Your Freshwater Fishing Report

Date:

Week of May 25, 2016

ALAN HENRY
Water murky from windy days; 70 degrees; 2.41’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in 12 to 20 feet. Catfish are slow on cut bait, perch and goldfish up the river.
AMISTAD
Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 24.52’ low. Black bass are very good on Rat–L–Traps, jerkbaits, crankbaits, topwaters, and soft plastics. White bass are fair on crankbaits and jerkbaits. Striped bass are fair on crankbaits and jerkbaits. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines 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 fairly clear; 68–71 degrees; 0.14’ low. No reports on black bass. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows in the shallows. Catfish are good on worms and stinkbait.
ATHENS
Water stained; 71–76 degrees; 0.42’ high. Black bass are fair on topwaters, Senkos and football jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
BASTROP
Water clear; 69–73 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON
Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 7.69’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN
Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are fair on buzzfrogs, wakebaits and flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.
BONHAM
Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, shallow crankbaits and flipping jigs around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows around the bridges. Catfish are slow on cut bait.
BRAUNIG
Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and perch off points. Redfish are fair on shad, tilapia, and crawfish. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait.
BRIDGEPORT
Water stained to muddy, 71–76 degrees: 0.41’ high. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits and topwater poppers. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
BROWNWOOD
Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.67’ high. Black bass are good on redbug and watermelon red Shaky heads with Grande Bass Baby Rattlesnakes and topwaters. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on white Li’l Fishies and black/chartreuse tube jigs in 10–20 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch in 5–15 feet.
BUCHANAN
Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 0.22’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Skip–N–Pop topwaters, Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps, and watermelon Whacky Sticks in 8–16 feet. Striped bass are good on watermelon topwaters and Rat–L–Traps on the surface at first light. White bass are fair trolling green Rat–L–Traps and jigging Pirk Minnows over rock piles. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.
CADDO
Water muddy; 1.55’ high. No report available.
CALAVERAS
Water stained. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on spoons and striper jigs between the dam and the crappie wall. Redfish are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, cheesebait, and shad. Blue catfish are good on liver and cut bait near 181 cove. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE
Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 4.45’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK
Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged soft plastics, swimjigs and Reaction Innovations Vixens. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON
Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 23.66’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and shad colored spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and minnows. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
COLEMAN
Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 0.37’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK
Water murky; 71 degrees in main lake; 0.29’ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and perch colored Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch.
COLORADO CITY
20.53’ low. No report available.
CONROE
Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 0.09’ 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.
COOPER
Water stained; 0.09’ high. No report available.
FAIRFIELD
Black bass fishing reported as significantly improved. TPWD discontinued stocking the lake after the fish kill in September 2011. Redfish survived the kill in limited numbers.
FALCON
Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 27.15’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and frozen shrimp. 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 murky. Black bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK
Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, Megabass Diamante in secret gill and Texas rigged soft plastics on shallow docks. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL
Water murky; 68–73 degrees; 0.87’ high. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, swimbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.
GIBBONS CREEK
Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and shad colored crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and liver.
GRANBURY
Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on green bucktail jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and shrimp.
GRANGER
Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 7.08’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE
Water stained to muddy; 3.65’ high. No report available.
GREENBELT
33.26’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY
Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.21’ 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.
HUBBARD CREEK
Water off color; 70–74 degrees; 7.24’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits, weightless flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
JOE POOL
Water stained; 71–76 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged plastics, white buzzbaits and shallow crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
LAKE O’ THE PINES
Water stained to muddy; 11.09’ high. No report available.
LAVON
Water stained to muddy; 73–78 degrees: 0.62’ high. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, buzz frogs and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
LBJ
Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.64’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Senkos, pumpkinseed topwaters, and perch colored Rat–L–Traps early in 10–20 feet. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and carp.
LEWISVILLE
Water stained; 72–77 degrees; 0.73’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and flipping jigs around flooded cover. Some fish being caught on topwater walking baits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON
Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.54’ high. Black bass are fair on topwaters, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good but small on Rat–L–Traps, Zara spooks, and slabs. White bass are very good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. Crappie are very good on minnows over brush. Blue catfish are fair on shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
MACKENZIE
72.26’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK
Water lightly stained; 78–84 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, shakyheads and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
MEREDITH
57.97’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO
Water stained; 74–79 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs, spinnerbaits and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY
69–73 degrees; 1.36’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas rigged lizards and weightless flukes. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
NAVARRO MILLS
Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.89’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE
Water stained; 67–72 degrees; 43.86’ low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.
OAK CREEK
Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 11.98’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, spinnerbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn–Glo) nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE
Water stained; 72–77 degrees; 0.34’ high. Black bass are fair on swimjigs, Flukes and Yellow Magic poppers in yellow frog. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
PALO DURO
52.19’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM
Water off color; 69–73 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are fair on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and split shot weighted flukes. Crappie are fair to good on chartreuse jigs and live minnows. White bass are fair to good on Road Rooster Tails. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cur bait.
PROCTOR
Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 11.64’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD
Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.03’ high. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and shakyheads. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on rod and reel.
RAY ROBERTS
Water stained; 73–78 degrees; 1.95’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, medium and deep diving crankbaits. Some fish being caught on topwaters. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS
Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on Flukes and swimjigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
SAM RAYBURN
Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 3.04’ high. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics and green Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on minnows, hellbenders, and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
SOMERVILLE
Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 10.11’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE
54.9’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD
0.19’ high. No report available.
STEINHAGEN
1.46’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE
Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 10.73’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER
Water off color; 71–75 degrees; 24.31’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI
Water stained to muddy; 73–78 degrees; 0.37’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, Texas rigged creature and black/blue flipping jigs in flooded bushes. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
TEXOMA
Water stained; 76–74 degrees; 1.37’ high. Black bass are good on shallow and medium crankbaits and topwaters near main lake points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and shad. Catfish are good on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND
Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are fair on soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white bucktail jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons and Li’l Fishies in the river. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS
Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 2.37’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG
Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD
Water stained; 0.02’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER
Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 16.99’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY
Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 2.07’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.
WRIGHT PATMAN
Water muddy; 32.32’ 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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