Hill Country Fishing Reports
Week of October 29, 2014
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BUCHANAN : Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 31.70’ low. Black bass are fair on silver flake Whacky Sticks on jigheads, root beer JDC Drop Shot Worms on drop shot rigs, and white/chartreuse/purple back crankbaits in 8–20 feet early. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs and drifting or free lining live bait at daylight. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on live bait upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait upriver.
CANYON LAKE : Water murky; 70–74 degrees; 11.90’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red Whacky Sticks on wacky rigs, Smokin’ Green Devil’s Tongues on drop shot rigs, and white spinnerbaits in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are good jigging blade baits and trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits over and around humps. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and 3/16oz. pumpkin Curb’s jigs in 14–28 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows and crappie jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
GRANGER : Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are good on chrome crankbaits upriver. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are very good on live perch.
LBJ : Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are fair on Curb’s buzzbaits, JDC Skip–N–Pops, and on wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks under boat docks. Striped bass are good on Creme Lures 2” Spoiler Shads and Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are fair on white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair to good on trotlines baited with live bait.
TRAVIS : Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 58.00’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome chuggers, watermelon red soft plastic worms, and smoke grubs in 5–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs in 15–25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait in 25–40 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG : Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.