Your Freshwater Fishing Report

Date:

Week of May 18, 2016

Bob Sandlin
Water stained; 68–74 degrees; 0.14′ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Caddo
Water muddy; 2.30′ high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps may be closed due to flooding in the area.
Conroe
Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 0.26′ high. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics and watermelon spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.
Fork
Water stained to muddy; 69–74 degrees; 0.11′ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, topwaters and Texas rigged soft plastics near timber in 2–8 feet. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
Houston County
Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.16′ high. Black bass are good on June bug multi–flake, black/blue, and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms at mid–lake early and late. Crappie are good on white Rooster Tails and live minnows at night. Bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad.
Water muddy; 12.03′ high. No report available.
Livingston
Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.05′ high. Black bass are good on topwaters, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are very good on shad. Yellow catfish are good on live bait.
Martin Creek
Water lightly stained; 77–83 degrees; 0.05′ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
Monticello
Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.34′ high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, bladed jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Sam Rayburn
Water murky; 67–72 degrees; 4.2′ high. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, Texas rigged Baby Brush Hogs, shad pattern crankbaits and topwaters early. White bass are good on tail spinners. Crappie are fair to good on split shot rigged minnows. Bream are good on catalpa worms. Catfish are good on shad and prepared bait.
Steinhagen
1.14′ high. No report available.
Toledo Bend
Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 0.60′ high. Black bass are good on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are good on green striper jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows in the river. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs with yellow tails. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with minnows, cut bait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
Wright Patman
Water muddy; 33.51′ high. No report available.
Grace Baldwin
(Bethany) Grace Baldwin has an Associate Degree in Journalism from Angelina College and is working on a double major of English and Journalism at Stephen F. Austin State University. She thoroughly enjoys reading, writing, and has an indelible passion for words.

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