Texas Fishing Report

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Posted on February 19, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Feb. 19 and also available on the Internet at http://http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water clear; 50-54 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 49-53 degrees; 9.37 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and trolling Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, summer sausage, and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Details at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 47-51 degrees; 10.24 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, craw colored jigs, and chrome/blue Rat-L-Traps along shorelines. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on Li'l Fishies and crawdad crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles in 15-22 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 48-52 degrees; 30.63 feet low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged black/blue lizards, Rattlin' Rogues, and blue flake Whacky Sticks on jigheads along ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling white/chartreuse Curbs striper jigs and Rattlin' Rogues. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 12-15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 49-53 degrees; 8.03 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkin/chartreuse hair jigs with JDC Pebble Craw trailers and Carolina rigged lizards along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are good trolling white striper jigs and vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows in 40 feet. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and crappie jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 51-55 degrees; 15.90 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, soft plastics, and crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 45-49 degrees; 9.28 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon and watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANGER: Water clear; 47-51 degrees; 0.36 feet high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. White bass are fair on pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 50-54 degrees; 0.16 feet low. Black bass are fair on PBJ colored Snag Proof jigs and green pumpkin tubes on docks and seawalls. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair to good on silver Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and worms. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 45-49 degrees; 0.15 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on Li'l Fishies and spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 46-50 degrees; 8.11 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on white and red striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 45-49 degrees; 2.75 feet low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water stained; 49-53 degrees; 10.66 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and watermelon soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Carp are fair on corn. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 46-50 degrees; 53.27 feet low. Black bass are good on chrome spoons and firetiger crankbaits in 15-35 feet. Striped bass are fair on shad crankbaits and chrome spoons in 30-50 feet. White bass are good on minnows, white grubs, and chrome spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and bloodbait in 35-50 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and green soft plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on crickets and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 47-51 degrees; 11.19 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and liver.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 43-47 degrees; 0.14 feet low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and jerkbaits. Wacky worms around docks are effective as well. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on cut bait and trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 44-48 degrees; 3.37 feet low. Black bass are slow on Rat-L-Traps and white bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on cut shad and trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 44-47 degrees; 2.06 feet low. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs nears brush piles and at fishing pier. Catfish are fair on chicken liver along Timbercreek Channel down to about 20 feet.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 42-46 degrees; 20.86 feet low. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits and smaller spoons. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow 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. Details at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

CADDO: Water stained; 45-49 degrees; 1.10 feet high. Black bass are fair on weightless Flukes and wacky worms. 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: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 43-47 degrees; 3.68 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and Colorado blade spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 62-66 degrees; 12.87 feet low. Black bass are good on medium and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad

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; 42-47 degrees; 4.43 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and black and blue jigs. Yellow bass and white bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs near bridges. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 41-45 degrees; 9.69 feet low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Vision 110 suspending jerkbaits in wakasagi reaction. Crappie are slow near brush piles on jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 42-46 degrees; 1.21 feet low. Black bass are good on weightless soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAKE O' THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 43-47; degrees; 1.07 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and hollow body swimbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 41-45 degrees; 12.24 feet low. Black bass are slow on black/blue flipping jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Details at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 41-45 degrees; 7.61 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and small jigging spoons. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are slow 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. Details at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 68-72 degrees; 0.01 feet low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns and green pumpkin Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 54-58 degrees; 0.99 feet high. Black bass are fair on black and blue flipping jigs and creature baits. Bladed jigs effective later in the day. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 42-46 degrees; 0.03 feet high. Black bass are fair on red Rat-L-Traps and Xcite XB-1 crankbaits in natural shad in the Kickapoo area. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on chicken livers.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 41-45 degrees; 7.18 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 40-45 degrees; 7.72 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and weightless Senkos bear points in 6-10'. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and 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. Details at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 42-46 degrees; 6.95 feet low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits. White bass are fair on jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 41-44 degrees; 9.32 feet low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin flipping jigs and Rapala Shad Raps. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 42-45 degrees; 8.90 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shot finesse worms near deeper points. Striped bass are slow 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. Details at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 40-44 degrees; 8.52 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 43-47 degrees; 3.92 feet high. Black bass are slow on black/blue jigs and creature baits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water fairly clear; 51-55 degrees; 35.19 feet low. Black bass are good on football jigs, crankbaits, jigging spoons, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons. Catfish are fair on shrimp and live bait. 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.

BRAUNIG: Water clear. Black bass are good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in reeds. Striped bass are good on liver and shad. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water clear. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. 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.

CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 54-58 degrees; 23.54 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 55 degrees in main lake, 72 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.07 feet low. Black bass are fair 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.

FALCON: Water clear; 51-55 degrees; 24.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat-L-Traps and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and prepared bait. 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 stained; 48-52 degrees; 1.19 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 50-54 degrees; 0.18 feet high. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on chartreuse and red crankbaits near the islands in 10-14 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows near the dam. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 4 pounds are fair on juglines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 48-52 degrees; 0.31 feet high. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 50-54 degrees; 3.58 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon and pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

STEINHAGEN: 0.66 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 48-52 degrees; 2.93 feet low. Black bass are good on dark red soft plastics, and on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, frozen shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 41.37 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 97.29 low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 93.7 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 50.64 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water lightly stained; 46-52 degrees; 14.38 feet 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.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 46-54 degrees; 16.85 feet low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.

COLORADO CITY: 20.55 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 45-54 degrees; 12.9 feet 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.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 46-53 degrees; 23.29 feet 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.

NASWORTHY: No report available.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 44-52 degrees; 22.21 feet 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.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 45-51 degrees; 45.33 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed jigs, shakyheads, Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 44-52 degrees; 13.41 feet 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.

SPENCE: 69.28 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 12.16 feet low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 43-54 degrees; 23.36 feet 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.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 44-51 degrees; 34.64 feet low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell. Waders have taken better trout on the Louisiana shoreline on slow-sinking plugs.

SOUTH SABINE: Redfish are fair on the edge of the channel on mullet. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on slow-sinking plugs. Black drum and redfish are fair at Rollover Pass on shrimp.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on the east shoreline on Corkies and MirrOlures. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair while drifting deep mud and shell on plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair over deep shell and mud on plastics. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good for waders in the afternoon on Slammin' Chicken Bass Assassins.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on shrimp and crabs. Pier anglers have taken sand trout and sheepshead on fresh shrimp.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are fair on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish are fair to good at San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of drains on Gulps and shrimp.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on Gulps over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal and at the mouths of drains on Gulps and jigs tipped with shrimp.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous on soft plastics and Gulps. Trout are fair in the guts on the incoming tide.

PORT O'CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of drains and deep channels.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow Gulps. Redfish are fair to good in California Hole and Estes Flats on mullet and shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good on the ledges of the channel on mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the flats on MirrOlures, Gulps and Corkies.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and Soft-Dines. Trout are fair to good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies, Gamblers and Bass Assassins.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair on mud along the edge of the ICW on Corkies and MirrOlures.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair on the edge of the Intracoastal and at Gas Well Flats on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish and sheepshead are fair in the channel on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks. Trout are fair in Cullen Bay and Laguna Vista Cove on shrimp and Gulps. Redfish are fair to good in the holes and guts on Gulps and scented baits.

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