Texas Fishing Report, April 24

Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:05 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 59-64 degrees; 0.16 feet high. Black bass are fair on shad pattern squarebills and small soft plastic swimbaits around docks. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 60-64 degrees; 1.78 feet low. Black bass are good on white buzzbaits and spinnerbaits around shallow cover. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 61-65 degrees; 2.08 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, 60-65 degrees; 21.58 feet low. Black bass are good on bahama milk color Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and small crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.

*CADDO: Water stained; 61- 66 degrees; 1.10 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rig creature baits and worms. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

*CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 60-64 degrees; 3.99 feet low. Black bass are good on citrus color squarebill crankbaits and white spinnerbaits near docks. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

*COOPER: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 10.66 feet low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to 15 feet deep. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are good on slabs and jigs. Hybrid striper are good 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; 60-64 degrees; 3.60 feet low. Black bass are good on Megabass Hazedong Shad swimbaits on jigheads along main lake points. Shad pattern swim jigs effective as well. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 59-63 degrees; 9.99 feet low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and Reaction Innovations Skinny Dippers in sprayed grass color. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 60-63 degrees; 1.37 feet low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and small white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

*LAKE O' THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 61-66; degrees; 1.06 feet high. Black bass are good on sexy shad swim jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

*LAVON: Water lightly stained; 59-63 degrees; 11.67 feet low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs and green pumpkin creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

*LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 59-64 degrees; 7.57 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 69-73 degrees; 0.10 low. Black bass are slow on weightless soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 63-67 degrees; 0.86 feet high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 59-64 degrees; 0.32 feet high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin shakyheads. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 60-65 degrees; 7.46 feet low. Black bass are fair on medium diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

*RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 59-64 degrees; 8.04 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and Missile D-Bombs in super bug. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 59-63 degrees; 7.71 feet low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 9.78 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair 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; 59-63 degrees; 8.46 feet low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and Texas rigged worms near laydown timber. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 59-64 degrees; 6.67 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 61-65 degrees; 6.13 feet high. Black bass are good 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; 2.02 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Trick Worms, Senkos, and Carolina rigged soft plastics on main lake flats. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live shiners and black/chartreuse roadrunners over hydrilla in 6-10 feet. Catfish are good on juglines baited with prepared bait.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 60-64 degrees; 1.47 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 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, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Garrison Ridge on topwaters 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 good for waders tossing Corkies and MirrOlures on the east shoreline. Redfish are good in the marsh on shrimp.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are 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 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 are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs. Trout are good on the reefs on live shrimp.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters in the back lakes on live shrimp. Trout are fair on the south shoreline on topwaters. Redfish are good on the spoil banks on the north shoreline.

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 soft plastics over soft mud. 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.

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.