Texas Fishing Report: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, October 3

Published on Wednesday, 2 October 2013 23:06 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear, 77-81 degrees; 3.96’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 79-83 degrees; 6.89’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut bait.

CADDO: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.50’ low. Black bass are good on vibrating jigs and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 77-82 degrees; 6.41’ low. Black bass are good on swim jigs, squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on topwater and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are good on trotlines.

FORK: Water clear; 77-81 degrees; 5.71’ low. Black bass are good around shallow cover. Some fish schooling early and late around main lake covers and creeks. Squarebills in the 2.5 size in shad patterns as well as smaller plastic swimbaits have been effective. Yellow bass and white bass are good on minnows and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 77-82 degrees; 3.59’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on perch and cut shad.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 78-82 degrees; 11.94’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics in green pumpkin and River2Sea Rovers in abalone shad. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 76-80 degrees; 4.75’ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits as well as white buzzbaits early. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and perch.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 80-84 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and buzzbaits around shallow vegetation - later in the day switch to black/blue jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 78-82 degrees; 1.82’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and split shot rigs near docks and timber closest to deep water. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water clear; 77-81 degrees; 9.93’ low. Black bass are fair on medium diving crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 8.69’ 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 good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 77-81 degrees; 4.06’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early and late, soft plastic jerkbaits are effective as well. Striped bass are good on slabs and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on trotlines and perch.

SOUTHEAST

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 78-80 degrees; 2.28' low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on chrome crankbaits, swimbaits, and blue or watermelon/red flake soft plastic worms near drop offs in 3-8 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows around brush piles in 20 feet. Bream are good on live worms off piers and around stumps in 15-20 feet. Channel catfish to 3 pounds are good on juglines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 1.74' low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons, slabs, and hellbenders. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 6.40' low. Black bass are good on redbug soft plastic worms and buzzbaits in 15-25 feet, and on topwaters early and late. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 4.42' low. Black bass are good on redbug soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and topwaters early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 12-15 feet over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.