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03/08/2017 – John Snyder – Southwest Fishing News 

 

ALAN HENRY
Water clear on the main lake, stained toward the river; 60 degrees; 1.65’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads with trick worms, 7” Power Worms, swim jigs, medium and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie and bass are good on minnows. Catfish are excellent on rod and reel with cut bait and punchbait on baited holes.

AMISTAD
Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 20.72’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics, and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs, small crankbaits, and minnows. White bass are good on slabs, small crankbaits, and minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows up Devil’s River. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair 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 fairly clear; 55–61 degrees; 0.2’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, Texas rigs and slow rolled spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

ATHENS
Water lightly stained; 59–63 degrees; 0.36’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, Carolina rigged lizards and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BASTROP
Water stained; 65–69 degrees. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON
Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.67’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on light blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, shrimp, and stinkbait at night. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.

BOB SANDLIN
Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are good on flipping jigs, bladed jigs, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM
Water stained; 58–61 degrees; 2.88’ low. Black bass are slow on Rat L Traps, jerkbaits, jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs along creek channels. Catfish are good drifting cut bait.

BRAUNIG
Water murky. 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 near the pier. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are excellent on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and cut bait near the dam. Blue catfish are good on cut bait in 15–20 feet.

BRIDGEPORT
Water lightly stained, 58–62 degrees: 0.22’ high. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, squarebill crankbaits and medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BROWNWOOD
Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.38’ high. Black bass are fair on Brownwood craw jigs, watermelon spinnerbaits, craw colored crankbaits, and chrome/blue Rat–L–Traps along the shorelines. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies, Rat–L–Traps, and shad crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN
Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 1.99’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin JDC Craws, jerkbaits, and chartreuse Whacky Sticks in 12–20 feet. Striped bass are fair trolling crankbaits and striper jigs, and drifting live bait in 20–30 feet. White bass are fair on Shad Raps, Pirk Minnows, and live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 12–15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CADDO
Water stained; 57–63 degrees; 0.80’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CALAVERAS
Water murky. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in reed beds. Striped bass are good on chartreuse spoons and jigs near the crappie wall. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver, shrimp, and bloodbait near the railroad trestle. Yellow catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE
Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.62’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon Curb’s hair jigs, JDC drop shot worms, and jerkbaits along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CEDAR CREEK
Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows, Catfish are good on trotlines.

CHOKE CANYON
Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 20.04’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and heavy jigs in grass. White bass are good on minnows and spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLEMAN
Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK
Water murky; 81 degrees at the hot water discharge, 68 degrees in main lake; 0.46’ low. Black bass to 9 pounds are excellent on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 6–8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 8–10 feet. Channel and blue catfish to 8 pounds are good on live perch and shad in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO CITY
13.2’ low. No report available.

CONROE
Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

COOPER
Water stained to muddy; 3.72’ low. No report available.

FAIRFIELD
Water lightly stained; 63–72 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass good on Texas rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish no report. Redfish no report.

FALCON
Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 30.24’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Brush Hogs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, 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 murky. Black bass are good on watermelon red and redbug Carolina rigged soft plastics spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps off deep points. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

FORK
Water lightly stained; 59–63 degrees; 2.02’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged lizards, bladed jigs and squarebill crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

FT. PHANTOM HILL
Water murky; 57–62 degrees; 0.31’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and slow rolled spinnerbaits with a Colorado blade. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK
Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, cut bait, and nightcrawlers.

GRANBURY
Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps over grass. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER
Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.55’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin jigs and Rat–L–Traps in timber along the river channel. White bass are fair near Dickerson’s bottom. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver at night. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait in 10–20 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

GRAPEVINE
Water stained; 57–60 degrees; 0.39’ high. Black bass are good on flipping jigs, medium crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GREENBELT
30.95’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

HOUSTON COUNTY
Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on June bug red soft plastics in 12 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows near the dam, from piers, and near the pump station. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with perch and shad.

HUBBARD CREEK
Water off color; 56–62 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

JOE POOL
Water lightly stained; 58–61 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and shakeyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

LAKE O’ THE PINES
Water lightly stained; 58–63 degrees: 0.92’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

LAVON
Water stained; 58–62 degrees: 2.07’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, wake baits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LBJ
Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.87’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue Curb’s jigs and watermelon tubes. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads near the power plant. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

LEWISVILLE
Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and shakyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LIVINGSTON
Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

MACKENZIE
73.92’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MARTIN CREEK
Water lightly stained; 72–77 degrees; 0.65’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, hollow body frogs, and Texas rig craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MEREDITH
60.35’ low. TPWD has begun restocking the lake with Walleye. Reports of black bass are rare. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.

MONTICELLO
Water stained; 71–76 degrees; 0.71’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, flipping jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

NASWORTHY
57–63 degrees; 1.6’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas rigs and DT10s. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NAVARRO MILLS
Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

O.H. IVIE
Water stained; 55–61 degrees; 32.99’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, swimjigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK
Water stained; 56–62 degrees; 8.05’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.

PALESTINE
Water lightly stained; 57–61 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

PALO DURO
58.63’ low. No report available.

POSSUM KINGDOM
Water off color; 55–62 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

PROCTOR
Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD
Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.56’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged worms and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS
Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, Texas rigged creature baits and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS
Water lightly stained; 57–60 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas rigged craws and shakyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

SAM RAYBURN
Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 1.46’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on minnows and watermelon spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are good on worms. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver, and cut bait.

SOMERVILLE
Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 0.79’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SPENCE
49.82’ low. No report available.

STAMFORD
0.5’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

STEINHAGEN
1.61’ high. No report available.

STILLHOUSE
Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 0.66’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics. White bass are fair on minnows and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SWEETWATER
Water off color; 57–63 degrees; 22.3’ low. No report available.

TAWAKONI
Water stained; 58–63 degrees; 2.73’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and Texas rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA
Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 2.02’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, soft jerkbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TOLEDO BEND
Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 2.71’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS
Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 1.11’ high. Black bass are good on Senkos, flukes, and crawfish crankbaits in 5–15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on white grubs, watermelon crankbaits, and minnows in 8–20 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs in 8–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG
Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and green pumpkin soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are very good on Charlie slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WEATHERFORD
Water lightly stained; 0.28’ low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER
Water stained; 55–62 degrees; 19.55’ low. Black bass are very slow (the bass population was greatly reduced during the drought). No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

WHITNEY
Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 2.18’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.
WRIGHT PATMAN
Water stained; 3.95’ high. No report available.

 


 

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