Freshwater Fishing Reports

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; 81–85 degrees; 59.19’ 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, 81–87 degrees; 3.04’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early then switching to Texas rigged green pumpkin Baby Brush Hogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BASTROP Water clear; 84–88 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; 82–86 degrees; 8.03’ 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; 81–86 degrees; 5.78’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged Zoom U–Tail worms in green pumpkin. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
BONHAM Water stained, 81–85 degrees; 0.84’ 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; 78–83 degrees; 18.65’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs green pumpkin Xcite Raptor Tail worms – some topwater fishing being caught on Paycheck Baits Repo Man in bonecrusher. 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. 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 stained; 83–87 degrees; 12.77’ 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; 83–87 degrees; 29.78’ low. Black bass are good on white crankbaits, watermelon Skip–N–Pop topwaters, and purple flake Whacky Sticks in creeks in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on topwaters and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and Tiny Traps over rock piles. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on live bait and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
CADDO Water stained; 81–86 degrees; 0.17’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged Baby Brush Hogs in California 420. White and yellow bass are fair 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; 81–85 degrees; 9.77’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red worms, Texas rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks, and white crankbaits off points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on white Li’l Fishies. Smallmouth bass are good on green pumpkin grubs and tubes on main lake points. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 79–84 degrees; 4.71’ 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; 83–87 degrees; 20.92’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.
COLEMAN Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 15.62’ 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; 2.04’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and topwaters in 5–15 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 17.68’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 2.89’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait, liver, and shrimp.
COOPER Water clear; 80–85 degrees; 9.39’ low. Black bass are fair on shad pattern wakebaits. Crappie are fair 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; 86–90 degrees; 36.49’ 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; 81–86 degrees; 5.02’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged creature baits and DD22s in soddy blue on main lake points. The dock bite is good later in the day on Texas rigged Missile Baits D Bomb in Love Bug color. 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 good on green pumpkin Rat–L–Traps and soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are very good on doughbait, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.
GRANBURY Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 7.26’ 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; 85–89 degrees; 0.90’ 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; 79–85 degrees; 6.94’ 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; 87–91 degrees; 1.06’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on watermelon and purple worms with red tails early and late, and on topwaters around grass beds. Crappie are good on live minnows in 10 feet. Bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel catfish to 3 pounds are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are fair 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; 79–84 degrees; 1.06’ low. Black bass are good 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; 80–85 degrees; 2.38’ low. Black bass are good on wacky rigged. 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; 81–86 degrees; 8.37’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair 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.
LBJ Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, chartreuse Whacky Sticks, and Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps in 5–15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 12–15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 78–83 degrees; 5.64’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and finesse jigs around larger submerged rock. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on 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 stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.52’ 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; 81–85 degrees; 2.94’ low. Black bass are fair 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; 80–85 degrees; 0.10’ low. Black bass are fair on shad pattern squarebill crankbaits and bladed jigs in baitfish patterns –the frog bite is consistent in areas with lily pads. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees; 1.74’ 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; 79–84 degrees; 0.54’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and weightless Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs. 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 stained; 86–90 degrees; 5.47’ 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; 84–86 degrees; 3.81’ low. Black bass are good on football jigs along points. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 80–85 degrees; 4.78’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged soft plastics along main lake points in 12–15’. Deep diving crankbaits in shad patterns are effective as well. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow 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; 79–84 degrees; 7.60’ low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits near brush piles in 8–10’. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
SAM RAYBURN Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 3.54’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and watermelon spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shrimp and cut bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 5.00’ 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 1.66’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 7.92’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait 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; 81–86 degrees; 6.38’ low. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs and Texas rigged soft plastics around shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut bait and trotlines.
TEXOMA Water clear; 78–83 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics. Early morning topwater action is fair. Striped bass are fair 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; 80–84 degrees; 2.70’ 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; 86–90 degrees; 56.11’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, green pumpkin soft plastic worms, and smoke grubs in 15–30 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on pearl grubs, topwaters, and chrome jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and fresh cut perch. 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; 79–85 degrees; 5.95’ 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 stained; 82–86 degrees; 10.43’ 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; 80–85 degrees; 6.33’ high. Black bass are good on shakyheads with finesse worms. 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 Reports

Water Body Report
NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the cuts and drains leading to the marsh on shrimp and Gulps.
SOUTH SABINE Trout are fair to good while drifting the reefs on live shrimp and topwaters. Drifters have been working slicks and pods of shad on the Reef on the south end. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters.
BOLIVAR Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Deep shell has produced trout on the outgoing tide. Trout are good in the surf on live bait.
TRINITY BAY Trout are good for drifters working wells and shell pads on shrimp, croakers, Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs and at the spillway. Redfish have been showing in the middle of the day.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good on the Ship Channel on croakers and plastics.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout are good at the railroad bridge on live shrimp. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Offshore is good for tarpon, kingfish, dorado and ling.
TEXAS CITY Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp and croakers. Solid trout have come from the edge of the Ship Channel on croakers and shrimp.
FREEPORT Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and MirrOlures. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Trout, Spanish mackerel and sand trout are good at the jetties on live bait.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are fair 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. Trout are fair to good in the surf on live bait and topwaters.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters and live bait. Redfish are fair on topwaters and live shrimp in Oyster Lake and Crab Lake.
PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout are fair to good in the surf and at the jetty on croakers. Redfish are fair on the shorelines and running with jack crevalle.
ROCKPORT Trout are fair 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 and around Mud Island.
PORT ARANSAS Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair to good in the surf on topwaters and croakers. Offshore is good for dorado, kingfish and ling.
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 fair to good at Emmord’s Hole on croakers and piggy perch.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are good over grass in the Land Cut. Trout are good on topwaters around rocks and grass. Trout are fair to good on the King Ranch shoreline on croakers, topwaters and Gulps.
PORT MANSFIELD Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and on live bait. Offshore is good for ling and kingfish.
SOUTH PADRE Redfish and trout are good in the shallows of South Bay and Mexiquita Flats on shrimp and plastics under rattling corks. Tarpon are showing at the pass. Snook are fair on topwaters and shrimp.
PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp and Gulps under a cork. Redfish are good on topwaters and live shrimp under a cork. Trout are good on live bait on the edge of the channel drop–offs.