- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for July 8 and also available on the Internet at https://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 78-86 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 79-85 degrees; 10.11 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms early and late. Hybrid striper are fair on chrome slabs with bucktails. White bass are fair but small on minnows and chrome slabs with bucktails at night. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with snails and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on juglines baited with live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water clear; 82-84 degrees; 0.64 feet low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies in 9-12 feet. Channel catfish slow. Blue catfish to 30 pounds are excellent on juglines baited with cut perch and shad in 10-12 feet Yellow catfish to 20 pounds are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish in 8-18 feet.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 78-86 degrees; 20.33 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, chartreuse Whacky Sticks, and Texas rigged green pumpkin Scoundrel worms on secondary points and ledges in 10-22 feet. Striped bass are fair on small Rat-L-Traps and trolling crankbaits in 1-5 feet. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows and Li’l Fishies over rock piles in 15-20 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 78-86 degrees; 0.61 feet high. Black bass are fair on Shad Raps, Rat-L-Traps, and buzzbaits upriver near laydowns along banks in 5-10 feet early and late. Striped bass are fair on watermelon plum colored crankbaits on main lake points. White bass are fair on live bait. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke grubs and watermelon tubes on jigheads in 8-18 feet. Crappie are fair on Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows upriver over brush piles in 12 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live bait.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 76-85 degrees; 9.61 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps in 10-22 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait in 10-20 feet.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 78-85 degrees; 0.04 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, lizards, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows, slabs, and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp

GRANGER: Water clear; 80-84 degrees; 0.60 feet high. Black bass are fair on soft plastic worms and crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons on points and shallow roadbeds. Crappie are very good on jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles in 6-15 feet. Blue catfish are good on live fresh shad. Yellow catfish are good on live perch.

LBJ: Water stained; 78-86 degrees; 0.27 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and topwaters, and on shad colored Rat-L-Traps along break lines in 5-15 feet early and late. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles in 10 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and prepared bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 78-85 degrees; 16.92 feet high. Black bass are good on topwaters along banks and near the boat ramps early and late. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles and structure near the dam and the marina in 7-14 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with perch and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 79-87 degrees; 6.53 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are good on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 79-86 degrees; 15.95 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and pet spoons. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 79-86 degrees; 1.44 feet high. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 79-84 degrees; 9.48 feet low. Black bass are fair on black/chartreuse soft plastic worms and crankbaits in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers in 20-30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 77-85 degrees; 3.73 feet high. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.25 feet high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs in the pads and weightless worms along the grass edges. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 0.31 feet high. Black bass are fair on topwaters and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 80-85 degrees; 0.12 feet low. Black bass are excellent on topwaters, flipping jigs and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around bridges. Catfish are excellent on prepared bait, shrimp, cut bait and nightcrawlers.

BRIDGEPORT: Water stained to muddy, 0.32 feet high. No report available. Use caution when navigating the lake due to floating debris.

CADDO: Water stained to muddy; 81-86 degrees; 1.00 feet high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and swim jigs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.08 feet low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Pop Max in white python, shad pattern swimjigs and white buzzbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

COOPER: Water stained; 1.01 feet high. No report available.

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 lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.21 feet high. Black bass are slow on football jigs along main lake points in 15-20 feet. Shallow fish being caught on white swimjigs, hollow body frogs and Texas rigged craws in willow bushes. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 25.02 feet high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.

JOE POOL: Water stained to muddy; 12.38 feet high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained to muddy; 82-85; degrees; 6.47 feet high. Black bass are fair on black buzzbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 8.13 feet high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 10.51 feet high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 88-95 degrees; 0.06 feet low. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos and shakyheads. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and chicken liver.

MONTICELLO: Water clear to stained; 88-95 degrees; 0.35 feet high. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits and drop shot worms near the intake. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait

PALESTINE: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are fair on Yellow magic topwaters and Xcite XB-1 squarebills in reverse sexy shad. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

RAY HUBBARD: Water slightly stained; 80-85 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are slow on topwaters and small swimbaits fished on jigheads. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained to muddy; 7.71 feet high. No report available. Use caution when navigating lake due to floating debris.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 80-85 degrees; 0.09 feet high. Black bass are good on swim jigs and topwaters. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 0.63 feet high. No report available. Use caution when navigating lake as floating debris is present.

TEXOMA: Water stained to muddy; 21.16 feet high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water and floating debris.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 0.20 feet low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 81-85 degrees; 23.21 feet high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 79-87 degrees; 27.95 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on Red Fins and large topwaters. White bass are fair on crankbaits and small topwaters. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines, droplines, and throwlines on 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 fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits near the dam. Striped bass are fair on silver and gold spoons near the dam. Redfish are good on perch and shad near the jetty. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait near the hot water discharge.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs near the crappie wall. Redfish are good on live bait near the dam. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and shad near the railroad trestle. Blue catfish are fair on live bait and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 80-88 degrees; 20.29 feet low. Black bass are fair on shad colored crankbaits and watermelon soft plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and prepared bait in 5-15 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 86 degrees in main lake, 91 at hot water discharge; 0.32 feet high. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in 4-12 feet. White bass are fair on white tube jigs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 81-88 degrees; 17.27 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon and June bug jigs in 8-12 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are excellent on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and frozen 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 murky; 79-86 degrees; 0.07 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait and live bait.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 86-90 degrees. Black bass are good on purple or watermelon red soft plastic worms. Smallmouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows around brush. Bream are very good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are very good on juglines baited with cut squid. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 79-86 degrees; 0.66 feet high. Black bass are good on crankbaits. Striped bass are good but small on slabs, troll tubes, and pet spoons. White bass are good on pet spoons, troll tubes, and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 78-86 degrees; 7.59 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat-L-Traps and shad colored crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 15-30 feet. Bream are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and liver.

STEINHAGEN: 1.54 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 78-87 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shrimp and stinkbait in 20-30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 34.67 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 72.66 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 70.14 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 56.13 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water stained; 79-86 degrees; 0.3 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, Senkos and medium running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worm-Glo) nightcrawlers.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 78-87 degrees; 0.21 feet high. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.

COLORADO CITY: 21.37 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 80-88 degrees; 12.91 feet low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 81-89 degrees; 20.23 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

NASWORTHY: No report available.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 79-87 degrees; 18.59 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early, later switching to Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs under a slip cork. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn-Glo) nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 79-86 degrees; 43.14 feet low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Texas rigs, Senkos and crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 79-87 degrees; 0.35 feet high. Black bass are fair to good on spinnerbaits, Texas rigs, jigs and medium running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on Road Runners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on live shad and nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 62.29 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.88 feet low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 79-86 degrees; 27.97 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 80-87 degrees; 15.88 feet low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the cuts and drains leading to the marsh on shrimp and Gulps.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good while drifting the reefs on live shrimp and topwaters. Drifters have worked slicks and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Gamblers, Lit’l Johns and Sand Shad. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Fishing remains slow due to freshwater runoff.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good on the Ship Channel on croakers and plastics.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good over reefs on live bait. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Offshore is good for kingfish, and ling.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp and croakers. Trout are good on the edge of the Ship Channel on croakers and shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and MirrOlures. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Trout, Spanish mackerel and sand trout are good at the jetties.

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. Trout are fair on topwaters on the shorelines early.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on the shorelines on the incoming tide.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout are fair to good in the surf and at the jetty on croakers and topwaters.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on shrimp and mullet on the Estes Flats.

PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair to good in the surf on topwaters, piggies and croakers. Offshore is good for kingfish and dorado.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp, croakers and piggy perch.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on topwaters around rocks and grass. Trout are fair to good on the King Ranch shoreline on croakers, topwaters and soft plastics. Redfish are good along the grassy spoils.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and on live bait and Gulps.

SOUTH PADRE: Redfish and trout are good in South Bay and Mexiquita Flats on shrimp and Gulps under rattling corks. Trout and redfish are good at the jetty on live bait.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp and Gulps. Redfish are good on Gulps small topwaters while casting to the shallows.


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