- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

Edited and compiled by J.P. Greeson, Bink Grimes, Kendal Hemphill and Mark Perry for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department under a federal grant provided by the Sport Fish Restoration Program - updated 11-5-14 at 3:20 p.m.

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 75-79 degrees. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Crappie are very good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on bait shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 12.04’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits near the bank and trolling Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are good on silver jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on Spam and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are good on live perch and live shad.



BROWNWOOD: Water clear; 71-75 degrees; 12.94’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and craw colored crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies, small Rat-L-Traps, and shad crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and tube jigs over brush piles and under lighted docks at night. Channel catfish are good on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 72-76 degrees; 33.81’ low. Black bass are good on wacky rigged watermelon/purple Whacky Sticks, pumpkin Skip-N-Pop topwaters, and crankbaits in 5-10 feet early. Striped bass are fair on Spoiler Shads and Rat-L-Traps along the river channel near the dam in 25-40 feet at daylight. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and 2” plastic swim baits. Crappie are fair on pink/white or chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 12.11’ low. Black bass are good on drop shot rigs, Texas rigged purple Scoundrel worms on shaky head jigs, and watermelon spinnerbaits in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on deep running Shad Raps crankbaits in the lower end of the lake at first light. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on Smokin’ Green Devil’s Tongues on drop shots over rock piles in 15-30 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 71-75 degrees; 18.98’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Red ear perch are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 72-76 degrees; 10.08’ low. Black bass are good on shad colored spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and on topwaters early and late. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows, hellbenders, and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and nightcrawlers.

GRANGER: Water clear; 73-77 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are good on chrome crankbaits upriver. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are very good on live perch.

LBJ: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are good on perch colored crankbaits and watermelon Whacky Sticks in 5-10 feet at daylight. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie to 16” are good on green tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 12-15 feet. Channel catfish are very good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 1.84’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on live and frozen shad. Yellow catfish are fair on perch.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 74-78 degrees; 12.59’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/chartreuse tailed soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on white pearl crankbaits. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on goldfish, stinkbait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 1.17’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows at night. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 72-76 degrees; 13.16’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin and tequila sunrise Power Baits. White bass are good on watermelon soft plastics in 15 feet. Crappie are good on minnows in 15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 72-76 degrees; 58.54’ low. Black bass are good on chrome topwaters, red shad worms, and buzzbaits in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on chrome jigging spoons and minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and cut shad in 30-45 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 72-76 degrees; 10.36’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and on topwaters early. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, liver, and live bait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 69-73 degrees; 1.71’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Texas rig worms, Yellow Magic topwaters and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 70-74 degrees; 2.68’ low. Black bass are good on flipping jigs and bladed jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 68-75 degrees; 2.96’ low. Black bass are slow along creek channel and on the rocks with shad pattern crankbaits and Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs along bridge pilings and deeper points with brush. Catfish are good along the rocks on shrimp, chicken livers and stinkbait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 68-72 degrees; 23.67’ low. Black bass are slow on shad pattern squarebills and Texas rigged Speed Craws in green pumpkin around shallow wood and brush. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. White bass are fair on topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 71-74 degrees; 0.05 high. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and flipping jigs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 68-72 degrees; 5.58’ low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns near docks and shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

COOPER: Water clear; 80-84 degrees; 12.01’ 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; 69-73 degrees; 6.55’ low. Black bass are fair on black and blue flipping jigs and Texas rigged worms near stumps in 2-10’ as well as squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns near main lake points. White and yellow bass are fair on small crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 68-71 degrees; 12.30’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shots. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 69-72 degrees; 1.71’ low. Black bass are slow on shad pattern shallow crankbaits and soft plastic jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on cut shad.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 70-73; degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are good on buzzbaits and bladed jigs as well as flipping jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 69-73 degrees; 12.65’ low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits and chartreuse/white spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 68-73 degrees; 7.16’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and black shallow to medium crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 85-89 degrees; 2.35’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms and Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water clear; 86-90 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, medium crankbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 0.87’ low. Black bass are fair on swim jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and small crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 69-73 degrees; 9.98’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and finesse jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 68-72 degrees; 7.45’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws and shakyheads. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 69-72 degrees; 9.93’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin shakyheads and Senkos. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 70-73 degrees; 11.52’ low. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs and swimjigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on topwaters. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on 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; 68-71 degrees; 6.67’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits and shakyhead worms in green pumpkin. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 69-72 degrees; 8.96’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 70-74 degrees; 4.47’ high. Black bass are slow on flipping tubes and flipping jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 32.11’ low. Black bass are good on spooks and soft plastic worms in 10-30 feet. Striped bass are fair on light green spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on brim. 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 stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in reeds. Striped bass are fair on silver and gold spoons and marble spinnerbaits near the dam. Redfish are fair down rigging spoons near the jetty and dam. Channel catfish are good on liver and stinkbait near the dam. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on spoons and jigs near the crappie wall and the dam. Redfish are good on live bait and down rigging spoons with green grubs near the dam in 15-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and shad near the railroad bridge. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 27.69’ low. Black bass are very good on watermelon red soft plastics in 15-25 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Drum are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on liver and stinkbait in 5-15 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 74 degrees in main lake, 84 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.39’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on green pumpkin and chartreuse soft plastics and spinnerbaits around vegetation beds in 10 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 12 pounds are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 77-81 degrees; 31.38’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, buzzbaits, and topwaters. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good 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; 72-76 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are good on tequila sunrise soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in 15-25 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on liver and frozen shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white/chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 0.22’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are excellent on live minnows at night. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad and perch in 20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 73-77 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on Zara spooks and chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on pet spoons, hellbenders, and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 72-76 degrees; 2.72’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and buzzbaits in 15-25 feet, and on topwaters early and late. White bass are fair on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.30’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 3.80’ low. Black bass are very good on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, flukes, and topwaters early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 12-15 feet over baited holes. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 44.85’ low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 90.03’ low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 78.68’ low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 56.6’ low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water stained; 66-72 degrees; 9.55’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, Texas rigs, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on chartreuse (use Worm-Glo) nightcrawlers.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 65-69 degrees; 19.6’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.

COLORADO CITY: 21.71’ low. No report available.

FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 66-70 degrees; 17.16’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 63-68 degrees; 29.28’ low. Black bass are fair to good on shad pattern crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs over deep cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: No report available.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 61-68 degrees; 25’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on chartreuse (use Worn-Glo) nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 62-69 degrees; 42.03’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, chatterbaits, jigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 63-70 degrees; 15.06’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and medium running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Road Runners. Striped bass are fair on live shad and while trolling. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 71.17’ low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 16.84’ low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 62-68 degrees; 28’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, chatterbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 61-67 degrees; 28.57’ low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish and flounder are good in the marsh on shrimp.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are good under birds and pods of shad. Redfish are good at the jetty on live bait and cracked crabs.

BOLIVAR: Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Trout are fair to good while drifting shell on plastics. Bull redfish are good on the beachfront.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good in 5-7 feet of water on soft plastics. Trout and sand trout are good under birds on soft plastics.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and large Gulf trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and fresh shrimp. Redfish and flounder are fair to good in the marsh around drains on shrimp. Trout and redfish are good under the birds.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Bull redfish and flounder are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and shad. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good under the birds.

TEXAS CITY: Bull redfish are good in the channel on shrimp and crabs. Gulf trout are good in the channel on fresh shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are good on reefs on shrimp and DOA Shrimp under corks. Redfish are fair to good on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Bastrop Bay. Bull redfish are good on the beach.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout and redfish are fair under the birds on soft plastics. Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Flounder are fair to good on muddy shorelines on soft plastics along the edges of reefs.

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

PORT O’CONNOR: Black drum are good on the shell near the Victoria Barge Canal. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs, mullet and shad. Trout are fair to good on the reefs in San Antonio Bay on live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair in St. Charles Bay on soft plastics and topwaters while working reefs. Redfish are good in Redfish Bay on mullet and crabs. Bull redfish are good in the Lydia Ann Channel and around Mud Island on shrimp and crabs.

PORT ARANSAS: Offshore is good for tuna. Redfish are fair at Shamrock on topwaters and plum soft plastics. Bull redfish are good at the jetty and on the beachfront on natural baits.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Bull redfish are good in the surf on mullet and shrimp. Trout are fair for waders working mud and grass on small topwaters and Corkies. Redfish are good in the holes on natural baits.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on topwaters and plum plastics around rocks and grass. Trout are good while drifting deep rocks on plum plastics. Redfish are fair to good on gold spoons around spoil islands.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal in 3-5 feet of water. Redfish are good while drifting pot holes on topwaters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Trout and redfish are fair to good on the spoils on small topwaters and gold spoons.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair to good while drifting grass on plastics and live shrimp. Redfish are good in Airport Cove and on the Gas Well Flats on DOA Shrimp and Gulps.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are good at Laguna Vista and Holly Beach on Gulps and live shrimp. Snook and mangrove snapper are good in the Brownsville Ship Channel on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp.

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