- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for May 3 and also available on the internet at https://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 69-73 degrees. Black bass are fair on minnows and green pumpkin soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on live bait, frozen shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 1.31 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on shad and chrome slabs. White bass are good on silver slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white riversides. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 0.15 feet low. Black bass are fair on Bass Hogg jigs, watermelon and green pumpkin soft plastics, and spinnerbaits around docks. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs off Kirkland docks. Crappie are very good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.08 feet low. Black bass are good on Daiquiri Skip-N-Pop topwaters, watermelon Rat-L-Traps, and weightless wacky rigged pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks in 4-12 feet. Striped bass are good jigging white Curb’s bucktail jigs from Flag Island to Black Rock in 20-30 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon Curb’s crappie jigs. Channel catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 0.06 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks, JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters, and watermelon Curb’s Erratic jigs in 6-12 feet along bluff ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits and vertically jigging white Curb’s striper jigs. White bass are fair on Road Runners upriver in 4-8 feet. Crappie are fair to good on white Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows around submerged brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait in creeks.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.48 feet low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 0.18 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on doughbait, shrimp, and liver.

GRANGER: Water stained; 68-72 degrees; 0.16 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps along the roadbed at mid-lake. Crappie are good on watermelon jigs in 4-12 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are very good on trotlines baited with live perch in the river.

LBJ: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 0.69 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin flukes, watermelon JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters, and Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps in 4-10 feet. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and trolling Shad Raps. Crappie are fair on minnows and white Curb’s crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and carp.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 0.19 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon and pumpkinseed crankbaits and spinnerbaits near the dam. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on watermelon jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 68-72 degrees; 0.04 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits off points. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs and live shad. White bass are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on fresh shad in the lower end of the lake. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 0.04 feet high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 0.22 feet high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits, watermelon trick worms, and watermelon super flukes. White bass are very good on minnows in 10-15 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.61 feet low. Black bass are good on chrome topwaters, June bug worms, and grubs in 5-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on chrome topwaters and smoke grubs in 8-20 feet. White bass are good on chrome topwaters, smoke grubs, and white shad raps in 8-20 feet. Crappie are fair on blue/white tube jigs and minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on fresh cut bait and nightcrawlers in 15-25 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 68-72 degrees; 2.27 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and cheesebait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 71-74 degrees; 0.26 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, black buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 70-74 degrees; 0.15 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and creatures, spinnerbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 69-72 degrees; 2.56 feet low. Black bass are good on topwater baits, shallow crankbaits, and Texas rigged soft plastics around rocks, docks and secondary points. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good drifting cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 69-72 degrees: 0.18 feet high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws, white buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 71-74 degrees; 0.90 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, black buzzbaits, and Whopper Ploppers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 69-72 degrees; 0.21 feet high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and topwater poppers. White bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

COOPER: Water stained; 2.79 feet low. No report available.

FAIRFIELD: No report available.

FORK: Water lightly stained; 70-73 degrees; 0.45 feet high. Black bass are fair on Yellow Magics, white buzzbaits, shakyhead worms and hollow body frogs near submerged grass. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 68-72 degrees; 0.03 feet high. Black bass are good on Megabass S Crank 1.5 in MB Sexy Shad and Megabass Pop X in white python. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 69-73 degrees; 0.09 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, weightless Senkos and buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 70-74 degrees: 5.19 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, hollow body frogs, black buzzbaits and buzzfrogs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

LAVON: Water stained; 70-74 degrees: 0.64 feet low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 69-72 degrees; 0.08 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 72-77 degrees; 0.52 feet low. Black bass are good on Whopper Ploppers, hollow body frogs, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.01 feet high. Black bass are good on small plastic swimbaits, white buzzbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 69-73 degrees; 0.03 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzbaits and weightless flukes. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 69-73 degrees; 0.11 feet low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 69-72 degrees; 0.06 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, topwater walking baits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 70-73 degrees; 0.01 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, swim jigs and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water lightly stained; 71-74 degrees; 1.84 feet low. Black bass are good on black buzzbaits, hollow body frogs and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 69-72 degrees; 3.40 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, topwaters and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 0.49 feet low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 6.06 feet high. No report available.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 29.50 feet low. Black bass are very good on watermelon Senkos, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swimbaits, and soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are fair on Red Fins. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on cheesebait. Yellow catfish are good on 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 chartreuse crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are good down rigging spoons near the dam and jetty. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and shad. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 20.64 feet low. Black bass are good on blue/white deep running crankbaits and watermelon red Carolina rigged soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are fair on minnow-tipped jigs. Channel catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait. Blue and yellow catfish are good on live bait in 5-10 feet.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 88 degrees at the hot water discharge, 77 degrees in main lake; 0.67 feet low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 6-8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs near Coletoville Bridge in 8-10 feet. Channel and blue catfish to 8 pounds are good on trotlines baited with live perch and shad in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 72-76 degrees; 31.69 feet low. Black bass are good on deep running crankbaits and fair on Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and stinkbait in the river. 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; 70-74 degrees; 0.15 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics, and on white/chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon red and plum soft plastics, and on white/chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and green/white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.08 feet high. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on black/blue flake worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Blue catfish are fair on minnows and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 1.65 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and lizards, and fair on Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on pet spoons and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers and crickets. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with liver and live bait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.39 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 68-72 degrees; 1.14 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs in the river. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, cut bait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 30.69 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Texas rigs, Rat-L-Traps and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

MACKENZIE: 73.13 feet low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH: 59.78 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: 59.20 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 66 degrees main lake, 68 degrees up the river; 2.09 feet low. Black bass are good on 7-inch Power Worms, spoons and swim jigs (lots of bass moving up on this new moon). Crappie should get shallow this week. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on rod and reel with cut bait and punchbait on baited holes.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 65-69 degrees; 0.73 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on 5-inch Yum Dingers, Texas rigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows in the shallows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 13.55 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 66-69 degrees; 0.2 feet high. Black bass are fair on Zara Spooks early, later switching to Texas rigs, crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 64-68 degrees; 0.5 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, Senkos and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around shallow cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: 63-68 degrees; 1.32 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, shakyheads and Texas rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 7.79 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn-Glo) nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 63-68 degrees; 32.85 feet low. Black bass are good on bone Whopper Ploppers early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and weightless 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; 0.2 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, jigs, shakyheads and 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: 49.88 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.96 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early, later switching to Texas rigs and shallow running crankbaits. 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; 21.99 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 55-62 degrees; 19.74 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 marsh on topwaters and Gulps.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good while wading coves and bayous on topwaters.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Lit’l Johns and Down South Lures. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working slicks on MirrOlure Marsh Minnows, Down South Lures and Gamblers. Trout are fair to good on deep shell on Gulps and live bait.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, MirrOlures and topwaters. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good on live bait around the wells.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on live shrimp on reefs. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are beginning to show in the surf and at the jetty when the wind allows

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on Dollar Reef on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.

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

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 on crabs and mullet. Some redfish are schooling in the middle of the bay.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Black drum are fair to good at Shell Island on crabs.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over sand and grass in the guts in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Trout are showing at the jetty.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the outside of the islands.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats and around Dagger Island on shrimp and crabs. Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are good for drifters working live shrimp over sand and grass.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good on sand and grass on topwaters and plastics. Trout are good at night in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in the grass on the King Ranch shoreline on small topwaters.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass and along the edge of the ICW on Gulps. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes with topwaters and Gulps.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Redfish are fair while drifting sand and grass on Gulps and live shrimp under a popping cork.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in South Bay on topwaters.


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