Texas Fishing Report: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

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NORTHEAST

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear, 79-84 degrees; 2.97’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Flukes and Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 79-85 degrees; 5.36’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged Grande Bass Rattlesnakes in blue fleck and black/blue football jigs in deeper water. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

*CADDO: Water stained; 80-85 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged Baby Brush Hogs in California 420. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 78-83 degrees; 4.28’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads around deeper docks and deep diving crankbaits on deeper brush piles. Some topwater action noted early. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 80-84 degrees; 8.91’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and shad pattern wakebaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Catfish are good on cut bait and trotlines.

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; 81-85 degrees; 4.87’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged flukes and DD22s in soddy blue on main lake points β€” larger squarebill crankbaits are effective early and late along main points. Dock bite is getting better. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows near bridges. Catfish are good on trotlines.

*LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 1.80’ low. Black bass are good on weightless Flukes and wacky rigged Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 80-86 degrees; 2.46’ low. Black bass are good on swim jigs and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 79-85 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are good on shad pattern squarebills and bladed jigs in baitfish patterns. Frog bite improving in areas with lily pads. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 79-84 degrees; 1.17’ low. Black bass are slow on Senkos and trick worms rigged weightless around docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs and crankbaits. Catfish are good on cut bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water clear; 79-84 degrees; 7.14’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits near brush piles in 8-10’. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 81-86 degrees; 5.99’ low. Black bass are good on flipping jigs and wakebaits around shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut bait and trotlines.

*TEXOMA: Water clear; 78-83 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics and Zara Spooks around docks midway back in creeks and pockets. Smallmouth are good on small shad type swimbaits. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

*WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 80-85 degrees; 6.79’ high. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water lightly stained; 78-82 degrees; 2.62’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed and watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and liver.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and live bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.74’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on purple/red tail worms and black/red eye frogs among lily pads early and late. Crappie are very good on live minnows 10 feet deep in 15-20 feet around structure. Bream are good on live worms in 15 feet. Channel catfish are good on perch. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with perch.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 79-83 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows, troll tubes, and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are excellent on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 78-82 degrees; 2.82’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and crankbaits. White bass are fair on silver spoons and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, cut bait, and liver.

STEINHAGEN: 1.32’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water lightly stained; 78-82 degrees; 2.15’ low. Black bass are fair on redbug soft plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and livers in 20-30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the cuts and drains leading to the marsh on shrimp and Gulps.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good while drifting the reefs on live shrimp and topwaters. Drifter have been working slicks and pods of shad. Trout and redfish are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Trout are fair to good at the rigs on finger mullet.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels and topwaters. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Trout are fair to good in the surf on live shrimp.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working wells and shell pads on shrimp, croakers, Bass Assassins, Tidal Surges, Gulps and Sand Eels. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs, in the marsh and at the spillway.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. Most fish have been behind slicks. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good on the Ship Channel on croakers and plastics.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters on live bait over reefs. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Offshore is good for tarpon, kingfish and ling.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp and croakers. Solid trout have come from the edge of the Ship Channel on croakers and shrimp. Flounder are fair at night for giggers.

FREEPORT: Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and MirrOlures. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay.

Trout, Spanish mackerel and sand trout are good at the jetties on soft plastics and shrimp.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on live shrimp on the edges of the back lakes on the outgoing tide.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout are fair to good in the surf and at the jetty on croakers and soft plastics.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in the channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island.

PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair to good in the surf on topwaters, piggies and croakers. Offshore is good for kingfish and ling.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are fair to good in the deeper holes on croakers and piggy perch.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair on topwaters and croakers around rocks and grass. Trout are fair to good on the King Ranch shoreline on croakers, topwaters and plum plastics. Trout are good at night on live shrimp in the Land Cut.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and on live bait around East Cut.

SOUTH PADRE: Redfish and trout are good in the shallows of South Bay and adjacent flats on shrimp and Gulps under rattling corks.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp and Gulps. Redfish are fair to good on live shrimp and mullet around spoils. Trout are fair to good at Laguna Vista on small Super Spooks and SkitterWalks.

*All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species β€” see:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/fish/exotic.phtml .