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Piney Woods Fishing Reports

Week of September 25, 2014

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BOB SANDLIN :  Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 2.38’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CADDO :  Water stained; 80–86 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and topwaters. White and yellow bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.

CONROE :  Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.34’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and watermelon red Carolina rigged soft plastics, Senkos, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.

FORK :  Water clear; 80–85 degrees; 5.58’ low. Black bass are slow on medium to deep diving crankbaits and Yellow Magics. Best bite has been mid–day in 10–20’ of water. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs along the bridges. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

HOUSTON COUNTY :  Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass to 8 pounds are fair on spinnerbaits near the island. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows over brush and near the dam in 14–15 feet. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish to 7 pounds are good on catalpa worms. Yellow catfish are slow.

LAKE O' THE PINES :  Water lightly stained; 80–86; degrees; 0.62’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rig creature baits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

LIVINGSTON :  Water fairly clear; 82–88 degrees; 0.45’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on shad. White bass are good on troll tubes and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

MARTIN CREEK :  Water clear; 85–91 degrees; 1.70’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and drop shot finesse worms along deeper points and breaks. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.

MONTICELLO :  Water fairly clear; 91–97 degrees; 0.10’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged Trick Worms, deep diving crankbaits and drop shot finesse worms near breaks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad

SAM RAYBURN :  Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 1.66’ low. Black bass are good on bone topwaters and watermelon soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on spoons over humps. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and nightcrawlers.

STEINHAGEN :  1.36’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND :  Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 1.67’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse topwaters and redbug soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers in 5–10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WRIGHT PATMAN :  Water lightly stained; 81–86 degrees; 5.09’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and flipping jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.


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