Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of May 29, 2013

Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 69–72 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; 61.08’ low. Black bass are very good on Yamamoto Senkos, minnows, and watermelon soft plastics and topwaters. Striped bass are good on Sassy Shad, swimbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on bloodbait and punchbait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 70–73 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, 72–78 degrees; 2.29’ low. Black bass are slow on small plastic swimbaits and crankbaits. Topwater bite has been good early. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
BASTROP Water clear; 72–76 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 7.64’ low. Black bass are good trolling Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are good on shad in 20 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch and live shad.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 73–78 degrees; 4.90’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged Zoom Baby Brush Hogs in green pumpkin as football jigs in deeper water. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 73–77 degrees; 0.01 high. Black bass are good in and around the cattails. Jigs, creature baits and Flukes are effective. Key is to cover water. Crappie are good in 10–13’ on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on minnows along the bank in the park area.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and perch off points. Redfish are fair on tilapia, crawfish, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait near the dam.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear; 72–76 degrees; 17.32’ low. Black bass are fair on Xcite squarebill crankbaits around shallow cover as well as small swimbaits in shad patterns and Megabass Pop X in white python color. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 11.75’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on RJA crankbaits and flukes in the evenings in 3–5 feet, and on spinnerbaits around docks early. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows and watermelon jigs off lighted docks at night in 5–15 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon tube jigs over brush piles in 5–10 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 27.14’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin topwaters, Texas rigged grape Scoundrel worms, and flukes around stumps on points in 5–15 feet early. Striped bass are fair on Red Fins, Zara Jr’s, and trolling crankbaits from Lighthouse Point to the dam on the surface at daylight. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and Curb’s crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and Trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
CADDO Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. 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.
CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs between the dam and the crappie wall. Redfish are fair on live perch, tilapia, and crawfish near the power lines. Channel catfish are very good on liver, shrimp, and shad. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water clear; 71–75 degrees; 9.92’ low. Black bass are fair on Pop R’s, green pumpkin crankbaits, and flukes upriver along shorelines in 5–10 feet early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and crappie jigs. Smallmouth bass are fair on chartreuse grubs and craws and watermelon red tubes on ball jigheads along ledges in 10–20 feet. Crappie are fair on white tube jigs and live minnows over submerged brush piles in 8–16 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines upriver.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 73–78 degrees; 3.56’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and topwaters early. Dock bite is slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 73–77 degrees; 20.12’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed crankbaits and large soft plastic worms. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait in 5–15 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
COLEMAN Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 14.86’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms and lizards. Hybrid striper are good on live shad near the park and the store. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 2.00’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and topwaters. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 17.68’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 2.71’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Carolina rigged worms with chartreuse tails, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush in 15–20 feet. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and minnows.
COOPER Water clear; 74–79 degrees; 8.26’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and wakebaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair 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; 38.61’ low. Black bass are good on shallow running crankbaits in 10–12 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on liver, cut bait, stinkbait, 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 fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and soft plastics in 8–16 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp over baited holes.
FORK Water clear; 69–75 degrees; 4.37’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms in 4–8’ of water on main lake points as well as Megabass Pop X and Giant Dog X topwaters. Drop shot finesse worms a long standing timber on points effective as well. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 69–74 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 green pumpkin soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, cut bait, and chicken livers.
GRANBURY Water lightly stained; 71–75 degrees; 6.86’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.
GRANGER Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps around shallow main lake roadbeds. Crappie are fair on marabou jigs in 4–12 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait in 4–15 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait upriver.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 72–77 degrees; 5.65’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craw baits near rocky points. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
GREENBELT 43.38’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass to 10 pounds are excellent on black/blue jigs near the dam, and on white or yellow shad crankbaits in 10 feet. Crappie are excellent on live minnows over brush in 25 feet. Bream are good on live worms off points and in shallow areas. Catfish to 8 pounds are good on trotlines baited with live bait, and on rod & reel using chicken livers.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 70–74 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; 74–78 degrees; 0.65’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics and topwaters near grass. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 1.28’ low. Black bass are slow on soft plastic jerkbaits and Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines 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.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 74–79 degrees; 7.23’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and craw baits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines 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.
LBJ Water clear; 71–75 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin crankbaits, black/blue topwaters, and watermelon Whacky Sticks along seawalls in 8–18 feet. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and white Curb’s crappie jigs over brush piles in 12 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 72–78 degrees; 5.13’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and finesse worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on jigs. Hybrid striper are fair 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; 70–74 degrees; 0.37’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are good but small on pet spoons and slabs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 8–15 feet. Blue catfish are fair on shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
MACKENZIE 93.16’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 78–83 degrees; 1.69’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and buzz/hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
MEREDITH 99.82’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 74–78 degrees; 0.70’ high. Black bass are fair on shad pattern squarebills and topwaters. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait and trotlines.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water lightly stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.80’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and minnows in Liberty Hill Park. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair but small on minnows at Crappie Point. Channel catfish are good on minnows and stinkbait in baited areas. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad and goldfish. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 70–76 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; 69–74 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; 72–77 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are fair on Senkos and trick worms rigged weightless around docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs and crankbaits. Catfish are good on cut bait.
PALO DURO 55.67’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 69–75 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; 70–74 degrees; 3.97’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits off points. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on live shad and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on prepared bait in the upper end of the lake. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 73–78 degrees; 2.78’ low. Black bass are fair on medium diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 72–76 degrees; 4.20’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics along main lake points in 8–10’ (large 10–12” worms have been best). Crappie are fair 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; 73–78 degrees; 5.89’ low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits and topwaters around deeper docks. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
SAM RAYBURN Water lightly stained; 69–73 degrees; 2.10’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and watermelon soft plastic worms and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/black tube jigs over brush piles in 20–30 feet. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are very good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 71–75 degrees; 1.98’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad off points. White bass are fair on live shad off points. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on dead shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 64.18’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 9.04’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.60’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water lightly stained; 70–74 degrees; 7.24’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are fair on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 70–73 degrees; 19.47’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and wacky rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 74–79 degrees; 5.35’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and bladed jigs around shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut bait.
TEXOMA Water clear; 72–76 degrees; 2.48’ 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 and trotlines. 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 lightly stained; 70–74 degrees; 1.71’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms in 12–22 feet. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush in 15–25 feet. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers in 2–6 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water clear; 72–76 degrees; 52.98’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and bone topwaters in 5–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on fresh cut bait and nightcrawlers in 25–35 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on shad and small spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 72–77 degrees; 6.33’ low. Black bass fair around docks and on deeper brush piles. Texas rigged worms have been best. No report on other species. . Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 71–76 degrees; 30.67’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water lightly stained; 70–74 degrees; 8.97’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and liver.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 73–78 degrees; 5.62’ high. Black bass are good on hollow belly frogs around cover – wakebaits and topwaters effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. 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

Week of May 29, 2013

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. Waders tossing topwaters have scored better fish. Trout, croaker, 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. Best fish have come from the wells when the wind allows. 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. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout and redfish are fair to good on live bait over reefs and under birds. Waders have taken good trout on topwaters in the afternoon. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Red snapper season open June 1.
TEXAS CITY Trout are fair to good on April Fool’s Reef on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on mullet and crabs.
FREEPORT Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and MirrOlures. Sand trout, black drum and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are fair to good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on shrimp 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. Waders have taken good catches of trout on croakers.
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. Redfish are good on the flats with higher tides. Red snapper season open 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. Trout are good in the surf.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are good on topwaters around rocks and grass. Trout are good at night in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Redfish have been found on the flats with higher tides.
PORT MANSFIELD Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes with Gulps under a popping cork. Offshore is good for kingfish and dolphin when the wind allows.
SOUTH PADRE Trout and redfish are good in South Bay and while drifting flats with live shrimp and Gulps. Jack crevalle, redfish and trout are good at the jetty on live bait. Snook are showing on the edge of the channel.
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.