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Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for May 14 and also available on the Internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water clear; 75-79 degrees. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are very good on live bait, frozen shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 10.11 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits in coves. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good 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; 73-77 degrees; 11.54 feet low. Black bass to 6 pounds are excellent on craw colored chatterbaits and shad colored crankbaits around docks in 1-5 feet. White bass are excellent on minnows and white tube jigs off lighted docks at night in 1-10 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish to 5 pounds are good on prepared bait in 5-10 feet Yellow catfish to 10 pounds are fair on trotlines baited with perch, shrimp, and goldfish in 5-10 feet.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 30.51 feet low. Black bass are fair on Curb’s “erratic” jigs, topwaters, and wacky rigged watermelon/red Whacky Sticks in creeks and pockets. Striped bass are fair jigging white Curb’s bucktail jigs in 15-30 feet. White bass are fair vertically Pirk Minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 9.27 feet low. Black bass are fair on JDC spider Grubs, green pumpkin Whacky Sticks on jigheads, and grape Scoundrel worms in 6-12 feet. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging silver Pirk Minnows and white Curb’s striper jigs. White bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and trolling Shad Raps in 10-20 feet. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 72-76 degrees; 16.98 feet low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on striper jigs and grubs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are fair on shallow running shad colored crankbaits over grass, and on watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastic worms along the outside edges of grass. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 11.12 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.

GRANGER: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 0.40 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on pink tube jigs over brush piles. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch in the river.

LBJ: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.35 feet low. Black bass are good on Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, watermelon creature baits, and pumpkin JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters in 5-12 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair vertically jigging Tiny Traps and Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on live minnows and white tube jigs in 6-10 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

LIMESTONE: Water stained; 70-76 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on pink tube jigs over brush piles. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch in the river.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 0.09 feet high. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along banks. White bass are good on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on chartreuse and black/orange jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.

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