Texas freshwater fishing report: 12.19.13: Power plant lakes produce 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

ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 44–52 degrees; 13.3’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, chatterbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

AMISTAD Water fairly clear; 63–67 degrees; 36.08’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, and soft plastics. 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; 44–51 degrees; 15.83’ low. Black bass are slow on drop shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

ATHENS Water clear; 46–50 degrees; 1.52’ low. Black bass are slow on shaky heads with green pumpkin finesse worms and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and minnows.

BASTROP Water clear; 60–64 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 10.08’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. 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; 47–50 degrees; 5.56’ low. Black bass are slow on Rat–L–Traps and weightless wacky worms. Crappie are fair on minnow. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM Water stained, 44–48 degrees; 2.16’ low. Black bass are slow on jerkbaits, crankbaits and shakyheads fished slowly around rocks. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.

BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on live shad and silver jigging spoons. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on liver, frozen shrimp, and cut shad. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait and shad.

BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 45–49 degrees; 20.60’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are slow 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. Get details.

BROWNWOOD Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 9.82’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, jigs, and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and crawdad crankbaits. Crappie are fair on Li’l Fishies and tube jigs over brush piles in 12–15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 31.62’ low. Black bass are good on black Curb’s hair jigs, watermelon red JDC curl tail grubs on jigheads, and suspending crankbaits along ledges and points in 8–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair jigging Tiny Traps and Pirk Minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CADDO Water stained; 48–51 degrees; 0.98’ high. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps. White and yellow bass are slow on minnows. 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 fair on small crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are fair on live perch and shad. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, frozen shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 7.52’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged watermelon worms, pumpkin JDC drop shot worms, and tubes on jigheads in stickups. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4’s or Shad Raps on down riggers over humps. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke grubs, chartreuse tubes, and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 44–49 degrees; 4.50’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnow. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 67–71 degrees; 22.84’ low. Black bass are fair on heavy jigs and large soft plastic lizards in the grass. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLEMAN Water clear; 61–65 degrees; 15.56’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK Water stained; 75 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.60’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Tilapia to 5 pounds are fair using cast nets near the hot water discharge. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO CITY 20.05’ low. No report available.

CONROE Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 1.56’ low. Black bass are chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp.

COOPER Water clear; 60–66 degrees; 12.81’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs and minnows. 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 stained; 66–70 degrees; 26.54’ low. Black bass are fair slow rolling spinnerbaits and on large worms with light weights in 12–18 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 Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and live bait over baited holes.

FORK Water clear; 46–49 degrees; 5.47’ low. Black bass are slow on black/blue flipping jigs. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 45–52 degrees; 12.18’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigs, jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs over structure. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

Freshwater fishing conditions and catches across Texas

GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANBURY Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 9.07’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red/blue flake soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and liver.

GRANGER Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 1.20’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver at night. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits. Yellow catfish are slow.

GRAPEVINE Water clear; 45–48 degrees; 9.84’ low. Black bass are slow on deep crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are slow near floating docks. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and rod/reel.

GREENBELT 41.43’ low. No report available.

HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and clear/metal flake Brush Hogs around brush. Crappie are fair on live minnows near the dam. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 46–52 degrees; 21.85’ low. Black bass are fair to good on shallow running pearl crankbaits, Texas rigs, shakyheads and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around deep water structure. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

JOE POOL Water clear; 47–50 degrees; 1.56’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.

LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 48–51; degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Rat–L–Traps and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.

LAVON Water lightly stained; 47–50 degrees; 12.56’ low. Black bass are slow on black/blue flipping jigs. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor–annual/fishing/general–rules–regulations/possession–and–transport–of–exotic–aquatic–species.

LBJ Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue Curb’s jigs and green pumpkin tubes on docks. Striped bass are fair on live shad. 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; 44–48 degrees; 8.08’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits near rocky points. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on jigs and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and nightcrawlers. 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 murky; 62–68 degrees; 0.33’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

MACKENZIE 96.15 low. No report available.

MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 69–74 degrees; 0.06’ high. Black bass are good on white bladed jigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and perch.

MEREDITH 94.17’ low. No report available.

MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 57–60 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs and creature baits around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

NASWORTHY No report available.

NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and doughbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

O.H. IVIE Water stained; 47–54 degrees; 42.63’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, Rat–L–Traps, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK Water stained; 42–51 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; 45–49 degrees; 0.43’ high. Black bass are good on shakyheads. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

PALO DURO 48.04’ low. No report available.

POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 46–54 degrees; 12.25’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, drop shot rigs, crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs over brush piles. White bass are fair to good on slabs and tail spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad and Sassy Shad. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

PROCTOR Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 7.83’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 45–48 degrees; 6.97’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 46–49 degrees; 7.73’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers. 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; 46–50 degrees; 7.85’ low. Black bass are slow on deep crankbaits and Carolina rigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 4.83’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red and watermelon gold soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and chartreuse spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and liver.

SOMERVILLE Water murky; 59–63 degrees; 2.92’ low. Black bass are good on silver spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SPENCE 65.15’ low. No report available.

STAMFORD 11.33’ low. No report available.

STEINHAGEN 0.40’ high. No report available.

STILLHOUSE Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 10.17’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are fair on silver spoons and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor–annual/fishing/general–rules–regulations/possession–and–transport–of–exotic–aquatic–species.

SWEETWATER Water murky; 43–51 degrees; 22.62’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

TAWAKONI Water stained; 47–50 degrees; 8.98’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and flipping jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

TEXOMA Water clear; 46–49 degrees; 6.82’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and drop shot rigs. Suspending jerkbaits along main lake points are effective as well. Striped bass are good on slabs and. Catfish are good on trotlines and 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.

TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 3.75’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse blue and chartreuse green soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. 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; 57–61 degrees; 52.79’ low. Black bass are good on chrome jigging spoons, black jigs, and white grubs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WEATHERFORD Water clear; 46–49 degrees; 7.93’ low. No report available. Call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WHITE RIVER Water stained; 45–51 degrees; 34.18’ low. No report available.

WHITNEY Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 11.37’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin and tequila sunrise spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 50–53 degrees; 5.23’ high. Black bass are slow on black/blue jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.

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