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 stained; 68–73 degrees; 16.42’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters, flukes, Senkos, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs around shallow cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water fairly clear; 74–78 degrees; 44.54’ low. Black bass are good on green tubes, Senkos, and spinnerbaits in 15–45 feet. Striped bass are good on Red Fins. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and trolling hellbender crankbaits. Catfish are slow. 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; 68–71 degrees; 17.94’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters and small soft plastic swimbaits. Crappie are good on jigs minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
BASTROP Water clear; 75–79 degrees. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are very good on live bait, frozen shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 71–75 degrees; 10.11’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits in coves. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines baited with live 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; 71–74 degrees; 0.84’ low. Black bass are good on black buzzbaits and topwaters near flooded vegetation. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 69–74 degrees; 2.19’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, crankbaits and spinner baits on boat docks and rocky points. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on jug lines with cut bait.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good down rigging spoons near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 68–72 degrees; 22.01’ low. Black bass are good on white splatterback Bandit 200 crankbaits and 1/4oz yellow magic poppers. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel. 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; 73–77 degrees; 11.54’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are excellent on craw colored chatterbaits and shad colored crankbaits around docks in 1–5 feet. White bass are excellent on minnows and white tube jigs off lighted docks at night in 1–10 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish to 5 pounds are good on prepared bait in 5–10 feet Yellow catfish to 10 pounds are fair on trotlines baited with perch, shrimp, and goldfish in 5–10 feet.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 30.51’ low. Black bass are fair on Curb’s ”erratic” jigs, topwaters, and wacky rigged watermelon/red Whacky Sticks in creeks and pockets. Striped bass are fair jigging white Curb’s bucktail jigs in 15–30 feet. White bass are fair vertically Pirk Minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.
CADDO Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 1.60’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rig creature baits in green pumpkin and white buzzbaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms and crankbaits over reed beds. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 9.27’ low. Black bass are fair on JDC spider Grubs, green pumpkin Whacky Sticks on jigheads, and grape Scoundrel worms in 6–12 feet. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging silver Pirk Minnows and white Curb’s striper jigs. White bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and trolling Shad Raps in 10–20 feet. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 3.14’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws on docks in 3–5’ of water. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 24.40’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, Texas rigged lizards, and large worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnow tipped jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water clear; 72–76 degrees; 16.98’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on striper jigs and grubs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 74 degrees in main lake, 87 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.09’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 6–8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 14 pounds are fair on live perch in 10–12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 21.73’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.52’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Carolina and Texas rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and cheesebait.
COOPER Water clear; 69–74 degrees; 6.87’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on 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; 75–79 degrees; 29.71’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and deep running crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and cut bait under cormorants. 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 shallow running shad colored crankbaits over grass, and on watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastic worms along the outside edges of grass. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 3.03’ low. Black bass are good on Strike King 10XDs and soft plastic swimbaits on deep drops. Hollow body frogs effective as well. White and yellow bass good on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 14.19’ 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 crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and shrimp.
GRANBURY Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 11.12’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.
GRANGER Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on pink tube jigs over brush piles. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch in the river.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 10.20’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and Reaction Innovations Skinny Dippers in sprayed grass color fished slowly around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
GREENBELT 43.39’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass to 7 pounds are fair on blue, strawberry red, and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 68–72 degrees; 25.61’ low. Black bass are good on jigs, Texas rigs and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 69–74 degrees; 0.32’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 69–73; degrees; 1.62’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and small crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 69–74 degrees; 11.37’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged Missile D Bombs in blue bruiser. White bass are slow on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. 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.
LBJ Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.35’ low. Black bass are good on Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps, watermelon creature baits, and pumpkin JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters in 5–12 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair vertically jigging Tiny Traps and Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on live minnows and white tube jigs in 6–10 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 7.64’ low. Black bass are slow on watermelon candy shakyheads and flick shake worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. 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.
LIMESTONE Water stained; 70–76 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on pink tube jigs over brush piles. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch in the river.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 72–76 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair but small on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. White bass are good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 98.76’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 73–76 degrees; 0.07 high. Black bass are good on topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
MEREDITH 89.95’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 69–75 degrees; 0.50’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along banks. White bass are good on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on chartreuse and black/orange jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 69–74 degrees; 48.5’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, jigs and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 23.71’ low. Black bass are fair Texas rigged lizards or worms, jigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 69–72 degrees; 0.49’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin shakyheads and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are good on jigs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
PALO DURO 53.23’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 68–73 degrees; 15.02’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on Humdingers. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 9.64’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits off points. Striped bass are good on live shad. White bass are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on fresh shad in the lower end of the lake. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 6.82’ low. Black bass are good on medium diving crankbaits and shaky heads in watermelon red. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 8.25’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and Missile D–Bombs in super bug along main lake points. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows and topwaters. 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; 69–72 degrees; 7.73’ low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 2.01’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed lizards and Brush Hogs. White bass are good on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are good on nightcrawlers and crickets. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with nightcrawlers.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 2.69’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 73.12’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 16.39’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 0.42’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 11.25’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 68–73 degrees; 25.13’ low. Black bass are fair to good on flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 8.48’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin creature baits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.
TEXOMA Water clear; 69–72 degrees; 8.48’ low. Black bass are good on topwater walking baits and Texas rigged plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. 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.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 1.42’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons in the river. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs under the bridge. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 56.04’ low. Black bass are very good on watermelon Senkos, white grubs, and Rat–L–Traps in 5–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and white grubs in 10–20 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs in 15–25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait in 20–35 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and silver striper jigs. White bass are good on soft plastic curltail minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 69–72 degrees; 6.52’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 69–74 degrees; 35.21’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 12.56’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Texas and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and cheesebait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 69–73 degrees; 7.16’ high. Black bass are good on black neon Texas rigged creature baits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on 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. Redfish are good in the marsh on topwaters and spoons.
SOUTH SABINE Trout are fair to good over shell in 3–4 feet of water. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove on topwaters.
BOLIVAR Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass on live shrimp.
TRINITY BAY Redfish are fair to good in the marsh on shrimp on the outgoing tide. Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Catch 5s, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Redfish are fair in the marsh around points on shrimp and Gulps.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair to good at the jetty on live bait when the wind allows. Trout are fair for waders in the afternoon on topwaters.
TEXAS CITY Trout are fair to good on Dollar Reef on live shrimp. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.
FREEPORT Trout are fair to good at San Luis Pass on shrimp. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Trout and redfish are fair at the jetties on live shrimp and finger mullet.
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 Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Redfish and black drum are fair to good at Shell Island on live shrimp.
PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over sand and grass in the guts in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.
ROCKPORT Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free–lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on the Estes Flats on shrimp and Gulps.
PORT ARANSAS Redfish are fair to good at East Flats and around Dagger Island on shrimp and crabs. Trout, 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. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are good for drifters working live shrimp under a popping cork over sand and grass.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are good at night in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in the grass on the King Ranch shoreline on small topwaters.
PORT MANSFIELD Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass at Green Island and the Saucer. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and while anchored with natural baits at East Cut.
SOUTH PADRE Trout are fair to good for waders around the spoil island on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Redfish are fair while drifting sand and grass on Gulps and live shrimp under a popping cork.
PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in South Bay on topwaters.