Texas Fishing Report, January 23, 2014

Published on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 21:56 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 47-50 degrees; 0.52’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and Scroungers. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut bait.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 48-52 degrees; 4.18’ low. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and Colorado blade spinnerbaits in white. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained, 46-49 degrees; 1.84’ low. Black bass are slow on jerkbaits and shakyheads fishedslowly around rocks. Crappie are good on minnows and jig under the bridges. Catfish are good on chicken liver in 8-18’.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 46-49 degrees; 20.68’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. 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:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

CADDO: Water stained; 48-51 degrees; 0.54’ high. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Trap and spinnerbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines 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 .

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 46-50 degrees; 3.43’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

COOPER: Water clear; 61-65 degrees; 12.20’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slab and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

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; 48-51 degrees; 4.54’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and football jigs. The jig bite along points in 8-10 feet is improving. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near bridges. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 45-48 degrees; 9.30’ low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Vision 110 suspending jerkbaits in wakasagi reaction. Crappie are slow near brush piles. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and rod and reel.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 47-50 degrees; 1.08’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos and Scroungers. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 48-52; degrees; 1.19’ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. 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; 47-51 degrees; 12.26’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue flipping jigs and Xcite Raptor Craw Jrs in pumpkin. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines. 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; 45-48 degrees; 7.21’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair 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 .

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 68-72 degrees; 0.07’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are good on white jigs. White bass are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 57-60 degrees; 0.69’ high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs and creature baits around stumps. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 45-49 degrees; 0.42’ high. Black bass are fair on black/yellow flipping jigs and Xcite XB-1 crankbaits in natural shad. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and chicken livers.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 45-49 degrees; 6.97’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 45-48 degrees; 7.46’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and weightless Senkos. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow 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; 45-50 degrees; 7.04’ low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and Carolina rigs near brush piles. White bass are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 46-50 degrees; 8.98’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin flipping jigs, Rapala Shad Raps and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 46-49 degrees; 8.02’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shot rigs near deeper points. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair 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 .

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 46-50 degrees; 8.10’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 47-51 degrees; 4.36’ high. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs and creature baits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait 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 .

SOUTHEAST

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 54-58 degrees; 3.83’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and minnows.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 52-56 degrees; 3.18’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Redfish are good in the marsh on small topwaters and Stanley Ribbits. Trout are fair on the shorelines on Corkies and Catch 2000s.

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 Catch 5s, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Waders have taken good trout in the mud and shell on topwaters and Corkies in the afternoon. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Black drum are fair in the channel on mullet and shrimp. Sheepshead are good around the rocks on shrimp. Redfish are good in the holes around Moses Lake.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Black drum are good in Cold Pass and San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on Bass Assassins over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish and black drum are fair to good in Crab Lake on shrimp. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Black drum are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Redfish are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish and black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are fair to good around Pelican Island on Gulps and spoons. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and topwaters. Redfish are fair along the spoils on gold spoons and Gulps.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on Corkies around sand and grass holes. Trout are fair on the edge of the Intracoastal on plastics. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish are good in South Cullen Bay on Gulps.

PORT ISABEL: Snook are fair in the Brownsville Ship Channel on free-lined shrimp. Trout and redfish are fair to good in South Bay on live shrimp. Redfish are fair at Three Island on small topwaters and soft plastics under rattling corks.