Texas Fishing Report, August 7

Published on Wednesday, 6 August 2014 22:01 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 81-84 degrees; 0.40 feet low. Black bass are good on shakyheads with green pumpkin finesse worms on docks and topwater walking type baits along edges of grass. Crappie are good on white. Catfish are fair on rod and reel and trotline.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 80-84 degrees; 1.13 feet low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged soft plastics on brush piles. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and juglines with live bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 80-83 degrees; 22.45 feet low. Black bass are good on small soft plastic swimbaits on jigheads fished near rocky points on main lake. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

CADDO: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.40 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and black buzzbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 81-84 degrees; 3.90 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin and weightless Senkos. White bass are good on topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

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. Some topwater action noted early. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows on brush piles and bridges. Catfish are slow on trotlines and chicken liver.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 80-83; degrees; 1.75 feet high. Black bass are good on buzzbaits and Texas rig creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 11.08 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms. White bass are slow on topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 85-88 degrees; 0.05 feet low. Black bass are slow on drop shot soft plastics and deep diving crankbaits along deeper points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows and topwaters. Catfish are fair on punch bait and trotlines.

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

PALESTINE: Water clear; 80-84 degrees; 0.09 feet low. Black bass are fair on Scrounger head rigs with flukes and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 7.91 feet low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits and football jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 80-83 degrees; 5.87 feet low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged worms and medium diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 7.68 feet low. Black bass are slow on crankbaits, topwaters and swim jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 9.52 feet low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, hollow body frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. 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; 80-83 degrees; 5.35 feet low. Black bass are slow on topwaters and finesse jigs near floating docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs on brush piles. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 6.13 feet high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and swim jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.03 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; 0.09 feet low. Black bass 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; 0.14 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on hellbenders, pet spoons, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 0.05 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; 0.42 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and plum soft plastic worms early and late, and on topwaters among schooling fish. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush in 20-25 feet. Bream are excellent on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are good while working slicks and shad. Redfish are good under rafts of shad on topwaters. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of bayous draining from the marsh.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Trout are good while drifting scattered shell on plastics. Trout are good at the near shore rigs on finger mullet.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout, sand trout, whiting and croakers are fair to 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. Trout, redfish and croaker are good at the spillway on live bait. Trout are fair to good at the wells on plastics and live bait.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. Trout are good on live bait around the Ship Channel. Trout are good around slicks and reefs on soft plastics.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and redfish are good at the jetty on shrimp and finger mullet. Trout and redfish are fair to good at the mouth of bayous on the outgoing tide on live shrimp.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs and in the channel on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish and sand trout are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are good at San Luis Pass and the jetties on shrimp and soft plastics. Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Chocolate Bay.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters on live shrimp over mid-bay reefs in streaky water. Redfish are good while wading the shorelines with small topwaters.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are good in the back reaches of the bay on mud and shell on live shrimp. Trout are good in the surf.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters. and live bait over sand, grass and shell near Pass Cavallo. Trout and redfish are fair at the mouths of the back lakes on the outgoing tide. Offshore is good for ling and kingfish. A few tarpon have been showing at the jetty. Trout are good in the surf.

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 in skinny water.

PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Offshore is good for kingfish and ling. Tarpon have been showing on the beach.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on live shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair around Emmords Hole on piggy perch and croakers. Trout are good in the surf on croakers.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around rocks and grass. Trout are fair to good while drifting grass around spoil islands on Bass Assassins and Gamblers. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut at night under lights.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass. Trout and redfish are fair while wading spoil islands on topwaters. Offshore is good for amberjack, kingfish and ling. Tarpon have been caught off the beach.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good on shrimp and DOA Shrimp while drifting the grass beds. Snook are good in South Bay on live shrimp and small Super Spooks. Tarpon are good around the pass and at the jetty early in the morning and late in the evening.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are good on the deeper edges and flats on topwaters and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on small topwaters and live shrimp in Airport Cove and while making long drifts.