Texas freshwater fishing report: 01.29.14: Bass fishing slow in cold weather

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Freshwater fishing conditions and catches across Texas
Freshwater fishing conditions and catches across Texas

From Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reports

Note: 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.

ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 39–46 degrees; 13.3’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and Rat–L–Traps. No reports on crappie or catfish.

AMISTAD Water fairly clear; 54–58 degrees; 35.35’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, and soft plastics in 9–15 feet. Striped bass are good on slabs, spoons, and jigs. White bass are good on slabs, spoons, and jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp, chicken livers, nightcrawlers, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are good 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; 40–45 degrees; 15.83’ low. Catfish are fair on prepared bait, cut bait and nightcrawlers. One ramp open – few anglers out.

ATHENS Water clear; 46–49 degrees; 0.52’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and Scroungers with Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut bait.

BASTROP Water clear; 54–58 degrees. Black bass are good on blue/white soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON Water stained; 52–56 degrees; 9.24’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. 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; 47–51 degrees; 4.15’ low. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and Colorado blade white spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

BONHAM Water stained, 44–48 degrees; 1.95’ low. Black bass are slow on jerkbaits and shakyheads fished slowly around rocks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs under the bridges. Catfish are fair on chicken liver in 8–18’.

BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, dark soft plastic worms, and minnows in the reeds. Striped bass are good on liver and shad. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on perch and shad.

BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 45–48 degrees; 20.78’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are fair 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; 50–54 degrees; 10.09’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black crankbaits and watermelon soft plastic worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN Water stained; 53–57 degrees; 30.78’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red JDC curl tail grubs, blue flake Scoundrel worms, and drop shot worms along ledges in 12–25 feet. Striped bass are good drifting live shad and on Pirk Minnows in 20–28 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CADDO Water stained; 47–51 degrees; 0.80’ high. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps, weightless Flukes and white spinnerbaits. White and yellow bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair 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, live minnows, and crankbaits around reed beds. Striped bass are good on Rat–L–Traps near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are fair on liver and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 7.84’ low. Black bass are very good on Texas rigged red shad JDC drop shot worms and Brush Hogs along bluffs in 10–15 feet. Striped bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and trolling Shad Raps on down riggers in 40–60 feet. White bass are fair but small on blade baits along main lake bluffs. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke drop shot worms along main lake points and bluffs. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 44–49 degrees; 3.57’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on white jigs. Catfish are slow on cut shad.

CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 64–68 degrees; 23.33’ low. Black bass are good on heavy jigs, crankbaits, and large soft plastic lizards in the grass. White bass are fair on minnows upriver. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLEMAN Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 15.83’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK Water stained; 78 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.39’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows in 10–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with liver. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.

COLORADO CITY 20.05’ low. No report available.

CONROE Water stained; 54–58 degrees; 1.22’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps in 15–25 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.

COOPER Water clear; 61–65 degrees; 12.32’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on slab and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair 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; 58–62 degrees; 25.27’ low. Black bass are fair on large worms with light weights in 14–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp 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 fair on watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and shrimp.

FORK Water clear; 47–51 degrees; 4.61’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and Rat–L–Traps. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near bridges. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.

FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 39–45 degrees; 12.18’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and liver.

GRANBURY Water stained; 52–56 degrees; 9.22’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails, and on Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and liver.

GRANGER Water clear; 53–57 degrees; 0.36’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon/white soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on prepared stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

GRAPEVINE Water clear; 44–48 degrees; 9.30’ low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Vision 110 suspending jerkbaits in wakasagi reaction. Crappie are slow near brush piles. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and rod and reel.

GREENBELT 41.43’ low. No report available.

HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 52–56 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass to 3 pounds are fair on motor oil colored jigs, Rat–L–Traps, and jerkbaits around structure in 8–14 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows near the dam. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 38–46 degrees; 21.85’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

Freshwater fishing conditions and catches across Texas
Freshwater fishing conditions and catches across Texas

JOE POOL Water clear; 45–49 degrees; 1.17’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and Scroungers. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 46–51; degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and hollow body swimbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.

LAVON Water lightly stained; 45–50 degrees; 12.35’ low. Black bass are slow on black/blue flipping jigs and Xcite Raptor Craw Jrs in pumpkin. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and chartreuse 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; 54–58 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue Curb’s jigs and pumpkinseed tubes off docks. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles under heated docks. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

LEWISVILLE Water clear; 44–47 degrees; 7.34’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and finesse jigs in green pumpkin. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on jigs. Hybrid striper are fair 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; 0.22’ high. Black bass are fair to good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

MACKENZIE 96.15 low. No report available.

MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 68–72 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH 94.17’ low. No report available.

MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 55–60 degrees; 0.60’ high. Black bass are good on black and blue flipping jigs and creature baits around stumps. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

NASWORTHY No report available.

NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 51–55 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

O.H. IVIE Water stained; 39–45 degrees; 42.63’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows.

OAK CREEK Water stained; 38–44 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; 44–49 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are slow on red Rat–L–Traps and Xcite XB–1 crankbaits in natural shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and chicken livers.

PALO DURO 48.04’ low. No report available.

POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 39–44 degrees; 12.25’ low. Black bass are fair. 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; 52–56 degrees; 7.98’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 44–49 degrees; 7.06’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 44–48 degrees; 7.55’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and weightless Senkos. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow 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; 44–49 degrees; 7.10’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are slow on jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 3.84’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on live minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Bream are slow. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and nightcrawlers.

SOMERVILLE Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 2.80’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and yellow tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SPENCE 65.15’ low. No report available.

STAMFORD 11.33’ low. No report available.

STEINHAGEN 0.62’ high. No report available.

STILLHOUSE Water stained; 52–56 degrees; 10.37’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits and watermelon soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

SWEETWATER Water murky; 38–43 degrees; 22.62’ 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. This lake is currently experiencing a fish kill due to a golden alga bloom. TPWD biologists are monitoring the situation.

TAWAKONI Water stained; 44–49 degrees; 9.08’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin flipping jigs, Rapala Shad Raps and white spinnerbaits. Umbrella rigs are effective later in the day near the dam. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

TEXOMA Water clear; 45–49 degrees; 8.02’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shot finesse worms near deeper points. Striped bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow 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; 52–56 degrees; 3.16’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 52.83’ low. Black bass are fair on brown jigs and green pumpkin worms in 28–40 feet. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on silver jigging spoons and white grubs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and fresh cut bait in 30–45 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat–L–Traps and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and frozen shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

WEATHERFORD Water clear; 44–49 degrees; 8.28’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WHITE RIVER Water stained; 37–44 degrees; 34.18’ low. No report available.

WHITNEY Water stained; 51–55 degrees; 11.05’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and liver.

WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 46–50 degrees; 3.64’ high. Black bass are slow on black/blue jigs and creature baits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.

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