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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 72–79 degrees; 9.27’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas rigs, Rat–L–Traps and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 34.43’ low. Black bass are good on jigs, Senkos, and craw worms. Striped bass are good on Rat–L–Traps, slab spoons, topwaters, shad, spooks, and small crankbaits. White bass are good on Rat–L–Traps, slab spoons, topwaters, shad, spooks, and small crankbaits. Catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 73–79 degrees; 19.52’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 73–77 degrees; 1.51’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin shakyheads, Texas rig worms and Yellow Magic topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.
BASTROP Water stained; 82–86 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and chartreuse/white Rat–L–Traps over grass. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 11.41’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and trolling Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 74–79 degrees; 2.41’ low. Black bass are fair on Ribbit buzzfrogs and black and blue flipping jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
BONHAM Water stained, 75–79 degrees; 2.68’ low. Black bass are slow along creek channel and on the rocks with shad pattern crankbaits and Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs along bridge pilings and deeper points with brush. Catfish are good along the rocks on shrimp, chicken livers and stinkbait.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad near the pier and at Dead Tree Point. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are excellent on liver, shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 73–78 degrees; 23.64’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and white spinnerbaits near rip rap. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. White bass are good on topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
BROWNWOOD Water clear; 78–82 degrees; 12.59’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/chartreuse tailed soft plastic worms, topwater frogs, torpedoes, and Pop–R’s on main lake flats near grass. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 10–20 feet, and under lighted docks at night. Channel catfish are good on cut bait and shrimp over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and worms.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 31.56’ low. Black bass are good on daiquiri JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, Rat–L–Traps, and wacky rigged watermelon red Whacky Sticks along docks and over flats early. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads plastic swim baits and drifting or free lining live bait early. White bass are fair but small trolling deep diving Shad Raps and jigging Tiny Traps and 2” plastic swim baits over humps along the river channel. Crappie are fair on pink/white or chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on rod/reel, juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained; 76–79 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, hollow body frogs and buzzbaits. White and yellow bass are slow on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits around reed beds. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are good on perch and tilapia along the shoreline. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 11.46’ low. Black bass are fair to good on JDC Skip–N–Pops, Pop R’s, and Texas rigged blue flake worms along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Smallmouth bass are fair on topwaters, root beer JDC grubs, and craws. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live goldfish and perch.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 5.21’ low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns near docks and shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 27.33’ low. Black bass are good on large soft plastic worms and lizards in 12–20 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait in 3–10 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.
COLEMAN Water clear; 78–82 degrees; 18.61’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white/red tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water murky; 80 degrees in main lake, 92 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.04’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps over grass in 8–12 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 21.59’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.46’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red and tequila sunrise Carolina rigged soft plastics and Senkos, and on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on Pirk Minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and shrimp.
COOPER Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 11.32’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms and drop shot worms in green pumpkin. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
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; 82–86 degrees; 31.34’ low. Black bass are fair on white and chartreuse/white crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and shad. 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 slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live bait, and shrimp over baited holes under trees.
FORK Water clear; 74–77 degrees; 5.91’ low. Black bass are fair on black blue flipping jigs on stumps in 2–10’ as well as squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 72–78 degrees; 16.82’ low. Black bass are fair to good on spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed Carolina rigged soft plastics, and on white spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.
GRANBURY Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 9.21’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on live bait. White bass are good on perch colored spinnerbaits and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and live bait.
GRANGER Water clear; 78–82 degrees; 0.34’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Blue catfish are good on fresh shad and prepared baits. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 73–77 degrees; 11.61’ low. Black bass are fair on 1/4oz double willow spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
GREENBELT 44.66’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 78–80 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are good on silver topwaters near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 73–78 degrees; 28.97’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, jigs, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs over deep cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 1.50’ low. Black bass are fair on shad pattern shallow to medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 74–79; degrees; 0.68’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, buzz frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 12.52’ low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
LBJ Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.39’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Curb’s Erratic jigs, watermelon red Whacky Sticks, and pumpkin 4” tubes in 10–18 feet at daylight. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and liver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 74–78 degrees; 6.69’ low. Black bass are slow on crankbaits and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are slow on topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 80–84 degrees; 0.81’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons, hellbenders, and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 90’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 85–91 degrees; 1.90’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
MEREDITH 78.67’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 89–94 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, buzzfrogs and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 1.44’ low. Black bass are fair on minnows and jigs off docks in Liberty Hill Park. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on perch.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 72–79 degrees; 41.46’ low. Black bass are fair to good on spinnerbaits, Texas rigs, jigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 72–78 degrees; 24.81’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, shakyheads, crankbaits, Carolina rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 73–78 degrees; 0.72’ low. Black bass are good on swim jigs, bladed jigs and topwaters. Some fish being caught on shallow crankbaits as well. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
PALO DURO 56.26’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 72–79 degrees; 15.22’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, drop shot rigs, Carolina rigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Road Runners. Striped bass are fair on live shad and while trolling. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 12.27’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored Rat–L–Traps early. Striped bass are good on silver striper jigs and shad. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on goldfish and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 74–79 degrees; 9.62’ low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits and small swimbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 7.15’ low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 74–77 degrees; 9.37’ low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and weightless Senkos. White bass are fair on topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 2.02’ low. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms and crankbaits. White bass are good on silver spoons off points. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and shrimp.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/chartreuse tailed soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs near the marina. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait, shrimp, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 70.39’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 16.61’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.70’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 12.37’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, hot dogs, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 71–77 degrees; 27.64’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 11.15’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on topwaters. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.
TEXOMA Water clear; 73–78 degrees; 6.37’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, medium crankbaits and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows on brush piles. Striped bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 2.70’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/blue flake Finesse and redbug soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good but small on punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 57.05’ low. Black bass are good on perch colored topwaters, watermelon worms, and grubs. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse/white striper jigs. White bass are fair on chrome jigging spoons and minnows in 35–42 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and fresh cut bait in 28–45 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live bait. White bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 8.50’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 71–78 degrees; 28.36’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 9.96’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed/white Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits on main lake points and flats. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and green spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, and stinkbait, and live bait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 4.82’ high. Black bass are slow on flipping tubes and flipping jigs near shallow cover. Some fish being caught on hollow body frogs and Ribbits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

 


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