- Associated Press - Thursday, December 14, 2017

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Dec. 13 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water stained; 57-66 degrees; 0.81’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on chrome Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Sunfish are fair to good on cut nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

BASTROP: Water stained; 69-73 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and chartreuse/white soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken liver, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 68-72 degrees; 2.76’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 3.12’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, crankbaits, and redbug and watermelon soft plastic worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and crankbaits from lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 4.47’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red grubs on jigheads, Texas rigged blue flake Scoundrel worms, and suspending blue back Fat Free Shads along ledges and points in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are good drifting live shad, and jigging Spoiler Shad swim baits and Pirk Minnows in 25-40 feet. White bass are fair jigging Tiny Traps, Curb’s crappie jigs, and blade baits along main lake points. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 3.31’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red Brush Hogs, Texas rigged watermelon worms, and tubes on jigheads along bluffs. Striped bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and trolling Shad Raps on down riggers in the lower end of the lake. White bass are fair on blade baits along main lake bluffs. Smallmouth bass are good on red grubs, smoke/red flake tubes on jigheads, and smoke drop shot worms along main lake points. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 2.30’ low. Black bass are good on tequila sunrise soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on electric blue Carolina rigged soft plastic worms and spinnerbaits along the outside edges of grass. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp over baited holes.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 0.61’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and pumpkinseed soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp, stinkbait, and live minnows.

GRANGER: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver at night. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 68-72 degrees; 0.67’ low. Black bass are good on PBJ colored Snag Proof jigs, pumpkin worms, and green pumpkin tubes. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles under heated docks. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and worms. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 2.01’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 2.83’ low. Black bass are good on black/purple and chartreuse soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows, small Rat-L-Traps, and roadrunners. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs in 15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with cut shad and perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 3.03’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 68-72 degrees; 11.57’ low. Black bass are fair on shad crankbaits, black worms, and smoke grubs. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and chrome spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and frozen shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 4.63’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon, watermelon red, and watermelon gold spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, liver, and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 48-53 degrees; 0.97’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BENBROOK: Water stained; 47-52 degrees; 3.47’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged worms, shakyhead worms and Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 49-54 degrees; 1.26’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, finesse jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained; 47-51 degrees; 1.68 low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. Some fish being caught around docks and cattails on Texas rigged plastics and jigs. Crappie are good on jigs over brush piles in 12-15’. Catfish are good along creek channel with punch bait and prepared bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 48-52 degrees: 3.66’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass 110 jerkbaits in elegy bone, medium crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

CADDO: Water stained; 52-56 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits, Flukes, and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 49-53 degrees; 2.24’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Carolina rigged worms and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows.

COOPER: Water stained; 77-87 degrees; 2.09’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits and Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 47-53 degrees; 1.53 low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, Senkos and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

FAIRFIELD: Water fairly clear. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, swim jigs and spinnerbaits. No report on other species.

FORK: Water stained; 49-54 degrees; 1.46’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs, and flutter spoons. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows and slabs Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 47-51 degrees; 1.04’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, fish head spins, and lipless crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 48-51 degrees; 1.28’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 50-54 degrees: 0.15’ high. Black bass are fair on shakeyhead worms, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained; 49-54 degrees: 3.32’ low. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, Flukes and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 48-51 degrees; 2.08’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, suspending jerkbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 84-90 degrees; 3.47’ low. Black bass are fair on Flukes, Senkos and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 84-91 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, flipping jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 48-53 degrees; 1.21’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, finesse jigs and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 49-52 degrees; 2.12’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 47-52 degrees; 1.29’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, Carolina rigged worms and football jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 48-53 degrees; 2.68’ low. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged worms and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 49-53 degrees; 1.28’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, black and blue flipping jigs and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 47-51 degrees; 1.42’ high. Black bass are good on suspending jerkbaits, Senkos and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 48-51 degrees; 2.26’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 46-51 degrees; 2.96’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and Rat-L-Traps. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on cut shad.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 23.70’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, topwaters, jigs, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. White bass are fair on silver slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on cheesebait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. 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 fair on live shad. Redfish are fair on live perch and shad near the dam. Channel catfish are good on chicken livers, shrimp, and cut shad. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Redfish are fair on live perch, shad, and spoons in 15-25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers, shrimp, and cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 55-68 degrees; 24.31’ low. Black bass are good on firetiger soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails and shad colored Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on minnows and Charlie slabs. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait in 2-7 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 89 degrees at the hot water discharge, 70 degrees in main lake; 0.90’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics in 6-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on perch in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off color; 55-63 degrees; 0.12’ low. Black bass are on Rat-L-Traps and shakyheads. White bass are fair on tail spinners. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

FALCON: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 17.24’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in creeks and coves. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp, 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; 68-72 degrees; 0.45’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs, watermelon seed jigs and lipless chrome crankbaits. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 64-68 degrees. Black bass to 5 pounds are fair on soft plastic worms, crankbaits, and minnows in 10 feet. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 0.95’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 2.64’ low. Black bass are fair on shad colored Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on worms. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and minnows.

STEINHAGEN: 1.64’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 78-72 degrees; 4.68’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 48-57 degrees; 32.27 low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on marabou jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

MACKENZIE: 73.9’ low. Black bass are fair on shad pattern crankbaits, spoons and Texas rigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. No reports on crappie.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 47-55 degrees; 47.56’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, Suspending Rogues and live minnows. No reports of smallmouth bass or walleye. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained to muddy upriver; 66 degrees; 4.96’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and spoons. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on punch bait and live worms.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 57-66 degrees; 2.24’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, Rat-L-Traps and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 15.21’ low. After a period of drought, this lake caught water and boating is now allowed. However, it is not currently recommended for fishing due to severe golden alga blooms.

FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water off color; 55-64 degrees; 1.56’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 58-64 degrees; 2.98’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, lipless crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shiners.

NASWORTHY: 56-65 degrees; 1.18’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and squarebills. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 58-65 degrees; 10.61’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and chrome/black Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 57-66 degrees; 37.55’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 58-65 degrees; 1.2’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnow. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 50.91’ low. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

STAMFORD: Water stained; 48-57 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. White bass are fair on live bait and Little Georges. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 47-55 degrees; 24.27’ low. This lake is currently experiencing a fish kill due to golden alga. Biologists are monitoring the situation and will post updates as they become available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 53-63 degrees; 21.32’ low. Black bass are slow Texas rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on cheese bait.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell. Tides are below normal. Trout are fair for waders on Corkies.

SOUTH SABINE: Redfish are fair on the edge of the channel on mullet. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on slow-sinking plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair to good over clam shell on plastics. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet. Tides are below normal.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good over the deep reefs on plastics when the wind allows.

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

TEXAS CITY: Redfish and sand trout are fair to good in the holes in Moses Lake on fresh shrimp. The channel edges have held trout, black drum and a few flounder on Gulps and shrimp.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are fair to good on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish are fair to good at San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on soft plastics over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. Redfish are fair on the shorelines in the guts.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good in the Colorado River on glow plastics during the day and at night under lights. Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working reefs on live shrimp. Redfish are good at the mouths of drains.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in the holes on the Estes Flats on mullet and shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good on the East Flats on Gulps and mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel. Red snapper are good in state waters.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the flats on live shrimp and Gulps.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies, MirrOlures and Soft-Dines. Trout are fair to good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair to good on mud along the edge of the ICW and around the spoils on Corkies and Soft-Dines.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish, black drum and mangrove snapper are fair to good in the channel on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics and Gulps under popping corks. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the channel on shrimp and Gulps.


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