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Hill Country Fishing Reports

Week of October 15, 2014

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BUCHANAN :  Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 31.56’ low. Black bass are good on daiquiri JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, Rat–L–Traps, and wacky rigged watermelon red Whacky Sticks along docks and over flats early. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads plastic swim baits and drifting or free lining live bait early. White bass are fair but small trolling deep diving Shad Raps and jigging Tiny Traps and 2” plastic swim baits over humps along the river channel. Crappie are fair on pink/white or chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on rod/reel, juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE :  Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 11.46’ low. Black bass are fair to good on JDC Skip–N–Pops, Pop R’s, and Texas rigged blue flake worms along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Smallmouth bass are fair on topwaters, root beer JDC grubs, and craws. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live goldfish and perch.

GRANGER :  Water clear; 78–82 degrees; 0.34’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Blue catfish are good on fresh shad and prepared baits. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.

LBJ :  Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.39’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Curb’s Erratic jigs, watermelon red Whacky Sticks, and pumpkin 4” tubes in 10–18 feet at daylight. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and liver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

TRAVIS :  Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 57.05’ low. Black bass are good on perch colored topwaters, watermelon worms, and grubs. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse/white striper jigs. White bass are fair on chrome jigging spoons and minnows in 35–42 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and fresh cut bait in 28–45 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG :  Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live bait. White bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.


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