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Texas Fishing Report

September 19, 2018

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Sept. 19 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water lightly stained; 78-86 degrees; 0.69 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, crankbaits and Senkos. Sunfish are fair to good on cut nightcrawlers and corn. Catfish are fair to good nightcrawlers.

BASTROP: Water stained; 87-91 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 5.18 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits in coves near structure. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 7.20 feet low. Black bass are fair on black/chartreuse spinnerbaits and watermelon red soft plastic worms over brush piles in 12-15 feet. Hybrid striper are fair trolling and drifting shad. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and Persuader crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers in 12-20 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 7.05 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon flukes, Rat-L-Traps, and watermelon red Whacky Sticks at first light along break lines of flats. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads plastic swim baits and drifting live bait at first light on the surface. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and 2-inch plastic swim baits. Crappie are fair on pink/white tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on goldfish and perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 5.59 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines upriver.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 4.52 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and watermelon Rat-L-Traps and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO RIVER: (At Colorado Bend State Park) No report available.

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics in 10-18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad in 8-12 feet.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 0.73 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.23 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 0.55 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon Curb’s jigs, perch colored crankbaits, and green pumpkin tubes around docks and laydowns. Striped bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 1.37 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp around stickups in 5-12 feet. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 87-91 degrees; 6.19 feet low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on shrimp and shad.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 88-92 degrees; 2.62 feet low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on Charlie slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 8.11 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and Perk Minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 25.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on chrome chuggers and red shad worms in 20-35 feet. Striped bass are fair on white/blue striper jigs. White bass are good on chrome chuggers and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 6.32 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and liver.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 81-84 degrees; 1.46 feet low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, football jigs and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BENBROOK: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 6.15 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 1.27 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, hollow body frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 80-83 degrees; 2.06 feet low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, topwaters, and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on brush piles on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 80-84 degrees: 7.01 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, white buzzbaits and shad pattern squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.30 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 81-84 degrees, 2.19 feet low. Black bass are good on shakyhead worms and Texas rigged craws on docks. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters.

COOPER: Water stained; 81-89 degrees; 4.21 feet low. Black bass are slow on black buzzbaits, weightless Senkos and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 2.41 feet low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, shakyhead worms, and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

FAIRFIELD: Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, topwater walking baits and spinnerbaits. No report on other species.

FORK: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 2.36 feet low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged creature baits, flutter spoons, football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles and bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 2.85 feet low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, topwater baits and shallow crankbaits in shad patterns. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

JOE POOL: Water stained; 81-84 degrees; 1.41 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters, Texas rigged creature baits and weightless Senkos. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 81-85 degrees: 1.21 feet low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos, black and blue jigs and hollow body frogs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 82-85 degrees: 4.01 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, black buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 80-85 degrees; 2.75 feet low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, topwaters and soft plastic jerkbaits. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 85-95 degrees; 3.57 feet low. Black bass are slow on weightless Flukes, spinnerbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 3.94 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 81-84 degrees; 2.09 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, Flukes and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 3.26 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, drop shot worms and shakyhead worms. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear to lightly stained: 81-84 degrees; 1.52 feet low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged creature baits, deep diving crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 2.08 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 2.24 feet low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, hollow body frogs and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 80-83 degrees; 0.72 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, topwaters and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 3.57 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, weightless flukes and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 82-85 degrees; 4.95 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, black buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 34.67 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good down rigging silver and gold spoons near the jetty and dam. Redfish are fair down rigging spoons near the jetty and dam. Channel catfish are good on cheesebait near the dam. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits over reed beds. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are good down rigging silver and gold spoons along the crappie wall and the dam in 10-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, cheesebait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 25.78 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 105 degrees at the hot water discharge, 84-88 degrees in main lake; 0.79 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off color; 81-87 degrees; 4.56 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, shakyheads and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

FALCON: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 33.63 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

TEXANA: Water stained; 78-84 degrees; 1.91 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, jigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 1.92 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon/white Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white Carolina rigged soft plastics, perch colored Rat-L-Traps, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and perch.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 1.43 feet low. Black bass to 9 pounds are good on topwaters and shad flukes near grass beds. White bass are slow. Crappie are very good on live minnows in 12 feet. Bream are good on live worms near the islands. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad and perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 0.19 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and Zara spooks. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 3.34 feet low. Black bass are good on black/blue flake soft plastic worms and chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.

STEINHAGEN: 0.42 feet low. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 3.86 feet low. Black bass are good on black/blue flake and black/red flake soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks in 4-5 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 75-82 degrees; 36.11 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 85-91 degrees; 77.46 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 84-89 degrees; 50.5 feet low. No reports on black bass. No reports of smallmouth bass or walleye. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in limited numbers.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained up the river; 77 degrees main lake, 79 up the creeks; 8.66 feet low. Black bass are fair on spoons, topwater baits early, Texas rigged 7-inch Power Worms and Z-Man TRDs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 78-83 degrees; 3.96 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on swimbaits, shakyheads and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: Water fairly clear; 78-84 degrees; 19.18 feet low. Black bass are fair on chrome Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water off color; 77-83 degrees; 3.98 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around deeper structure. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 79-84 degrees; 5.97 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on chrome or pearl crankbaits, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: 75-83 degrees; 1.38 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on shakyheads, swimbaits and Rat-L-Traps. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 77-84 degrees; 7.05 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on squarebill crankbaits, shakyheads and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 77-83 degrees; 43.08 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on wacky rigged worms and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are good on cut and live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 77-83 degrees; 1.38 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, jigs and Carolina rigged Ring Fries. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs around structure in 15-20 feet. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

SPENCE: 51.81 feet low. No report on black bass. No report on crappie. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait and nightcrawlers.

STAMFORD: Water stained to muddy; 78-84 degrees; 0.95 feet low. Black bass are fair on chrome/black Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live minnows around structure. White bass are fair on slabs. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 76-83 degrees; 25.93 feet low. This lake is currently experiencing a fish kill due to golden alga. Biologists are monitoring the situation and will post updates as they become available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 75-83 degrees; 24.6 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters and Texas rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish and flounder are good in the marsh on shrimp.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Redfish are good at the jetty on live bait and cracked crabs. Flounder are fair at the mouths of the bayous on a falling tide.

BOLIVAR: Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Trout are fair to good while drifting shell on plastics.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Redfish are good on the north shoreline and around the spillway.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and large Gulf trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and fresh shrimp. Redfish and flounder are fair to good in the marsh around drains on shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Bull redfish and flounder are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and shad. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on crabs and shrimp. Gulf trout are good in the channel on fresh shrimp.

FREEPORT: Redfish are fair to good on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Bull redfish are good around Surfside and at the Quintana jetty on crabs, shrimp and mullet.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Trout and flounder are fair to good on muddy shorelines on soft plastics.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are very good on live shrimp at Shell Island and Mad Island.

PORT O’CONNOR: Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and mullet. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs, mullet and shad. Trout are fair to good on the reefs in San Antonio Bay.

ROCKPORT: Redfish are good in Redfish Bay on mullet and crabs. Bull redfish are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on shrimp and crabs.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are good at Shamrock Cove and Pelican Island on topwaters and Gulps. Bull redfish are good at the jetty and on the beachfront on natural baits.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Bull redfish are good in the surf on mullet and shrimp. Trout are fair for waders working mud and grass on small topwaters and Corkies. Redfish and black drum are good in the Humble Channel on live bait.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on topwaters and plum plastics around rocks and grass on the King Ranch shoreline. Trout are good while working the edge of the Land Cut on topwaters. Redfish are fair to good in the Land Cut on shrimp and crabs.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on topwaters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Trout and redfish are fair to good on the spoils in West Bay.

SOUTH PADRE: Redfish are good in South Bay and on the Gas Well Flats on DOA Shrimp and TTF Flats Minnows. Snook are fair on shrimp in the Brownsville Ship Channel.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good at Laguna Vista on Gulps. Redfish are good in Cullen Bay on Gulps and DOA Shrimp under popping corks.

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