Fishing Reports for Week of July 23, 2014

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ATHENS Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 0.28' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon creature baits and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on rod and reel.
BASTROP Water stained; 83–87 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, minnows, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 8.44' low. Black bass are good on watermelon seed crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night in 18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, doughbait, and hot dogs in 6 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
BONHAM Water clear, 81–86 degrees; 2.70' low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and soft plastics near shallow flats with grass, boat docks, ridges, creek channels and rocky points up to 15' deep. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows on offshore brush piles. Catfish are excellent along the rocks with stinkbait, chicken liver and cut shad.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 81–85 degrees; 22.12' low. Black bass are good on Bandit 200 crankbaits in white splatterback. Crappie are good on minnows and tube jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slab. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 3.64' low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin and black and blue. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water clear; 83–86 degrees; 8.20' low. Black bass are good on topwaters and drop shot finesse worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slab. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on rod and reel and cut shad.
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.
FAYETTE Water stained. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed Carolina rigged soft plastics and topwaters early and late. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut shad.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on liver, cut bait, and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 4.89' low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and chicken livers.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 9.54' low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
JOE POOL Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 0.65' low. Black bass are fair on medium and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 11.79' low. Black bass are fair on black buzzbaits and Texas rigged worms in 5–10'. White bass are good on topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 81–86 degrees; 6.63' low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.10' low. Black bass are fair on silver Rat–L–Traps in Liberty Hill Park, and on shallow running crankbaits near the dam. White bass are good trolling silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs off docks early. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver in 4–5 feet. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
PALESTINE Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 0.28' low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin shakyheads and Scrounger head rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait.
PROCTOR Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 10.69' low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on live shad and pet spoons. White bass are good on shad. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 83–86 degrees; 8.08' low. Black bass are good on deep diving crankbaits and football jigs. Crappie are fair on white jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 7.41' low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 82–85 degrees; 7.23' low. Black bass are good on deep crankbaits and Carolina rigged worms. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 0.13' high. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows early. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 9.37' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and green pumpkin soft plastics. White bass are fair on minnows and Li'l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on doughbait, chicken livers, and chicken bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 9.57' low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and shallow crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
TEXOMA Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 5.96' low. Black bass are good on topwaters and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 7.95' low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITNEY Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 7.41' low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on shrimp and live bait.

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