- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

Edited and compiled by J.P. Greeson, Bink Grimes, Kendal Hemphill and Mark Perry for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department under a federal grant provided by the Sport Fish Restoration Program - updated 12-16-15 at 3:30 p.m.

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 66-70 degrees. Black bass are good on white/chartreuse Finesse worms and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

BELTON: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 6.75’ high. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad early.

White bass are good trolling green Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows in 30 feet under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water murky; 60-64 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse Bass Hogg spinnerbaits, Grande Bass Rattle Snakes, and craw colored crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows, Li’l Fishies, and shad colored crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles.

Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 9.58’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, perch colored Rat-L-Traps, and Texas rigged silver flake Whacky Sticks in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on Whacky Rigs and Rat-L-Traps along the river channel in 15-30 feet near the dam early.

White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and 2” plastic swim baits in deep creeks. Crappie are fair on chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows in clear water. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live shad.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 0.49’ high. Black bass are fair to good on Rat-L-Traps, watermelon spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged grape Scoundrel worms on shaky head jigs along main lake bluffs. Striped bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and deep running crankbaits over humps early.

White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC curl tail grubs on jigheads, Smokin’ Green” Devil’s Tongues on drop shots, and pumpkin Curb’s jigs along ledges and over rock piles in 10-25 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow.

Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live perch.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 5.13’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on white/red Carolina rigged soft plastics along grassy edges in 8-20 feet. Red ear perch are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 61-65 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms and small crankbaits. Striped bass are good on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows, hellbenders, and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and live minnows.

GRANGER: Water clear; 63-67 degrees; 3.52’ high. Black bass are slow.

White bass are fair upriver among shad. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are good on fresh shad on main lake flats. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.77’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, Curb’s buzzbaits, and wacky rigged pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks in 5-10 feet early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and jigging Pirk Minnows. Crappie are good on Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 14.71’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on shad and perch.

Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 7.56’ high. Black bass are slow.

Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 4.75’ high. Black bass are fair on green Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 4.71’ high. Black bass are fair on perch colored Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, hot dogs, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are good on live bait.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 5.74’ low. Black bass are fair on silver crankbaits, watermelon worms, and smoke grubs in 15-30 feet.

Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies, white grubs, and minnows in 20-30 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on cut shad and minnows near the power plant. Crappie are good on red and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 1.43’ high. Black bass are slow.

Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water stained; 55-58 degrees; 1.25’ high. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and weightless soft plastics near the edges of grass.

Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 54-58 degrees; 0.54’ high. Black bass are fair on black and blue flipping jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained, 55-58 degrees; 0.51’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush piles in 12 feet. Catfish are good on drifting cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water stained, 55-59 degrees: 0.14’ high. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 2.30’ high. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and Texas rigged creature baits. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 55-58 degrees; 0.47” high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs.

Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

COOPER: Water stained; 6.61’ high. No report available.

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 stained; 54-59 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws and flipping jigs around timber in 4-10 feet. Swimbaits along main lake points are still effective. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are excellent on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained; 16.53’ high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.

JOE POOL: Water stained; 8.80’ high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 8.54’ high. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

LAVON: Water stained; 9.31’ high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 55-58 degrees; 7.13’ high. Black bass slow on spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. Please use caution when navigating and please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 75-80 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water lightly stained; 70-74 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are fair on black and blue flipping jigs and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water stained; 55-59 degrees; 3.12’ high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on slabs.

Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water slightly stained; 56-59 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are slow on crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 55-59 degrees; 6.04’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and shad pattern crankbaits near main lake points.

Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs.

Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 55-59 degrees; 0.67’ high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs and Texas rigged Zoom Speed Craws in green pumpkin. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs.

Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 2.08’ high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.

TEXOMA: Water stained; 2.09’ high. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and football jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 0.09’ high. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 56-59 degrees; 19.87’ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and black/blue flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 25.27’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs and crankbaits.

Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines, droplines, and throwlines 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 stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad near the pier and at Dead Tree Point. Redfish are fair down rigging spoons near the dam. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the intake. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps around reed beds. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are fair on live bait and down rigging silver spoons between the crappie wall and the dam. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad near the railroad bridge. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 23.00’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics in 15 - 25 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 64 degrees in main lake, 67 at hot water discharge; 0.95’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are fair on crankbaits and soft plastic worms in 6-8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 10-12 feet near Coletoville Bridge. Channel and blue catfish to 10 pounds are fair on live perch and soap in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 16.03’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse deep running crankbaits and jigs in 12-20 feet. Crappie are excellent on shiners and chartreuse/silver jigs. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp 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 murky; 67-71 degrees; 0.63’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics, crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water lightly stained; 62-66 degrees; 0.75’ high. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on white spinnerbaits and watermelon/blue flake soft plastics on the north bank in coves. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and green jigs near brush in 20-30 feet. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 8 pounds are good on chicken livers.

Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 64-68 degrees; 2.33’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and red tube jigs. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.99’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on live minnows and white/red tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms.

Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and minnows.

STEINHAGEN: 0.61’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse and white soft plastic worms and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on spoons. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 34.54’ low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 71.35’ low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 59.19’ low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 50.76’ low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water stained; 54-59 degrees; 1.44’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 53-60 degrees; 0.48’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs and shad pattern crankbaits. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 19.74’ low. No report available.

FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 54-59 degrees; 2.16’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 55-61 degrees; 14.86’ low. Black bass are fair Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

NASWORTHY: 52-58 degrees; 1.45’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 51-58 degrees; 17.73’ low. Black bass are fair to good on weighted flukes, medium running shad pattern crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn-Glo) nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 53-59 degrees; 45.69’ low. Black bass are fair to good Texas rigs, jigs, squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 56-61 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are fair to good on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on live shad and nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 55.41’ low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.86’ low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 53-58 degrees; 29.21’ low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 54-59 degrees; 16.58’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs and jigs. No report on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell.

Waders have taken better trout on the Louisiana shoreline on slow-sinking plugs.

SOUTH SABINE: Redfish are fair on the edge of the channel on mullet.

Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp.

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

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair to good at the spillway on plastics. Redfish are fair on the north shoreline on Gulps.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Corkies and MirrOlures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Flounder are fair along the channel.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair for waders in the mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good in Chocolate Bayou on shrimp.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are good in Moses Lake on the outgoing tide on shrimp and mullet. Sand trout and sheepshead are good around the rocks on shrimp.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs.

Redfish are fair to good at San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp and plastics 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 south shoreline in the guts and bayous on soft plastics. Trout are fair in the guts and around shell on plastics.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp and topwaters.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp.

Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats on mullet and shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good on the East Flats on Gulps and mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are best on the edge of the flats on live shrimp and DOA Shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good for waders working mud and grass on Corkies, Gamblers and Soft-Dines. Trout are fair to good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies. Redfish are good in the Land Cut on natural baits.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair to good on mud along the edge of the ICW on Corkies and MirrOlures.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish, black drum and mangrove snapper are fair to good in the channel on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Redfish are fair in the Brownsville Ship Channel on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks.

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