Texas Fishing Report: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, December 5

Published on Wednesday, 4 December 2013 23:22 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear, 76-80 degrees; 4.13' low. Black bass are good on topwaters and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 77-81 degrees; 7.04’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits in green pumpkin. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut bait.

BONHAM: Water stained, 75-79 degrees; 2.44' low. Black bass are fair around shallow cover on Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on jigs on brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad.

*BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 75-79 degrees; 20.31’ low. Black bass are fair on bluegill pattern Xcite XB-1 squarebills and River2Sea Rovers in abalone shad. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. 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.

*CADDO: Water stained; 76-80 degrees; 0.56' low. Black bass are good on vibrating jigs and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 75-80 degrees; 6.62' low. Black bass are slow on swim jigs and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 77-81 degrees; 12.59’ low. Black bass are slow on small crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on Sassy Shad. 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; 73-78 degrees; 5.91' low. Black bass are slow around shallow cover and docks on Texas rigged soft plastics. Squarebills in the 2.5 size in shad patterns as well as smaller plastic swimbaits have been effective later in the day near secondary points. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on minnows and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 75-79 degrees; 9.39' low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Pop X and shakyheads with finesse worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 76-80 degrees; 1.91' low. Black bass are good on moving baits in shad patterns. Topwater bite is good late in the day. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut trotlines.

*LAKE O' THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 75-80 degrees; 3.15' low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on perch and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.

*LAVON: Water lightly stained; 77-81 degrees; 12.18' low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged soft plastics in green pumpkin. White bass are fair 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.

*LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 75-79 degrees; 8.65' low. Black bass are fair on Bandit 200 crankbaits in mistake color and plastic swimbaits near rocky points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on jigs. 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.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 76-80 degrees; 4.94' low. Black bass are slow on white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and perch.

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

PALESTINE: Water clear; 76-81 degrees; 1.50' low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and split shot rigs near docks and timber. Crappie are good 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.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 77-81 degrees; 6.76' low. Black bass are slow on topwaters and small swimbaits around rocky points. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwater. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

*RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 74-79 degrees; 6.77' low. Black bass are slow on shallow to medium diving crankbaits and Texas rig creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water clear; 75-80 degrees; 10.14' low. Black bass are good on medium diving crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are good on minnows and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 8.93' low. Black bass are fair 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 fair on slabs and minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

*TEXOMA: Water clear; 75-79 degrees; 4.42' low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic jerkbaits, weightless Senkos, jigs and drop shot rigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and perch. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 75-80 degrees; 8.01' low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

*WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 77-81 degrees; 5.56' high. Black bass are slow on black/blue jigs or green pumpkin beaver style baits fished slow around shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

 

SOUTHEAST

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 6.46’ 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.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 4.31’ 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.

 

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. Flounder have begun to move from the marsh.

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 over reefs and under the birds. Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on soft plastics. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs and in the marsh. Trout are fair to good under the birds.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and large Gulf trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and fresh shrimp. Redfish are good in the marsh and out the mouths of drains on the falling tide. Bull redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout and redfish are fair to good in Bastrop Bay on live shrimp. Bull redfish are good on the beachfront.

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

FREEPORT: Redfish are fair to good on the reefs in Chocolate Bay on live shrimp. Bull redfish are fair to good around Surfside and at the Quintana jetty on crabs, shrimp and mullet. Red snapper are good offshore and legal to harvest through Oct.14.