Texas Fishing Report: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, October 17

Published on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 21:40 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear, 74-78 degrees; 3.99’ low. Black bass are good on topwater poppers and white buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 73-78 degrees; 7.06’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits in green pumpkin and shallow running crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 73-77 degrees; 2.34’ low. Black bass are slow around shallow cover on Texas rigged worms, jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows near brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 73-78 degrees; 20.33’ low. Black bass are good on bluegill pattern Xcite XB-1 squarebills and River2Sea Rovers in abalone shad near main lake points. Texas rigged Xcite Raptor Craws in green pumpkin around shallow cover is catching fish as well. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near the bridge and main lake brush piles. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake. See:www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

CADDO: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are good on vibrating jigs and hollow body frogs near cover. White and yellow bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and nightcrawlers. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See:www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 73-77 degrees; 6.55’ low. Black bass are fair on swim jigs, spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 75-79 degrees; 12.02’ low. Black bass are fair on small crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on Sassy Shad and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

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; 72-76 degrees; 5.88’ low. Black bass are fair on Xcite XB-1 crankbaits in ghost minnow reeled slow over shallow grass in 5 feet or less - same bait along with small swimbaits working on main lake points throughout the day. Yellow bass and white bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows near the bridges. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 72-77 degrees; 9.42’ low. Black bass are good on Megabass Pop X topwaters and 3/16oz shakyheads with finesse worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 74-78 degrees; 1.93’ low. Black bass are good on moving baits in shad patterns along main lake points. Topwater bite is good throughout the day. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 73-77 degrees; 3.48’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on perch and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See:www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 75-79 degrees; 12.15’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics in green pumpkin and black/blue. White bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See:www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 72-76 degrees; 8.66’ low. Black bass are good on Bandit 200 crankbaits and small shad pattern soft plastic swimbaits near rocky points. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on jigs and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on topwater. Catfish are good on cut shad and nightcrawlers. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake. See:www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 74-78 degrees; 4.99’ low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and swim jigs. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and perch.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 77-82 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and buzzbaits around shallow vegetation - later in the day switch to black/blue jigs near stumps. Better fish coming later in the day. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 73-77 degrees; 1.89’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 74-77 degrees; 6.70’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and small swimbaits around rocky points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwater. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 73-76 degrees; 6.84’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow to medium diving crankbaits and Texas rig creature baits. The topwater bite is improving. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake. See:www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water clear; 73-77 degrees; 10.22’ low. Black bass are good on medium diving crankbaits and topwaters near shallow cover. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 8.83’ 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 slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 72-76 degrees; 4.42’ low. Black bass are slow on soft plastic jerkbaits, weightless Senkos, jigs and drop shot rigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake. See:www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 72-77 degrees; 7.88’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 74-78 degrees; 5.37’ high. Black bass are slow on black/blue jigs or green pumpkin beaver style baits fished slow around shallow cover. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See:www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water lightly stained; 74-78 degrees; 3.59’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and topwaters in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on green striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and live bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 2.20’ low. Black bass are very good on topwaters, spinnerbaits, and dark/metal flake worms. Crappie are good on live minnows under lights at night in 17 feet. Bream are good on live worms in 12 feet. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water murky; 74-78 degrees; 1.68’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 6.72’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, soft plastic worms, and spinnerbaits early. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on punchbait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.41’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 4.48’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and topwaters early, and later on redbug or black/blue worms off points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 20 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh with high tides.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Flounder are fair at the mouths of the bayous on a falling tide.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Tidal Surges. Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass on live shrimp.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet around wells and on the shoreline. Trout are good under slicks and around shad. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs and in the marsh.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and sand trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and fresh shrimp. Redfish are good in the marsh and around the mouths of drains on the falling tide.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Bull redfish are good in the surf and around San Luis Pass on shrimp and crabs. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on crabs and shrimp. Sand trout are good in the channel on fresh shrimp.

FREEPORT: Redfish are fair to good on the reefs in Bastrop Bay. Bull redfish are fair to good around Surfside and at the Quintana jetty on crabs, shrimp and mullet.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are good in Boggy Lake and Lake Austin on live bait.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on live shrimp in Oyster Lake, Crab Lake and at Shell Island. Redfish are beginning to school on the north shoreline.

PORT O’CONNOR: Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and mullet. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs, mullet and shad. Trout are fair to good on the reefs in San Antonio Bay on live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island. Bull redfish are fair in the Lydia Ann Channel on mullet.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair at East Flats on topwaters and Gulps. Bull redfish are good at the jetty and on the beachfront on natural baits.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good in the guts in Oso Bay on topwaters. Redfish are good on the beachfront on mullet and shrimp. Trout are fair for waders working mud and grass on live shrimp and Gulps.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on topwaters and Corkies around rocks and grass. Redfish are fair to good in knee-deep water on small Super Spooks, She Pups and SkitterWalks.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on topwaters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Trout are fair to good on the shorelines on small Super Spooks, She Pups and Corkies. Bull redfish are good around East Cut on mullet and crabs.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout, redfish and snook are fair to good in South Bay and Mexiquita Flats on plastics and DOA Shrimp. Bull redfish are good on the beachfront on mullet.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good while drifting sand and grass flats on live shrimp, DOA Shrimp and Gulps under popping corks. Trout and redfish are fair to good in back lakes on small topwaters and soft plastics under rattling corks.