Texas Freshwater Weekly Fishing Report April 18 2018

Stacy Spriggs with her 13.06 pound ShareLunker from Sam Rayburn!!
Stacy Spriggs with her 13.06 pound ShareLunker from Sam Rayburn!!

 

ALAN HENRY
Water clear main lake, lightly stained up the river; 60 degrees main lake, 62 up the creeks; 7.09’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged Power Worms, craws, whacky worms and crankbaits. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on punch bait, live perch and live worms.

AMISTAD
Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 23.40’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics, and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs and small crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs, small crankbaits, and minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows up Devil’s River in the trees. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

ARROWHEAD
Water fairly clear; 62–67 degrees; 1.63’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged lizards and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

ATHENS
Water lightly stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, spinnerbaits and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

AUSTIN
Water stained; 63–68 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and Senkos. Sunfish are fair on cut nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

BASTROP
Water stained; 76–80 degrees. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 2.03’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on light blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows in 20–30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers, shrimp, and stinkbait at night. Yellow catfish are slow.

BENBROOK Water stained; 61–64 degrees; 0.65’ high. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, football jigs and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotline.

BOB SANDLIN Water stained to murky in the creeks; 62–66 degrees; 0.53’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws and creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotline.

BONHAM Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics and spinnerbaits near shallow vegetation. Crappie are fair on brush piles at 12–16’. Catfish are fair along creek channel on jug lines.

BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps near the dam. Striped bass are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons and marble spinnerbaits near the dam. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, tilapia, crawfish, and shrimp near Dead Tree Point. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait near the dam. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained to stained, 60–64 degrees: 1.01’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, weightless Flukes and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotline.

BROWNWOOD Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 4.16’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs around docks in 4–8 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 4.06’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged soft plastics, pumpkin worms, and black/blue Whacky Sticks on jigheads along ledges. Striped bass are fair jigging and trolling striper jigs and trolling crankbaits in 20–30 feet. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows, Shad Raps, and live bait. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CADDO Water stained to muddy; 63–67 degrees; 1.74’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, swim jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on cut perch and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are fair down rigging silver spoons near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 3.53’ low. Black bass are fair on brown hair jigs, drop shot worms, and Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling white striper jigs and vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and at mid lake in 40 feet. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CEDAR CREEK Water stained to lightly stained; 61–64 degrees; 0.10 low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, squarebill crankbaits and swim jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs.

CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 25.66’ low. Black bass are fair on swimbaits and Texas rigged soft plastic lizards. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and fair on jigs under lights at night. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLEMAN Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 2.73’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK Water clear; 98 degrees at the hot water discharge, 79 degrees in main lake; 1.58’ low. Black bass are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 6–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live perch in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO CITY 16.35’ 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.

CONROE Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait and liver.

COOPER Water stained; 61–68 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE Water off color; 68–73 degrees; 1.88’ low. Black bass are good on Senkos, Texas rigs and red Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair to good on Little Georges. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN Water lightly stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, weightless Flukes and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotline.

FAIRFIELD Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. No report on other species.

FALCON Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 27.32’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Brush Hogs, soft plastic worms, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, 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.

FAYETTE Water murky. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics off deep points, and on spinnerbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and soft plastics in shallow areas. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stink bait.

FORK Water lightly stained to stained; 61–64 degrees; 0.41’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and wakebaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

FT. PHANTOM HILL Water off color; 61–66 degrees; 2.66’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, Texas rigs and split shot rigged flukes. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

GIBBONS CREEK Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and June bug red soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stink bait.

GRANBURY Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps over grass. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms upriver. White bass are good on pet spoons and spinnerbaits at Dickerson’s Bottom. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad and cut bait in 5–20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

GRAPEVINE Water stained; 60–63 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and shakeyhead worms. White bass and hybrid bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotline.

GREENBELT Water off color; 56–64 degrees; 33.02’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and chrome Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass to 8 pounds are good on Carolina rigged worms near the marina in 3 feet. Crappie are good on live minnows near the boat piers. Bream are good on live worms off piers. Channel and blue catfish are good on live worms and stinkbait off piers, and on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 63–68 degrees; 3.63’ low. Black bass are fair on umbrella rigs, Texas rigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

JOE POOL Water stained; 61–64 degrees; 0.01’low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotline.

LAVON Water stained; 62–65 degrees: 0.39’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotline.

LBJ Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue jigs and watermelon tubes on docks. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 61–64 degrees; 0.22’ low’. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged worms and weightless Senkos. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LIVINGSTON Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are very good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

MACKENZIE Water stained; 54–63 degrees; 75.06’ 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.

MARTIN CREEK Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.07’ low. 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.

MEREDITH Water fairly clear; 54–62 degrees; 48.25’ low. No reports on black bass. No reports of smallmouth bass or walleye. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in limited numbers.

MONTICELLO Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 2.12’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

NASWORTHY 61–66 degrees; 1.23’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs and shad pattern shallow running crankbaits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on black/orange jigs and minnows off docks. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

O.H. IVIE Water stained; 61–67 degrees; 39.23’ low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, Texas rigs and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

OAK CREEK Water stained; 62–68 degrees; 11.56’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and shakyheads with Zoom Trick Worms. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 62–65 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, shakeyhead worms and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotline.

 

PROCTOR Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 2.24’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair trolling crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on live shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 62–65 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotline.

RAY ROBERTS Water lightly stained: 60–64 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, weightless Flukes and football jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotline.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water stained to lightly stained; 61–64 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, weightless Senkos and swim jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotline.

SOMERVILLE Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SPENCE 52.22’ low. No report on black bass. No report on crappie. Catfish are on live bait, cut bait and nightcrawler.

STAMFORD Water stained to muddy; 61–65 degrees; 1.4’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair on live bait and tail spinners. Blue catfish are good on cut and live bait.

STEINHAGEN 0.78’ high. No report available.

STILLHOUSE Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 4.04’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SWEETWATER Water off color; 61–67 degrees; 25.08’ 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.

TAWAKONI Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, flipping jigs 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 fair on trotline.

TEXANA Water stained; 68–74 degrees; 2.92’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rig and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

TEXOMA Water lightly stained; 60–63 degrees; 1.50’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, soft jerkbaits and medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotline.

TRAVIS Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 12.94’ low. Black bass are good on Senkos, flukes, and crawfish crankbaits in 5–15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver crankbaits, white grubs, and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are fair on white crankbaits and chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver slabs. White bass are good on perch colored spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 61–64 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are fair on shakeyhead worms and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotline.

WHITNEY Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 1.96’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stink bait.

WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained to muddy; 62–65 degrees; 21.81’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

 

 

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