Texas Fishing Report, May 1

Published on Thursday, 1 May 2014 01:01 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 62-68 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Black bass are very good 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; 63-67 degrees; 1.68 feet low. Black bass are good on white buzzbaits and spinnerbaits around shallow cover. Texas rigged creature baits around shallow timber good as well, Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained, 63-68 degrees; 2.17 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, 61-67 degrees; 21.72 feet low. Black bass are good on bahama milk color Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits near larger rock along shoreline. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel. 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; 64- 68 degrees; 0.46 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rig creature baits and worms in green pumpkin. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.*

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 62-67 degrees; 4.02 feet low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and bladed jigs near docks. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.

COOPER: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 10.75 feet low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to 15 feet deep. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair 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; 62-67 degrees; 3.53 feet low. Black bass are good on Megabass Hazedong Shad swimbaits on jigheads along main lake points. Shad pattern swim jigs effective as well. Post spawn being caught along deeper timber. 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 and trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 62-65 degrees; 10.13 feet low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and Reaction Innovations Skinny Dippers in sprayed grass color fished slowly around shallow cover. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 62-66 degrees; 1.46 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 63-68; degrees; 1.01 feet high. Black bass are fair on swim jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 62-66 degrees; 11.72 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and Texasrigged Missile D Bombs in blue bruiser. White bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. 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.*

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 61-65 degrees; 7.65 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 slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. 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.*

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 70-74 degrees; 0.24 low. Black bass are fair on shaky heads and drop shot finesse worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 64-69 degrees; 0.82 feet high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs andTexas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 61-66 degrees; 0.25 feet high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 62-67 degrees; 7.66 feet low. Black bass are fair on medium diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 63-67 degrees; 8.15 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and Missile D-Bombs in super bug along main lake points. Crappie are good on white jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good 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; 61-65 degrees; 7.91 feet low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 9.85 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair 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; 61-66 degrees; 8.56 feet low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and Texas rigged worms near laydown timber. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel. 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; 62-65 degrees; 6.55 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 63-68 degrees; 6.20 feet high. Black bass are good on black neonTexas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.*

SOUTHEAST

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 71-75 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.

STEINHAGEN: 1.56 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 1.39 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/blue spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits around hydrilla beds. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good trolling black/chartreuse jigs over hydrilla beds. Bream are fair on worms. 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, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Blue Buck Point on topwaters and live shrimp.

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 waders on the east shoreline on Bass Assassins, Little Johns and Tidal Surges. Redfish are fair to good on the north shoreline on gold spoons and shrimp.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Catch 5s, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp. Trout are fair to good on live shrimp on the reefs.

FREEPORT: Trout are fair at San Luis Pass on live bait. Sand trout, trout, redfish and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and at the jetties.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout and redfish are fair for drifters in the back lakes on live shrimp. 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 on shrimp and crabs. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty and on the reefs on live shrimp.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on soft plastics over sand and grass near Grass Island. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Trout and redfish are good at the jetty on mullet.

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. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats on mullet and crabs.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on gold spoons and small topwaters. Black drum and redfish are fair to good in the channels on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish, trout 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 channels on crabs. Redfish are good on sand and grass flats on shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good on sand and grass on topwaters and soft plastics. Redfish are fair to good at Yarborough on gold spoons and plastics. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp.

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

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands and grass flats on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Black drum, redfish and Spanish mackerel are fair at the jetty on live bait.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in South Bay on DOA Shrimp.