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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 42–46 degrees; 9.67’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water murky; 58–62 degrees; 29.34’ low. Black bass are good on slabs, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on slabs, crankbaits, and grubs. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on shrimp, nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 41–45 degrees; 19.44’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 44–47 degrees; 1.04’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs and watermelon Senkos near grass. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
BASTROP Water stained; 56–60 degrees. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and chartreuse jigs. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 15–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 12.78’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with frozen shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 43–46 degrees; 1.86’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits and lipless crankbaits in shad pattern. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 43–47 degrees; 2.93’ low. Black bass are fair along creek channels and rocks on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft plastics and jerkbaits. Crappie are slow near the bridges. Catfish are slow drifting on shrimp, chicken livers and cut bait.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in the reeds and near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and shad at Dead Tree Point, and down rigging silver and gold spoons and marble spinners near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait near the spillway. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained, 42–46 degrees; 24.23’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and small spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines. Call ahead as lake access is becoming severely limited.
BROWNWOOD Water clear; 52–56 degrees; 12.57’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse jigs, crankbaits, and watermelon worms in 10–25 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles in 10–25 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, minnows and frozen shrimp in 10–20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 33.31’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red curl tail grubs on jigheads, black Curb’s hair jigs, and suspending crankbaits along ledges in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are fair drifting live shad, and jigging Spoiler Shad in 25–40 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CADDO Water stained; 45–48 degrees; 1.10’ high. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, flipping jigs and bladed jigs. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait near the railroad trestle. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 12.41’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkin JDC drop shot worms, Texas rigged Red Shad worms, and tubes on jigheads in stickups in 6–15 feet. Striped bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and trolling Shad Raps on down riggers over humps in the lower end of the lake. White bass are fair on blade baits along main lake bluffs. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke drop shot worms along main lake points and bluff ledges. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 44–47 degrees; 5.73’ low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 28.31’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, heavy jigs, and large soft plastic lizards in the grass. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and red/white tube jigs. Drum are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 19.32’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and dark red soft plastics, Rat–L–Traps, and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 52 degrees in main lake, 69 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.95’ low. Black bass to 7 pounds are fair on soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 10 pounds are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 22.01’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and pumpkinseed spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps in 15–35 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp.
COOPER Water clear, 43–47 degrees: 11.39’ low. No report available. Please call ahead to verify if launching a boat is possible.
FAIRFIELD Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD has discontinued stocking the lake after another kill in early September 2011. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers.
FALCON Water murky; 56–60 degrees; 26.89’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
FAYETTE Water stained. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water clear; 43–46 degrees; 7.16’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot finesse worms, suspending jerkbaits and umbrella rigs. Some fish being caught on black and blue jigs. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 42–45 degrees; 17.73’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are good on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water murky; 52–56 degrees; 10.48’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.
GRANGER Water stained; 48–52 degrees; 0.39’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 42–45 degrees; 12.36’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, weightless worms and Flick Shakes near the marinas. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
GREENBELT 44.99’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 48–52 degrees; 0.45’ high. Black bass to 3 pounds are fair on clear/metal flake Brush Hogs near the pump station in 8–12 feet. Smallmouth bass are fair on clear/metal flake Brush Hogs near the pump station in 8–12 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 42–46 degrees; 29.81’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 44–47 degrees; 1.70’ low. Black bass are fair on small swimbaits on jigheads, weightless flukes and fish head spins. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 45–48; degrees; 0.89’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 43–46 degrees; 12.39’ low. No report available. Call ahead to verify lake access due to low water.
LBJ Water stained; 54–58 degrees; 0.28’ low. Black bass are fair to good on green pumpkin tubes and black/blue Curb’s jigs around docks. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on Spoiler Shads. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles under heated docks. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 42–46 degrees; 7.29’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass 110 jerkbaits in Pro Blue and French Pearl, as well as football jigs near isolated rocky points on main lake. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 55–59 degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and Charlie slabs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 90.50’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 47–59 degrees; .03’ high. Black bass are slow on black and blue flipping jigs near laydowns and near bean bushes. Texas rigged craws and squarebill crankbaits around same cover is effective as well. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
MEREDITH 78.89’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water clear; 43–47 degrees; 0.79’ high. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs in black and blue and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 53–57 degrees; 2.10’ low. Black bass are good on slabs near the dam. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles near the dam in 8–10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cheesebait near the dam. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 42–46 degrees; 43.23’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 41–45 degrees; 25.52’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 42–45 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, medium crankbaits and umbrella rigs. Crappie are good on minnows on docks with brush. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
PALO DURO 58.05’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 42–47 degrees; 14.73’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slab. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
PROCTOR Water murky; 56–60 degrees; 12.78’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 42–46 degrees; 9.65’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, smaller umbrella rigs and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 42–45 degrees; 8.09’ low. Black bass are slow on Swormin’ Hornet jigheads rigged with flukes as well as drop shots worms near deeper timber. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 42–46 degrees; 10.57’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and weightless trick worms. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 56–60 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red and watermelon gold soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on live minnows and chartreuse spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on worms. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and liver.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 57–61 degrees; 1.34’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 73.73’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 17.15’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 0.66’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 56–60 degrees; 14.72’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 42–46 degrees; 28.28’ low. Black bass are fair on flutter spoons, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 44–47 degrees; 11.67’ low. No report available. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.
TEXOMA Water clear; 42–46 degrees; 5.70’ low. Black bass are hood on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and small crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles. Striped bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 2.73’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and doughbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 57.57’ low. Black bass are good on chrome jigging spoons, blue/black jigs, and smoke grubs in 30–45 feet. Striped bass are fair on chrome spoons in 30–40 feet. White bass are good on minnows and chrome jigging spoons in 35–50 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs in coves. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on red wigglers. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 43–46 degrees; 7.10’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 41–45 degrees; 29.22’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 10.66’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, liver, and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 43–47 degrees; 3.81’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin flipping jigs and bladed jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

 


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