Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of June 15, 2011

 

Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 79–86 degrees; 3.04’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, jigs and Caroline rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
AMISTAD Water clear; 76 – 79 degrees; 3.54’ low. Black bass are excellent on topwaters, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, Senkos, frogs, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on Red Fins and topwaters. White bass are fair on crankbaits, grubs, and live minnows. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers under popping corks in 3 – 9 feet. 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 semi–turbid; 80 degrees; 5.67’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits and moving to shallower water. Some crappie are still spawning shallow and fishing is good off the dam, state park piers and Henrietta and Deer Creek bridges on chartreuse jigs or minnows. White bass are good and schooling. Blue catfish are good on cut shad while anchored in 5–20 feet and on juglines.
ATHENS Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 1.78’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, jigs and medium running crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
BASTROP Water clear; 78 – 81 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 79 – 83 degrees; 3.97’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and dark soft plastic worms in coves. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night in 30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on bacon. Yellow catfish are fair on juglines baited with live perch.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 82–88 degrees; 4.52’ low Black bass are good on Texas rigs and football jigs. Crappie are good on live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and Little Georges. Catfish are fair to good on trotlines or juglines with Redneck’s Catfish Bait Soap.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are very good on liver and perch off points. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, tilapia, crawfish, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on liver, shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained; 82–88 degrees; 5.34’ low; Black bass are good on Jackall SK–Pop Grande topwaters and Firewater flipping jigs in 3/8oz. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on live bait. Channel catfish are good on cut and prepared bait.
BROWNWOOD Water clear; 12.12’ low. Black bass are good on GrandeBass Baby Rattle Snakes, Texas Perch Persuader crankbaits, and Finesse worms along the shoreline in 2 – 8 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and crankbaits off lighted docks. Crappie are very good on Li’l Fishies and jigs along the shoreline in 1 – 5 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch.
BUCHANAN Water clear; 70 – 74 degrees; 15.18’ low. Black bass are good on weightless wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks with chartreuse tails, watermelon Skip–N–Pop topwaters, and white/chartreuse spinnerbaits along lake and creek points and at Apple Head in 8 – 12 feet at first light. Striped bass are fair on topwaters and Rat–L–Traps, and drifting live bait in 20 – 30 feet. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps and jigging Pirk Minnows and Tiny Traps over rock piles in 20 – 30 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and Curb’s crappie jigs over brush piles in 12 – 15 feet. Channel catfish are good on live bait and cut bait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and minnows.
CADDO Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.12 low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs and topwaters early, later switching to shallow crankbaits around isolated cover. White bass are fair on Road Runners and minnows. Yellow bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam and the crappie wall. Redfish are excellent down rigging silver and gold spoons in 10 – 20 feet, and on live perch, tilapia, and crawfish near the power lines. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are excellent on liver, bait shrimp, cheesebait, and shad. Blue catfish are good on liver and cut bait near 181 Cove. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water clear; 75 – 78 degrees; 4.11’ low. Black bass are good on tomato red JDC grubs, watermelon red Whacky Sticks on shaky head jigs, and Texas rigged watermelon red finesse worms along bluff ledges in 10 – 18 feet. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging white Curb’s striper jigs and Pirk Minnows in 30 feet. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on smoke/red tubes on ball jigheads, and on root beer/green JDC curl tailed grubs and craws in 10 feet on main lake points. Crappie are fair to good on Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows upriver around submerged brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 83–88 degrees; 3.64’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, swimjigs and shallow running square bill crankbaits around docks. White bass are good throughout day on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are fair to good on minnows with shallow bite improving. Catfish are fair drifting cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 74 – 78 degrees; 8.06’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, soft plastic lizards, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Drum are fair on nightcrawlers and spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on cut bait.
COLEMAN Water clear; 73 – 76 degrees; 12.75’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad near the park. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water fairly clear; 2.52’ low. Black bass are fair on minnows and perch colored Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch.
COLORADO CITY 13.67’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water fairly clear; 77 – 80 degrees; 2.82’ low. Black bass are fair on shad colored Rat–L–Traps, and on pumpkinseed Texas and Carolina rigged soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on minnows and silver striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 5.74’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, topwaters early and Texas rigs throughout the day. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair to good on Sassy Shad and live shad. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
FAIRFIELD Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD is currently stocking the lake. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers.
FALCON Water clear to stained; 79 – 82 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon magnum flukes, jigs on ledges and drop offs, and crankbaits in 8 – 12 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on pink crappie jigs under bridges. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and frozen shrimp. 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 clear. Black bass are good on shad colored spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps in 10 – 20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad in 10 – 15 feet.
FORK Water fairly clear; 83–88 degrees; 3.83’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs with Jackall Sasuteki Craws and watermelon/green pumpkin jigs in 12–15 feet along creek channels. Football jigs and Carolina rigs in deeper water are working well along main lake humps. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 79–86 degrees; 4.31’ low. Black bass are fair to good on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on chrome Rat–L–Traps. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are good on chartreuse/gold flake soft plastics, Rat–L–Traps, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.
GRANBURY Water clear; 79 – 82 degrees; 1.57’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.
GRANGER Water clear; 78 – 82 degrees; 1.15’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on marabou jigs tipped with power baits in 6 – 12 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with fresh shad. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.
GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 81–87 degrees; 0.36’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, finesse jigs and medium running crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad.
GREENBELT Water stained; 78–85 degrees; 0.74’ low; Black bass are good on shallow running square bill crankbaits, shaky head rigged worms and Carolina rigs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on Little Georges. Smallmouth bass are fair on suspending Rouges. Walleye are fair on live bait. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water clear; 87 – 90 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass to 8 pounds are good on watermelon seed worms and frogs in 8 – 16 feet early and late. Crappie to 2 pounds are fair on live minnows around structure near the pump station and the dam in 18 – 23 feet. Red ear bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish to 4 pounds are good on juglines baited with cut shad in 13 – 20 feet.
HUBBARD CREEK 80–85 degrees; 10.53’ low. Black bass are good on shaky head jigs, Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and medium running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows over deeper structure. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.
JOE POOL Water lightly stained; 81–86 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, topwaters early and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared baits.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 82–88 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, topwaters early and jigs later in the day. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
LAVON Water stained; 83–88 degrees; 2.72’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, topwaters and medium running crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around bridge columns. Catfish are good on cut shad and nightcrawlers.
LBJ Water fairly clear; 79 – 82 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are fair on Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps, watermelon JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, and weightless watermelon red Texas rigged Whacky Sticks along break lines of flats in 6 – 12 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white Curb’s crappie jigs over brush piles in 12 feet. Channel catfish are good on minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and carp.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 83–88 degrees; 0.65’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, finesse jigs and Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs, but getting better. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on prepared bait and chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 83 – 86 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass to 25 inches are good on Zara spooks. White bass are excellent on pet spoons, troll tubes, and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE Water stained; 79–86 degrees; 79.58’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and DT 10s. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on Road Runners. Smallmouth bass are fair on crankbaits and live bait. Walleye are good on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.
MARTIN CREEK Water fairly clear; 7.94’ low. No report available.
MEREDITH Water fairly clear; 79–85 degrees; 90.01’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, spinnerbaits medium running crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on live bait and Little Georges. Smallmouth bass are fair on live bait. Walleye are good on live bait. Channel catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 82–88 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, hollow belly swimbaits and Texas rigs. No reports on crappie. No reports on catfish
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 84 – 87 degrees; 0.99’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters near the boat ramps. White bass are good on silver dollars and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows near the dam over brush piles in 7 – 10 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with perch and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 81–87 degrees; 29.32’ low. Black bass are good on weightless 5” Senkos, shallow running shad pattern crankbaits, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on Rooster Tails. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 79–85 degrees; 9.14’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, crankbaits and drop shot rigs. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 83–88 degrees; 2.57’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, Texas rigged blue fleck LFT Worms and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs, Sassy Shad and live shad. White bass are fair to good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait and chartreuse nightcrawlers (use Worm–Glo).
PALO DURO Water off color; 80–86 degrees; 34.2’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water stained; 79–86 degrees; 2.27’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and deep diving H2O 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 cut shad and nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water stained; 79 – 83 degrees; 6.38’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits off points early and late. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are very good on live shad and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water fairly clear; 82–86 degrees; 1.6’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, finesse jigs and hollow belly swimbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and Road Runners. White bass are excellent on humps in 17–23 feet with hybrids mixed in. Catfish are good on prepared baits.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 1.36’ low. Black bass are fair on Pop Rs early, later switching to Carolina rigs and Texas rigs dragged around deep rocks and creek channels. Crappie are very good on small jigs and minnows in brush in 20–25 feet. White bass are good and schooling early on most main lake points (mostly smaller fish). Slabs are still producing the better fish in 30–35 feet. Catfish are good on punchbait over baited holes.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 83–88 degrees; 3.42’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs and live shad. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.
SAM RAYBURN Water lightly stained; 76 – 79 degrees; 8.60’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows, hellbenders, and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 78 – 82 degrees; 3.86’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on shad off points. White bass are good on shad and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on dead shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 73.99’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 1.75’ high. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.54’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water stained; 75 – 79 degrees; 3.04’ low. Black bass are good on shad colored Rat–L–Traps and minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 79–85 degrees; 8.45’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.
TAWAKONI Water fairly clear; main lake is 82–87 degrees; 2.93’ low. Black bass are good on creature baits and crankbaits fished around docks and timber. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are excellent on SSS Slabs and Fiesta slabs in chartreuse. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Use shad pattern swimbaits and white sassy shad. Catfish are excellent and spawning shallow on rip rap.
TEXOMA Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.56’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, Texas rigs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on live shad and large Road Runners. Catfish are good on cut and live shad.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 75 – 79 degrees; 8.67’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastic worms in 10 – 20 feet. Striped bass are fair on live bait. White bass are fair on silver spoons and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush in 10 – 20 feet. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers in 2 – 8 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 77 – 81 degrees; 32.63’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards, chrome topwaters, and white grubs in 6 – 20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on white grubs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish to 6 pounds are fair on fresh cut bait and nightcrawlers in 25 – 40 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water stained. Black bass are good on shad and shad colored crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on shad and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 82–88 degrees; 5.48’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, Texas rigs and Lake Fork Tackle Hyper Sticks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad. White bass are fair on slabs and live minnows.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 81–86 degrees; 17.95’ low. Black bass are fair on square bill crankbaits, jigs and Texas rigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
WHITNEY Water stained; 75 – 79 degrees; 11.51’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and liver.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 81–87 degrees; 7.1’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut shad and prepared bait.