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Piney Woods Fishing Reports

Week of April 16, 2014

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BOB SANDLIN :  Water clear; 58–63 degrees; 1.86’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged lizards in green pumpkin or black and blue near shallow cover. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO :  Water stained; 58– 62 degrees; 1.11’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rig creature baits and weightless Senkos. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.

CONROE :  Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait and liver.

FORK :  Water clear; 57–62 degrees; 3.62’ low. Black bass are good on Megabass hazedong Shad swimbaits on jigheads along main lake points. Bed fish being caught on white Zoom Speed Craws and. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on rod and reel and cut shad.

HOUSTON COUNTY :  Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on black soft plastic worms and white/light blue spinnerbaits in 4–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and grubs around brush piles. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LAKE O' THE PINES :  Water lightly stained; 58–64; degrees; 1.13’ high. Black bass are good on sexy shad swim jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.

LIVINGSTON :  Water fairly clear; 64–68 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon red spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shad and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

MARTIN CREEK :  Water clear; 68–71 degrees; 0.05 high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.

MONTICELLO :  Water fairly clear; 61–66 degrees; 0.81’ high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs and Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

SAM RAYBURN :  Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 2.03’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged watermelon red soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Charlie slabs and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.

STEINHAGEN :  1.72’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND :  Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 1.35’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WRIGHT PATMAN :  Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 5.96 ’ high. Black bass are fair on black neon Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.


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