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Texas Parks & Wildlife Fish Report

Week of December 27, 2017

Panhandle Plains Region

Alan Henry
Water clear main lake, stained to muddy upriver; 66 degrees; 5.19' low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and spoons. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on punch bait and live worms.
Arrowhead
Water fairly clear; 41–49 degrees; 2.25' low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
Coleman
Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 2.35' low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
Colorado City
15.3' 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.
Ft. Phantom Hill
Water off color; 42–48 degrees; 1.72' low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
Greenbelt
Water off color; 38–45 degrees; 32.31 low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow to fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
Hubbard Creek
Water off color; 41–49 degrees; 3.06' low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and live shiners.
Mackenzie
74.03' low. Black bass are slow on soft plastics. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. No reports on crappie.
Meredith
Water fairly clear; 39–45 degrees; 47.59' low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs. No reports of smallmouth bass or walleye. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.
Nasworthy
43–48 degrees; 1.37' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and squarebills. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
O.H. Ivie
Water stained; 41–52 degrees; 37.65' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
Oak Creek
Water stained; 41–47 degrees; 10.66' low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and chrome/black Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
Possum Kingdom
Water off color; 39–46 degrees; 1.24' low. Black bass are slow to fair on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnow. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
Spence
50.98' low. Catfish are fair on live bream, cut bait and nightcrawlers.
Stamford
Water stained; 38–49 degrees; 0.44' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. White bass are fair on live bait and Little Georges. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait.
Sweetwater
Water off color; 39–45 degrees; 24.34' 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.
White River
Water stained; 38–46 degrees; 21.42' low. Black bass are slow. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on cheese bait.

Prairies & Lakes Region

Athens
Water lightly stained; 44–48 degrees; 0.13' low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
Bastrop
Water stained; 66–70 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
Belton
Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 2.82' low. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are good on Rat–L–Traps and live shad in coves early. White bass are good on chrome slabs on the bottom. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, doughbait, hot dogs, and summer sausage. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.
Benbrook
Water stained; 45–48 degrees; 2.62' low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged worms, shakyhead worms and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.
Bonham
Water stained; 44–47 degrees; 0.78 low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, jerkbaits, flipping jigs and lipless crankbaits around shallow cover, rip rap and boat docks. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good along creek channel with cut shad.
Bridgeport
Water clear, 44–48 degrees: 3.83' low. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, Megabass 110 jerkbaits in MB Gizzard Shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Cedar Creek
Water lightly stained; 45–48 degrees; 1.95' low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, Carolina rigged worms and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs.
Cooper
Water stained; 79–88 degrees; 1.29' low. Black bass are fair on black and blue jigs, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs and minnows.
Eagle Mountain
Water lightly stained; 45–49 degrees; 1.38 low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos, drop shot worms and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
Fairfield
Water fairly clear. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, Texas rigged creature baits and lipless crankbaits. No report on other species.
Fayette
Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and live bait over baited holes.
Gibbons Creek
Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.
Granbury
Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.32' low. Black bass are good on watermelon red/blue flake soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and liver.
Grapevine
Water lightly stained; 44–48 degrees; 0.59' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs, and lipless crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Joe Pool
Water lightly stained; 47–51 degrees; 0.20' low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Flukes and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
Lavon
Water stained; 46–49 degrees: 2.54' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Lewisville
Water lightly stained; 45–48 degrees; 1.30' low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Navarro Mills
Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 1.85' low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and doughbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
Palestine
Water lightly stained; 44–48 degrees; 0.10' low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, shakyheads and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Proctor
Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 2.77' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
Ray Hubbard
Water lightly stained; 46–49 degrees; 0.88' low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos, lipless crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Ray Roberts
Water lightly stained; 45–48 degrees; 1.12' low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, Carolina rigged worms and bladed jigs. White bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Richland Chambers
Water lightly stained; 45–49 degrees; 2.52' low. Black bass are slow on finesse jigs, suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Somerville
Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 0.50' high. Black bass are good on silver spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
Stillhouse
Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 3.27' low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are fair on silver spoons and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
Tawakoni
Water stained; 47–50 degrees; 0.61' low. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, flipping jigs and bladed jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Texoma
Water lightly stained; 44–48 degrees; 0.92' high. Black bass are good on suspending jerkbaits, medium crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
Weatherford
Water lightly stained; 46–49 degrees; 2.13' low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, finesse jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Whitney
Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 4.51' low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin and tequila sunrise spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

Pineywoods Region

Bob Sandlin
Water lightly stained; 46–49 degrees; 0.80' low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, weightless Senkos and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
Caddo
Water stained; 47–50 degrees; 0.90' high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, Texas rigged craws, and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Conroe
Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.01' low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp.
Fork
Water stained; 46–49 degrees; 1.02' low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, and football jigs. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
Houston County
Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.23' high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows in 20 feet. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
Water lightly stained; 48–51 degrees: 1.32' high. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
Livingston
Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.28' high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
Martin Creek
Water lightly stained; 85–90 degrees; 2.69' low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, weightless Senkos and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Monticello
Water stained; 80–87 degrees; 0.21' low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, black and blue jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Sam Rayburn
Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 2.87' low. Black bass are good on watermelon red and watermelon gold soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies and chartreuse spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and liver.
Steinhagen
2.00' high. No report available.
Toledo Bend
Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 4.31' low. Black bass are good on chartreuse blue and chartreuse green soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
Wright Patman
Water stained; 46–50 degrees; 4.32' high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and Rat–L–Traps. No reports on crappie. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

Gulf Coast Region

 

North Sabine
Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell. Trout are good for waders on the Louisiana shoreline on slow–sinking plugs.
South Sabine
Redfish are fair on the edge of the channel on mullet. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp.
Bolivar
Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on slow–sinking plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.
Trinity Bay
Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on the east shoreline on Bass Assassins, Gamblers and Down South Lures. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet. Trout are good while drifting deep bayous in the marsh.
East Galveston Bay
Trout are fair to good on the north shoreline on Corkies and MirrOlures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.
West Galveston Bay
Trout are good for waders on the mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.
Texas City
Redfish are good in Moses Lake on fresh shrimp. Black drum, sheepshead and redfish are fair on the edge of the channel and on shell in shrimp.
Freeport
Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish are fair to good at San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of drains on Gulps and shrimp.
East Matagorda Bay
Trout are fair for drifters on plastics over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal and at the mouths of drains on Gulps and jigs tipped with shrimp.
West Matagorda Bay
Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous. Trout are fair on shell on soft plastics and finger mullet.
Port O'connor
Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist–deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp and topwaters. Redfish are good at the mouths of drains.
Rockport
Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in California Hole and the Lydia Ann Channel on mullet and shrimp.
Port Aransas
Redfish are fair to good on the ledges of the channel on mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel.
Corpus Christi
Trout are fair to good in Oso Bay for waders tossing scented baits and Corkies. Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the flats on live shrimp, Gulps and DOA Shrimp.
Baffin Bay
Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and Soft–Dines. Trout are fair to good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies.
Port Mansfield
Redfish are fair to good on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair to good on mud along the edge of the channel on Corkies and MirrOlures.
South Padre
Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish, black drum and mangrove snapper are fair to good in the channel on shrimp.
Port Isabel
Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks. Redfish are good in the holes and guts on Gulps and scented baits.

South Texas Plains Region

Braunig
Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on live shad and silver jigging spoons. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on liver, frozen shrimp, and cut shad. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait and shad.
Calaveras
Water murky. Black bass are fair on small crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are fair on live perch and shad. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, frozen shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
Choke Canyon
Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 24.36' low. Black bass are fair on heavy jigs and large soft plastic lizards in the grass. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
Coleto Creek
Water clear; 89 degrees at the hot water discharge, 68 degrees in main lake; 0.96' low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Tilapia are fair near the hot water discharge. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
Corpus Christi Lake
Water off color; 55–63 degrees; 0.12' low. Black bass are on Rat–L–Traps and shakyheads. White bass are fair on tail spinners. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
Falcon
Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 16.82' low. Black bass are fair slow rolling spinnerbaits and on large worms with light weights in 12–18 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp 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; 64–72 degrees; 1.95' low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

Hill Country Region

Austin
Water stained; 57–66 degrees; 0.81' low. Black bass are slow to fair on chrome Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Sunfish are fair to good on cut nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
Brownwood
Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 3.20' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, jigs and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li'l Fishies and crawdad crankbaits. Crappie are fair on Li'l Fishies and tube jigs over brush piles in 12–15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
Buchanan
Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 4.47' low. Black bass are good on black jigs, watermelon red grubs on jigheads, and suspending crankbaits along ledges and points in 8–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair jigging Tiny Traps and Pirk Minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
Canyon Lake
Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 3.31' low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged pumpkinseed and watermelon worms, and tubes on jigheads in stickups. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4's or Shad Raps on down riggers over humps. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke grubs, chartreuse tubes, and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
Granger
Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.64' high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair upriver among shad. Crappie are good on minnows upriver under lights at night. Blue catfish are fair on shad and prepared baits. Yellow catfish are slow.
LBJ
Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.78' low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs and green pumpkin tubes on docks. Striped bass are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
Travis
Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 11.60' low. Black bass are good on chrome jigging spoons, black jigs, and white grubs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
Walter E. Long
Water murky. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

Big Bend Region

Amistad
Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 23.40' low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs, spoons, and jigs. White bass are good on slabs, spoons, and jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp, chicken livers, nightcrawlers, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are good 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.
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