- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for April 4 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water stained; 59-65 degrees; 0.73 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, chatterbaits and jigs. Sunfish are fair on cut nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on live bait and nightcrawlers.


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BASTROP: Water stained; 76-80 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 2.12 feet low. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on downriggers. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows around structure under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.



BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 3.84 feet low. Black bass are fair on perch colored spinnerbaits, jigs, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and shad crankbaits. Crappie are fair on Li’l Fishies and tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 76-80 degrees; 3.93 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkin Curb’s jigs, jerkbaits, and Carolina rigged lizards along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are good drifting live bait in 25-35 feet, and trolling white/chartreuse Curb’s striper jigs and crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits in creeks. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 3.35 feet low. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits and Texas rigged Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads in 20-25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Blade Baits along the main river channel. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke/red flake tubes and tomato red drop shot worms over rock piles. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 2.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver and chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shad.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 0.03 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait.

GRANGER: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 1.98 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.72 feet low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged soft plastics and perch colored Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and silver slabs. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.17 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 74-78 degrees; 2.03 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 75-79 degrees; 3.51 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 3.82 feet low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and yellow tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 12.44 feet low. Black bass are fair on smoke grubs, white jigs, and crawfish crankbaits in 8-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white spoons in 20-40 feet. White bass are fair on white spoons and chrome crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 2.02 feet low. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits and Carolina rigged chartreuse soft plastics. Striped bass are fair drifting live bait in 25-35 feet, and on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.45 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, swim jigs and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BENBROOK: Water stained; 60-63 degrees; 1.31 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, shakyhead worms and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water stained to murky in the creeks; 61-66 degrees; 0.63 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.04 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics and hollow body frogs and buzzbaits near shallow vegetation. Crappie are good on minnows around boat docks and bridges. Catfish are good along creek channel on jug lines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained to stained, 60-64 degrees: 0.68 feet low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, small plastic swimbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

CADDO: Water stained to muddy; 62-67 degrees; 2.50 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, black buzzbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 61-64 degrees; 0.08 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, squarebill crankbaits and swim jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs.

COOPER: Water stained; 62-67 degrees; 0.39 feet high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, black buzzbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 60-64 degrees; 0.35 feet high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged worms and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

FAIRFIELD: Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, black buzzbaits and Texas rigged creature baits along shoreline cover. No report on other species.

FORK: Water lightly stained to stained; 62-65 degrees; 0.26 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, black and blue jigs and football jigs. Some fish being caught on beds. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 1.28 feet high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and swim jigs. White bass and hybrid bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.30 feet high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 62-66 degrees: 6.76 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, black buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained; 62-65 degrees: 1.05 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 61-64 degrees; 0.63 feet high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and flipping jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water stained; 73-79 degrees; 0.09 feet high. Black bass are fair on white Flukes, swim jigs and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 2.03 feet low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, white buzzbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.84 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, shakeyhead worms and small plastic swimbaits on jigheads. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.04 feet high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained: 61-64 degrees; 0.31 feet high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, weightless Flukes and Texas rigged craws in shallow cover. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.01 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, weightless Senkos and swim jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 61-66 degrees; 0.60 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 61-64 degrees; 0.69 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, soft jerkbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 60-64 degrees; 0.11 feet low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, swim jigs and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 62-66 degrees; 24.39 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 23.10 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic lizards. Striped bass are good on slabs, crankbaits, and Sassy Shad. White bass are good on slabs, crankbaits, and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on live bait over baited holes. 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 crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in the reeds. Striped bass are good on liver and shad. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are good on cut bait in 15-20 feet.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in reed beds. Striped bass are good on spoons and jigs near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 76-80 degrees; 25.41 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and heavy jigs in grass. White bass are good on minnows and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 98 degrees at the hot water discharge, 79 degrees in main lake; 1.54 feet low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps in 6-12 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off color; 62-68 degrees; 1.37 feet low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. White bass are fair on Rooster Tails. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

FALCON: Water murky; 77-81 degrees; 22.23 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on 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.

TEXANA: Water stained; 59-67 degrees; 2.38 feet low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 0.90 feet high. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 0.70 feet high. Black bass are fair on white or yellow crankbaits and swimbaits in 8+ feet. Crappie are very good on live minnows near the islands. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 76-80 degrees; 0.37 feet high. Black bass are good on soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on soft plastics and spec rigs upriver. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on noodles. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 2.38 feet high. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on live minnows and watermelon jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, liver, and cut bait.

STEINHAGEN: 0.82 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.66 feet high. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 56-64 degrees; 32.78 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, chatterbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 54-63 degrees; 74.8 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and chatterbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live baitfish.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 54-62 degrees; 47.95 feet low. No reports on black bass. No reports of smallmouth bass or walleye. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in limited numbers.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, lightly stained up the river; 58 degrees main lake, 62 up the creeks; 6.71 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged Power Worms, craws, wacky worms and crankbaits. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on punch bait, live perch and live worms. Fishing should get really good the 29th or 30th through April.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 56-64 degrees; 1.38 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 16.05 feet 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.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water off color; 56-63 degrees; 2.31 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 59-65 degrees; 3.36 feet low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: 58-64 degrees; 1.21 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 58-63 degrees; 11.29 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, shallow running crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 59-67 degrees; 38.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 59-63 degrees; 0.82 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Senkos, shakyheads and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnow. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

SPENCE: 51.89 feet low. No report on black bass. No report on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

STAMFORD: Water stained to muddy; 59-64 degrees; 1.14 feet low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair on live bait. Blue catfish are good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 57-63 degrees; 24.83 feet 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; 56-62 degrees; 22.46 feet low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live 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. The Sabine and Neches rivers are flowing from recent rains.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Garrison Ridge on topwaters and Corkies.

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: Freshwater from recent rains has the Trinity River out of its banks and flowing in to the bay.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on topwaters, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. 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. 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 for drifters in the back lakes on live shrimp. Trout are fair on the south shoreline on topwaters and Corkies.

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 fair to good at Shell Island on shrimp.

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: Black drum 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 in the back of Allyn’s Bight.

PORT ARANSAS: Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish 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 good on topwaters and Gamblers around rocks and sand and grass. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on glow Down South Lures.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass along the shorelines. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes. Black drum and redfish are good on crabs at East Cut.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp in 3-4 feet of water. Black drum, redfish and jack crevalle are fair to good at the jetty. Flounder are fair to good on the spoils along the ICW.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp. Redfish are good on the flats and in South Bay on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Trout are good on the edge of the spoils on live bait.

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