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Hill Country Fishing Reports

Week of September 17, 2014

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BUCHANAN :  Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 31.26’ low. Black bass are fair on JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, watermelon flukes, Rat–L–Traps, and watermelon red Whacky Sticks at first light along break lines of flats. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads plastic swim baits and drifting live bait at first light on the surface. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and 2” plastic swim baits. Crappie are fair on pink/white tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on goldfish and perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE :  Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 11.09’ low. Black bass are fair on JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, green pumpkin Whacky Sticks, and Texas rigged blue flake worms along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling crankbaits over and around humps and jigging 1oz. Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and pumpkin Curb’s jigs with matching JDC craw trailers. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait.

GRANGER :  Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 0.70’ low. Black bass are good on black/chartreuse soft plastic worms in 3–6 feet. White bass are fair on crankbaits and Rat–L–Traps along shallow roadbeds early and late. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ :  Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Curb’s jigs, perch colored crankbaits, and green pumpkin tubes around docks and laydowns. Striped bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

TRAVIS :  Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 58.20’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome chuggers and red shad worms in 20–35 feet. Striped bass are fair on white/blue striper jigs. White bass are good on chrome chuggers and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG :  Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.


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