- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for March 12 and also available on the Internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water clear; 55-59 degrees. Black bass are fair on red/white spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 54-58 degrees; 9.41 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons and light blue jigs. Crappie are excellent on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow. 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; 51-55 degrees; 10.52 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse jigs and watermelon soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, minnows, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 53-57 degrees; 30.86 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse JDC Craws, JDC RocKraw trailers, and black/blue Whacky Sticks along ledges. Striped bass are fair jigging and trolling Curb’s striper jigs and drifting live bait in 20-30 feet. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows and Shad Raps. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 12-15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 55-59 degrees; 8.17 feet low. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits and black/chartreuse hair jigs along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling white striper jigs and vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows at mid lake in 40 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 56-60 degrees; 16.17 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, and on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon red, green pumpkin, and redbug Carolina rigged soft plastics off points. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 52-56 degrees; 9.52 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, and on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp, liver, and stinkbait.

GRANGER: Water clear; 53-57 degrees; 0.36 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are fair on prepared baits. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 0.35 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and plastic swimbaits. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads and Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse/white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 51-55 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 50-54 degrees; 8.34 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 51-55 degrees; 2.47 feet low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse jigs and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and green/black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water stained; 55-59 degrees; 10.97 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. White bass are fair on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and shrimp. 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; 50-54 degrees; 53.27 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and June bug flukes in 5-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on white grubs and gold spoons in 30-45 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

WHITNEY: Water stained; 53-57 degrees; 11.41 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and redbug soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on liver and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 48-53 degrees; 0.08 feet high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 49-55 degrees; 3.22 feet low. Black bass are fair on red Rat-L-Traps and black/blue flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and night crawlers.

BONHAM: Water stained, 47-50 degrees; 2.22 feet low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs along the bridges. Catfish are fair on chicken liver along Timbercreek Channel down to about 20 feet.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 44-50 degrees; 21.31 feet low. Black bass are slow on finesse jigs and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are fair 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; 47-52 degrees; 1.25 feet high. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on 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.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 47-51 degrees; 3.62 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 63-67 degrees; 12.89 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 fair 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; 48-54 degrees; 4.31 feet low. Black bass are fair on black and yellow jigs, sun perch pattern bladed jigs and red lipless crankbaits. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are good on prepared bait and rod and reel.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 47-51 degrees; 9.98 feet low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits and Vision 110 jerkbaits in kohoku reaction. Crappie are good near brush piles on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 47-52 degrees; 1.35 feet low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and white 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; 48-54; degrees; 1.34 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, flipping jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are slow 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; 44-48 degrees; 12.38 feet low. Black bass are slow on black/blue flipping jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait 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.

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 45-50 degrees; 7.99 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and small jigging spoons. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair 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; 0.04 feet low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, medium diving crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow on white jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 56-61 degrees; 0.88 feet high. Black bass are fair on black and blue flipping jigs and Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and rod and reel.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 46-51 degrees; 0.53 feet high. Black bass are good on red Rat-L-Traps and Xcite XB-1 crankbaits in natural shad in the Kickapoo area. Crappie are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair on chicken livers.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 47-50 degrees; 7.28 feet low. Black bass are good on suspending jerkbaits and Texas rigged soft plastic craws. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 45-49 degrees; 7.90 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and sprayed grass color flipping jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow 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; 46-50 degrees; 7.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits and football jigs. White bass are fair on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 45-49 degrees; 9.54 feet low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin or black and blue flipping jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair 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; 44-49 degrees; 9.17 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and drop shot finesse worms near deeper points. Crappie are slow on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Striped bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair 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; 44-50 degrees; 8.35 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 48-53 degrees; 3.91 feet high. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs and creature baits. Crappie are fair 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; 56-60 degrees; 35.13 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and small spinnerbaits up the Rio Grande. Catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and cheesebait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are slow. 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 fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons and marble spinners near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on liver and nightcrawlers near the discharge. Blue catfish are fair on live bait and cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps near the dam. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers, shad, and minnows along the shoreline. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 56-60 degrees; 23.54 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and jigs over grass. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 58 degrees in main lake, 82 degrees at hot water discharge; 3.91 feet low. Black bass are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 8-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water clear; 54-58 degrees; 24.38 feet low. Black bass are good on jigs, small soft plastics, and slow rolling spinnerbaits in 15-25 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, stinkbait, liver, 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; 53-57 degrees; 0.85 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink/white tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 0.14 feet high. Black bass to 11 pounds are fair on chartreuse/red tailed soft plastic worms and spinnerbaits and crawfish colored crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and grubs near the dam. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 52-56 degrees; 0.38 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Charlie slabs and spec rigs upriver. Crappie are good on minnows in the creeks. Blue catfish are fair on shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 53-57 degrees; 3.39 feet low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.66 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 51-55 degrees; 2.37 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and June bug soft plastics, and on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live minnows, frozen shrimp, liver, 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; 46-55 degrees; 14.75 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 48-54 degrees; 17.33 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; 48-55 degrees; 13.15 feet low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 48-56 degrees; 24.03 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

NASWORTHY: No report available.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 49-57 degrees; 22.45 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 49-56 degrees; 45.90 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed jigs, shakyheads, Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 49-58 degrees; 13.64 feet low. Black bass are fair on 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: 69.86 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 15.22 feet low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 48-57 degrees; 24.16 feet low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 47-55 degrees; 34.64 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.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove on topwaters. Trout are good under slicks.

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 mullet on MirrOlures, Bass Assassins, Tidal Surges and Sand Eels. Trout are good on the east shoreline while wading.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Catch 5s, 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. Waders have taken good trout in the mud and shell on topwaters and Corkies in the afternoon. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Black drum are good in the channel on crabs. Sand trout and whiting are good from the piers on fresh shrimp. Redfish are good in Moses Lake on shrimp.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Black drum are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters on pumpkinseed Bass Assassins over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

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

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair for waders working the back lakes with live shrimp and soft plastics. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp.

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.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish, black drum 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 are good in the Humble Channel at night on crabs and table shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair while wading mud, grass and spoil banks on Corkies, Bass Assassins and Gamblers. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs and shrimp.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps and shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the edges of the channel on soft plastics.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on natural baits.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair at Three Island on small topwaters and soft plastics under rattling corks.

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