Texas Fishing Report: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, October 24

Published on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 21:45 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear, 71-75 degrees; 3.88’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, small crankbaits and white buzzbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 71-76 degrees; 6.91’ low. Black bass are good on 3/8oz flipping jigs in watermelon and shallow running crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotline and cut shad.

*CADDO: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are good on vibrating jigs, flipping jigs and hollow body frogs near cover. White and yellow bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 70-74 degrees; 6.53’ low. Black bass are good on swim jigs 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 fair on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

FORK: Water clear; 70-74 degrees; 5.98’ low. Black bass are slow on Xcite XB-1 crankbaits in ghost minnow and black buzzbaits working shallow grass very slowly. Yellow bass and white bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows near the bridges. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

*LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 71-75 degrees; 2.94’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on perch and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.

*LAVON: Water lightly stained; 72-75 degrees; 12.20’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged soft plastics in green pumpkin and black/blue. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 73-77 degrees; 4.97’ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and perch.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 75-79 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and buzzbaits around shallow vegetation - later in the day switch to black/blue jigs near stumps and shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 69-74 degrees; 1.18’ low. Black bass are good on lighter Texas rigs with creature baits. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 68-73 degrees; 9.92’ low. Black bass are slow on medium diving crankbaits in shad patterns. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 9.02’ low. Black bass are slow on black buzzbaits and bladed jigs in white. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

*TEXOMA: Water clear; 69-73 degrees; 5.08’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic jerkbaits and drop shot rigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. 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.

 

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water lightly stained; 74-78 degrees; 3.66’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 2.20’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on white spinnerbaits and black/red metal flake worms near the dam in 8 feet. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush. Bream are good on live worms over brush and drop offs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water murky; 74-78 degrees; 1.36’ 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; 6.94’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse topwaters and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms in 20-30 feet. White bass are good on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stinkbait and minnows.

 

*All boaters and anglers should be aware of TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species — see:www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/out door-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.