Texas Fishing Report, September 4

Published on Thursday, 4 September 2014 01:59 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 1.06 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and rod and reel.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 2.05 feet low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged soft plastics and football jigs on brush piles. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 83-88 degrees; 3.11 feet low. Black bass are good along creek channel and on the rocks with crankbaits, buzzbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows along bridge pilings and deeper points with brush. Catfish are good along the rocks with chicken liver and cut shad.

CADDO: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and black buzzbaits near shallow cover. Hollow body frogs effective as well in same areas early in day. White and yellow bass are fair on topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 83-88 degrees; 4.67 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin on docks and Carolina rigged centipedes and deep diving crankbaits on deeper brush piles. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

COOPER: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 9.94 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws and worms Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. 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; 83-87 degrees; 4.90 feet low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits, flutter spoons and drop shot worms in 15-20 feet. Some fish being caught in the pads with a Megabass Pony Gabot hollow body frog in tonosama. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles and bridges. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 83-88 degrees; 10.68 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rig craws and medium diving crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 0.99 feet low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits in shad patterns and weightless Senkos. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 83-88; degrees; 1.01 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rig creature baits and hollow body frogs near shallow cover. Topwaters best early and late. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 83-88 degrees; 11.91 feet low. Black bass are slow on swim jigs and bladed jigs near stumps. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 5.73 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and small swimbaits near larger rocks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 88-96 degrees; 1.01 feet low. Black bass are fair on Flick Shake worms and drop shot finesse worms along deeper points and breaks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 95-101 degrees; 0.78 feet low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged Trick Worms and drop shot finesse worms near breaks. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad

PALESTINE: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 0.67 feet low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and wacky worms near docks. Some deeper fish being caught on football jigs and Carolina rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slab. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 83-88 degrees; 8.93 feet low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 6.46 feet low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms and deep diving crankbaits. Some fish being caught early on topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 83-88 degrees; 8.60 feet low. Black bass are slow on topwaters and weightless Senkos. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 10.33 feet low. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows White bass are good on topwaters. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. 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; 83-87 degrees; 5.84 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs on brush piles. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 84-87 degrees; 5.09 feet high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and weightless Senkos near shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.60 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are good on silver/gold striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on liver and bait shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are fair on electric blue soft plastic worms and watermelon crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on minnows, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 0.64 feet low. Black bass to 8 pounds are good on watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastic worms near structure in 8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on live worms over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with calf liver and perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 83-87 degrees; 0.38 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and Zara spooks. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 0.99 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with shrimp and cut bait.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 1.35 feet low. Black bass are good on black/blue flake and black/red flake soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks in 4-5 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, and shrimp. 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 marsh on Stanley Ribbits and small topwaters. Drifters have caught trout under slicks.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Kingfish, ling, dolphin and tuna are good offshore.

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.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad Gulps, Bass Assassins, Gamblers and Tidal Surges. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs. Redfish are good at the spillway on finger mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on live bait and plastics. Trout are fair to good on the edges of the channel for trout and redfish. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good in the surf and around San Luis Pass on live shrimp and MirrOlures. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good around Dollar Reef on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are fair to good on live bait on the Surfside Beach. Black drum, redfish, 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 drop-off along the south shoreline on mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on the edge of the ICW on shrimp and mullet.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working sand and grass with live shrimp. Trout are fair in the surf and at the jetty on croakers and shrimp when the wind allows.

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. Offshore is good for amberjack, kingfish, tuna and dolphin.

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

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good on topwaters and croakers around rocks and grass. Redfish are fair to good on the edges of channels on live bait.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on soft plastics under a popping cork. Offshore is good for kingfish, ling and dolphin.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout, redfish and snook are fair to good in South Bay and Mexiquita Flats. Tarpon have been caught around the jetty on live bait. Trout are good while drifting sand and grass on plastics under a cork.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good while drifting sand and grass flats on live shrimp, DOA Shrimp and Gulps under popping corks. Trout are good on the deeper edges and flats in Laguna Vista on topwaters and live shrimp.