Freshwater Fishing Reports

Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 59–65 degrees; 11.28’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters, spinnerbaits, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
AMISTAD Water clear; 72–76 degrees; 60.20’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on Red Fins, crankbaits, and topwaters. White bass are fair on spinnerbaits and minnows. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch near rockslides. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 58–63 degrees; 12.63’ low. Black bass are slow to fair to good on topwater frogs, spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
ATHENS Water clear, 68–74 degrees; 2.51’ low. Black bass are good on small plastic swimbaits and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.
BASTROP Water clear; 69–73 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 20–25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water clear; 66–70 degrees; 8.01’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on shad and chrome slabs. White bass are good on silver slabs. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white riversides. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 69–75 degrees; 4.98’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics fished slowly around points and the first break lines. Some topwater action noted early. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 67–72 degrees; 1.82’ low. Black bass are excellent up to 7lbs. pitching soft plastics and jigs in the cattails. . Crappie are excellent around the cattails on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on Black Salty and cut bait along the bank in the park area and drifting as the presentation.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastics in reeds. Striped bass are fair on liver and perch off points near the pier. Redfish are good on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, cheesebait, cut bait, and liver near the dam.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear; 66–71 degrees; 16.46’ low. Black bass are good on Xcite squarebill crankbaits around shallow cover as well as Texas rigged Berkley Havoc craws in Bama Bug. Some fish being caught on small plastic swimbaits imitating shad. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are excellent on slabs and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 11.57’ low. Black bass to 8 pounds are excellent on Bass Hogg Gorilla jigs, green pumpkin soft plastics, and white/chartreuse crankbaits around docks. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are excellent on minnows and white jigs near Wild Duck Marina under lights at night in 10–20 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 1–8 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish to 8 pounds are fair on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish to 40 pounds are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
BUCHANAN Water murky; 70–74 degrees; 27.29’ low. Black bass are good on white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, watermelon topwaters, and green pumpkin Whacky Sticks with chartreuse tails along lake points in 8–12 feet at first light. Striped bass are fair on topwaters and Rat–L–Traps, and drifting live bait on the surface in 20–30 feet near the Lighthouse. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps and jigging Pirk Minnows and Tiny Traps over rock piles in 20–30 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and watermelon tube jigs over brush piles in 12 feet. Channel catfish are good on live bait and cut bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and minnows.
CADDO Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits and weightless Senkos. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut bait. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species – see: Possession and Transport.
CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms and crankbaits over reed beds. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam and the crappie wall. Redfish are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons in 10–20 feet. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and shad. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 9.92’ low. Black bass are fair on tomato red JDC grubs, watermelon red Whacky Sticks, and Texas rigged watermelon red finesse worms along bluff ledges in 8–16 feet. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and 1oz. Pirk Minnows in 30 feet. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on root beer/green JDC curl tailed grubs and craws and smoke/red tubes on ball jigheads in 10 feet on main lake points and ledges. Crappie are good on pink tube jigs and live minnows upriver around submerged brush piles over break lines. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 67–71 degrees; 3.46’ low. Black bass are good on weightless wacky worms and topwaters early. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 73–77 degrees; 19.93’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon deep running crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on nightcrawlers and spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on cut bait.
COLEMAN Water lightly stained; 68–72 degrees; 14.78’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic lizards and worms. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 2.16’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch.
COLORADO CITY 17.68’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 3.13’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Texas and Carolina rigged soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 8.35’ low. Black bass are good on wacky rigged Senkos and trick worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Catfish are good on 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 murky; 73–77 degrees; 40.98’ low. Black bass are very good on crankbaits off ledges and points. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on watermelon tube jigs. 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 watermelon shallow running crankbaits and soft plastic worms in 4–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shrimp and shad in 10–12 feet.
FORK Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 4.61’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms in 4–8’ of water on main lake points. Some topwater action noted as well as some fish still on beds. Yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 59–64 degrees; 11.71’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on minnows, shrimp, and liver.
GRANBURY Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 6.43’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/white soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on white bucktail jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and watermelon spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and frozen shrimp.
GRANGER Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps along the roadbed at mid lake. Crappie are good on watermelon jigs in 4–12 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are very good on trotlines baited with live perch in the river.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 5.74’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged Xcite Raptor JRs near rocky points. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
GREENBELT 43.38’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on June bug Trick worms and chartreuse/black backed crankbaits in 4–6 feet. Crappie are good on live minnows around brush in 10–12 feet. Bream are good on live worms off piers. Catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 57–64 degrees; 21.27’ low. Black bass are good on Zara Spooks, Rat–L–Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 69–74 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics and topwaters near grass. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are good on prepared baits.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 70–75 degrees; 1.70’ low. Black bass are good on soft plastic jerkbaits in shallow areas. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species – see: Possession and Transport.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 69–74 degrees; 7.99’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits near wood cover. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species – see: Possession and Transport.
LBJ Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, watermelon Curb’s Erratic jigs, and weightless green pumpkin Texas rigged Whacky Sticks along break lines of flats in 6–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles in 15 feet. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 4.93’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut shad. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species – see:Possession and Transport.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 69–73 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 93.16’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 75–79 degrees; 1.74’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
MEREDITH 99.82’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 69–74 degrees; 0.11 low. Black bass are good on shad pattern squarebills and yellow Magic topwaters. Some fish noted on beds. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on cut bait.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water lightly stained; 69–73 degrees; 0.84’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits along banks in Liberty Hill Park and near the dam. White bass are good on Charlie slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with liver and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 59–64 degrees; 36.77’ low. Black bass are good on Zell Pops, Rat–L–Traps, jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and Rooster Tails. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 58–63 degrees; 18.42’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Yellow Magics, spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are good on jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
PALESTINE Water clear; 68–73 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and weightless worms around docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
PALO DURO 55.67’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 59–65 degrees; 10.33’ low. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps, Stanley Ribbits, medium running crankbaits, drop shot rigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water lightly stained; 68–72 degrees; 3.94’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on shad. White bass are good on minnows and shad colored crankbaits. Crappie are very good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 3.71’ low. Black bass are good on medium diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 68–72 degrees; 4.29’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics – some fish still on beds. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake. See Possession and Transport.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water clear; 67–72 degrees; 5.60’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and drop shots around docks. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
SAM RAYBURN Water lightly stained; 68–72 degrees; 1.93’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows, hellbenders, and silver spoons. Crappie are good 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; 70–74 degrees; 2.23’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are good on silver spoons. White bass are good on slabs and spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 64.18’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 9.04’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.40’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water lightly stained; 69–73 degrees; 7.35’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 58–63 degrees; 19.47’ low. Black bass are fair to good on live shiners, spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 5.60’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws around shallow stumps and cover. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut bait.
TEXOMA Water clear; 68–73 degrees; 4.31’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics and Zara Spooks. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut bait. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake. See Possession and Transport.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 1.52’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on bucktail jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons and slabs in the river. Crappie are good on minnows and pink 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 clear; 70–74 degrees; 52.46’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps, watermelon worms, and smoke grubs in 8–24 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows in 20–30 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs in 10–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows and shrimp in 20–35 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are very good on shad. Hybrid striper are fair on shad and silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, frozen shad, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 68–72 degrees; 6.82’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 53–62 degrees; 30.67’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water lightly stained; 69–73 degrees; 9.06’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on white/chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows, Charlie slabs, pet spoons, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 69–74 degrees; 4.22’ high. Black bass are good on hollow body and Ribbit frogs around shallow cover. Some fish being caught on swim jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs shallow under a float. Catfish are good on cut bait. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species – see: Possession and Transport.

 

Saltwater Fishing Reports

Water Body Report
NORTH SABINE Redfish are good in the marsh on small topwaters. Trout are fair to good in the river on shad. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains.
SOUTH SABINE Trout are fair to good at the jetty on pogies and soft plastics. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are good under slicks on soft plastics.
BOLIVAR Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.
TRINITY BAY Trout are good for waders working pods of shad and mullet on the shorelines. Topwaters and Corkies have worked best. Redfish are good on shrimp in the marsh.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair on the south shoreline on soft plastics and topwaters. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good on topwaters and soft plastics for waders working the south shoreline. Redfish are fair to good on shell on live shrimp.
TEXAS CITY Trout are fair to good on the reefs 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. Bull redfish are good off the beachfront in about 35 feet of water.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good for waders working the south shoreline on topwaters and Gulps. More sand trout are showing over deep reefs.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair to good for waders working shell and grass on soft plastics and topwaters. Trout are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.
PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over sand and grass in waist–deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.
ROCKPORT Redfish are fair to good on shrimp and mullet on the Estes Flats. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Trout are fair to good for waders working topwaters.
PORT ARANSAS Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp. Offshore is good for kingfish, ling and tuna.
CORPUS CHRISTI Trout are fair to good around Shamrock Cove on topwaters and Gulps under a popping cork. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are fair to good around the rocks on Gambler Flappin’ Shad, Bass Assassins, Norton Bull Minnows and topwaters. Redfish are fair on the edge of the ICW on shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp.
PORT MANSFIELD Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass along the shorelines. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps and plastics under popping corks.
SOUTH PADRE Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Trout, black drum and redfish are good at the jetty on live bait.. Snook are showing around the Ship Channel.
PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are good at Laguna Vista on Super Spook Jrs, She pups and DOA Shrimp under rattling corks.

eek of May 8, 2013