Texas Fishing Report: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Published on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 22:38 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear, 82-86 degrees; 4.09’ low. Black bass are fair on wacky worms and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 7.14’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged Zoom U-Tail worms and Baby Brush Hogs in green pumpkin. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 19.47’ low. Black bass are slow on shad pattern squarebills and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows around the bridge. White bass are good on slabs (late evening schooling occurring). Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

*CADDO: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 1.07’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits around stumps. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 82-87 degrees; 6.03’ low. Black bass are good on swim jigs, small swimbaits and bladed jigs. Some fish being caught on Carolina rigs and deep diving crankbaits in deeper water from brush piles. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 11.27’ low. Black bass are good on nail weighted Flukes and wacky worms. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad and topwaters. Catfish are slow on 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; 81-86 degrees; 5.75’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs and large shakyheads. The shallow bite has been consistent throughout the day on Texas rigged LFT Flippers in black/blue. Frog bite near grass beds has been sporadic. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges and brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

*LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 3.46’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

*LAVON: Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 10.43’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 4.17’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos around shallow cover. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 88-87 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are good on shad pattern squarebill crankbaits and hollow body frogs around shallow vegetation. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 82-85 degrees; 1.55’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and split shot rigs near docks and timber closest to deep water. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 9.09’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rig worms near brush piles in 8-10’. Topwater bite effective early and late with poppers working best. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 7.90’ low. Black bass are excellent on Texas rigged creature baits rigged with heavier weights around shallow cover β€” black buzzbaits in early morning are effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

*TEXOMA: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 0.14’ low. Black bass are slow on topwaters and shakyheads. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 3.38’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics, and on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 1.95’ low. Black bass are good on dark metal flake spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms in 15 feet. Crappie are good on minnows around structure. Bream are good on live worms off grass beds around the islands. Channel catfish are fair on juglines baited with perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 1.35’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 79-83 degrees; 5.68’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and crankbaits. White bass are good on silver spoons off points. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and shrimp.

TOLEDO BEND: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 4.23’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters and redbug soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons over ridges. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers in 5-10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are good under slicks and birds on soft plastics. Redfish are good under rafts of shad on topwaters. Redfish are good in the marsh on small topwaters.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Trout are good at the near shore rigs on live mullet. Offshore is good for kingfish, amberjack and ling.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the outgoing tide at Rollover Pass on soft plastics and mullet. Redfish are good in the marsh with higher tides on Gulps and finger mullet.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout are good on the deep shell and around the wells on live shrimp and glow plastics.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on topwaters and soft plastics. Trout are fair to good on the shell adjacent to the channel on live bait. Trout are good for drifters on live bait under a popping cork over shell.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good in the surf on live bait and topwaters. Offshore is good for kingfish, ling and dolphin. Tarpon are good along the beachfront.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs and in the channel on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish and sand trout are fair to good in Moses Lake and Dickinson Bayou on shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp, topwaters and soft plastics. Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Offshore is good for Atlantic spadefish, kingfish and ling. Bull redfish are good along the beach in 26 feet of water.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over mid-bay reefs. Trout and redfish are good over mud on live mullet. Large sand trout and croakers are good over deep reefs on shrimp.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair over sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish and black drum are fair to good at Shell Island on live shrimp. Offshore is good for ling, amberjack and tuna.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair to good on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp and small topwaters. Tarpon are good at the jetty on drifted baits.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp and Gulps. Redfish are good on piggy perch and shrimp around Mud Island and Estes Flats.

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

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

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on topwaters and soft plastics while wading rocks and grass. Redfish are fair to good on the flats on small topwaters. Trout are fair to good on soft plastics under a popping cork on the grass in the Land Cut.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass along spoils. Redfish are good on the sand on small topwaters and Gulps. Offshore is good for kingfish, dolphin, ling and tuna.

SOUTH PADRE: Redfish are good on the flats and in South Bay on live bait and plastics under a rattling cork. Snook are good in the Ship Channel on DOA Lures and live shrimp. Tarpon have been hanging around the jetty.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are good at Three Islands on DOA Shrimp and topwaters. Redfish are good on the Gas Well Flats on shrimp and mullet.