- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for July 27 and also available on the Internet at https://www.txfishing.com

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water murky; 86-90 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 13.38 feet high. Black bass are good on soft plastic worms early. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 0.43 feet 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; 82-86 degrees; 0.23 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon flukes, Chug Bugs and 5-inch Whacky Sticks in Silver Creek in 5-15 feet early. Striped bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and chartreuse striper jigs near Lighthouse Point. White bass are good on minnows and Tiny Traps around structure. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, nightcrawlers, and bloodbait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 0.73 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon flukes and topwaters, and watermelon/blue flake soft plastic worms over brush piles. Striped bass are fair on spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits around humps early. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on watermelon jigs and white grubs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on perch upriver.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 0.68 feet 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; 84-88 degrees; 0.02 feet 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; 82-86 degrees; 0.55 feet 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; 84-88 degrees; 0.79 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse jigs and shallow running crankbaits early, and on watermelon tubes and Texas rigged soft plastics along shorelines. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies around structure. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs and Spoiler Shads early and late. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are very good on nightcrawlers, stinkbait, and live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 85-89 degrees; 0.75 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; 83-87 degrees; 0.08 feet 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; 86-90 degrees; 11.04 feet 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 HOLLOW: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 3.09 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; 85-89 degrees; 1.64 feet low. Black bass are good on small spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and nightcrawlers. 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; 84-88 degrees; 0.83 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Whit0 bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 0.35 feet low. Black bass are good on weightless Senkos and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 86-89 degrees; 0.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, Carolina rigged worms and topwaters early. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 1.24 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, Texas rigged worms and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water stained to lightly stained, 85-89 degrees: 0.11 feet high. Black bass are good on Megabass Knuckle LD squarebill crankbaits and Texas rigged worms in green pumpkin with chartreuse tail. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

CADDO: Water stained to muddy; 86-91 degrees; 0.40 feet high. Black bass are fair on heavy Texas rigged creature baits and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 85-90 degrees; 0.72 feet low. Black bass are fair on weightless worms and shakyheads on docks with brush. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

COOPER: Water stained to muddy; 0.71 feet 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; 85-89 degrees; 1.08 feet low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged Flukes, flutter spoons and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and stinkbait.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 86-89 degrees; 1.33 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics and shakyheads. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.09 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 2.71 feet high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, topwaters and Carolina rigged worms. White bass are slow on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAVON: Water stained; 85-90 degrees: 0.66 feet low. Black bass are slow on buzzbaits, Texas rigged craws and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 85-90 degrees; 0.33 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, Yellow Magics and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 88-92 degrees; 1.18 feet low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, Senkos and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 86-93 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Black bass are slow on deep crankbaits and drop shot worms. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.64 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY HUBBARD: Water stained; 85-90 degrees; 0.36 feet low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits, topwaters and Carolina rigged Flukes. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 85-90 degrees; 0.11 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and swimjigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 87-90 degrees; 0.20 feet low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, flipping jigs and Texas rigged craws on docks and lily pads. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

TEXOMA: Water stained to muddy; 85-88 degrees; 1.11 feet high. Black bass are fair on topwaters, crankbaits and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 1.13 feet low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water muddy; 18.63 feet high. No report available.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 24.31 feet 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; 83-87 degrees; 22.26 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps early and late. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good on live perch and goldfish.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 98 degrees at the hot water discharge, 88 degrees in main lake; 0.78 feet low. Black bass 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 are fair on live perch and cut bait in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 31.56 feet 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; 84-88 degrees; 0.80 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and liver.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 88-92 degrees; 0.50 feet low. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on bream colored topwaters and purple or watermelon seed soft plastic worms around structure. Crappie are good on live minnows on the north side of the lake. Bream are good on live worms off grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.21 feet 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; 84-88 degrees; 0.46 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits and watermelon Rat-L-Traps. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, shrimp, and liver.

STEINHAGEN: 1.66 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 0.87 feet 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 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 72.82 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 58.37 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 54.16 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear; 87 degrees; 2.2 feet 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 feet 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 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 0.01 feet 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 feet 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 feet 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 feet 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 feet 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 feet 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 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.3 feet low. No report available.

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

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 84-89 degrees; 17.81 feet low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good in the middle of the lake over rafts of shad. Redfish are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Some birds have worked over trout.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove and around the jetty rocks on topwaters. Redfish are fair to good in the marsh 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. Croakers are good on dead shrimp in the channel and around the pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair for drifters working shell pads and deep reefs on Tidal Surges, Lit’l Johns and Bass Assassins. Redfish and trout are fair to good at the spillway on shrimp.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on topwaters and soft plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good on mid-bay reefs on plastics and croakers.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp. Tarpon are showing on the beachfront.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are good on the channel on croakers. Trout are fair to good on deep reefs and wells on live bait. Sand trout are fair on fresh shrimp off the piers.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Trout and sand trout are good at the jetties on shrimp and DOA Shrimp. Kingfish and ling are good offshore around shrimp boats.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good in the middle of the bay around slicks and live shrimp. Trout are good for waders tossing topwaters on reefs.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good on live shrimp on reefs. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on sand and grass on soft plastics.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair at the mouths of bayous on the outgoing tide. Trout and bull redfish are good at the jetty on shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on free-lined shrimp in the deep channels. Trout and redfish are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp. Offshore is good for sharks, ling and kingfish.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Trout are fair on the drop-offs on croakers. Redfish are good in the guts on the outgoing tide.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good in mud and grass on Corkies and topwaters. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good while drifting with topwaters and Gulps under a cork at Rocky Slough.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters and soft plastics under corks around sand and grass. Redfish are good while wading pot holes and sand flats on gold spoons and small topwaters.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair to good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp. Tarpon, snook, trout and Spanish mackerel are fair to good at the jetty on live bait.

PORT ISABEL: Snook are fair to good in South Bay on shrimp, Gulps and DOA Shrimp. Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp.

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