- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for March 5 and also available on the Internet at https://https://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water clear; 55-59 degrees. Black bass are fair on red/white spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 54-58 degrees; 9.41 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons and light blue jigs. Crappie are excellent on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Details at: https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 51-55 degrees; 10.45 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse jigs and watermelon soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, minnows, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 53-57 degrees; 30.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on Rattlin’ Rogues and black/chartreuse Curb’s hair jigs in 12-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 55-59 degrees; 8.14 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged black Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads. Striped bass are slow. White bass fair on ΒΌ-oz. Blade Baits along the main river channel. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 56-60 degrees; 16.13 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, and on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon red, green pumpkin, and redbug Carolina rigged soft plastics off points. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 52-56 degrees; 9.37 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, and on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp, liver, and stinkbait.

GRANGER: Water clear; 53-57 degrees; 0.28 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are fair on prepared baits. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 0.24 feet low. Black bass are good on Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, 1/8-oz. Curb’s buzzbaits, and wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks. White bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 51-55 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 50-54 degrees; 8.28 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 51-55 degrees; 2.66 feet low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse jigs and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and green/black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water stained; 55-59 degrees; 10.89 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See: https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 50-54 degrees; 53.32 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin worms and crawfish pattern crankbaits in 12-30 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and chrome/white jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair chartreuse soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver slabs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 53-57 degrees; 11.31 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and redbug soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on liver and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 43-47 degrees; 0.01 feet high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs and Colorado blade spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 44-49 degrees; 3.27 feet low. Black bass are slow on Rat-L-Traps and black/blue flipping jigs. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and night crawlers.

BONHAM: Water stained, 48-52 degrees; 2.22 feet low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs along the bridges. Catfish are fair on chicken liver along Timbercreek Channel down to about 20 feet.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 42-47 degrees; 21.26 feet low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and smaller spoons. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Details at: https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

CADDO: Water stained; 45-50 degrees; 0.90 feet high. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See: https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 44-49 degrees; 3.62 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on cut shad and trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 61-65 degrees; 12.90 feet low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to 15 feet deep. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad.

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; 45-51 degrees; 4.40 feet low. Black bass are slow on black and yellow jigs and red lipless crankbaits. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 43-47 degrees; 9.92 feet low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits and Vision 110 jerkbaits. Crappie are fair near brush piles on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 44-49 degrees; 1.27 feet low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 45-51; degrees; 1.34 feet high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See: https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 42-47 degrees; 12.36 feet low. Black bass are slow on black/blue flipping jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Details at: https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 42-46 degrees; 7.89 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and small jigging spoons. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Details at: https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 0.02 feet high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on white jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 53-59 degrees; 0.92 feet high. Black bass are good on black and blue flipping jigs and green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and rod and reel.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 43-47 degrees; 0.50 feet high. Black bass are fair on red Rat-L-Traps and Xcite XB-1 crankbaits in natural shad in the Kickapoo area. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on chicken livers and trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 42-46 degrees; 7.33 feet low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 42-47 degrees; 7.86 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and sprayed grass color flipping jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Details at: https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 44-48 degrees; 7.03 feet low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits. White bass are slow on jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 42-48 degrees; 9.49 feet low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 41-46 degrees; 9.03 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shot finesse worms near deeper points. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Striped bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Details at: https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 42-47 degrees; 8.63 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 45-50 degrees; 3.34 feet high. Black bass are slow on black/blue jigs and creature baits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See: https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water fairly clear; 56-60 degrees; 35.12 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and small spinnerbaits up the Rio Grande. Catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and cheesebait over baited holes. 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 clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons and marble spinners near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on liver and nightcrawlers near the discharge. Blue catfish are fair on live bait and cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps near the dam. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers, shad, and minnows along the shoreline. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 56-60 degrees; 23.60 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are good on small spinnerbaits and minnows. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 58 degrees in main lake, 82 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.02 feet low. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 8-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water clear; 54-58 degrees; 24.50 feet low. Black bass are good on jigs, small soft plastics, and slow rolling spinnerbaits in 15-25 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, stinkbait, liver, 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 stained; 53-57 degrees; 0.99 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/white soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on liver and stinkbait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 0.08 feet high. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on black/blue crankbaits in 8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on grubs near the dam. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 52-56 degrees; 0.24 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Charlie slabs and spec rigs upriver. Crappie are good on minnows in the creeks. Blue catfish are fair on shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 53-57 degrees; 3.37 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and liver.

STEINHAGEN: 1.38 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 51-55 degrees; 2.48 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and June bug soft plastics, and on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live minnows, frozen shrimp, liver, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 41.37 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 97.29 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 93.7 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 50.64 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water lightly stained; 46-52 degrees; 14.38 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 46-54 degrees; 16.85 feet low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.

COLORADO CITY: 20.55 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 45-54 degrees; 12.9 feet low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 46-53 degrees; 23.29 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

NASWORTHY: No report available.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 44-52 degrees; 22.21 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 45-51 degrees; 45.33 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed jigs, shakyheads, Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 44-52 degrees; 13.41 feet low. Black bass are fair on jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 69.28 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 12.16 feet low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 43-54 degrees; 23.36 feet low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 44-51 degrees; 34.64 feet low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell. Trout are good around Coffee Ground Cove on slow-sinking plugs and plastics.

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 for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on the east shoreline on Bass Assassins, Tidal Surges and Sand Eels. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the shorelines on Corkies and pink MirrOlures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

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

TEXAS CITY: Black drum are good on crabs off the Dike. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on shrimp and crabs. Pier anglers have taken sand trout and mangrove snapper on fresh 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. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of drains on Gulps and shrimp.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on Bass Assassins over humps and scattered shell. Trout are fair to good in 3-4 feet of water for waders tossing slow-sinkers and soft plastics.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous. Trout are fair in the guts on the incoming tide on the south shoreline on plastics. Sheepshead are good at the jetty on shrimp.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp and topwaters. Redfish are good at the mouths of drains on dark-colored plastics.

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

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good on the ledges of the channel on mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel. Sheepshead are good at the jetty. Black drum are good on shrimp and crabs in the Ingleside Channel.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the flats on live shrimp, Gulps and DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in the guts running parallel to the shorelines on soft plastics and Gulps.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and Catch 2000s. Trout are fair to good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies and plastics. Redfish are fair around spoils on live bait.

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 and at Gas Well Flats on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish, black drum and mangrove snapper are fair to good in the channel on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks around Laguna Vista Cove. Redfish are good in the holes and guts on Gulps and live shrimp.

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