13-28’ near brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are fair on cut shad and punch bait in 12-25’.
Tawakoni
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.15 high. Blue Catfish are good on live bait and fresh cut bait. Channel catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged soft plastics, shad like diving crankbaits, football jigs, and swimbaits. White bass and hybrid stripers are fair on live bait and slabs near ridges, flats, and humps in the main lake. Trolling swim baits and diving crankbaits are effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows and lightweight jigs around brush piles, docks, and bridge pilings.
Texana
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 56 degrees; 0.04’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good working vegetation deeper than normal but still less than 12 feet. Dust off your crankbait, jigs, and Carolina rigged worms for the best success. Crappie are good, suspending over submerged vegetation favoring minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and live bait.
Texoma
FAIR. Water stained; 49 degrees; 1.13 high. Striped bass are good on slow-moving shad like swim baits and live bait. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Largemouth bass are slow fishing soft plastic swimbaits, deep diving crankbaits, bladed spinners, and flutter spoons in 12-25’. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near boathouses, timber, creek ledges, and brush piles in 15-25’. Catfish are fair on fresh cut bait and punch bait.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Mostly clear; 54-56 degrees; 2.33’ low. Black bass are good shallow and deep with different strategies. Deep use worms that you have to let drop deeper than you think, around 22 feet. Shallow fish bass jigs and crankbait around vegetation. White bass are fair deep over brush and just below the first significant drop. Crappie are good, favoring jigs over brush around 16 feet. Bream are good with small jigs and crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.
Travis
GOOD. Water clear; 57 degrees; 21.74 low. Largemouth bass are fair with medium diving blue crankbaits, red/orange skirted jigs, and drop shots near deeper boat docks, rock ledges, and points with drop-offs. White bass are fair with slabs or jigging spoons working main lake channel, drop-offs, and humps. Trolling is still effective with pearl or white swimbaits. Striper action along the main river channel is good with live bait. 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 12-26’.
Twin Buttes
FAIR. Water Stained. 49-50 Degrees. 11.77’ low. Black bass are fair with such slow, cold, and rough conditions along rip rap and vegetation on Carolina rigged worms and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs with lots of activity in calm covered water. Catfish are fair on live prepped and cut bait.
Tyler
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.41 high. Black bass are slow on craws, jigs, flukes, and crankbaits fishing docks, shorelines, and creek mouths. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in brush piles, structure, and timber in 18-25’. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait. White bass are slow in 18-30’ on slabs and jigging spoons.
Waco
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.81 low. Largemouth bass are fair on brown, black, and red skirted jigs, suspended jerk baits, and pearl paddle tail swim baits near the ledges, creeks, steep shorelines, and rocky coves. Crappie are fair on minnows fishing brush piles around 13-26’. Sunfish are slow on cutworms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait.
Walter E. Long
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 54 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair on purple or black drop shots, shad like crankbaits and chartreuse spinners near timber, creek mouths, and brushy shorelines. Hybrid stripers are fair with live shad or spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows in 14-24’ near brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait. Sunfish are slow on worms and crickets.
Weatherford
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 1.60 low. Largemouth bass are fair on crawfish colored football jigs, chrome crankbaits, and blue/green spinners near rocky shorelines and points, fallen timber, and brush. White bass are slow in 20-35’ with slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows around docks, marinas, and submerged cover. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait.
White River
SLOW. Water murky; 48–52 degrees; 24.95’ low. Drought conditions are still in place. Please check boat ramp access. Largemouth bass are slow, with live bait being your only option working laydowns and structure. Crappie are fair on small live minnows undercover. Walleye are slow. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and prepared bait near the Marina.
Whitney
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 2.42 low. Black bass are fair on creek ledges, main lake ridges, and drop-offs on suspended jerk baits, diving crankbaits, black or purple drop shots, and black/red skirted jigs. White bass are fair on the main lake channel with jigging spoons and slabs. Stripers are good with live shad along the main lake river channel edges in 20-35’. Crappie are good with minnows and lightweight jigs in 14-25’ timber near creek channels and brush piles. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait.
Worth
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 2.02 low. Largemouth bass are slow with Texas-rigged worms, crankbaits, spoons, and swimbaits working creek mouths, shorelines, and boat docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fishing brush piles, timber that lines a creek channel or drop-off and under docks. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait.
Wright Patman
SLOW. Water stained; 48 degrees; 12.37 high. Largemouth bass are slow on crankbaits and drop shots along creek channels, timber, and rocky points. White bass are slow on jigging spoons and slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs near structure and brush piles. Catfish are slow on punch bait and live bait.

 

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