Texas freshwater fishing report: 02.13.14: Mexico border lakes producing bass bites

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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; 51–55 degrees; 35.09’ low. Black bass are fair on Stanley jigs and green pumpkin soft plastic worms on light Texas rigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs and grubs. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and droplines 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; 39–43 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on cut bait.

BASTROP Water clear; 50–54 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 15–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON Water stained; 49–53 degrees; 9.33’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with frozen shad. 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; 39–44 degrees; 3.50’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and white bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

BONHAM Water stained, 40–43 degrees; 2.01’ low. Black bass are slow on jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs nears brush piles and at fishing pier. Catfish are fair on chicken liver along Timbercreek Channel down to about 20’.

BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps near the dam. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are fair on tilapia, crawfish, and shad near Dead Tree Point. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and shad in 20–30 feet.

BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 38–41 degrees; 20.83’ low. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits and smaller spoons. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are slow 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.

BROWNWOOD Water stained; 47–51 degrees; 10.21’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed jigs, small crankbaits, and watermelon red 4” worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and watermelon red crankbaits under lighted docks at night. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on liver, minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN Water stained; 48–52 degrees; 30.68’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged black/blue lizards, Rattlin’ Rogues, and blue flake Whacky Sticks on jigheads along ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling white/chartreuse Curbs striper jigs and Rattlin’ Rogues. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 12–15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CADDO Water stained; 41–44 degrees; 0.66’ high. Black bass are fair on weightless Flukes and wacky worms. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.

CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are fair on live perch, shad, tilapia, and crawfish. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE Water murky; 49–53 degrees; 7.98’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkin/chartreuse hair jigs with JDC Pebble Craw trailers and Carolina rigged lizards along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are good trolling white striper jigs and vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows in 40 feet. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and crappie jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 38–42 degrees; 3.60’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 54–58 degrees; 23.50’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLEMAN Water clear; 51–55 degrees; 15.91’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK Water clear; 55 degrees in main lake, 72 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.14’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair 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 20.05’ low. No report available.

CONROE Water stained; 48–52 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

COOPER Water clear; 60–65 degrees; 12.74’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair 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 clear; 51–55 degrees; 24.92’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and 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 fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and shrimp.

FORK Water clear; 37–42 degrees; 4.45’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and black and blue jigs. Yellow bass and white bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near bridges. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and trotlines.

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 good on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANBURY Water stained; 45–49 degrees; 9.30’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.

GRANGER Water clear; 47–51 degrees; 0.33’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad and cut bait in 10–20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

GRAPEVINE Water clear; 37–41 degrees; 9.60’ low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Vision 110 suspending jerkbaits in wakasagi reaction. Crappie are slow near brush piles on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

GREENBELT 41.43’ low. No report available.

HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 46–50 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are fair on blue worms, jigs, and Rat–L–Traps in 8–16 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. 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.

JOE POOL Water clear; 38–42 degrees; 1.21’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and Scroungers with Flukes. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 40–44; degrees; 1.70’ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and hollow body swimbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. 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; 38–42 degrees; 12.26’ low. Black bass are slow on black/blue flipping jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait. 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; 50–54 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are fair on PBJ colored Snag Proof jigs and green pumpkin tubes on docks and seawalls. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair to good on silver Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and worms. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

LEWISVILLE Water clear; 37–42 degrees; 7.89’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and small jigging spoons. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on jigs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. 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.

LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 48–52 degrees; 0.37’ high. Black bass are good on silver/black spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

Freshwater fishing conditions and catches across Texas

MACKENZIE 96.15 low. No report available.

MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 68–72 degrees; 0.09’ low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns and Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MEREDITH 94.17’ low. No report available.

MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 52–57 degrees; 1.01’ high. Black bass are fair on black and blue flipping jigs and creature baits around stumps. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

NASWORTHY No report available.

NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 45–49 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on black/chartreuse jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and shrimp. 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; 38–43 degrees; 0.56’ high. Black bass are slow on red Rat–L–Traps and Xcite XB–1 crankbaits in natural shad in the Kickapoo area. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair 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; 46–50 degrees; 8.08’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 37–42 degrees; 7.09’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 36–46 degrees; 7.63’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and weightless Senkos bear points in 6–10’. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow 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; 39–43 degrees; 6.99’ low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are slow on jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 50–54 degrees; 3.60’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

SOMERVILLE Water murky; 45–49 degrees; 2.78’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on shad. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

SPENCE 65.15’ low. No report available.

STAMFORD 11.33’ low. No report available.

STEINHAGEN 0.67’ high. No report available.

STILLHOUSE Water stained; 49–53 degrees; 10.59’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and watermelon soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Carp are fair on corn. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. 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.

TAWAKONI Water stained; 38–42 degrees; 9.24’ low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin flipping jigs, Rapala Shad Raps and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

TEXOMA Water clear; 36–40 degrees; 8.85’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shot finesse worms near deeper points. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair 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; 48–52 degrees; 2.59’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS Water murky; 46–50 degrees; 53.11’ low. Black bass are good on chrome spoons and firetiger crankbaits in 15–35 feet. Striped bass are fair on shad crankbaits and chrome spoons in 30–50 feet. White bass are good on minnows, white grubs, and chrome spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and bloodbait in 35–50 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WEATHERFORD Water clear; 37–40 degrees; 8.42’ 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; 47–51 degrees; 11.12’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 39–43 degrees; 4.97’ high. Black bass are slow on black/blue jigs and creature baits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.

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