Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of December 4, 2013

Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 44–52 degrees; 13.3’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, chatterbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water fairly clear; 65–69 degrees; 36.43’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, topwaters, jigs, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. White bass are fair on silver slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on cheesebait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 44–51 degrees; 15.83’ low. Black bass are slow on drop shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
ATHENS Water clear,51–54 degrees; 1.85’ low. Black bass are slow on shaky heads with green pumpkin finesse worms. Crappie are slow on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
BASTROP Water clear; 66–70 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and chartreuse/white soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 10.07’ low. Black bass are good on dark soft plastics on the bottom. Hybrid striper are good on silver slabs. White bass are good on silver slabs. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night in 30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and doughbait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch. 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; 50–54 degrees; 6.41’ low. Black bass are slow on watermelon flukes and weightless wacky worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 50–53 degrees; 2.49’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome/blue Rat–L–Traps and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs along the main creek channel. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Redfish are fair on live perch and shad near the dam. Channel catfish are good on chicken livers, shrimp, and cut shad . Blue catfish are good on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 49–53 degrees; 20.53’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. 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; 63–67 degrees; 9.74’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, crankbaits, and redbug and watermelon soft plastic worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and crankbaits from lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 31.71’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red JDC curl tail grubs on jigheads, Texas rigged blue flake Scoundrel worms, and suspending blue back Fat Free Shads along ledges and points in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are good drifting live shad, and jigging Spoiler Shad swim baits and Pirk Minnows in 25–40 feet. White bass are fair jigging Tiny Traps, Curb’s crappie jigs, and blade baits along main lake points. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CADDO Water stained; 52–55 degrees; 0.53’ high. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and bladed jigs near wood cover. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Redfish are fair on live perch, shad, and spoons in 15–25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers, shrimp, and cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 7.40’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red Brush Hogs, Texas rigged Red Shad JDC drop shot worms, and tubes on jigheads along bluffs. Striped bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and trolling Shad Raps on down riggers in the lower end of the lake. White bass are fair on blade baits along main lake bluffs. Smallmouth bass are good on tomato red JDC grubs, smoke/red flake tubes on jigheads, and smoke drop shot worms along main lake points. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 49–53 degrees; 4.73’ low. Black bass are fair on Colorado blade spinnerbaits and bladed jigs slow rolled near cover. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 72–76 degrees; 22.66’ low. Black bass are good on firetiger soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails and shad colored Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on minnows and Charlie slabs. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait in 2–7 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.
COLEMAN Water clear; 65–69 degrees; 15.45’ low. Black bass are good on tequila sunrise soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 79 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.42’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are fair on chartreuse soft plastics in 6–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 15 pounds are good on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 20.05’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 1.53’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and watermelon gold crankbaits in 20–30 feet. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and shrimp.
COOPER Water clear; 64–69 degrees; 13.45’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and Rat L Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair 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 stained; 71–75 degrees; 27.02’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in creeks and coves. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp, 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 good on electric blue Carolina rigged soft plastic worms and spinnerbaits along the outside edges of grass. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp over baited holes.
FORK Water clear; 50–54 degrees; 5.77’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue flipping jigs. Creek channel swings near deeper water are best. Flutter spoon bite is good later in the day. Yellow bass and white bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 45–52 degrees; 12.18’ 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 tequila sunrise soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers.
GRANBURY Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 8.82’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and pumpkinseed soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp, stinkbait, and live minnows.
GRANGER Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 1.59’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad and Zote soap in 3–15 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 49–52 degrees; 9.93’ low. Black bass are fair on deep crankbaits and football jigs. Crappie are slow near floating docks. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
GREENBELT 41.43’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.14’ low. Black bass to 2 pounds are good on Rat–L–Traps near piers and launches, on black/blue Brush Hogs around structure in 10 feet, and on spinnerbaits near the dam in 15–20 feet. Crappie are fair on blue tube jigs and live minnows near drop offs in 25 feet. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 46–52 degrees; 21.85’ 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; 50–54 degrees; 1.67’ low. Black bass are good on weightless Senkos and soft plastic jerkbaits near grass. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 52–56; degrees; 1.19’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Rat–L–Traps and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on perch and trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. SeePossession and Transport.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 52–56 degrees; 12.50’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue flipping jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
LBJ Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are good on PBJ colored Snag Proof jigs, pumpkin JDC drop shot worms, and green pumpkin tubes. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles under heated docks. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and worms. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 49–53 degrees; 8.35’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits near rocky points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on jigs and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. 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; 67–71 degrees; 0.48’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 96.15 low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 0.03’ high. Black bass are slow on 4–6” plastic swimbaits rigged weedless and white bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and perch.
MEREDITH 94.17’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 61–65 degrees; 0.87’ high. Black bass are fair on black and yellow flipping jigs and creature baits around shallow cover. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 0.69’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 47–54 degrees; 42.63’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, Rat–L–Traps, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 42–51 degrees; 21.12’ 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; 50–54 degrees; 0.82’ high. Black bass are good on shakyheads around docks. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. White bass are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait and rod and reel.
PALO DURO 48.04’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 46–54 degrees; 12.25’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, drop shot rigs, crankbaits and Texas 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; 63–67 degrees; 7.80’ low. Black bass are good on black/purple and chartreuse soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows, small Rat–L–Traps, and roadrunners. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs in 15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 51–54 degrees; 7.07’ low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 51–55 degrees; 7.62’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Weightless soft plastics near submerged grass are effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good 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; 50–54 degrees; 7.79’ low. Black bass are good on deep crankbaits and Carolina rigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 5.42’ low. Black bass are fair on shad colored Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on worms. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and minnows.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 2.91’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with cut shad and perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 65.15’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 11.33’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 0.55’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 9.94’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 43–51 degrees; 22.62’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, 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; 52–55 degrees; 9.12’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and flipping jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.
TEXOMA Water clear; 51–54 degrees; 6.74’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and drop shot rigs. Suspending jerkbaits along main lake points are effective as well. Striped bass are good on slabs and. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake. See Possession and Transport.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 3.66’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 53.45’ low. Black bass are fair on shad crankbaits, black worms, and smoke grubs. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and chrome spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and frozen shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 50–54 degrees; 7.72’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 45–51 degrees; 34.18’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 11.46’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon, watermelon red, and watermelon gold spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, liver, and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 54–58 degrees; 5.91’ high. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. SeePossession and Transport.

Saltwater Fishing Reports

Week of December 4, 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. Trout are good over mud and shell.
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.
BOLIVAR 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 Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout are good under birds on the north shoreline. Redfish are good on the north shoreline.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Redfish and flounder are fair to good in the marsh around drains on shrimp. Trout and redfish are good under the birds when the wind allows.
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.
TEXAS CITY Gulf trout are good in the channel on fresh shrimp. Flounder are good on the edge of the channel.
FREEPORT Bull redfish are good around Surfside and at the Quintana jetty on crabs, shrimp and mullet. Flounder are fair to good at San Luis Pass on jigs tipped with shrimp.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout and redfish are fair over deep shell on soft plastics when the wind allows. 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 and Mad Island.
PORT O’CONNOR Redfish are best at the mouths of the back lakes on the falling tide on shrimp and mullet. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs, mullet and shad. Trout are fair to good on the reefs in San Antonio Bay.
ROCKPORT 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. Slot redfish are good in California Hole on live bait.
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.
CORPUS CHRISTI Bull redfish are good in the surf on mullet and shrimp. Trout are fair for waders working mud and grass on small topwaters and Corkies.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are good on topwaters and plum plastics around rocks and grass. Trout are good while drifting deep rocks on plum plastics. Redfish are fair on the edge of the Intracoastal on mullet.
PORT MANSFIELD Redfish are good while drifting holes on Gulps under a popping cork. Trout and redfish are fair to good on the spoils on slow–sinking MirrOlures and Corkies.
SOUTH PADRE Trout are good around Long Bar and on the edges of the ICW on soft plastics. Redfish and trout are good around points and drop–offs on Gulps and soft plastics.
PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are good at Laguna Vista and Holly Beach on plastic shrimp under a popping cork. Snook and mangrove snapper are good in the Brownsville Ship Channel.