- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water murky; 83-87 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 17.36’ high. 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.

BROWNWOOD: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms over brush piles in 15-25 feet. Hybrid striper are fair on shad at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, Chug Bugs, and Texas rigged watermelon soft plastics. Striped bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and swim baits. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies around brush. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 0.85’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters, Rat-L-Traps, and watermelon soft plastics along shorelines. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Tiny Traps early and late. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke grubs, and dark crankbaits early. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on liver and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on goldfish and perch.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and chartreuse topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and small Rat-L-Traps. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and cut bait over baited holes.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on minnows, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.

GRANGER: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 0.83’ high. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and watermelon soft plastics. White bass are fair on pet spoons and small spinnerbaits early and late. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs in 10-15 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with perch and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.72’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards, and on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 0.75’ 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; 82-86 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 12.61’ high. 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.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 4.38’ 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; 84-88 degrees; 1.04’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. 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; 82-86 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 86-91 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are fair weightless Senkos and football jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.22’ low. Black bass are fair on shad pattern deep diving crankbaits and Carolina rigged worms. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 1.03’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, Texas rigged worms and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on brush piles in 10-12’. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water stained to lightly stained, 84-89 degrees: 0.29’ high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.

CADDO: Water stained to muddy; 85-91 degrees; 0.50’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 0.58’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws and shakeyheads on docks with brush. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

COOPER: Water stained to muddy; 0.57’ low. 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; 86-90 degrees; 0.91’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged Flukes, football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 85-90 degrees; 4.23’ high. Black bass good on Texas rigged soft plastics and shakyheads. White bass and hybrid bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 84-89 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 2.90’ high. Black bass are good on football jigs, topwaters and Carolina rigged worms. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAVON: Water stained; 86-90 degrees: 0.27’ low. Black bass are slow on buzzbaits, wakebaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 85-90 degrees; 1.64’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and topwater walking baits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 88-93 degrees; 0.98’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Senkos and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 86-92 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and drop shot worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.50’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY HUBBARD: Water stained; 85-90 degrees; 0.12’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, medium and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 85-90 degrees; 0.34’ high. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits, football jigs and Carolina rigged Flukes. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 84-90 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, flipping jigs and Texas rigged craws on docks and lily pads. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.

TEXOMA: Water stained to muddy; 85-89 degrees; 1.38’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters, crankbaits and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 0.87’ low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water muddy; 20.91’ high. No report available.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 85-89 degrees; 24.13’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on shad and chartreuse topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs and small spinnerbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver, and shrimp over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair 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 murky. Black bass are good on crankbaits and watermelon soft plastics near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver, shad, and gold spoons along shorelines. Redfish are fair on perch and shad in the reeds. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, cut bait, and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics near the jetty. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and striper jigs near the dam. Redfish are fair on live perch and tilapia along the shoreline. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on live bait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 22.05’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and watermelon soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 98 degrees at the hot water discharge, 88 degrees in main lake; 0.57’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and crankbaits in 8-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs in 10-12 feet. Channel and blue catfish to 9 pounds are fair on live perch and cut bait in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 85-89 degrees; 30.82’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jigs, and Carolina rigged magnum flukes. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are excellent on live minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on shrimp, shad, 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; 0.67’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and white spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on green pumpkin football jigs and crankbaits in brush in 14-20 feet. Crappie are very good on live minnows over brush tops in 15 feet. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad or perch.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on slabs, troll tubes, and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 0.41’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.27’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 0.55’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon topwaters and shallow running crankbaits along shorelines. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, and shrimp in 25-30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 32.26’ low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 72.82’ low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 58.37’ low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 54.16’ low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear; 87 degrees; 2.2’ low. Black bass are good early on topwaters, later watch your fish finder - fish are schooling under water and can be caught on rattle-back spoons up to 50 feet deep. Crappie are fair at night under lights. Catfish are fair on juglines.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 85-89 degrees; 0.69’ low. No reports on black bass. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows in the shallows. Catfish are good on worms and stinkbait.

COLORADO CITY: 20.89’ low. No report available.

FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on topwaters, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 85-90 degrees; 0.81’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits and Pop-Rs early, later switching to Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

NASWORTHY: 84-89 degrees; 1.05’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Zara Spooks early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and wacky rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 10.85’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, crankbaits and jigs. 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; 86-90 degrees; 34.02’ low. Black bass are fair to good on weightless flukes, jigs, medium running shad pattern crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 84-90 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair on wacky rigs, Texas rigs, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on split shot weighted live minnows. White bass are fair to good on Road Rooster Tails. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cur bait.

SPENCE: 54.14’ low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.3’ low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 83-89 degrees; 22.33’ low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 84-89 degrees; 17.81’ 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. Drifter have been working 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 and Down South Lures. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass on live bait.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair on deep shell on soft plastics. The bay is beginning to get saltier with the absence of runoff from Trinity River.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on purple and plum Litl’ Johns, Down South Lures and Bass Assassins. 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, redfish and black drum are fair to good on the reefs off the channel. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Offshore is good for tarpon, 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 on soft plastics and shrimp.

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. Redfish are fair to good while drifting deep shell.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on topwaters and live shrimp in Oyster Lake and Crab Lake.

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 at the jetty on croakers and live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Trout are good on small Super Spooks and She Pups while wading sand and grass. Trout are fair in the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island.

PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Redfish are good around Pelican Island on topwaters and live shrimp. Offshore is good for kingfish, ling, dorado and tuna.

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 and Gulps under a popping cork. Trout are fair to good while wading reefs in Nueces Bay.

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 plum plastics. Redfish are fair to good at Yarborough on soft plastics and gold spoons.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and on live bait around East Cut. Offshore is good for ling, dorado and kingfish.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good in South Bay on shrimp and plastics under rattling corks. Redfish and a few kingfish have been caught at the jetty.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are good on small Super Spooks and SkitterWalks in Cullen Bay and Laguna Vista.

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