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; 83–87 degrees; 56.63’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Yamamoto Senkos, topwaters, Zoom Super Flukes, and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on large red fins near the dam. White bass are slow. Catfish are good on cheesebait and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow. 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, 82–88 degrees; 3.25’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged green pumpkin Zoom Speed Craws and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BASTROP Water clear; 88–92 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse and green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 8.38’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are good but small on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are very good on minnows under lights at night. Crappie are good on minnows in 20–25 feet under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with frozen shad. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with live perch.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 6.05’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged Zoom U–Tail worms in green pumpkin. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
BONHAM Water stained, 82–88 degrees; 0.62’ 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 good on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and perch off points near the pier. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp and cut bait near the dam.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 18.90’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs green pumpkin Xcite Raptor Tail worms around deeper docks on main lake and small white swimbaits around the dam. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Late evening schooling noted. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are slow 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; 84–88 degrees; 7.92’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinnerbaits around docks and June bug soft plastic worms over brush piles in 15–20 feet. Hybrid striper are fair trolling and drifting shad at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and Persuader crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows in 10–20 feet. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers in 10–25 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 29.27’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin topwaters, watermelon flukes, and Rat–L–Traps along break lines of flats. Striped bass are good on plastic swim baits and drifting live bait near Lighthouse Point at first light. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and 2” plastic swim baits. Crappie are fair on pink/white and chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits around stumps and any vegetation. 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 fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are good on live bait. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 9.94’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, Whacky Sticks, and Texas rigged blue flake worms early, and on drop shot Devil’s Tongues along ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits and jigging Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and pumpkin Curb’s jigs with matching JDC craw trailers early. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 5.04’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads around docks. Football jigs and deep diving crankbaits on deeper brush piles working later in the day. Some topwater action noted early. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 21.11’ low. Black bass are good on dark crankbaits and large soft plastic lizards and worms. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.
COLEMAN Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 13.72’ low. Black bass are very good on Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and chartreuse soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 2.23’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 17.68’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 2.94’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/white Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 9.82’ low. Black bass are slow on swimjigs in baitfish patterns. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair 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; 36.85’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged large soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait 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 fair on pumpkinseed and watermelon red Carolina rigged soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad.
FORK Water clear; 83–88 degrees; 5.09’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shots in 20–35’ of water near channel bends and brush piles. The dock bite is consistent 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 good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are fair 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 chartreuse/white Carolina rigged soft plastics, and on white Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and perch.
GRANBURY Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 7.07’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red and chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows, Charlie slabs, and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and chicken livers.
GRANGER Water clear; 86–90 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits in flooded willows upriver. White bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps along shallow roadbeds early. Crappie are good 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; 82–86 degrees; 7.32’ low. Black bass are good on finesse worms and shakyheads. Some fish being caught on deeper brush piles with jigs, crankbaits and smaller jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
GREENBELT 44.55’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 1.13’ low. Black bass to 7 pounds are good on crankbaits, topwaters, and clear, purple, or watermelon seed worms in 12–15 feet. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel catfish are good on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
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; 81–86 degrees; 1.29’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics along brush piles in 10–12’. Some fish being caught on weightless soft jerkbaits and Senkos as well. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 3.13’ low. Black bass are slow on wacky rigged worms and Senkos. Some late evening topwater action noted. Crappie are fair 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.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 83–88 degrees; 8.79’ low. Black bass are fair on larger Texas rigged soft plastics along deeper points. 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; 85–89 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin jigs and perch colored crankbaits in 5–15 feet, and flipping watermelon tubes around docks and lay downs. Striped bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 6.00’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and Jackall Flick Shake worms around larger submerged rock. Crappie are fair on minnows near the marinas. White bass are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are fair 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. See Possession and Transport.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on hellbenders, pet spoons, and green Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 95.1’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 3.23’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos around shallow cover and hollow body frogs early in the day in the same areas. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
MEREDITH 100.89’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 82–88 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are good on shad pattern squarebill crankbaits and swimjigs–the frog bite is consistent in areas with lily pads. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water lightly stained; 86–90 degrees; 1.95’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and soft plastics early. White bass are slow. Crappie are good but small on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs off docks in Liberty Hill Park early. Channel catfish are good on shrimp around stickups in 3 – 4 feet. Blue catfish are fair on perch. 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; 82–86 degrees; 1.26’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and weightless Flukes near docks and timber closest to deep water. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. 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; 87–91 degrees; 5.40’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits early. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs and live shad. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with goldfish. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 4.13’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs and deep diving crankbaits along points. Heavy shakyhead setups are effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 5.01’ low. Black bass are good on deep diving crankbaits in shad patterns near deeper brush piles at the mouths of larger creeks. The late evening frog bite is picking up around shallow vegetation. Crappie are good on minnows. 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; 83–87 degrees; 7.86’ low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits near brush piles in 8–10’. Smaller swimbaits rigged on weighted heads also effective. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
SAM RAYBURN Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 4.11’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue flake soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 5.25’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, minnows, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 64.03’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 9.91’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.42’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 7.90’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers and shrimp. 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; 6.77’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits rigged with heavier weights around shallow cover – black buzzbaits in early morning are effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and trotlines.
TEXOMA Water clear; 81–87 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged soft plastics near floating docks and any shallow cover in the first half of major creeks. Early morning topwater action is slow. 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; 82–86 degrees; 3.22’ low. Black bass are good but small on redbug and watermelon red soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/green tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers and crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water clear; 86–90 degrees; 56.25’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome chuggers and red shad worms in 20–35 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on chrome chuggers and silver spoons in 10–25 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad in 25–35 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, crickets, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 6.09’ low. Black bass slow around docks and on deeper brush piles. Best bite has been mid day. Shakyheads and drop shots have been working as well. 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; 83–87 degrees; 10.61’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on minnows, pet spoons, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and live bait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 82–87 degrees; 6.09’ high. Black bass are slow on Missile Baits D Bombs in black/blue fished slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair 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 while working slicks and shad. Redfish are good under rafts of shad on topwaters.
SOUTH SABINE Trout are fair to good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Trout are good while drifting scattered shell on plastics. Trout are good at the near shore rigs on finger mullet and croakers.
BOLIVAR Trout are fair while wading with topwaters and live bait. Trout, sand trout, whiting and croakers are fair to good at Rollover Pass on live bait.
TRINITY BAY Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet. Trout, redfish and croaker are good at the spillway on live bait. Trout are fair to good at the wells on plastics and live bait.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. Trout are good on live bait around the Ship Channel. Trout are good around slicks and reefs on soft plastics.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout and redfish are good at the jetty on shrimp and finger mullet. Trout and redfish are fair to good at the mouth of bayous on the outgoing tide on live shrimp.
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 are fair good at San Luis Pass and the jetties on shrimp and soft plastics. Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are fair on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Chocolate Bay.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over mid–bay reefs in streaky water. Redfish are fair while wading the shorelines with small topwaters. Trout are fair for waders tossing croakers.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are fair on sand and grass on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on mud and shell on live shrimp.
PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell near Pass Cavallo. Trout and redfish are fair at the mouths of the back lakes on the outgoing tide. Offshore is good for ling and kingfish.
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 fair in the guts on mullet.
PORT ARANSAS Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Offshore is good for kingfish and ling.
CORPUS CHRISTI Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on live shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair around Emmords Hole on piggy perch and croakers.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are fair to good on topwaters and croakers around sand and grass along the King Ranch shoreline. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut at night under lights.
PORT MANSFIELD Trout are fair to good on topwaters on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass. Trout and redfish are fair while wading spoil islands on topwaters. Offshore is good for amberjack, kingfish and ling.
SOUTH PADRE Trout are fair on DOA Shrimp and Gulps while drifting the grass beds. Snook are good in South Bay on live shrimp and small Super Spooks.
PORT ISABEL Trout are fair on edges of flats on topwaters and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on small topwaters and live shrimp in Airport Cove and over sand and grass humps and guts.