Texas freshwater fishing report: 03.22.14: Amistad a bass hot spot

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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; 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; 35.19’ 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 in 60–100 feet. 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; 53–58 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good 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; 9.57’ 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 throwlines 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; 55–58 degrees; 2.99’ low. Black bass are good on red Rat–L–Traps and black/blue flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and night crawlers.

BONHAM Water stained, 52–60 degrees; 2.22’ low. Black bass are good on jigs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, shakyheads and soft jerk baits in 1–10 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs along the bridges. 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, 50–58 degrees; 21.31’ low. Black bass are slow on finesse jigs and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow 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; 56–60 degrees; 10.60’ 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; 30.98’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse JDC Craws, JDC RocKraw trailers, and black/blue Whacky Sticks along ledges. Striped bass are fair jigging and trolling Curb’s striper jigs and drifting live bait in 20–30 feet. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows and Shad Raps. 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– 57 degrees; 1.86’ high. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines. 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; 8.26’ low. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits and black/chartreuse hair jigs along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling white striper jigs and vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows at mid lake in 40 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 51–57 degrees; 3.62’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 23.69’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and jigs over grass. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

COLEMAN Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 16.18’ 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; 3.92’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds 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; 0.55’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink/white tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

COOPER Water clear; 64–69 degrees; 12.52’ low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to ’15 deep. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good 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; 24.29’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait. Lake record 80 pound blue catfish caught on rod & reel using 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; 53–59 degrees; 4.22’ low. Black bass are fair on black and yellow back and blue bladed jigs with LFT Live Magic shad in violet shad and red lipless crankbaits. Yellow bass and white bass are fair 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 fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

GRANBURY Water stained; 55–59 degrees; 9.67’ 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; 0.29’ 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; 54–59 degrees; 9.78’ low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits in pumpkinseed. 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; 58–62 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on motor oil and strawberry soft plastics and yellow spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows near the dam. 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; 52–57 degrees; 1.33’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 55–59; degrees; 1.36’ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, flipping jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are slow 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; 49–54 degrees; 12.20’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue flipping jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. 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; 0.31’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and plastic swimbaits. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads and Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse/white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

LEWISVILLE Water clear; 51–57 degrees; 7.80’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and small jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow 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; 0.38’ 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; 0.043 low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, medium diving crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow on white jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.

MEREDITH 89.15’ low. No report available.

MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 58–65 degrees; 0.04’ 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 fair on nightcrawlers and rod and reel.

NASWORTHY No report available.

NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 0.05’ 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; 52–57 degrees; 0.45’ high. Black bass are good on red Rat–L–Traps and Xcite XB–1 crankbaits in natural shad in the Kickapoo area. Crappie are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair on chicken livers.

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; 8.43’ 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; 53–58 degrees; 7.31’ low. Black bass are good on suspending jerkbaits and Texas rigged soft plastic craws. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 51–55 degrees; 7.90’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue and sprayed grass color flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on 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; 53–57 degrees; 7.24’ low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits and football jigs. White bass are fair on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 3.06’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.

SOMERVILLE Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 2.42’ 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; 11.11’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. White bass are fair on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and shrimp. 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; 50–55 degrees; 9.57’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin or black and blue flipping jigs. Crappie are slow 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 limited due to low water.

TEXOMA Water clear; 49–54 degrees; 8.97’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and drop shot finesse worms near deeper points. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Striped bass are fair 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; 2.08’ 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; 53.23’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and June bug flukes in 5–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on white grubs and gold spoons in 30–45 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait. 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; 50–54 degrees; 8.02’ 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; 11.66’ 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; 53–59 degrees; 3.86 ’ high. Black bass are slow on black/blue jigs and 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.

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Will Leschper is founder of The Texas Outdoor Digest. He has been recognized for Excellence in Craft by the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He is Conservation Editor of Texas Fish & Game Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, in addition to writing for plenty of of now-defunct publications.

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