- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

Edited and compiled by J.P. Greeson, Bink Grimes, Kendal Hemphill and Mark Perry for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department under a federal grant provided by the Sport Fish Restoration Program - updated 1-6-16 at 4:00 p.m.

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 64-68 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 4.59’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water murky; 60-64 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon jigs and crankbaits, and on chartreuse GrandeBass 4” Trickster worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 8.24’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Whacky Sticks, chartreuse Curb’s jigs, Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, and smoke grubs on flats. Striped bass are good on shad colored Rat-L-Traps, Spoiler Shads, and Pirk Minnows in 20-30 feet. White bass are fair on minnows and Tiny Traps in deep creeks. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles in 15-30 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged watermelon Scoundrel worms on shaky head jigs and green pumpkin Whacky Sticks on jigheads off secondary points. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads, Red Fins, and Pirk Minnows in the lower end of the lake. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke/red flake tubes, pumpkinseed curl tail grubs on jigheads, and pumpkin Curb’s jigs along ledges in 12-15 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and crappie jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 4.93’ low. Black bass are good on perch colored spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastic worms, and on topwaters over grass. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 61-65 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers.

GRANGER: Water clear; 63-67 degrees; 2.36’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 64-68 degrees; 0.78’ low. Black bass are fair on Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, buzzbaits, and wacky rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks in 10-20 feet. White bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are fair on Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 15-20 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 14.84’ high. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and shad colored spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are fair on minnows and perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 4.77’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and watermelon soft plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs and slabs. White bass are fair on minnows and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 4.62’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 2.14’ high. Black bass are fair on small crankbaits and green spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows, stinkbait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 4.54’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, watermelon worms, and small spinnerbaits in 20-35 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and chartreuse spinnerbaits in 22-40 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 0.70’ high. Black bass are fair on perch colored spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water murky; 50-53 degrees; 1.19’ high. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water murky; 51-54 degrees; 0.76’ high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Some fish being caught on spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained, 50-53 degrees; 1.35’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles in 12 feet. Catfish are good on drifting cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water stained, 49-53 degrees: 0.82’ high. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and medium diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

CADDO: Water murky; 51-54 degrees; 3.00’ high. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and Texas rigged creature baits. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

CEDAR CREEK: Water stained to murky; 50-54 degrees; 0.47’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

COOPER: Water stained; 7.91’ 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; 49-53 degrees; 1.47’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws and flipping jigs around timber in 4-10 feet. Flutter spoons and football jigs along deeper drops effective as well. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 19.67’ high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.

JOE POOL: Water stained; 8.85’ high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water murky; 12.84’ high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water. Use caution when navigating lake.

LAVON: Water stained; 8.49’ high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 49-53 degrees; 8.97’ high. Black bass slow on spinnerbaits and suspending jerkbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. Please use caution when navigating and please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 78-85 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water lightly stained; 73-78 degrees; 0.31’ high. Black bass are good on black and blue flipping jigs and Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water stained; 49-52 degrees; 3.23’ high. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water slightly stained; 50-53 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 8.13’ high. No report available. All ramps closed due to high water.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained to murky; 51-54 degrees; 1.16’ high. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water murky; 3.89’ high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.

TEXOMA: Water stained; 5.93’ high. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits, finesse jigs and football jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 0.30’ high. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 50-53 degrees; 26.69’ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and black/blue flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 61-68 degrees; 24.87’ low. Black bass are good on green Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs, jigging spoons, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are good on slabs, jigging spoons, and Rat-L-Traps. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and stinkbait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are 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 good on crankbaits and watermelon soft plastic worms. Striped bass are good on liver and chartreuse striper jigs. Redfish are good on shad, shrimp, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait near the dam. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are good on perch colored spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are fair on live bait, crawfish, and tilapia near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait near 181 Cove. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 23.08’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and pumpkinseed soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps in 10-25 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, liver, and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 64 degrees in main lake, 67 at hot water discharge; 1.03’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.

FALCON: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 15.64’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and jigs. Crappie are very good on chartreuse/silver jigs. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, 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; 58-67 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water lightly stained; 62-66 degrees; 0.84’ high. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on Zoom worms near the marina in 12 feet, and on bream colored jigs near brush piles near the dam in 16 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows and green tube jigs near brush in 20-30 feet. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 57-63 degrees; 0.43’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 58-65 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers.

STEINHAGEN: 0.05’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 58-66 degrees; 0.69’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon and perch colored soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and small crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 34.06’ low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 71.27’ low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 58.91’ low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 51.6’ low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: 1.48’ low. No reports due to winter weather.

ARROWHEAD: 0.83’ high. No reports due to winter weather.

COLORADO CITY: 19.81’ low. No report available.

FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 54-59 degrees; 0.49’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, weighted flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 55-61 degrees; 13.97’ low. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, spoons, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

NASWORTHY: 52-58 degrees; 1.36’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 51-58 degrees; 16.81’ low. Black bass are fair to good on weighted flukes, medium running shad pattern crankbaits, 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; 53-59 degrees; 45.82’ low. Black bass are fair to good Texas rigs, jigs, squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 56-61 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on live shad and nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 55.17’ low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.53’ high. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 53-58 degrees; 29.01’ low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 54-59 degrees; 16.55’ low. No reports due to winter weather.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell. Waders have taken better trout on the Louisiana shoreline on slow-sinking plugs.

SOUTH SABINE: Redfish are fair on the edge of the channel on mullet. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on slow-sinking plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Redfish are fair to good at the spillway on crabs and mullet. The Trinity River remains out of its banks.

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

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good in the mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are good in Moses Lake on fresh shrimp. Black drum, sheepshead and redfish are fair on the edge of the channel on shrimp.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish are fair to good at San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of drains on Gulps and shrimp.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on plastics over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal and at the mouths of drains on Gulps and jigs tipped with shrimp.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous. Trout are fair on shell on soft plastics and finger mullet.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp and topwaters.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in the Lydia Ann Channel on cut-mullet and shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good on the ledges of the channel on mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout and flounder are fair to good in Oso Bay for waders on Gulps and Corkies. Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the flats on live shrimp, Gulps and DOA Shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good in mud and grass on Corkies, Gamblers and Down South Lures. Trout are fair to good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair to good on mud along the edge of the channel on Corkies and MirrOlures.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish, black drum and mangrove snapper are fair to good in the channel on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks. Redfish are good in the holes and guts on Gulps and scented baits.


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