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Texas Fishing Report

April 3, 2019

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for April 3 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water lightly stained; 69-76 degrees; 0.74′ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, Senkos and chatterbaits. Sunfish are fair on red wigglers and corn. Catfish are fair to good on cut or live baitfish and nightcrawlers.

BASTROP: Water stained; 61-65 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 0.71′ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 58-62 degrees; 0.10′ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse jigs and watermelon soft plastics in 10-30 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 10-30 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, minnows, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 2.04′ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, Rat-L-Traps, and black/blue Whacky Sticks on jigheads along ledges in 12-20 feet. Striped bass are good jigging chartreuse striper jigs, trolling crankbaits, and drifting live bait in 20-30 feet. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows, Shad Raps, and live bait. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 58-62 degrees; 0.05′ low. Black bass are fair on black/chartreuse hair jigs, Texas rigged grape Scoundrel worms, and suspending jerkbaits on shaky jigheads. Striped bass are good vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. White bass are fair jigging Blade Baits along the main river channel at mid lake in 40 feet. Smallmouth bass are very good on smoke/red flake tubes and tomato red drop shot worms over rock piles in 12-25 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and crappie jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 0.25′ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits, and on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 0.01′ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANGER: Water stained; 58-62 degrees; 0.22′ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are fair on prepared baits in 6-15 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.80′ low. Black bass are very good on buzzbaits and weightless watermelon red Whacky Sticks along laydowns and stumps on creek points. Striped bass are good on shad colored crankbaits and Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and worms. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 0.06′ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/white soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on blue/white jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 0.05′ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 0.06′ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green/black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 0.33′ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.16′ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms, green pumpkin flukes, and crawfish crankbaits in 5-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on white grubs and gold jigging spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and fresh cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water stained. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on minnows and green soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 3.01′ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and white jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 61-65 degrees; 0.39′ high. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged craws, swimjigs and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BENBROOK: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 0.21′ high. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits, shakeyhead worms and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 60-65 degrees; 0.40′ high. Black bass are good on weightless Senkos, shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 0.12′ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, shallow crankbaits, and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained; 60-63 degrees: 0.02′ high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, shakeyhead worms and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water lightly stained; 61-66 degrees; 1.10′ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 60-65 degrees, 0.03′ low. Black bass are fair on shakeyhead worms, shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs.

COOPER: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.03′ high. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos, Texas rigged craws and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are good on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 60-64 degrees; 0.13′ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, shakeyhead worms, and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

FAIRFIELD: Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, Flukes and swimjigs. No report on other species.

FORK: Water lightly stained; 61-66 degrees; 0.29′ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, hollow body frogs and bladed jigs. Some bed fish being caught on Texas rigged craws. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 0.16′ high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, shakeyhead worms and Texas rigged worms. White bass and hybrid bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water stained; 60-65 degrees; 0.19′ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 61-67 degrees: 0.53′ high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and swim jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained; 60-64 degrees: 0.27′ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, black and blue jigs and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 59-64 degrees; 0.07′ high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 76-82 degrees; 0.23′ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, swim jigs and Flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 60-65 degrees; 2.22′ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Senkos and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 61-64 degrees; 0.24′ high. Black bass are fair on shakeyhead worms, Texas rigged craws and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 61-64 degrees; 0.14′ low. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged craws and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained: 59-63 degrees; 0.05′ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Senkos and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 60-64 degrees; 0.01′ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, shakeyhead worms and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 62-65 degrees; 0.33′ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas rigged craws and hollow body frogs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 3.95′ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, shakeyhead worms and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 59-64 degrees; 0.22′ low. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, spinnerbaits and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 61-66 degrees; 4.88 high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water stained; 64-68 degrees; 22.88′ low. Black bass are good on jigs, crankbaits, jigging spoons, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs, white grubs, and jigging spoons up the Rio Grande. White bass are good on slabs, white grubs, and jigging spoons up the Rio Grande. Catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and cheesebait over baited holes in 80-130 feet. 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 stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in the reeds and near the jetty and dam. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits around reed beds and near the dam. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 14.16′ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and lizards, and on jigs over grass. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and Rapalas. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 64 degrees in the main lake, 90 degrees at the hot water discharge, 67-71 degrees in main lake; 0.07′ high. Black bass are excellent on green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and live perch in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off color; 69-76 degrees; 0.05′ high. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, 6″ Yum Dingers and Rattlin’ Rogues. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live or dead shad.

FALCON: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 25.52′ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, small soft plastics, and slow rolling spinnerbaits in 15-25 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, stinkbait, liver, and cut bait. 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; 69-77 degrees; 0.49′ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, chatterbaits and red lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.08′ low. Black bass are fair on firetiger soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and June bug soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 64-68 degrees; 0.08′ high. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on blue/silver soft plastics, swim baits, and crankbaits in coves near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows in 15 feet. Bream are good on live minnows. Channel and blue catfish to 6 pounds are good on juglines baited with perch and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.12′ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits in the creeks. Striped bass are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and spec rigs. Crappie are good on minnows in the creeks. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 1.69′ high. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and silver spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.

STEINHAGEN: 0.30′ low. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 1.93′ low. Black bass are fair on dark red soft plastics, 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 fair on live bait, frozen shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 57-67 degrees; 36.10′ low. Black bass are slow. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 56-68 degrees; 78.76′ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 52-65 degrees; 49.03′ low. No reports on black or smallmouth bass. There are a few reports of walleye being caught on live bait and artificials. Bream are slow. Channel catfish are being caught in limited numbers.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake and 58 degrees, stained up the river and 62 degrees; 5.87′ low. Black bass good on Texas rigged Power Worms, shakyheads, jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair on minnows and punch bait.

ARROWHEAD: Water stained; 58-66 degrees; 0.07′ low. Black bass are fair to good in 2-5 feet on Texas rigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: Water fairly clear; 59-67 degrees; 12.85′ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and weightless soft plastics. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water stained; 58-67 degrees; 0.42′ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and shakyheads in 1-6 feet. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water stained; 58-65 degrees; 0.05′ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: Water stained; 61-68 degrees; 0.75′ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/red Yum Dingers and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on stinkbait, live bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 59-66 degrees; 0.07′ high. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 58-67 degrees; 15.88′ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 63-69 degrees; 0.12′ high. Black bass are fair on pearl shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigs and watermelon candy Senkos. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows with a split shop. White bass are fair to good on tail spinners. Striped bass are fair to good on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

SPENCE: Water off color; 59-67 degrees; 36.55′ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs in 1-6 feet. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows under a cork. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

STAMFORD: Water stained to muddy; 58-65 degrees; 0.52′ high. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and chrome Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water stained; 57-68 degrees; 0.15′ high. 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. Fish populations have been substantially reduced by the golden alga blooms.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 55-67 degrees; 23.58′ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are good on cut and live bait.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Redfish are good in the marsh on topwaters and spoons.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good over shell in 3-4 feet of water. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove on topwaters.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins and Sand Eels. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass on live shrimp.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair while drifting shell on Down South Lures and Bass Assassins. Redfish are fair to good on shrimp in the marsh.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on topwaters and MirrOlures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Redfish are fair in the marsh around points on shrimp and Gulps.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair to good at the jetty on live bait when the wind allows. Trout are fair for waders in the afternoon on topwaters and Lit’l Johns.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on Dollar Reef on live shrimp. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are fair to good at San Luis Pass on shrimp. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Trout and redfish are fair at the jetties on live shrimp and finger mullet.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Trout to eight pounds are good on soft plastics over deep shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Redfish and black drum are fair to good at Shell Island on live shrimp.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over sand and grass in the guts in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on the Estes Flats on shrimp and topwaters.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish and black drum are fair to good at East Flats and around Dagger Island on shrimp and crabs. Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on Gamblers and topwaters while wading sand and grass. Trout are good at night in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in the grass on the King Ranch shoreline on small topwaters and Gulps.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass while wading. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on soft plastics.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair to good for waders around the spoil island on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Redfish are fair while drifting sand and grass on Gulps and live shrimp under a popping cork.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in South Bay on topwaters and Gulps. Black drum are good over reefs on shrimp.