Texas Fishing Report

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Posted on July 24, 2013 at 6:06 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for July 24 and also available on the Internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water clear; 84-88 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse and green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 7.89' 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; 82-86 degrees; 7.86' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinnerbaits near the 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; 83-87 degrees; 29.22' 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 clear; 81-85 degrees; 9.69' 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 clear; 80-84 degrees; 13.61' 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 stained. 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; 84-88 degrees; 6.94' 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 clear; 85-89 degrees; 0.76' low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits in flooded willows upriver. White bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps along shallow roadbeds early. Crappie are good on marabou jigs in 4-12 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait in 4-15 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait upriver.

LBJ: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.40' 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 lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 1.78' 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 stained; 86-90 degrees; 5.27' 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; 85-89 degrees; 4.90' 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: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 7.67' 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 clear; 86-90 degrees; 55.84' 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 lightly stained. 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; 82-86 degrees; 10.40' low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on minnows, 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 clear, 81-87 degrees; 3.13' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged green pumpkin Baby Brush Hogs and Speed Craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 5.84' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged Zoom U-Tail worms in green pumpkin. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained, 82-87 degrees; 0.71' low. Black bass are good in flooded vegetation, cattails, around boat docks and on points. Crankbaits, soft plastics, jigs and topwaters are all working well — key is to cover water. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around bridges and brush piles in 12-15'. Catfish are good on minnows along the bank in the park area.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 79-85 degrees; 18.76' low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs green pumpkin Xcite Raptor Tail worms — some topwater fishing being caught on Paycheck Baits Repo Man in bonecrusher. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.15' low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species — see: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/fish/exotic.phtml.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 4.84' low. Black bass are good on shakyheads around deeper docks and deep diving crankbaits on brush piles. Some topwater action noted early. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 81-86 degrees; 9.61' low. Black bass are fair on swimjigs in baitfish patterns. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on cut bait and trotlines.

FAIRFIELD: Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD has discontinued stocking the lake after another kill in early September 2011. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers.

FORK: Water clear; 82-87 degrees; 5.11' low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged creature baits and football jigs in watermelon red. The dock bite is consistent later in the day on Texas rigged Missile Baits D Bomb in Love Bug color. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows near bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 7.08' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craw baits. Some fish being caught on deeper brush piles. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 80-86 degrees; 1.19' low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics along brush piles in 10-12'. Some fish being caught on weightless soft jerkbaits as well. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

LAKE O' THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 81-86 degrees; 2.38' low. Black bass are slow on wacky rigged worms and Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species — see: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/fish/exotic.phtml.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 8.57' low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species — see: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/fish/exotic.phtml.

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 80-85 degrees; 5.79' low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads around larger submerged rock. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 3.00' low. Black bass are slow on Senkos and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 81-86 degrees; 0.03' low. Black bass are good on shad pattern squarebill crankbaits and bladed jigs in baitfish patterns -the frog bite is consistent in areas with lily pads. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 1.13' low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and weightless Flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 3.92' low. Black bass are good on football jigs and deep diving crankbaits along points. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 4.94' low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water clear; 81-86 degrees; 7.69' low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits near brush piles in 8-10'. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 82-87 degrees; 6.58' low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics around shallow cover — black buzzbaits early are effective as well. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut bait and trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 80-85 degrees; 0.18' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics near floating docks. Early morning topwater action is fair. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species — see: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/fish/exotic.phtml

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 80-86 degrees; 5.96' low. Black bass slow around docks and on deeper brush piles. Shakyheads and drop shots have been best. No report on other species. . Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 81-87 degrees; 6.15' high. Black bass are fair on shakyheads with finesse worms. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait. All boaters and anglers should be aware of new TPWD regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species — see: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/fish/exotic.phtml.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 58.90' 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 clear. 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.

CALAVERAS: Water clear. 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 clear; 83-87 degrees; 21.02' 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; 2.00' low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and topwaters in 5-15 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 36.41' 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 lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 2.79' 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 clear. 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; 86-90 degrees; 1.02' low. Black bass to 10 pounds are good on crankbaits and topwaters in 15 feet. Crappie are good on live minnows in 10-15 feet. Bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel catfish are good on juglines baited with bream. Yellow catfish are fair on juglines baited with perch.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.51' low. 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 lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 3.79' 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: 1.32' high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 2.95' 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: 44.55' low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 95.1' low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 100.89' low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 50.64' low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water lightly stained; 82-88 degrees; 12.81' low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early, later switching to Texas rigs, weightless flukes and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 81-87 degrees; 13.62' low. Black bass are good on Zara Spooks, Texas rigs and shallow running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 17.68' low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 82-88 degrees; 12.05' low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and watermelon/red flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 83-88 degrees; 23' low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Texas rigs and Senkos. Crappie are good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: No report available.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 81-87 degrees; 18.42' low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are good on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are good on chartreuse (use Worm-Glo) nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 82-88 degrees; 38.8' low. Black bass are good on Zara Spooks early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs, Senkos and drop-shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 82-88 degrees; 11.02' low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to Yum Dingers, shallow running crankbaits, drop-shot rigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 64.03' low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 9.91' low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 83-89 degrees; 20.83' low. Black bass are fair to good on Senkos, Texas rigs and wacky rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and chartreuse (use Worm-Glo) nightcrawlers.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 82-88 degrees; 32.13' low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the cuts and drains leading to the marsh on shrimp and Gulps.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good while drifting the reefs on live shrimp and topwaters. Drifter have been working slicks and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working wells and shell pads on shrimp, croakers, Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Tidal Surges. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs and at the spillway.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good on the Ship Channel on croakers and plastics.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout, redfish and black drum are good on the reefs in Bastrop and Chocolate bays. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Offshore is good for tarpon, kingfish and ling.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp and croakers. Better trout have come from the edge of the Ship Channel on croakers and shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and MirrOlures. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Trout, Spanish mackerel and sand trout are good at the jetties on soft plastics and shrimp.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair 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. Redfish are fair to good along the grass line of the north shoreline.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on topwaters and live shrimp in Oyster Lake and Crab Lake.

PORT O'CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout are fair to good at the jetty on croakers and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the back lakes on small topwaters and live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Trout are good on small Super Spooks and She Pups while wading sand and grass. Trout are fair in the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island.

PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Redfish are good around Pelican Island on topwaters and live shrimp. Offshore is good for kingfish, ling, dorado and tuna.

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 and Gulps under a popping cork.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on topwaters around rocks and grass. Trout are fair to good on the King Ranch shoreline on croakers, topwaters and plum plastics. Redfish are fair to good at Yarborough on soft plastics and gold spoons.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and on live bait around East Cut. Offshore is good for ling, dorado and kingfish.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good in the shallows of South Bay and Mexiquita Flats on shrimp and plastics under rattling corks. Tarpon are showing at the pass. Redfish and a few kingfish have been caught at the jetty.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are good on small Super Spooks and SkitterWalks in Cullen Bay and Laguna Vista.

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