Freshwater Fishing Reports

 

Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 87–92 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 murky; 83–87 degrees; 52.87’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, soft plastics, jigs, and drop shots. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines, juglines, and droplines 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; 86–89 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, 83–89 degrees; 3.48’ low. Black bass are fair on Shakyheads with green pumpkin finesse worms as well as weightless Senkos in same color. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
BASTROP Water clear; 88–92 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon/white spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, liver, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 9.17’ low. Black bass are fair on yellow crankbaits and spinnerbaits around structure. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 6.37’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged Zoom U–Tail worms in green pumpkin. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and small crankbaits. Catfish are good on cut shad and shrimp.
BONHAM Water stained, 83–88 degrees; 0.85’ 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 chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and dark soft plastic worms in reeds. Striped bass are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 19.14’ low. Black bass are good on shad pattern squarebills near riprap. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Late evening schooling noted. 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; 86–90 degrees; 8.15’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on crankbaits, Shaky Heads, white spinnerbaits, and on green pumpkin, redbug, or watermelon seed soft plastic worms around docks in 2–10 feet, and on flukes and buzzbaits in flooded grass. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night in 5–15 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies over baited brush piles in 8–15 feet. Channel catfish to 5 pounds are excellent on cheesebait and cut shad near the Hwy. 279 Bridge. Blue catfish to 8 pounds are excellent on prepared bait near the Hwy. 279 Bridge in 5–8 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 29.86’ 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; 84–88 degrees; 0.87’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits around stumps and vegetation. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut bait. 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 soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits over reed beds. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam and the crappie wall in 15–20 feet. Redfish are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons along the crappie wall and the dam in 10–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, cheesebait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 10.27’ 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; 83–87 degrees; 5.30’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads around docks. Football jigs and deep diving crankbaits on deeper brush piles working later in the day. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 21.32’ 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; 13.94’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin Rat–L–Traps and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 2.43’ 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; 3.12’ 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; 83–87 degrees; 10.21’ low. Black bass are fair on swimjigs in baitfish patterns. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair 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; 37.89’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/chartreuse soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
FAYETTE Water stained. Black bass are good on shad colored swim baits, Zara Spooks, and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad.
FORK Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 5.23’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shots in 20–35’ of water near channel bends and brush piles. The shallow bite has been consistent throughout the day on Texas rigged LFT Flippers in black/blue. Channel swings in 2–6’ have been best. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are good on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 87–89 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; 7.23’ low. Black bass are fair on blue/black Rat–L–Traps and watermelon soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and live bait.
GRANGER Water clear; 85–89 degrees; 0.92’ low. Black bass are fair on red shad soft plastic worms around standing timber. White bass are fair on slab spoons over main lake humps. Crappie are good on minnows in 4–12 feet. Blue catfish to 30 pounds are good on juglines baited with shad in 10–20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 7.66’ low. Black bass are good on finesse worms and shakyheads. Some fish being caught on deeper brush piles with jigs, deep crankbaits and smaller jigging spoons. Crappie are good 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; 86–90 degrees; 1.35’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on yellow spinnerbaits early. Crappie are good on minnows around structure early. Bream are good on live worms under piers. Channel catfish are good on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 87–92 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; 83–88 degrees; 1.51’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics along brush piles in 10–12’. Some fish being caught on weightless soft jerkbaits and Senkos as well. Topwater bite improving. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 2.85’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits. Some late evening topwater action noted. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. 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; 84–88 degrees; 9.24’ low. Black bass are good on larger Texas rigged soft plastics and jigs along deeper points. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. 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; 85–89 degrees; 0.41’ 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; 83–87 degrees; 6.43’ low. Black bass are slow on finesse presentations. Crappie are good 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; 0.98’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good but small on Rat–L–Traps and Zara spooks. White bass are fair on troll tubes and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 95.1’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 3.45’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos around shallow cover and hollow body frogs early in the day in the same areas. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.
MEREDITH 100.89’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 83–88 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are good on shad pattern squarebill crankbaits and swimjigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water lightly stained; 86–90 degrees; 2.16’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 87–92 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; 86–89 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; 83–87 degrees; 1.02’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and weightless Flukes near docks and timber closest to deep water. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait.
PALO DURO 50.64’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 86–91 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; 5.77’ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 84–87 degrees; 4.52’ low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and deep diving crankbaits along points. Heavy shakyhead setups are effective as well. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 5.24’ low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits in shad patterns near deeper brush piles. The late evening frog bite is good around shallow vegetation. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared 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.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 8.21’ low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits near brush piles in 8–10’. Topwater bite effective early and late. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
SAM RAYBURN Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 4.51’ 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; 5.72’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on pet spoons and hellbenders. Crappie are slow. Perch are excellent on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad. 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 stained; 83–87 degrees; 8.22’ 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; 86–90 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; 84–88 degrees; 7.07’ 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 slow on cut bait and trotlines.
TEXOMA Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 0.42’ 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 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; 82–86 degrees; 3.60’ low. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and black/blue Gene Larew craw worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, liver, and hearts. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water clear; 86–90 degrees; 57.03’ 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 fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on white Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, shrimp, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 6.47’ 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; 86–90 degrees; 32.13’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 10.93’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and liver.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 83–88 degrees; 5.90’ high. Black bass are slow on Missile Baits D Bombs in black/blue fished slow around shallow cover. Crappie are good on 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 in the river on live shad. Redfish are good in the cuts and drains leading to the marsh on shrimp and jigs tipped with shrimp.
SOUTH SABINE Trout are fair to good while drifting the reefs on live shrimp and soft plastics. Trout, sheepshead and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on live shrimp and shad.
BOLIVAR Trout are fair on the south shoreline on small topwaters and soft plastics. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.
TRINITY BAY Trout are good for drifters working wells and shell pads on shrimp and mullet. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs and at the spillway. Trout and redfish are good in the marsh on live bait.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and live bait. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair in Christmas Bay on live shrimp over reefs. Offshore is good for tarpon, kingfish, amberjack and ling.
TEXAS CITY Trout are fair on the reefs on live shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair along the edge of the Ship Channel on croakers and shrimp. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on shrimp and mullet.
FREEPORT Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Bastrop and Christmas bay. Trout, Spanish mackerel and sand trout are good at the jetties on soft plastics and shrimp.
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.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY Trout and sand trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics, croakers and topwaters. Redfish are fair on live shrimp in Oyster Lake and Crab Lake. Flounder gigging has been fair to good.
PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are fair on live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Redfish and tarpon are fair to good on shad and crabs at the jetty.
ROCKPORT Trout are fair in the guts and channels on free–lined shrimp. Redfish are good on mullet and shrimp the islands and on the edge of the Intracoastal.
PORT ARANSAS Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair around Pelican Island on topwaters, piggies and croakers.
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 and Gulps. Trout are good in the surf on croakers and topwaters.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are fair on topwaters around rocks and grass near the Land Cut. Trout are fair to good on the King Ranch shoreline on croakers, topwaters and plum and glow plastics.
PORT MANSFIELD Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters around sand and grass near spoil islands. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork.
SOUTH PADRE Trout are fair in South Bay and Mexiquita Flats on shrimp and plastics under rattling corks. Tarpon and a few kingfish have been showing at the jetty and pass.
PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp and DOA Shrimp under a popping cork. Snook are good early in the morning around the Brownsville Ship Channel on topwaters and soft plastics.