Texas Fishing Report

Here is 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

BASTROP: Water clear; 87-91 degrees. Black bass are good on green pumpkin deep diving crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp, minnows, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 11.10′ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on white Riversides at night under lights. White bass are fair on white Riversides at night under lights. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and summer sausage. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained to murky; 84-88 degrees; 8.65′ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, Shaky Heads, chartreuse/white spinnerbaits, and on green pumpkin, redbug, or watermelon seed soft plastic worms around docks in 4-10 feet, and on flukes and buzzbaits in flooded grass. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night in 5-15 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies over baited brush piles in 8-15 feet. Channel catfish are good on cheesebait and cut shad near the Hwy. 279 Bridge. Blue catfish are good on prepared bait near the Hwy. 279 Bridge in 5-8 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 31.07′ low. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps, daiquiri JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters, and wacky rigged watermelon red Whacky Sticks along docks and over flats early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair trolling deep diving Shad Raps and jigging Tiny Traps over humps along the river channel. Crappie are fair on pink/white or chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water clear; 80-84 degrees; 11.15′ low. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat-L-Traps, Pop R’s, and drop shot Devil’s Tongues along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling watermelon crankbaits over and around humps and jigging 1oz. Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on topwaters, root beer JDC grubs, and craws at daylight. Crappie are fair on white or chartreuse crappie jigs and live minnows around brush upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live goldfish and perch.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 14.43′ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad, liver, and shrimp over baited holes.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 7.45′ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits, and on green pumpkin soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on silver/white striper jigs. White bass are fair on shad colored Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers.

GRANGER: Water clear; 84-88 degrees; 1.40′ low. Black bass are good on black Power Worms in 5-12 feet. White bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps along shallow roadbeds early. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles in 5-15 feet. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.32′ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Whacky Sticks, watermelon Curb’s Erratic jigs, and pumpkin tubes near docks. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse/white tube jigs and minnows. Crappie are good on black/blue tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 2.76′ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and shallow running crankbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and orange/chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 6.60′ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on silver spoons and striper jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 6.42′ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Perch are very good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 8.97′ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, hot dogs, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water clear; 84-88 degrees; 59.54′ low. Black bass are fair on bone topwaters, watermelon worms with chartreuse tails, and grubs. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on chrome jigging spoons and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and fresh cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 11.51′ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps near drop offs. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows early. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear, 82-86 degrees; 4.09′ low. Black bass are fair on wacky worms and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 7.14′ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged Zoom U-Tail worms and Baby Brush Hogs in green pumpkin. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained, 83-87 degrees; 1.51′ low. Black bass are good in vegetation and around cattails — crankbaits and soft plastics have been best. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows under the bridges and on brush piles. Catfish are excellent drift fishing along the backs of the creeks.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 19.47′ low. Black bass are slow on shad pattern squarebills and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows around the bridge. White bass are good on slabs (late evening schooling occurring). Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

CADDO: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 1.07′ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits around stumps. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair 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.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 82-87 degrees; 6.03′ low. Black bass are good on swim jigs, small swimbaits and bladed jigs. Some fish being caught on Carolina rigs and deep diving crankbaits in deeper water from brush piles. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

COOPER: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 11.27′ low. Black bass are good on nail weighted Flukes and wacky worms. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad and topwaters. Catfish are slow on 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; 81-86 degrees; 5.75′ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs and large shakyheads. The shallow bite has been consistent throughout the day on Texas rigged LFT Flippers in black/blue. Frog bite near grass beds has been sporadic. Yellow bass and white bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges and brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 81-86 degrees; 8.43′ low. Black bass are fair on finesse worms and shakyheads. Some fish being caught on deeper brush piles with jigs, deep crankbaits and smaller jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 82-87 degrees; 1.97′ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics along brush piles in 10-12′. Some fish being caught on weightless soft jerkbaits and Senkos. Small swimbaits are effective as well. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 3.46′ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair 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; 83-87 degrees; 10.43′ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged soft plastics. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared 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.

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 82-85 degrees; 7.33′ low. Black bass are good on smaller jigs and medium crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows near the marinas. 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; 4.17′ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos around shallow cover. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 88-87 degrees; 0.22′ high. Black bass are good on shad pattern squarebill crankbaits and hollow body frogs around shallow vegetation. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 82-85 degrees; 1.55′ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and split shot rigs near docks and timber closest to deep water. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 82-87 degrees; 5.48′ low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits along rip rap. Heavy shakyhead setups are effective as well. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 5.86′ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms and football jigs near deeper brush piles. The late evening frog bite is still good around shallow vegetation. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 9.09′ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rig worms near brush piles in 8-10′. Topwater bite effective early and late with poppers working best. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 7.90′ low. Black bass are excellent on Texas rigged creature baits rigged with heavier weights around shallow cover — black buzzbaits in early morning are effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 0.14′ low. Black bass are slow on topwaters and shakyheads. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are slow 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; 82-86 degrees; 7.16′ low. Black bass slow around docks and on deeper brush piles. Shakyheads and drop shots with blue fleck soft plastics have been working as well. No report on other species. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 82-88 degrees; 5.15′ high. Black bass are good on Missile Baits D Bombs in black/blue fished slow around shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. 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 murky; 80-84 degrees; 47.29′ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails, jigs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines, juglines, and droplines around rockslides baited with live perch. 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 slow. Striped bass are good on liver and shad off points near the pier. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and live bait.

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 along the crappie wall and the dam. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, cheesebait, and shad near the railroad trestle and 181 Cove. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 21.74′ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and white spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 3.03′ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with liver and live perch in 10-20 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch in 10-20 feet.

FALCON: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 40.07′ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp. 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; 82-86 degrees; 3.38′ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics, and on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 1.95′ low. Black bass are good on dark metal flake spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms in 15 feet. Crappie are good on minnows around structure. Bream are good on live worms off grass beds around the islands. Channel catfish are fair on juglines baited with perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 1.35′ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 79-83 degrees; 5.68′ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and crankbaits. White bass are good on silver spoons off points. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and shrimp.

STEINHAGEN: 1.54′ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 4.23′ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters and redbug soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons over ridges. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers in 5-10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 41.36′ low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 96.27 low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 101.13′ low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 46.24′ low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water lightly stained; 87-92 degrees; 12.78′ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to drop shot rigs, shakyheads and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 86-89 degrees; 14.9′ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

COLORADO CITY: 19.05′ low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 87-92 degrees; 10.09′ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs over structure. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 87-92 degrees; 20.24′ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, DD22s, Texas rigs, shakyheads and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs around deep water structure. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

NASWORTHY: No report available.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 86-92 degrees; 20.18′ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 87-92 degrees; 39.79′ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to jigs, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around deep water structure. White bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 87-93 degrees; 11.06′ low. Black bass are good on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs, jigs and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs over brush piles. White bass are fair to good on tail spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad and Sassy Shad. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 62.5′ low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 10.5′ low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 88-94 degrees; 21.67′ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 32.57′ low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are good under slicks and birds on soft plastics. Redfish are good under rafts of shad on topwaters. Redfish are good in the marsh on small topwaters.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Trout are good at the near shore rigs on live mullet. Offshore is good for kingfish, amberjack and ling.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the outgoing tide at Rollover Pass on soft plastics and mullet. Redfish are good in the marsh with higher tides on Gulps and finger mullet.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout are good on the deep shell and around the wells on live shrimp and glow plastics.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on topwaters and soft plastics. Trout are fair to good on the shell adjacent to the channel on live bait. Trout are good for drifters on live bait under a popping cork over shell.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good in the surf on live bait and topwaters. Offshore is good for kingfish, ling and dolphin. Tarpon are good along the beachfront.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs and in the channel on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish and sand trout are fair to good in Moses Lake and Dickinson Bayou on shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp, topwaters and soft plastics. Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Offshore is good for Atlantic spadefish, kingfish and ling. Bull redfish are good along the beach in 26 feet of water.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over mid-bay reefs. Trout and redfish are good over mud on live mullet. Large sand trout and croakers are good over deep reefs on shrimp.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair over sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish and black drum are fair to good at Shell Island on live shrimp. Offshore is good for ling, amberjack and tuna.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair to good on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp and small topwaters. Tarpon are good at the jetty on drifted baits.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp and Gulps. Redfish are good on piggy perch and shrimp around Mud Island and Estes Flats.

PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Offshore is good for dolphin, ling, kingfish and tuna.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on piggy perch, Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp and piggy perch. Trout are good in the surf on croakers and finger mullet.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on topwaters and soft plastics while wading rocks and grass. Redfish are fair to good on the flats on small topwaters. Trout are fair to good on soft plastics under a popping cork on the grass in the Land Cut.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass along spoils. Redfish are good on the sand on small topwaters and Gulps. Offshore is good for kingfish, dolphin, ling and tuna.

SOUTH PADRE: Redfish are good on the flats and in South Bay on live bait and plastics under a rattling cork. Snook are good in the Ship Channel on DOA Lures and live shrimp. Tarpon have been hanging around the jetty.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are good at Three Islands on DOA Shrimp and topwaters. Redfish are good on the Gas Well Flats on shrimp and mullet.

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