Texas Fishing Report, April 17

Published on Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:36 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 57-62 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Black bass are slow on white swim jigs along the shoreline as well as weightless Senkos. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 58-63 degrees; 1.86 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged lizards in green pumpkin or black and blue near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 59-63 degrees; 2.05 feet low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, crankbaits and spinner baits on boat docks and rocky points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs along the bridges and boat docks. Catfish are good on jug lines with cut bait.

*BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 56-61 degrees; 21.62 feet low. Black bass are good on bahama milk color Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir.

*CADDO: Water stained; 58- 62 degrees; 1.11 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rig creature baits and weightless Senkos. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 56-62 degrees; 3.95 feet low. Black bass are good on citrus color squarebill crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 66-70 degrees; 10.74 feet low. Black bass are slow 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 fair 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; 57-62 degrees; 3.62 feet low. Black bass are good on Megabass hazedong Shad swimbaits on jigheads along main lake points. Bed fish being caught on white Zoom Speed Craws and. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on rod and reel and cut shad.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 55-60 degrees; 9.96 feet low. Black bass are good on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits in pumpkinseed. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 56-60 degrees; 1.34 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.

*LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 58-64; degrees; 1.13 feet high. Black bass are good on sexy shad swim jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

*LAVON: Water lightly stained; 56-60 degrees; 11.76 feet low. Black bass are fair on sun perch bladed jigs and green pumpkin creature baits. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

*LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 55-60 degrees; 7.66 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 68-71 degrees; 0.05 high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 61-66 degrees; 0.81 feet high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 55-60 degrees; 0.86 feet high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin wacky worms and shakyheads. Crappie are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 56-60 degrees; 7.34 feet low. Black bass are slow on medium diving crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are slow on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

*RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 55-60 degrees; 8.09 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and football head jigs dragged along main points. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 56-61 degrees; 7.59 feet low. Black bass are slow on medium and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 57-61 degrees; 9.82 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.

*TEXOMA: Water clear; 55-60 degrees; 8.58 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and Texas rigged worms near laydown timber. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 55-61 degrees; 7.13 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

*WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 58-62 degrees; 5.96 feet high. Black bass are fair on black neon Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

SOUTHEAST

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 2.03 feet low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged watermelon red soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on Charlie slabs and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 60-64 degrees; 1.35 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. 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 frozen shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout, redfish and flounder are good in the Neches River in 4-20 feet of water around points. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Flounder and redfish are good in the Bessie Heights marsh.

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 for drifters on the east shoreline on plastics and slow-sinkers. Redfish and flounder are fair in the marsh on finger mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on topwaters, Catch 5s, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. 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. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Redfish and black drum are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Black drum and redfish are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout and redfish are fair for drifters in five feet of water on live shrimp. Redfish are fair in Lake Austin on shrimp.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good in Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs. Redfish and black drum are fair to good at Shell Island on shrimp.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on reefs in San Antonio Bay on live bait. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Black drum are fair to good in Morris-Cummings Cut on free-lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Redfish are fair to good in Allyn’s Bight and Estes Flats.

PORT ARANSAS: 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: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair to good in the Packery Channel on crabs.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good around rocks and sand and grass on Gamblers and Bass Assassins. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. High winds and brown tide has hurt water clarity.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass along the shoreline. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps and live bait. Black drum and redfish are good on crabs at East Cut.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp. Black drum, redfish and jack crevalle are fair on live bait at the jetty. Flounder are fair to good on the spoils along the ICW on finger mullet.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair on the flats South Bay on DOA Shrimp, Gulps and live shrimp. Trout are fair on the edge of the spoils on live bait.