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Week of November 19, 2014

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ATHENS :  Water clear; 49–54 degrees; 1.80’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos and black and blue jigs on docks. Lipless crankbaits working as well. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BASTROP :  Water stained; 70–74 degrees. Black bass are very good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on live minnows and pink/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

BELTON :  Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 12.42’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and white spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on white Riversides and Sassy Shad at night under lights. White bass are good on white Riversides and silver/green Sassy Shad at night under lights. Crappie are good on minnows in 10–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on summer sausage, hot dogs, and Owens sausage. Yellow catfish are slow.

BONHAM :  Water stained, 50–54 degrees; 3.21’ low. Black bass are slow near cattails, boat docks, points. Creek channel swings are producing as well. Best baits are jigs, Texas rigged soft plastics and shakyheads. Crappie are slow drifting the main lake with minnows. Catfish are good along the rocks on shrimp, chicken livers and stinkbait.

BRIDGEPORT :  Water lightly stained, 50–53 degrees; 23.94’ low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Vision 100 jerkbaits in pro blue. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK :  Water clear; 49–53 degrees; 5.91’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

COOPER :  Water clear; 50–53 degrees; 12.51’ low. No report available. Please call ahead to verify if launching a boat is possible.

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 good on shad colored Pop–R’s and soft plastics early. Red ear perch are good on worms in 2–10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GIBBONS CREEK :  Water clear. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are very good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and live bait.

GRANBURY :  Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 10.22’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics off points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.

GRAPEVINE :  Water clear; 49–54 degrees; 12.52’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shot Reaction Innovations Trixie Worms in California 420. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

JOE POOL :  Water clear; 49–53 degrees; 2.03’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos and soft plastic jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on cut shad and rod and reel.

LAVON :  Water lightly stained; 51–55 degrees; 12.79’ low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and chartreuse/white spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE :  Water lightly stained; 50–55 degrees; 7.16’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and black shallow to medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

NAVARRO MILLS :  Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 1.88’ low. Black bass are good on shad colored crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on pet spoons and silver slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shad. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PALESTINE :  Water clear; 52–56 degrees; 0.85’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and tube jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PROCTOR :  Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 12.62’ low. Black bass are good on black and purple soft plastic worms. Striped bass are good on silver/blue Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on cut shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are good on live bait.

RAY HUBBARD :  Water clear; 53–56 degrees; 10.30’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS :  Water clear; 51–55 degrees; 7.80’ low. Black bass are slow on umbrella rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS :  Water lightly stained; 53–56 degrees; 10.22’ low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and Senkos. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

SOMERVILLE :  Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE :  Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 13.57’ low. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in 40 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, hot dogs, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TAWAKONI :  Water stained; 51–54 degrees; 11.88’ low. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair 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; 50–53 degrees; 6.96’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and shakyhead worms in green pumpkin. Crappie are good on jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

WEATHERFORD :  Water clear; 52–55 degrees; 8.71’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WHITNEY :  Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 10.51’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and on watermelon topwaters early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and hellbenders. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and minnows.


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