Texas Fishing Report

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Posted on April 24, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for April 24 and also available on the Internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water clear; 68-72 degrees. Black bass are fair on minnows and green pumpkin soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are very good on live bait, frozen shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water clear; 65-69 degrees; 7.62' low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows and white riversides under lights at night. Crappie are good on minnows and white riversides. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, shrimp, Spam, and frozen shad. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 11.23' low. Black bass are good on Bass Hogg jigs, watermelon and green pumpkin soft plastics, and spinnerbaits around docks. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are excellent on minnows and chartreuse jigs off Kirkland docks. Crappie are very good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

BUCHANAN: Water lightly stained; 68-72 degrees; 28.75' low. Black bass are good on Daiquiri Skip-N-Pop topwaters, watermelon Rat-L-Traps, and weightless wacky rigged pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks in 4-12 feet. Striped bass are good jigging white Curb's bucktail jigs from Flag Island to Black Rock in 20-30 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon Curb's crappie jigs. Channel catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

CANYON LAKE: Water lightly stained; 69-73 degrees; 9.76' low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks, JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters, and watermelon Curb's Erratic jigs in 6-12 feet along bluff ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits and vertically jigging white Curb's striper jigs. White bass are fair on Road Runners upriver in 4-8 feet. Crappie are fair to good on white Curb's crappie jigs and live minnows around submerged brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait in creeks.

COLEMAN: Water lightly stained; 66-70 degrees; 14.51' low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO RIVER: (At Colorado Bend State Park) No report available.

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 5.88' low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on doughbait, shrimp, and liver.

GRANGER: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 0.48' high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits around flooded willows near the mouth of the river. White bass are fair in shallow areas upriver. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs in coves and sloughs. Blue catfish are good on prepared bait and shad in 4-15 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait upriver.

LBJ: Water clear; 68-72 degrees; 0.36' low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin flukes, watermelon JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters, and Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps in 4-10 feet. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies and trolling Shad Raps. Crappie are fair on minnows and white Curb's crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and carp.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water lightly stained; 67-71 degrees; 0.62' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and pumpkinseed crankbaits and spinnerbaits near the dam. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on watermelon jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.

PROCTOR: Water lightly stained; 65-69 degrees; 3.71' low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits off points. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs and live shad. White bass are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on fresh shad in the lower end of the lake. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 2.02' low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water lightly stained; 68-72 degrees; 6.90' low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits, watermelon trick worms, and watermelon super flukes. White bass are very good on minnows in 10-15 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water clear; 69-73 degrees; 50.90' low. Black bass are good on chrome topwaters, June bug worms, and grubs in 5-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on chrome topwaters and smoke grubs in 8-20 feet. White bass are good on chrome topwaters, smoke grubs, and white shad raps in 8-20 feet. Crappie are fair on blue/white tube jigs and minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on fresh cut bait and nightcrawlers in 15-25 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water lightly stained; 67-71 degrees; 8.79' low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and pumpkinseed Texas and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on silver/blue spoons. White bass are fair on slabs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on shrimp and cheesebait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear, 64-69 degrees; 2.33' low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin Texas rigged soft plastics and weightless worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 66-70 degrees; 4.76' low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics on points along main lake. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 65-69 degrees; 1.70' low. Black bass are good on weightless soft plastics, medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastics in shallower water. Crappie are good along the bank and pier in the park, also in cattails and boat docks, and along the bridges around the lake. Best catches have been on minnows and jigs. Catfish is good on Black Salty and cut bait along the bank in the park area and drifting as the presentation.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 62-67 degrees; 15.94' low. Black bass are good on Megabass crankbaits around shallow cover as well as Texas rigged Berkley Havoc craws in Bama Bug. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 66-71 degrees; 1.36' high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut bait. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species — see: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/fish/exotic.phtml.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 65-69 degrees; 3.09' low. Black bass are good on finesse jigs and weightless wacky worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

COOPER: Water clear; 65-70 degrees; 7.83' low. Black bass are good on wacky rigged finesse worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Catfish are good 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.

FORK: Water clear; 64-68 degrees; 4.35' low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin — some fish being caught on beds. Best bed baits have been Berkley Havoc Craws in white. Yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 65-69 degrees; 5.34' low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged Baby Brush Hogs and squarebill crankbaits near rocky points. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 66-70 degrees; 0.62' low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared baits.

LAKE O' THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 66-70 degrees; 1.47' low. Black bass are fair on weightless flukes — some topwater action noted early in day. 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: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/fish/exotic.phtml.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 66-70 degrees; 7.67' low. Black bass are fair on white bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. 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: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/fish/exotic.phtml.

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 64-69 degrees; 4.63' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 72-78 degrees; 1.58' low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs in shallow areas. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 64-69 degrees; 0.28' high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged lizards and topwaters around shallow timber. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 66-70 degrees; 0.09' low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads around docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 65-69 degrees; 3.25' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on 1-oz. slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 64-68 degrees; 4.01' low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics along creek channels with timber. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water clear; 64-68 degrees; 5.42' low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and soft plastics. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 5.12' low. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and Texas rigged craws around shallow stumps in Hickory Creek area. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut bait.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 62-67 degrees; 4.72' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics and weightless soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut bait. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species — see: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/fish/exotic.phtml

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 68-67 degrees; 7.16' low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 65-69 degrees; 4.56' high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and bladed jigs around shallow cover. Midday bite has been best. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs shallow under a float. Catfish are good on cut bait. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species — see:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/fish/exotic.phtml.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water clear; 71-75 degrees; 55.81' low. Black bass are very good on watermelon Senkos, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swimbaits, and soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are fair on Red Fins. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on cheesebait. Yellow catfish are good on live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

BRAUNIG: Water clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are good down rigging spoons near the dam and jetty. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastic worms and crankbaits near the park store. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and shad. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 72-76 degrees; 19.61' low. Black bass are good on blue/white deep running crankbaits and watermelon red Carolina rigged soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are fair on minnow-tipped jigs. Channel catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait. Blue and yellow catfish are good on live bait in 5-10 feet.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 2.80' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 3-12 feet. Striped bass are fair on silver jigs and spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in 8-12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with nightcrawlers, shrimp, and liver in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch in 6-15 feet.

FALCON: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 44.54' low. Black bass are good on deep running crankbaits and fair on Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and stinkbait in the river. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water clear; 68-72 degrees; 2.99' low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics, and on white/chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are good on watermelon red and plum soft plastics, and on white/chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and green/white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 0.06' low. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on pumpkinseed craw worms in 6 feet. Crappie are good on live minnows near the dam and around piers. Bream are good on live worms. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and shrimp.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 67-71 degrees; 0.13' high. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Blue catfish are fair on minnows and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 66-70 degrees; 1.67' low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and lizards, and fair on Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on pet spoons and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers and crickets. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with liver and live bait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.38' high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water lightly stained; 66-70 degrees; 1.57' low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs in the river. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, cut bait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 43.38' low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 93.16' low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 99.82' low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 55.67' low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water lightly stained; 59-65 degrees; 11.28' 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.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 58-63 degrees; 12.63' 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.

COLORADO CITY: 17.68' low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 59-64 degrees; 11.71' 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.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 57-64 degrees; 21.27' 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.

NASWORTHY: No report available.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 58-63 degrees; 18.42' 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.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 59-64 degrees; 36.77' 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.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 59-65 degrees; 10.33' 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.

SPENCE: 64.18' low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 9.04' low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 58-63 degrees; 19.47' 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.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 53-62 degrees; 30.67' low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Redfish are fair to good on the flats on Gulps. Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains.

SOUTH SABINE: Flounder are fair while drifting shorelines with jigs tipped with shrimp. Sheepshead, speckled trout, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around points on topwaters and live shrimp.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair for waders on the east shoreline on soft plastics and Gulps. Redfish are good in the marsh on shrimp. Flounder are fair to good around Rabbit Bayou on Gulps.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline for waders tossing plastics and live shrimp. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Redfish and black drum are fair to good in the Ship Channel on crabs.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp. Trout are fair to good on live shrimp over the reefs.

FREEPORT: Trout are fair at San Luis Pass on live bait. Sand trout, redfish and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Chocolate Bayou.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for waders on the south shoreline on plastics and shrimp. Redfish are fair on live shrimp on north shoreline spoil banks.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good in the guts on live shrimp and plastics. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.

PORT O'CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on soft plastics over sand and grass. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes on live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in Morris-Cummings Cut on free-lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats on mullet and crabs.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on gold spoons and small topwaters. Black drum are good in the channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish, trout and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good for waders working the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair to good in the Packery Channel and Humble Channel on crabs.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good along sand and grass humps on pink plastics and Corkies. Stiff winds have hampered anglers lately. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps and plastics under corks.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Black drum, redfish and jack crevalle are good at the jetty on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair in South Bay on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Black drum are good on the reefs.

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