Freshwater Fishing Reports

Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 72–77 degrees; 12.81’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early, later switching to Texas rigs, weightless flukes and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
AMISTAD Water clear; 77–82 degrees; 60.11’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black Rat–L–Traps and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with live bait. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 71–78 degrees; 13.62’ low. Black bass are good on Zara Spooks, Texas rigs and shallow running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
ATHENS Water clear, 74–78 degrees; 2.44’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Flukes and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
BASTROP Water clear; 79–83 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 6.87’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 75–79 degrees; 4.90’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged Grande Bass Rattlesnakes in blue fleck and black/blue football jigs in deeper water. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
BONHAM Water stained, 75–79 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are good in flooded vegetation, cattails, around boat docks and on points. Crankbaits, soft plastics, jigs and topwaters are all working well – 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 chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons near the dam. Redfish are good on perch and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and bloodbait.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear; 75–80 degrees; 17.87’ low. Black bass are good on weightless Senkos, Texas rigged craws and finesse jigs around shallow cover as well as small swimbaits in shad patterns, Megabass Pop X and Giant Dog X in white python color are good early. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 12.38’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, flukes, spinnerbaits, and jigs around docks in 8–10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on silver jigs off lighted docks at night in 5–15 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over baited brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 28.12’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters and Texas rigged grape Scoundrel worms around stumps in 5–15 feet. Striped bass are fair on Zara Jr’s, Red Fins, and trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube 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 upriver.
CADDO Water stained; 74–79 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged Baby Brush Hogs in green pumpkin or California 420. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair 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 fair on silver spoons and striper jigs near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on liver, doughbait, and shad. Blue catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water clear; 76–80 degrees; 9.01’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, Pop R’s, and flukes upriver in 5–10 feet early. Striped bass are fair drifting live bait and trolling Gizz 4 and Shad Rap crankbaits on downriggers over 40’ humps. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on chartreuse plastic Crickets, root beer JDC grubs and craws, and watermelon red tubes along ledges in 10–20 feet. Crappie are fair on blue tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 10–15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines upriver.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 75–80 degrees; 3.70’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and topwater poppers early – main lake docks have been best. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 78–82 degrees; 20.26’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon deep running crankbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water clear; 75–79 degrees; 15.36’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and watermelon green spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 1.34’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and topwaters in 5–10 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 17.68’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water lightly stained; 77–81 degrees; 2.34’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles in 20 feet. Catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait.
COOPER Water clear; 75–79 degrees; 8.21’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and shad pattern wakebaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Catfish are good on cut bait and trotlines.
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; 79–83 degrees; 36.61’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on watermelon tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and 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 good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 12–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.
FORK Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 4.49’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged flukes, football jigs in sprayed grass color and DD22s in soddy blue on main lake points. Megabass Pop X and Giant Dog X topwaters are effective early and late in the day along main points. Yellow bass and white bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 72–77 degrees; 12.05’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Rat–L–Traps, Texas rigs and watermelon/red flukes. 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 pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, cut bait, and chicken livers.
GRANBURY Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 7.21’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on blue/black Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.
GRANGER Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits in willows upriver. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on marabou jigs in 5–15 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait in 5–12 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait upriver.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 74–79 degrees; 5.72’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craw baits and finesse jigs near rocky points. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
GREENBELT 44.55’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on topwaters near the dam. Crappie are good on live minnows over brush piles. Bream are very good on live worms around piers and over grass beds. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 73–78 degrees; 23’ low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Texas rigs and Senkos. Crappie are good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 75–80 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics and topwaters near grass. Some fish being caught on weightless soft jerkbaits as well. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 75–81 degrees; 1.88’ low. Black bass are good on weightless Flukes and wacky rigged Senkos. Crappie are good 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; 7.22’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and Lucky Craft RC 2.5 crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. 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.
LBJ Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.27’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored topwaters, black/blue jigs, and weightless pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks in 5–10 feet. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white Curb’s crappie jigs over brush piles in 12–14 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 4.74’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and finesse worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are slow 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; 78–82 degrees; 0.38’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are very good on pet spoons, trolling tubes, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 95.1’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 79–84 degrees; 1.77’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.
MEREDITH 100.89’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 74–78 degrees; 0.94’ high. Black bass are fair on shad pattern squarebills and bladed jigs in white. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water lightly stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.98’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and chartreuse Rat–L–Traps near the dam. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and perch colored topwaters. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 38.8’ low. Black bass are good on Zara Spooks early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs, Senkos and drop–shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 71–77 degrees; 18.42’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are good on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are good on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
PALESTINE Water clear; 74–79 degrees; 0.64’ low. Black bass are fair on Senkos and trick worms rigged weightless around docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on cut bait.
PALO DURO 50.64’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 72–78 degrees; 11.02’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to Yum Dingers, shallow 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 to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 4.40’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on black/chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 75–80 degrees; 2.62’ low. Black bass are good on medium diving crankbaits and football jigs along points. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 4.05’ low. Black bass are good on Texas and Carolina rigged soft plastics along main lake points in 8–10’ (large 10–12” worms have been best). Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. 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; 74–79 degrees; 6.29’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits and topwaters – weightless soft jerkbaits effective as well. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.
SAM RAYBURN Water lightly stained; 76–80 degrees; 2.28’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 2.11’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and small crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 64.03’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 9.91’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.46’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water lightly stained; 76–80 degrees; 7.37’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 73–79 degrees; 20.83’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Senkos, Texas rigs and wacky rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 75–80 degrees; 5.50’ low. Black bass are good on flipping jigs and wakebaits around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut bait.
TEXOMA Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics and Zara Spooks. Smallmouth are good on small shad type swimbaits. 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; 77–81 degrees; 1.59’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs and green striper jigs. White bass are good on pet spoons and troll tubes. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water clear; 78–82 degrees; 52.83’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and chartreuse topwaters in 5–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on fresh cut bait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are fair on pet spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 74–79 degrees; 5.93’ low. Black bass fair around docks and on deeper brush piles. Shakyheads and drop shots have been best. No report on other species. . Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 73–78 degrees; 32.13’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water lightly stained; 76–80 degrees; 9.10’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 75–80 degrees; 6.07’ high. Black bass are good on weightless Senkos and finesse presentations. 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

Water Body Report
NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good under rafts of shad on topwaters. Trout are good while working deep shell on plastics.
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 fair to good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Sand trout are fair to good on shrimp in the Intracoastal.
TRINITY BAY Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout, redfish and flounder are good at the spillway on live bait. Trout are fair at the wells on plastics and Gulps.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. Trout are good on the south shoreline on topwaters and plastics. Trout are good in the channel on croakers.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Redfish are good in the back lakes. Tarpon are beginning to show on the beachfront. Red snapper is good offshore.
TEXAS CITY Trout are fair to good on the reefs and in the channel on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish and sand trout are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp.
FREEPORT Trout, redfish and Spanish mackerel are fair to good on shrimp at the jetties. Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Red snapper and kingfish are good offshore.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are fair to good for drifters on live shrimp over mid–bay reefs. Trout are fair on the shorelines for waders. Redfish are fair along the reefs on the Intracoastal on live shrimp.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are fair to good on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair 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 in the deep guts on the outgoing tide.
PORT ARANSAS Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair to good on the East Flats and around Dagger Island on shrimp and Gulps. Red snapper, kingfish and ling are good offshore.
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 along the deep channels on croakers.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are good on topwaters worked over shallow rocks. Trout are good on for waders working plastics over sand and grass. Redfish are good on the flats in knee–deep water on small topwaters.
PORT MANSFIELD Trout are good on topwaters on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while wading shallow flats on small topwaters and Gulps. Offshore is good for red snapper, kingfish and ling.
SOUTH PADRE Redfish are fair to good around Gas Well Flats and South Bay on shrimp and DOA Shrimp. Trout are good on TTF Flats Minnows, Gulps and live shrimp behind spoils.
PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Trout are good on the deeper edges and flats in Laguna Vista and Airport Cove on topwaters and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on DOA Shrimp, topwaters and Gulps in Cullen Bay.