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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 5:37 pm | Updated: 6:10 pm, Wed Nov 20, 2019.

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Nov. 20 and also available on the internet at https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml:

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: FAIR. Water clear; 64-65 degrees; 0.60 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair if you stay around the vegetation edges, especially near coves and creeks and fish attractors. Best baits have been white spinners, plastic worms, and jerkbaits. Sunfish are fair on cutworms, and corn around the same areas as largemouth. Catfish are fair on perch, gulp minnow, or stink bait primarily at night.

BASTROP: FAIR. Slightly stained; 58 degrees; Fishing conditions are slowing with winter conditions. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged plastic worms, crankbait, and rigged lizards among the warmer water near the plant. Crappie are fair on jigs and live bait. Channel and blue winter catfish are good on stinkbait or cut bait.

BELTON: FAIR. Lightly stained; 57-61 degrees; 2.53 feet low. Largemouth bass continue to be fair with spinners, and Carolina rigged plastic worms among the creeks and their original beds. Smallmouth from the dam to the north fingers are eating grubs, jigs, and buzzbaits. Hybrid stripers are hungry for live bait, jigs, and crankbaits in deeper water. Crappie are fair on jigs in deep cover. Catfish are fair on shad, shrimp, blood bait, and stinkbait.

BROWNWOOD: GOOD. Lightly stained; 60 degrees; 3.36 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, spinners, jigs and topwater moving a little deeper than last week on drops and in vegetation deeper than 6 feet. White bass are good on slabs and Alabama rigs. Catfish are decent on prepared bait and shad baited trotlines. Night fishing is producing excellent results.

BUCHANAN: GOOD. Water stained; 59 degrees; 4.00 feet low. Largemouth bass are good with some topwater lures, jigs, and spinners. The best locations have been on ledges, flooded brush, and on rocky drops. Striped bass are fair on swimbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on minnows still in deeper water. Crappie are slow on jigs. Channel catfish have been good on stinkbait, live and cut bait.

CANYON LAKE: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 2.76 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair with a drop shot and crankbait around the medium depth humps and points. White bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid and striped bass continue to be fair on topwater baits, grubs, and jigging spoons. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live bait, dough pellets, and cut bait.

FAYETTE: GOOD. Water stained. 61 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on craws, spinners, worms, and crankbait in the warmer water following the baitfish. Sunfish are consistently fair on worms and crickets. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live bait, and cut bait.

GRANBURY: FAIR. Water lightly stained. 60 degrees. 0.54 feet low. Crappie fishing is fair around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and jigs. Catfishing is fair fishing over baited holes near deeper water. Drop-offs with timber near the main river channel are good places to catch them. Look for white bass to be mid-lake and up north where they can be caught on slabs and live bait. Largemouth bass can be found around boat docks and shoreline cover. Stripers are slow but can be enticed by live shad.

GRANGER: GOOD. Water clear; 60 degrees; 0.00 feet. Black bass are good on crankbaits, plastic worms, and spinners on the southern and eastern portions of the reservoir. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slab spoons moving along humps and ridges just south of the dam. Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait fished above bobbers or on juglines.

LBJ: FAIR. Water stained; 60 degrees; 0.69 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinners, plastic rigged worms, and jigs around any vegetative cover. Stay away from the more populated areas of the lake for success. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on smaller crankbaits, jigs, and minnows on the deeper depth drops. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait, flathead catfish good on live bait.

LIMESTONE: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 3.01 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, topwater, spinners, and buzz baits in the mornings. White bass and hybrid stripers are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around standing timber. Catfish are good on cut shad, shrimp, worms, or prepped baits.

NAVARRO MILLS: FAIR. Water stained; 61 degrees. 2.25 feet low. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in mid-depth water and with structure and standing timber. Catfish are good with stink bait, live and cut bait. White bass are good on slabs. Black bass are slow with spinners, buzzbait, and jigs.

PROCTOR: FAIR. Water stained. 60 degrees. 3.23 feet low. Largemouth bass are slow to fair on the creek beds and channels with spinners, crankbaits, and minimal topwater. Trolling for hybrid stripers with live bait is fair. Crappie have been good with jigs among structure. Catfish have been good on stinkbait and cut bait.

SOMERVILLE: GOOD. Water stained; 60-62 degrees; 0.20 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, spinners, and topwaters among Welch Park Islands. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair mainly in open water or deep points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 8 feet. Out on the water, catfish are excellent on stinkbait.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 62 degrees; 2.59 feet low. Largemouth are good on topwaters, spinners, and crankbait around the mouth of the Lampasas, and check all the shallower points. Smallmouth are fair in rocky points with topwaters and crankbaits. White bass are decent with Alabama rigs and small spinners. Sunfish are fair in shallow water on cutworms. Catfish are fair with shad across the flats. Trotlining is best in the upper lake using live sunfish.

TRAVIS: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 9.89 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwaters and live bait along the many main lake points and submerged river bed. Crappie are slow on minnows and weighted jigs. White bass have been fair in steep coves, similar to the largemouth habitats. Catfish are fair on cut bait, prepped bait, and live bait.

WALTER E. LONG: FAIR. Water stained. 65 degrees; Largemouth bass are found in the grass and around reeds with plastic worms or swimbait. Their primary habitat is along both sides of the power plant. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on prepared baits, cut baits, and live bait. Sunfish are being caught on crickets and corn in any shallower structure.

WACO: FAIR. Water lightly stained. 61-66 degrees; 4.37 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, crankbaits, and plastic worms on the mouths of Hog and Flatrock creeks. Crappie are fair on minnows and weighted light-colored jigs among 6-15 with vegetation or standing timber. Sunfish are fair on worms or crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad, live bait, and blood flavored-prepped bait.

WHITNEY: FAIR. Water stained 62 degrees; 6.37 feet low. Black bass are good on plastic worms and crankbaits. Look for the deeper ridges all along the lake. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits, and with minnows in the main southern reservoir approaching the dam. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs in the middle or upper ends of the lake and King Creek. Catfish are good on live shad, stink bait, and cut shad.

NORTHEAST

ARLINGTON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 62 degrees; 1.52 feet low. Largemouth bass are sticking near the plant, and around docks on spinners, topwaters, and plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around docks and brush structure. Fishing from the bank has been successful for both crappie and largemouth. Catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait.

ATHENS: FAIR. Water clear to stained; 61 degrees; 1.05 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas rigs, crankbaits, jigs, and spinnerbaits. The ledges sitting around 12 feet are the main area for bass. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs among vegetation. Catfish are fair on cut bait and stinkbait. Sunfish are fair on cut earthworms around boat docks.

BENBROOK: FAIR. Water stained; 61 degrees; 10.19 feet low. Largemouth bass are still fair on Carolina rigged worms and lighter-colored spinnerbaits in the mouths of the creeks and submerged creek beds. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striped bass and white bass are good with slabs, spinners, or spoons. Catfish are good on stinkbait and live bait. Sunfish are fair with prepared bait pellets or cutworms.

BOB SANDLIN: FAIR. Water stained; 62 degrees; 0.87 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, jigs and spinners among untouched shoreline. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows over brush piles. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on worms or stinkbait.

BRIDGEPORT: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees: 4.69 feet low. Black bass are fair on rigged worms, topwaters, spinners, and rigged crawfish near rocky point drop-offs. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows in deeper brush piles. White bass are good on slabs and live minnows in the main lake around islands. Hybrid are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait.

CADDO: GOOD. Water stained; 62 degrees; 0.35 feet high. Largemouth bass are sufficient moving along ridges on plastic worms and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on smaller minnows and jigs with most structure. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live bait.

CEDAR CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 61–64 degrees, 2.23 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged creature baits, plastic worms, and buzz baits towards the north 198 flats, along with the Caney Creek flats on the southeast end of the lake. Hybrid stripers are good with Rat–L–Traps matching the baitfish throughout the lake. Crappie are good on pink and white jigs around the larger docks and structures. Catfish are good on cut shad, dough bait, and stinkbait 5 feet or deeper. Use live bait with trotlines.

COOPER: FAIR. Water clear; 61–63 degrees; 2.76 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair with topwaters, Carolina rigged worms and spinners on main lake points, and around the islands. The white bass continue to be solid on slabs and live bait. Catfish are excellent on live and cut bait.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: FAIR. Water stained; 60-63 degrees; 1.87 feet low. Black bass are fair around the marina and boat docks on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and worms around the Trinity River vegetation. Hybrid Striped bass are good on crankbait near ledges, and in the main lake, fish finders have been guiding us around the lake. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait, prepped bait, and liver.

FORK: GOOD. Water stained; 59-64 degrees; 2.07 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, caterpillars, and Alabama rigs on points, shallower mid-lake spots, and among standing timber. White and yellow bass are good on Alabama Rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in the stumps or man-made structures. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait.

GRAHAM: FAIR. Water stained; 58-61 degrees; 2.73 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on bottom-hugging bait and slow-moving reeling lures covering depths of 6-20 by cove edges. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and Alabama rigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and live bait.

GRAPEVINE: FAIR. Water stained; 59-64 degrees; 0.43 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas, and Carolina rigged worms, and spinnerbait near the untouched upper-end vegetation, rocky shorelines with quick descents. White bass are good on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live and prepped bait.

JACKSONVILLE: FAIR. Water stained; 59-61 degrees; 0.92 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair along the dam, Byrd Creek, Piney Point, and Oak Point with spinners, jigs, and crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs. Catfish are slow on cut shad, and prepped bait.

JOE POOL: GOOD. Water stained; 61 degrees; 2.81 feet low. The largemouth bite is fair to good on plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits around submerged humps and structure. Crappie are good using live bait around the highway bridges. Catfish are good on cut bait by the spillway.

KEMP: FAIR. Water clear; 58-62 degrees; 2.30 feet low. The Wichita River structure and surroundings are the best largemouth habitat with Texas-rigged, straight-tailed worms, crankbait, and spinnerbait. Crappie are good on crappie jigs with structure throughout the coastlines. White and hybrid bass continue to be good on slabs throughout the reservoir. Catfish are good with blood and liver prepared baits.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: GOOD. Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 0.89 feet high. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater, spinners, swimbaits, and chatter baits on points and among aquatic vegetation. The lake points depth between 12-25 feet is best, so watch your boat instruments. Crappie are good on bigger jigs and minnows near standing timber in 20 feet of water. Catfish are good on all types of catfish bait, especially live bait. White bass are showing up in the main channel.

LAVON: GOOD. Water stained; 60-62 degrees: 4.08 feet low. Crappie are good on minnows or jigs in 20 to 30 feet of water on slopes or at the dam face on the ledges. Use black-chartreuse or white-chartreuse jigs for best results. White bass are poor. The only place to catch them is at 20-30 feet depths on main lake points. Minnows, 3-inch soft plastic dead sticks on a 1/8 ounce jig in Minnow colors or white or chartreuse slabs 1 ounce. Black bass are good on 10 to 25-foot crankbaits worms and jigs. Catfish are excellent at 10 to 30 feet and spread throughout the lake at these depths. Use Santee Riggs with 2 to 3-ounce weights dragged on the bottom drift fishing. Or post up near the timber in 10 to 20-foot anchor cut shad

LEWISVILLE: FAIR. Water stained; 59-61 degrees; 1.00 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged plastic baits and spinnerbaits on cove edges with timber, and along the dam drops. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and weighted jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait. Hybrid stripers are fair on rattle traps, will be found feeding on large groups of shad.

MARTIN CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 61-68 degrees; 3.15 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits and spinners. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Both crappie and bass have held around brush piles and creek channels. Catfish are very good on live bait, cut bait, or prepped bait throughout the lake.

PALESTINE: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 62–64 degrees; 1.68 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, spinners, and jigs near coves and natural structure on the upper end of the lake. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid stripers are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are excellent on shad and chicken livers.

PALO PINTO: SLOW. Water stained; 59-61 degrees; 3.05 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged plastic worms and spinners on submerged cove beds. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs around vegetation. White bass are fair on live shad. Striped bass are good on live shad and jigs. Catfish are fair on live shad, minnows, and stinkbait.

RAY HUBBARD: GOOD. Water stained; 58 degrees; 2.98 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on shakey heads and mid-depth crankbaits. White bass and hybrid are good in 1-10 feet of water on chartreuse swimbaits and umbrella rigs. Crappie are excellent on minnows and small jigs along bridge pilings and in trees at 7-20 feet.

RAY ROBERTS: GOOD. Water stained: 59-61 degrees; 0.24 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, lizards, and topwater with vegetation cover and along the sharp drops along FM 455. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around the brush and timber of the northern coves. White bass are fair around deep structure in 20-40 feet on white or clear shad. Sunfish are good with cutworms. Catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 59-63 degrees; 3.26 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwaters, plastic worms, spinners, and jigging spoons on submerged points. White and hybrid bass are good on slabs and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs with structures. Catfish are fair on live bait and cut bait above bobbers.

SQUAW CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 58 degrees; 1.48 feet low. Catfishing is excellent along the timber next to channels up north. The largemouth bass fishing has been exceptional around shallow and deep structures on soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Crappie continue to be slow.

SULPHUR SPRINGS: SLOW. Water stained; 59-62 degrees; 0.62 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigged plastic worms, topwater, spinnerbaits, and bass jigs on White Oak Creek. Crappie continue to be slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, livers, stink bait cut and live bait.

TAWAKONI: FAIR. Water stained; 59–62 degrees; 1.61 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and jigs. Look for the submerged trees and stick with structure. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs, spoons, and Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows under bridges, docks, and marinas. Catfish are good on live or cut shad.

TEXOMA: GOOD. Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 1.34 feet high. Striped bass continue to be excellent this time of year using slabs, swimbaits, and live bait. Largemouth bass are good drifting live baits in less than 20ft are producing best results. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live sunfish, cut bait, prepped dough balls, and minnows. White bass are good and are biting on live bait and Alabama Rigs.

TYLER: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 59 degrees; 2.40 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, plastic worms, and crankbaits in both lakes pushing the drops and points. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live baits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid stripers are good with Rat–L–Traps in deeper water.

WEATHERFORD: FAIR. Water stained; 59–62 degrees; 2.90 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms in and around cove edges to the main lake. White bass are good with minnows, smaller crankbaits and Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in large cover. Catfish are good on crawfish, livers, blood baits, and cut bait.

WORTH: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 59-62 degrees; 1.97 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on buzzbaits, spinners, and worms along flats, vegetation along the larger docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs with cover and under docks. Catfish are good on live bait, stinkbait, and cut bait.

WRIGHT PATMAN: GOOD. Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 4.42 feet high. Largemouth bass are good with jigs, spinnerbaits and plastic worms among fish attractors, timber, and creek channels. White bass are good on slabs and spoons. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait, live bait, and stinkbait.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 64 degrees; 31.87 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on buzzbaits, spinners, plastic worms, and grubs near the shallow water ledges. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and cut bait between 6-12 feet.

CALAVERAS: GOOD. Water stained; 64-66 degrees. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and live shad. Red drum are fair on crawfish and rattle traps. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, plastic worms, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Best habitats continue to be Hondo Creek, the dam, and the intake point. Hybrid striped bass are fair on spoons and rattle traps.

CHOKE CANYON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 62-65 degrees; 17.25 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on topwater, buzzbaits, jigs, plastic worms, spinners, and rattletraps. Look for flooded timber and any drops near them. White bass are fair with minnows and smaller rattle traps staying just out of the river as of now. All catfish are good on larger live bait and cut baits.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 66-69 degrees; 3.00 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, Carolina rigs, spinners, and crankbaits. Hit the shallow brush flats and the major points throughout the lake. White bass are good on rattletraps and minnows in the Nueces River. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and cheese bait in 10 feet or less of water.

FALCON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 65-68 degrees; 35.63 feet low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic worms, spinners, and topwater lures around structure, and steep drops. Crappie are good on live bait and hand-tied jigs. Catfish are good on all live bait, including shrimp, shad, and stinkbait. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican Fishing License.

MEDINA: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 65-68 degrees; 7.81 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on trick worms in pink or green, jigs, and shad on lake points and shady cover. Crappie are slow with jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on spoons and jigs. Striped bass are fair on rattletraps. Smallmouth bass are good on white grubs, jigs and have been increasing in regularity. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers, and blood baits.

TEXANA: FAIR. Water muddy; 64–70 degrees; 3.63 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, Texas–rigged soft plastics, buzz baits, and light-colored tube baits. North of U.S. Highway 59 continues to be active for all fishing. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair to good on stinkbait, cut bait, and live bait. Trotlines with live bait are working for all species of catfish.

BRAUNIG: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 63–66 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged plastic worms, crankbaits, bass jigs, and spinnerbaits along the power plant lands. Redfish are fair using crawfish and tilapia, sticking to the heated discharge. Striped bass are fair on jigs and live shad in open water. Catfish are good on live bait and cheese bait.

SOUTHEAST

B.A. STEINHAGEN: GOOD. Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 0.40 feet low. Largemouth bass continue to be excellent along steep drops and among vegetation with spinners and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows, and catfish are good on cut and prepped bait.

CONROE: GOOD. Water stained; 62-65 degrees; 2.22 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on jigs, spinners, and buzzbaits using the larger boat docks as structures. Ridges have been fair as well as north of the 1097 bridge. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid Striped Bass are coming along in open water with jigs and shad. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait.

GIBBONS CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 60-64 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair on most all light-colored Carolina rigged soft plastics and buzzbaits moving to medium depth structure, and warmer water discharge. Crappie are good on jigs, especially in the warmer discharge waters. Catfish are good on live bait and liver-flavored prepared bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: FAIR. Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.06 feet high. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinners among standing timber and along the 10-20 foot ridges. White bass are slow with jigs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Sunfish are good on live cutworms. Catfish are good on live and cut shad along with stinkbait.

LIVINGSTON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 61-64 degrees; 0.14 feet high. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged plastics, spinners, and jigs in the submerged creeks and cove structures. With decent sun, bass have extended their habitats. Striped bass are good on spoons and shad. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around docks. White bass are fair on spoons and Alabama rigs. Catfish are fair on live bait all over the lake.

NACONICHE: GOOD. Water clear; 58-63 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, creature baits, crankbaits, and spinners around the hydrilla. Crappie are good on jigs and live minnows. Sunfish are fair on jigs, spinners, and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.

RAVEN: FAIR. Water stained; 60-63 degrees; Largemouth bass are using vegetation as cover, so use a topwater that draws them out less than 10 feet from their shelter. Larger plastic worms are better among traditional drops and submerged creek and cove beds. Sunfish are good on crickets also with surface cover.

SAM RAYBURN: FAIR. Water stained; 59-64 degrees; 2.42 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on purple cream worms looking for submerged vegetation, and ledges. White bass continue to be fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs among the same bass habitats.

TOLEDO BEND: GOOD. Water slightly stained; 58 degrees; 7.07 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits and spinners. Striped bass are good on topwaters, rattle traps, and spoons on humps and along river channels. The colder temperatures are creating an excellent environment for strippers. White bass are fair on spoons and small crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait. Crappie are good around on jigs and live minnows.

PANHANDLE

CISCO: FAIR. Water clear; 58 degrees; 3.02 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, buzzbaits, and jigs on points and the southwest end of the lake on calm days. Sunfish are fair with earthworms or grubs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver, and cut shad all over the lake.

MEREDITH: FAIR. Water stained; 53-56 degrees; 47.05 feet low. Largemouth bass are slow on Texas rigged plastics and topwaters. Smallmouth bass are fair on crankbait. Walleye are good on crankbaits and rattletraps. Channel catfish are good on cut and live bait. Drops and flooded timber have been the most successful for all game fish.

MILLERS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; degrees; 1.63 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on jigs and plastic worms around submerged trees. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. We are catching crappie and bass with jigs. White bass and hybrids have been good trolling with artificial and live baits. Catfish are good with blood and liver prepared baits in the northern portion.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: FAIR. Water clear 59 degrees; 1.79 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on rigged worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits around coves with timber. Spotted bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows, and jigs fishing the pier. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.

ARROWHEAD: FAIR. Water stained; 59 degrees; 1.94 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigs, topwaters, and buzzbait in lake points, and fallen timber. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs near the derricks, dam, and bridges. Catfish are good on punch bait.

COLEMAN: GOOD. Slightly stained. 58-65 degrees. 2.76 feet low. Hybrid stripers are good drift fishing with live bait. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters, spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and jigs. The flats where calmer water exists in creeks and coves have been the best habitat. Catfish are fair with stink bait and cut bait. Trotlines are effective with live bait.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: FAIR. Water stained; 59 degrees; 2.46 feet low. White and hybrid striped bass are good along the western portion of the lake with deep-diving crankbaits and live shad. The striper activity has been very active. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms and spinners. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and stinkbait at night when the wind is still.

HUBBARD CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 2.23 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigged worms and topwaters on the northern portion of the lake. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs over brush and in standing timber. Catfish are good on live and cut shad.

NASWORTHY: FAIR. Water murky 59-63 degrees. 0.96 feet low. Largemouth bass are slow. Cold fronts are coming in pretty regularly now, so you must slow down and then slow down some more. Crankbaits and pitching up in the reed beds with a creature bait should get a bite. Crappie are fair under deeper docks and next to bridge pilings on crappie minnows.

OAK CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 2.05 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinners, topwaters, Carolina rigged worms within timber, and along the cove point drop-offs. Crappie are fair on live minnows around steep drops and decent sized structure. White bass are fair. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and live and cut shad.

O.C. FISHER: GOOD. Water stained to murky; 61-65 degrees; 37.29 feet low. Largemouth Bass are good on plastics next to more significant trees along creek and river channels. Crappie are good along the dam on crappie minnows.

O.H. IVIE: FAIR. Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 9.97 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, minnows and jigs. Standing timber along the northern banks offers the best structure. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs with improved success at night. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: FAIR. Water clear; 58 degrees; 1.19 feet low. Largemouth bass are in the steep drops on the lake 12-25 feet. The best tackle has been plastic worms and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on jigs, and minnows under the man-made boat docks. White bass are sporadic on jigs, slabs, and spoons. Striped bass are fair on live shad and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait, live sunfish, and stinkbait.

SPENCE: FAIR. Water stained; 60 degrees; 36.16 feet low. Largemouth bass are slow on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and buzzbaits. Crappie are slow on crappie jigs. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

STAMFORD: FAIR. Water stained; 67-68 degrees; 1.19 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater, Carolina rigged plastic worms, and jigs near the powerplant, among vegetation, or close to the artificial fish habitats. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs within fallen timber. White bass are fair on live shad and slabs. Catfish are fair on live bait, and stinkbait prepped pellets.

TWIN BUTTES: FAIR. Water Stained. 59-62 Degrees. 9.04 feet low. Largemouth Bass fair on Carolina Rigs, worms, minnows, and spinners on deeper points next to Bluffs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs close to the creeks. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

WHITE RIVER: SLOW. Water murky; 61–64 degrees; 21.63 feet low. Drought conditions are still in place. Largemouth bass are slow to fair on crankbaits, Carolina rigs, and plastic craws. The Northeast points have been holding fish. Crappie are slow on live minnows and jigs. Walleye are slow. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and prepared bait close to the marina.

COASTAL

SABINE: GOOD. Overall conditions: water clarity, stained with visibility 2 to 3 feet in most areas around the lake, channel, and marsh. Speckled trout fishing is fair for trout, with most fish coming from nearshore areas. Fish are scattered over mud shell bottoms as well as in deeper bayous. Best lures are jig and soft plastics in white, glow, or natural colors with limetreuse tails. Redfish are on the same pattern as the trout and are scattered along shorelines as well. Same lures as for trout. Flounder run is still on in Sabine Pass Channel along drop-offs and anchorage basins. Best lures are live mud minnows or jigs and Gulp lures.

PORT MANSFIELD: GOOD. With the last cold front blowing through, it brought the water temps down into the 50s. The fishing was tough but getting better later in the week. Trout are still out on the flats in 2 to 6 feet. Need to slow the baits down; corkys and soft plastics are working for trout. Redfish are in the 1 to 3 feet and are being caught with Kwiggler paddle tails, gulp, and live shrimp under popping corks. Flounder in drains and east cut using gulp or soft plastics. Red snapper good in Texas waters using a Kwiggler long-tail sally. Snappers are up to 15 pounds.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. Speckled trout has picked up with the favorable colder weather. They are being caught on live shrimp under popping corks and soft plastics, mainly in the flats. Redfish are very good on chunking plastics and live shrimp. Red drum are good on live shrimp and mostly found in the surf. Redfish, trout, and flounder are excellent on minnows.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. Falling water temps have the speckled trout action heating up. Bird activity good. Speckled trout will hit on live shrimp under popping corks and soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh on live mullet, soft plastics, and topwaters. The flounder bite is excellent.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. Flounder bite along with the ICW spoils and drains. Redfish good in the marsh. Speckled trout action is good under birds.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: VERY GOOD. Jones Lake good for redfish drifting live shrimp under popping cork and soft plastics. Flounder excellent around ICW spoils and shorelines. Speckled trout under birds using live shrimp, soft plastics and topwaters.

TEXAS CITY: GOOD. Redfish are around the Texas City Dike. Flounder continues to be excellent on live shrimp or minnow around Seawolf. Speckled trout are good along the levee and Mosquito Island. Black drum are good on blue crab or shrimp.

FREEPORT: VERY GOOD. San Luis Pass excellent for flounder around Mud Cut and Cold Pass. Redfish and Speckled trout are biting in Bastrop and Christmas Bay. Flounder are good along Intracoastal Waterway drains and marsh using live mullet. Bull reds are good at the mouth of the Brazos River 18 to 30 feet of water.

PORT ARANSAS: GOOD. Redfish are good on shrimp, KWigglers paddle tail, top waters, and are found in schools. Speckled Trout are fair on shrimp, KWigglers ball tail, and top waters look towards the shallow flats. Black drum are good on shrimp or crab or soft plastics. Jetty fishing remains great.

CORPUS CHRISTI: GOOD. Redfish are schooling and being caught on mullet and shrimp. Trout are very good with popping bobbers in shallow water 2-6 feet on sand flats. Flounder continue to be very good on minnow or squid or jig.

SOUTH PADRE: Tides are normal now, and redfish bite has been good on the sand flats. Anchor using a bottom rig with fresh cut mullet. Trout have been plentiful in the deeper grassy potholes. Drift using artificial lures or popping cork with live shrimp. East of the Three Islands area has been excellent.

PORT O’CONNOR: GOOD. Slightly stained. Trout are excellent on a combination of live or fresh baits such as shrimp or crab in the shallow sand bars. Redfish continue to be very good in back bays on live shrimp. Tarpon are very good on mullet or pinfish. Flounder are good on minnows or mullet and croakers in vegetation.

TRINITY BAY: GOOD. Falling water temps have the speckled trout action heating up. Bird activity good. Speckled trout on live shrimp under popping cork and soft plastics. Redfish good in the marsh on live mullet, soft plastics and topwater. The flounder bite is excellent.

BAFFIN BAY: EXCELLENT. Redfish is excellent in the flats with topwater, and live bait following the mullet runs, usually mid-morning. Flounder is excellent on jigs or minnow. Trout have been great using chartreuse Gulp 4-inch twirl tail mullet.

PORT ISABEL: VERY GOOD. 72 degrees. Several limits of speckled trout were caught at night throughout the weekend on live shrimp and glow in the dark lures. Sheepshead have been caught using live shrimp. Whiting were biting all day and night on shrimp and squid.

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