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Weekly Texas Freshwater Fishing Reports


01/04/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Southwest Fishing News 

 

Texas Parks and Wildlife Weekly Freshwater Fishing Reports

 

ALAN HENRY
Water clear; 48 degrees; 1.77’ low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits, swimbaits and jerkbaits. Crappie and bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on rod and reel with punchbait on a #6 treble hook up the river.

AMISTAD
Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 16.27’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs, spoons, and jigs in 30–65 feet. White bass are good on slabs, spoons, and jigs in 30–65 feet. Catfish are good on shrimp, chicken livers, nightcrawlers, and cheesebait. 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; 49–56 degrees; 0.8’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

ATHENS
Water lightly stained; 50–53 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, soft jerkbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BASTROP
Water stained; 62–66 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON
Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.62’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BOB SANDLIN
Water lightly stained; 51–54 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM
Water lightly stained; 49–52 degrees; 2.97’ low. Black bass are slow on crankbaits, jigs and Texas rig soft plastics. Crappie are good on brush piles with jigs and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait.

BRAUNIG
Water murky. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, dark soft plastic worms, and minnows in the reeds and near the dam. Striped bass are good on spoons in deeper water. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, perch, and shad.

BRIDGEPORT
Water lightly stained, 49–53 degrees: 0.09’ low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Vision 110 jerkbaits in mat shad, lipless crankbaits and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BROWNWOOD
Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black jigs, small crankbaits, and watermelon red 4” worms over brush piles in 10–20 feet. Hybrid striper are fair on green striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and watermelon red crankbaits under lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles in 10–20 feet. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait, minnows and shrimp in 10–20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN
Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 2.00’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red JDC curl tail grubs on jigheads, Texas rigged blue flake Scoundrel worms, and blue back Fat Free Shads along ledges and points in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are good drifting live shad, and jigging Spoiler Shad swim baits and Pirk Minnows in 25–40 feet. White bass are fair jigging Tiny Traps and Curb’s crappie jigs along main lake points and creek bluffs in 15–25 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CADDO
Water stained; 50–54 degrees; 0.75’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, weightless Senkos and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CALAVERAS
Water murky. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, live minnows, and crankbaits around reeds and near the dam. Striped bass are good on shad near the dam in 15–20 feet. Redfish are fair on live perch, shad, tilapia, and crawfish. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and minnows. Blue catfish are good on liver and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE
Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon red Brush Hogs, Texas rigged Red Shad JDC drop shot worms, and tubes on jigheads in the stickups and along bluffs in 15–20 feet. Striped bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and trolling Shad Raps in the lower end of the lake over humps. White bass are fair on blade baits along main lake bluffs. Smallmouth bass are good on white JDC grubs, watermelon tubes on jigheads, and 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 lightly stained; 49–53 degrees; 1.75’ low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CHOKE CANYON
Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 19.67’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, heavy jigs, and large soft plastic lizards in the grass. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLEMAN
Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 1.30’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK
Water murky; 77 degrees at the hot water discharge, 67 degrees in main lake; 2.52’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO CITY
12.81’ low. No report available.

CONROE
Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps in 15–30 feet. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp.

COOPER
Water stained to muddy; 3.6’ low. No report available.

FAIRFIELD
Black bass fishing reported as significantly improved. TPWD discontinued stocking the lake after the fish kill in September 2011. Redfish survived the kill in limited numbers.

FALCON
Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 28.53’ low. Black bass are fair slow rolling spinnerbaits, and on large worms in 12–18 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp and 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 murky. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits over grass, and on watermelon Carolina rigged worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and minnows over baited holes.

FORK
Water lightly stained; 49–53 degrees; 2.84’ low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait and stinkbait.

FT. PHANTOM HILL
Water murky; 50–56 degrees; 0.5’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK
Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and liver.

GRANBURY
Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse/blue flake soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and liver.

GRANGER
Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.57’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on shad in the main lake and upriver. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits, and on juglines baited with cut bait, shad, and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are slow.

GRAPEVINE
Water lightly stained; 49–52 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, shakeyhead worms and spinnerbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

GREENBELT
31.27’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

HOUSTON COUNTY
Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on crankbaits and clear/metal flake Brush Hogs off piers. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

HUBBARD CREEK
Water off color; 51–55 degrees; 0.57’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

JOE POOL
Water lightly stained; 48–52 degrees; 0.5’ low. Black bass are good on finesse jigs, bladed jigs and medium crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES
Water lightly stained; 49–52 degrees: 0.05’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and flipping jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON
Water stained; 50–53 degrees: 3.45’ low. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs, Texas rigged creature baits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LBJ
Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 1.65’ low. Black bass are fair on PBJ colored Snag Proof jigs, pumpkin JDC drop shot worms, and green pumpkin tubes off docks. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

LEWISVILLE
Water lightly stained; 48–51 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, squarebill crankbaits and umbrella rigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LIVINGSTON
Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.33’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

MARTIN CREEK
Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 1.74’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, squarebill crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MEREDITH
60.91’ 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; 84–88 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, flipping jigs and swim jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

NASWORTHY
49–55 degrees; 1.28’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and chatterbaits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NAVARRO MILLS
Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows in 9–15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

O.H. IVIE
Water stained; 49–56 degrees; 34.04’ low. Black bass are fair on pearl crankbaits, Texas rigs and swimjigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK
Water stained; 48–56 degrees; 9.38’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, crankbaits and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.

PALESTINE
Water lightly stained; 49–52 degrees; 1.35’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

PALO DURO
57.4’ low. No report available.

POSSUM KINGDOM
Water off color; 48–55 degrees; 0.09’ low. Black bass are fair to good on swimjigs, Texas rigs and medium running crankbaits. 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; 61–65 degrees; 0.52’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on green striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD
Water lightly stained; 48–52 degrees; 1.25’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, umbrella rigs and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

RAY ROBERTS
Water lightly stained; 48–51 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, soft plastic jerkbaits and Carolina rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS
Water lightly stained; 48–51 degrees; 1.54’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, swim jigs and finesse jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

SAM RAYBURN
Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 3.07’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on live minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and liver.

SOMERVILLE
Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green/black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SPENCE
50.04’ low. No report available.

STAMFORD
0.3’ low. Black bass and crappie are fair to good, but mostly undersized. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

STEINHAGEN
1.49’ high. No report available.

STILLHOUSE
Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SWEETWATER
Water off color; 47–53 degrees; 23.16’ low. No report available.

TAWAKONI
Water stained; 49–53 degrees; 2.62’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas rigged creature baits and flipping jigs. White bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TEXOMA
Water stained; 47–51 degrees; 0.76’ high. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TOLEDO BEND
Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 3.80’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS
Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 1.14’ high. Black bass are good on green shad crankbaits, electric blue worms, and smoke grubs in 10–25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and spoons in 30–45 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait in 25–40 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG
Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WEATHERFORD
Water lightly stained; 0.8’ low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER
Water stained; 45–52 degrees; 19.47’ 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; 63–67 degrees; 3.24’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, minnows, and stinkbait.

WRIGHT PATMAN
Water stained; 5’ high. No report available.

 

 


 

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