Texas Fishing Report: Texas Parks & Wiildlife Department

Published on Wednesday, 4 September 2013 22:21 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear, 83-87 degrees; 4.29’ low. Black bass are slow on wacky worms and topwaters. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and goldfish.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 84-87 degrees; 7.35’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged Missile D Bombs in super bug, jigs and Carolina rigs. Crappie are slow on white jigs. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and perch.

BONHAM: Water stained, 83-87 degrees; 1.67’ low. Black bass are good in vegetation and around cattails β€” crankbaits and soft plastics have been best. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows under the bridges and on brush piles. Catfish are excellent drift fishing along the backs of the creeks.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 83-86 degrees; 19.63’ low. Black bass are slow on shad pattern squarebills and small swimbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs (late evening schooling occurring). Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

CADDO: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.90’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits around stumps. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and shrimp.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 6.23’ low. Black bass are good on swim jigs, small swimbaits and bladed jigs - deeper fish being caught on Carolina rigs and deep diving crankbaits around brush piles. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters and Sassy Shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 11.59’ low. Black bass are good on nail weighted Flukes and wacky worms. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on Sassy 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; 83-87 degrees; 5.85’ 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 and the soft plastic frog bite near grass beds has been sporadic. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges and brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines and perch.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 8.64’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and flick shakes β€” some fish being caught on deeper brush piles with deep crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 82-87 degrees; 2.10’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics along brush piles in 10-12 feet, and on weightless soft jerkbaits and Senkos. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 4.05’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 84-88 degrees; 10.83’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics in green pumpkin. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on perch and prepared bait.

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 82-85 degrees; 7.57’ low. Black bass are fair on smaller jigs and medium crankbaits near rocky points. Crappie are slow on minnows near the marinas. White bass are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 83-86 degrees; 4.31’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos around shallow cover. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 84-89 degrees; 0.31’ 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; 83-87 degrees; 1.97’ 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 slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 5.74’ low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits along rip rap and heavy shakyheads. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 83-86 degrees; 5.98’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged worms and football jigs near deeper brush piles. The late evening frog bite is still good around shallow vegetation. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait nightcrawlers.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 9.33’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early and late, midday switching to Texas rigged worms near brush piles in 8-10 feet. White bass are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and Sassy Shad. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 8.10’ low. Black bass are good on black buzzbaits early, later switching to Texas rigged creature and black/blue flipping jigs around shallow cover. Crappie are fair 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 slow on trotlines and perch.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 0.56’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early and late, midday switching to Carolina rigs and drop shot rigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and Sassy Shad. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 83-86 degrees; 7.40’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs, shakyheads and drop shot rigs. No report on other species. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 84-88 degrees; 4.87’ high. Black bass are fair on Missile Baits D Bombs in black/blue fished slow around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait and juglines. 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 .

SOUTHEAST

SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 79-83 degrees; 6.02’ 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; 4.40’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue craw worms and deep diving DD22 crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. White bass are fair on green Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are fair 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 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. Offshore is good for kingfish and ling.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the outgoing tide at Rollover Pass on soft plastics and mullet. Redfish have been taken in the marsh with higher tides. Trout are good on the shorelines on Super Spooks and She Dogs.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout and redfish have been caught under rafts of shad. Trout are good under slicks.

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 under slicks on soft plastics.

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

FREEPORT: Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Bull redfish are good along the beachfront. Offshore is good for Atlantic spadefish, kingfish and ling.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over mid-bay reefs. Trout are good for waders over reefs on topwaters and plastics. Trout and redfish are good over mud on live mullet.

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 and Twin Island on live shrimp. Offshore is good for ling, tuna and swordfish.

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.

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. Trout are good over shell in St. Charles Bay.

PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Redfish are good for waders around Pelican Island on Gulps. 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 piggies.

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

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

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good along the ICW on shrimp and plastics under a popping cork. Snook are fair in South Bay and around the jetties on DOA Lures and live shrimp.

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. Trout are fair to good along the edges of the channel on live bait.

*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 .