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Texas freshwater fishing report (June 28-July 5, 2017)

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Freshwater Weekly Fishing ReportWeek of June 28, 2017

From the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

ALAN HENRY
Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 76 degrees; 3.28’ low. Black bass are slow on 7” Power Worms, spoons and jigs. Crappie and bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.
AMISTAD
Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 32.41’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black Rat–L–Traps and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with live bait. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD
Water fairly clear; 73–79 degrees; 0.91’ low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
ATHENS
Water lightly stained; 82–85 degrees; 0.42’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, topwaters and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
BASTROP
Water stained; 75–79 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, minnows, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON
Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.64’ high. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night in 15–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, doughbait, and hot dogs in 8–15 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
BOB SANDLIN
Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, topwater walking baits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines
BONHAM
Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 3.00’ low. Black bass are good on topwater baits, shallow crankbaits, and Texas rigged soft plastics around rocks and boat docks and. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are good cut bait and frozen shad.
BRAUNIG
Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons near the dam. Redfish are good on perch and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BRIDGEPORT
Water lightly stained, 81–84 degrees: 0.03’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, Megabass Dark Sleeper swimbaits and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD
Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, flukes, spinnerbaits, and jigs around docks in 8–10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on silver jigs off lighted docks at night in 5–15 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over baited brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN
Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.43’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters and Texas rigged grape Scoundrel worms around stumps in 5–15 feet. Striped bass are fair on Zara Jr’s, Red Fins, and trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO
Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.60’ high. Black bass are fair on black and blue jigs, black buzzbaits, and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines with cut bait.
CALAVERAS
Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and striper jigs near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on liver, doughbait, and shad. Blue catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE
Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.60’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, Pop R’s, and flukes upriver in 5–10 feet early. Striped bass are fair drifting live bait and trolling Gizz 4 and Shad Rap crankbaits on downriggers over 40’ humps. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on chartreuse plastic Crickets, root beer JDC grubs and craws, and watermelon red tubes along ledges in 10–20 feet. Crappie are fair on blue tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 10–15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines upriver.
CEDAR CREEK
Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and topwater poppers. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON
Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 21.63’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon deep running crankbaits, Rat–L–Traps, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN
Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.36’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and watermelon green spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK
Water clear; 96 degrees at the hot water discharge, 85 degrees in main lake; 1.46’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 4–6 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 12 pounds are good on trotlines baited with live perch and shad in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY
13.11’ low. No report available.
CONROE
Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles in 20 feet. Catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait.
COOPER
Water stained; 3.12’ low. No report available.
FAIRFIELD
No report available.
FALCON
Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 34.93’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on watermelon tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and frozen shrimp under birds. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
FAYETTE
Water murky. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 12–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.
FORK
Water lightly stained; 81–86 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are fair on football jigs, deep diving crankbaits and Carolina rigged worms. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL
Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits early, later switching to Rat–L–Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK
Water stained. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, cut bait, and chicken livers.
GRANBURY
Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on blue/black Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.
GRANGER
Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/black tube jigs in 6–12 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with cut bait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.
GRAPEVINE
Water lightly stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.96’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, small plastic swimbaits and topwaters. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
GREENBELT
30.85’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Texas rigs, Rat–L–Traps and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.
HOUSTON COUNTY
Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on Carolina and Wacky rigged red glitter worms. Crappie are good on live minnows over brush piles. Bream are very good on live worms in coves. Channel and blue catfish are good on live worms, and on trotlines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK
Water off color; 74–78 degrees; 0.41’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Whopper Ploppers early, later switching to squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL
Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and weightless Senkos. White bass are good on fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait.
LAKE O’ THE PINES
Water stained; 82–86 degrees: 2.13’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
LAVON
Water stained; 82–86 degrees: 0.41’ low. Black bass are fair on wakebaits, buzzbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LBJ
Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.80’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored topwaters, black/blue jigs, and weightless pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks in 5–10 feet. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white Curb’s crappie jigs over brush piles in 12–14 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.
LEWISVILLE
Water lightly stained; 81–84 degrees; 0.43’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and topwater poppers. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON
Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.31’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are very good on pet spoons, trolling tubes, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE
73.57’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
MARTIN CREEK
Water lightly stained; 85–93 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos, hollow body frogs, and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait.
MEREDITH
59.73’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs, chatterbaits and drop shot rigs. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.
MONTICELLO
Water stained; 88–94 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, deep diving crankbaits and Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
NASWORTHY
73–78 degrees; 1.17’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, finesse jigs and Texas rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
NAVARRO MILLS
Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.84’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and chartreuse Rat–L–Traps near the dam. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and perch colored topwaters. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE
Water stained; 73–79 degrees; 33.43’ low. Black bass are good on Whopper Ploppers early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
OAK CREEK
Water stained; 74–80 degrees; 8.26’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs and topwaters. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE
Water lightly stained; 80–83 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, bladed jigs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
PALO DURO
59.7’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM
Water off color; 72–78 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, shallow running crankbaits and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs and inline spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR
Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 1.39’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD
Water lightly stained; 80–85 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are fair on Flukes, topwater poppers and Carolina rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS
Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, Carolina rigged creature baits and football jigs. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS
Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzfrogs and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN
Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared bait.
SOMERVILLE
Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 0.36’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and small crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE
48.4’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD
Water stained; 71–77 degrees; 1.08’ high. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early, later switching to Texas rigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around cover. White bass are fair to good on Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.
STEINHAGEN
1.47’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE
Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER
Water off color; 72–77 degrees; 21.95’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI
Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 1.61’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
TEXOMA
Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.60’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits, topwater poppers and Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.
TOLEDO BEND
Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs and green striper jigs. White bass are good on pet spoons and troll tubes. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS
Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 3.45’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and chartreuse topwaters in 5–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on fresh cut bait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG
Water murky. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are fair on pet spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD
Water lightly stained; 0.10’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER
Water stained; 72–78 degrees; 20.72’ low. Black bass are very slow (the bass population was greatly reduced during the drought). No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
WHITNEY
Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
WRIGHT PATMAN
Water stained; 7.05’ high. No report available.

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