Texas freshwater fishing report: 03.06.13

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ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 42–51 degrees; 10.69’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on spinnerbaits, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

AMISTAD Water clear; 60–64 degrees; 50.95’ low. Black bass are very good on jerkbaits, soft plastics, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs, deep running crankbaits, and jigging spoons. White bass are good on slabs, deep running crankbaits, and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on live minnows up Devil’s River in the trees. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch at night. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

ARROWHEAD Water off color; 41–49 degrees; 12.51’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

ATHENS Water clear, 52–57 degrees; 2.66’ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.

BASTROP Water clear; 60–64 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/white soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 7.17’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on light blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, shrimp, and stinkbait at night. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.

BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 52–56 degrees; 4.88’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps near the jetty and dam. Striped bass are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons and marble spinnerbaits near the dam. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, tilapia, crawfish, and shrimp near Dead Tree Point. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait near the discharge. Blue catfish are fair on live bait and cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT Water clear; 51–55 degrees; 15.14’ low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits around main lake points. Drop shots with Xcite Baby Ubershads are good around docks on the main lake. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are slow on trotlines.

BROWNWOOD Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 10.75’ low. Black bass are good on craw and black/blue Bass Hogg jigs, Persuader crankbaits, and GrandeBass 4” Trickster worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits off lighted docks. Crappie are fair 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 lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 28.26’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin JDC Craws, jerkbaits, and chartreuse Whacky Sticks in 12–20 feet. Striped bass are fair trolling crankbaits and striper jigs, and drifting live bait in 20–30 feet. White bass are fair on Shad Raps, Pirk Minnows, and live bait. 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; 52–56 degrees; 0.31’ high. Black bass are good on black/blue flipping jigs and creature baits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut bait. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species – see: Possession and Transport.

CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and jigs near the dam, and on cut perch and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are fair down rigging silver spoons near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE Water lightly stained; 59–63 degrees; 9.19’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Curb’s hair jigs, JDC drop shot worms, and jerkbaits along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 52–56 degrees; 3.15’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue finesse jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 62–66 degrees; 17.92’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and heavy jigs in grass. White bass are good on minnows and spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLEMAN Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 13.84’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK Water clear; 2.69’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics in 3–12 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with liver and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.

COLORADO CITY 17.3’ low. No report available.

CONROE Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 2.94’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

COOPER Water clear; 52–57 degrees; 7.31’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Catfish are fair on cut bait.

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; 63–67 degrees; 28.53’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Brush Hogs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, 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 good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Wacky Worms in reeds. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad.

FORK Water clear; 52–57 degrees; 4.28’ low. Black bass are fair on black/yellow flipping jigs in 10–12 feet. Yellow bass are fair on jigs. Crappie are good on minnows around the bridges. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 42–51 degrees; 11.47’ low. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.

GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, cut bait, and nightcrawlers.

GRANBURY Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 5.48’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin jigs and Rat–L–Traps in timber along the river channel. White bass are fair near Dickerson’s bottom. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver at night. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait in 10–20 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

GRAPEVINE Water clear; 51–55 degrees; 5.99’ low. Black bass are good on football jigs and finesse rigs. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad.

GREENBELT Water stained; 42–51 degrees; 43.34’ low. No report available.

HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass to 8 pounds are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and June bug lizards in 12–20 feet. Crappie are good on minnows near the dam in 25 feet. Catfish are fair on juglines baited with live bait.

HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 43–52 degrees; 21.07’ low. Black bass are fair on medium running shad pattern crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

JOE POOL Water clear; 51–55 degrees; 2.06’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics in 5–10 feet (green pumpkin has been the most productive color). Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared baits.

LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 53–57 degrees; 2.66’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species – see: Possession and Transport.

LAVON Water lightly stained; 52–56 degrees; 8.89’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and spinnerbaits around shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species – see: Possession and Transport.

LBJ Water clear; 60–64 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue Curb’s jigs and watermelon tubes. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads near the power plant. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

LEWISVILLE Water clear; 51–55 degrees; 5.62’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on shakyheads and spinnerbaits in the marinas. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species – see: Possession and Transport.

LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 58–62 degrees; 0.03’ high. Black bass are very good on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

MACKENZIE Water stained; 43–49 degrees; 92. 8’ low. No report available.

MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 64–82 degrees; 1.79’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs around shallow cover – deep water bite has been good on Carolina rigged lizards. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

MEREDITH 99.51’ low. No report available.

MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 52–63 degrees; 0.43’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and jigs around stumps and on drop shot rigs under the bridges. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait.

NASWORTHY No report available.

NAVARRO MILLS Water lightly stained; 56–60 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

O.H. IVIE Water stained; 43–52 degrees; 35.91’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and Rooster Tails. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

OAK CREEK Water stained; 42–51 degrees; 18.09’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are good on jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

PALESTINE Water clear; 51–57 degrees; 0.52’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue jigs and shaky heads around docks – smaller baits working best. Spinnerbaits around shallow cover are effective as well. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

PALO DURO 53.11’ low. No report available.

POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 44–52 degrees; 10.02’ low. Black bass are fair on medium running crankbaits, drop shot rigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

PROCTOR Water lightly stained; 55–59 degrees; 5.44’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good trolling watermelon crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 52–56 degrees; 3.55’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged plastics. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are excellent on 1oz. slabs. Hybrid bass are excellent on slabs as well. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 51–55 degrees; 4.09’ low. Black bass are slow on Rat–L–Traps. Carolina rigs are working along deeper points near channels. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait. 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 clear; 51–55 degrees; 4.70’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

SAM RAYBURN Water lightly stained; 57–61 degrees; 2.05’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on minnows and watermelon spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are good on worms. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver, and cut bait.

SOMERVILLE Water murky; 58–62 degrees; 1.85’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on silver/blue striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SPENCE 63.72’ low. No report available.

STAMFORD 8.74’ low. No report available.

STEINHAGEN 0.87’ high. No report available.

STILLHOUSE Water lightly stained; 57–61 degrees; 6.42’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics. White bass are fair on minnows and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SWEETWATER Water murky; 42–51 degrees; 19.04’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and chartreuse (use Worm–Glo) nightcrawlers.

TAWAKONI Water stained; 52–57 degrees; 4.75’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut bait.

TEXOMA Water clear; 51–55 degrees; 5.70’ low. Black bass are good on medium diving crankbaits. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut bait. 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 lightly stained; 56–60 degrees; 3.20’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 50.20’ low. Black bass are good on Senkos, flukes, and crawfish pattern crankbaits in 5–15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on white grubs, watermelon crankbaits, and minnows in 8–20 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs in 8–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on white striper jigs. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WEATHERFORD Water clear; 51–55 degrees; 7.79’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads around docks. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait. White bass are slow on slabs and live minnows. Please call ahead to make sure ramps are useable.

WHITE RIVER Water stained; 43–51 degrees; 30.35’ low. No report available.

WHITNEY Water lightly stained; 55–59 degrees; 8.67’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.

WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 51–56 degrees; 3.47’ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species – see: Possession and Transport.

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