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Week of October 15, 2014

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ATHENS :  Water clear; 73–77 degrees; 1.51’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin shakyheads, Texas rig worms and Yellow Magic topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.

BASTROP :  Water stained; 82–86 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and chartreuse/white Rat–L–Traps over grass. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON :  Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 11.41’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and trolling Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BONHAM :  Water stained, 75–79 degrees; 2.68’ low. Black bass are slow along creek channel and on the rocks with shad pattern crankbaits and Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs along bridge pilings and deeper points with brush. Catfish are good along the rocks on shrimp, chicken livers and stinkbait.

BRIDGEPORT :  Water clear, 73–78 degrees; 23.64’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and white spinnerbaits near rip rap. Crappie are good on minnows near brush piles. White bass are good on topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK :  Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 5.21’ low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns near docks and shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

COOPER :  Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 11.32’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms and drop shot worms in green pumpkin. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

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 slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live bait, and shrimp over baited holes under trees.

GIBBONS CREEK :  Water clear. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed Carolina rigged soft plastics, and on white spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.

GRANBURY :  Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 9.21’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on live bait. White bass are good on perch colored spinnerbaits and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and live bait.

GRAPEVINE :  Water clear; 73–77 degrees; 11.61’ low. Black bass are fair on 1/4oz double willow spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

JOE POOL :  Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 1.50’ low. Black bass are fair on shad pattern shallow to medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

LAVON :  Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 12.52’ low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

LEWISVILLE :  Water lightly stained; 74–78 degrees; 6.69’ low. Black bass are slow on crankbaits and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are slow on topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

NAVARRO MILLS :  Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 1.44’ low. Black bass are fair on minnows and jigs off docks in Liberty Hill Park. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on perch.

PALESTINE :  Water clear; 73–78 degrees; 0.72’ low. Black bass are good on swim jigs, bladed jigs and topwaters. Some fish being caught on shallow crankbaits as well. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PROCTOR :  Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 12.27’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored Rat–L–Traps early. Striped bass are good on silver striper jigs and shad. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on goldfish and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

RAY HUBBARD :  Water clear; 74–79 degrees; 9.62’ low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits and small swimbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS :  Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 7.15’ low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS :  Water lightly stained; 74–77 degrees; 9.37’ low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and weightless Senkos. White bass are fair on topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

SOMERVILLE :  Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/chartreuse tailed soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs near the marina. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait, shrimp, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE :  Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 12.37’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, hot dogs, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TAWAKONI :  Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 11.15’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on topwaters. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.

TEXOMA :  Water clear; 73–78 degrees; 6.37’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, medium crankbaits and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows on brush piles. Striped bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

WEATHERFORD :  Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 8.50’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WHITNEY :  Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 9.96’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed/white Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits on main lake points and flats. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and green spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, and stinkbait, and live bait.


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