Archive for May, 2012





Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 78–83 degrees; 8.22’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, midday switching to Texas rigs, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows over brush piles and around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
AMISTAD Water clear; 76–80 degrees; 22.48’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and watermelon soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 4 pounds are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and juglines 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; 78–84 degrees; 8.37’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows over brush piles. White bass are good on slabs and Rooster Tails. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
ATHENS Water lightly stained, 77–82 degrees; 1.52’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics and wacky rigged worms on docks and deeper brush piles. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
BASTROP Water stained; 78–82 degrees. Black bass are fair on small spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, minnows, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water lightly stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are fair on pet spoons and chartreuse crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 76–81 degrees; 2.77’ low. Black bass are fair to good on soft plastics and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs. White bass are good on Humdingers. Catfish are fair to good on trotlines or juglines with Redneck’s Catfish Bait Soap. All boat ramps are now open.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms in reeds. Striped bass are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons near the jetty and dam. Redfish are good down rigging spoons near the jetty and dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained; 77–81 degrees; 5.74’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads with green pumpkin finesse worms around deeper docks. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs (best action mid day). Channel catfish are fair on cut and prepared bait.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 10.75’ low. Black bass to 5.5 pounds are excellent on redbug and watermelon red Shaky heads with Grande Bass Baby Rattlesnakes and topwaters. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are excellent on white Li’l Fishies and black/chartreuse tube jigs in 10–20 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish to 45 pounds are good on trotlines baited with perch in 5–15 feet.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 22.70’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored Skip–N–Pop topwaters, weightless wacky rigged pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks with chartreuse tails, and chartreuse spinnerbaits off points in 10–16 feet. Striped bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, topwaters, and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and Shad Raps in 15–25 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with liver and minnows.
CADDO Water stained; 77–82 degrees; 0.42’ high. Black bass are good on black/blue soft plastics around isolated cover. White bass are fair on slabs. Yellow bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait. New TPWD regulations concerning invasive species that affect Caddo anglers went in effect May 17. Please see news release for more information.
CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are fair on minnows. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are good on live bait along the crappie wall and the dam. Channel catfish are good on liver and shad near the railroad trestle. Blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 4.47’ low. Black bass are good on smoke JDC grubs, pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks, and Texas rigged chartreuse finesse worms early. Striped bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and chartreuse striper jigs in 20–30 feet. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and green pumpkin JDC curl tailed grubs. Crappie are good on live minnows and white tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 77–82 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, shakyheads and black/blue finesse jigs around docks closer to main lake. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are fair to good on minnows. Catfish are fair drifting cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 78–82 degrees; 12.69’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
COLEMAN Water lightly stained; 76–79 degrees; 15.70’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and black/blue soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water fairly clear; 1.80’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and perch. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
COLORADO CITY 18.92’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water fairly clear; 78–82 degrees; 2.42’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on minnows and shrimp.
COOPER Water lightly stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.88’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged craw worms later in the day. Green pumpkin soft plastics are best. 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 and cut bait. Doctor’s Creek, Tira, John’s Creek and South Sulphur ramps are all open.
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 stained; 81–85 degrees; 29.54’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are very good on frozen shrimp under birds. 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 topwaters and buzzbaits early, later switching to chartreuse soft plastics over grass. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and perch.
FORK Water lightly stained; 78–82 degrees; 1.96’ low. Black bass are good on Jackall Mikey Jr. wakebaits and Yellow Magic topwaters along main lake points in early morning. Deep crankbaits and flutter spoons are effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 78–82 degrees; 10.6’ low. Black bass are fair to good soft plastic frogs early, later switching Texas rigs, jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around deep water structure. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on minnows and shrimp.
GRANBURY Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 1.09’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and lizards, and on chartreuse crankbaits. Striped bass are good on minnows and silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp.
GRANGER Water clear; 79–83 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slab spoons on main lake ridges and humps. Crappie to 2 pounds are very good on minnow jigs over main lake brush piles. Blue catfish are fair on prepared bait on rod & reel, and on trotlines baited with shad and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.
GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 77–81 degrees; 1.05’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Texas rigged worms, watermelon finesse jigs, and Jackall ASKA crankbaits along main lake points. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad.
GREENBELT Water stained; 76–81 degrees; 38.21’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live and minnows. The Old Marina Point ramp is still open.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass to 8 pounds are very good on black/blue worms and live perch from piers. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs in 12–20 feet. Bream are fair on live worms over grass beds, and on hot dogs off piers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad, and on stinkbait.
HUBBARD CREEK 78–83 degrees; 14.97’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Zara Spooks, buzzbaits, Texas rigs, medium running crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.
JOE POOL Water lightly stained; 76–81 degrees; 0.22’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, finesse worms, and smaller jigs – mid–day bite has been best. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared baits.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 77–81 degrees; 3.02’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms and shallow crankbaits along main lake points. Isolated cover is the key. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad. New TPWD regulations concerning invasive species went into effect May 17 and will affect anglers fishing below the dam. Please see news release for more information.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 77–82 degrees; 0.56’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, black/brown jigs and squarebill 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. New TPWD regulations concerning invasive species that affect Lavon boaters and anglers went in effect May 17. Please see news release for more information.
LBJ Water clear; 78–82 degrees; 0.29’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and watermelon topwaters in 8–18 feet early. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch and carp.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 76–81 degrees; 0.93’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow to medium crankbaits along main lake points. Larger rock along main lake points producing as well. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 79–83 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons, trolling tubes, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE Water stained; 77–82 degrees; 87.69’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Pop Rs, Texas rigs and medium running crankbaits. No report on striped bass. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. Ramp #1 is still open.
MARTIN CREEK Water fairly clear; 73–78 degrees; 4.10’ low. Black bass have been good on white soft plastics in the flooded willows. Good catches being reported on watermelon jigs and worms in deeper water. No reports on crappie or white bass. Catfish are good on prepared bait and minnows.
MEREDITH 96.42’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 81–90 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are good Texas rigged creature baits fished around deeper water. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on live shiners.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.66’ high. Black bass are fair on soft plastic worms and spinnerbaits along the bank. White bass are fair on silver slabs in 11–14 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows in 10–12 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 78–83 degrees; 41.41’ low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to jigs, Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are good on slabs and Humdingers. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 15.42’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs, spinnerbaits, shakyheads and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on chartreuse nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics near shallow cover and docks. 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.
PALO DURO 46.61’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 77–84 degrees; 5.88’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Zara Spooks early, later switching to spinnerbaits, Texas rigs, jigs and shakyheads. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs over brush piles. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass are fair to good on live shad. Catfish are good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.63’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastics early and late. Striped bass are good on live shad. White bass are good on minnows and perch colored spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with perch. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 77–80 degrees; 0.91’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, squarebill crankbaits and medium crankbaits. Swim jigs are good around rip rap also. 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 lightly stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.51’ low. Black bass are good on Zara Spooks early around secondary and main lake points. Carolina rigged green pumpkin/chartreuse Gene Larew Salt Flic’r around secondary points and main lake humps are catching fish as well. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles. White bass are starting to school some in the mornings on the main lake and are good on slabs in 25–30’ after the sun has came up. Catfish are good along the face of the dam on punch bait
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 71–79 degrees; 0.41’ low. Black bass are good on Darkhorse Swim Jigs in threadfin shad around shallow docks. Carolina rig soft plastics around deep brush piles has been effective. 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; 78–83 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are fair on minnows and small spinnerbaits. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies over brush piles. Bream are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on slab spoons and Li’l Fishies near the dam. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 84.53’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 4.28’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.51’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 1.36’ low. Black bass are good on minnows and watermelon crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 78–83 degrees; 15.09’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, split shot rigged flukes, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.63’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue soft plastics and hollow body frogs. Best bite is around flooded cover. Crappie are fair on 1/16oz. curl tail grubs and small minnows on docks, bridge pilings and deep timber. White bass are excellent on white SSS Slabs and tailspins – schooling on points early and late. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on 4” to 6” white or shad pattern Sassy Shad in the shallows early then suspending deep during the day – drifting live bait is also producing. Catfish are excellent in deep water drifting cut bait and fresh shad.
TEXOMA Water lightly stained; 76–82 degrees; 1.79’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and medium crankbaits along main lake points and jigs and Carolina rigs over deeper structure. Striped bass are good on slabs and live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. New TPWD regulations concerning invasive species that affect Texoma boaters and anglers went in effect May 17. Please see news release for more information.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 2.14’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. White bass are fair on minnows and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and stinkbait in 20–30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 37.93’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on doughbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows and shad. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 76–80 degrees; 1.38’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and Texas rig creature baits – target any shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad. White bass are fair on slabs and live minnows.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 26.23’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Texas rigs, jigs and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows in brush. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
WHITNEY Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are fair on minnows. Striped bass are fair on minnows and green striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on hot dogs, stinkbait, and liver.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 75–80 degrees; 0.83’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, shallow crankbaits and chatterbaits along main lake points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut shad and prepared bait. New TPWD regulations concerning invasive species, effective May 17, will affect anglers fishing below the dam. Please see news release for more information.

Water Body Report
NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh with the swollen tides.
SOUTH SABINE Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Sheepshead are good on live shrimp tight to the rocks.
BOLIVAR Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.
TRINITY BAY Trout are fair for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Gulps, Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. Waders have taken good trout on topwaters on the south shoreline. Trout are good on the south shoreline on Catch 5s, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair for drifters on live bait over reefs. Waders have taken good trout on topwaters. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Offshore is good for ling and kingfish. Red snapper season opens June 1.
TEXAS CITY Trout are fair to good on April Fool’s Reef on live shrimp and croakers. A few fish are showing in the channel on croakers.
FREEPORT Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and MirrOlures. The surf has held trout on live bait and artificial. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are good on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are good on topwaters and live shrimp in Oyster Lake.
PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are good on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.
ROCKPORT Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free–lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats.
PORT ARANSAS Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Trout are good in the surf on topwaters and croakers. Offshore is good for kingfish. Red snapper season opens June 1.
CORPUS CHRISTI Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are good on topwaters around rocks and grass. Trout are good at night in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in Nine Mile Hole on gold spoons and topwaters.
PORT MANSFIELD Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and while anchored with natural baits at East Cut. Offshore is good for red snapper and kingfish in state waters.
SOUTH PADRE Trout and redfish are fair to good on live bait in the shallows in South Bay and Mexiquita Flats. Trout, Spanish mackerel and sheepshead are good at the jetty.
PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp and in Airport Cove. Trout are good on the deeper edges and flats in Laguna Vista on topwaters and live shrimp.

Congratulations are in order for our new Sheriff of Chambers County, Texas, Brian Hawthorne.  Old River-Winfree looks forward to a new relationship with the Sheriff’s Office.

As a community, Old River-Winfree residents would like to see more patrols, a fresh attack on drugs in our neighborhoods, speeding, and those pesky four wheelers.

As law abiding citizens in Old River-Winfree know, law enforcement agencies like to get the big guy that is bringing drugs into all communities.  

Old River-Winfree residents feel that it is the drug houses in all our neighborhoods spreading the evil in drugs that leads to theft, burglaries, kids on drugs, drop-outs in our local schools, and overall demolishing the soul of small towns in America.

We hope that the new Sheriff’s Office will work closely with the established Neighborhood Watch of Old River-Winfree in catching and prosecuting those who break the law.  

We feel that “grass roots” efforts always works the best, in any situation.

The previous was an editorial by the Moderator of the Old River-Winfree Community News

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Brian Hawthorne will take the oath at a swearing in ceremony at midnight on January 1, 2013.

Hawthorne has promised transparency, to embrace technology and to establish a protective presence in neighborhoods.

He also wants to be involved in the budget process that will be discussed this summer by commissioner’s court.

Hawthorne was quoted after his win: “My first move is to evaluate and grow my relationship with commissioners court.  I want to be involved with the budget process, I’m hoping for a little input on the budget that I will be handed by the court. The county judge and I spoke and he seemed open to discussing the budget.”

Hawthorne said the employees of the sheriff’s office don’t need to worry about their jobs either.

“I don’t want to make rash decisions,” Hawthorne said. “I’m going to sit back and evaluate the personnel, I made a promise to personnel that they will have priority over new hires, but that I will expect the same standards as a new hire.” 

Hawthorne said each of the employees have to have the same thoughts as he does when it comes to two primary values.

“I want an agency with professional integrity,” Hawthorne said. “Integrity is absolutely crucial and vital to law enforcement.”

The transition from retirement to taking the office of sheriff should be a smooth one for Hawthorne.

The 28-year veteran has a strong history of leadership with DPS, serving as sergeant for Chambers County troopers for 14 years, and then being elevated to the assignment of special assistant to the Texas DPS director. There, he assisted in providing requested information to state legislators and their staff regarding law enforcement and homeland security issues.


It’s not just who won, but who voted.  You will notice that Old River-Winfree held its own again larger towns in the County on Voter Turnout.

Way to go Old River-Winfree!  

 

Republican Primary Results

Democratic Primary Results




True American Patriots are known by their actions!  Barbers Hill Bank, a branch of Anahuac National Bank, has just signed on for the third year to Exclusively Sponsor the 2012 5K Run/Walk Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in Loving Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs.  Bob Botto is back again as Race Manager.  We have added Kenneth Collier of Collier’s Barber Shop in Old River-Winfree as Assistant Race Manager.  Jerren Young is our Route Safety Chairman; a job that is a true miracle of timing and awareness of our runners and walkers.

 

A-Automotive in Mont Belvieu is sponsoring the “Rolling Thunder” Tribute (which is a jaw dropping tear jerking sight to see), and the Motorcycle Contest headed up by the Circuit Riders-Mont Belvieu Chapter.

 

The Pie, Cake, and Cupcake Bakeoff is sponsored 4 years in a row by Carnes Engineering.  Cash Awards this year along with trophies and the first time Mrs. Ethel P Ramsey Teen Excellence in Baking Award will be given out. Jeanette Green, Chairman and team will run this event with the same care and dedication.

 

The “My Best Friend” Kid’s Dog Show is back with Sam’s Express as first time sponsor.  Colleen Fontenot will step up as Chairman of this super fun event

 

As always the City of Old River-Winfree sponsors the Founders Day.

 

I am thinking of a “Karaoke Talent Show” on Friday Night, but we will discuss this at the next meeting.

 

All forms are posted to the website with the exception of the Bakeoff.

 

With Kindest Personal regards,

 

God Bless,

 

 

Colleen Fontenot
President
Phone:  281-576-1236
Cell:  979-661-6172
website:  http://www.orwfoundersday.com
 
 

 

 


True patriots are always recognized by their actions.  Barbers Hill Bank, a branch of Anahuac National Bank, has proven this time and again.

Bob Allen at Barbers Hill Bank gave the go ahead for the 3rd year of Exclusively Sponsoring the 5K Run/Walk Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs.  

Pfc Riggs graduated in three years from Barbers Hill High School and then felt the call to fight for America’s way of life and freedom.  He joined the Army and was eventually sent to Iraq where he gave the ultimate sacrifice in May 2005 in Tikrit, Iraq.   His story can be found at http://www.orwfoundersday.com.

Runners and Walkers come from far and wide to support this event.  The “Rolling Thunder” Tribute right before the race is made up by Christian Motorcyclists from Beaumont, Dayton, Mont Belvieu, and areas in between.

It is a truly honorable event for all concerned and seems to bring out the pride in America that patriots have.

Want to join the “Rolling Thunder” tribute or the race itself?  Just go to the website at http://www.orwfoundersday.com and click on Events.  You can see all the events of Saturday, October 13th and read what Old River-Winfree Founders Day is all about……..Family!


ZEBRA MUSSELS

DREISSENA POLYMORPHA

Origin: Native of Russia

Impact: The zebra mussel is a highly invasive aquatic species that multiplies rapidly and can cause tremendous environmental and economic damage. This bivalve mollusk, originally from the Balkans, Poland and the former Soviet Union, has become established in Europe and is currently found in 29 U.S. states. According to the online National Atlas of the United States, “Once zebra mussels become established in a water body, they are impossible to eradicate with the technology currently available.

Zebra Mussels in Texas
On April 3, 2009, the first adult zebra mussel in Texas waters was confirmed living in Lake Texoma. Invasive zebra mussels were also found in a stream that feeds into Lake Lavon. Experts fear they could eventually spread throughout the Red and Trinity River systems as well as much of Texas. Both river systems extend southward to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Why Should I Care?
Everyone should care because zebra mussels are known to have caused alarming declines in populations of fish, birds and native mussel species and can disrupt a city’s entire water supply system by colonizing the insides of pipelines and restricting the flow of water. Boaters should care since zebra mussels can damage boat hulls, plug water systems used in boat motors, air conditioners and heads and cause navigation buoys to sink. Millions of dollars are spent each year controlling, cleaning and monitoring zebra mussels in other states.

Help Prevent the Spread of Zebra Mussels!
When leaving any water suspected of having zebra mussels, boaters and other water recreational users can help stop or slow the spread of zebra mussels from one water body to another by ALWAYS practicing the following three easy steps: CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY

CLEAN
Inspect your boat, trailer and gear and remove any zebra mussels, vegetation or foreign objects that are found. If you find zebra mussels or if your boat has been kept on a lake known to have zebra mussels then it needs to be fully decontaminated. Wash your boat, trailer and any gear that has been in the water thoroughly, ideally at a commercial carwash or using a high pressure sprayer with hot (140 degrees F) soapy water. Water above 140 degrees F will kill the zebra mussels and the high pressure wash will help remove them from your boat. Also, if your boat has internal operating systems (engine cooling, air conditioning, head, etc.) that take up water from the lake then it may require the services of a marina or boat mechanic to ensure all zebra mussels are removed and to help prevent damage to your boat. 

DRAIN
Drain all water from the boat, including the engine, bilge, livewells and bait buckets, before leaving the lake.

DRY
Open all compartments and livewells and allow the boat and trailer to sit completely dry for a week or more before entering another water body.

Under the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Penal Codes, possession or transporting of zebra mussels in Texas is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000, jail time up to 180 days, or both.

Spread the Word
Help spread the word not the mussels by using the “Hello Zebra Mussels, Goodbye Texas Lakes” campaign materials, including web banners, videos, images for newsletters and email blasts and printable PDFs of flyers. View Spread the Word.

Ecological, Economical, and Recreational Impacts
This highly invasive aquatic species multiplies rapidly and can cause tremendous environmental and economic damage. One adult zebra mussel can filter up to one liter of water per day. This filtering and feeding activity reduces the abundance of plankton, the microscopic organisms that form the bottom of the aquatic food chain. This can lead to reduced populations of gizzard shad and other organisms that eat plankton. In Texas reservoirs, declines in those populations could mean a shortage of food for sport fish such as striped bass, which feed on shad. Zebra mussels pose a real threat to native mussels by competing for food and attaching to their shells. A zebra mussel colony can eventually smother a native mussel colony.

Each year millions of dollars are spent in controlling, cleaning and monitoring zebra mussels in other states. They can disrupt an entire water supply system by colonizing the insides of pipelines and restricting the flow of water.

On the fishing and recreational front, zebra mussels are responsible for fouling boat hulls and plugging water systems used in motors, air conditioners and heads.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has developed a public awareness campaign, “Hello Zebra Mussels, Goodbye Texas Lakes: Clean, Drain and Dry” to make boaters and other water recreation users more aware of the potentially devastating effects that zebra mussels pose to our state’s aquatic ecosystems, private property and water-related infrastructure such as water supply systems. This campaign is made possible by a coalition of partners, including:

  • North Texas Municipal Water District
  • Tarrant Regional Water District;
  • Trinity River Authority
  • City of Dallas Water Utilities Department
  • Sabine River Authority
  • Canadian River Municipal Water Authority
  • San Jacinto River Authority
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Angelina and Neches River Authority
  • Brazos River Authority

Water Body Report
NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Trout are good in the river on shad.
SOUTH SABINE Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove on topwaters.
BOLIVAR Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.
TRINITY BAY Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Some redfish have been found schooling on the surface.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are good on the south shoreline on Catch 5s, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair on topwaters and Corkies in the afternoon. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.
TEXAS CITY Trout are fair to good on Dollar Reef on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.
FREEPORT Trout are fair to good at San Luis Pass on shrimp. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Black drum are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet and under mud boils in the middle of the bay.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Redfish are fair to good in Lake Austin on crabs.
PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over sand and grass in the guts in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Trout are fair to good at the jetty on live bait.
ROCKPORT Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free–lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp.
PORT ARANSAS Redfish are fair to good at East Flats and around Dagger Island on shrimp and crabs. Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers.
CORPUS CHRISTI Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are good for drifters working like shrimp over sand and grass.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are fair to good on topwaters, plastics and live bait over deep rocks. Trout are good at night in the Land Cut on live shrimp.
PORT MANSFIELD Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass at Green Island and the Saucer. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and while anchored with natural baits at East Cut.
SOUTH PADRE Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Redfish are good around the Drum Boat on live bait.
PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in South Bay on live bait.

Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 8.22’ low. Black bass are good on drop shot rigs, shakyheads, Texas rigs and medium running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shad.
AMISTAD Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 22.48’ low. Black bass are very good on swimbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, topwaters, and soft plastics. White bass are fair on crankbaits and jerkbaits. Striped bass are fair on crankbaits and jerkbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines 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; 72–77 degrees; 8.37’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows over brush piles. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Little Georges. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
ATHENS Water lightly stained, 77–81 degrees; 1.35’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics and wacky rigged worms on deeper brush piles. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
BASTROP Water stained; 74–78 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water lightly stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.33’ high. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits in coves. Hybrid striper are good on live shad and chrome slabs. White bass are good on chrome slabs on the bottom. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on summer sausage, hot dogs, stinkbait, and snails. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 76–80 degrees; 2.59’ low. Black bass are fair to good on soft plastics and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs. White bass are good on Humdingers. Catfish are fair to good on trotlines or juglines with Redneck’s Catfish Bait Soap. All boat ramps are now open.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and perch off points. Redfish are fair on shad, tilapia, and crawfish. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained; 80–79 degrees; 5.62’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads with green pumpkin finesse worms around deeper docks and Jackall Iobee Frogs in the Big Creek area. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs (best action mid day). Channel catfish are fair on cut and prepared bait.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 10.61’ low. Black bass to 5.5 pounds are excellent on redbug and watermelon red Shaky heads with Grande Bass Baby Rattlesnakes and topwaters. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are excellent on white Li’l Fishies and black/chartreuse tube jigs in 10–20 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish to 45 pounds are good on trotlines baited with perch in 5–15 feet.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 70–75 degrees; 22.77’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored Skip–N–Pop topwaters, weightless wacky rigged pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks with chartreuse tails, and chartreuse spinnerbaits off points in 10–16 feet. Striped bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, topwaters, and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and Shad Raps in 15–25 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with liver and minnows.
CADDO Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 049’ high. Black bass are good on black/blue soft plastics around isolated cover. White bass are fair on slabs. Yellow bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on spoons and striper jigs between the dam and the crappie wall. Redfish are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, cheesebait, and shad. Blue catfish are good on liver and cut bait near 181 Cove. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 4.54’ low. Black bass are good on smoke JDC grubs, pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks, and Texas rigged chartreuse finesse worms early. Striped bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and chartreuse striper jigs in 20–30 feet. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and green pumpkin JDC curl tailed grubs. Crappie are good on live minnows and white tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, shakyheads and black/blue finesse jigs around main lake points and into the backs of creeks. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are fair to good on minnows. Catfish are fair drifting cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 72–76 degrees; 12.52’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
COLEMAN Water lightly stained; 71–75 degrees; 15.54’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms and lizards. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water fairly clear; 1.70’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and perch. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
COLORADO CITY 18.92’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water fairly clear; 71–75 degrees; 2.33’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on minnows and shrimp.
COOPER Water lightly stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.72’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged craw worms later in the day. Green pumpkin soft plastics are best. 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 and cut bait. Doctor’s Creek, Tira, and South Sulphur ramps are all open.
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 stained; 80–84 degrees; 29.70’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush. 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 stained. Black bass are good on shad colored shallow running crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad.
FORK Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 1.83’ low. Black bass are good on Jackall Mikey Jr. wakebaits and Yellow Magic topwaters along main lake points in early morning. Shallow crankbaits on windy points are working well later in the day. Deep crankbaits are effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 72–78 degrees; 10.6’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows around deep water structure. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Rooster Tails. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on minnows and shrimp.
GRANBURY Water murky; 71–76 degrees; 0.89’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on green bucktail jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and shrimp.
GRANGER Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 0.36’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Blue catfish are fair on shad and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Texas rigged worms, watermelon finesse jigs, and Jackall ASKA crankbaits along main lake points. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad.
GREENBELT Water stained; 75–80 degrees; 38.21’ low. Black bass are fair to wacky rigs, Senkos and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live and minnows. The Old Marina Point ramp is still open.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and redbug worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush. Bream are fair on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are very good on trotlines baited with liver and shrimp.
HUBBARD CREEK 74–79 degrees; 14.97’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, medium running crankbaits, weightless flukes and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water lightly stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, finesse worms, and smaller jigs – mid–day bite has been best. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared baits.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 77–81 degrees; 2.87’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms and shallow crankbaits along main lake points. Isolated cover is the key. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, black/brown jigs and squarebill 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 clear; 70–74 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and watermelon topwaters in 8–18 feet early. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch and carp.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.67’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow to medium crankbaits along main lake points. Larger rock along main lake points producing as well. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 75–79 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good but small on Rat–L–Traps, Zara spooks, and slabs. White bass are very good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. Crappie are very good on minnows over brush. Blue catfish are very good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
MACKENZIE Water stained; 75–81 degrees; 87.69’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. No report on striped bass. Catfish are fair on cut bait. Ramp #1 is still open.
MARTIN CREEK Water fairly clear; 3.94’ low. No report available.
MEREDITH 96.42’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 81–90 degrees; 0.54’ high. Black bass are good Texas rigged creature baits fished around deeper water. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on live shiners.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.88’ high. Black bass are fair on soft plastic worms and spinnerbaits along the bank. White bass are fair on silver slabs in 11–14 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows in 10–12 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 73–79 degrees; 41.41’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, jigs, Senkos and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and Rooster Tails. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 15.42’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, Rat–L–Traps and Senkos. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows over brush. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 76–81 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics near shallow cover. 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.
PALO DURO 46.61’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 74–79 degrees; 5.88’ low. Black bass are fair to good on deep diving crankbaits, Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and wacky rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs over brush piles. White bass are fair to good slabs and Little Georges. Striped bass are fair to good on Sassy Shad and live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits off points. Striped bass are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on shad and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.70’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, squarebill crankbaits and medium crankbaits. Swim jigs are good around rip rap also. 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 lightly stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.42’ low. Black bass are good on XCalibur Zell Pop topwaters early around secondary points. Carolina rigged watermelon candy 5” YUM Dingers around secondary points and main lake points are good as well. Crappie are good on minnows on COE brush piles. White bass are excellent on slabs in 15–20 feet of water on humps. Catfish are good around baited holes on Danny King’s punch bait.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 71–80 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are good on Firewater Swim Jigs in threadfin shad around shallow docks. Carolina rig soft plastics around deep brush piles has been effective. 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; 71–75 degrees; 0.45’ low. Black bass are fair on minnows and small spinnerbaits. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies over brush piles. Bream are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are good on live shad. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 84.53’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 4.28’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.53’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 70–74 degrees; 1.28’ low. Black bass are good on minnows and watermelon crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 73–78 degrees; 15.09’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, Senkos, Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.49’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue soft plastics and hollow body frogs. Best bite is around flooded cover. Crappie are fair on 1/16oz. curl tail grubs and small minnows on docks, bridge pilings and deep timber. White bass are excellent on white SSS Slabs and tailspins – schooling on points early and late. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on 4” to 6” white or shad pattern Sassy Shad in the shallows early then suspending deep during the day – drifting live bait is also producing. Catfish are excellent in deep water drifting cut bait and fresh shad.
TEXOMA Water lightly stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.36’ low. The Blue–Green Algae alert has been downgraded to an advisory. Bodily contact with water is no longer prohibited. It is now just discouraged. Please check http://www.swt.usace.army.mil/ prior to planning a trip to Texoma. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and medium crankbaits along main lake points. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. No report on catfish.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 1.77’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white bucktail jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons and Li’l Fishies in the river. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 37.65’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on doughbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on shad. Hybrid striper are good on shad and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 77–81 degrees; 1.14’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and Texas rig creature baits – target any shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad. White bass are fair on slabs and live minnows.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 74–79 degrees; 26.23’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
WHITNEY Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are fair on green spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and liver.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, shallow crankbaits and chatterbaits along main lake points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut shad and prepared bait

Latest Seasonal Assessment – La Niña conditions in the equatorial Pacific transitioned to ENSO-neutral during Spring 2012. With ENSO-neutral conditions expected to continue through the June-August period, ENSO-related climate anomalies did not factor significantly into this outlook. Over the previous several weeks, widepsread soaking rains eased drought conditions in southwestern Texas and southeastern New Mexico, and a slow moving storm system brought relief to much of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states. Widespread rainfall across the upper Midwest also reduced existing drought conditions. In contrast, a combination of abnormal dryness and heat sparked rapid drought development across the middle and lower Mississippi Valley, while near-record heat across the Southeast was interrupted by hit and miss thunderstorm activity. During the upcoming three month period, drought persistence is expected across the Great Basin and central Rockies due to a dry climatology, while the onset of the monsoon season may bring some relief to portions of the Southwest. Wet short and middle range forecasts and a rainy climatology increase prospects for improvement across the upper Midwest, while persistence is expected across the southern Plains and Mississippi Valley. In the Southeast, seabreeze convective activity will likely bring drought relief to Florida and coastal areas, but summer convection – outside of any tropical cyclone activity – is less likely to significantly reduce entrenched and exceptional drought conditions in the Piedmont. Summer thunderstorms may bring some relief to the drought areas of the Northeast.

Forecaster: A. Allgood


Talk about a perfect fit!  Chris Arnold and A-Automotive!  Chris is a true American Patriot, so what better event to sponsor than the “Rolling Thunder” Tribute along with the Motorcycle Contest immediately following!  He is even going to serve breakfast to the “Riders”

The “Rolling Thunder” Tribute rides right before the Old River-Winfree Founders Day 5K Run/Walk that benefits the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs.   

At this time, the Riders are starting from A-Automotive and rolling down FM 565 towards Old River-Winfree.  They will then take a turn on FM 1409 and followed by the ride through the Run Route in Woodland Acres.

We invite all who wish to participate in this moving, jaw-dropping, “kids got to see” event.

Just call the Circuit Riders-Mont Belviue Chapter at 713-402-8982 for all the information.

The 2012 Old River-Winfree Founders day is set for October 12 and 13, 2012.  The “Rolling Thunder” Tribute and the 5K Race, along with all other contests and vendors, are scheduled on Saturday.

Come join us!

Entry form and Parade Flyer are below!  Feel free to print out and pass around! This is a really great event and grows every year!

Contact info@orwfoundersday.com for more information on Founders Day!

 


April 13 thru Apr 24

The following is a brief, partial recap of incidents reported by the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office. General locations are listed rather than specific addresses.

Friday, Apr. 13

8:06 a.m. – Disturbance/verbal call in the 2500 block McBride DeVillier Loop, Winnie, Deputies Rosetta and Rabalais responded.

 

1:22 p.m. – Trespassing call on Wallisville-Liberty Rd. , Deputies Golleher & Croley responded; 2 in custody

9:30 p.m. – Shots fired call on Magnolia Ln, Old River, Deputies Burt and Childress responded

11:20 p.m. – Deputy Gonsalves arrested a female at 201 N Court on a warrant out of Gregg Co

Saturday, Apr. 14

12:20 a.m. – Deputy Childress responded to a runaway juvenile call on Live Oak Lane; juvenile returned

1:10 a.m. – Deputy Arredondo out on traffic Fifth/LeBlanc; 2 jailed on narcotic drug violation – felony; 2 jailed narcotic drug violation misdemeanor

8:00 a.m. -Deputy Richey advised out on animal call on Campbell with Deputies Rosetta and Dugat and the SPCA; seized 118 cats and 3-4 dogs

1:30 p.m. – Assault call on 565 at 1409,Old River, Deputy St. John responded

9:09 p.m. – Deputy Orlando out on traffic woodland Lane at 1409, Old River 1 jailed on possession of a controlled substance

11:30 p.m. – Deputy Johnson out on I-10 at 1663; 1 male jailed on a warrant

Sunday, Apr. 15

8:22 a.m. – Theft-felony reported in the 8100 block Sugar Cane Dr, Cove Deputy Cole responded

5:22 p.m. – Civil matter/standby in the 7900 block Owl Lane, Cove, Deputies Abernathy, Cole and Krahel responded

6:10 p.m. – Civil matter/standby in the 1000 block Gou Hole Rd, Deputy Krahel responded

9:02 p.m. – Disturbance call on S 2nd St, Stowell, Deputies Johnson and Abernathy responded

9:05 p.m. – Welfare concern on Albritton Gully, Deputy Cordell responded

10:00 p.m. – Deputy Johnson responded to a disturbance call on N Campbell Rd, Winnie; 3 jailed on disorderly conduct

Monday, Apr. 16

6:30 a.m. – Juvenile problems 700 block Speights Loop, Deputy Croley responded

1:22 p.m. – Burglary of a residence/unlawful entry 500 block Willcox, Anahuac, Deputy Croley responded

4:14 p.m. – Welfare concern10800 block Pine Meadows, Baytown Deputies Cole and Croley responded

5:32 p.m. – Welfare concern 4900 block Riverview, Old River-Winfree, Deputies Krahel and Maddox responded; patient transported by MBEMS

7:22 p.m. – Burglary of a residence/unlawful entry in the 5100 block Cove Creek, Baytown, Deputy Krahel responded; welding machine was reported stolen

9:05 p.m. – Runaway reported on Orchid Ln, Deputy Johnson responded; juvenile located and returned

Tuesday, Apr. 17

12:17 a.m. – Sgt Abernathy called in an Evading Deputies Krahel Maddox and Turner responded; 1 male jailed on evading arrest or detention

7:30 a.m. – Theft -misdemeanor call in the 1300 block Rose St, Winnie, Deputy Rabalais responded

10:30 a.m. – Welfare concern Otter Rd, Anahuac Deputies Houghton and Richey responded; everything OK

11:32 a.m. – Theft of services 6300 block 563, Wallisville, Deputy Houghton responded

6:12 p.m. – Terroristic threat, 819 WB, Deputy Johnson responded; 1 male jailed

9:15 p.m. – Assault E. Elm, Winnie, Deputies Abernathy and Maddox responded; report taken

10:16 p.m. – Criminal mischief 7900 Albatross, Deputy Turner responded; reported cars being egged; kids agreed to clean and owner agreed not to file

Wednesday, Apr. 18

4:10 p.m. – Assault reported at Anahuac Middle School, Deputy Houghton responded; report taken

5:30 p.m. – Burglary of a residence/unlawful entry 11800 block I-10, Deputy Burt responded; misc. items reported from RV

7:21 p.m. – Theft-felony 9500 block FM 1942,Mont Belvieu, Deputy Childress responded; welding machine was reported stolen

7:30 p.m. – Sgt Hatfield and Deputy Arredondo out on traffic FM 1410 South of I-10; 2 males jailed narcotic drug violation-misdemeanor

9:00 p.m. – Burglary of a motor vehicle reported on Broadway, Winnie, Deputy Arredondo responded

Thursday, Apr. 19

12:30 a.m. – Recovered runaway/missing person on Kinzer Rd, Deputies Gonsalves and Hatfield responded

7:20 a.m. – DPS requested Assistance of Canine at the 820 East Bound, Deputies Burleson and Carrington responded; assistance provided/positive hit

9:30 a.m. – Deputy Richey out on animal call at NRG; reported cow and calf in custody

2:25 p.m. – Theft-felony (wire) on Speights Loop, Hankamer, Deputy Houghton responded; copper wire was reported stolen

4:30 p.m. – Unwanted subject was reported in the 2500 block Riceflower, Cove, Deputies Ritch and Gonsalves responded; settled by separation

10:15 p.m. – Disturbance call in the 4900 block Riverview, Old River, Deputies Childress and Burt responded

Friday, Apr. 20

2:15 a.m. – Deputies Burt, Hatfield and Childress out at 7500 Block FM 565 for a major accident; 2 jailed on public intoxication

4:16 a.m. – Deputies Gonsalves and Arredondo responded to a call at Stuckeys 36000 block I-10; 1 female arrested public intoxication

2:10 p.m. – Deputy Ritch reported found property in the 8000 block FM 565; chain saw on side of road

2:16 p.m. – Criminal mischief 21000 block I-10 East, Deputy Houghton responded; car ran into fence

4:20 p.m. – Disturbance 1200 block Bancroft, Winnie, Deputies Jackson and King responded; settled by separation, guns in custody

Saturday, Apr. 21

12:06 a.m. – Deputies Arredondo and Blackburn out on traffic Hwy 124 at La Quinta; 1 male jailed by DPS

12:16 a.m. – Deputies Gonsalves and Hatfield out on traffic at JJ’s Chevron; 1 male jailed possession of a controlled substance.

1:13 a.m. – Recovered stolen vehicle 200 block E Pine Ave., Deputy Arredondo responded; stolen vehicle recovered per Bmt. PD

3:00 p.m. – Disorderly Conduct reported on Albritton Gully Road, Deputies Golleher, Croley, Rosetta and Dreadon responded; 2 females jailed

6:13 p.m. – Deputies Gonsavles and Hatfield responded to a call on Allbritton Gulley, 1 female jailed on public intoxication

10:23 p.m. – Assault/family violence 15200 block Harlin, Deputies Childress, Hatfield and Cordell responded; 1 female jailed

Sunday, Apr. 22

12:30 a.m. – Deputies Childress and Gonsalves out on vehicle at 99/565 NB; 1 jailed for driving while intoxicated

9:08 a.m. – Deputy Rosetta took a report on a Theft/I.D. from 1st Street, Winnie; caller reported someone had filed income tax on their SS Number

4:21 p.m. – Deputy St. John out on assist of other agency in 100 block Massey Thompkins; missing children

11:08 p.m. – Deputy Orlando out Raceway on Hwy 146; 1 male jailed possession of a controlled substance

Monday, Apr. 23

1:00 a.m. – Wreckless damage reported Shady Ln/Woodland Ln, Old River, Deputy Krahel responded; Reported White PK hit stop sign knocking it down and kept going

1:15 p.m. – Deputy Cole took a report from Cove, on a case of fraud

2:10 p.m. – Deputy Rosetta reported found fire extinguisher Hwy 124 roadside, Winnie

4:06 p.m. – Theft call 1300 block Trinity, Anahuac, Deputy Crowley took the report

6: 34 p.m. – Deputy Ashby out Hwy 61 at I-10, Hankamer; 1 male jailed possession of a controlled substance

9:35 p.m. – Disturbance call 4900 block Riverview, Old River, Deputies Krahel and Turner responded; settled by separation

Tuesday, Apr. 24

2:06 a.m. – Audible interior alarm 1300 SH 124, Winnie, Deputies Johnson, Abernathy, Cordell, Krahel, Turner, Maddox Orlando and M21 responded; 1 male jailed evading arrest or detention, burglary of a non-residence/forcible entry and a warrant

Wednesday, Apr. 25

9:09 a.m. – Animal on animal call 1600 block East Buccaneer, Deputies Richey and Jackson responded

5:12 p.m. – Criminal mischief reported 10400 block Ponderosa Pine, Baytown, Deputies Turner and Krahel responded; reported someone shot back of car with bb’s

Thursday, Apr. 26

1:12 a.m. – Caller on Speights Loop/Rafe Rd reported subject took car and had not returned it, Deputies Cordell and Abernathy responded; 1 arrested on local warrant

2:30 p.m. – Deputy Jackson took a report on burglary of a non-residence/unlawful entry; hospitality room at park broken into

5:15 p.m. – Burglary of a non-residence/unlawful entry was reported 2400 block May Apple, Baytown, Deputy Childress responded; items were reported missing

8:20 p.m. – Welfare concern 1400 block Cook Rd, Winnie, Deputy Arredondo responded

Friday, Apr. 27

10:22 a.m. – Theft-felony 7900 block Blackbird Ln, Baytown, Deputy Ritch responded

3:16 p.m. – Trespassing 2000 block FM 1405, Baytown, Deputies Ritch, Eldridge and Rice responded; disgruntled employee jailed for trespassing and resisting arrest.

6:08 p.m. – Theft-misdemeanor 800 block Hankamer Loop, Deputy Gonsalves responded; reported someone stole cover off fuse box

11:20 p.m. – Harassment call in the13300 block Maple Drive, Dayton, Deputy Childress responded

11:20 p.m. – Assault/family violence call 700 block W Ninth St., Deputy Arredondo responded; no prosecution on both parties


Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 73–79 degrees; 8.22’ low. Black bass are good on drop shot rigs, shakyheads, Texas rigs and medium running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shad.
AMISTAD Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 22.46’ low. Black bass are very good on swimbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, topwaters, and soft plastics. White bass are fair on crankbaits and jerkbaits. Striped bass are fair on crankbaits and jerkbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines 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; 72–77 degrees; 8.37’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows over brush piles. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Little Georges. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
ATHENS Water lightly stained, 75–79 degrees; 1.23’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics and wacky rigged worms on deeper brush piles. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
BASTROP Water stained; 74–78 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water lightly stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits in coves. Hybrid striper are good on live shad and chrome slabs. White bass are good on chrome slabs on the bottom. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on summer sausage, hot dogs, stinkbait, and snails. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 2.48’ low. Black bass are fair to good on soft plastics and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs. White bass are good on Humdingers. Catfish are fair to good on trotlines or juglines with Redneck’s Catfish Bait Soap. All boat ramps are now open.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and perch off points. Redfish are fair on shad, tilapia, and crawfish. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait.
BRIDGEPORT Water stained; 74–79 degrees; 5.46’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads with green pumpkin finesse worms around deeper docks and Jackall Iobee Frogs in the Big Creek area. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs (best action mid day). Channel catfish are fair on cut and prepared bait.
BROWNWOOD Water murky; 73–78 degrees; 10.46’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and craw colored crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 5–15 feet. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 10–20 feet. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 70–75 degrees; 23.08’ low. Black bass are fair on Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps, chartreuse Skip–N–Pop topwaters, and weightless wacky rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks in 8–16 feet. Striped bass are good on watermelon topwaters and Rat–L–Traps on the surface at first light. White bass are fair trolling green Rat–L–Traps and jigging Pirk Minnows over rock piles. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.
CADDO Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.34’ high. Black bass are good on black/blue soft plastics around isolated cover. White bass are fair on slabs. Yellow bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on spoons and striper jigs between the dam and the crappie wall. Redfish are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, cheesebait, and shad. Blue catfish are good on liver and cut bait near 181 Cove. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 5.40’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse topwaters, Texas rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks, and green pumpkin jigs in 8–15 feet. Striped bass are slow to fair trolling perch colored crankbaits and jigging silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies upriver. Smallmouth bass are good on green Rat–L–Traps, watermelon tubes, and white spinnerbaits in 12–18 feet. Crappie are fair on pink tube jigs and minnows around submerged brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and minnows. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.17’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, shakyheads and black/blue finesse jigs around main lake points and into the backs of creeks. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are fair to good on minnows. Catfish are fair drifting cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 72–76 degrees; 12.51’ low. Black bass are good on minnows and shad colored spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and minnows. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
COLEMAN Water lightly stained; 71–75 degrees; 15.44’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms and lizards. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water fairly clear; 1.60’ low. Black bass are good on minnows and perch colored Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch.
COLORADO CITY 18.92’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water fairly clear; 71–75 degrees; 2.25’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics and watermelon spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on minnows and white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.
COOPER Water lightly stained; 75–78 degrees; 0.55’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged craw worms later in the day. Green pumpkin soft plastics are best. 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 and cut bait. Doctor’s Creek, Tira, and South Sulphur ramps are all open.
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 stained; 80–84 degrees; 30.96’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush. 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 stained. Black bass are good on shad colored shallow running crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad.
FORK Water stained; 75–80 degrees; 1.72’ low. Black bass are good on Jackall Mikey, Jr. wakebaits and Yellow Magic topwaters along main lake points in early morning. Shallow crankbaits on windy points are working well later in the day. Deep crankbaits are effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 72–78 degrees; 10.6’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows around deep water structure. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Rooster Tails. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and shad colored crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and liver.
GRANBURY Water murky; 71–76 degrees; 0.67’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on green bucktail jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and shrimp.
GRANGER Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait in shallow water. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch in the river.
GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.36 low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Texas rigged worms, watermelon finesse jigs, and Jackall ASKA crankbaits along main lake points. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad.
GREENBELT Water stained; 72–78 degrees; 38.21’ low. Black bass are fair to wacky rigs, Senkos and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live and minnows. The Old Marina Point ramp is still open.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.41’ high. Black bass to 7 pounds are good on June bug multi–flake, black/blue, and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms near submerged islands at mid–lake early and late. Crappie to 3 pounds are good on white Rooster Tails with red heads and live minnows at night. Bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad.
HUBBARD CREEK 73–79 degrees; 14.97’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, medium running crankbaits, weightless flukes and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, finesse worms, and smaller jigs – mid–day bite has been best. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared baits.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 1.14’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms and shallow crankbaits along main lake points. Isolated cover is the key. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 76–81 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, black/brown jigs and squarebill 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 clear; 70–74 degrees; 0.51’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Senkos, pumpkinseed topwaters, and perch colored Rat–L–Traps early in 10–20 feet. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and carp.
LEWISVILLE Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.43’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow to medium crankbaits along main lake points. Larger rock along main lake points producing as well. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 75–79 degrees; 0.33’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good but small on Rat–L–Traps, Zara spooks, and slabs. White bass are very good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. Crappie are very good on minnows over brush. Blue catfish are very good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
MACKENZIE Water stained; 73–78 degrees; 87.69’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. No report on striped bass. Catfish are fair on cut bait. Ramp #1 is still open.
MARTIN CREEK Water fairly clear; 3.89’ low. No report available.
MEREDITH 96.42’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 79–88 degrees; 0.68’ high. Black bass are good Texas rigged creature baits fished around deeper water. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on live shiners.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water lightly stained; 72–78 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms and spinnerbaits along the bank. White bass are fair on silver slabs in 11 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows from fishing docks. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 73–79 degrees; 41.41’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, jigs, Senkos and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and Rooster Tails. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 72–78 degrees; 15.42’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, Rat–L–Traps and Senkos. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows over brush. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 74–79 degrees; 0.03’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics near shallow cover. 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.
PALO DURO 46.61’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 72–79 degrees; 5.88’ low. Black bass are fair to good on deep diving crankbaits, Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and wacky rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs over brush piles. White bass are fair to good slabs and Little Georges. Striped bass are fair to good on Sassy Shad and live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits off points. Striped bass are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on shad and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 75–80 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, squarebill crankbaits and medium crankbaits. Swim jigs are good around rip rap also. 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 stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.27’ low. Black bass are good on XCalibur Zell Pop topwaters early around secondary points. Carolina rigged watermelon candy 5” YUM Dingers around secondary points and main lake points are good as well. Crappie are good on minnows on COE brush piles. White bass are excellent on slabs in 15–20 feet of water on humps. Catfish are good around baited holes on Danny King’s punch bait.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 75–80 degrees; 0.09’ low. Black bass are good on Firewater Swim Jigs in threadfin shad around shallow docks. Carolina rig soft plastics around deep brush piles has been effective. 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; 71–75 degrees; 0.09’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics and green Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on minnows, hellbenders, and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are good on live shad. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 84.53’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 4.28’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 0.19’ low. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 70–74 degrees; 1.38’ low. Black bass are fair on green Rat–L–Traps and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 73–78 degrees; 15.09’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, Senkos, Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 75–81 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue soft plastics and hollow body frogs. Best bite is around flooded cover. Crappie are fair on 1/16oz. curl tail grubs and small minnows on docks, bridge pilings and deep timber. White bass are excellent on white SSS Slabs and tailspins – schooling on points early and late. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on 4” to 6” white or shad pattern Sassy Shad in the shallows early then suspending deep during the day – drifting live bait is also producing. Catfish are excellent in deep water drifting cut bait and fresh shad.
TEXOMA Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.35’ low. The Blue–Green Algae alert has been downgraded to an advisory. Bodily contact with water is no longer prohibited. It is now just discouraged. Please check http://www.swt.usace.army.mil/ prior to planning a trip to Texoma. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and medium crankbaits along main lake points. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. No report on catfish.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 1.60’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white bucktail jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons and Li’l Fishies in the river. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 39.43’ low. Black bass are fair on shad colored topwaters, watermelon soft plastic worms, and smoke grubs. Striped bass are fair on minnows. White bass are good on chartreuse topwaters, white grubs, and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on fresh stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on shad. Hybrid striper are good on shad and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water stained; 74–79 degrees; 0.68’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and Texas rig creature baits – target any shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad. White bass are fair on slabs and live minnows.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 74–79 degrees; 26.23’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
WHITNEY Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.12’ low. Black bass are fair on green spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and liver.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 75–81 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, shallow crankbaits and chatterbaits along main lake points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut shad and prepared bait.

Water Body Report
NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Redfish are good in the marsh on topwaters and Gulps.
SOUTH SABINE Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good while wading coves and bayous on topwaters.
BOLIVAR Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.
TRINITY BAY Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout are fair to good on deep shell on Gulps and live bait.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are good on the south shoreline on Catch 5s, MirrOlures and topwaters. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good on live bait around the wells.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good on live shrimp on reefs. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are beginning to show in the surf and at the jetty.
TEXAS CITY Trout are fair to good on Dollar Reef on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.
FREEPORT Trout are fair to good at San Luis Pass on shrimp. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Trout and redfish are good at the jetties on live shrimp and finger mullet.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. Some redfish are schooling in the middle of the bay.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Black drum are fair to good at Shell Island on crabs.
PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over sand and grass in the guts in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Trout are showing at the jetty.
ROCKPORT Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free–lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Many trout have been showing on the outside of the islands.
PORT ARANSAS Redfish are fair to good at East Flats and around Dagger Island on shrimp and crabs. Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers.
CORPUS CHRISTI Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are good for drifters working like shrimp over sand and grass.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are fair to good on sand and grass on topwaters and plastics. Trout are good at night in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in the grass on the King Ranch shoreline on small topwaters.
PORT MANSFIELD Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass and along the edge of the ICW on Gulps. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes with topwaters and Gulps.
SOUTH PADRE Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Redfish are fair while drifting sand and grass on Gulps and live shrimp under a popping cork.
PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in South Bay on topwaters.

They are the ones that greet us at the door;  the ones that are in the back yard yapping up a storm, jumping for joy, and dancing around just because we are home, finally.

They guard our children, our homes, our lives; and let us know when danger is around real or perceived by them.

They help us to remember our childhood; those days of carefree abandon.  Before we knew the world was not always nice.

We are so busy and caught up in our lives; but look down into their eyes and see such love, unconditional love, loyalty, and devotion even though sometimes we forget to let them out and shame them because they potty on the floor.  Sometimes their food bowl goes empty a little too long and we wonder why they are gnawing on the furniture.  We forget to fill their water bowl and wonder why they drink out of the toilet.

Sometimes forgotten in the back yard, they stand vigil for us, their family.

WELL…..this event is for THEM.  IT IS ALL ABOUT THEM!!!  We don’t care if they are ugly, dressed up, not dressed up, big, small. funny, talented, not so talented, or what.  They are a part of your family and they are welcome in the “My Best Friend” Dog Show.

The only thing we ask is that they are vaccinated and you bring proof of that vaccination.  Linda Murphy, City Secretary has chosen this event to head up as she absolutely adores her little dog.

SO! Come one, come all!  Bring them to show off; the good, the bad, and the ugly.  THIS IS THEIR EVENT!!  Their time of petting, and loving, and joy!

Visit “My Best Friend” Kids Dog Contest to learn more.

Entry Form can be found at  “My Best Friend” Kids Dog Show Entry Form

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From NWS:

This afternoon:  Showers and thunderstorms mainly over areas north and west of Houston. A few of these storms this afternoon could be severe with large hail and or damaging winds…mainly over the southwest portion of our warning area…including Jackson, Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado Counties.

Tonight and Friday:   The threat of flooding and severe weather will shift farther east with a squall line developing and moving from west to east across the area during the overnight hours and into early Friday morning. The main potential severe threat with this line will be damaging wind gusts.  An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. In addition heavy rains from the storms may caused localized flooding.  A widespread one to three inches of rain is expected with potential for 5 inches in some spots by the time the rain tapers off late Friday.

Stay tuned for updates here: http://weather.gov/houston

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