Texas Fishing Report, March 20

Published on Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:07 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 53-58 degrees; 0.12 feet high. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 55-58 degrees; 2.99 feet low. Black bass are good on red Rat-L-Traps and black/blue flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and night crawlers.

BONHAM: Water stained, 52-60 degrees; 2.22 feet low. Black bass are good on jigs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, shakyheads and soft jerk baits in 1-10 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs along the bridges. Catfish are slow on chicken liver along Timbercreek Channel down to about 20 feet.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 50-58 degrees; 21.31 feet low. Black bass are slow on finesse jigs and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow 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. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area.*

CADDO: Water stained; 52- 57 degrees; 1.86 feet high. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. 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; 51-57 degrees; 3.62 feet low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are slow 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; 64-69 degrees; 12.52 feet low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to 15 feet deep. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and 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; 53-59 degrees; 4.22 feet low. Black bass are fair on black and yellow back and blue bladed jigs with LFT Live Magic shad in violet shad and red lipless crankbaits. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are good on prepared bait and rod and reel.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 54-59 degrees; 9.78 feet low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits in pumpkinseed. Crappie are good near brush piles on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 52-57 degrees; 1.33 feet low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 55-59; degrees; 1.36 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, flipping jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on 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; 49-54 degrees; 12.20 feet low. Black bass are fair on black/blue flipping jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair 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; 51-57 degrees; 7.80 feet low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and small jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow 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; 68-71 degrees; 0.043 low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, medium diving crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow on white jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 58-65 degrees; 0.04 feet high. Black bass are good on black and blue flipping jigs and Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and rod and reel.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 52-57 degrees; 0.45 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 good on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair on chicken livers.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 53-58 degrees; 7.31 feet low. Black bass are good on suspending jerkbaits andTexas rigged soft plastic craws. Crappie are good 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; 51-55 degrees; 7.90 feet low. Black bass are fair on black/blue and sprayed grass color flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair 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; 53-57 degrees; 7.24 feet low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits and football jigs. White bass are fair on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 50-55 degrees; 9.57 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin or black and blue flipping jigs. Crappie are slow 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. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 49-54 degrees; 8.97 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and drop shot finesse worms near deeper points. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good 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; 50-54 degrees; 8.02 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 53-59 degrees; 3.86 feet high. Black bass are slow on black/blue jigs and creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.*

SOUTHEAST

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 54-58 degrees; 3.06 feet low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 53-57 degrees; 2.08 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove on Catch 5s and Corkies.

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 fair to good while working mud and shell in 3-4 feet of water on MirrOlures and Slammin’ Chicken Bass Assassins. Redfish are good over reefs on live shrimp.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Catch 5s, MirrOlures and Corkies. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the Ship Channel on crabs.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good while wading the mud and shell on Corkies in the afternoon. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Black drum are good in the channel on crabs. Sand trout and whiting are good from the piers on fresh shrimp.

FREEPORT: Flounder, black drum and sheepshead are good on shrimp in the ICW and Brazos River on live shrimp. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Black drum are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout and sheepshead are fair to good for drifters on 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 edge of Oyster Lake and at Shell Island on shrimp and crabs. 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 soft plastics 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: Trout are fair to good in Morris-Cummings Cut on free-lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp.

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

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum are good in the Humble Channel at night on crabs and table shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair while wading mud and grass on Corkies and topwaters. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on Bass Assassins and Gamblers around sand and grass along the ICW. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps and shrimp.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair to good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp in 3-4 feet of water. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on cracked crabs.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp and Gulps. Redfish are fair at Three Island on small topwaters and soft plastics under rattling corks. Black drum and redfish are fair to good over shell.

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