- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 63-67 degrees. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on live minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 12.33 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps along banks and in coves. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on doughbait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water clear; 60-64 degrees; 12.34 feet low. Black bass are good on Bass Hogg spinnerbaits, craw colored jigs, and craw colored crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies, minnows, and shad colored crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and red tube jigs under lights at night. Channel catfish are good on live bait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are slow.



BUCHANAN: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 33.49 feet low. Black bass are good on Skip-N-Pop topwaters, Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, and silver flake Whacky Sticks in 8 - 15 feet. Striped bass are fair drifting or free lining live bait in 30-40 feet. White bass are fair on 2-inch plastic swim baits along the river channel. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 12.11 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red Whacky Sticks on jigheads and Texas rigged grape Scoundrel worms on shaky head jigs along main lake bluffs. Striped bass are fair jigging blade baits and trolling deep running crankbaits in the lower end at first light. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on Smokin’ Green” Devil’s Tongues on drop shots and pumpkin Curb’s jigs with matching drop shot worms along ledges and over rock piles in 10-20 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with live perch.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 63-67 degrees; 19.02 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon and redbug Carolina rigged Finesse worms, and on shallow running crankbaits over grass. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 10.41 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on hellbenders and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp and live minnows.

GRANGER: Water clear; 63-67 degrees; 1.01 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 0.24 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, Curb’s buzzbaits, and wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks in 4-6 feet. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits on downriggers and drifting live shad along the river channel. White bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 12-15 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 2.01 feet low. Black bass are good on soft plastic worms and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on shad and perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 12.59 feet low. Black bass are very good on chartreuse soft plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 0.69 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers. Yellow catfish are fair on minnows.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 13.94 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows, hot dogs, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 57.46 feet low. Black bass are good on chrome crankbaits, red shad worms, and white grubs in 10-28 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on silver spoons, white grubs, and minnows in 30-40 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs in 15-25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait in 30-48 feet. 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 slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 10.63 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and topwaters. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on bait shrimp and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 48-52 degrees; 1.60 feet low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 49-54 degrees; 2.80 feet low. Black bass are fair on soft jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained, 50-54 degrees; 3.21 feet low. Black bass are fair in the backs of creeks and along creek channels on crankbaits, soft plastics and jerkbaits. Crappie are slow near the bridges. Catfish are slow along the rocks on shrimp, chicken livers and stinkbait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 50-53 degrees; 24.04 feet low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Vision 100 jerkbaits in pro blue and Kohoku Reaction. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are slow on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 50-54 degrees; 0.35 high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs and flipping jigs. White and yellow bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 51-54 degrees; 6.12 feet low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 50-55 degrees; 12.65 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead to verify if launching a boat is possible.

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; 49-54 degrees; 7.38 feet low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Wild Header bladed jigs with Megabass Spark Shad trailers. Black and blue flipping jigs along creek channel bends with timber in 6-10 feet working as well. White and yellow bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and stink bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 48-52 degrees; 12.60 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and drop shot Reaction Innovations Flirt Worms in California 420 near floating docks. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 49-54 degrees; 2.03 feet low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, weightless flukes and soft plastic jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 50-55; degrees; 0.06 feet low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and tube jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 50-54 degrees; 12.94 feet low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and suspending bladed jigs White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 48-52 degrees; 7.53 feet low. Black bass are fair on Megabass 110 jerkbaits in Table Rock Shad and football jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 72-86 degrees; 1.92 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms and creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows and small crankbaits. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water clear; 51-55 degrees; 0.22 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, flick shake worms and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 49-53 degrees; 0.65 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, weightless Senkos and drop shots around docks. Crappie are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs and minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 49-54 degrees; 10.43 feet low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 48-42 degrees; 8.01 feet low. Black bass are slow on umbrella rigs and heavy shakyheads near brush piles. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 49-53 degrees; 10.50 feet low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and finesse worms. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 49-54 degrees; 11.98 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 48-51 degrees; 5.84 feet low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and shakyhead worms in green pumpkin and redbug. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. Striped bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 49-53 degrees; 7.87 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 50-54 degrees; 3.03 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws and flipping jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 29.75 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, frogs, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs, spoons, and small crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs, spoons, and small crankbaits. Catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines 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 good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad. Redfish are good on crawfish, shad, shrimp, tilapia, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait near the dam. Blue catfish are fair on live bait.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits around reed beds. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. Redfish are fair on crawfish and tilapia near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 27.98 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in 10-20 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white/pink tube jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, liver, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 68 degrees in main lake, 83 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.94 feet low. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and spinnerbaits near the hot water discharge in 4-8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs near Coletoville Bridge in 10-12 feet. Channel and blue catfish to 8 pounds are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 60-64 degrees; 28.57 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Brush Hogs in 5-12 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut bait and stinkbait up the river. 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; 62-66 degrees; 0.45 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps in 20-30 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers.

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

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 0.12 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 64-68 degrees; 0.12 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics with chartreuse tails, and on Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad, shrimp, and prepared baits. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 2.99 feet low. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in 20-35 feet. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.

STEINHAGEN: 0.80 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 3.68 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and chartreuse soft plastic worms and crankbaits in 20-30 feet. Striped bass are good on silver spoons and striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 45.1 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 90.32 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 78.91 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 57.6 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water stained; 48-55 degrees; 9.94 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and flutter spoons. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on chartreuse (use Worm-Glo) nightcrawlers.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 45-52 degrees; 19.42 feet low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.

COLORADO CITY: 22.93 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 47-55 degrees; 17.61 feet low. Black bass are fair on jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 48-53 degrees; 29.46 feet low. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: No report available.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 47-53 degrees; 25.37 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn-Glo) nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 46-51 degrees; 42.61 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 48-55 degrees; 14.71 feet low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slab. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SPENCE: 72.71 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 17.09 feet low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 43-52 degrees; 28.27 feet low. Black bass are fair on flutter spoons, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 44-51 degrees; 29.18 feet low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under the birds when the wind allows. Redfish are fair to good around marsh drains on the outgoing tide.

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: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad in 4-5 feet of water. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on topwaters and soft plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

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

TEXAS CITY: Sand trout and whiting are fair to good in the channels on shrimp. Trout are fair to good at night from the piers on glow plastics and live shrimp. Flounder are fair on the flats.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Bull redfish are good in Cold Pass and San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. Trout are fair to good on the reefs in Bastrop Bay on live shrimp.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp and soft plastics over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are 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. Trout are fair on shell on soft plastics and live shrimp. Sheepshead are good on shrimp at the jetty.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Redfish are good at the mouths of drains on Gulps.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats and in the holes on mullet and shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Sheepshead are good at the jetty on shrimp. 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 fair to good on the edge of the channel on live shrimp and DOA Shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and Catch 2000s Redfish are good in the Land Cut on natural baits. Trout are fair on the spoil banks on Corkies and Gamblers.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and while wading spoil islands. Trout are fair to good on muddy shorelines and on the edge of the ICW on Corkies, MirrOlures and soft plastics.

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. Sheepshead are good at the jetty on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Redfish are fair to good on drops and in Cullen on shrimp and Gulps. Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks.

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