- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for May 18 and also available on the Internet at https://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water clear; 69-73 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 6.75 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.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 64-68 degrees; 1.92 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon and craw colored crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 5-15 feet. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 10-20 feet. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 0.25 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Skip-N-Pop topwaters, Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, and watermelon Whacky Sticks in 8-16 feet. Striped bass are good on watermelon topwaters and Rat-L-Traps on the surface at first light. White bass are fair trolling green Rat-L-Traps and jigging Pirk Minnows over rock piles. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 0.88 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks, chartreuse topwaters, and green pumpkin jigs in 8-15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies upriver. Smallmouth bass are good on green Rat-L-Traps, watermelon tubes, and white spinnerbaits in 12-18 feet. Crappie are fair on pink tube jigs and minnows around submerged brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and minnows. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 1.33 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 0.36 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on silver slabs and chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers.

GRANGER: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 5.18 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 0.86 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Senkos, pumpkinseed topwaters, and perch colored Rat-L-Traps early in 10-20 feet. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and carp.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 2.72 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; 66-70 degrees; 11.64 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; 64-68 degrees; 5.86 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: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 8.53 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; 66-70 degrees; 1.17 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.

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; 65-69 degrees; 4.35 feet high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water stained; 67-74 degrees; 0.39 feet high. Black bass are good on topwaters, Senkos and weightless Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 68-74 degrees; 0.14 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained to muddy, 68-75 degrees; 0.03 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, 67-73 degrees: 0.12 feet high. Black bass are fair on black buzzbaits and bladed jigs in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water muddy; 2.30 feet high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps may be closed due to flooding in the area.

CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 68-74 degrees; 0.02 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics and wake baits. White bass are good 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 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; 69-74 degrees; 0.11 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, topwaters and Texas rigged soft plastics near timber in 2-8 feet. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 5.64 feet high. No report available. Please call ahead as some ramps are closed due to high water.

JOE POOL: Water stained; 69-75 degrees; 2.20 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water muddy; 12.03 feet high. No report available.

LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 71-75 degrees: 1.83 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 good on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained to muddy; 69-73 degrees; 0.49 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and flipping jigs around flooded cover. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 77-83 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.34 feet high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, bladed jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water stained; 69-74 degrees; 0.36 feet high. Black bass are fair swimjigs, Flukes and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY HUBBARD: Water stained; 69-75 degrees; 0.06 feet high. Black bass are fair on shallow and medium crankbaits as well as topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow on rod and reel.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 70-75 degrees; 1.77 feet high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, deep diving crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 0.21 feet high. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and swimjigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 71-75 degrees; 0.56 feet high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and black/blue flipping jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained; 68-74 degrees; 1.12 feet high. Black bass are good on Flukes, medium crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and shad. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 0.07 feet low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water muddy; 33.51 feet high. No report available.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 24.77 feet low. Black bass are good on swimbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwaters, and soft plastics. White bass are fair on crankbaits and minnows. Striped bass are fair on topwaters and Red Fins. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers in 3-12 feet. Yellow catfish are very good on trotlines and throwlines 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 watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics in reeds. Striped bass are very good on liver and perch off points near the pier. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait, cut bait, and liver near the dam.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are fair on perch colored Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits over reed beds and in the cove near the park store. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and shad near the dam and power lines. Redfish are good on live bait along the crappie wall. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and shad. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and liver near the railroad bridge. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 23.70 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and shad colored spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and minnows. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 71 degrees in main lake; 0.02 feet low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and perch colored Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch.

FALCON: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 27.36 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and jigs. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait and frozen shrimp in the river channel. 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; 65-69 degrees; 0.26 feet high. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics and watermelon spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and shad colored crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and liver.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 0.16 feet high. Black bass are good on June bug multi-flake, black/blue, and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms at mid-lake early and late. Crappie are good on white Rooster Tails and live minnows at night. Bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are good on topwaters, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps. White bass are good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are very good on shad. Yellow catfish are good on live bait.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 67-72 degrees; 4.2 feet high. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, Texas rigged Baby Brush Hogs, shad pattern crankbaits and topwaters early. White bass are good on tail spinners. Crappie are fair to good on split shot rigged minnows. Bream are good on catalpa worms. Catfish are good on shad and prepared bait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.14 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 0.60 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are good on green striper jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows in the river. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs with yellow tails. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with minnows, cut bait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 33.26 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 72.26 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 57.97 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 52.19 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water murky from windy days; 70 degrees; 2.41 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in 12 to 20 feet. Catfish are slow on cut bait, perch and goldfish up the river.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 68-71 degrees; 0.14 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: 20.53 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 68-73 degrees; 0.87 feet high. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, swimbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 70-74 degrees; 7.24 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits, weightless flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

NASWORTHY: 69-73 degrees; 1.36 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; 68-72 degrees; 11.98 feet low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, spinnerbaits 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; 67-72 degrees; 43.86 feet low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 69-73 degrees; 0.71 feet low. Black bass are fair on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and split shot weighted flukes. Crappie are fair to good on chartreuse jigs and 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: 54.9 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.19 feet high. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 71-75 degrees; 24.31 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 16.99 feet low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Redfish are good in the marsh and the Louisiana shoreline on live bait.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are good under birds on Down South Lures and topwaters. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around slicks and pods of shad.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Fishing continues to be affected by freshwater runoff on the north end.

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

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good in the surf on topwaters and live shrimp. Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Sand trout are good in the ICW on fresh shrimp.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.

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. Trout and redfish are good at the jetties on live shrimp and finger mullet.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout, redfish, sand trout and croakers are fair to good 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 good on shell and grass on soft plastics and live shrimp.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over sand and grass in the guts in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Trout are good on the reefs in San Antonio Bay on shrimp and croakers.

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

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats and around Dagger Island on shrimp and crabs. Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good along the spoils on shrimp and Gulps.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good for waders working sand and grass pockets on Gamblers and Down South Lures. Trout are good at night in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in the grass on small topwaters.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters and plastics under popping corks around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and while wading the spoils.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Redfish are fair while drifting sand and grass on Gulps and live shrimp under a popping cork.

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


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