Texas Fishing Report, July 3

Published on Thursday, 3 July 2014 01:11 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 83-86 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon creature baits in 2-6 inches of water. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 0.93 feet low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magic poppers and shallow crankbaits in shad patterns near cover. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water clear, 82-86 degrees; 2.47 feet low. Black bass are good on swimjigs, soft plastics, and crankbaits on boat docks, ridges, creek channels and rocky points up to 15 feet deep. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around the bridge. Catfish are good along the rocks with stinkbait, chicken liver and cut shad. All species are being caught from the fishing pier as well.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 81-84 degrees; 22.32 feet low. Black bass are good on white medium crankbaits near riprap and green pumpkin shakyhead worms on deeper docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.40 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and hollow body frogs near stumps. White and yellow bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on jug lines and cut shad.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 82-85 degrees; 3.06 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws and medium crankbaits near docks. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 7.85 feet low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and small soft plastic swimbaits on jigheads. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and chicken liver.

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; 82-86 degrees; 3.40 feet low. Black bass are good on football jigs and Carolina rigged soft plastics along deeper ledges. Deep diving crankbaits are good at mid-day. White and yellow bass are good on topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs near the bridges. Catfish are good on trotlines and chicken liver.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 81-84 degrees; 10.38 feet low. Black bass are good on shakeyhead worms and topwaters near main lake points. Crappie are good on tube jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 0.32 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin weightless worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 82-85; degrees; 2.21 feet high. Black bass are good on Texasrigged creature baits and flipping jigs in black and blue. Crappie are fair on white tube jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 11.65 feet low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits and football jigs on brush piles. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 81-84 degrees; 7.97 feet low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and medium diving crankbaits near submerged rock. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 81-84 degrees; 0.04 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and hollow belly frogs near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on punch bait.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 82-86 degrees; 0.28 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 80-85 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and weightless Senkos near docks at mouths of creeks. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 81-84 degrees; 7.87 feet low. Black bass are slow on medium and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on white jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 82-85 degrees; 9.01 feet low. Black bass are slow on football jigs in 10-15 feet targeting rock piles along drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 6.65 feet low. Black bass are fair on football jigs and Carolina rigged worms. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 8.97 feet low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and shallow crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on 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; 81-85 degrees; 6.51 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters and Texas rigged plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 80-84 degrees; 7.27 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 82-85 degrees; 7.09 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and swim jigs. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

SOUTHEAST

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 0.01 feet high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 79-83 degrees; 0.73 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastic worms in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on live bait and silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush in 10-20 feet. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers in 2-8 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the cuts and drains leading to the marsh on shrimp and Gulps.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good while drifting the reefs on live shrimp and topwaters. Drifter have been working slicks and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters.

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

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working wells and shell pads on shrimp, croakers, Bass Assassins, Gamblers and Tidal Surges. Waders have taken better trout on the shell along the east shoreline. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs and at the spillway.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good on the Ship Channel on croakers and plastics.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Offshore is good for tarpon, kingfish, red snapper and ling.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair along the edge of the Ship Channel on croakers and shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and MirrOlures. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Trout, Spanish mackerel and sand trout are good at the jetties on soft plastics and shrimp fished on the bottom.

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: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on topwaters and live shrimp in Oyster Lake and Crab Lake.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout are fair to good in the surf and at the jetty on croakers and topwaters.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair 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 and around Mud Island.

PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair to good in the surf on topwaters, piggies and croakers.

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. Trout are fair to good in the deeper holes on croakers and piggy perch.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on topwaters and Gamblers around rocks and grass at Rocky Slough. Trout are fair to good on the King Ranch shoreline on croakers, topwaters and plum plastics.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on live bait Gulps. Offshore is good for red snapper and kingfish. Tarpon have been showing on the beachfront.

SOUTH PADRE: Redfish and trout are good in the shallows of South Bay and Mexiquita Flats on shrimp and plastics under rattling corks. Tarpon are showing at the pass.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are good for sight-casters in knee-deep water on flies and small Super Spooks and SkitterWalks.