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ALAN HENRY Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 17.85’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Carolina rigs and jigs. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 41.90’ low. Black bass are good on Senkos, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on shad and watermelon topwaters. White bass are fair on chartreuse topwaters and spinnerbaits. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and frozen shrimp over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 83–88 degrees; 18.54’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and topwater walking type baits along edges of grass. Crappie are good on white jigs. Catfish are fair on rod and reel.
BASTROP Water stained; 85–89 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 9.20’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 1.35’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged soft plastics on brush piles. Some topwater action early. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 80–84 degrees; 2.56’ low. Black bass are good early along points using topwaters. Later in the day move to ridges, humps and points along the creek. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows on offshore brush piles up to 20’. Catfish are excellent along the rocks with stinkbait, chicken liver and cut shad.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad off points. Redfish are fair downrigging near the jetty and dam. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 81–84 degrees; 22.52’ low. Black bass are good on small soft plastic swimbaits on jigheads fished near rocky points on main lake. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 12.25’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red spinnerbaits and soft plastics in 12–15 feet. Hybrid striper are fair trolling or drifting shad at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies in 10–18 feet. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 28.97’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, white crankbaits, Chug Bugs and chartreuse soft plastics in 2–8 feet at first light. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and black buzzbaits near shallow cover. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are good down rigging silver and gold spoons and live bait near the dam in 10–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, cheesebait, shrimp, and shad near the railroad trestle and 181 cove. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 9.72’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse topwaters and Texas rigged blue flake worms and split shot Whacky Sticks along break lines. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits over and around humps and jigging 1oz. Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and pumpkin jigs in 12–28 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs in standing timber. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 83–86 degrees; 4.07’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin and Carolina rigged centipedes on deeper brush piles. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 26.06’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white spinnerbaits and large soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are good on live perch and goldfish.
COLEMAN Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 17.65’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastic worms and lizards. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water stained; 88 degrees in main lake, 100 degrees at hot water discharge; 2.52’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics and spinnerbaits over grass beds in 6–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 25 pounds are good on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch and goldfish in 10–14 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 21.63’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed and watermelon red Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on green striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.
COOPER Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 8.93’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot finesse worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.
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; 85–89 degrees; 31.54’ low. Black bass are good on Brush Hogs and shallow running crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on stinkbait. 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 chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps early and late. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and shad over baited holes.
FORK Water clear; 83–86 degrees; 4.07’ low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits, flutter spoons and drop shot worms in 15–20’. White and yellow bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows on brush piles and bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines and chicken liver.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 84–89 degrees; 15.1’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Zell Pops, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed soft plastic worms and white crankbaits, and on spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and live bait.
GRANBURY Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 6.00’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.
GRANGER Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 0.67’ high. Black bass are fair on perch colored spinnerbaits upriver around timber. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on white tube jigs in 4–15 feet. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 10.13’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rig Speed Craws and topwaters near floating docks. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
GREENBELT 43.72’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water fairly clear; 86–90 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on crankbaits, perch colored topwaters, and watermelon red soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows around brush. Bream are good on live worms off grassy banks. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 83–89 degrees; 27.39’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, midmorning switching to Texas rigs, crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs over deep cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 82–85 degrees; 1.17’ low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 82–86; degrees; 1.59’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rig creature baits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 81–86 degrees; 11.47’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.36’ low. Black bass are fair on white Curb’s Erratic jigs and perch crankbaits in 4–12 feet. Striped bass are good on Creme Lure’s 2” Spoiler Shads and Little Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are fair on Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are very good on nightcrawlers, liver, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 5.20’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on topwaters, shallow crankbaits and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 83–87 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on hellbenders, pet spoons, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 89.17’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 85–91 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits along deeper points and breaks. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on punch bait and trotlines.
MEREDITH 79.68’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 95–101 degrees; 1.03’ low. Black bass are good on deep diving crankbaits and drop shot finesse worms near the discharge. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.59’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are good on Humdingers, Little Georges, and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs around structure. Channel catfish are good on cut shad and stinkbait. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 39.57’ low. Black bass are good on Zara Spooks early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs, jigs and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 23.78’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Carolina rigs, jigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 82–85 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are slow on flukes and weightless Senkos near docks. Some deeper fish being caught on football jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.
PALO DURO 54.39’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 83–89 degrees; 15.37’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and medium running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Little Georges. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 11.33’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits. Striped bass are good on live shad. White bass are fair on live shad and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 8.17’ low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits and football jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad and nightcrawlers.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 82–85 degrees; 5.93’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged worms and medium diving crankbaits near creek channels. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 82–85 degrees; 7.95’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and swim jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.14’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon topwaters and chartreuse soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes in 20–25 feet. Bream are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, cut bait, and liver.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on dead shad, live minnows, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 75.37’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 15.9’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.57’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 10.27’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 83–88 degrees; 26.59’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Carolina rigs, split shot weighted flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 9.77’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.
TEXOMA Water clear; 82–85 degrees; 5.24’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and drop shot finesse worms along deeper points. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs on brush piles. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and plum soft plastic worms early and late, and on topwaters among schooling fish. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush in 20–25 feet. Bream are excellent on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 54.20’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver slabs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 7.72’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 29.58’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 8.11’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on minnows and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 83–857degrees; 5.71’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and swim jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

 


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