Texas Fishing Report, February 6

Published on Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:19 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 47-50 degrees; 0.37 feet low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on cut bait.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 48-51 degrees; 3.70 feet low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 46-49 degrees; 1.95 feet low. Black bass are slow on jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs nears brush piles and at fishing pier. Catfish are good on chicken liver along Timbercreek Channel down to about 20 feet.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 46-50 degrees; 20.77 feet low. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits and smaller spoons. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good 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.*

CADDO: Water stained; 48-52 degrees; 0.59 feet high. Black bass are good on weightless Flukes and white spinnerbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.*

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 46-50 degrees; 3.57 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 61-65 degrees; 12.57 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow 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; 4.49 feet low. Black bass are good on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and Rat-L-Traps. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near bridges. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 45-48 degrees; 9.51 feet low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Vision 110 suspending jerkbaits in wakasagi reaction. Crappie are fair near brush piles on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and rod and reel.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 45-49 degrees; 1.17 feet low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and Scroungers with Flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 47-51; degrees; 0.93 feet high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and hollow body swimbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.*

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 46-50 degrees; 12.35 feet low. Black bass are slow on black/blue flipping jigs and Xcite Raptor Craw Jrs in pumpkin. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area.*

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 45-48 degrees; 7.43 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and small jigging spoons. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on jigs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are slow on 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.*

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 68-72 degrees; 0.09 feet low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 55-60 degrees; 0.88 feet high. Black bass are good on black and blue flipping jigs and creature baits around stumps. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 45-49 degrees; 0.18 feet low. Black bass are fair on red Rat-L-Traps and Xcite XB-1 crankbaits in natural shad in the Kickapoo area. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and chicken livers.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 45-49 degrees; 7.07 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 45-48 degrees; 7.63 feet low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and weightless Senkos bear points in 6-10 feet. Crappie are fair 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. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area.*

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 45-49 degrees; 7.02 feet low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are slow on jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 45-49 degrees; 9.15 feet low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin flipping jigs, Rapala Shad Raps and white spinnerbaits. Umbrella rigs are effective later in the day near the dam. 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; 45-49 degrees; 8.52 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shot finesse worms near deeper points. Striped bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area.*

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 45-49 degrees; 8.30 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 47-50 degrees; 3.91 feet high. Black bass are slow on black/blue jigs and creature baits. Crappie are fair 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.*

SOUTHEAST

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 54-58 degrees; 3.84 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on live minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Bream are slow. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and nightcrawlers.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 52-56 degrees; 3.15 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell. Waders have taken better trout on the Louisiana shoreline on slow-sinking plugs.

SOUTH SABINE: Redfish are fair on the edge of the channel on mullet. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on slow-sinking plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair 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 north shoreline on Corkies and MirrOlures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

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

TEXAS CITY: Whiting and sand trout are fair to good on shrimp from the piers. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on the falling tide on crabs and shrimp.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish are fair to good at San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on soft plastics and live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to 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 in the guts for waders tossing plastics and Corkies.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on soft plastics on the edge of muddy channels. Redfish are good at the mouths of drains. Sheepshead are good at the jetty on shrimp.

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

PORT ARANSAS: Sheepshead are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Redfish and black drum are good in the channels on crabs.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair on the King Ranch shoreline on Gulps and plastics. Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and MirrOlures. Trout are fair to good in the guts along shorelines on Corkies. Redfish and black drum are good in the Land Cut on shrimp and crabs.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair to good on mud along 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: Sheepshead are good around the causeway on shrimp. Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks.

*See:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .