Texas Fishing Report

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Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for April 16 and also available on the Internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water clear; 65-69 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water clear; 63-67 degrees; 9.72 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on light blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows in 20-30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers, shrimp, and stinkbait at night. 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; 64-68 degrees; 10.88 feet low. Black bass to 7 pounds are excellent on craw and shad colored crankbaits, chartreuse/white chatterbaits, and shad colored spinnerbaits in 4-10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are excellent on minnows and jigs off lighted docks at night in 1-8 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white and shad Li'l Fishies. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 31.21 feet 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.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 8.62 feet 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.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 62-66 degrees; 16.45 feet low. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, lizards, and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

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

GRANBURY: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 10.27 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER: Water clear; 65-69 degrees; 0.02 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver at night. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch in the river.

LBJ: Water stained; 64-68 degrees; 0.38 feet 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.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 0.03 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on black/orange jigs and minnows off docks. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 8.65 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are good on live shad and white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 10-15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 2.49 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water stained; 64-68 degrees; 11.37 feet 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. 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.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 53.96 feet 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 slow. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs and silver spoons. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 12.12 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on silver spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on live bait and frozen shrimp.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 57-62 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Black bass are slow on white swim jigs along the shoreline as well as weightless Senkos. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 58-63 degrees; 1.86 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged lizards in green pumpkin or black and blue near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 59-63 degrees; 2.05 feet low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, crankbaits and spinner baits on boat docks and rocky points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs along the bridges and boat docks. Catfish are good on jug lines with cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 56-61 degrees; 21.62 feet low. Black bass are good on bahama milk color Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair 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 — 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; 58- 62 degrees; 1.11 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rig creature baits and weightless Senkos. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and 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; 56-62 degrees; 3.95 feet low. Black bass are good on citrus color squarebill crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 66-70 degrees; 10.74 feet low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to 15 feet deep. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on 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; 57-62 degrees; 3.62 feet low. Black bass are good on Megabass hazedong Shad swimbaits on jigheads along main lake points. Bed fish being caught on white Zoom Speed Craws and. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on rod and reel and cut shad.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 55-60 degrees; 9.96 feet low. Black bass are good on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits in pumpkinseed. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 56-60 degrees; 1.34 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.

LAKE O' THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 58-64; degrees; 1.13 feet high. Black bass are good on sexy shad swim jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are fair 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.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 56-60 degrees; 11.76 feet low. Black bass are fair on sun perch bladed jigs and green pumpkin creature baits. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair 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 — 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; 55-60 degrees; 7.66 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. 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 — 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; 68-71 degrees; 0.05 high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 61-66 degrees; 0.81 feet high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 55-60 degrees; 0.86 feet high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin wacky worms and shakyheads. Crappie are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 56-60 degrees; 7.34 feet low. Black bass are slow on medium diving crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are slow on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 55-60 degrees; 8.09 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and football head jigs dragged along main points. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good 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; 56-61 degrees; 7.59 feet low. Black bass are slow on medium and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 57-61 degrees; 9.82 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 55-60 degrees; 8.58 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and Texas rigged worms near laydown timber. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. 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 — 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; 55-61 degrees; 7.13 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 58-62 degrees; 5.96 feet high. Black bass are fair on black neon Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. 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.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water fairly clear; 66-70 degrees; 36.63 feet low. Black bass are very good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs, crankbaits, and jigging spoons. White bass are good on slabs, crankbaits, and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on live minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch at night. 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 watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits along shorelines and structure. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and silver spoons. Redfish are good on live perch and tilapia. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, liver, and stinkbait. Blue catfish are fair on chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water clear. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and grubs along shorelines. Striped bass are good on chicken livers, shad, and spoons. Redfish are good on perch and shrimp on the bottom. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shad, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 65-69 degrees; 24.00 feet 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.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 65 degrees in main lake, 73 degrees at hot water discharge; 3.89 feet low. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 12 pounds are fair on live perch in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water clear; 65-69 degrees; 24.81 feet low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, stinkbait, and liver. 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; 63-67 degrees; 0.44 feet 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.

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.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 0.18 feet high. Black bass 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.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 64-68 degrees; 0.30 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon red spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shad and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 2.03 feet 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.

STEINHAGEN: 1.72 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 60-64 degrees; 1.35 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. 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 frozen shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 42.32 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 97.47 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 89.15 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 52.64 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water lightly stained; 52-61 degrees; 14.75 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; 53-59 degrees; 17.33 feet low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.

COLORADO CITY: 20.61 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 53-60 degrees; 13.15 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; 54-61 degrees; 24.03 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; 54-61 degrees; 22.45 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; 54-60 degrees; 45.90 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; 54-61 degrees; 13.64 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: 69.86 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 15.22 feet low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 53-59 degrees; 24.16 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; 52-60 degrees; 34.64 feet low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout, redfish and flounder are good in the Neches River in 4-20 feet of water around points. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Flounder and redfish are good in the Bessie Heights marsh.

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 drifters on the east shoreline on plastics and slow-sinkers. Redfish and flounder are fair in the marsh on finger mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on topwaters, Catch 5s, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the Ship Channel on crabs.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Redfish and black drum are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Black drum and redfish are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout and redfish are fair for drifters in five feet of water on live shrimp. Redfish are fair in Lake Austin on shrimp.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good in Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs. Redfish and black drum are fair to good at Shell Island on shrimp.

PORT O'CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on reefs in San Antonio Bay on live bait. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Black drum 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 in Allyn's Bight and Estes Flats.

PORT ARANSAS: Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

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

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good around rocks and sand and grass on Gamblers and Bass Assassins. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. High winds and brown tide has hurt water clarity.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass along the shoreline. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps and live bait. Black drum and redfish are good on crabs at East Cut.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp. Black drum, redfish and jack crevalle are fair on live bait at the jetty. Flounder are fair to good on the spoils along the ICW on finger mullet.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair on the flats South Bay on DOA Shrimp, Gulps and live shrimp. Trout are fair on the edge of the spoils on live bait.

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