Texas Fishing Report, February 27, 2014

Published on Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:06 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 45-50 degrees; 0.08 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 46-51 degrees; 3.35 feet low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and black/blue flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 52-56 degrees; 2.13 feet low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs along the bridges. Catfish are fair on chicken liver along Timbercreek Channel down to about 20 feet.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 44-49 degrees; 20.90 feet low. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits and smaller spoons. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Channel catfish are fair 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; 46-51 degrees; 0.74 feet high. Black bass are good on weightless chartreuse/white spinnerbaits White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 46-52 degrees; 3.66 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and Colorado blade spinnerbaits near docks. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 63-67 degrees; 12.90 feet low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on 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; 48-53 degrees; 4.41 feet low. Black bass are fair on black and blue jigs and red lipless crankbaits. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near bridges. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 45-49 degrees; 9.77 feet low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits. Crappie are good near brush piles on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 46-51 degrees; 1.26 feet low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 47-53; degrees; 1.29 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and hollow body swimbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 44-49 degrees; 12.18 feet low. Black bass are fair on black/blue flipping jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on 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; 44-48 degrees; 7.73 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and small jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair 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; 69-73 degrees; 0.02 feet low. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on white jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 56-60 degrees; 0.94 feet high. Black bass are good on black and blue flipping jigs and green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and rod and reel.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 45-49 degrees; 0.54 feet high. Black bass are good 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 slow on jigs. Catfish are good on chicken livers.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 44-49 degrees; 7.07 feet low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and deep diving crankbaits. Football jigs near points effective as well. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 45-51 degrees; 7.75 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and sprayed grass color flipping jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on 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; 46-50 degrees; 7.02 feet low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits. White bass are slow on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 44-49 degrees; 9.33 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin flipping jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 43-48 degrees; 9.01 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shot finesse worms near deeper points. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Striped bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 44-48 degrees; 8.64 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 46-52 degrees; 3.27 feet high. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs and creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

 

SOUTHEAST

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 53-57 degrees; 3.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and liver.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 51-55 degrees; 2.72 feet low. Black bass are good on dark red soft plastics, and on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, frozen shrimp, 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 to good for waders working pods of mullet on the east shoreline on Bass Assassins, Tidal Surges and Corkies. 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 pink MirrOlures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair to good for waders on MirrOlures and Corkies in the afternoon.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on shrimp and crabs. Pier anglers have taken sand trout and mangrove snapper on fresh shrimp. Black drum are beginning to show in the channel.

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. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of drains on Gulps and shrimp.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Trout are fair to good over deep shell on soft plastics. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous. Trout are fair in the guts on the incoming tide. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout are fair over reefs in San Antonio Bay on shrimp. Redfish are good at the mouths of drains on plastics in streaky water. Redfish are good for waders in the back lakes.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in California Hole 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. Sheepshead are good at the jetty.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the flats on live shrimp, Gulps and DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair in the guts running parallel to the shorelines.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and plum Bass Assassins. Trout are fair to good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies. Redfish are fair around spoils on live bait.

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 Intracoastal Waterway on Corkies and topwaters.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway and at Gas Well Flats 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 on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks around Cullen Bay and Airport Cove. Trout are good at Laguna Vista on Gulps and live shrimp.