- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for April 5 and also available on the internet at https://www.txfishing.com

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 66-70 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on live bait, frozen shrimp, liver, and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.96 feet high. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad in coves. White bass are good on spinnerbaits and watermelon jigs. Crappie are very good on minnows early and under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.86 feet high. Black bass are fair on craw colored crankbaits, chartreuse/blue Bass Hogg spinnerbaits and jigs, and watermelon soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 1.97 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin Curb’s jigs, JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters, and wacky rigged watermelon red Whacky Sticks in creeks. Striped bass are fair on live bait and jigging white Curb’s bucktail jigs around Shaw Island. White bass are good on Pirk Minnows and Tiny Traps near Paradise Point. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines near Paradise Point.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.21 feet high. Black bass are good on JDC spider Grubs, green pumpkin Whacky Sticks on jigheads, and grape Scoundrel worms along break lines. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging silver Pirk Minnows and trolling crankbaits. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps and Daiwa Shad Masters in 10-20 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.18 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and dark soft plastic worms or lizards. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. 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 good on watermelon Wacky Worms and Senkos, white and white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, and pumpkinseed Dead Ringer worms along the outside edges of breaks. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad and shrimp over baited holes.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.16 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms with white tails. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANGER: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.60 feet high. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs over brush piles. Blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch in the river.

LBJ: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 0.87 feet low. Black bass are good on Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, chartreuse creature baits, and pumpkin JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters on flats. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good vertically jigging Tiny Traps and Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are fair on live minnows and white Curb’s crappie jigs in 6-10 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 0.43 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits along banks and near the dam. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.18 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 0.41 feet high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 0.28 feet high. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics and watermelon Super Flukes. White bass are fair on minnows in 10-20 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows in 10-22 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 0.23 feet high. Black bass are very good on white grubs and watermelon Senkos in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows, pumpkin crankbaits, and white grubs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs in 10-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and fresh cut bait in 20-40 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs and chartreuse soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 2.90 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait and frozen shrimp.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.51 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on rod and reel.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.16 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, weightless Senkos and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained; 65-70 degrees; 3.05 feet low. Black bass are good on Rat L Traps, spinnerbaits, and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good drifting cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 66-69 degrees: 0.42 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, squarebill crankbaits and Bandit 200 crankbaits in white shad. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 67-72 degrees; 1.30 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, black buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 65-70 degrees; 0.23 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and topwater poppers. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER: Water stained; 3.90 feet low. No report available.

FAIRFIELD: No report available.

FORK: Water lightly stained; 66-70 degrees; 1.92 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, white buzzbaits and weightless Flukes. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 65-69 degrees; 1.15 feet high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.93 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, shakyhead worms, buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 67-71 degrees: 0.67 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits and buzzfrogs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

LAVON: Water stained; 66-70 degrees: 1.48 feet low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.42 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, flipping jigs and shallow crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 72-77 degrees; 0.37 feet low. Black bass are slow on topwater poppers, hollow body frogs, and Texas rig creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.54 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.21 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, finesse jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.36 feet low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged craws and swim jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 64-68 degrees; 0.32 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, shallow crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.16 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, swim jigs and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 2.84 feet low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, hollow body frogs and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 65-69 degrees; 1.32 feet low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, Pop R’s and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 0.18 feet low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 4.49 feet high. No report available.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 22.01 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits. Striped bass are fair on slabs, jigging spoons, and live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs, jigging spoons, and live minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and liver over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and droplines 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 watermelon soft plastics along shorelines and structure. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and Tony Accetta spoons. Redfish are good on live perch and tilapia. Channel catfish are very good on shrimp, liver, and stinkbait. Blue catfish are fair on chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and grubs around reed beds along shorelines. Striped bass are good on chicken livers, shad, and spoons. Redfish are good on perch and shrimp on the bottom. Channel and blue catfish are very good on nightcrawlers, shad, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 20.09 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Carolina rigged worms. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnow tipped jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 80 degrees at the hot water discharge, 68 degrees in main lake; 0.21 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat-L-Traps, soft plastics, and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in 10-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and liver. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.

FALCON: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 31.27 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on minnows, frozen 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 stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 68-72 degrees; 0.39 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Bream are fair on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.38 feet high. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows, soft plastics, and spec rigs in the upper creeks. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on perch and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 1.52 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits, soft plastics, and Super Flukes over grass in 3-10 feet. Crappie are good on live shiners, and on pink and black tube jigs around willows. Catfish are good on juglines baited with prepared bait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.24 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 2.47 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits around hydrilla beds in 6-12 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on black/chartreuse jigs over hydrilla beds. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 30.82 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and 5-inch Yum Dingers. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

MACKENZIE: 74.11 feet low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH: 60.34 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: 58.92 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 61-65 degrees; 1.88 feet low. Black bass are good on 7-inch Power Worms, swim jigs and medium diving crankbaits. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows in the back of creeks. Catfish are good on rod and reel with cut bait and punchbait on baited holes.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 55-61 degrees; 0.37 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, Senkos and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows in the shallows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 13.25 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 57-62 degrees; 0.03 feet high. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 56-62 degrees; 0.32 feet low. Black bass are fair on split shot rigged flukes, Senkos, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around shallow cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: 57-63 degrees; 1.46 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, jigs and Texas rigged lizards. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 56-62 degrees; 7.89 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, Senkos 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; 59-65 degrees; 33.18 feet low. Black bass are good on jigs, Texas rigged creature baits and Yum Dingers. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 63-68 degrees; 0.1 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, jigs, shakyheads and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 49.94 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.76 feet low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Senkos and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows in the shallows. White bass are fair to good on Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 57-63 degrees; 22 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 55-62 degrees; 19.6 feet low. Black bass are very slow (the bass population was greatly reduced during the drought). No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead, speckled trout, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp and Down South Lures.

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 for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Gulps and live shrimp under popping corks. Trout are fair for waders on the east shoreline on topwaters in the afternoon.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Top Pups and Gulps. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the Ship Channel on crabs.

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 and croakers. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp. Trout are fair on shrimp and croakers on the reefs. Black drum are good in the channel on cracked crabs.

FREEPORT: Trout are fair at San Luis Pass on live bait. Sand trout, trout, redfish and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and at the jetties.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good on the reefs on live shrimp and Gulps. Trout are fair for drifters in the back lakes on live shrimp. Redfish are good while drifting around the tripod and along the ICW.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good in Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs. Redfish and black drum are good while wading with live shrimp on the south shoreline. Trout are fair to good in the afternoon while wading with topwaters.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the reefs in San Antonio Bay on live shrimp. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp and Gulps. Trout and redfish are good at the jetty on croakers and mullet.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in Morris-Cummings Cut on free-lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats on mullet and crabs. Trout are good for waders on the St. Joe shoreline on topwaters.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on gold spoons and small topwaters. Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish, trout and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair to good in the Packery Channel on crabs.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good while wading grass and rocks on topwaters, Bass Assassins, Gamblers and Down South Lures. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass on She Pups and Super Spook Jrs. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps under popping corks.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands and channel drops on DOA Shrimp, Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum, redfish and jack crevalle are good at the jetty on mullet and shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork. Redfish are fair in South Bay on DOA Shrimp, Gulps and live shrimp.

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