Texas Fishing Report

Texas Fishing Report
Texas Parks and Wildlife (Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife)

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Aug. 28 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water stained; 82-87 degrees; 0.85 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on chatterbaits, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Sunfish are fair on cut nightcrawlers and kernel corn fished on a float and split shot. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

BASTROP: Water stained; 84-88 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.38 feet low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and frozen shad.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 1.55 feet low. Black bass are good on red worms, spinnerbaits, and watermelon red soft plastic lizards over brush piles in 10-15 feet. Hybrid striper are good drifting shad around docks at night. White bass are good on Li'l Fishies and minnows off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on minnows and Li'l Fishies in 10-20 feet. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.88 feet low. Black bass are good on Chug Bugs, green spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged 5-inch watermelon Whacky Sticks in 5-10 feet early. Striped bass are good on plastic swim baits and Rat-L-Traps near Lighthouse Point. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies and swimbaits. Crappie are fair on chartreuse Curb's crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.48 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin flukes, topwaters, and blue flake worms along break lines. Striped bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows early. White bass are fair on minnows. Smallmouth bass are fair on white grubs and pumpkin jigs in 10-22 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs in standing timber. Channel catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 1.50 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and lizards. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps early and late. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.26 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp.

GRANGER: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.22 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits upriver near the island. White bass are good on slab spoons along humps and ridges near the dam. Crappie are very good on jigs. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with fresh shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

LBJ: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.70 feet low. Black bass are fair on perch colored crankbaits and green pumpkin tubes around docks and laydowns. Striped bass are good on Li'l Fishies and Spoiler Shads at night. White bass are fair on minnows at night. Crappie are good on blue tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are very good on nightcrawlers, liver, and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.18 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on Little Georges near the boat ramp in Liberty Hill Park. Crappie are fair but mostly small on minnows over brush piles in 12-16 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with perch. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 1.45 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are good on live shad. White bass are good on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad and minnows. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 1.98 feet high. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp, minnows, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 0.45 feet low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 4.34 feet low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 5.52 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on small crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 86-90 degrees; 0.45 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits and weightless Flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BENBROOK: Water stained; 87-90 degrees; 4.15 feet low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, Carolina rigged worms and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 86-89 degrees; 0.62 feet low. Black bass are good on Flukes, shakyhead worms and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 86-88 degrees; 1.12 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, spinnerbaits, and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained; 85-87 degrees: 1.93 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, squarebill crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

CADDO: Water muddy; 88-91 degrees; 0.30 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, black buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 85-88 degrees, 1.26 feet low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs.

COOPER: Water stained; 90-99 degrees; 1.02 feet low. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos, Texas rigged craws and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are good on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 85-87 degrees; 1.48 feet low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, shakyhead worms and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

FAIRFIELD: Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creatures, swim jigs and Flukes. No report on other species.

FORK: Water lightly stained; 87-90 degrees; 1.12 feet low. Black bass are slow on magnum shakyhead worms, football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained; 86-89 degrees; 0.55 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, topwaters and Texas rigged craws. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water stained; 87-90 degrees; 1.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas rigged craws and shakyhead worms. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAKE O' THE PINES: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 2.58 feet high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, Texas rigged creature baits and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained; 86-89 degrees: 2.33 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, shallow crankbaits and shakyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.65 feet low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 90-99 degrees; 1.87 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: No report available.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 0.69 feet low. Black bass are good on shakyhead worms, Texas rigged craws and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 87-90 degrees; 1.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained: 86-89 degrees; 0.40 feet low. Black bass are slow on Senkos, Carolina rigged worms and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.24 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwater poppers, bladed jigs and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 87-90 degrees; 0.71 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, white swimjigs and hollow body frogs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained; 85-88 degrees; 0.06 feet high. Black bass are good on topwaters, shakyhead worms and Flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.55 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, Ned rigs, and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 87-91 degrees; 7.08 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water stained; 89-93 degrees; 31.62 feet low. Black bass are good on frogs, spooks, Pop-Rs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on Red Fins and large topwaters. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers under a cork in 6-15 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines, droplines, and throwlines on live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

BRAUNIG: Water stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms over grass beds. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad off points. Redfish are good on perch, tilapia, shad, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are excellent on liver, shrimp, and cut bait near the dam. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits over reed beds. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are good on live perch and tilapia along the shoreline. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and shad near the railroad trestle. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 15.86 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits, chartreuse spinnerbaits, and green pumpkin Whacky Sticks with chartreuse tails along main lake points in 5-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and live bait in 5-15 feet. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait upriver.

COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 84 degrees in the main lake, 104 degrees at the hot water discharge, 87-91 degrees in main lake; 1.93 feet low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits around grass beds. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs at Coletoville Bridge in 10-12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on live perch, and on juglines baited with cut bait in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off color; 79-86 degrees; 0.18 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and medium diving crankbaits. White bass are fair to good on live shad and slabs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live or dead shad.

FALCON: Water stained; 89-93 degrees; 35.92 feet low. Black bass are fair on large soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp, 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.

TEXANA: Water stained; 79-86 degrees; 1.24 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.61 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed Carolina rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on bloodbait, liver, and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms, and on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 88-92 degrees; 0.26 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, watermelon crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps near coves, humps, and drop offs early. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Bream are good on live worms off piers. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, worms, shad, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 0.21 feet low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on pet spoons, Rat-L-Traps, and Zara Spooks. White bass are good on pet spoons and troll tubes. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 1.28 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and dark soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.

STEINHAGEN: 9.60 feet low. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 6.64 feet low. Black bass are fair on redbug and plum soft plastic worms and topwaters early and late. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on spoons and Li'l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 78-85 degrees; 36.44 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on Senkos, Texas rigged 7-inch Power Worms and jigs. Crappie are fair on split shot rigged live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 76-84 degrees; 79.80 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 77-85 degrees; 47.50 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs and weightless flukes. No reports on smallmouth bass. There are a few reports of walleye being caught on live bait and artificials. Bream are fair on cut nightcrawlers and kernel corn. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake and 84 degrees, lightly stained up the river and 84 degrees; 3.03 feet low. Black bass are good to excellent on small Bone Whopper Ploppers and Torpedoes. Crappie are slow at night on minnows. Catfish are slow on baited jug lines.

ARROWHEAD: Water stained; 78-85 degrees; 1.26 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: Water stained; 78-84 degrees; 12.51 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water stained; 77-86 degrees; 0.83 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, shakyheads and DT 10s. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs around deeper structure. Catfish are fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water stained; 78-87 degrees; 1.00 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs around deeper structure. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live and cut shad.

NASWORTHY: Water stained; 74-83 degrees; 0.87 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair on large crappie minnows and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 76-85 degrees; 0.96 feet low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on split shot rigged live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live and cut shad.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 77-85 degrees; 8.52 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Senkos and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut and live shad.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 78-88 degrees; 0.62 feet low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, shakyheads and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on split shot rigged live minnows and jigs around deeper structure. White bass are fair to good on tail spinners and live shad. Striped bass are fair to good on live shad and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on live or dead shad and nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: Water off color; 77-85 degrees; 34.51 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

STAMFORD: Water stained to murky; 76-85 degrees; 0.53 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on split rigged live minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and live shad. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water stained; 75-84 degrees; 0.25 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. Fish populations have been substantially reduced by the golden alga blooms.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 77-86 degrees; 21.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, Texas rigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on split shot rigged live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under the birds when the wind allows on soft plastics and good in the river on live shad. Redfish are good in the marsh on small topwaters.

SOUTH SABINE: Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are good around birds and slicks 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 fair for drifters working pods of shad and mullet in the middle of the bay. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on topwaters and soft plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good in the mud and shell on topwaters and Corkies. Bull redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are good in Moses Lake on live shrimp and mullet. Large sand trout are good in the channel on fresh shrimp.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Bull redfish are good in Cold Pass and San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are good while drifting the east end of the bay on live shrimp under a popping cork and Gulps.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are good in Oyster Lake on shrimp. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Trout are good in the surf.

PORT O'CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on live shrimp fished on the bottom.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats on mullet and shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish are fair to good on the East Flats on topwaters and Gulps.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are fair to good around Shamrock Cove on small topwaters and spoons. Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are good on the reefs in Nueces Bay on shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on topwaters and Gulps under rattling corks. Redfish are good in the Land Cut on natural baits.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass holes. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and sight-casting to the shallows. Bull redfish are good at East Cut on mullet and crabs.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Tarpon and redfish are good at the jetty on live shad and crabs.

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