Texas Fishing Report: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, July 11

Published on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 22:43 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear, 82-87 degrees; 3.15’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early then switching to Texas rigged green pumpkin Baby Brush Hogs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 83-88 degrees; 5.55’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged Grande Bass Rattlesnakes in blue fleck. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

*CADDO: Water stained; 83-88 degrees; Full pool. Black bass are good on Texas rigged Baby Brush Hogs in California 420. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 80-85 degrees; 4.54’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads around deeper docks and deep diving crankbaits on brush piles. Some topwater action noted early. White bass are good 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; 81-86 degrees; 9.26’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and shad pattern wakebaits. Crappie are good 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; 83-88 degrees; 5.04’ low. Black bass are good 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 good on docks with at least 2’ of water. Most dock fish coming on Missile Baits D-Bomb in California 420. Yellow bass and white bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows near bridges. Catfish are good on trotlines.

*LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 82-88 degrees; 2.52’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Flukes and wacky rigged Senkos. Some early topwater action noted. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 81-87 degrees; 2.79’ low. Black bass are good on swim jigs and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 81-86 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are good on shad pattern squarebill crankbaits and bladed jigs in baitfish patterns -the frog bite is consistent in areas with lily pads. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 1.40’ low. Black bass are fair on Senkos and trick worms rigged weightless around docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs and crankbaits. Catfish are good on cut bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 7.40’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits near brush piles in 8-10’. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 83-88 degrees; 6.28’ low. Black bass are good on flipping jigs and wakebaits around shallow cover. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut bait and trotlines.

*TEXOMA: Water clear; 80-85 degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics and Zara Spooks around docks midway back in creeks and pockets. Early morning topwater action is good. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

*WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 6.48’ high. Black bass are good on weightless Senkos and shakyheads. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water lightly stained; 78-82 degrees; 2.78’ 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; 86-90 degrees; 0.95’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are very good on white/orange crankbaits, clear/silver glitter flukes, and perch colored Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are excellent on live minnows in 15-20 feet around structure. Bream are good on live worms in 15 feet. Channel catfish to 4 pounds are excellent on stinkbait, minnows, bacon and hot dogs off piers and on juglines baited with perch in 12-15 feet. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with perch.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 79-83 degrees; 0.28’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. White bass are good on troll tubes, pet spoons, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are very good on minnows in 20 feet. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 78-82 degrees; 3.16’ 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.

TOLEDO BEND: Water lightly stained; 78-82 degrees; 2.46’ low. Black bass are good on June bug and plum soft plastic worms early and late and on topwaters early. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are very good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, livers, and hearts in 30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Redfish are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Some birds have worked over trout.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove and around the jetty rocks on topwaters. Redfish are fair to good in the marsh on topwaters.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Croakers are good on dead shrimp in the channel and around the pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good at the wells on soft plastics. Redfish and trout are fair to good at the spillway on shrimp. Redfish are good in the marsh.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on topwaters and soft plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Mid-bay reefs have held trout on plastics, live shrimp and croakers.

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. Kingfish, ling and wahoo are good offshore.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are good on the channel on croakers and live shrimp. Trout are good on reefs and wells on live bait. Redfish are good in Moses Lake on finger mullet.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Trout and sand trout are good at the jetties on shrimp and shad. Dorado, ling and kingfish are good offshore.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good 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: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on sand and grass on soft plastics and topwaters.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters and croakers over sand and grass. Trout and redfish are fair at the mouths of bayous on the outgoing tide. Trout are good in the surf on the incoming tide.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on free-lined shrimp in the deep channels. Trout are fair over grass flats while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good in shallow water on pin perch.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp. Offshore is good for ling and kingfish.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Trout are good on the flats with higher tides and around Pita Island on croakers.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair in mud and grass on Corkies and topwaters. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good while drifting with topwaters at Rocky Slough and on the surrounding sand and grass.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters and soft plastics around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and sand flats on live shrimp. Bull redfish are good near the East Flats on mullet.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Tarpon, snook, trout and Spanish mackerel have been caught at the jetty on live bait.

PORT ISABEL: Snook are fair to good in South Bay on shrimp and DOA Shrimp. Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp and Gulps.