Texas Fishing Report, January 2, 2014

Published on Wednesday, 1 January 2014 22:23 - Written by

PINEY WOODS REGION

BOB SANDLIN — Water clear; 47–50 degrees; 4.57’ low. Black bass are slow on Rat–L–Traps and weightless wacky worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

CADDO — Water stained; 47–50 degrees; 1.57’ high. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CONROE — Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 1.44’ low. Black bass are chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp.

FORK — Water clear; 46–49 degrees; 4.73’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue flipping jigs and football jigs. Yellow bass and white bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY — Water stained; 54–58 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on jerkbaits around brush over humps and near the creek channel. Crappie are good on live minnows and blue tube jigs near the dam and around brush piles. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LAKE O’ THE PINES — Water lightly stained; 48–51; degrees; 1.22’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Rat–L–Traps and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LIVINGSTON — Water stained; 62–68 degrees; 0.44’ high. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

MARTIN CREEK — Water clear; 69–74 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are good on white bladed jigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and perch.

MONTICELLO — Water fairly clear; 57–60 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and creature baits around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

SAM RAYBURN — Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 4.43’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red and watermelon gold soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and chartreuse spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and liver.

TOLEDO BEND — Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 3.32’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, frozen shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WRIGHT PATMAN — Water lightly stained; 48–51 degrees; 6.21’ high. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

Prairies & Lakes Region

ATHENS — Water clear; 45–49 degrees; 0.80’ low. Black bass are fair on shaky heads with green pumpkin finesse worms and lipless crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are slow on white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BRIDGEPORT — Water clear, 45–49 degrees; 20.47’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are slow on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area.

CEDAR CREEK — Water clear; 44–49 degrees; 3.59’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnow. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

COOPER — Water clear; 60–66 degrees; 12.02’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slab and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GIBBONS CREEK — Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.

LAVON — Water lightly stained; 47–50 degrees; 12.37’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue flipping jigs and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and trotlines.

PALESTINE — Water clear; 45–49 degrees; 1.27’ high. Black bass are good on shakyheads. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and rod and reel.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water lightly stained; 46–49 degrees; 7.30’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs and Carolina rigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

TAWAKONI — Water stained; 47–50 degrees; 8.58’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

TEXOMA — Water clear; 46–49 degrees; 6.82’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and drop shot rigs. Suspending jerkbaits along main lake points are effective as well. Striped bass are good on slabs and. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area.

GULF COAST Region

NORTH SABINE — Trout are fair to good in the river on live shad. Redfish are fair to good around marsh drains on the outgoing tide.

SOUTH SABINE — Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair around the Reef on live shrimp.

BOLIVAR — Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY — Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY — Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on topwaters and soft plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY — Trout are fair to good in the mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY Sand trout and whiting are fair to good in the channels on shrimp. Trout are fair to good at night from the piers on glow plastics and live shrimp.

FREEPORT Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Bull redfish are good in Cold Pass and San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. Trout are fair to good on the reefs in Bastrop Bay on live shrimp.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp and soft plastics over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous. Trout are fair on shell on soft plastics and live shrimp.

PORT O'CONNOR Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist–deep water in San Antonio Bay. Redfish are good at the mouths of drains on Gulps.

ROCKPORT Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats and in the holes on mullet and shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS Sheepshead are good at the jetty on shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the East Flats on Gulps and mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel.

CORPUS CHRISTI Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the channel on live shrimp and DOA Shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and Catch 2000s Redfish are good in the Land Cut on natural baits. Trout are fair on the spoil banks on Corkies.

PORT MANSFIELD Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and while wading spoil islands. Trout are fair to good on muddy shorelines and on the edge of the ICW on Corkies and MirrOlures.

SOUTH PADRE Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish, black drum and mangrove snapper are fair to good in the channel on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL Redfish are fair to good around the Drum Boats and in South Cullen on shrimp and Gulps. Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping