- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for May 6 and also available on the Internet at https://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 67-71 degrees. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, shrimp, liver, and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 10.95 feet low. Black bass are good on blue/black soft plastic worms in coves. Hybrid striper are good on light blue jigs and chrome slabs. White bass are good on light blue jigs and chrome slabs. Crappie are very good on minnows and white jigs in 20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on summer sausage and Vienna sausage. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 11.71 feet low. Black bass are excellent on green pumpkin Senkos and crankbaits in 2-6 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are excellent on swim baits, minnows, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits in 2-6 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are excellent on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish in 3-10 feet.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 29.56 feet low. Black bass are good on Curb’s jigs, wacky rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks, and JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters in creeks and pockets in 3-6 feet. Striped bass are fair jigging white Curb’s bucktail jigs in 10-25 feet. White bass are good vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Bleeding Shad Tiny Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 9.92 feet low. Black bass are good on JDC spider Grubs, pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks on jigheads, and grape Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads along 8-15 foot break lines. Striped bass are fair on crankbaits, and vertically jigging silver Pirk Minnows and white Curb’s striper jigs. White bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows, and trolling Daiwa Shad Masters and Shad Raps in 10-25 feet. Smallmouth bass are good on watermelon Rat-L-Traps, JDC curl tail grubs, and 6-inch watermelon Scoundrels on jigheads along main lake points in 10-20 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 62-66 degrees; 17.88 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and dark soft plastic worms and lizards. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon, chartreuse, and black/blue Wacky Worms and Senkos in 5-15 feet, and on chartreuse spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad and shrimp over baited holes.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 1.12 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/blue and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANGER: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.12 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies on points and windy shallow roadbeds. Crappie are good on jigs tipped with Berkley crappie nibbles in 4-12 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad in 10-15 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.

LBJ: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 0.33 feet low. Black bass are good on Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, chartreuse creature baits, and pumpkin JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters in 8-18 feet. White bass are fair vertically jigging Tiny Traps and Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on minnows and blue Curb’s crappie jigs in 10-20 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 0.63 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits near the dam. White bass are fair on minnows from the bank in Liberty Hill Park. Crappie are very good on minnows and jigs in creeks and over brush piles. Channel catfish are very good on stinkbait and shad in Liberty Hill Park. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 11.67 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 10-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 1.92 feet high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 13.47 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon and cotton candy soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies in 10-20 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows in 10-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 51.58 feet low. Black bass are good on smoke grubs, watermelon soft plastics, and Brush Hogs in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on spinnerbaits, minnows, and pearl grubs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs in 10-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait in 20-40 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on spoons and silver striper jigs. White bass are good on slabs and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 6.03 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/blue and blue/black spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slab spoons and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait and shrimp.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 71-74 degrees; 0.64 feet high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water murky; 72-75 degrees; 0.42 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 70-74 degrees; 0.09 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits, jigs and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows around bridges and backs of creeks. Catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp and cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water stained, 70-73 degrees; 23.62 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse with brown back crankbaits and small topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are good on prepared bait. Call ahead as lake access is becoming severely limited.

CADDO: Water stained to muddy; 70-73 degrees; 2.05 feet high. Black bass are fair on square bill crankbaits and topwaters. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water stained to muddy; 71-75 degrees; 0.09 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics near shallow cover. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.

COOPER: Water stained, 70-74 degrees: 0.42 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 stained to muddy; 72-75 degrees; 0.20 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, swimbaits and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 70—73 degrees; 1.68 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms and craws. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 69-73 degrees; 1.64 feet high. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slab and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained to muddy; 71-75; degrees; 4.37 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad.

LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 70-74 degrees; 0.92 feet high. No report available.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 1.55 feet high. Black bass are fair on shallow and medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 73-83 degrees; 0.06 feet low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water clear; 71-74 degrees; 0.06 feet low. Black bass are good on Reaction Innovations Sweet Beavers and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 0.94 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water slightly stained; 70-73 degrees; 2.45 feet low. Black bass are good on small swimbaits and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. White bass are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 69-72 degrees; 0.45 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms and topwaters near shallow cover - some fish being caught on hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 70-74 degrees; 4.55 feet low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slab and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 3.90 feet low. No report available.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 69-73 degrees; 0.22 feet high. Black bass are good on crankbaits and topwater walking baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 70-74 degrees; 5.12 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 71-75 degrees; 9.00 feet high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs and bladed jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 28.87 feet low. Black bass are very good on crankbaits, topwaters, Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, Senkos, and jigs. Striped bass are good on topwaters and Red Fins. White bass are fair on crankbaits and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes in 6-25 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch at night. 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 good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along shorelines and structure. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and silver spoons. Redfish are good on live perch and tilapia. Channel catfish are excellent on shrimp, liver, and stinkbait. Blue catfish are fair on chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and white grubs. Striped bass are good on chicken livers, shad, and spoons. Redfish are good on perch and shrimp on the bottom. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on nightcrawlers, shad, and liver in 10 - 20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 64-68 degrees; 27.66 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/white and chartreuse/blue spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait in 10-15 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 75 degrees in main lake, offline at hot water discharge; 0.45 feet high. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs at Coletoville Bridge in 10-12 feet. Channel and blue catfish to 12 pounds are good on live perch and cut bait in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 21.76 feet low. Black bass are excellent on spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are very good on minnows, grubs, and jigs. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, nightcrawlers, 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 murky; 65-69 degrees; 0.09 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/blue spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and Curb’s crappie jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon and crawfish colored crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.27 feet high. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on red and purple soft plastic worms and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Smallmouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows near the islands. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad and live worms. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 64-68 degrees; 0.77 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on slabs and troll tubes. White bass are good on slabs and troll tubes. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are very good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 4.01 feet high. Black bass are good on soft plastic worms and lizards in 1-4 feet, and on Carolina rigged lizards and French fries on main lake flats. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on shiners and shad jigs in 4-8 feet. Catfish are good on juglines baited with prepared bait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.23 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 0.17 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/blue spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits in 6-10 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good trolling black/chartreuse jigs over hydrilla beds. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and liver in the mouths of creeks. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 43.59 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 89.07 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 77.96 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 58.96 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water stained; 68-73 degrees; 0.18 feet high. Black bass are fair on flukes, Senkos and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs under a slip cork. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worm-Glo) nightcrawlers.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 67-71 degrees; 19.08 feet low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.

COLORADO CITY: 22.38 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 66-71 degrees; 15.94 feet low. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live minnows in 2-8 feet. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 66-71 degrees; 31.38 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigs and chartreuse or white spinnerbaits. 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; 67-72 degrees; 25.75 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, Texas rigs and split shot rigged flukes. 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; 66-72 degrees; 45.55 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, weightless Grande Bass Rattlesnakes and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 66-72 degrees; 12.34 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on spinnerbaits, Texas rigs, weightless Senkos and finesse jigs. 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: 70.29 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 16.91 feet low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 65-71 degrees; 28.59 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 66-71 degrees; 27.87 feet low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout, redfish, sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove and the jetty on topwaters.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Trout are good at the pass on live shrimp.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair over deep shell on plastics. Freshwater has inundated the upper end of the bay near the mouth of the river.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Top Dogs and She Pups on the incoming tide. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on Bass Assassins, Gamblers and Tidal Surges in the afternoon while wading the south shoreline. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp and mullet. 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 fair on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good over deep shell on the east and west ends of the bay. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. Flounder are fair for waders on the south shoreline.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good in Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Sheepshead and black drum are fair to good on shrimp on reefs.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good 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. Redfish are good at the jetty on crabs and mullet.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Trout are fair to good in St. Charles Bay on topwaters while working reefs.

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 on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are good while wading sand and grass on topwaters and soft plastics.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair over sand and grass on Corkies and topwaters. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good at Rocky Slough on plum plastics and Gulps under popping corks.

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

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair to good around the spoil islands and channel edges on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good over humps, guts and grass beds on Gulps, gold spoons and shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp, Gulps and DOA Shrimp under a popping cork. Redfish are fair at in the coves on the incoming tide on SkitterWalks and soft plastics under rattling corks.


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