Texas Fishing Report

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Posted on February 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Feb. 27 and also available on the Internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water clear; 60-64 degrees. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water clear; 58-62 degrees; 6.97' low. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water clear; 56-60 degrees; 10.64' low. Black bass are fair on Brownwood craw jigs, watermelon spinnerbaits, craw colored crankbaits, and chrome/blue Rat-L-Traps along the shorelines. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on Li'l Fishies, Rat-L-Traps, and shad crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water lightly stained; 58-62 degrees; 28.12' low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin JDC Craws, jerkbaits, and chartreuse Whacky Sticks in 12-20 feet. Striped bass are fair trolling crankbaits and striper jigs, and drifting live bait in 20-30 feet. White bass are fair on Shad Raps, Pirk Minnows, and live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 12-15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water lightly stained; 59-63 degrees; 9.01' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Curb's hair jigs, JDC drop shot worms, and jerkbaits along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water lightly stained; 58-62 degrees; 13.75' low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon red and redbug Carolina rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps off deep points. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 5.44' low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps over grass. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and Li'l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER: Water stained; 58-62 degrees; 0.21' high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin jigs and Rat-L-Traps in timber along the river channel. White bass are fair near Dickerson's bottom. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver at night. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait in 10-20 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

LBJ: Water clear; 60-64 degrees; 0.42' low. Black bass are good on black/blue Curb's jigs and watermelon tubes. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads near the power plant. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water lightly stained; 56-60 degrees; 0.21' low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water lightly stained; 55-59 degrees; 5.30' low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 58-62 degrees; 1.68' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and on white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water lightly stained; 57-61 degrees; 6.30' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics. White bass are fair on minnows and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water clear; 58-62 degrees; 49.86' low. Black bass are good on Senkos, flukes, and crawfish crankbaits in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on white grubs, watermelon crankbaits, and minnows in 8-20 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs in 8-18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on minnows and green pumpkin soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are very good on Charlie slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water lightly stained; 55-59 degrees; 8.51' low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on live bait and white striper jigs. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 20-25 feet. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear, 51-55 degrees; 2.61' low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 51-56 degrees; 4.80' low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 50-54 degrees; 15.03' low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits around main lake points. Drop shots with Xcite Baby Ubershads are good around docks on the main lake. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are slow on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 52-56 degrees; 0.61' high. Black bass are good on black/blue flipping jigs and creature baits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and 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; 50-55 degrees; 3.03' low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits around docks. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

COOPER: Water clear; 51-56 degrees; 7.20' low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Catfish are fair on cut bait.

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; 51-56 degrees; 4.19' low. Black bass are slow on finesse drop shots and shakyheads. Yellow bass are fair on jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows around the bridges. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 50-54 degrees; 5.91' low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 51-55 degrees; 1.93' low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged soft plastics in 5-10 feet of water. Green pumpkin has been best. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared baits.

LAKE O' THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 52-57 degrees; 3.21' low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good 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.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 51-56 degrees; 8.69' low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs around shallow cover. Some fish being caught on bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair 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.

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 50-54 degrees; 5.48' low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads in the marinas. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 64-82 degrees; 1.72' low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs around shallow cover — deep water bite has been good on Carolina rigged lizards. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 52-57 degrees; 0.59' high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics in green pumpkin around stumps. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 50-55 degrees; 0.48' low. Black bass are good on black/blue jigs and shaky heads around docks — smaller baits working best. Spinnerbaits around shallow cover are effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 50-55 degrees; 3.20' low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged plastics and flipping jigs around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are excellent on 1oz. slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs as well. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 50-54 degrees; 3.98' low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and suspending jerkbaits. Carolina rigs are working along deeper points near channels. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water clear; 51-55 degrees; 4.49' low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads around docks. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 51-55 degrees; 4.63' low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs around docks — midday bite has been best. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on cut bait.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 49-54 degrees; 5.70' low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits along main lake points — good numbers of fish reported on Rat-L-Traps as well. Striped bass are good on slabs. 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

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 50-54 degrees; 7.61' low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads around docks. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait. White bass are slow on slabs and live minnows. Please call ahead to make sure ramps are useable.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 51-56 degrees; 3.46' high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on 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.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water clear; 60-64 degrees; 50.82' low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics, and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs, small crankbaits, and minnows. White bass are good on slabs, small crankbaits, and minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows up Devil's River. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair 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.

BRAUNIG: Water clear. Black bass are good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in the reeds and near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and shad near the pier. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are excellent on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and cut bait near the dam. Blue catfish are good on cut bait in 15-20 feet.

CALAVERAS: Water clear. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in reed beds. Striped bass are good on chartreuse spoons and jigs near the crappie wall. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver, shrimp, and bloodbait near the railroad trestle. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 62-66 degrees; 17.72' low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and heavy jigs in grass. White bass are good on minnows and spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 2.64' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics in 3-12 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with liver and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.

FALCON: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 28.07' low. Black bass are good on watermelon Brush Hogs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and cut bait. 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 clear; 56-60 degrees; 2.80' low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, cut bait, and nightcrawlers.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 0.11' high. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on Rat-L-Traps and red Senkos in 6-10 feet. Crappie are good on minnows near the dam in 25 feet. Catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 58-62 degrees; 0.11' low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 57-61 degrees; 1.81' low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are good on minnows and watermelon spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are good on worms. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver, and cut bait.

STEINHAGEN: 0.10' high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water lightly stained; 56-60 degrees; 2.64' low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water stained; 42-51 degrees; 43.47' low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 43-49 degrees; 92.48' low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 99.44' low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 53.1' low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water lightly stained; 42-51 degrees; 10.26' low. Black bass are slow to fair on spinnerbaits, jigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 41-49 degrees; 12.07' low. Black bass are slow to fair on spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 16.7' low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 42-51 degrees; 11.16' low. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 43-52 degrees; 20.1' low. Black bass are fair on medium running shad pattern crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: No report available.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 42-51 degrees; 17.46' low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are good on jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on chartreuse (use Worm-Glo) nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 43-52 degrees; 34.46' low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, jigs, Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and Rooster Tails. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 44-52 degrees; 9.81' low. Black bass are fair on medium running crankbaits, drop shot rigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 63.19' low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 8.35' low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 42-51 degrees; 18.64' low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and chartreuse (use Worm-Glo) nightcrawlers.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 43-51 degrees; 29.65' low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell. Waders have taken better trout 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 fair to good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on the east shoreline. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet. Trout are fair in the marsh on plastics and live shrimp.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the north shoreline on Corkies and pink MirrOlures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair for waders on mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies in the afternoon. Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on shrimp and crabs. Pier anglers have taken sand trout and mangrove snapper on fresh shrimp. Black drum are beginning to show in the channel.

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 live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Trout are fair to good on soft plastics and Gulps while drifting 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 in the guts on the incoming tide. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp.

PORT O'CONNOR: Trout are fair over reefs in San Antonio Bay on shrimp. Redfish are good at the mouths of drains in streaky water. Black drum and redfish are good at the jetty on cracked blue crabs.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in California Hole on mullet and shrimp. Black drum are fair in the channel on crabs and mullet.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good on the ledges of the channel on mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel. Sheepshead are good at the jetty.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the flats on live shrimp, Gulps and DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair in the guts running parallel to the shorelines. Trout are fair on topwaters in Oso Bay.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and Catch 2000s. Trout are fair to good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies. Redfish are fair around spoils on live bait.

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 ICW on Corkies and topwaters.

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: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks and Gulps. Trout are fair in the guts on Gulps, shrimp and scented baits.

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