- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 86-90 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, liver, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 11.17 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits in coves near structure. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 12.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and topwaters near the docks and over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles in 10-18 feet, and off 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; 80-84 degrees; 31.26 feet low. Black bass are fair on JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters, watermelon flukes, Rat-L-Traps, and watermelon red Whacky Sticks at first light along break lines of flats. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads plastic swim baits and drifting live bait at first light on the surface. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and 2-inch plastic swim baits. Crappie are fair on pink/white tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on goldfish and perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 11.09 feet low. Black bass are fair on JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters, green pumpkin Whacky Sticks, and Texas rigged blue flake worms along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling crankbaits over and around humps and jigging 1-oz. Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and pumpkin Curb’s jigs with matching JDC craw trailers. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 18.49 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are fair on shad colored swim baits, Zara Spooks, and Carolina rigged soft plastics in 14-18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 7.92 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits, and on watermelon/white soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and silver/white striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and live bait.

GRANGER: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 0.70 feet low. Black bass are good on black/chartreuse soft plastic worms in 3-6 feet. White bass are fair on crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps along shallow roadbeds early and late. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.38 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon Curb’s jigs, perch colored crankbaits, and green pumpkin tubes around docks and laydowns. Striped bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 1.27 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp around stickups in 5-12 feet. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 12.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on perch colored crankbaits. Striped bass are good on silver spoons. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 0.63 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Rat-L-Traps and crappie jigs. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Perch are excellent on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 11.94 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and Perk Minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 58.20 feet low. Black bass are fair on chrome chuggers and red shad worms in 20-35 feet. Striped bass are fair on white/blue striper jigs. White bass are good on chrome chuggers and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 9.34 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 81-86 degrees; 1.37 feet low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and finesse jigs. Crappie are slow on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and stinkbait.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 2.17 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and finesse worms on shakyheads. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are slow on topwaters and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 80-85 degrees; 3.28 feet low. Black bass are slow along creek channel and on the rocks with crankbaits, buzzbaits 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 clear, 81-85 degrees; 23.24 feet low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits in banana milk color. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and shrimp.

CADDO: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.20 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and black and blue flipping jigs. White and yellow bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 82-85 degrees; 5.01 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin on docks and Carolina rigged centipedes on deeper brush piles. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and marabou jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 80-85 degrees; 10.47 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

FAIRFIELD: Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 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; 81-86 degrees; 5.32 feet low. Black bass are fair on medium to deep diving crankbaits and Yellow Magics. Best bite has been mid-day in 10-20 feet of water. White and yellow bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs along the bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 81-84 degrees; 11.08 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rig craws, topwaters and medium diving crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and shrimp.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 1.32 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 81-86; degrees; 0.77 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rig creature baits and shallow crankbaits. Topwaters best early and late. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 12.33 feet low. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 81-86 degrees; 6.28 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, topwaters and small swimbaits near larger rocks along mid lake area. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 86-92 degrees; 1.48 feet low. Black bass are fair on Flick Shake worms and drop shot finesse worms along deeper points and breaks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 93-99 degrees; 0.26 feet low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged Trick Worms, deep diving crankbaits and drop shot finesse worms near breaks. Crappie are slow on minnows and marabou jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad

PALESTINE: Water clear; 80-84 degrees; 0.83 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin jigs on brushed out docks. Some deeper fish being caught on football jigs and Carolina rigs in middle of the day. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and chicken liver.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 9.43 feet low. Black bass are slow on medium and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 6.65 feet low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Some fish being caught early on topwaters. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and shrimp.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 80-85 degrees; 9.02 feet low. Black bass are slow on blue fleck Texas rigged worms. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are slow on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 81-87 degrees; 10.70 feet low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on topwaters. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair 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; 80-84 degrees; 5.94 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are good on jigs. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 81-86 degrees; 8.04 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 81-87 degrees; 5.02 feet high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and flipping jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on jigs minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 40.64 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on shrimp, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers over baited holes in 15-45 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines, juglines, and droplines around rockslides 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 slow. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad off points near the pier. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are very good on liver, shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam. Blue catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam and the crappie wall in 15-20 feet. Redfish are fair on crawfish and tilapia along the shoreline. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 26.98 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastics early. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are good on live perch.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 85 degrees in main lake, 99 degrees at hot water discharge; 3.63 feet low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps around vegetation in Coleto and Perdido Creeks in 8-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 16 pounds are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 10-14 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 33.31 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and watermelon Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on stinkbait. 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; 82-86 degrees; 0.81 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon/white Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white Carolina rigged soft plastics, perch colored Rat-L-Traps, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and perch.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 0.20 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed soft plastic worms near the dam, and on chatterbaits and poppers near the mouths of creeks. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush. Bream are good on live worms off grassy banks. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 82-88 degrees; 0.58 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on shad. White bass are good on troll tubes and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 1.53 feet low. Black bass are good on black/blue flake soft plastic worms and chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.44 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 1.51 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse topwaters and redbug soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers in 5-10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 44.05 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 89.81 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 79.02 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 55.51 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 18.19 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, Rat-L-Traps and Carolina 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; 83-88 degrees; 19.13 feet low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.

COLORADO CITY: 22.34 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 84-89 degrees; 16.24 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on medium running crankbaits, Senkos, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 83-89 degrees; 28.48 feet low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to jigs, Texas rigs and DT 10s. 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; 83-89 degrees; 24.50 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, shakyheads, crankbaits, Carolina rigs 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; 83-89 degrees; 40.96 feet low. Black bass are good on topwater frogs early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 84-89 degrees; 16.19 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to drop shot rigs, Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and jigs. 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: 77.53 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 16.65 feet low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 83-88 degrees; 27.41 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Carolina rigs, jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 83-89 degrees; 29.49 feet low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Redfish are good in the marsh with high tides. Drifters have worked slicks for trout and redfish on plastics and topwaters.

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.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good while drifting deep reefs on soft plastics. Trout, bull redfish, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass on live bait and Gulps.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Tidal Surges and Li’l Johns. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs. Redfish are good on the north shoreline on gold spoons and small topwaters.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and redfish are good on soft plastics while working slicks and mud boils. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good for drifters on plum plastics.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and redfish are good in the back lakes on live bait. 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. Tarpon are good along the beachfront.

TEXAS CITY: 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 the Surfside beach. Black drum and redfish are good on the reefs. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Trout and redfish are fair to good on the shorelines for waders tossing small topwaters and plastics. Redfish are good in Lake Austin.

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 natural baits. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island. Redfish showing in large schools. Trout and redfish are good in the back of Allyn’s Bight.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair at East Flats and Shamrock Cove on topwaters and plastics under rattling corks. Offshore is good for amberjack, kingfish, tuna and dolphin.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are good on the shallow flats on gold spoons and small topwaters. Sand trout and croakers are good in the channels on fresh shrimp. Trout are good on DOA Shrimp on the edge of the channel.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on topwaters and plum plastics around rocks and grass. Redfish are good in the Land Cut on live bait. Redfish are fair to good in knee-deep water on gold spoons and topwaters.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good around East Cut on topwaters. Redfish are good while drifting pot holes on topwaters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Offshore is good for kingfish, ling and dolphin.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout, redfish and snook are fair to good on the flats on DOAs, Gulps and live bait. Tarpon are fair to good around the jetty.

PORT ISABEL: Redfish are good at Gas Well Flats and in South Bay on Gulps and live shrimp. Trout and redfish are fair to good while drifting sand and grass flats on live shrimp, DOA Shrimp and Gulps under popping corks.

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