Texas Fishing Report, February 20, 2014

Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 22:19 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 43-47 degrees; 0.14 feet low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and jerkbaits. Wacky worms around docks are effective as well. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on cut bait and trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 44-48 degrees; 3.37 feet low. Black bass are slow on Rat-L-Traps and white bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on cut shad and trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 44-47 degrees; 2.06 feet low. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs nears brush piles and at fishing pier. Catfish are fair on chicken liver along Timbercreek Channel down to about 20 feet.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 42-46 degrees; 20.86 feet low. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits and smaller spoons. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow 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; 45-49 degrees; 1.10 feet high. Black bass are fair on weightless Flukes and wacky worms. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 43-47 degrees; 3.68 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and Colorado blade spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 62-66 degrees; 12.87 feet low. Black bass are good on medium and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good 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; 42-47 degrees; 4.43 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and black and blue jigs. Yellow bass and white bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs near bridges. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 41-45 degrees; 9.69 feet low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Vision 110 suspending jerkbaits in wakasagi reaction. Crappie are slow near brush piles on jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 42-46 degrees; 1.21 feet low. Black bass are good on weightless soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 43-47; degrees; 1.07 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and hollow body swimbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 41-45 degrees; 12.24 feet low. Black bass are slow on black/blue flipping jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait. 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; 41-45 degrees; 7.61 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 and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are slow on cut shad and nightcrawlers. 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; 0.01 feet low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns and green pumpkin Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 54-58 degrees; 0.99 feet high. Black bass are fair on black and blue flipping jigs and creature baits. Bladed jigs effective later in the day. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 42-46 degrees; 0.03 feet high. Black bass are fair on red Rat-L-Traps and Xcite XB-1 crankbaits in natural shad in the Kickapoo area. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on chicken livers.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 41-45 degrees; 7.18 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 slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 40-45 degrees; 7.72 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and weightless Senkos bear points in 6-10’. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow 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; 42-46 degrees; 6.95 feet low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits. White bass are fair on jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 41-44 degrees; 9.32 feet low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin flipping jigs and Rapala Shad Raps. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 42-45 degrees; 8.90 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shot finesse worms near deeper points. Striped bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are slow 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; 40-44 degrees; 8.52 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 43-47 degrees; 3.92 feet high. Black bass are slow on black/blue jigs and creature baits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.

 

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 fair at Rollover Pass on shrimp.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on the east shoreline on Corkies and MirrOlures. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair while drifting deep mud and shell on plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair over deep shell and mud on plastics. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good for waders in the afternoon on Slammin’ Chicken Bass Assassins.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on shrimp and crabs. Pier anglers have taken sand trout and sheepshead on fresh shrimp.

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

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on Gulps over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal and at the mouths of drains on Gulps and jigs tipped with shrimp.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous on soft plastics and Gulps. Trout are fair in the guts on the incoming tide.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of drains and deep channels.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow Gulps. Redfish are fair to good in California Hole and Estes Flats on mullet and shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good on the ledges of the channel on 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 flats on MirrOlures, Gulps and Corkies.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and Soft-Dines. Trout are fair to good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies, Gamblers and Bass Assassins.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair on mud along the edge of the ICW on Corkies and MirrOlures.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair on the edge of the Intracoastal and at Gas Well Flats on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish and sheepshead are fair in the channel on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks. Trout are fair in Cullen Bay and Laguna Vista Cove on shrimp and Gulps. Redfish are fair to good in the holes and guts on Gulps and scented baits.