Texas Fishing Report, July 31

Published on Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:28 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 0.37 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon creature baits and topwater walking type baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on rod and reel.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 1.16 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon Senkos and Carolina rig soft plastics. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotline and prepared bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 81-85 degrees; 22.28 feet low. Black bass are fair on Bandit 200 crankbaits in white splatterback. Crappie are good on minnows and tube jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slab. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 82-85 degrees; 0.40 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs and small crankbaits. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 81-86 degrees; 3.75 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin and weightless Senkos. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

FORK: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 3.90 feet low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and drop shot worms in 15-20 feet. White and yellow bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines and chicken liver.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 82-86; degrees; 1.67 feet high. Black bass are good on flipping jigs and creature baits. Crappie are slow on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 82-87 degrees; 11.92 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craw worms. White bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 86-88 degrees; 0.30 feet low. Black bass are slow on drop shot soft plastics and deep diving crankbaits along deeper points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on punch bait and trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 93-100 degrees; 1.06 feet low. Black bass are good on deep diving crankbaits and drop shot finesse worms near the discharge. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 81-84 degrees; 0.31 feet low. Black bass are good on Scrounger head rigs with flukes. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 7.46 feet low. Black bass are fair on deep crankbaits and swim jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 9.77 feet low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 82-85 degrees; 5.67 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and finesse jigs near floating docks. Crappie are fair on minnows on brush piles. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.18 feet high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms and watermelon/white crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and cut bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water clear; 86-90 degrees; 0.02 feet high. Black bass to 7 pounds are fair on watermelon red topwaters and soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on live worms around grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 81-85 degrees; 0.25 feet high. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 0.19 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on silver and gold spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are slow.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 0.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on redbug soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons in the river. Crappie are fair on minnows at night. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, livers, and hearts in 30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good in the middle of the lake over rafts of shad. Redfish are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Some birds have worked over trout.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove and around the jetty rocks on topwaters. Redfish are fair to good in the marsh on topwaters.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Croakers are good on dead shrimp in the channel and around the pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working shell pads and deep reefs on Tidal Surges, Lit’l Johns and Bass Assassins. Redfish and trout are fair to good at the spillway on shrimp. Catfish are good in the marsh on shrimp.

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

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. Tarpon are showing on the beachfront. Kingfish, ling and sharks are good offshore.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are good on the channel on croakers. Reefs and wells have held good trout on live bait. Sand trout are fair on fresh shrimp off the piers.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Trout and sand trout are good at the jetties on shrimp and DOA Shrimp. Kingfish and ling are good offshore around shrimp boats.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good in the middle of the bay around slicks and live shrimp.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on sand and grass on soft plastics. Redfish are good on the north shoreline on live shrimp.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair at the mouths of bayous on the outgoing tide. Trout and bull redfish are good at the jetty on shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on free-lined shrimp in the deep channels. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good in the holes around Estes Flats on piggy perch and mullet.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp. Offshore is good for sharks, ling and kingfish.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Trout are fair on the drop-offs around Pita Island on croakers. Redfish are good in the guts on the outgoing tide.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair in mud and grass on Corkies and topwaters. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good while drifting with topwaters at Rocky Slough.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters and soft plastics under corks around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and sand flats on live shrimp.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair to good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp. Tarpon, snook, trout and Spanish mackerel are fair to good at the jetty on live bait.

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