Texas Fishing Report: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Published on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 21:24 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear, 83-87 degrees; 4.52’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and split shot Trick worms. Crappie are slow on chartreuse tube jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 84-87 degrees; 7.58’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged Missile D Bombs in super bug and love bug, jigs and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on white jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and perch.

CADDO: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 1.18’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits and jigs around stumps. White and yellow bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and shrimp.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 84-87 degrees; 6.46’ low. Black bass are good on swim jigs and bladed jigs — deeper fish being caught on deep diving crankbaits and hollow belly swimbaits around brush piles. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on Sassy Shad. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 11.98’ low. Black bass are good on nail weighted Flukes and wacky worms. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on Sassy Shad and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

FORK: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 6.03’ low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. 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 good on minnows and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines and perch.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 3.78’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and black buzzbaits early. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on perch and cut shad.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 84-88 degrees; 11.33’ low. Black bass are good 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 prepared bait.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 83-86 degrees; 4.76’ low. Black bass are slow on drop shots and flick shakes. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 84-89 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are fair on shad pattern squarebill crankbaits and hollow body frogs around shallow vegetation. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 1.92’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and split shot rigs near docks and timber closest to deep water. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. White bass are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait.

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

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

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 8.39’ 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 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 slow on trotlines and perch.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 0.98’ low. Black bass are slow on topwaters early and late, midday switching to Carolina rigs and drop shot rigs around rocky points. Striped bass are good on slabs and Sassy Shad. Catfish are fair on trotlines and perch.

 

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 3.57’ low. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise soft plastics, Senkos, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are good on watermelon red Carolina rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 2.27’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on crankbaits and poppers. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles. Bream are good on live worms around grass. Channel catfish are fair on juglines baited with bream. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 2.03’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on Zara spooks and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are good on troll tubes, slabs, and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 79-83 degrees; 6.32’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on minnows and white/gold spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon tube jigs. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and punchbait.

TOLEDO BEND: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 4.56’ 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: Redfish are good in the marsh with high tides. Tides are well above normal. Drifters have worked slicks for trout and redfish on plastics and 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. Bull redfish are good at the jetty.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout, bull redfish, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and birds. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs. Redfish are good on the north shoreline on gold spoons and small topwaters.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and redfish are good on soft plastics while working slicks and mud boils. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good for drifters on plum plastics.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and redfish are good in the back lakes on live bait. Bull redfish are good in the surf and at San Luis Pass on crabs and mullet. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetties on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Sand trout and Gulf trout are good in the channel on shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on crabs and shrimp. The Dike is now open.

FREEPORT: Bull redfish are good on live bait and crabs on the Surfside beach. Black drum and redfish are good on the reefs. Bull redfish are good at the jetties.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Trout and redfish are fair to good on the shorelines for waders tossing small topwaters and plastics. Redfish are good in Lake Austin.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are good on live shrimp and topwaters in Oyster Lake, Crab Lake and Shell Island.

PORT O’CONNOR: Bull redfish are good in the surf and at the jetty on natural baits. Trout and redfish are good for waders and drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island (showing in large schools). Trout and redfish are good in the back of Allyn’s Bight.

PORT ARANSAS: Trout are fair around Super Flats on topwaters. Redfish are fair at East Flats and Shamrock Cove on topwaters and plastics under rattling corks.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are good on the shallow flats on gold spoons and small topwaters. Sand trout and croakers are good in the channels on fresh shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on topwaters and plum plastics around rocks and grass. Redfish are good in the Land Cut on live bait.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good around East Cut. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on topwaters and soft plastics under a popping cork.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout, redfish and snook are fair to good on the flats on DOA Lures and live bait. Tarpon and bull redfish are fair to good around the jetty.

PORT ISABEL: Redfish are good at Gas Well Flats and in South Bay on Gulps. Trout and redfish are fair to good while drifting sand and grass flats on live shrimp, DOA Shrimp and Gulps under popping corks.