- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Oct. 19 and also available on the Internet at http://www.txfishing.com

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 82-86 degrees. Black bass are good on black/blue soft plastics and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.12 feet high. Black bass are good on chrome topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on live shad in coves early and late. White bass are good on minnows and white lightnings. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are good on live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 1.36 feet low. Black bass are good on dark red crankbaits, watermelon Bass Hogg spinnerbaits, and Grande Bass Rattle Snakes early. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on small spinnerbaits and Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles and under lighted docks at night. Channel catfish are good on cut bait and stinkbait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.11 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon Skip-N-Pop topwaters, pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks, and chartreuse crankbaits in 8-15 feet at first light. Striped bass are fair on swim baits and Rat-L-Traps near the dam in 20-30 feet early. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and Tiny Traps in the river channel. Crappie are fair on blue/white Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on live bait upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.03 feet low. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps, chartreuse Whacky Sticks on jigheads, and small spinnerbaits off points and ledges in 12-24 feet. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs and trolling deep running Shad Raps crankbaits in the lower end of the lake early. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and minnows. Smallmouth bass are fair on white JDC curl tail grubs on jigheads around brush in 12-20 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are good on liver and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 1.16 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Red ear perch are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.09 feet low. Black bass are good on perch colored spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and topwaters early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.

GRANGER: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.14 feet high. Black bass are fair on perch colored crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits off points. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles over brush piles. Blue catfish are fair on fresh shad. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

LBJ: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.77 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails and watermelon Rat-L-Traps in 10-20 feet at daylight. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs and Spoiler Shads at night. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits and minnows under lights at night. Crappie are good on live minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 10-16 feet. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.10 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad and minnows. Yellow catfish are fair on perch.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 1.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and small spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs and white crankbaits. White bass are fair on pet spoons and minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on goldfish, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 0.26 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and watermelon spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and chartreuse crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.35 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse topwaters, pumpkinseed soft plastic worms, and white crankbaits in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on slabs, pet spoons, and minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Hybrid striper are good on live bait. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 2.25 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, liver, and live bait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.75 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 76-80 degrees; 1.41 feet low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, hollow body frogs, and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on rod and reel.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 77-80 degrees; 2.47 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters, shallow crankbaits, jigs and Texas rig soft plastics. Crappie are good on brush piles with jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 76-79 degrees: 0.50 feet high. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Yellow Magic poppers. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained to muddy; 77-81 degrees; 0.38 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, shad pattern swim jigs and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 1.68 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, topwaters and spinnerbaits near shallow cover and docks White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

COOPER: Water stained to muddy; 2.69 feet low. 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 lightly stained; 76-80 degrees; 2.17 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics on shallow cover and docks as well as hollow body frogs and weightless Flukes near submerged grass. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 0.38 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, swim jigs and Texas rigged worms. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on rod and reel.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 75-79 degrees; 1.13 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters, wakebaits and small plastic swimbaits on jigheads. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 76-80 degrees: 0.31 feet high. Black bass are good on weightless Flukes, hollow body frogs and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained; 76-80 degrees: 3.31 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, bladed jigs and Texas rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 0.54 feet low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic jerkbaits, shallow crankbaits and topwater poppers. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 1.81 feet low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.16 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, hollow body frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 75-78 degrees; 1.60 feet low. Black bass are good on finesse jigs, Texas rigged creature baits, and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 1.15 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, Reaction Innovations Vixens and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 75-79 degrees; 0.55 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, topwaters and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 0.81 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits and white buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 2.20 feet low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and Texas rigged craws flipped in shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained; 76-79 degrees; 0.47 feet high. Black bass are fair on topwaters, soft plastic jerkbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 0.51 feet low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 4.20 feet high. No report available.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 17.67 feet low. Black bass are good on Zara spooks and watermelon soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and striper jigs. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. 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 murky. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in reeds and near the jetty and dam. Striped bass are fair on silver and gold spoons and marble spinnerbaits near the dam. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, tilapia, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and cut bait near the intake. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits around reed beds. Striped bass are fair on spoons and jigs near the dam, and on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are good on perch and tilapia near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 18.99 feet low. Black bass are very good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails, and on watermelon spinnerbaits in 15-30 feet. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and live bait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 93 degrees at the hot water discharge, 78 degrees in main lake; 1.98 feet low. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 8-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and green tube jigs near Coletoville Bridge in 8-12 feet. Tilapia are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 6 pounds are fair on live perch and soap bait in 8-12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 30.07 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon/white crankbaits and topwaters. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and shrimp. 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; 81-85 degrees; 0.51 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.10 feet low. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on black/blue and clear/metal flake Senko worms. Crappie are good on live minnows near stumps early and late. Bream are good on live worms off piers and around stumps. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad and perch.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.27 feet high. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and perch colored crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on Zara spooks and chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. White bass are good on pet spoons, hellbenders, and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 2.65 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastic worms, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits, and on topwaters early and late. White bass are fair on minnows, slabs, and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.61 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 4.20 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, flukes and topwaters early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 31.01 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 73.13 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 60.25 feet low. TPWD has begun restocking the lake with Walleye. Reports of black bass are rare. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.

PALO DURO: 55.95 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained up river; 78 degrees; 2.98 feet low. Black bass are fair on small spoons and wacky worms. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 71-76 degrees; 0.65 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on squarebill crankbaits, shakyheads and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are good on worms and stinkbait.

COLORADO CITY: 20.86 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 72-78 degrees; 0.19 feet low. Black bass are fair on chrome Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 73-78 degrees; 1.5 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigged Baby Brush Hogs, drop shot rigs and black/blue jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

NASWORTHY: 71-77 degrees; 1.41 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and Rat-L-Traps. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 10.35 feet low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps, 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; 73-77 degrees; 35.39 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and split shot weighted flukes. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 73-78 degrees; 0.00 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on medium diving shad pattern crankbaits, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on live shad and slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SPENCE: 54.37 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.29 feet low. Black bass and crappie are fair to good, but mostly undersized. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Little Georges. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 73-78 degrees; 23.6 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 72-77 degrees; 19.25 feet low. Black bass are very slow (the bass population was greatly reduced during the drought). No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Redfish are good in the marsh on weedless soft plastics. Trout are fair to good under slicks and birds on topwaters and soft plastics.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs and table shrimp.

BOLIVAR: Trout, bull redfish, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Bull redfish and sharks have been taken on the beach near Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Redfish are good on the north shoreline on gold spoons and small topwaters. Redfish are good in the marsh on shrimp. Trout are fair to good around the wells on live bait and plastics.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good over reefs while working slicks with soft plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Redfish are good in the marsh on natural baits and Gulps. Tides are above normal.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Bull redfish are good in the surf and at San Luis Pass on crabs and mullet. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetties on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good over reefs in Christmas Bay on live shrimp.

TEXAS CITY: Bull redfish are good in the channel on crabs and mullet. Sand trout and Gulf trout are good in the channel on shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on crabs and shrimp.

FREEPORT: Bull redfish are good on live bait and crabs on Surfside Beach. Black drum and redfish are good on the reefs in Bastrop Bay.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are good in Lake Austin on shrimp and topwaters. Trout are fair to good over mud while wading with scented baits.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are good on live shrimp and topwaters in Oyster Lake, Crab Lake and Shell Island.

PORT O’CONNOR: Bull redfish are good in the surf and at the jetty on cracked blue crabs. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp and topwaters. Trout are good on live bait over reefs in San Antonio Bay.

ROCKPORT: Redfish are fair to good on mullet near Traylor Island. Trout are fair around Mud Island and Allyn’s Bight on small topwaters and soft plastics under corks. Redfish are fair to good in Copano Bay on the reefs and in the bayous.

PORT ARANSAS: Bull redfish are good at the jetty on table shrimp and crabs. Redfish are good on the flats around Pelican Island on Gulps and shrimp. Offshore is good for amberjack, kingfish, tuna and dolphin.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Bull redfish are good in the channels on crabs and table shrimp. Redfish are good on the shallow flats on gold spoons and small topwaters. Bull redfish are good in the Packery Channel on crabs, mullet and shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Redfish are fair to good at Yarborough on gold spoons and topwaters. Redfish are good around the spoils on scented baits and small topwaters. Trout are fair to good on topwaters along the shorelines.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are good while drifting pot holes on topwaters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Trout are good on topwaters over sand and grass. Offshore is good for kingfish, ling and dolphin.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout, redfish and snook are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp under a popping cork. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on natural baits.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good while drifting sand and grass flats on live shrimp, DOA Shrimp and Gulps under popping corks. Redfish are good on the flats and beginning to school in larger concentrations with higher tides.

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