Fishing Report, October 31

Published on Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:18 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear, 67-71 degrees; 3.78’ low. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits and swimjigs. Crappie are fair on minnow and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 68-72 degrees; 6.79’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained, 66-70 degrees; 2.50’ low. Black bass are good around shallow cover on Texas rigged worms and creature baits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows near brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 65-69 degrees; 20.24’ low. Black bass are fair on Xcite XB-1 squarebills in reverse sexy shad near main lake points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel 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:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

CADDO: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass are fair on vibrating jigs and Rat-L-Traps. 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:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 66-70 degrees; 6.49’ low. Black bass are good on swim jigs and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

COOPER: Water clear; 72-76 degrees; 13.43’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good 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; 65-69 degrees; 5.91’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue flipping jigs and weightless soft plastics. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 65-70 degrees; 9.36’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits along main lake points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 1.71’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 68-71 degrees; 2.86’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on perch and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 68-72 degrees; 12.15’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are good 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. See:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 8.63’ low. Black bass are fair 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 slabs. 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:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 72-76 degrees; 4.96’ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and perch.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 70-74 degrees; 0.51’ high. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and creature baits around shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 65-69 degrees; 1.04’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads around docks. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are slow on cut bait and prepared bait.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 68-71 degrees; 6.71’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, hollow belly swimbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwater. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 66-70 degrees; 7.01’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow to medium diving crankbaits and Texas rig creature baits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. 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:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 65-69 degrees; 9.98’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits near brush piles. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 9.05’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. 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 good on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 66-70 degrees; 5.30’ low. Black bass are slow on Flick shake and drop shot rigs. Striped bass are good 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:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 7.75’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 68-71 degrees; 6.21’ high. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs or green pumpkin beaver style baits fished slow around shallow cover. 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:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 37.28’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on crankbaits and jigging spoons. White bass are fair on crankbaits, jigging spoons, and minnows. Catfish are good on cheesebait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

BRAUNIG: Water clear. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and dark soft plastic worms in reeds. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad. Redfish are good on crawfish, shad, shrimp, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam. Blue catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water clear. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps near the dam. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are good on down rigging silver spoons between the crappie wall and the dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 76-80 degrees; 22.18’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic lizards and large worms in grass in 12-20 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 82 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.04’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in 6-8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 21 pounds are good on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 77-81 degrees; 27.82’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Brush Hogs in 5-12 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and stinkbait up the river. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water lightly stained; 70-74 degrees; 3.54’ 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; 70-74 degrees; 2.06’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on perch colored crankbaits and black worms in the mouths of creek channels. Crappie are fair on live minnows near the dam in 20 feet. Bream are good on live worms over brush and drop offs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with perch in 18 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 72-76 degrees; 1.31’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on chartreuse slabs off points. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 7.14’ 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.

STEINHAGEN: 1.42’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 4.57’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin, watermelon, and redbug soft plastic worms in 20 feet. Striped bass are good on spoons. White bass are good on spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.