The Basin Report

Texas Weekly Fishing Report

Fishing report provided weekly by the Texas Parks and Wildlife.  Information from all statewide freshwater lakes comes from bait shops, marinas, and local lake fishing guides.  Visit some of the most scenic fishing holes of any state in the U.S.

Texas Parks & Wildlife fishing report for weekend of September 17-19.

Alan Henry
FAIR. Water clear; 84 degrees; 1.19 feet low. The fall fishing pattern transition is just around the corner as the lake temperature begins to decline. There has been a massive shad spawn as well, bringing the fish out to feed. Black bass spotted bass, and largemouth bass are good with success using earthworms. Fish are schooling up, so use depth finders to locate. Fish with jigs and earthworms. Crappie are good on minnows seeking out the structures. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.
Amistad
GOOD. Water clear; 80 degrees; 46.12 feet below. Summer fishing patterns persist. Bass are good on edges of the vegetation in 12-15 feet of water using Texas rigged worms, craws the grass, drop shot, and Ned rigs on primary and secondary points. White bass are good below 20 feet. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and cut bait. Remember to stay on the Texas side of the lake unless you possess a Mexican Fishing License.
Arlington
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 3.37 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; 80 degrees; 1.14 feet low. Summer fishing patterns persist, but as the water temperature continues to cool, the pattern will change. Channel and blue catfish are good using cheese bait over baited holes or drifting with fresh cut shad. There is plenty of shade to be found. When you find it, you may find other catches mixed in. Black and white bass are slow. Crappie are good in deeper water using minnows and jigs.
Athens
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 91 degrees; 0.04 feet high. Largemouth bass are good on jigs, crankbaits, and Carolina rigged plastic worms working the docks, humps, and roadbeds with some topwater action early and late in the day. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs near timber, brush piles, and boat docks. Catfish are good on live bait and earthworms. Sunfish are good on doubt bait, crickets, and cut earthworms.
Austin
GOOD. Water clear; 79 degrees; 0.66 feet low. The water is beginning to cool down, and we should see Fall fishing patterns coming soon. Largemouth bass are fair on drop shots, football jigs, craws, and diving crankbaits along rock ledges, bluffs, marinas, and main lake points. Sunfish are good on shrimp, cut earthworms, and live crickets along vegetation edges, near boat docks, brush, and rocks. Catfish are good with chicken liver and punch bait.
B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees; 0.63 feet low. Summer fishing patterns persist. Black bass are fair only on the edges of the hot summer days, searching vegetation edges, mid-depth points, and some river structures on jigs, worms, and crankbait. Crappie are fair with minnows on the structure edges and above brush piles. Sunfish are fair with jigs and crickets. Catfish are good day and night on cut and prepped bait.
Bastrop
GOOD. Water clear; 90 degrees. The water is beginning to cool down, and we should see Fall fishing patterns coming soon. 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; 81 Degrees; 0.58 feet low. The water is beginning to cool down, and we should see Fall fishing patterns coming soon. Black bass are good on blue flecked Texas-rigged plastic worms, chartreuse swim jigs, and bladed spinners. White bass are good on the main lake points, flats, and humps using white/chartreuse jigging spoons and slabs. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait and pearl swimbaits in the main lake along the channel edges where bait is present. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles and timber in water depths 14-25 feet. Catfish are good on chicken liver, live, and cut bait.
Benbrook
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 4.71 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 fair 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; 80 degrees; 0.90 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; Stained; 89 degrees. Boaters are catching redfish using trolling spoons and live baits. It has been a slow bite for catfish and stripers. Bass are fair on topwaters and spinnerbaits. Bank fisherman having success catching catfish on cut bait, cheese bait, and nightcrawlers.
Bridgeport
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.17 feet low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, blue or purple Texas-rigged plastic worms, pearl flukes, and shaky head jigs working rip rac, points, timber, and channel ledges. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs working bridge pilings, timber, and brush piles. White bass are good on main lake channels and flats with live bait, jigging spoons, and slabs. Hybrid stripers are good along the main lake channel with live baits. Catfish are good on shrimp, live bait, and prepared bait.
Brownwood
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.03 feet low. The water is beginning to cool down, and we should see Fall fishing patterns coming soon. 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; 80 degrees; 2.23 feet low. The water is beginning to cool down, and we should see Fall fishing patterns coming soon. Largemouth bass are good with blue, black, or purple Texas-rigged plastic worms, grey flukes, white swimbaits, perch like crankbaits, and white bladed spinners. Topwater plugs and plastic frogs are effective early in the morning. Striped bass are good along the river channel with live bait and topwaters early in the day. White bass are good on swimbaits, slabs, and jigging spoons on main lake points, flats, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows and white/chartreuse jigs working brush piles and timber near deeper water. Channel catfish are good on live bait, nightcrawlers, and punch bait. Blue catfish are good on fresh cut bait and live bait.
Caddo
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.29 feet high. Largemouth bass are good working crankbaits, flipping jigs, buzz baits, wacky rigs, and drop shots near creek channels and 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; Slightly Stained; 90 degrees. Shoreline fishermen are having success for red drum and catfish on live bait and cheese bait. Boaters are catching redfish on shrimp and trolling spoons.
Canyon Lake
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87-90 degrees; 3.01 feet low. 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 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
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.55 feet low. Largemouth bass are good with chartreuse flukes, diving crankbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms near brush piles, docks, and timber in 14-28 feet of water. Hybrids and sand bass are good on main lake points, humps, and flats using spoons, slabs, and live bait. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs in brush piles, beneath boat docks and bridges. Catfish are good using live bait, punch bait, and chicken liver.
Choke Canyon
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 16.76 feet low. Crappie are excellent on brush piles in 20 feet of water with jigs and minnows. Fish the trees in 20-30 feet of water using minnows or white jigs. Largemouth bass are fair, primarily located in deep brush in water depth of 20-25 feet. It can also be found 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 continue to seek deeper water but are caught along ledges during the day and 12-15 feet flats later in the evening. Alligator gar are good using shad and carp.
Cisco
GOOD. Water stained; 70 degrees; 1.81 feet low. Summer fishing patterns remain the same, fishing in deeper waters as the summer heats persist. 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 remains fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish have been fair on stinkbait, chicken livers, and cut shad.
Coleman
FAIR. Slightly stained. 79 degrees; 0.33 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. Stained; 87 degrees; 1.28 feet low. The water level has risen after the rains from Hurricane Nicholas. The catfish bite is consistent. There is still a lot of small fish to contend with on most spots. Liver, shrimp, or prepared are still the go-to baits in water depths 16-25 feet. Some larger blue cats are starting to show and will improve as the water cools. The thermocline is deeper this week at 30 feet. Some sporadic early morning hybrid striped bass surface activity on the south side of the lake. Half-ounce silver spoons have effective when you get right on the school. Still, some hybrid striped bass are taking bait in the catfish spots also. Crappie are slow, but early morning bite has been better than the afternoon in 14-21 feet of water. Minnows, constant pursuit outfits, and Lone Star Crappie Jigs have been better for the morning bite. You do need to move to several spots. Black bass are early morning topwater action transitioning from the main lake to the back of creeks as the day progresses. Look for schooling bass early. There are large bass mixed in. Always wear your life jacket.
Cooper
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.34 feet low. 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; 85 degrees; 1.64 feet low. 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 State Park. Catfish are good on cut bait and cheese bait.
Eagle Mountain
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.99 feet low. Black bass are good fishing crankbaits, purple plastic worms rigged Texas-style and football jigs near points, brushy shorelines, and timber. White bass are good with white swimbaits, chrome slabs, and live bait fishing flats and humps. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs working near docks, submerged brush, and timber in creeks in 13-25 feet of water. Catfish are good on chicken liver, live and punch bait.
Falcon
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 41.09 feet low. Summer patterns persist. Fish are moving further from the banks seeking deeper water and structures as water levels recede. Other than searching in deeper waters, the fishing patterns are consistent. Black Bass are best on the south end of the lake up to (8lbs), throwing deep diving crankbaits on rocks in 10 to 15 ft of water, also a Texas-rigged Senko in brush piles in the same depth. Trophy catfish are in deeper waters during the day and in the shallow flats early morning late evening using any fresh cut bait. Keeper catfish are in 10-20 feet of water in submerged trees and man-made brush piles using punch bait, stink bait, cheese bait, and finger-sized shad. Crappie can be found in water depths 15-30 feet in submerged timber and brush piles using live bait or plastic jigs. Alligator gar are good on cut bait, preferably carp, fishing bottom and top, coves, and shallow flats with submerged vegetation. Black bass are good in the shallows on square bills early morning, moving to 19-20 feet of water as the day heats up. Bigger catches are coming on jigs, bigger crankbaits, shaky heads, Texas rigs, senkos using watermelon and green, pumpkin, and purple colors. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican Fishing License.
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
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 1.42 feet low. Largemouth bass are good. Early morning bite is in water depths 2-5 feet using Z-man chatterbaits. The mid-morning bite is in 10-15 feet of water, and the bream beds using Carolina or Texas rigs, 10-inch worms in blue or green flake. Transitioning midday to shad-colored deep-diving Bill Norman DD22 crankbaits. White and yellow bass are good using live bait, jigging spoons, and slabs on humps and main lake points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles, bridges, and timber. Catfish are good using chicken liver, cut, and live bait.
Ft. Phantom Hill
GOOD. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.26 feet low. Water temperature is starting to decline, so the fish are slightly more active. White bass are aggressively feeding. Anywhere from 8-25 feet of water and tons of surface action seen this week. Look around the main lake structure and around the islands. Channel catfish are good fish-backed holes around stickups/cattails in 4-10 feet of water using stink bait below a bobber for best success. Look for baitfish in shallow water with cover such as lily pads in the back of coves to produce bait.
Gibbons Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 80 degrees; 2.67 feet low. Summer fishing patterns persist. Best bites are in the early morning and evening. Largemouth bass are fair fishing over brush with several suspended per location. Drag over spinners, worms, and crankbait. The white bass bite is excellent on topwater. Crappie are fair on jigs in water depths 14-16 feet, off drop-offs using minnows jigs. Channel blue catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait throughout the lake. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Graham
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 1.45 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on drop shots, spinnerbaits, shaky head jigs, and crankbaits working near timber, docks, points, and grass lines. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles, under boat docks, and near brush piles. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons on points, flats, and humps. Hybrid stripers are good on spoons, swimbaits, and live bait. Catfish are good on punch bait and live bait.
Granbury
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.34 feet low. Largemouth bass are good off main lake points and drop-offs using artificials. Crappie fishing is good in 15-20 feet of water, around brush piles, boat docks, and bridge pilings with minnows. White bass are slow, try using chartreuse or silver slabs fishing in 15-20 feet of water over humps. Catfishing is good with chicken liver, punch bait, and live bait. Stripers are good with live bait and top waters (early) along the main lake channel.
Granger
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Cooler water temperatures should make for some good fishing. 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
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.06 feet high. Largemouth bass are fair on spinners, shaky heads, Texas-rigged plastic worms, swimbaits, and diving crankbaits near brush piles, points, and docks. White bass are good near main lake channels, flats, and points using slabs, swimbaits, and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows in marinas and brush piles. Catfish are fair on chicken liver, live bait, and earthworms.
Greenbelt
SLOW. Water stained; 87 degrees; 38.41 feet low. Summer fishing patterns persist. Black bass are slow as due to the heat, fish deeper waters. Catfish are fair on live bait, suspending bait 3 feet from the bottom. Walleye are fair as they have been more challenging this year than in previous years. Sunfish and crappie are good when fishing shallow structures with live bait. White bass are slow.
Houston County
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 78 degrees; 0.21 feet below. Largemouth bass are good moving up as the water cools down in water depths of 1-14 feet. Use topwater frogs for the early morning bite and crankbaits or Carolina rigs in the afternoon. Crappie are good, suspended around brush and standing timber in water depths 12-18 feet using minnows. Whitebass are schooling from the surface to 20 feet of water and biting on silver slab spoons.
Hubbard Creek
GOOD. Water clear; 81 degrees; 0.69 feet low. Shad are plentiful and easily found on just about any wind-blown main-lake point in 15-25 feet of water. White bass very active topwater bite on main lake points and around Tanglewood islands. Try rooster tail baits in white and chartreuse. Channel catfish are good in 4-10 feet of water. Use stink bait and fish baited holes around stickups/cattails. Fish crappie using a light road runner style jig flung under docks with ample shade and work bridge pilings. Many bass anglers are catching fish around hydrilla.
Jacksonville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees; 0.29 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 timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.
Joe Pool
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.09 feet high. Largemouth bass are good fishing wacky worms, drop shots, and shaky head jigs along rocky shorelines, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are good near brush piles on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on chicken liver, punch bait, and cut bait.
Lake O’ the Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.25 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on blue or black Texas-rigged plastic worms, diving crankbaits, football jigs, and pearl swimbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles, fallen timber, and deep creek bends and ledges. Catfish are good with punch bait, earthworms, or cut bait.
Lavon
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 2.19 feet low. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs, fishing bridge pilings, and brush piles. White bass are good with slabs, jigging spoons, and live bait. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Black bass are fair on shaky head jigs, diving crankbaits, and Carolina rigged plastic worms. Catfish are good on cut bait and live bait.
LBJ
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 78 degrees; 0.65 feet low. Black bass are fair on plastic worms, football jigs, swimbaits, and diving crankbaits worked near rocky shorelines, main lake points, and timber in water depths 14-28 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows around brush piles, rock ledges, and docks. White bass are good near main lake channels, flats, and humps with live bait, swimbaits, and slabs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, live bait, and cut bait.
Lewisville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.32 feet low. Black bass are good fishing points, timber, and brush using Texas-rigged plastic worms, drop shots, crankbaits, flutter spoons, and shaky head jigs. White bass are good on live bait, slabs, and swimbaits on main lake flats, humps, and points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles and bridge pilings. Catfish are good on chicken liver, cut bait, and live bait.
Limestone
GOOD. Water clear; 81 degrees; 0.73 feet low. Start the day off with topwater action for largemouth bass, then transition to 17 feet of water using Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, crankbaits, and jigs. Crappie are suspended around brush, standing timber, and power lines in water depths 12-18 feet. Whitebass are schooling throughout the day in 1-17 feet of water. Throw silver slab spoons to hook a few.
Livingston
FAIR. Stained; 82 degrees; 0.20 feet low. Fish should be more active as the rainfall cools the water temperature. Fishermen are reporting more topwater action. Fishing patterns are still in the summer pattern, waiting for the first cold front to change. White bass are good following shad in deeper water. Success is around Pine Island, Dove Island, and Governor’s Point. Black bass are fair using jigs, weighted worms, crankbait, and topwater. The best habitats have been points and working vegetation. Striped bass are fair moving around the bridge. Crappie are good with jigs working vegetation and above some structures deeper than 10 feet depth. Catfish are good in 30 feet of water on live baits and stinkbait.
Martin Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.95 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on red or purple Texas-rigged plastic worms, bladed spinners, diving crankbaits, and football jigs. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait.
Medina
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 78 degrees; 41.76 feet low. Summer fishing patterns persist. Black bass are fair picking your spots deep below ledges and points 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
FAIR. Water stained; 78 degrees; 49.73 feet low. The night bite is good at the docks after 10 p.m. Walleye are good in 30-40 feet of water using minnows. Sand bass are good early morning in the shallows on minnows. Catfish are good on crawlers and blood baits at Spring Canyon and Stilling Basin. Largemouth bass are good on early morning topwater.
Millers Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 76 degrees; 0.34 feet low. Summer fishing patterns persist. 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, blood, and liver-prepared baits.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 78 degrees. Summer fishing patterns persist. Largemouth bass are good, moving out from standing and fallen timber with worms and jigs and vegetation with topwater, jigs, or worms. Crappie are fair on jigs seeking shade. Sunfish are fair on jigs and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut, and live bait.
Nasworthy
GOOD. Water Murky; 82 degrees. 1.09 feet low. Black bass are great as heat drives bass to shelter and deeper water. Worms, spinners, and crankbaits are good suspending above brush and fallen timber. Crappie are good but slowing with jigs. White bass are fair mid-depth. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.
Navarro Mills
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.52 feet low. Crappie are good on jigs tipped with minnows around timber, docks, and main lake brush piles. Catfish are good with chicken liver, punch bait, and nightcrawlers. White bass are good on white slabs, chartreuse swimbaits, and live bait. Black bass are good with blue or purple plastic worms, swimbaits, shaky head jigs, and crankbaits near brush piles, timber, and drop-offs.
O.C. Fisher
FAIR. Water stained; 82 Degrees. 40.87 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 some bigger 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; 80 degrees; 14.55 feet low. Largemouth bass and white bass are great using half-inch pumpkinseed jigs, and ten-inch power worms. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.
Oak Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 78 degrees; 4.14 feet low. Summer fishing patterns persist. Largemouth bass remain good at first light with topwater. Moving to structures like boulders, fallen timber, and flooded vegetation with Texas rigged worms, crankbait, and jigs. Crappie are good on live minnows suspended and jigs moving through and understructure. White bass are fair in deep parts of the lake. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live bait, and cut bait.
Palestine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.18 feet low. Largemouth bass are good working perch like crankbaits, shaky head jigs, drop shots, and swimbaits working brush, flats, brush piles, and points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush piles, docks, bridge columns, and timber. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait and swimbaits. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons on main lake points, channel ledges, and flats. Catfish are good on punch bait and chicken liver.
Palo Pinto
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 0.37 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on deeper points, humps, ridges, and brushy shorelines with silver spoons, crankbaits, flukes, and football jigs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows near bridge columns and brush piles. White bass are fair on slabs, jigging spoons, and live bait near humps, points, and flats. Hybrid bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on cut bait, earthworms, and chicken liver.
Possum Kingdom
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.26 feet low. Fishing is starting to transition into the Fall pattern. Stripers are good using downriggers while trolling, some topwater action as well. Catfish are fair on cut bait.
Proctor
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.53 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas rigged plastic worms, diving crankbaits, flukes, and football jigs near main lake points, roadbeds, humps, and rocky shorelines. Hybrid stripers are good with live bait and swimbaits. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs near timber and brush piles in water ranging 14-28 feet. Catfish are good on cut bait, live bait, and earthworms.
Raven
GOOD. Water stained; 82 degrees; Summer fishing patterns persist, and the bite takes more patience in this heat. Largemouth bass are fair working along the reeds and hydrilla using a shaky head with a Junebug finesse worms. Try the north end of the lake. Sunfish are fair on power bait pellets, crickets, and cutworms.
Ray Hubbard
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.97 feet low. White bass are good on flats early at daylight using inline spinners. Look for shad popping slightly to find the spot. When the morning bite stops on the flats, fish are transitioning to structures like humps and levees in 17-24 feet of water using a 3/4 ounce slab. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, football jigs, swimbaits, and crankbaits near rocky banks, flats, brush piles, and timber areas. White bass are fair schooling early morning in 15-24 feet of water, letting a net spinner cast sink before reeling in. Hybrid bass are good in the south end of the lake in structures on 3-inch sassy shad. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs in brush piles and timber. Catfish are good on live bait, chicken liver, and punch bait.
Ray Roberts
FAIR; Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.15 feet high. White bass fishing is good on the early morning topwater bite, then transitioning to deeper water later in the day with slabs and jigging spoons on points, humps, and ridges. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, spinners, and jigs near timber, rip rac, and drop-offs. Crappie are fair on minnows around timber, bridge columns, and in brush piles. Catfish are good on chicken liver and cut bait.
Richland Chambers
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.90 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on drop shots, shaky head jigs, Texas-rigged plastic worms, and shad-like crankbaits fishing near points, docks, and rocky shorelines. White bass and hybrids are good on live bait, slabs, and swimbaits near main lake flats, humps, and points. Crappie are good on minnows near bridge pilings, brush piles, and timber. Catfish are good on cut bait, punch bait, and chicken liver. Bream fishing is good with dough bait, cut earthworms, and live crickets.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 81 degrees; 1.27 feet low. The fish are still in the summer pattern and will remain consistent until the weather changes. Topwater frog bite is getting better in the early morning as more grass begins to emerge. The fish are schooling on flats, and the off-shore bite is good off ridges and points. Largemouth bass are good on points and ledges using topwater frogs and in the grass lines using jigs. Schooling bass are good on crankbaits off the flats. Crappie are good in the 18-22 feet of water flipping around in brush piles by the cypress trees biting on shiners.
Somerville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.13 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, and diving crankbaits near the timber, brush piles, and roadbeds.
Spence
FAIR. Water stained; 79 degrees. 36.05 feet low. Fishing has been slow. Look in deeper waters as the heat persists and water temperature increases. Black bass are fair working steep rocky ledges and deep structures. White bass, hybrid bass, and crappie are slow. 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; 79 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Fishing patterns remain consistent. Largemouth bass are good fishing north near the dam and plant depths on Carolina-rigged soft plastic worms and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on fallen timber and humps. White bass are fair on points with live shad. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.
Stillhouse
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.21 feet low. Black bass are good on drop shots, shad-like crankbaits and spinners working vegetation, grass lines, hydrilla beds early in the day, deeper water and timber with football jigs, diving crankbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms. Smallmouth bass are good with plastic grubs, small spoons, and rooster tails near rocky shorelines, rock ledges, and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles and timber. White bass are good on slabs and live bait off main lake points, humps and drop-offs. Channel catfish are good with nightcrawlers and punch bait. Blue catfish are good with fresh-cut bait and live bait.
Sulphur Springs
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 90 degrees; 2.84 feet low. 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; 81 degrees; 2.84 feet low. Blue Catfish are good on fresh cut bait and live bait. Channel Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait. Largemouth Bass are good on diving crankbaits, Texas-rigged plastic worms, football jigs, and bladed spinners near rocky areas, docks, and flats. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on swimbaits, slabs, and live bait near the main lake channel, flats, drop-offs, and humps. Crappie are good on minnows and black/chartreuse jigs around brush piles, docks, and bridge pilings.
Texana
FAIR. Water stained; 79 degrees; 0.61 feet low. Summer fishing patterns persist, with early and evening bites bringing the most success. Largemouth bass remain fair fishing summer cover along deep and steep drops. 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; 80 degrees; 1.45 feet low. Striped bass are good on live bait along the river channel with some topwater action at sunrise. White bass are good on silver slabs and white swimbaits. Largemouth bass are good fishing flukes, shaky head jigs, crankbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near boathouses, timber near a channel, and brush piles. Catfish are good on earthworms, chicken liver, and live bait.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Air and water temperatures are cooling down on Toledo Bend Lake. The water level is 168.0, with one generator operating 4 hours a day (from 1- 5 p.m.). The fish bite is starting to pick up for the kayakers and fly rod fishers in shallow water on a topwater Frog imitation darter and a subsurface Baby Ringo (black and blue). The Perch are making their nests getting ready to spawn on the next Moon phase. You can catch bluegill (perch) on crickets, live worms, and countdown spider flies. The bass fishermen are catching great numbers of spotted bass off the ridges and creek bends just South of the Pendleton Bridge on the Texas side using drop-shots rigs and speed traps. Some white bass are schooling in late evening south of the bridge also. The crappie bite is still in deep water. Some of the guides are catching crappie on small minnows, jigs, and some Natural Forage baits in a T-Shad color (white with black pepper). Watch your Moon phases for your best bite and times. Good luck and tight lines! Safety Reminder: Everyone needs to wear their life jackets (PFDs) while in or around the lake. Renew your licenses and pick up the new 2021-2022 Texas Parks & Wildlife (handbook) Outdoor Annual. It’s now 114 pages and contains new laws and regulations.
Travis
FAIR. Water clear; 78 degrees; 17.11 feet low. We are so close to the fall fishing as the lake starts to cool down, but not quite there yet. While the water temperature is still high, look for bass where they can seek cover. Largemouth bass are good with red, purple, or black Carolina rigged plastic worms, football jigs, shad-like crankbaits, bladed spinners around docks, points, rock ledges, and brush piles. White bass are good with jigging spoons, slabs, and live bait working main lake points, channel ledges, and flats. Stripers action along the main river channel is good with live bait and trolling striper rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows near docks, brush piles, and creeks. Catfish are fair on punch bait, chicken liver, and live baits.
Twin Buttes
FAIR. Water Stained. 79 Degrees. 11.59 feet low. Summer fishing patterns remain consistent. Black bass are fair, sticking to the west side in the afternoons for the shade. Points and ledges are also good, but the heat drives the fish to surface or submerged shade. Crappie are good on humps on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow in deep water. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits.
Tyler
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.22 feet low. Black bass are good on tubes, football jigs, crankbaits, and Carolina-rigged plastic worms near points, flats, and brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait, chicken liver, and punch bait. White bass are good with slabs and swimbaits. Bream are good with dough bait, live crickets, or cutworms.
Waco
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.39 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters and plastic frogs early in the day, Carolina-rigged plastic worms, shad-like crankbaits, and football jigs working the timber, creek ledges, and rocky shorelines. Crappie are good on minnows, working bridge pilings, and brush piles. Sunfish are good on cut earthworms, crickets, and dough bait. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken liver, punch, and cut bait.
Walter E. Long
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees. Largemouth bass are good on double-bladed spinners, square billed crankbaits, and drop shots near points, rocks, and brushy shorelines. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait, large silver spoons, and chartreuse swimbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles, creeks, and timber. Catfish are good on chicken liver, live and punch bait. Sunfish are good on crickets, cutworms, and shrimp pieces.
Weatherford
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 1.21 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
FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 19.83 feet low. Summer fishing patterns remain consistent to weeks past. Largemouth bass continue to be fair try around the dam and in deeper water with rocks, vegetation, and drops, fishing minnows, bumping worms, jigs, and crankbait. Crappie are fair on jigs or minnows above vegetation and in structures less than 7 feet. Walleye are good on minnows. Channel Catfish are good on dough bait and minnows on the bottom.
Whitney
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.99 feet low. Black bass are good on blue or black Carolina rigged plastic worms, diving crankbaits, bladed spinners, and shaky head jigs near brush, timber, and rock ledges in 12-22 feet of water. White bass are good along the main lake channel, flats, and humps with white and chartreuse swimbaits and slabs. Stripers are good with live bait along the main lake river channel edges. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs in timber, creek channels, and brush piles. Catfish are good on chicken liver, punch bait, and live bait.
Worth
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 1.21 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair with shaky head jigs, diving crankbaits, and Carolina rigged plastic worms working points, brushy shorelines, and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs working brush piles, timber that lines a creek channel or drop-off, and under docks. Catfish are good on earthworms, chicken liver, and punch bait.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.63 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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