Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 79–88 degrees; 6.98’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, midday switching to shakyheads, Texas rigs, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows over brush piles and around structure. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 24.73’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on crankbaits, topwaters, spooks, Senkos, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and live perch. Yellow catfish are good on 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; 79–87 degrees; 9.01’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, Texas rigs and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows under a float. White bass are good on slabs and Rooster Tails. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
ATHENS Water clear, 81–87 degrees; 1.76’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged Zoom Speed Craws in green pumpkin or black neon and shad color topwaters – early morning has been best, but the bite is fairly consistent throughout the day. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
BASTROP Water stained; 85–89 degrees. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, minnows, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are good on dark soft plastics in coves early and late. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 82–88 degrees; 2.90’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits in 4–10 feet. Football jigs in deeper water have been effective later in the day around brush piles. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs over brush piles and mid– to deep–water stickups. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on trotlines or juglines with Redneck’s Catfish Bait Soap and nightcrawlers.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and dark soft plastic worms in reeds near the jetty. Striped bass are good down rigging silver 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, shrimp, and cheesebait near the dam.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 5.90’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads with green pumpkin finesse worms around deeper docks. Some fish being caught on drop shot rigs with Jackall Clone Fry in bluegill. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs (best action mid day). Channel catfish are fair on cut and prepared bait as well as nightcrawlers.
BROWNWOOD Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 11.09’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are excellent on redbug and watermelon topwaters, Grande Bass Baby Rattlesnakes, Bass Hogg jigs, and perch colored crankbaits along shorelines in 4–6 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and Rat–L–Traps under lights at night. Crappie are excellent on white Li’l Fishies and black/chartreuse tube jigs in 10–15 feet. Channel catfish to 3 pounds are good on cut bait over baited holes. Yellow catfish to 25 pounds are good on trotlines baited with perch in 5–15 feet.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 22.95’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon flukes, Texas rigged watermelon worms, and topwaters off secondary points early. Striped bass are fair on small crankbaits and Zara Spooks early. White bass are fair trolling on Pirk Minnows over brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows and Curb’s crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish.
CADDO Water stained; 81–87 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rig soft plastics in green pumpkin and black/blue football jigs. White bass and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait. New TPWD regulations concerning invasive species that affect all Caddo boaters and anglers went in effect May 17. Please refer to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20120503a for more information prior to planning a trip.
CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps over reed beds. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are good on live bait along the crappie wall. Channel catfish are fair on liver, cheesebait, and nightcrawlers near the railroad trestle. Blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 4.95’ low. Black bass are fair on Pop R’s, soft plastics, and perch colored Rat–L–Traps early. Striped bass are fair on live bait and small crankbaits. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and on small tubes in 8–18 feet. Crappie are good on minnows upriver over submerged brush piles in 8–15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines upriver.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 82–88 degrees; 0.84’ low. Black bass are fair on blue fleck soft plastics, shakyheads and shallow crankbaits around docks closer to main lake – crankbaits on deeper brush piles effective as well. Some fish being caught on Jackall Iobee frogs in black near flooded willows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair drifting cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 13.33’ low. Black bass to 3 pounds are fair on small crankbaits and soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are fair on juglines baited with perch.
COLEMAN Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 16.13’ low. Black bass are fair on small crankbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on stripe jigs. Crappie are good on minnows in 20–25 feet. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water fairly clear; 2.10’ low. Black bass are fair on small crankbaits and topwaters in 5–10 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 18.76’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water fairly clear; 82–86 degrees; 2.57’ low. Black bass are good on minnows and small Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and chicken livers.
COOPER Water lightly stained; 81–87 degrees; 1.38’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early and shallow crankbaits in shad patterns. Texas rigged soft plastics are producing later in the day. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair to good on Sassy Shad and live shad over main lake humps. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait.
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 clear; 88–92 degrees; 34.92’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits off points. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows over rock piles. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
FAYETTE Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits off points. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers.
FORK Water clear; 82–88 degrees; 2.14’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters along main lake points in early morning – deep crankbaits around brush piles are effective later in the day. Norman DD22’s in Soddy Blue are also producing good number. Football jigs in Falcon Craw color are producing as well. Yellow bass are good on smaller spoons along creek channel bends in deeper water. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs over brush piles and around bridge columns. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 79–87 degrees; 10.93’ low. Black bass are fair on Pop–Rs and Zara Spooks early, later switching Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around deep water structure. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are good on minnows, green Rat–L–Traps, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 0.81’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.
GRANGER Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are fair on black power worms upriver around shallow stumps. White bass are fair on slab spoons over humps near the dam. Crappie are good on chartreuse marabou jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles. Blue catfish are fair on prepared bait on rod & reel, and on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 81–87 degrees; 1.76’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Big Bite Trick Sticks fished weightless around boat stalls. Topwaters and Jackall ASKA crankbaits along main lake points are good early (best bite is in 4–8 feet). Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad.
GREENBELT Water stained; 79–86 degrees; 37.65’ low. Black bass are good on buzzbaits early, midday switching to Carolina rigs, drop shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs over brush piles. The Old Marina Point ramp is still open.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water clear; 86–90 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on Rat–L–Traps and wacky worms early and late. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on live worms over grass beds and off piers. Blue catfish to 4 pounds are good on juglines baited with goldfish and perch in 18 feet.
HUBBARD CREEK 78–86 degrees; 15.6’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwater early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs, jigs, deep diving crankbaits and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 0.43’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Texas rigged soft plastics and medium running crankbaits in 8–10 feet. Crappie are fair 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; 82–88 degrees; 3.27’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged soft plastics and medium running crankbaits along main lake points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad. New TPWD regulations concerning invasive species that affect all Lake O’ The Pines boaters and anglers went in effect May 17. Please refer to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20120503a for more information prior to planning a trip.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 81–87 degrees; 1.34’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms – crankbaits are also productive around riprap. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around bridge columns. Catfish are fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers. New TPWD regulations concerning invasive species that affect all Lavon boaters and anglers went in effect May 17. Please refer to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20120503a for more information prior to planning a trip.
LBJ Water clear; 79–83 degrees; 0.36’ low. Black bass are fair on small topwaters and watermelon Curb’s jigs in 8–16 feet early. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 15 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 0.94’ low. Black bass are slow on finesse presentations in 10–15 feet along main lake points – key on larger rock along main lake points for best results. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 84–88 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on slabs, troll tubes, and pet spoons. White bass are good on slabs, troll tubes, and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over structure. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE Water stained; 79–87 degrees; 88.22’ low. Black bass are fair on Yellow Magics early, midday switching to Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and shakyheads. No report on striped bass. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers fished under a float. Ramp #1 is still open.
MARTIN CREEK Water fairly clear; 81–87 degrees; 4.43’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin or black neon soft plastics in the flooded willows and watermelon jigs and worms in deeper water. No report on crappie or white bass. Catfish are good on prepared bait and minnows.
MEREDITH 96.74’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 87–92 degrees; 0.09’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged soft plastics around stumps and jigs fished in deeper water – topwaters early are also productive. No reports on crappie. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and live shiners.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits and spinnerbaits near the dam. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on liver and cheesebait. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 79–87 degrees; 41.55’ low. Black bass are good on Zara Spooks and buzzbaits early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs, shakyheads, Carolina rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are good on slabs and Humdingers. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 79–84 degrees; 16.01’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Zell Pops early and late, midday switching to Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, jigs and spoons. Crappie are good on jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 0.17’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs and Texas rigged RI Beavers in hematoma near shallow cover and docks – best bite is later in the day. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs, Sassy Shad and live shad. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
PALO DURO 47.93’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 78–86 degrees; 6.37’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, spoons, shaky heads and Texas rigs with a decent early topwater bite. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs over brush piles and around bridge columns. White bass are good on topwater early – midday on slabs and tail spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 1.05’ low. Black bass are fair on small crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and shad. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 82–88 degrees; 0.28’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and football jigs along deeper brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows and Road Runners. White bass are good on humps in 17–23 feet with hybrids mixed in. Catfish are good on prepared baits.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 0374’ low. Black bass are good on bone colored Pop–R’s early, later switching to Carolina rigged green pumpkin/chartreuse Gene Larew Salt Flic’Rs around secondary points and main lake humps. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on COE brush piles. Good schools of white bass reported in the mornings on the main lake near Wolf Island. Catfish are good along the face of the dam on punch bait and cut shad.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 0.62’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin finesse worms on shakyheads around docks. Carolina rigged soft plastics and black/blue football jigs around deep brush piles have also been effective. The deep crankbait bite is still slow. White bass are good 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; 83–87 degrees; 1.11’ low. Black bass are fair on minnows and dark crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 20–25 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 84.85’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 5.02’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.45’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 1.65’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on small Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 79–86 degrees; 15.55’ low. Black bass are fair on wacky rigs, Texas rigs, Senkos and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo)nightcrawlers.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.65’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged black/blue soft plastics and hollow body frogs around vegetation. Crappie are fair on curl tail grubs and small minnows on docks, bridge pilings and deep timber. White bass are good on slabs. 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 good in deep water drifting cut bait.
TEXOMA Water clear; 81–86 degrees; Full pool. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits along main lake points and jigs and Carolina rigs in 8–12 feet. Some fish are being caught early on topwaters. Striped bass are fair on slabs and live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. New TPWD regulations concerning invasive species that affect all Texoma boaters and anglers went in effect May 17. Please refer to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20120503a for more information prior to planning a trip.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 2.72’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms and small crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on minnows and striper jigs. White bass are good on spoons and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and stinkbait in 20–30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 40.18’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards in 10–22 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on shad and chartreuse soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 1.96’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics and jigs around docks and shallow cover. The early morning topwater bite is slowing down. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad. White bass are fair on slabs and live minnows – some schooling noted later in the day.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 80–85 degrees; 25.65’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits early, midday switching to Texas rigs and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are fair on live minnows in brush. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
WHITNEY Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on shrimp and live minnows.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 82–75 degrees; 0.59’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, medium running crankbaits and soft swimbaits along main lake points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut shad and prepared bait. New TPWD regulations concerning invasive species that affect all Wright Patman boaters and anglers went in effect May 17. Please refer to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20120503a for more information prior to planning a trip.