Texas Fishing Report, May 29

Published on Thursday, 29 May 2014 01:22 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 72-76 degrees; 0.04 feet high. Black bass are good on topwaters and small soft plastic swimbaits are still effective. Some fish being caught on weightless Flukes and wacky worms over grass. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 73-76 degrees; 0.74 feet low. Black bass are good on black buzzbaits and topwater poppers. Texas rigged creature baits in green pumpkin near shallow cover effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

BONHAM: Water stained, 72-75 degrees; 2.40 feet low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits on boat docks and rocky points. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on jug lines with cut bait. All species being caught from the fishing pier as well.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 71-75 degrees; 22.24 feet low. Black bass are good on white splatterback Bandit 200 crankbaits and ᄐ-oz Yellow Magic poppers in yellow frog. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. 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; 72-76 degrees; 1.22 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rig creature baits in green pumpkin and white buzzbaits. White and yellow bass are good on 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; 72-75 degrees; 3.14 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws and creature baits. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 74-77 degrees; 7.10 feet low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and Texasrigs. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good 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; 72-75 degrees; 3.09 feet low. Black bass are good on Strike King 10XDs. Hollow body frogs around vegetation near deeper water catching good numbers. White and yellow bass good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 71-74 degrees; 10.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and topwater poppers in shad patterns. Crappie are good on white jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 72-76 degrees; 0.34 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and weightless worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 72-75; degrees; 2.47 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and weightless Senkos near grass. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.*

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 73-77 degrees; 11.43 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and hollow body frogs. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are good on tube jigs and minnows. Catfish are good 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; 71-74 degrees; 7.77 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon candy shakyheads and flick shake worms near larger rock. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and 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; 75-78 degrees; 0.04 high. Black bass are fair on topwater poppers and hollow belly popping frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 73-77 degrees; 0.41 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged green pumpkin Sweet Beavers near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 71-74 degrees; 0.20 feet high. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are good on jigs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 73-76 degrees; 7.06 feet low. Black bass are fair on medium diving crankbaits near rip rap. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 71-74 degrees; 8.51 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics near shallow timber. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on topwaters. 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.*

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 72-75 degrees; 7.07 feet low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are good on jigs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 8.11 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin creature baits and hollow body frogs near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair 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; 72-75 degrees; 8.46 feet low. Black bass are good on topwater walking baits andTexas rigged plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and tube jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good 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.*

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 72-75 degrees; 6.86 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 73-76 degrees; 7.64 feet high. Black bass are good on topwaters and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.*

SOUTHEAST

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 1.02 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Senkos, lizards, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on minnows and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with liver and perch.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 72-76 degrees; 0.89 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons and slabs in the river. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, cut bait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics when the wind allows. Redfish are good in the marsh with the swollen tides.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Redfish are good on the Louisiana shoreline on live bait.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass on live bait.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Topwaters have worked for waders on leeward shorelines. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for waders on the south shoreline on topwaters and plastics. 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 on live bait over reefs and under birds. Waders have taken good trout on topwaters in the afternoon. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on April Fool’s Reef on live shrimp and croakers. A few fish are showing in the channel on croakers, but high winds have limited access to deep water.

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

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout 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: Trout are good on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are good on topwaters and live shrimp in Oyster Lake.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell 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 the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats.

PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Trout are good over sand and grass on topwaters and croakers. Red snapper season opens June 1.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on topwaters around rocks and grass. Trout are good at night in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Redfish are fair on Gulps on the flats on the incoming tide.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and while anchored with natural baits at East Cut.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the back side of spoils and on the flats. Trout are fair to good over sand and grass on shrimp and DOAs.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp and in Airport Cove. Trout are good on the deeper edges and flats in Laguna Vista on topwaters and live shrimp.

* — 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-regu lations/possession-and-transport-of-ex otic-aquatic-species.