- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Feb. 17 and also available on the Internet at http://www.txfishing.com:

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 48-52 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 46-50 degrees; 0.49 feet high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps in coves. Hybrid striper are good trolling Rat-L-Traps. White bass are good trolling Rat-L-Traps, and on minnows and white riversides. Crappie are good on minnows and white riversides. Channel and blue catfish are fair on doughbait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water murky; 46-50 degrees; 0.05 feet low. Black bass are good on jerkbaits, swimbaits, and on green/brown and green pumpkin soft plastic worms among flooded bushes in 2-7 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies in 8-14 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are excellent on juglines baited with cut perch and shad in 5-15 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 46-50 degrees; 7.18 feet low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged black lizards, perch colored Rattlin’ Rogues, and chartreuse Curb’s hair jigs in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are fair trolling white/blue Curbs striper jigs and Rattlin’ Rogues. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 47-51 degrees; 0.17 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged watermelon Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads along break lines and ledges, and chartreuse hair jigs in 15-20 feet. Striped bass are fair trolling white/chartreuse Curbs striper jigs and vertically jigging Pirk Minnows. White bass are good jigging dark Blade Baits and Pirk Minnows along the main river channel. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 45-49 degrees; 4.54 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on green pumpkin and redbug Carolina rigged soft plastics and spinnerbaits off deep points. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 45-49 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER: Water clear; 46-50 degrees; 0.46 feet high. Black bass are fair on jigs and shad rap crankbaits. White bass are fair on small white jigs and small Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Blue catfish are fair on prepared baits, and on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 46-50 degrees; 0.56 feet low. Black bass are fair on Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, Curb’s buzzbaits, and wacky rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks in 8-15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on live minnows over brush piles in 10-15 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 45-49 degrees; 0.23 feet high. All ramps and parks are closed. The marina is also closed.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 47-51 degrees; 0.46 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms off points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 10-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on live shad and minnows in 20-25 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 46-50 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water stained; 45-49 degrees; 0.27 feet high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 46-50 degrees; 3.37 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms and perch colored crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs in 25-35 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad in 30-45 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 45-49 degrees; 2.06 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on liver and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 50-55 degrees; 0.44 feet high. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits, weightless worms and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 51-56 degrees; 0.76 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

BONHAM: Water muddy, 50-54 degrees; 0.10 feet low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and jigs around rock and wood cover. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs around brush piles in 15 feet. Catfish are good on drifting cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water stained to lightly stained, 49-54 degrees: 0.05 feet low. Black bass are good on medium diving crankbaits and jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water murky; 52-56 degrees; 1.45 feet high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. White and yellow bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on rod and reel with prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 49-53 degrees; 0.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

COOPER: Water stained; Full pool. No report available.

FAIRFIELD: Black bass fishing reported as significantly improved. TPWD discontinued stocking the lake after the fish kill in September 2011. Redfish survived the kill in limited numbers.

FORK: Water stained; 52-56 degrees; 0.78 feet low. Black bass are good on flipping jigs, drop shot finesse worms and umbrella rigs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 13.79 feet high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.

JOE POOL: Water stained; 1.00 feet high. No report available.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water muddy; 7.27 feet high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water. Use caution when navigating lake.

LAVON: Water stained; 0.76 feet high. No report available.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 50-54 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Black bass fair on suspending jerkbaits, flick shake worms and shakyheads. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs Catfish are slow on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 77-83 degrees; 0.01 feet high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut bait.

MONTICELLO: Water lightly stained; 60-64 degrees; 0.18 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, flipping jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water stained; 51-54 degrees; 0.18 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, squarebill crankbaits and flipping jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY HUBBARD: Water slightly stained; 50-54 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits, soft jerkbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 2.21 feet high. No report available.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 52-55 degrees; Full pool. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 0.05 feet high. No report available.

TEXOMA: Water stained; 50-53 degrees; 2.00 feet low. Black bass are good on suspending jerkbaits and umbrella rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs on brush piles. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 0.07 feet low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water muddy; 52-56 degrees; 28.55 feet high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs and black/blue flipping jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 51-55 degrees; 24.78 feet low. Black bass are good on jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swimbaits, and Senkos. Striped bass are fair on crankbaits, grubs, and slabs. White bass are fair on crankbaits, grubs, and slabs. Catfish are fair on cheesebait and chicken livers in 40-60 feet over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines 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 chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastic worms in the reeds. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad at Dead Tree Point and near the pier. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps near the dam. Striped bass are fair on slabs and jigs near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 46-50 degrees; 23.74 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 66 degrees in main lake, 56 at hot water discharge; 0.71 feet low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on crankbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 7 pounds are fair on live perch in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 50-54 degrees; 15.71 feet low. Black bass are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in shallow areas. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on 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 murky; 46-50 degrees; 0.11 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and chicken livers.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 57-61 degrees; 0.16 feet high. Black bass to 6 pounds are very good on watermelon red soft plastic worms, chartreuse and red spinnerbaits, and crawfish colored crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows and grubs. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on chum bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 48-52 degrees; 0.22 feet high. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, soft plastics, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good but small on spec rigs and troll tubes. White bass are fair on spec rigs and troll tubes in the north end of the lake. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 49-53 degrees; 0.21 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on live minnows and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.61 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 48-52 degrees; 0.62 feet low. Black bass are fair on dark red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 33.6 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 71.44 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 58.19 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 52.96 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: 1.97 feet low. No reports due to winter weather.

ARROWHEAD: 0.24 feet high. No reports due to winter weather.

COLORADO CITY: 20.01 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 45-52 degrees; 0.3 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and split shot rigged Rattlesnakes. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 47-55 degrees; 14.2 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, Rat-L-Traps and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

NASWORTHY: 43-54 degrees; 1.33 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 44-53 degrees; 15.38 feet low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, 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; 48-54 degrees; 46.33 feet low. Black bass are fair on Senkos with a 1/16-oz. bullet weight, Texas rigs, jigs and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 48-57 degrees; 0.05 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, spinnerbaits, 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: 55.56 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.6 feet high. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 43-52 degrees; 27.94 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 44-54 degrees; 16.54 feet low. No reports due to winter weather.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good in the river on live shad. Redfish are good in the marsh on small topwaters and Stanley Ribbits.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair around the Reef on 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: Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet. Trout are fair in 6-8 feet of water on soft plastics.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good while drifting shell and mud on dark-colored plastics. Trout are good on the south shoreline on Soft -Dines and Corkies. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp. Black drum are good in the channel on blue crabs. Trout are fair to good for waders on the south shoreline on Corkies.

TEXAS CITY: Sheepshead and sand trout are good around the piers on shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on shrimp and crabs in Moses Lake.

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

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters on live shrimp and Gulps under rattling corks over scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good in the middle of the bay.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair on the edge of the Intracoastal on shrimp. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics and topwaters.

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

ROCKPORT: Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are fair on the Estes Flats on crabs and mullet.

PORT ARANSAS: Black drum are fair to good over reefs on the incoming tide. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are fair to good around Shamrock Cove on small topwaters and spoons. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good on Bass Assassins, Gamblers and Corkies around the rocks. Trout are fair to good on the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies and topwaters.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass holes. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on shrimp and Gulps.

SOUTH PADRE: Black drum, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp. Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Sheepshead are fair on shrimp around the rocks.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good in South Bay on live shrimp. Sheepshead and mangrove snapper are fair around the causeway on shrimp. Redfish are fair in Cullen Bay on Gulps and jigs tipped with shrimp and gold spoons.

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