Weekly Texas Fishing Report (Jan. 20)

Weekly Texas Fishing Report (Jan. 20)

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: SLOW. Water clear; 57 degrees; 0.85' low. Largemouth bass are slow on buzz baits, crankbaits, skirted jigs, and drop shots near timber, deep points, and rock ledges. Sunfish are slow on cut earthworms along ledges, boat docks, and brush. Catfish are fair with punch bait and live bait.

BASTROP: SLOW. Water clear; 55 degrees. Largemouth bass are slow fishing crankbaits, skirted jigs, and spinners near creeks, rocks, and brush in 20’. Crappie are slow on minnows in brush piles and standing timber in 14-25’. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait, live bait.

BELTON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.56' low. Black bass are fair near steep rocky shorelines, timber, and drop-offs on bucktail spinners, drop shots, blue/green skirted jigs, and crankbaits. White bass are fair on the main lake points, channels, and drop-offs with slabs, jerk baits and swim baits in 18-40’. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait and white jigging spoons in the main lake from 25-40’. Crappie are fair on minnows, and jigs tipped with minnows in brush piles in 14-28’. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait.

BROWNWOOD: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 2.75' low. Largemouth bass are slow with drop shots, jerk baits, and jigs near brush piles, rocky shorelines, and fallen timber. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles and timber edges near a creek channel or drop-off. White bass and hybrids are fair on slabs, live bait, and trolling swimbaits. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait in 15-25’ near baited areas.

BUCHANAN: GOOD. Water clear; 52-54 degrees; 6.65' low. Largemouth bass are fair with jigs, football jigs, brush hogs, and green or purple drop shots on bluffs, rock ledges, and the rocky shorelines. Striped bass are good along the river channel with live bait and dead sticking swimbaits. White bass are fair on silver slabs near drop-offs, humps, and flats. Use sonar to locate schools of baitfish and feeding fish. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 15-25’ fishing timber and brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait. Blue cats are good on cut bait.

CANYON LAKE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 57 degrees; 5.41' low. Striper fishing is good along the river channel with live bait. Trolling swim baits is working as well. White bass are fair on humps, flats, and ridges with white slabs and jigging spoons. Largemouth bass are fair with rattle baits, jigs, Carolina-rigged plastic worms, and diving crankbaits near drop-offs, timber and rock piles in 15-30'. Smallmouth bass are fair on small swimbaits, green or brown plastic grubs, and small cranks in 8-20’ along rock ledges and steep rocky shorelines. Catfish are good with prepared baits and cut bait. Crappie are fair with live minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber near a creek or drop off in 15-25’.

FAYETTE: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 54 degrees. Largemouth bass are slow on Carolina rigs, spinners, and jigs in creek bends, brushy coves, and ledges. Sunfish are slow on cut earthworms. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait near baited areas.

GRANBURY: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 0.05 low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, suspended jerk baits, and orange/green flipping jigs in 14-22’ near creek bends, rocky areas, and rock ledges. Crappie fishing is fair around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and jigs. Catfishing is fair with cut bait or live bait. White bass are fair using white or chrome slabs and jigging spoons. Stripers are fair with live bait along the main lake channel in 20-35'.

GRANGER: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.71' low. Black bass are fair on red Texas-rigged plastic worms, diving crankbaits, brown/green grubs, and jigs near rocky shorelines, brushy creeks, and timber in 12-20’. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tipped tube jigs on brush piles and timber near a drop-off in 14-24’. White bass are slow on chrome or white slabs in 25-35’ near lake channels, flats, and drop-offs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait. Yellow cats are slow.

LIMESTONE: SLOW. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 0.15' high. Largemouth bass are slow on plastic worms, jerk baits, skirted jigs along ledges, creek channels, and off rocky shorelines. White bass are fair with swim jigs and slabs near flats, drop-offs, and ledges in the main lake in 20-35’. Crappie are fair on minnows around ledges, brush piles, and submerged timber. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait.

LBJ: FAIR. Water clear; 53 degrees; 0.70' low. Black bass are slow on drop shots, suspended jerk baits, football jigs, and square bill crankbaits worked near brush, creek edges, and rock ledges. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles, rock ledges, and docks. White bass are fair over main lake points, flats, drop-offs, and humps with slabs. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait in 14-28’ in baited areas.

NAVARRO MILLS: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 0.40' high. Crappie are fair on minnows around the marina, brush piles, and in standing timber in 15-30’. Catfish are fair with punch bait and cut bait. White bass are slow on slabs in 20-30’. Black bass are slow with flukes, jigs, and crankbaits near docks, brush piles, and timber.

PROCTOR: FAIR. Water clear; 54 degrees; 0.41' low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, silver spoons, suspended jerk baits, skirted jigs, and drop shots near brush, creeks, and rocky shorelines in 14-28’. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait in the main lake around 23-35’. Crappie are slow with minnows in 14-28’ in standing timber and brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait.

SOMERVILLE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 2.12' low. White bass and hybrids are good with live bait, slabs, and jigging spoons in 20-40’ on main lake flats, slopes, ridges, and humps. Crappie are fair on slow minnows and jigs in brush piles and flooded timber in 14-25’. Catfish are good with cut bait and punch bait. Largemouth bass are fair with green pumpkin craws, blade baits, and football jigs near the creek bends, drop-offs, rocky shorelines, and roadbeds.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 0.91' high. Black bass are slow on crankbaits, spinners, skirted jigs, and drop shots working brush piles, rock bluffs, and drop-offs. Smallmouth bass are fair with small jigs and brown or green plastic grubs near rocky banks, creek ledges, and drop-offs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in brush piles and standing timber in 14-28’. White bass are slow on slabs off main lake ridges, humps, drop-offs, and along the dam. Channel catfish are fair with punch bait. Blue cats are fair with cut bait or live bait near brush piles.

TRAVIS: GOOD. Water clear; 56 degrees; 21.77' low. Largemouth bass are fair with medium diving crankbaits, red/orange skirted jigs, minnow-like soft baits, and red drop shots near deeper boat docks, rock ledges, and points with drop-offs. White bass are fair with slabs or jigging spoons working the main lake channel, drop-offs, and humps. Trolling is still effective with pearl or white swimbaits. Striper action along the main river channel is good with live bait and swimbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows in 15-25’ near docks, brush piles, and rock ledges. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared baits in 12-26’.

WALTER E. LONG: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on purple drop shots, shad-like crankbaits and spinners near timber, creek ledges, and brushy shorelines. Hybrid stripers are fair with live shad or silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows in 14-24’ near brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait. Sunfish are slow on worms and crickets.

WACO: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.81' low. Largemouth bass are fair on skirted jigs, suspended jerk baits, orange/black craws, and pearl swimbaits near the ledges, creeks, steep shorelines, and rocky coves. Crappie are fair on minnows fishing brush piles around 13-26’. Sunfish are slow on cutworms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait.

WHITNEY: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 2.42' low. Black bass are fair on creek ledges, main lake ridges and drop-offs on suspended jerk baits, diving crankbaits, black or purple drop shots, and black/red skirted jigs. White bass are fair on the main lake channel with jigging spoons and slabs. Stripers are good with live shad along the main lake river channel edges in 20-35’. Crappie are good with minnows and lightweight jigs in 14-25’ timber near creek channels and brush piles. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait.

NORTHEAST

ARLINGTON: SLOW. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 3.15' low. Largemouth bass are slow on crankbaits and drop shots on brushy shorelines, creek drop-offs, and submerged brush piles. Crappie are fair near boat docks, brush, and timber on minnows. Catfish are slow on punch baits and cut bait.

ATHENS: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.57' high. Largemouth bass are fair on drop shots, spinners, suspended jerk baits, and red/brown skirted jigs working the flooded treetops, brush piles, and brushy shorelines. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs in standing timber and boat docks. Catfish are fair on cut bait. Sunfish are slow on cutworms.

BENBROOK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 2.06' low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing slow-moving jigs, jerk baits, and black or plum-colored drop shots near rocky shorelines, submerged brush, and timber. Crappie are slow on minnows fishing structure and brush piles in 14-25’. Hybrid striped bass are fair with live bait. White bass are slow with slabs and jigging spoons on the flats, channels, and humps. Catfish are fair with punch bait over baited areas.

BOB SANDLIN: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 48 degrees; 0.11' high. Black bass are fair on diving crankbaits, red/brown skirted jigs, spoons, and red or black drop shots in 18-30’ near creek bends, brush, rocky shorelines, and drop-offs. Crappie are fair on minnows and lightweight jigs in brush piles and bridges in 14-28’. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait in 12-25' near baited holes.

BRIDGEPORT: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 48 degrees; 3.78' low. Black bass are fair on jigs, spinners, and crankbaits in 14-28’ fishing main lake points near drop-offs, rocky shorelines, and ledges. Some bass are active in shallow water on warmer days. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs fishing bridges, timber and brush piles. White bass are fair on white or silver slabs on main lake ridges flats and channels. Hybrid stripers are slow along the main lake channel with live bait and slabs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and prepared bait in 12-20’.

CADDO: GOOD. Water stained; 48 degrees; 2.02' high. Largemouth bass are fair working plastic creatures, small crankbaits, bladed spinners, finesse worms, and swimbaits near main lake channel edges and vegetation lines. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber near a drop-off or creek channel in 12-20’. White bass are fair on white slabs in the main lake. Chain pickerel are good with chartreuse spoons and jigs. Catfish are good on punch bait, and cut bait in 12-20’ fishing baited holes near channels and timber edges.

CEDAR CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 49 degrees; 0.02' high. Largemouth bass are fair working jigging spoons, blue/black skirted jigs, diving crankbaits and minnow-like jerk baits on creeks, steep rocky coves, deeper boat docks, and retaining walls near a channel or point. Hybrids and sand bass are slow off main lake points and humps with white slabs, white swimbaits, and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair with minnows and tube jigs in brush piles, boat docks, and bridges 14-26’. Catfish are fair in 15-25’ with cut bait and live bait.

COOPER: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 46 degrees; 1.39' low. Largemouth bass are slow on Carolina-rigged plastic worms, crankbaits, and skirted jigs. The white bass and hybrids are fair in 25-35’ with live bait and slabs and over humps, ridges, and near main lake drop-offs. Crappie are fair with minnows on brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait and in punch bait 15-25’.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 49 degrees; 1.65' low. Black bass are slow fishing silver crankbaits, white spinners, drop shots, and slow-moving jerk baits near timber, brushy shorelines, boat docks, and brush piles. White bass are slow with chartreuse slabs fishing humps, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are fair on minnows between 15-25’ working docks, submerged brush, and standing timber. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait.

FORK: FAIR. Water stained; 50 degrees; 0.88' low. Largemouth bass are fair on spoons, green or black finesse worms, crankbaits, and brown/green flipping jigs near deep points, roadbeds, brush piles, timber, and rocky shorelines. White and yellow bass are slow in deeper water with white or chartreuse swim baits, slabs, and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 14-28’ in brush piles and standing timber near creek ledges or drop-offs. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait in 12-24’.

GRAHAM: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 48 degrees; 0.99' low. Largemouth bass are fair on black, purple, or red plastic craws, skirted football jigs, and jerk baits in timber and near docks, brushy points, rocky shorelines, and timber. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs tipped with minnows in channel bends, brush piles, and under deeper boat docks. White bass are slow on slabs and jigging spoons. Hybrid stripers are fair on live bait in 20-35’. Catfish are good on cut bait, punch bait, and live bait near baited areas.

GRAPEVINE: SLOW. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.20' high. Largemouth bass are slow on shad-like crankbaits, drop shots, grubs, and jerk baits near brush piles, deep points, and steep rocky shorelines. White bass are slow in 20-35’ with slabs and white or chartreuse swim baits near main lake humps, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in marinas and near submerged structure. Catfish are slow on punch bait and cut bait.

JACKSONVILLE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 47 degrees; 0.15' high. Largemouth bass are good with spinners, pumpkin brush hogs, finesse jigs, and shad like suspended jerk baits near docks, rip-rap, brush and brush piles. Crappie are fair on minnows in 11-26’ around submerged structure and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad and punch bait.

JOE POOL: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 49 degrees; 1.39' low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing swimbaits, football jigs, medium crankbaits, drop shots, and bladed spinners along channel ledges, steep bank edges, and flooded trees. Crappie are fair near brush piles and timber on minnows and jigs in 15-28’. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 46-49 degrees; 3.29' high. Largemouth bass are fair on drop shots, tail spinnerbaits, red/brown and brown/green skirted jigs, and diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows in the standing timber areas along the creek channel, bridges, and brush piles in 15-28’. Catfish are fair with cut bait or punch bait.

LAVON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.20' high. Crappie are fair on minnows or lightweight jigs fishing 12-26’ over brush piles and around bridge columns. White bass are fair in the 20-30’ bouncing slabs and heavy spoons. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits, spoons, and finesse worms in 6-18’. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait in 14-25’.

LEWISVILLE: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 48 degrees; 0.30' high. Black bass are fair fishing points, rocky shorelines and brush with the football jigs, curly-tailed grubs, slow-moving jerk baits, and shad like swimbaits. White bass are fair on bouncing slabs and jigging spoons or trolling A-Rigs in 20-35’. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles, bridges, and standing timber. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait.

MARTIN CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 57 degrees; 0.30' low. Largemouth bass are fair on blue/black skirted jigs, suspended jerk baits, shad like crankbaits, and paddle tails in 12-25’. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 12-28’ in timber and brush piles. Catfish are fair on punch bait and live bait in 12-25’.

PALESTINE: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 0.61' high. Largemouth bass are fair working Carolina-rigged worms, orange/green skirted jigs, and crawfish colored diving crankbaits near boat docks, creek bends, ledges, and rocky coves. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around bridge columns and timber near a creek or drop off in 15-25’. Hybrid stripers are fair on live bait, A-rigs, and swimbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and jigging spoons. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait.

PALO PINTO: GOOD. Water clear; 51 degrees; 1.60' low. Largemouth bass are good on points, flats, brushy or rocky shorelines with bladed spinners, pumpkin Texas-rigged plastic worms, medium crankbaits, and red/brown skirted jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near boat docks and brush piles in 14-28’. White bass are fair on slabs near main lake ridges, drop-offs, and flats. Hybrid bass are fair on live shad in 20-35’. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.

RAY HUBBARD: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.04' low. Largemouth bass are fair on heavy football jigs, Carolina-rigged plastic worms, jerk baits, and deep-diving crankbaits in timber, near banks, creeks, and drop-offs. White bass are slow fishing slabs and jigging spoons on main lake flats, humps, and points in 20-35’. Crappie are fair near bridges, brush piles, and submerged timber in with minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on cut bait and punch bait.

RAY ROBERTS: SLOW; Water lightly stained; 49 degrees; 0.46' low. Largemouth bass are slow on drop shots, jerk baits, jigs near drop-offs, timber, points, and deep creeks. White bass are slow in 15-35’ on slabs near main lake points, flats, and drop-offs. Crappie are slow on minnows and small jigs in brush piles and cover between 18-28’. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 48 degrees; 0.01' low. Largemouth bass are fair on black, green, or purple finesse worms tipped with chartreuse, minnow-style swimbaits, football jigs, and silver/blue crankbaits fishing near boat docks, points, creeks, and submerged timber and brush. White bass and hybrids are fair on live bait, slabs, and jigging spoons on flats and humps. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs on bridge pilings, timber, and in brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait. Bream are slow.

SQUAW CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 0.20' high. Catfishing is fair in baited areas with live bait and prepared bait. The largemouth bass fishing is fair around structure on plastic worms, spinners, and diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in standing timber and brush piles.

SULPHUR SPRINGS: SLOW. Water lightly stained; 48 degrees; 0.06' low. Largemouth bass are slow on jigs, drop shots, and jerk baits near brush piles, creek bends, and fallen timber. Crappie are slow on minnows in 13-28’ near brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are fair on cut shad and punch bait in 12-25’.

TAWAKONI: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.05' high. Blue catfish are good on fresh cut bait. Channel catfish are fair on punch bait. Largemouth bass are fair on brush hogs, shad like diving crankbaits, red/brown football jigs, and jerk baits. White bass and hybrid stripers are fair on live bait and slabs near ridges, flats, and humps in the main lake. Trolling swim baits and diving crankbaits are effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows and lightweight jigs around brush piles, docks, and bridge pilings.

TEXOMA: FAIR. Water stained; 47 degrees; 1.13' high. Striped bass are fair on shad like swim baits and live bait. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Largemouth bass are slow fishing soft plastic swimbaits, deep diving crankbaits, jerk baits, and flutter spoons in 15-30’. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near boathouses, timber, creek ledges, and brush piles in 15-28’. Catfish are fair on fresh cut bait and punch bait.

TYLER: SLOW. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.41' high. Black bass are slow on spinners, jigs, flukes, and crankbaits fishing docks, shorelines, and creek mouths. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs in brush piles, structure, and timber in 18-25’. Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut bait. White bass are slow in 18-30’ on slabs and jigging spoons.

WEATHERFORD: FAIR. Water clear; 49 degrees; 1.64' low. Largemouth bass are fair on orange/green football jigs, chrome crankbaits, and blue/green spinners near rocky shorelines and points, fallen timber, and brush. White bass are slow in 20-35’ with slabs and heavy spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows around docks, marinas, and submerged cover. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait.

WORTH: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 49 degrees; 1.97' low. Largemouth bass are slow with Texas-rigged worms, crankbaits, spoons, and swimbaits working creek mouths, shorelines, and boat docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs, fishing brush piles, timber that lines the creek channel or drop-off and under docks. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait.

WRIGHT PATMAN: SLOW. Water stained; 48 degrees; 11.89' high. Largemouth bass are slow on crankbaits, flukes, and drop shots along creek channels, timber, and rocky points. White bass are slow on jigging spoons and slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs near structure and brush piles. Catfish are slow on punch bait and live bait.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 56 degrees; 43.30’ low. Weather conditions have been on the Fisherman’s side this week, and the fish activity has benefited since. Black bass are fair mixing in topwaters in the afternoon around vegetation, square-billed crankbait, and Carolina rigged worms. Vegetation, rocks, points, and drops continue to work along with traditional spots. White bass are good and starting to move closer to creeks. Catfish are fair on shrimp, chicken livers, and stinkbait dough balls, still more in the river than the main lake. Remember to stay on the Texas side of the lake unless you possess a Mexican fishing license.

CALAVERAS: FAIR. Water stained; 54-57 degrees. Red drum are slow as they gear up to start a fantastic spring in late February. Black bass are good fishing rocks, drops, and vegetation on crankbaits, Carolina-rigged worms, and sometimes bass jigs reeled around 6'. Hybrid striped bass are good on rattle traps following schools in open water or into coves. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and cut shad.

CHOKE CANYON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 54-58 degrees; 22.21’ low. Largemouth bass are fair. Location is the most critical variable. Weed beds, Frio river channel, timber, and rocks on rattle trap, jigs, plastic worms, and crankbait. White bass are fair on crankbait looking over the deep brush piles. Catfish are consistently good on larger live bait, cut baits, and stinkbait.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 7.31’ low. Largemouth bass are fair, reeling slower than any other time letting your baits drop below 12' but above 18' on worms, spinners, and crankbait. Crappie are good with jigs around structures. Catfish are good on cut bait and cheese bait.

FALCON: FAIR. Water lightly stained north and clear south; 56 degrees; 39.43’ low. Be careful maneuvering around the lake as many obstacles have become exposed with low water as the weather has started to turn towards the winter conditions that make anglers successful. Black bass are fair still working rocks, old structures, shallow structure, and brush. We’ve had several catches of 10 pounds or more, but in most instances that was the only catch of the day. Try worms, square bills, and thick worms between 8-22'. White bass are great deeply moving to rivers and creeks. Crappie are good above brush around 18'. Catfish are excellent when hitting coves at their deepest and using live bait and stinky bait. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican fishing license.

MEDINA: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 56 degrees; 32.42’ low. Black bass are fair on worms and jigs in creek structures, points, and coves. Crappie are slow with jigs and minnows but should pick up in early to mid-February. White bass are fair on spoons and jigs near the deeper points. Striped bass are fair on rattletraps in open water finding the schools. Smallmouth bass are good on white grubs and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers, and blood baits in the inflow from feeder creeks.

TEXANA: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 0.06’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, jigs, and Carolina rigged worms above 15 feet in neutral and natural-colored baits. Crappie are good at suspending vegetation and coming out from under ledges favoring minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and live bait.

SOUTHEAST

B.A. STEINHAGEN: GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.45’ low. Largemouth bass are good, dropping under vegetation, points, and drops on topwater, spinners, and crankbaits. Worms have started to show some promise, but it needs to get just a bit warmer. Crappie are good at moving towards tributaries and their structures. Catfish are good on cut and prepped bait lurking between 8-24' using all times of the day.

CONROE: GOOD. Water stained; 56 degrees; 0.05’ high. Largemouth bass are fair in a pre-spawn pattern moving shallower under 12' on jigs, spinners, live shad, and buzzbait with deeper structure. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs with shallow structure. Hybrid striped bass are good in open water with jigs and fishing with live shad mid-lake. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait. Sunfish are good with live worms or crickets in shallow water.

GIBBONS CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 55 degrees. Largemouth bass are good seeking points, vegetation, and working the deep drops around the plant structure on light-colored worms and some spinners. Crappie are good on jigs close to creeks. Catfish are good on live bait and liver-flavored prepared bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: FAIR. Water stained; 54 degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are fair to slow on flukes and worms among fishing standing timber and the man-made fish attractors. White bass are slow with jigs and spoons in deep drops. Crappie are fair on live minnows in 25' at the dam. Sunfish are consistently good on small crickets and power bait pellets. Catfish are good on live and cut shad along with stinkbait.

LIVINGSTON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 0.03’ high. Largemouth bass are good most of the winter day working points, vegetation, and in creeks on the northern end of the lake. The best baits continue to be Carolina-rigged worms, spinners, and jigs. Striped bass are good on spoons and shad. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs in the creeks. White bass are good on spoons and Alabama rigs in coves, and main lake. Catfish are fair on live bait and prepped dough balls.

NACONICHE: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 55-59 degrees. Largemouth bass are good on spinners and jigs in submerged brush and around timber moving throughout the day. Topwater has also been successful at dusk. Crappie are good on jigs, and crappie minnows under vegetation and bridges. Sunfish are fair on jigs and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.

RAVEN: GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees. Largemouth bass are good with some increase in calmer warm water around points. Keep fishing Carolina rigs, crankbaits, and spinners for success. Sunfish are good on cutworms hiding in structure within 15 yards of the bank, looking for some dense cover for them to come out.

SAM RAYBURN: GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 1.92’ low. Largemouth bass are good working vegetation hard and then points when vegetation isn’t on. Crankbait, spinners, and Carolina rigged weighted worms are working best. White bass are fair on drops with sporadic activity. Crappie are good in creeks with jigs. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.

TOLEDO BEND: GOOD. Mostly clear; 54-56 degrees; 2.43’ low. Black bass are good working a lot of types of water and depths depending on conditions. Warm afternoons move bass shallower between 12' and surface on structures. At 12-24', use your crankbait to search. Worms, bass jigs, crankbait, and sometimes buzz bait are best. White bass are fair with lots of movement over brush as the winter spawn starts to begin. Crappie are good, favoring jigs over brush around 16'. Bream are good with small jigs and crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.

PANHANDLE

CISCO: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 47 degrees; 5.59’ low. Largemouth bass are fair after the daily warmup has happened by noon. One day we had a more-than-40-degree difference during 6 a.m.-noon. Worms and crankbait continue to excel while also working spinners on rocks, points, or warm vegetation. Sunfish are fair with nightcrawlers, cutworms, and pellets working shallow vegetation. Crappie are slow on jigs or minnows suspended in creeks or amongst structure. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and chicken livers night and day.

GREENBELT: SLOW. Water stained; 45 degrees; 40.19’ low. Black bass are slow with minimal success coming bottom, bumping the with worms or trolling crankbaits close to the floor. Catfish are good on stinkbait, minnows, and blood bait deeper than 10'. Walleye are slow. Sunfish and crappie are fair on minnows searching ledges and submerged brush. White bass are slow.

MEREDITH: FAIR. Water stained; 46 degrees; 51.15’ low. Black bass are slow to fair and show signs of improving. Deep is the only way to fish looking for schools. If you get a bite with worms, bass jigs, or crankbait stay put. Walleye are slow but ready to improve. Crappie are fair with jigs staying in the river structure. White bass are slow. Channel catfish are fair fishing stinkbait and cut bait.

MILLERS CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 46 degrees; 0.06’ high. Largemouth bass are fair with the return of warm afternoons fishing points, vegetation, and trees with bass jigs, worms, and spinners. Crappie are good on jigs working structures not below 12'. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs still on points but also work deeper brush. Catfish are fair mid-depth in coves with live, blood, and liver prepared baits.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: GOOD. Water clear; 52 degrees; 4.28’ low. Black bass are fair working brush and man-made structures with crankbaits, spinners, and worms. Crappie are good with jigs working larger structures. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.

ARROWHEAD: FAIR. Water stained; 53 degrees; 0.06’ low. Largemouth bass are fair staying on the rocks of rip rap, working different baits at different depths with crankbaits and worms slowly worked to get bites. White bass are slow on minnows, small crankbait, and Alabama rigs working below 15'. Crappie are fair on minnows, mainly understructure. Catfish are good on cheese bait, stinkbait, and minnows.

COLEMAN: GOOD. Water lightly stained. 51-53 degrees. 3.07’ low. Hybrid stripers are good at finding the schools of baitfish, or the good ledges, they are limited, but that creates the best success. Largemouth bass are good jerk baits, buzz baits, plastic worms, and buzz bait among standing timber and ledges. Catfish are fair with stink bait and cut bait.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: FAIR. Water stained; 50 degrees; 2.10’ low. White and hybrid striped bass are good with baitfish schools under ledges and off large points on crankbaits fishing or small rattle traps. Largemouth bass are fair deep off rocky structures on plastic worms still moving shallower throughout the day. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs under boat docks and rocky shores. Catfish are fair at night on cut shad and stinkbait.

HUBBARD CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 50-52 degrees; 2.37’ low. Largemouth bass are fair in timber and brush using topwater, Texas rigged worms and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows suspended on brush and creek structures. White bass are good on points with small crankbaits reeling slowly. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.

NASWORTHY: GOOD. Water stained; 50 degrees. 0.82’ low. Black bass are fair shallow below 14' using riprap and limited rocks as well as vegetation on crankbaits, worms, and spinners. Crappie are good on jigs in timber and creek entrances. White bass are fair on small crankbaits in 22' along many points. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.

OAK CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 3.86’ low. Largemouth bass are good on rocks and vegetation on worms, spinners, and bass jigs. Crappie are good on jigs in fallen timber and other natural structures shallower than 14'. White bass are fair over brush or off points on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines, nightcrawlers, live bait, and cut bait.

O.C. FISHER: FAIR. Water stained; 50 degrees; 41.71’ low. The low water continues to affect natural structure on the lake but look for the main lake humps and creek channels. Largemouth bass are good in flooded vegetation and riprap on plastic worms, spinners, and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows deep on top of brush. White bass are good with small crankbait trolling deep structures. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: FAIR. Water clear; 48 degrees; 13.28’ low. Black bass are good in standing timber and drops, working worms and jigs deep off humps and drops. Crappie are fair on live minnows in trees and brush. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: FAIR. Water clear; 52 degrees; 0.43’ low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing the traditional baits of large worms, crankbait, and spinners in submerged vegetation and rocky structures. Crappie are fair on jigs under docks and in shallow vegetation. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs off points and drops. Striped bass are fair, finding the best drops on shad. Catfish are good on cut bait, live sunfish, and stinkbait.

SPENCE: FAIR. Water stained; 51 degrees; 40.40’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good with some improvement of movement this week. Stay close to the natural structure of rocks, and vegetation on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and buzzbaits. Crappie remain slow on jigs or minnows. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait working around 15'.

STAMFORD: FAIR. Water stained; 49-51 degrees; 0.38’ high. Black bass are fair throwing Carolina rigged plastic worms, and crankbait near the dam, and quick dropping shorelines with rocks. Crappie are good on live minnows working submerged vegetation. White bass are fair with Alabama rigs and live shad working points and small structures of brushes and ledges. Catfish are fair on live bait, and stinkbait prepped pellets.

TWIN BUTTES: FAIR. Water stained. 47-51 degrees. 11.76’ low. Black bass are fair having a better week weather-wise. Rocks and riprap are the best, vegetation has been fair fishing larger worms and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs staying in the warmest calmest waters. Catfish are fair on live prepped and cut bait.

WHITE RIVER: SLOW. Water murky; 47–50 degrees; 24.95’ low. Drought conditions are still in place. Please check boat ramp access. Largemouth bass are slow to fair, needing live bait to attract attention deeper off drops. Crappie are fair to slow in and over structure on small live minnows. Walleye are slow. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and prepared bait near the marina.

COASTAL

SABINE LAKE: GOOD. 55 degrees. Fishing has been steady. Speckled trout are good on live baits and topwater baits when you focus on the sand holes. They are in the northern side of the lake, in the Intracoastal Waterway, or rivers. Most of the fish will be found either along the shoreline or in the deep over mud shell bottoms.

TRINITY BAY: GOOD. 52 degrees. Speckled trout are fair on live shrimp under a popping cork or topwaters. Redfish are good on mullet and are found along the shoreline. The flounder bite is good on croaker.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 57 degrees. Speckled trout are good on live shrimp or soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh on live mullet and shrimp. Sheepshead are fair around structure on shrimp.

TEXAS CITY: FAIR to GOOD. 57 degrees. Redfish and speckled trout are good and are over mud on live bait or topwaters. Black drum are good around the bayou and deeper waters on croaker or shrimp. Flounder are good in the channels on mullet.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: FAIR. 57 degrees. Redfish and black drum are fair near the coves and along the shorelines. Flounder are good on mullet. Speckled trout are fair on shrimp under popping cork in the deeper transitions.

FREEPORT: GOOD. 58 degrees. Redfish and speckled trout are good in the bay on live bait. Black drum are good on blue crab around vegetation and structure. Flounder are best along the drains on mullet. For wade fishing and night time flounder gigging, use artificials.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: FAIR to GOOD. 61 degrees. Sheepshead are great right now on minnow or croaker. Speckled trout and redfish are caught on live shrimp under popping cork and soft plastics around the reefs. All other fish are slow.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: FAIR to GOOD. 61 degrees. This side of the bay is best for wading since there is a firm bottom and remains the best method for catching fish here. Speckled trout is good on live shrimp or cut mullet along the flats or shoreline. Redfish are good in the marshy areas on croaker. The flounder bite is slow around the rocks on mullet. Black drum are slow.

PORT O’CONNOR: GOOD. 61 degrees. Speckled trout are found along the dropoffs and around the flats on shrimp or croaker. Flounder are slow on mullet in the shallow grass flats. Redfish are good in back bays on live baits.

PORT ARANSAS: GOOD. 58 degrees. Black drum are good near the rigs and along the rocks of the jetties. Redfish and sheepshead are plentiful along the rocks on the jetties with live shrimp. Speckled trout in the channels on shrimp under a cork.

ROCKPORT: GOOD. 57 degrees. Back lakes and drains are where the speckled trout and redfish have been, and shrimp or croaker are the best baits. Flounder are good on mullet around the rocks. Black drum are plentiful around the bay on shrimp or croaker.

CORPUS CHRISTI: GOOD. 57 degrees. In the deepwater near the causeway, you will find some big black drum and redfish. Speckled trout will be in 2-3' and are good on shrimp. Flounder are good around the reefs on mullet.

BAFFIN BAY: GOOD. 66 degrees. Redfish are good in the flats on shrimp. Topwater can work on warm sunny days in between cold fronts. Flounder are good on croaker or minnow. Speckled trout are good on shrimp in the shallows. Black drum are good in the channels on shrimp or croaker.

PORT MANSFIELD: GOOD. 63 degrees. Speckled trout and redfish are good from the weather station and north to Wagner’s — work the grass and potholes using KWiggler ball tail in red and white and wiggler paddle tails up in the shallow and also the west shore up in the shallow for redfish. Snapper is good in Texas waters.

SOUTH PADRE: GOOD. 68 degrees. Redfish are good in the flats on bottom rigs with live bait. Speckled trout are good and will be in the deeper water and the edges of the Intracoastal Waterway. Flounder are fair around the rocks on mullet or minnow. Black drum are good along the dropoffs on croaker.

PORT ISABEL: FAIR. 67 degrees. Some speckled trout and redfish are around the shallow grass flats near the Laguna Madre. Flounder are near the rocks and feeding around drains, and are caught on mullet or shrimp. Black drum are fair on shrimp in the deeper water transitions.

BOLIVAR PENINSULA: GOOD. 58 Degrees. Speckled trout and redfish can be found in the flats on shrimp or croaker. Black drum are good around structure or vegetation. Flounder are good around the rocks on mullet.