- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for April 2 and also available on the Internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water clear; 62-66 degrees. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water clear; 58-62 degrees; 9.63 feet low. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on downriggers. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows around structure under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Details at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 10.77 feet low. Black bass to 10 pounds are good on crankbaits, chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs around docks in 4-8 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 31.08 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkin Curb’s jigs, jerkbaits, and Carolina rigged JDC lizards along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are good drifting live bait in 25-35 feet, and trolling white/chartreuse Curb’s striper jigs and crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits in creeks. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 61-65 degrees; 8.45 feet low. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits and Texas rigged Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads in 20-25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Blade Baits along the main river channel. Smallmouth bass are fair on JDC smoke/red flake tubes and tomato red drop shot worms over rock piles. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 60-64 degrees; 16.32 feet low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO RIVER: (At Colorado Bend State Park) No report available.

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics off deep points, and on spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and soft plastics in shallow areas. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 10.02 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps over grass. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER: Water clear; 61-65 degrees; 0.16 feet high. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms upriver. White bass are good on pet spoons and spinnerbaits at Dickerson’s Bottom. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad and cut bait in 5-20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 0.30 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair jigging Curb’s jigs and Pirk Minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 59-63 degrees. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 8.58 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair trolling crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on live shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 61-65 degrees; 2.46 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 11.24 feet low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and yellow tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow. 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-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 61-65 degrees; 53.62 feet low. Black bass are fair on smoke grubs, white jigs, and crawfish crankbaits in 8-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white spoons in 20-40 feet. White bass are fair on white spoons and chrome crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on white crankbaits and chartreuse soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver slabs. White bass are good on perch colored spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 58-62 degrees; 12.23 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 58-63 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and shad pattern shallow crankbaits along the shoreline. Some fish being caught on watermelon soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 59-63 degrees; 2.89 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged lizards and creature baits. Some fish are being caught from beds as well. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and night crawlers.

BONHAM: Water stained, 57-62 degrees; 2.04 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits as well as soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs along the bridges as well as the park pier. Catfish are good on jug lines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 56-60 degrees; 21.46 feet low. Black bass are fair on bahama milk color Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel 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 - details at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

CADDO: Water stained; 58- 63 degrees; 0.99 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rig creature baits and weightless Senkos. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad. 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-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 58-62 degrees; 3.97 feet low. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 66-70 degrees; 12.55 feet low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to 15 feet deep. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and 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; 59-63 degrees; 4.24 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged Missile D- Bombs in super bug around shallow stumps. Bed fish being caught on white Zoom Speed Craws. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are good on rod and reel.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 57-61 degrees; 10.04 feet low. Black bass are good on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits in pumpkinseed and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 56-60 degrees; 1.40 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

LAKE O’THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 59-63; degrees; 1.28 feet high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. 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-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 57-61 degrees; 12.36 feet low. Black bass are fair on black/blue flipping jigs and green pumpkin creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. 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 - details at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 56-60 degrees; 7.97 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on 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 - details at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 68-71 degrees; 0.03 high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 59-65 degrees; 0.94 feet high. Black bass are good on black and blue flipping jigs and Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 56-61 degrees; 0.31 feet high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin wacky worms. Crappie are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 57-61 degrees; 7.52 feet low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged soft plastic craws. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 56-60 degrees; 8.06 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged watermelon red creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on 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 - details at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 57-62 degrees; 7.44 feet low. Black bass are fair on medium and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 57-61 degrees; 9.85 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin or black and blue flipping jigs. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on 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; 57-60 degrees; 8.81 feet low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. 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 - details at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 56-60 degrees; 7.54 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 58-63 degrees; 5.15 feet high. Black bass are fair on black neon Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines. 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-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water fairly clear; 63-67 degrees; 35.26 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics, and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs and small crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs, small crankbaits, and minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows up Devil’s River in the trees. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

BRAUNIG: Water clear. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps near the dam. Striped bass are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons and marble spinnerbaits near the dam. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, tilapia, crawfish, and shrimp near Dead Tree Point. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait near the dam. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water clear. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on cut perch and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are fair down rigging silver spoons near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 63-67 degrees; 23.80 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and heavy jigs in grass. White bass are good on minnows and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 68 degrees in main lake, 94 degrees at hot water discharge; 3.87 feet low. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 6-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 15 pounds are fair on live perch in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water clear; 62-66 degrees; 24.24 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Brush Hogs, 6-inch Yumdingers, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 0.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 0.09 feet high. Black bass slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and grubs in coves near the dam. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 5 pounds are good on shrimp in 14-20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 60-64 degrees; 0.32 feet high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are very good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 61-65 degrees; 2.73 feet low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on live minnows and watermelon jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, liver, and cut bait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.88 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 59-63 degrees; 1.99 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon and watermelon red soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on live bait. White bass are fair on minnows and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and red tube jigs. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 42.32 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 97.47 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 89.15 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 52.64 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water lightly stained; 55-61 degrees; 15.18 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, Senkos and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 56-59 degrees; 17.44 feet low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.

COLORADO CITY: 20.61 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 56-60 degrees; 13.35 feet low. Black bass are fair on jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 57-61 degrees; 24.35 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Senkos, flukes, Texas rigs and shallow running crankbaits in 1-5 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

NASWORTHY: No report available.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 56-61 degrees; 22.77 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, weightless soft plastics and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 56-61 degrees; 46.69 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Senkos, jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 56-62 degrees; 13.93 feet low. Black bass are fair on flukes, jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 70.86 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 15.51 feet low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 55-59 degrees; 24.46 feet low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 55-60 degrees; 34.41 feet low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Redfish are good in the marsh.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Blue Buck Point on topwaters and live shrimp.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout are fair for waders on the east shoreline on topwaters.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the Ship Channel on crabs.

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 and croakers. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp. Trout and black drum are good on the reefs on live shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are fair at San Luis Pass on live bait. Sand trout, trout, redfish and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and at the jetties. Bull redfish are good just off the beach on crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good over deep shell on pumpkinseed plastics, Gulps and live shrimp. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters in the back lakes on live shrimp.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on soft plastics over sand and grass. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Trout, black drum and redfish are good at the jetty on mullet.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in Morris-Cummings Cut on free-lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats on mullet and crabs.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on gold spoons and small topwaters. Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish, trout and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair to good in the Packery Channel on crabs. Trout are good in Oso Bay on topwaters.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good over sand and grass on Bass Assassins, Gamblers and other paddle-tailed baits. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. Redfish are fair on mullet at Yarborough.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes. Black drum and redfish are good on crabs at East Cut.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish have been taken at the jetty on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair to good on sand bars on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good at in the back lakes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp.

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