Texas Fishing Report, May 8

Published on Thursday, 8 May 2014 00:28 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 68-73 degrees; 0.08 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and small soft plastic swimbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs minnows. Catfish are fair on rod and reels.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 69-73 degrees; 1.78 feet low. Black bass are good on black buzzbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained, 67-72 degrees; 2.34 feet low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, crankbaits and spinner baits on boat docks and rocky points. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on jug lines with cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 67-71 degrees; 21.89 feet low. Black bass are fair on white splatterback Bandit 200 crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair 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; 70- 74 degrees; 0.28 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rig creature baits 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; 68-72 degrees; 4.29 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and small crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 68-73 degrees; 11.08 feet low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged plastics up to 15 feet deep. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair 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; 69-73 degrees; 3.68 feet low. Black bass are good on Megabass Hazedong Shad swimbaits on jigheads along main lake points. Hollow body frogs in shallow vegetation is 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; 67-71 degrees; 10.40 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and Reaction Innovations Skinny Dippers in sprayed grass color fished slowly around shallow cover. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 68-72 degrees; 1.62 feet low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 68-73; degrees; 0.66 feet high. Black bass are good on Texasrigged creature baits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.*

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 69-74 degrees; 11.97 feet low. Black bass are slow on black and blue jigs andTexas rigged Missile D Bombs in blue bruiser. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good and nightcrawlers 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; 67-72 degrees; 7.90 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon candy shakyheads. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. 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; 72-75 degrees; 0.40 low. Black bass are good on drop shot finesse worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 69-75 degrees; 0.59 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin shakyheads and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 69-73 degrees; 7.99 feet low. Black bass are slow on medium diving crankbaits and football jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 67-72 degrees; 8.34 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and Missile D-Bombs in super bug along main lake points. Medium diving crankbaits are effective as well. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. 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; 68-72 degrees; 8.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 10.17 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin creature baits and worms. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good 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; 67-71 degrees; 8.57 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and Texas rigged worms and split shot flukes. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. 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; 68-71 degrees; 6.54 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 68-73 degrees; 5.89 feet high. Black bass are good on black neonTexas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.*

SOUTHEAST

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 2.00 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed lizards and Brush Hogs. White bass are good on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are good on nightcrawlers and crickets. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with nightcrawlers.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 1.51 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: Redfish are good in the marsh on small topwaters. Trout are fair to good in the river on shad. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good at the jetty on pogies and croakers. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on 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 Corkies and Bass Assassins. Redfish are good on shrimp in the marsh.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair on the south shoreline on soft plastics and topwaters. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Offshore is good for Atlantic spadefish and red snapper. Red snapper must be released in federal waters.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good at April Fool’s Reef on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.

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

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair 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 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 fair on topwaters over sand and grass in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Redfish are fair to good on shrimp and mullet on the Estes Flats. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good around Shamrock Cove on topwaters. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good around the rocks on Gamblers and topwaters. Redfish are fair on the edge of the ICW on shrimp and croakers. 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 along the Kenedy shoreline. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps and plastics under popping corks.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Trout, black drum, redfish and jack crevalle are fair at the jetty.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are good around the color changes. Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair at Laguna Vista and South Bay on small topwaters and soft plastics under rattling corks.

*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 .