Freshwater Fishing Report

Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 82–88 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 stained; 78–83 degrees; 59.20’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and perch colored Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair 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; 81–87 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, 82–87 degrees; 3.15’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early then switching to Texas rigged green pumpkin Baby Brush Hogs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BASTROP Water clear; 80–84 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 7.77’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad in coves. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on summer sausage. Yellow catfish are fair on perch and live shad.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 83–88 degrees; 5.55’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged Grande Bass Rattlesnakes in blue fleck. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 82–86 degrees; 0.77’ low. 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 on jigs and minnows around bridges and brush piles in 12–15’. Catfish are good on minnows along the bank in the park area.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in reeds. Striped bass are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons near the dam. Redfish are good on perch, tilapia, and shad. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and cut bait. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 18.65’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads with green pumpkin finesse worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. 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.
BROWNWOOD Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 13.04’ low. Black bass to 3 pounds are good on watermelon seed, green pumpkin, and redbug soft plastic worms, white flukes, and crankbaits around docks in 8–10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white Li’l Fishies over baited brush piles in 5–15 feet. Channel catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait over baited holes. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 29.77’ low. Black bass are fair on Chug Bugs, flukes, and watermelon/candy Whacky Sticks in creeks early. Striped bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and plastic swim baits at daylight. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and plastic swim baits in creeks. Crappie are fair on pink/white and chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained; 83–88 degrees; Full pool. Black bass are good on Texas rigged Baby Brush Hogs in 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 good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam. Redfish are very good down rigging silver and gold spoons near the crappie wall. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver, cheesebait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water clear; 78–82 degrees; 9.64’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin flukes and JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters early. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits over humps and jigging 1oz. Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and pumpkin Curb’s jigs early. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in standing timber. Channel catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 80–85 degrees; 4.54’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads around deeper docks and deep diving crankbaits on brush piles. Some topwater action noted early. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 78–82 degrees; 20.76’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and green pumpkin Whacky Sticks with chartreuse tails in 5–15 feet early. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait upriver.
COLEMAN Water clear; 77–81 degrees; 16.00’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and perch colored crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 1.81’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on perch colored spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
COLORADO CITY 17.68’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water lightly stained; 78–82 degrees; 2.78’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed and watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and liver.
COOPER Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 9.26’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and shad pattern wakebaits. Crappie are good 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; 80–84 degrees; 35.92’ low. Black bass are very good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait. 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 chartreuse crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps early. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water clear; 83–88 degrees; 5.04’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged flukes and DD22s in soddy blue on main lake points – larger squarebill crankbaits are effective early and late along main points. Dock bite is good on docks with at least 2’ of water. Most dock fish coming on Missile Baits D–Bomb in California 420. Yellow bass and white bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows near bridges. Catfish are good on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 82–88 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 watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and live bait.
GRANBURY Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 7.58’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on shad Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.
GRANGER Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 0.85’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits in flooded willows upriver. White bass are fair on slab spoons over humps in the main lake. Crappie are good on marabou jigs in 4–12 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait in 4–10 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait upriver.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 81–87 degrees; 6.77’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craw baits and finesse jigs near rocky points. Some fish being caught on deeper brush piles. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
GREENBELT 44.55’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.95’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are very good on white/orange crankbaits, clear/silver glitter flukes, and perch colored Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are excellent on live minnows in 15–20 feet around structure. Bream are good on live worms in 15 feet. Channel catfish to 4 pounds are excellent on stinkbait, minnows, bacon and hot dogs off piers and on juglines baited with perch in 12–15 feet. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with perch.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 83–88 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; 81–87 degrees; 1.12’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics along brush piles in 10–12’. Some fish being caught on weightless soft jerkbaits as well. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 82–88 degrees; 2.52’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Flukes and wacky rigged Senkos. Some early topwater action noted. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. 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.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 82–87 degrees; 8.16’ 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; 0.23’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored crankbaits, white jigs, and green pumpkin tubes in 6–15 feet early. Striped bass are good on 2” Spoiler Shads and Little Fishies at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 5.48’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake. SeePossession and Transport.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 79–83 degrees; 0.28’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. White bass are good on troll tubes, pet spoons, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are very good on minnows in 20 feet. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 95.1’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 81–87 degrees; 2.79’ low. Black bass are good on swim jigs and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
MEREDITH 100.89’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 81–86 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are good on shad pattern squarebill crankbaits and bladed jigs in baitfish patterns –the frog bite is consistent in areas with lily pads. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water lightly stained; 78–82 degrees; 1.66’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon shallow running crankbaits near the dam. White bass are fair on Humdingers, Little Georges, and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs off docks in Liberty Hill Park. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait over baited holes. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 82–88 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; 81–87 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; 81–85 degrees; 1.40’ 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 50.64’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 82–88 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; 78–82 degrees; 5.52’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on live shad. White bass are fair on live shad and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pearl tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with live bait and cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 3.59’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs along points. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 4.73’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged soft plastics along main lake points in 8–10’ (large 10–12” worms have been best). Deep diving crankbaits in shad patterns are effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good 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; 81–85 degrees; 7.40’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits near brush piles in 8–10’. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
SAM RAYBURN Water lightly stained; 78–82 degrees; 3.16’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and crankbaits. White bass are fair on silver spoons and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, cut bait, and liver.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 2.14’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad, live minnows, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 64.03’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 9.91’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.51’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water lightly stained; 79–83 degrees; 8.17’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 83–89 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; 83–88 degrees; 6.28’ low. Black bass are good on flipping jigs and wakebaits around shallow cover. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut bait and trotlines.
TEXOMA Water clear; 80–85 degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics and Zara Spooks around docks midway back in creeks and pockets. Early morning topwater action is good. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on 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; 78–82 degrees; 2.46’ low. Black bass are good on June bug and plum soft plastic worms early and late and on topwaters early. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are very good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, livers, and hearts in 30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water clear; 78–82 degrees; 55.64’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons and hellbenders. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 6.12’ low. Black bass slow 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; 82–88 degrees; 32.13’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water lightly stained; 77–81 degrees; 10.48’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on white Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 6.48’ high. Black bass are good on weightless Senkos and shakyheads. Crappie are slow 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 Report

Water Body Report
NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Redfish are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Some birds have worked over trout.
SOUTH SABINE Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove and around the jetty rocks on topwaters. Redfish are fair to good in the marsh on topwaters.
BOLIVAR Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Croakers are good on dead shrimp in the channel and around the pass.
TRINITY BAY Trout are good at the wells on soft plastics. Redfish and trout are fair to good at the spillway on shrimp. Redfish are good in the marsh.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are good on the south shoreline on topwaters and soft plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Mid–bay reefs have held trout on plastics, live shrimp and croakers.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp. Kingfish, ling and wahoo are good offshore.
TEXAS CITY Trout are good on the channel on croakers and live shrimp. Trout are good on reefs and wells on live bait. Redfish are good in Moses Lake on finger mullet.
FREEPORT Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Trout and sand trout are good at the jetties on shrimp and shad. Dorado, ling and kingfish are good offshore.
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 crabs and mullet.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on sand and grass on soft plastics and topwaters.
PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are good on topwaters and croakers over sand and grass. Trout and redfish are fair at the mouths of bayous on the outgoing tide. Trout are good in the surf on the incoming tide.
ROCKPORT Trout are fair on free–lined shrimp in the deep channels. Trout are fair over grass flats while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good in shallow water on pin perch.
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 ling and kingfish.
CORPUS CHRISTI Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Trout are good on the flats with higher tides and around Pita Island on croakers.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are fair in mud and grass on Corkies and topwaters. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good while drifting with topwaters at Rocky Slough and on the surrounding sand and grass.
PORT MANSFIELD Trout are good on topwaters and soft plastics around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and sand flats on live shrimp. Bull redfish are good near the East Flats on mullet.
SOUTH PADRE Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Tarpon, snook, trout and Spanish mackerel have been caught at the jetty on live bait.
PORT ISABEL Snook are fair to good in South Bay on shrimp and DOA Shrimp. Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp and Gulps.