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Piney Woods Fishing Reports

Week of July 23, 2014

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BOB SANDLIN :  Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 1.11’ low. Black bass are good on Senkos and Texas rig plastic worms. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotline.

CADDO :  Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits. White and yellow bass are slow on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

CONROE :  Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on shad colored crankbaits and silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and fair on blue tube jigs over brush in 20 feet. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers.

FORK :  Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 3.69’ low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and drop shot worms in 15–20’. White and yellow bass are good on topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows near the bridges. Catfish are slow on trotlines and chicken liver.

HOUSTON COUNTY :  Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on frogs, shad topwaters, and purple or watermelon seed soft plastics around structure and drop offs, and in small coves. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are good on live worms around piers and grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LAKE O' THE PINES :  Water lightly stained; 83–86; degrees; 1.79’ high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs in black and blue. Crappie are fair on white tube jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

LIVINGSTON :  Water fairly clear; 81–85 degrees; 0.37’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

MARTIN CREEK :  Water clear; 87–90 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow belly frogs near shallow cover as well as drop shot soft plastics along deeper points. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on punch bait and rod and reel.

MONTICELLO :  Water fairly clear; 94–100 degrees; 0.88’ low. Black bass are good on deep diving crankbaits and drop shot finesse worms near the discharge. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

SAM RAYBURN :  Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 0.31’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/black tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are slow. Catfish are very good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.

STEINHAGEN :  1.32’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND :  Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are fair on redbug soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons in the river. Crappie are fair on minnows at night. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, livers, and hearts in 30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WRIGHT PATMAN :  Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 6.62’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and swim jigs. Some fish being caught early on topwaters. Crappie are fair on jigs minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait.


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