- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Sept. 23 and also available on the Internet at https://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 83-87 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, soft plastics, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, minnows, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.74 feet low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad early. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 1.73 feet low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Pop Rs, crankbaits, minnows, and jigs under lights at night and around State Park and Sandy Beach. Crappie are good on white and shad Li’l Fishies and minnows in 12-16 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 12.19 feet low. Black bass are fair on shad flukes, Pop-R’s, and watermelon red Whacky Sticks on jigheads off points and ledges in 8-20 feet early. Striped bass are fair on live bait and plastic swim baits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 2.52 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on green pumpkin soft plastics and topwaters over grass early, and on red flake worms and Devil’s Tongues off points and ledges. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on pumpkin tube jigs and smoke grubs in 10-20 feet early. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 7.24 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon 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 murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad, liver, and shrimp over baited holes.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 0.60 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits, and on chartreuse soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and live bait.

GRANGER: Water clear; 80-84 degrees; 0.06 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits upriver near the island. White bass are fair on slab spoons along the humps and ridges near the dam. Crappie are very good on jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles upriver around stumps in 3-6 feet and in the main lake in 6-12 feet. Blue catfish are good on fresh shad. Yellow catfish are good on live perch.

LBJ: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.76 feet low. Black bass are good on blue flake Whacky Sticks, blue Curb’s Erratic jigs, and Texas rigged soft plastics near docks in 5-10 feet. Striped bass are good on Li’l Fishies and Spoiler Shads at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are fair on blue Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows in clear water. Channel catfish are good on nightcrawlers and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 0.96 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics. White bass are fair near the dam early. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/clear tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with perch and cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 85-89 degrees; 0.76 feet low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and liver. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 0.03 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Perch are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 1.18 feet low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms. White bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 85-89 degrees; 14.49 feet low. Black bass are fair on smoke grubs and watermelon Rat-L-Traps in 15-30 feet. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on small crankbaits and jigging spoons in 20-30 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut perch in 30-40 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on small spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 2.46 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and deep running crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on green striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows early and late. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp and liver.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 80-85 degrees; 1.53 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, spinnerbaits and weightless worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 1.77 feet low. Black bass are good on white buzzbaits, bladed jigs and flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained, 79-84 degrees; 2.34 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters and soft plastics near shallow cover. Bigger fish are coming off humps, points and ridges offshore. Crappie are good on minnows around brush piles in 10-12 feet. Catfish are good on prepared bait, cut bait and stinkbait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 78-82 degrees: 3.67 feet low. Black bass are good on small Texas rigged Megabass Bottle Shrimp near shallow cover and bushes. Squarebill crankbaits along shallow points and cover effective as well. Crappie are good along the bridge and on brush piles on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 80-85 degrees; 0.25 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 78-83 degrees; 1.92 feet low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, topwaters and white spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

COOPER: Water stained; 1.86 feet low. 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; 79-83 degrees; 1.75 feet low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, small swimbaits and Texas rigged Megabass Bat N Fly in shallow cover as well as on shallow docks. White and yellow bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.16 feet high. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, topwaters and Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

JOE POOL: Water stained; 78-83 degrees; 0.40 feet low. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and shrimp.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 1.17 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, hollow body frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAVON: Water stained; 81-84 degrees; 3.14 feet low. Black bass slow on black buzzbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 0.14 feet high. Black bass fair on Rat L Traps, shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged worms. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fait on rod and reel and prepared bait.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 86-93 degrees; 2.28 feet low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, swim jigs and hollow body frogs. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 0.30 feet low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and buzzbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 78-82 degrees; 1.67 feet low. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs and Texas rig craws. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water slightly stained; 79-83 degrees; 2.53 feet low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, swimjigs and small swimbaits rigged on jigheads. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 79-84 degrees; 0.06 feet high. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 1.06 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms and Senkos. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 1.29 feet low. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and buzzbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

TEXOMA: Water stained to muddy; 2.32 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs, shakyheads and weightless worms. No report on crappie. Striped bass are fair on Pencil Poppers. Catfish are fair on live and prepared baits.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 3.31 feet low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 4.38 feet high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and black/blue flipping jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 87-91 degrees; 28.48 feet low. Black bass are very good on topwaters, soft plastics, jigs, and drop shots. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are very good on trotlines 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 fair on green pumpkin Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good down rigging silver spoons near the dam. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and stinkbait near the dam. Blue catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on spoons and striper jigs near the dam and the crappie wall. Redfish are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 22.46 feet low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and large soft plastics in the grass. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait and minnows. Yellow catfish are good on live perch.

COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 82 degrees in main lake, 97 at hot water discharge; 1.34 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits around grass beds. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs at Coletoville Bridge in 10-12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live perch in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 85-89 degrees; 19.05 feet low. Black bass are good on large worms and jigs in 10-12 feet. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on stinkbait, shrimp, 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; 82-86 degrees; 1.57 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics and Senkos. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are good on chartreuse and watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and live perch.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 1.48 feet low. Black bass to 3 pounds are fair on bream colored soft plastic worms, motor oil colored worms with chartreuse tails, and jigs around stumps in 10-15 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 84-88 degrees; 0.26 feet high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are good on Rat-L-Traps, slabs, and crankbaits. White bass are fair on troll tubes and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 1.57 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and nightcrawlers.

STEINHAGEN: 1.81 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 3.89 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and watermelon soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shrimp and perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 36 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 71.34 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 62.92 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 54.66 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water stained; 76-82 degrees; 1.65 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to jigs, Texas rigs and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worm-Glo) nightcrawlers.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 77-82 degrees; 1.13 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, chatterbaits and Senkos. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 19.56 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 76-81 degrees; 8.22 feet low. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 74-82 degrees; 19.31 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Yellow Magics early, later switching jigs, Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

NASWORTHY: 1.44 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits and Texas rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 73-81 degrees; 19.44 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn-Glo) nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 74-83 degrees; 44.46 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to split shot rigged flukes, Texas rigs and finesses jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 74-82 degrees; 1.21 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, chatterbaits, drop shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on live shad and nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 60.03 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 1.57 feet low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 72-81 degrees; 30 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 73-80 degrees; 16.49 feet low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under the birds on soft plastics and good in the river on live shad. Redfish are good in the marsh on small topwaters and Corkies.

SOUTH SABINE: Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair around the Reef on live shrimp and under birds on soft plastics.

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: Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet. Trout are fair to good under birds throughout the bay.

TEXAS CITY: Gulf trout and sand trout are good on fresh shrimp around the dike. Bull redfish are good on the end of the dike on natural baits.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good under birds on the north shoreline. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Bull redfish are good on the beachfront on crabs, mullet and table shrimp. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good on deep shell on the lower end of the bay.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Bull redfish are good in Cold Pass and San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. Redfish are good at the jetties on natural baits.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good in Lake Austin on live shrimp.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good in Oyster Lake on shrimp. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Black drum are fair to good at Shell Island on live shrimp.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters over soft mud in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp and topwaters. Redfish are good at the jetty on crabs and finger mullet.

ROCKPORT: Bull redfish are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats on mullet and shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish are fair to good on the East Flats on topwaters and Gulps.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are fair to good around Shamrock Cove on small topwaters and gold spoons. Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Black drum are good on the reefs in Nueces Bay.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good around the spoils on topwaters and soft plastics. Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and topwaters. Redfish are good in the Land Cut on natural baits.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass holes. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and sight-casting to the shallows. Bull redfish are good at East Cut on crabs and mullet.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Trout and redfish are fair at the jetty on live shad.

PORT ISABEL: Redfish are fair to good in Cullen Bay on Gulps and topwaters. Trout and redfish are fair to good in South Bay on live shrimp.


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