Freshwater Fishing Reports

To prevent the spread of invasive zebra mussels, anglers in some North and Central Texas counties are required to drain all water from their boats before leaving or approaching a public water body. Get details.

Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 52–61 degrees; 14.75’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water fairly clear; 59–63 degrees; 35.22’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic lizards. Striped bass are good on slabs, crankbaits, and Sassy Shad. White bass are good on slabs, crankbaits, and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on live bait over baited holes. 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; 53–59 degrees; 17.33’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 56–61 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and shad pattern shallow crankbaits along the shoreline. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BASTROP Water clear; 59–63 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 9.62’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and spinnerbaits in coves. Hybrid striper are good on live shad early. White bass are good on light blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows in 30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on bloodbait, stinkbait, and minnows. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throw lines baited with perch. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 2.93’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged lizards and creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 55–61 degrees; 1.98’ low. Black bass are good on jigs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, shakyheads and soft jerk baits in 1–8 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs along the bridges as well as the park pier. Catfish are slow on chicken liver along Timbercreek Channel down to about 20 feet.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in the reeds. Striped bass are good on liver and shad. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are good on cut bait in 15–20 feet.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 54–59 degrees; 21.40’ low. Black bass are fair on bahama milk color Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 10.68’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored spinnerbaits, jigs, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and shad crankbaits. Crappie are fair on Li’l Fishies and tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 55–59 degrees; 31.03’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on pumpkin Curb’s jigs, jerkbaits, and Carolina rigged JDC lizards along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are good drifting live bait in 25–35 feet, and trolling white/chartreuse Curb’s striper jigs and crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits in creeks. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CADDO Water stained; 56– 62 degrees; 0.82’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigs and bladed jigs. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in reed beds. Striped bass are good on spoons and jigs near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 57–61 degrees; 8.34’ low. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits and Texas rigged Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads in 20–25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Blade Baits along the main river channel. Smallmouth bass are fair on JDC smoke/red flake tubes and tomato red drop shot worms over rock piles. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 3.55’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 23.74’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and heavy jigs in grass. White bass are good on minnows and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 16.25’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver and chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 62 degrees in main lake, 82 degrees at hot water discharge; 3.91’ low. Black bass are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 20.61’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 0.48’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.
COOPER Water clear; 66–70 degrees; 12.56’ low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to ’15 deep. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad 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 clear; 58–62 degrees; 24.15’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
FAYETTE Water stained. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shad.
FORK Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 4.22’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged Missile D– Bombs in super bug and black/blue bladed jigs with LFT Live Magic shad around spawning flats. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are good on prepared bait and rod and reel.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 53–60 degrees; 13.15’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water stained; 55–59 degrees; 9.81’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait.
GRANGER Water clear; 57–61 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and jigs upriver. White bass are good on pet spoons and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver under lights at night. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 9.95’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits in pumpkinseed – some fish being caught on shakyheads with green pumpkin finesse worms. Crappie are good near brush piles on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
GREENBELT 42.32’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass to 7 pounds are fair on crawfish colored spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits near the islands and at mid–lake. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 25 feet. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 54–61 degrees; 24.03’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 55–59 degrees; 1.37’ low. Black bass are good on white bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 57–62; degrees; 1.37’ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, flipping jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 54–59 degrees; 12.30’ low. Black bass are slow on black/blue flipping jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
LBJ Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair jigging Curb’s jigs and Pirk Minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 54–59 degrees; 7.87’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Vision 110 jerkbaits in SP Table Rock Shad. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 53–57 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are good on soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on soft plastics and spec rigs upriver. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on noodles. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 97.47 low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 68–71 degrees; 0.03 low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, Bandit 200 crankbaits in white splatterback and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.
MEREDITH 89.15’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 59–65 degrees; 0.99’ high. Black bass are good on black and blue flipping jigs and Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and rod and reel.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 54–60 degrees; 45.90’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed jigs, shakyheads, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 54–61 degrees; 22.45’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, 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; 54–60 degrees; 0.31’ high. Black bass are good on white bladed jigs and green pumpkin wacky worms. Crappie are fair on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait.
PALO DURO 52.64’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 54–61 degrees; 13.64’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water stained; 53–57 degrees; 8.50’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 55–60 degrees; 7.42’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged soft plastic craws. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 54–59 degrees; 8.00’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged watermelon red creatures. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 54–59 degrees; 7.33’ low. Black bass are fair on medium and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 2.86’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on live minnows and watermelon jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, liver, and cut bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 2.44’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/chartreuse soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 69.86’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 15.22’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.57’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 11.21’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and yellow tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 53–59 degrees; 24.16’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 54–60 degrees; 9.71’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin or black and blue flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.
TEXOMA Water clear; 53–58 degrees; 8.76’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and drop shot finesse worms near deeper points. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 2.18’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 53.37’ low. Black bass are fair on smoke grubs, white jigs, and crawfish crankbaits in 8–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white spoons in 20–40 feet. White bass are fair on white spoons and chrome crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 54–60 degrees; 7.80’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 52–60 degrees; 34.64’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 12.10’ low. Black bass are good on jerkbaits and Carolina rigged chartreuse soft plastics. Striped bass are fair drifting live bait in 25–35 feet, and on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Catfish are slow.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 55–61 degrees; 4.35 ’ high. Black bass are good on black neon Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.

 

Saltwater Fishing Reports

Water Body Report
NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains.
SOUTH SABINE Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Garrison Ridge and the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies.
BOLIVAR Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.
TRINITY BAY Trout are good for drifters working pods of mullet on Bass Assassins, Tidal Surges Killers and MirrOlures. Redfish are fair to good for waders around Rabbit Bayou and Red’s Bayou.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good while drifting deep shell on plastics and live shrimp. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the Ship Channel on crabs.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.
TEXAS CITY Black drum and redfish are good in the channel on crabs and mullet. Trout are fair on the reefs on live shrimp on the incoming tide.
FREEPORT Sand trout, speckled trout, black drum and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Black drum are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are good for drifters over humps and shell on live shrimp and pumpkinseed Bass Assassins. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. Sheepshead are good on shrimp.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake and Mad Island Cut on shrimp and crabs. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.
PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are fair on soft plastics over soft mud. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Black drum are good at the jetty on crabs.
ROCKPORT Trout are fair to good in Morris–Cummings Cut on free–lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Redfish are good in the back of Allyn’s Bight on Gulps on the incoming tide.
PORT ARANSAS Trout are fair on the East Flats on Gulps under a popping cork. Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.
CORPUS CHRISTI Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair to good in the Packery Channel on crabs.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies and topwaters. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp.
PORT MANSFIELD Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes. Black drum and redfish are good on crabs at East Cut.
SOUTH PADRE Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp in 3–4 feet of water. Black drum, redfish and sheepshead have taken at the jetty.
PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair on the flats in South Bay on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp.