Texas Fishing Report: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

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NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear, 67-72 degrees; 2.39’ low. Black bass are good on weightless worms and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 4.83’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics fished slowly around points and the first break lines. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 68-72 degrees; 0.55’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits Senkos. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. 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 .

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 3.28’ low. Black bass are good on weightless wacky worms and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

COOPER: Water clear; 68-72 degrees; 8.08’ low. Black bass are good on wacky rigged Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good 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; 67-72 degrees; 4.48’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin and squarebill crankbaits on main lake points early in the day. Yellow bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 74-79 degrees; 1.61’ low. Black bass are slow on topwaters and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 67-72 degrees; 0.07 high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged lizards and topwaters around shallow timber. Some fish noted on beds. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 0.70’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and weightless worms around docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water clear; 66-71 degrees; 5.57’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and soft plastics. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 68-73 degrees; 5.35’ 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; 65-69 degrees; 4.43’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut bait.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 66-71 degrees; 6.95’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 67-71 degrees; 4.33’ high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs around shallow cover. Mid day bite has been best. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs shallow under a float. Catfish are fair on cut bait and trotlines.

SOUTHEAST

SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 68-72 degrees; 1.83’ 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.

TOLEDO BEND: Water lightly stained; 69-73 degrees; 1.56’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on bucktail jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons and slabs in the river. Crappie are good on minnows and pink 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.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: 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: Sheepshead, speckled trout, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good over mud and shell 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: Redfish are fair to good in the marsh on live shrimp and Gulps. Trout are fair for waders on the east shoreline on Corkies and topwaters.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on 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. 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 good on the reefs on live shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are fair at San Luis Pass on live bait. Sand trout, trout, redfish and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. The jetty has been holding sheepshead, trout and redfish on live bait.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters over deep shell on live shrimp and plastics. Redfish are good on live shrimp on the spoils. Bigger trout have been caught by waders on the south shoreline.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: 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 near Grass Island. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Trout and redfish are good at the jetty on live bait.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in the cuts 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 live shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on gold spoons and small topwaters. Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat 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 on topwaters in Oso Bay. 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 on the sand and grass on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp at night.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on live shrimp and Gulps under popping corks. Black drum and redfish are good on crabs at East Cut.

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.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair in South Bay on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Trout are good on the flats on live shrimp and plastics under popping corks.