- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for April 30 and also available on the Internet at https://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water clear; 72-76 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, frozen shrimp, liver, and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water clear; 70-74 degrees; 10.00 feet low. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch. 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; 71-75 degrees; 11.16 feet low. Black bass to 5 pounds are very good on black/blue and chartreuse/white chatterbaits, and craw or shad colored crankbaits in 2-6 feet. White bass are good on minnows and pink tube jigs off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 31.86 feet low. Black bass are good on white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, pumpkin/chartreuse-tailed Whacky Sticks, and soft jerkbaits in 4-12 feet. Striped bass are good vertically jigging silver Perk Minnows in 25-35 feet. White bass are good on Bleeding Shiner Tiny Traps and live minnows in 15-25 feet. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live bait.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 8.92 feet low. Black bass are good on jerkbaits, white Terminator spinnerbaits, and pumpkin Whacky Sticks in 4-10 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on smoke/red tubes and root beer curl tail grubs on ledges in 10-25 feet. Crappie are fair on live minnows upriver in 5-15 feet. Channel catfish are fair upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 70-74 degrees; 16.70 feet low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic lizards, crankbaits, jerkbaits, and electric blue worms. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon red Wacky Worms and Senkos, and on pumpkinseed worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad and shrimp over baited holes.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 10.62 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/white tailed soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Charlie slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANGER: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.17 feet low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows in 4-10 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

LBJ: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.32 feet low. Black bass are good on blue/white spinnerbaits, watermelon Whacky Sticks, and green pumpkin soft plastic jerkbaits. Striped bass are fair on Spoiler Shads and white bucktails early. White bass are fair on Spoiler Shads and chrome/blue Tiny Traps early. Crappie are good on blue tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 72-76 degrees; 0.22 feet low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps along banks and near the dam. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are good on red/chartreuse and orange/chartreuse jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 9.10 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 72-76 degrees; 2.61 feet low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on white striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 11.66 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Carp are good on minnows and corn. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait. 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; 73-77 degrees; 54.73 feet low. Black bass are good on smoke grubs and Baby Brush Hogs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chrome crankbaits and minnows in 10-20 feet. Crappie are good on minnows in 10-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 12.43 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Texas rigged soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white/green striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cheesebait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 68-73 degrees; 0.08 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and small soft plastic swimbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs minnows. Catfish are fair on rod and reels.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 69-73 degrees; 1.78 feet low. Black bass are good on black buzzbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained, 67-72 degrees; 2.34 feet low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, crankbaits and spinner baits on boat docks and rocky points. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on jug lines with cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 67-71 degrees; 21.89 feet low. Black bass are fair on white splatterback Bandit 200 crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel. 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; 70- 74 degrees; 0.28 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rig creature baits in green pumpkin. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad 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.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 68-72 degrees; 4.29 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and small crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 68-73 degrees; 11.08 feet low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged plastics up to 15 feet deep. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

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; 69-73 degrees; 3.68 feet low. Black bass are good on Megabass Hazedong Shad swimbaits on jigheads along main lake points. Hollow body frogs in shallow vegetation is effective as well. Post spawn being caught along deeper timber. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 10.40 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and Reaction Innovations Skinny Dippers in sprayed grass color fished slowly around shallow cover. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 68-72 degrees; 1.62 feet low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 68-73; degrees; 0.66 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair 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.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 69-74 degrees; 11.97 feet low. Black bass are slow on black and blue jigs and Texas rigged Missile D Bombs in blue bruiser. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good and nightcrawlers 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.

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 67-72 degrees; 7.90 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon candy shakyheads. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. 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.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 72-75 degrees; 0.40 low. Black bass are good on drop shot finesse worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 69-75 degrees; 0.59 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin shakyheads and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 69-73 degrees; 7.99 feet low. Black bass are slow on medium diving crankbaits and football jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 67-72 degrees; 8.34 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and Missile D-Bombs in super bug along main lake points. Medium diving crankbaits are effective as well. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good 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; 68-72 degrees; 8.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 10.17 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin creature baits and worms. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 8.57 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and Texas rigged worms and split shot flukes. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel. 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; 68-71 degrees; 6.54 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 68-73 degrees; 5.89 feet high. Black bass are good on black neon Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good 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.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water fairly clear; 73-77 degrees; 43.07 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits. Striped bass are fair on slabs, jigging spoons, and live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs, jigging spoons, and live minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and droplines 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 clear. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on liver and perch. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, cheesebait, cut bait, and liver.

CALAVERAS: Water clear. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 74-78 degrees; 24.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, Texas rigged lizards, and large worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnow tipped jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 71 degrees in main lake, 88 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.14 feet low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits in 6-8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 10 pounds are fair on live perch in 10-12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water clear; 73-77 degrees; 28.12 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Yum Dingers. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, shad, and cut bait under cormorants. 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; 71-75 degrees; 0.63 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Carolina and Texas rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and cheesebait.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Black bass to 9 pounds are good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and soft plastics near the dam in 21 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Bream are good on live worms off piers and off grassy points. Channel and blue catfish are very good on juglines baited with live bait in 15-20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 72-76 degrees; 0.09 feet high. Black bass are good on buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows, soft plastics, and spec rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 2.00 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed lizards and Brush Hogs. White bass are good on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are good on nightcrawlers and crickets. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with nightcrawlers.

STEINHAGEN: 1.13 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 1.51 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/blue spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits around hydrilla beds. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good trolling black/chartreuse jigs over hydrilla beds. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 42.86 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 98.15 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 89.41 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 52.37 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water stained; 68-73 degrees; 15.7 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on flukes, Senkos, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs around shallow cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 68-71 degrees; 17.63 feet low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.

COLORADO CITY: 21.19 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 69-73 degrees; 13.70 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; 68-72 degrees; 24.69 feet low. Black bass are good on jigs, Texas rigs and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: No report available.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 23.14 feet low. Black bass are fair Texas rigged lizards or worms, jigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 69-74 degrees; 47.47 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, jigs and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 68-73 degrees; 14.29 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, jigs, Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on Humdingers. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 71.91 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 15.84 feet low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 68-73 degrees; 24.78 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 69-74 degrees; 34.75 feet low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Redfish are good in the marsh on small topwaters. Trout are fair to good in the river on shad. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good at the jetty on pogies and croakers. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty 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 fair for waders on Corkies and Bass Assassins. Redfish are good on shrimp in the marsh.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair on the south shoreline on soft plastics and topwaters. 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 and crabs. Offshore is good for Atlantic spadefish and red snapper. Red snapper must be released in federal waters.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good at April Fool’s Reef on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are fair to good at San Luis Pass on shrimp. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp 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 edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Black drum are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.

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

ROCKPORT: Redfish are fair to good on shrimp and mullet on the Estes Flats. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

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

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good around the rocks on Gamblers and topwaters. Redfish are fair on the edge of the ICW on shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass along the Kenedy shoreline. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps and plastics under popping corks.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Trout, black drum, redfish and jack crevalle are fair at the jetty.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are good around the color changes. Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair at Laguna Vista and South Bay on small topwaters and soft plastics under rattling corks.

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