Texas freshwater fishing report: 04.11.14: Largemouth bass good across state

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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; 63–67 degrees; 35.30’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics, and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs and small crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs, small crankbaits, and minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows up Devil’s River in the trees. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair 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; 53–59 degrees; 17.33’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.

ATHENS Water clear; 59–63 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are fair on shad pattern shallow crankbaits along the shoreline as well as weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

BASTROP Water clear; 62–66 degrees. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 9.67’ low. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on downriggers. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows around structure under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are fair 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; 59–64 degrees; 2.14’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged lizards in green pumpkin near shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM Water stained, 58–63 degrees; 2.05’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits as well as soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs along the bridges as well as the park pier. Catfish are good on jug lines.

BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps near the 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 dam. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 57–61 degrees; 21.50’ low. Black bass are fair on bahama milk or sunshine gill color Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel 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.

BROWNWOOD Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 10.87’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs around docks in 4–8 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 31.14’ low. Black bass are fair on JDC RocKraw trailers, pumpkin JDC Craws, and black/blue Whacky Sticks on jigheads along ledges. Striped bass are fair jigging and trolling Curb’s striper jigs and trolling crankbaits in 20–30 feet. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows, Shad Raps, and live bait. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CADDO Water stained; 59– 63 degrees; 1.37’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rig creature baits and weightless Senkos. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.

CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on cut perch and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are fair down rigging silver spoons near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 8.52’ low. Black bass are fair on brown Curb’s hair jigs, JDC drop shot worms, and Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling white Curb’s striper jigs and vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and at mid lake in 40 feet. Smallmouth 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; 58–64 degrees; 3.98’ low. Black bass are fair on citrus color squarebill crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 63–67 degrees; 23.86’ low. Black bass are fair on swimbaits and Texas rigged soft plastic lizards. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and fair on jigs under lights at night. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLEMAN Water clear; 60–64 degrees; 16.36’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK Water clear; 68 degrees in main lake, 94 degrees at hot water discharge; 3.84’ low. Black bass are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 6–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live perch in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO CITY 20.61’ low. No report available.

CONROE Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 0.55’ low. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait and liver.

COOPER Water clear; 66–70 degrees; 11.39’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to ’15 deep. Crappie are slow 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; 62–66 degrees; 24.39’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Brush Hogs, 6” Yumdingers, 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 off deep points, and on spinnerbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and soft plastics in shallow areas. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

FORK Water clear; 59–64 degrees; 3.82’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged Missile D– Bombs in super bug around shallow stumps. Bed fish being caught on white Zoom Speed Craws. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows near bridges. Catfish are slow on rod and reel and cut shad.

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 watermelon red and June bug red soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

GRANBURY Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 10.18’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps over grass. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER Water clear; 61–65 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms upriver. White bass are good on pet spoons and spinnerbaits at Dickerson’s Bottom. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad and cut bait in 5–20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

GRAPEVINE Water clear; 57–61 degrees; 9.84’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits in pumpkinseed and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

GREENBELT 42.32’ low. No report available.

HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 63–67 degrees. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on black soft plastic worms and white/light blue spinnerbaits in 4–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and grubs around brush piles. 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; 57–60 degrees; 1.35’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 59–64; degrees; 1.59’ high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair 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; 58–62 degrees; 11.84’ low. Black bass are slow on sun perch bladed jigs and green pumpkin creature baits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow on jigs. 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; 62–66 degrees; 0.36’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue Curb’s jigs and watermelon tubes on docks. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

LEWISVILLE Water clear; 57–61 degrees; 7.56’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. 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.

LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 60–64 degrees; 0.36’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are very good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

MACKENZIE 97.47 low. No report available.

MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 68–71 degrees; 0.05 low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.

MEREDITH 89.15’ low. No report available.

MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 60–65 degrees; 0.81’ high. Black bass are good on black and blue flipping jigs and Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

NASWORTHY No report available.

NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 59–63 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and stinkbait. 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; 57–62 degrees; 0.86’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin wacky worms. Crappie are fair on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

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; 60–64 degrees; 8.61’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair trolling crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on live shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 7.34’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are slow on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 57–61 degrees; 8.00’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. 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.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 7.48’ low. Black bass are slow on medium and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 2.32’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged watermelon red soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Charlie slabs and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.

SOMERVILLE Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 2.45’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. 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; 60–64 degrees; 11.35’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. 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; 58–62 degrees; 9.77’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow 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; 57–60 degrees; 8.59’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and Texas rigged worms near floating docks. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs. 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.

TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 59–63 degrees; 1.30’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and watermelon red soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on live bait. White bass are fair on minnows and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and red tube jigs. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 53.42’ low. Black bass are good on Senkos, flukes, and crawfish crankbaits in 5–15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver crankbaits, white grubs, and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on white crankbaits and chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver slabs. White bass are good on perch colored spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WEATHERFORD Water clear; 57–61 degrees; 7.19’ 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; 58–62 degrees; 12.20’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.

WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 59–64 degrees; 5.74 ’ high. Black bass are good on black neon Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.

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