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Week of October 22, 2014

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ATHENS :  Water clear; 72–75 degrees; 1.60’ low. Black bass are very good on Texas rig worms and craws as well as Yellow Magic topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BASTROP :  Water stained; 77–81 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.

BELTON :  Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 11.57’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and trolling Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow.

BONHAM :  Water stained, 72–76 degrees; 2.79’ 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 lightly stained, 70–73 degrees; 23.62’ low. Black bass are slow on shad pattern squarebills and Texas rigged Speed Craws in green pumpkin around shallow wood and brush. Crappie are very good on minnows near brush piles. White bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK :  Water clear; 71–75 degrees; 5.32’ low. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns near docks and shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

COOPER :  Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 11.54’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms and drop shot worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs.

FAIRFIELD :  Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010.

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 good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs.

GRANBURY :  Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 9.47’ 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; 71–75 degrees; 11.73’ low. Black bass are slow on 1/4oz double willow spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

JOE POOL :  Water clear; 72–76 degrees; 1.61’ low. Black bass are good on shad pattern shallow crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

LAVON :  Water lightly stained; 73–76 degrees; 12.51’ low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits.

LEWISVILLE :  Water lightly stained; 72–76 degrees; 6.91’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and black crankbaits and shakyheads. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

NAVARRO MILLS :  Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 1.59’ low. Black bass are fair on minnows and jigs off docks in Liberty Hill Park. White bass are fair on minnows.

PALESTINE :  Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on swim jigs and topwaters. Some fish being caught on shallow crankbaits as well. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

PROCTOR :  Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 12.41’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored Rat–L–Traps early. Striped bass are good on silver striper jigs and shad.

RAY HUBBARD :  Water clear; 72–76 degrees; 9.70’ low. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits and small swimbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

RAY ROBERTS :  Water clear; 71–75 degrees; 7.28’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws and worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on topwaters and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS :  Water lightly stained; 72–75 degrees; 9.49’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin shakyheads and weightless Senkos. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

SOMERVILLE :  Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 0.88’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/chartreuse tailed soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow.

STILLHOUSE :  Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 12.60’ low. Black bass are good on chrome Tiny Torpedoes and on cotton candy and watermelon red soft plastic worms.

TAWAKONI :  Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 11.27’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on topwaters and small crankbaits. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on 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; 71–75 degrees; 6.42’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, medium crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows on brush piles. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

WEATHERFORD :  Water clear; 72–75 degrees; 8.71’ low. No report available.

WHITNEY :  Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 10.08’ 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.


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