- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 61-65 degrees. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and chartreuse jigs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 1.14 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with frozen shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 0.23 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 2.04 feet low. Black bass are good on black Curb’s hair jigs, tequila sunrise JDC curl tail grubs on jigheads, and suspending crankbaits over rock piles in 8-18 feet. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs, and jigging Spoiler Shad swim baits and Pirk Minnows near Garrett Island in 20-30 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 62-65 degrees; 0.34 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon red crankbaits, pumpkinseed worms, and watermelon tubes on jigheads along bluffs. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4’s on down riggers over humps in the lower end of the lake in 40-60 feet. White bass are fair but small on white spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Smallmouth bass are very good on Tomato Red JDC grubs and smoke/red flake tubes on jigheads. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 1.28 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.06 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANGER: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 0.30 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are fair on shrimp and prepared baits in 6-15 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 4.85 feet low. Black bass are good on black/blue Curb’s jigs and PBJ colored Snag Proof jigs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair to good on Pirk Minnows and Li’l Fishies in the channel near the power plant. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles and under heated docks. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.11 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs at the marina. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 0.38 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 61-65 degrees; 0.32 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and watermelon tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 59-63 degrees; 0.51 feet high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and watermelon seed worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 1.90 feet high. Black bass are good on chrome jigging spoons, black jigs, and smoke grubs in 28-45 feet. Striped bass are fair on chrome spoons in 30-40 feet. White bass are good on minnows and chrome jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait in 30-48 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

WHITNEY: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 2.83 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen liver, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 51-53 degrees; 0.44 feet high. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, Texas rig creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 51-54 degrees; 0.74 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 48-51 degrees; 2.81 feet low. Black bass are slow on jerkbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good drifting cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 47-51 degrees: 0.15 feet high. Black bass are fair on Megabass Vision 110 jerkbaits in mat shad, lipless crankbaits and chartreuse with brown back crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

CADDO: Water stained; 51-54 degrees; 0.50 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, weightless Senkos and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 49-52 degrees; 1.14 feet low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, split shot Flukes and suspending jerkbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

COOPER: Water stained to muddy; 3.81 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; 48-52 degrees; 2.62 feet low. Black bass are fair on flutter spoons, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained; 48-51 degrees; 1.92 feet high. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits, shakeyhead worms and lipless crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 47-50 degrees; 0.37 feet high. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 51-54 degrees: 0.20 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained; 49-52 degrees: 3.10 feet low. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 48-51 degrees; 0.84 feet high. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 83-88 degrees; 1.72 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, squarebill crankbaits, and Texas rig craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.24 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 48-50 degrees; 0.67 feet low. Black bass are good on flipping jigs, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 47-50 degrees; 0.99 feet low. Black bass are slow on umbrella rigs, shallow crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 48-51 degrees; 0.84 feet high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, soft plastic jerkbaits and football jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 47-50 degrees; 1.46 feet low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, swim jigs and finesse jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 49-53 degrees; 2.70 feet low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and flipping jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained; 47-50 degrees; 0.18 feet high. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 0.55 feet low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 3.88 feet high. No report available.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 17.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on slabs and grubs. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are good 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 fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad. Redfish are fair on tilapia, crawfish, perch, and shad near Dead Tree Point. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and shad.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps near the dam. Striped bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and chicken livers along the shoreline. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 19.83 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon jigs and large soft plastic lizards in the grass, and fair on crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows upriver. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 67 degrees at the hot water discharge, 57 degrees in main lake; 2.77 feet low. Black bass to 5 pounds are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and crankbaits in 8-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 32.74 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp 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; 61-65 degrees; 0.30 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon and watermelon red soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 0.23 feet high. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on watermelon soft plastic worms near the dam in 12-15 feet, and on Brush Hogs near the pump station in 8-12 feet. White bass are fair across from the marina. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs near the dam and around piers. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines near the islands.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 0.25 feet high. Black bass are fair on black/silver spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 3.10 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics worms, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on live minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers.

STEINHAGEN: 1.60 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 3.80 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 31.07 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

MACKENZIE: 73.59 feet low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH: 60.65 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: 57.61 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water fairly clear, stained toward the river; 50 degrees; 1.54 feet low. Black bass are fair on jigs, medium and deep diving crankbaits, swimbaits and jerkbaits. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are excellent on rod and reel with punchbait on a #6 treble hook up the river and at the mouths of the creeks.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 49-56 degrees; 0.67 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 12.79 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 50-56 degrees; 0.3 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 51-55 degrees; 0.5 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: 49-55 degrees; 1.35 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and chatterbaits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 48-56 degrees; 9.09 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, crankbaits and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn-Glo) nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 49-56 degrees; 33.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on pearl crankbaits, Texas rigs and swimjigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 48-55 degrees; 0.2 feet high. Black bass are fair to good on swimjigs, Texas rigs and medium running crankbaits. 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: 49.97 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.31 feet low. Black bass and crappie are fair to good, but mostly undersized. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 47-53 degrees; 23.78 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 45-52 degrees; 19.48 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. Redfish are good in the bayous.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good while drifting shell on soft plastics.

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 good for drifters working deep shell on soft plastics. Redfish are fair to good on the north shoreline on gold spoons and Gulps.

TEXAS CITY: Gulf trout are fair to good in the channel on shrimp. Sheepshead are good around rock groins on live shrimp.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on MirrOlures and Fat Boys. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Black drum are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good on Bass Assassins, Li’l Johns and Bull Minnows over deep 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. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on soft plastics over soft mud. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Trout and black drum are fair to good in the deep cuts on free-lined shrimp. Redfish are good on the flats with higher tides on gold spoons, plastics and Gulps.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp. Trout are fair at the mouths of guts on the outgoing tide.

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 channels on crabs.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on glow plastics. Trout are fair to good for waders working rocks and mud on Corkies. Water temperatures are in the mid-60s.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on Corkies and MirrOlures around sand, grass and mud. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes. Black drum and redfish are good on crabs at East Cut.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair to good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp in 3-4 feet of water. Black drum, sheepshead and redfish have been taken at the jetty.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair in South Bay and Cullen on DOA Shrimp, Gulps and live shrimp.

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