Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of October 23, 2013

 

Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 70–74 degrees; 13.38’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Rat–L–Traps, jigs, shallow running crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 37.37’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines 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; 69–73 degrees; 15.53’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair on live shiners and Little George’s. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
ATHENS Water clear, 71–75 degrees; 3.88’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, small crankbaits and white buzzbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
BASTROP Water clear; 77–81 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon Finesse worms and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.
BELTON Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 12.19’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on hot dogs and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow. 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.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 71–76 degrees; 6.91’ low. Black bass are good on 3/8oz flipping jigs in watermelon and shallow running crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotline and cut shad.
BONHAM Water stained, 70–75 degrees; 2.47’ low. Black bass are fair around shallow cover on Texas rigged worms and creature baits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows near brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and tequila sunrise soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good on silver spoons near the dam. Redfish are good on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait near the dam. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 71–75 degrees; 20.42’ low. Black bass are good on bluegill pattern Xcite XB–1 squarebills near main lake points. Texas rigged Xcite Raptor Craws in green pumpkin around shallow cover is catching fish as well. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near the bridge and main lake brush piles. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. 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; 73–77 degrees; 9.20’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, green pumpkin or redbug Finesse worms on Shaky Head jigs near docks in 4–8 feet, white flukes, and spinnerbaits. White bass to 2 pounds are excellent on crankbaits and jigs off lighted docks at night in 5–25 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies over brush piles in 5–15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 30.38’ low. Black bass are fair on Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and 3” shad Flukes in larger creeks. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shad plastic swim baits, Red Fins, and drifting live bait along the river channel in 30 feet. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and Spoiler Shads. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, minnows, and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live shad.
CADDO Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are good on vibrating jigs, flipping jigs and hollow body frogs near cover. White and yellow bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits around reed beds. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are good on perch and tilapia near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 11.67’ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits, Fat Free Shads, and Texas rigged watermelon green Whacky Sticks and watermelon flukes over brush piles in 4–12 feet. Striped bass are good on Red Fins and jigging Pirk Minnows over and around the humps in 30–60 feet at daylight. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows on lake points. Smallmouth bass are good on green pumpkin tubes, Curb’s jigs, and smoke JDC curl tail grubs in 8–15 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live perch.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 6.53’ low. Black bass are good on swim jigs and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 77–81 degrees; 22.08’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic lizards and large worms in grass in 12–20 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.
COLEMAN Water clear; 75–79 degrees; 15.05’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water stained; 86 degrees at hot water discharge; 3.91’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in 6–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 21 pounds are good on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8–12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 19.74’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water lightly stained; 74–78 degrees; 3.66’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.
COOPER Water clear; 74–77 degrees; 13.45’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
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; 78–82 degrees; 27.90’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits and large Brush Hogs in flooded grass. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait and cut bait up the river. 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 watermelon and chartreuse pepper Carolina rigged soft plastics along outside edges of grass in 5–10 feet. Red ear perch are good on worms in 4–10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 5.98’ low. Black bass are slow on Xcite XB–1 crankbaits in ghost minnow and black buzzbaits working shallow grass very slowly. Yellow bass and white bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows near the bridges. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 68–72 degrees; 11.97’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigs, jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs over structure. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.
GRANBURY Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 8.09’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics off points. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs and spoons. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.
GRANGER Water clear; 75–79 degrees; 1.73’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/white spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles over brush in 15–25 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with cut bait and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 70–75 degrees; 9.53’ low. Black bass are slow on topwaters and 3/16oz shakyheads with finesse worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
GREENBELT 41.42’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 2.20’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on white spinnerbaits and black/red metal flake worms near the dam in 8 feet. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush. Bream are good on live worms over brush and drop offs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 68–73 degrees; 21.12’ low. Black bass are fair to good on shallow running pearl crankbaits, Texas rigs, shakyheads and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around deep water structure. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
JOE POOL Water clear; 72–76 degrees; 1.80’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits in shad patterns along main lake points. Weightless worms later in the day are effective. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 71–75 degrees; 2.94’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on perch and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. SeePossession and Transport.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 72–75 degrees; 12.20’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged soft plastics in green pumpkin and black/blue. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
LBJ Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are fair on Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps and plastic swimbaits along seawalls, and on Curb’s buzzbaits and weightless watermelon red Whacky Sticks on creek points. Striped bass are good on Creme 2” Spoiler Shads and Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on pink/white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 69–74 degrees; 8.79’ low. Black bass are good on Bandit 200 crankbaits and small shad pattern soft plastic swimbaits near rocky points. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on jigs and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on topwater. Catfish are good on cut shad and nightcrawlers. 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 murky; 74–78 degrees; 1.36’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 95.57 low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 73–77 degrees; 4.97’ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and perch.
MEREDITH 95.61’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 75–79 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and buzzbaits around shallow vegetation – later in the day switch to black/blue jigs near stumps and shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 1.78’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shad. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with goldfish and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 41.59’ low. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps, Texas rigs and medium running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around deep water structure. White bass are fair on topwaters and Little Georges. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 66–72 degrees; 20.88’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 69–74 degrees; 1.18’ low. Black bass are good on lighter Texas rigs with creature baits. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and prepared bait.
PALO DURO 46.59’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 68–73 degrees; 11.63’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, drop shot rigs, crankbaits and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs over brush piles. White bass are fair to good on slabs and tail spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad and Sassy Shad. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 7.65’ low. Black bass are fair on black and purple soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on silver/blue Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on cut shad. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 71–75 degrees; 6.85’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, hollow belly swimbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwater. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 7.05’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow to medium diving crankbaits and Texas rig creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. 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.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 68–73 degrees; 9.92’ low. Black bass are slow on medium diving crankbaits in shad patterns. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 6.94’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse topwaters and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms in 20–30 feet. White bass are good on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stinkbait and minnows.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 6.56’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 64.56’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 11.06’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.41’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 9.89’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, hot dogs, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 67–72 degrees; 22.47’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 9.02’ low. Black bass are slow on black buzzbaits and bladed jigs in white. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
TEXOMA Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 5.08’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic jerkbaits and drop shot rigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. 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.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 4.44’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and topwaters early, and later on redbug or black/blue worms off points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 20 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 57.13’ low. Black bass are good on bone topwaters and green pumpkin worms in 5–25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chrome spoons and minnows in 35–45 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and bloodbait in 30–45 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 7.86’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 66–71 degrees; 33.65’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 11.36’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and watermelon soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on spoons and striper jigs. White bass are good on slabs and hellbenders. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 72–75 degrees; 5.86’ high. Black bass are slow on black/blue jigs or green pumpkin beaver style baits fished slow around shallow cover. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.

 

Saltwater Fishing Reports

Week of October 23, 2013

 

Water Body Report
NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish and flounder are good in the marsh on shrimp. Flounder are good on shrimp, shad and Gulps at the mouths of bayous.
SOUTH SABINE Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Redfish are good at the jetty on live bait and cracked crabs. Flounder are good on Gulps around marsh drains.
BOLIVAR Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Trout are fair to good while drifting shell on plastics. Bull redfish are good on the beachfront.
TRINITY BAY Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on soft plastics and Gulps. Redfish are fair to good on the east shoreline on topwaters.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout and large Gulf trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and fresh shrimp. Redfish and flounder are fair to good in the marsh around drains on shrimp. Trout are good on topwaters for waders working mud and shell.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Bull redfish and flounder are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and shad. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good on topwaters for waders working the shorelines.
TEXAS CITY Gulf trout are good in the channel on fresh shrimp. Redfish are good in Moses Lake on shrimp.
FREEPORT Trout and redfish are fair to good on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Bastrop Bay. Bull redfish are good around Surfside and at the Quintana jetty on crabs, shrimp and mullet.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Trout and flounder are fair to good on muddy shorelines on soft plastics.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on live shrimp at Shell Island, Oyster Lake, Crab Lake and Mad Island on the incoming tide.
PORT O’CONNOR Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs, mullet and shad. Trout are good on the reefs in San Antonio Bay on live shrimp.
ROCKPORT Trout are fair in the channel on free–lined shrimp. Redfish are good in Redfish Bay on mullet and crabs. Bull redfish are good in the Lydia Ann Channel and around Mud Island on shrimp and crabs.
PORT ARANSAS Redfish are fair at Shamrock Cove and Pelican Island on topwaters and Gulps. Bull redfish are good at the jetty and on the beachfront on natural baits. Tuna are good offshore.
CORPUS CHRISTI Bull redfish are good in the surf on mullet and shrimp. Trout are fair for waders working mud and grass on Super Spook Jrs and Gulps.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are good on topwaters and plum plastics around rocks and grass. Trout are good while drifting deep rocks on plum plastics. Flounder are good in the Land Cut on Gulps and jigs tipped with shrimp.
PORT MANSFIELD Redfish are good while drifting pot holes on topwaters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Trout and redfish are fair to good on the spoils on small topwaters and gold spoons. Flounder are fair to good at East Cut on Gulps and shrimp.
SOUTH PADRE Redfish are good in Airport Cove and on the Gas Well Flats on DOA Shrimp, Bass Assassins, Gulps and TTF Flats Minnows. Snook are fair to good in South Bay on topwaters and Gulps.
PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are good over potholes and grass flats on scented baits and topwaters. Redfish and flounder are fair to good in Cullen Bay on Gulps.
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