- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for April 20 and also available on the Internet at https://www.txfishing.com:

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water clear; 63-67 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 0.55 feet high. Black bass are good on soft plastic worms on the bottom. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are good on light blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on summer sausage and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.22 feet high. Black bass are good on red bug spinnerbaits and Shaky heads with Grande Bass Finesse worms in 3-6 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and Rat-L-Traps under lights at night. Crappie are very good on minnows over brush piles in 16-25 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 61-65 degrees; 3.74 feet low. Black bass are good on Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, chartreuse Terminator spinnerbaits, and pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks over grass in creeks. Striped bass are fair on white jigs, silver Pirk Minnows, and live bait in 12-25 feet. White bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, watermelon Senkos, and Li’l Fishies early. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 60-64 degrees; 0.56 feet high. Black bass are good on chartreuse topwaters and spinnerbaits, and on root beer/red flake Baby Brush Hogs in creeks, and main lake flats in 10-18 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on watermelon Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits upriver. Smallmouth bass are good on chartreuse tubes on jigheads, white JDC curl tail grubs, and Bleeding Shad Tiny Traps along main lake points and ledges. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 3.19 feet low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, and jerkbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on shad crankbaits and watermelon a soft plastic worms over grass. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 60-64 degrees; 0.19 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics 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. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.

GRANGER: Water murky; 61-65 degrees; 0.55 feet high. Black bass are fair on white/chartreuse spinnerbaits upriver. White bass are fair on small white jigs upriver near Dickerson’s. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 6-15 feet. Blue catfish are very good on juglines baited with shad and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are good on live perch.

LBJ: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 0.84 feet low. Black bass are good on perch colored topwaters, watermelon red Rat-L-Traps, and green pumpkin tubes in 12-25 feet. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.27 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 0.66 feet high. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and small crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad and doughbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 60-64 degrees; 0.47 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are good on green striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 61-65 degrees; 0.38 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 0.09 feet high. Black bass are good on chrome topwaters, watermelon Brush Hogs, and white grubs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse jigs and chrome jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers in 20-35 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 60-64 degrees; 1.46 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water stained; 64-70 degrees; 0.66 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and buzzbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on rod and reel as well as prepared bait.

BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 63-68 degrees; 0.39 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, flipping jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

BONHAM: Water stained to muddy, 65-68 degrees; 0.39 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, shallow crankbaits and flipping jigs around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows around the bridges. Catfish are slow on cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water stained to muddy, 64-68 degrees: 3.29 feet high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines. Please call ahead as some ramps may be closed due to flooding.

CADDO: Water muddy; 2.60 feet high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps may be closed due to flooding in the area.

CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 64-69 degrees; 0.36 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and Texas rigged soft plastics near docks and shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

COOPER: Water stained; 1.22 feet high. No report available.

FAIRFIELD: Black bass fishing reported as significantly improved. TPWD discontinued stocking the lake after the fish kill in September 2011. Redfish survived the kill in limited numbers.

FORK: Water stained to muddy; 65-69 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, weedless soft swimbaits and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 5.15 feet high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.

JOE POOL: Water stained to muddy; 66-69 degrees; 3.24 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, buzzbaits and buzz frogs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water muddy; 9.38 feet high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water. Use caution when navigating lake.

LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 65-70 degrees: 3.03 feet high. Black bass are slow on buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained to muddy; 63-69 degrees; 1.91 feet high. Black bass are slow on creature baits and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 76-81 degrees; 0.08 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 66-71 degrees; 0.02 feet low. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait and trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water stained; 66-69 degrees; 0.91 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, swimjigs and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water stained; 65-70 degrees; 0.19 feet high. Black bass are fair on shallow and medium diving crankbaits and Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 1.26 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits and swimjigs. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows near brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.98 feet high. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and finesse jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 66-70 degrees; 1.17 feet high. Black bass slow on flipping jigs, hollow body frogs and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.41 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Pop Rs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 0.32 feet high. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water muddy; 26.09 feet high. No report available.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 24.56 feet low. Black bass are very good on jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs. Striped bass are fair on jigging spoons, and small crankbaits. White bass are fair on jigging spoons, minnows, white grubs, and small crankbaits. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes in 12-15 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines, throwlines, and droplines 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 spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on liver and perch near Dead Tree Point. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on spoons and chicken livers near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 61-65 degrees; 23.26 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 68 degrees in main lake; 0.09 feet high. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat-L-Traps and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in 10-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and liver. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.

FALCON: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 21.75 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are very good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are very good 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; 61-65 degrees; 0.01 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics, and on small spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cheesebait.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.15 feet high. Black bass are good on June bug soft plastic worms on the south side of the lake in 8-15 feet. Crappie are good on live minnows off piers and over brush piles in 15 feet. Bream are fair on live worms from piers. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait off piers and on trotlines baited with perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 0.15 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on live shad. White bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 61-65 degrees; 2.50 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Catfish are slow.

STEINHAGEN: 1.19 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 0.27 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 33.55 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 71.93 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 58.16 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 54.6 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water fairly clear; 62-65 degrees; 2.85 feet low. Black bass are good on soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 10-12 feet. Catfish are good on live perch and goldfish.

ARROWHEAD: Water stained; 65-68 degrees; 0.68 feet high. No reports on black bass. Black and white crappie are good on jigs and minnows in the shallows and deep. Catfish are good on worms and stinkbait.

COLORADO CITY: 20.36 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 59-65 degrees; 1.19 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and Senkos. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows around shallow cover. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 61-69 degrees; 12.4 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and small swimbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and split shot weighted minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

NASWORTHY: 59-65 degrees; 1.22 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas rigged lizards and weightless flukes. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 58-66 degrees; 14.39 feet low. Black bass are fair on jigs, Senkos and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn-Glo) nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 59-67 degrees; 45.70 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 58-67 degrees; 0.14 feet high. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 55.98 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.34 feet high. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 59-67 degrees; 26.8 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 58-66 degrees; 16.97 feet low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Redfish are good in the marsh on small topwaters. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Trout are showing on the Louisiana shoreline.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good at the jetty on pogies and croakers. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp.

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: Trout are fair over deep shell on plastics. Redfish are fair on shrimp around the Spillway. Waters are beginning to get salty again after the runoff.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair on the south shoreline on soft plastics and topwaters. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good over deep shell on plastics.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good in the afternoon while wading with Corkies.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good at April Fool’s Reef on live shrimp. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp. Black drum are good in the channel on crabs.

FREEPORT: Trout are fair to good at San Luis Pass on shrimp. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay.

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.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics and topwaters. Black drum are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.

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

ROCKPORT: Redfish are fair to good on shrimp and mullet on the Estes Flats. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp and topwaters.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp. Trout are good on topwaters at Super Flats.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good around Shamrock Cove on topwaters. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good around the rocks on Gamblers and topwaters. Redfish are fair on the edge of the ICW on shrimp and plastics. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass along the drop-off of the ICW. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps and plastics under popping corks.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Trout, black drum, redfish and jack crevalle are good at the jetty.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp and Gulps. Redfish are fair at Laguna Vista and South Bay on small topwaters and soft plastics under rattling corks.

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