- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Aug. 2 and also available on the internet at https://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 80-84 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse and green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.18 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are good but small on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are very good on minnows under lights at night. Crappie are good on minnows in 20-25 feet under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with frozen shad. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.82 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinnerbaits near docks, and on June bug soft plastic worms over brush piles in 15-20 feet. Hybrid striper are fair trolling and drifting shad at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and Persuader crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows in 10-20 feet. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers in 10-25 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 1.07 feet low. Black bass are good on white crankbaits, watermelon Skip-N-Pop topwaters, and purple flake Whacky Sticks in creeks in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on topwaters and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and Tiny Traps over rock piles. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on live bait and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 1.72 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red worms, Texas rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks, and white crankbaits off points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on white Li’l Fishies. Smallmouth bass are good on green pumpkin grubs and tubes on main lake points. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 1.02 feet low. Black bass are very good on Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and chartreuse soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed and watermelon red Carolina rigged soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.21 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon red and chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows, Charlie slabs, and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and chicken livers.

GRANGER: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits in willows upriver. White bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps along shallow roadbeds early. Crappie are good on white jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait upriver.

LBJ: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.77 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, chartreuse Whacky Sticks, and Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 12-15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.22 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters and soft plastics early. White bass are slow. Crappie are good but small on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs off docks in Liberty Hill Park early. Channel catfish are good on shrimp around stickups in 3 - 4 feet. Blue catfish are fair on perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 0.26 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits early. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs and live shad. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with goldfish. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 79-83 degrees; 0.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, minnows, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 0.05 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 7.57 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, green pumpkin soft plastic worms, and smoke grubs in 15-30 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on pearl grubs, topwaters, and chrome jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and fresh cut perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, crickets, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 2.80 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and live bait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 86-89 degrees; 0.11 feet low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic swimbaits on jigheads, weightless Senkos and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 85-88 degrees; 0.13 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 84-88 degrees; 2.38 feet low. Black bass are slow on topwater baits, crankbaits, and Texas rigged soft plastics around rocks and boat docks and. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles in 12-15 feet. Catfish are good cut bait and frozen shad.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 84-88 degrees: 0.61 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and shallow crankbaits near cattails, rocks and boat docks. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 87-90 degrees; 1.50 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzbaits, and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 84-87 degrees; 0.36 feet high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged worms and shakyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

COOPER: Water stained; 2.05 feet low. No report available.

FAIRFIELD: No report available.

FORK: Water lightly stained; 84-89 degrees; 0.66 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwater walking baits, Carolina rigged worms and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 84-87 degrees; 0.20 feet high. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and shakyhead worms. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.15 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms, weightless worms and football head jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 84-89 degrees: 1.63 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, hollow body frogs and weightless Senkos. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

LAVON: Water stained; 85-89 degrees: 0.80 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, flipping jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.37 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, football jigs and shakyhead worms. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 89-96 degrees; 0.70 feet low. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs, Flukes, and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 88-97 degrees; 0.19 feet high. Black bass are slow on Flick shake worms, deep diving crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 84-87 degrees; 0.24 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, shakyhead worms and Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on minnows and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 85-88 degrees; 0.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on small swimbaits, football jigs, and Carolina rigged worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.48 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms, football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 85-88 degrees; 0.47 feet low. Black bass are slow on finesse jigs, Texas rigged worms and shakyhead worms. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.

TAWAKONI: Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.68 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, hollow body frogs and shallow crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 84-87 degrees; 0.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on drop shot worms, topwater walking baits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows in deeper brush piles. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 1.12 feet low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 5.85 feet high. No report available.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 31.87 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Yamamoto Senkos, topwaters, Zoom Super Flukes, and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on large red fins near the dam. White bass are slow. Catfish are good on cheesebait and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow. 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 spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are 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 nightcrawlers, shrimp and cut bait near the dam. Yellow catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are good on live bait. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 22.55 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 91 degrees at the hot water discharge, 83 degrees in main lake; 1.94 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 38.30 feet low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged large soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and stinkbait. 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; 78-82 degrees; 0.30 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait, liver, and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Rat-L-Traps and soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are very good on doughbait, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 0.16 feet low. Black bass to 11 pounds are very good on Carolina rigged Super Flukes, and on bream or white colored Rat-L-Traps around sandbars at dusk. Crappie are good on live minnows on the north side of the lake. Bream are good on live worms off piers. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on hellbenders, pet spoons, and green Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.64 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and watermelon spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shrimp and cut bait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.41 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.59 feet low. Black bass are good but small on redbug and watermelon red soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/green tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers and crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 31.68 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early and late, midday switching to squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

MACKENZIE: 73.95 feet low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. No reports on crappie or bass.

MEREDITH: 60.14 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigs and jerkbaits. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.

PALO DURO: 60.84 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 78-88 degrees; 3.85 feet low. Black bass are slow on 7-inch Power Worms, spoons and jigs. Crappie and bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 79-87 degrees; 1.47 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to weightless flukes, Texas rigs and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 13.78 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 78-87 degrees; 0.15 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, squarebill crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 82-91 degrees; 0.76 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early and late, midday switching to jerkbaits, squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: 79-88 degrees; 1.16 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs, Carolina rigs and weightless Senkos. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 79-89 degrees; 8.83 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on split-shot weighted flukes, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 81-90 degrees; 34.76 feet low. Black bass are good on Whopper Ploppers early, later switching to weightless flukes, Texas rigs, jigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 81-89 degrees; 0.02 feet high. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to drop shot rigs, Texas rigs, medium running crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs and inline spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 48.88 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: Water stained; 79-88 degrees; 0.9 feet high. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early and late, midday switching to shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on live minnows around cover. White bass are fair to good on live bait and tail spinners. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 79-87 degrees; 22.61 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 80-89 degrees; 20.41 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 while working slicks and shad. Redfish are good under rafts of shad on topwaters.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Trout are good while drifting scattered shell on plastics. Trout are good at the nearshore rigs on finger mullet and croakers.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair while wading with topwaters and live bait. Trout, sand trout, whiting and croakers are fair to good at Rollover Pass on live bait.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet. Trout, redfish and croaker are good at the spillway on live bait. Trout are fair to good at the wells on plastics and live bait.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. Trout are good on live bait around the Ship Channel. Trout are good around slicks and reefs on soft plastics.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and redfish are good at the jetty on shrimp and finger mullet. Trout and redfish are fair to good at the mouth of bayous on the outgoing tide on live shrimp.

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

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

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over mid-bay reefs in streaky water. Redfish are fair while wading the shorelines with small topwaters. Trout are fair for waders tossing croakers.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on mud and shell on live shrimp.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell near Pass Cavallo. Trout and redfish are fair at the mouths of the back lakes on the outgoing tide. Offshore is good for ling and kingfish.

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

PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Offshore is good for kingfish and ling.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on live shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair around Emmords Hole on piggy perch and croakers.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good on topwaters and croakers around sand and grass along the King Ranch shoreline. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut at night under lights.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass. Trout and redfish are fair while wading spoil islands on topwaters. Offshore is good for amberjack, kingfish and ling.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair on DOA Shrimp and Gulps while drifting the grass beds. Snook are good in South Bay on live shrimp and small Super Spooks.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair on edges of flats on topwaters and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on small topwaters and live shrimp in Airport Cove and over sand and grass humps and guts.


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