- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Oct. 26 and also available on the Internet at https://www.txfishing.com

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 82-86 degrees. Black bass are very good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

BELTON: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.04 feet high. Black bass are good on chrome topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on live shad in coves early and late. White bass are good on minnows and white lightnings. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are good on live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 1.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on June bug worms, frogs, and Persuader crankbaits around rocks and over brush piles in 10-15 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows off lighted docks at night. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes in 12-20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.15 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon Skip-N-Pop topwaters, pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks, and chartreuse crankbaits in 8-15 feet at first light. Striped bass are fair on swim baits and Rat-L-Traps near the dam in 20-30 feet early. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and Tiny Traps in the river channel. Crappie are fair on blue/white Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on live bait upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.11 feet low. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps, chartreuse Whacky Sticks on jigheads, and small spinnerbaits off points and ledges in 12-24 feet. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs and trolling deep running Shad Raps crankbaits in the lower end of the lake early. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and minnows. Smallmouth bass are fair on white JDC curl tail grubs on jigheads around brush in 12-20 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are good on liver and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 1.28 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on shad patterned Pop-R’s and Rat-L-Traps early. Red ear perch are good on worms in 3-10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.04 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps off points. Striped bass are fair on slab spoons. White bass are fair on minnows and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.

GRANGER: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.08 feet high. Black bass are fair on perch colored crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits off points. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles over brush piles. Blue catfish are fair on fresh shad. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

LBJ: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.77 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails and watermelon Rat-L-Traps in 10-20 feet at daylight. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs and Spoiler Shads at night. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits and minnows under lights at night. Crappie are good on live minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 10-16 feet. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.22 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. White bass are fair on white Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 1.15 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon/black soft plastic worms. Striped bass are good on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are good on live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are fair on perch colored crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 0.04 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and chartreuse crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.71 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse topwaters, pumpkinseed soft plastic worms, and white crankbaits in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on slabs, pet spoons, and minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black Rat-L-Traps and shad colored crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 2.50 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and topwaters early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.75 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 76-80 degrees; 1.41 feet low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, hollow body frogs, and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on rod and reel.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 77-80 degrees; 2.47 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters, shallow crankbaits, jigs and Texas rig soft plastics. Crappie are good on brush piles with jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 76-79 degrees: 0.50 feet high. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Yellow Magic poppers. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained to muddy; 77-81 degrees; 0.38 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, shad pattern swim jigs and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 1.68 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, topwaters and spinnerbaits near shallow cover and docks White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

COOPER: Water stained to muddy; 2.69 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 lightly stained; 76-80 degrees; 2.17 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics on shallow cover and docks as well as hollow body frogs and weightless Flukes near submerged grass. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 0.38 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, swim jigs and Texas rigged worms. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on rod and reel.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 75-79 degrees; 1.13 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters, wakebaits and small plastic swimbaits on jigheads. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 76-80 degrees: 0.31 feet high. Black bass are good on weightless Flukes, hollow body frogs and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained; 76-80 degrees: 3.31 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, bladed jigs and Texas rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 0.54 feet low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic jerkbaits, shallow crankbaits and topwater poppers. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 1.81 feet low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.16 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, hollow body frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 75-78 degrees; 1.60 feet low. Black bass are good on finesse jigs, Texas rigged creature baits, and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 1.15 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, Reaction Innovations Vixens and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 75-79 degrees; 0.55 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, topwaters and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 0.81 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits and white buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 2.20 feet low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and Texas rigged craws flipped in shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained; 76-79 degrees; 0.47 feet high. Black bass are fair on topwaters, soft plastic jerkbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 0.51 feet low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 4.20 feet high. No report available.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 17.57 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse topwaters, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on topwaters and large jerkbaits. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. 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 slow. Striped bass are good on liver and shad near the pier and at Dead Tree Point. Redfish are good down rigging spoons near the jetty and dam. Channel catfish are excellent on liver, shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are fair on live bait and down rigging spoons near the crappie wall. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 19.10 feet low. Black bass are very good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails, and on watermelon spinnerbaits in 15-30 feet. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and live bait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 88 degrees at the hot water discharge, 78 degrees in main lake; 2.18 feet low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 8-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and blue tube jigs near Coletoville Bridge in 8-12 feet. Channel and blue catfish to 6 pounds are fair on live perch and soap bait in 8-12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 30.10 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits in creeks. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut bait and frozen shrimp. 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 stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.67 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.15 feet low. Black bass to 8 pounds are very good on Carolina rigged and Texas rigged soft plastics and watermelon Senko worms. Crappie are good on live minnows under lights at night. Bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and on juglines baited with shad off piers.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.19 feet high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 2.83 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastic worms, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits, and on topwaters early and late. White bass are fair on minnows, slabs, and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.64 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 4.31 feet low. Black bass are good on redbug soft plastic worms, and on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits off points. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 31.08 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

MACKENZIE: 73.24 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 60.38 feet low. TPWD has begun restocking the lake with Walleye. Reports of black bass are rare. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.

PALO DURO: 56.13 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained up river; 74 degrees; 3.15 feet low. Black bass are good on black buzzbaits at first light and last light with lots of small bass on baby bass wacky worms with chartreuse tips fished around grass. Blue fleck 7- and 10-inch Power Worms have been productive on the 25-35 foot drops. Spoons are catching schooling bass all day in 25-50 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on juglines baited with goldfish, perch or minnows.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 71-76 degrees; 0.73 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are good on worms and stinkbait.

COLORADO CITY: 20.95 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 72-76 degrees; 0.37 feet low. Black bass are fair on chrome Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 73-77 degrees; 1.47 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigged Baby Brush Hogs, drop shot rigs and black/blue jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

NASWORTHY: 71-75 degrees; 1.59 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and Rat-L-Traps. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 72-75 degrees; 10.44 feet low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps, 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; 73-76 degrees; 35.55 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and split shot weighted flukes. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 73-76 degrees; 0.09 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on chrome Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on live shad and slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SPENCE: 54.49 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.33 feet low. Black bass and crappie are fair to good, but mostly undersized. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Little Georges. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 71-74 degrees; 23.64 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 69-74 degrees; 19.36 feet low. Black bass are very slow (the bass population was greatly reduced during the drought). No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under the birds when the wind allows on soft plastics and good in the river on live shad. Redfish are good in the marsh on small topwaters and Stanley Ribbits.

SOUTH SABINE: Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair around the Reef 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 under birds and while working pods of shad and mullet. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet. Flounder are fair around marsh drains on Gulps.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to 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. Gulf trout are good in the channel on shrimp.

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

TEXAS CITY: Bull redfish are good on mullet and crabs. Sand trout are good off the dike at night under lights. Flounder are fair along the drops on Gulps.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Bull redfish are good in Cold Pass and San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. Trout are fair in Christmas Bay on shrimp over reefs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal and Lake Austin on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are good in Oyster Lake on shrimp and mullet. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Flounder are fair to good on soft plastics over muddy bottoms.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters 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: Bull redfish are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on the Estes Flats on mullet and shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Bull redfish are good in the Shrimpboat Channel and at the jetty on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish are good on the East Flats on topwaters and Gulps.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are fair to good around Shamrock Cove on small topwaters and spoons. Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and topwaters. Redfish are good in the Land Cut on natural baits.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass holes. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and sight-casting to the shallows. Bull redfish are good at East Cut on crabs and mullet.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Sand trout, black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and shad.

PORT ISABEL: Snook are fair in the Brownsville Ship Channel on free-lined shrimp and DOA Shrimp. Trout and redfish are fair to good in South Bay on live shrimp, finger mullet and topwaters.


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