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BC-Texas Fishing Report

May 15, 2019

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for May 15 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water stained; 69-76 degrees; 0.64 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on clear Zara Spooks, Texas rigged creature baits and squarebill crankbaits. Sunfish are fair to good on cut nightcrawlers and dough bait. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and chicken livers.

BASTROP: Water stained; 67-71 degrees. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, shrimp, liver, and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 10.90 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 1.38 feet high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Senkos and crankbaits in 2-6 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on swim baits, minnows, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits in 2-6 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are very good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish in 3-10 feet.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 0.03 feet high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 2.07 feet high. 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 slow.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.72 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon, chartreuse, and black/blue Wacky Worms and Senkos in 5-15 feet, and on chartreuse spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad and shrimp over baited holes.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Black bass are good on chartreuse/blue and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANGER: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 9.25 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 0.86 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Senkos, pumpkinseed topwaters, and perch colored Rat-L-Traps early in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and carp.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 10.26 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 12.28 feet high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 15.25 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 7.87 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 3.18 feet high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on spoons and silver striper jigs. White bass are good on slabs and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 21.94 feet high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 73-78 degrees; 0.71 feet high. Black bass are fair on swim jigs, topwaters and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut bait.

BENBROOK: Water stained to muddy; 74-77 degrees; 15.57 feet high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Colorado blade spinnerbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Call ahead to verify ramps are open due to high water.

BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 74-79 degrees; 0.62 feet high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, topwaters and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 73-78 degrees; 0.36 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, squarebill crankbaits, and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained; 74-78 degrees: 0.36 feet high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, Megabass Pop Max in white python and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CADDO: Water muddy; 75-80 degrees; 7.90 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, black buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad. Call ahead to verify ramps are open due to high water.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 73-77 degrees, 0.48 feet high. Black bass are fair on topwaters, buzz frogs and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters

COOPER: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 3.05 feet high. Black bass are fair on Senkos, Texas rigged craws and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are good on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.21 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, topwater poppers, and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

FAIRFIELD: Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzbaits and swim jigs. No report on other species.

FORK: Water lightly stained; 74-78 degrees; 0.68 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws in flooded brush, wacky worms and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 73-77 degrees; 13.32 feet high. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits, bladed jigs and Texas rigged craws. White bass and hybrid bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines. Please call ahead to verify ramps are open due to high water.

JOE POOL: Water stained to muddy; 73-78 degrees; 7.52 feet high. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, Texas rigged craws and buzzbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained to muddy; 75-79 degrees; 13.42 feet high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, Texas rigged creature baits and black buzzbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Call ahead to verify ramps are open due to high water.

LAVON: Water stained; 74-79 degrees: 6.64 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, buzzbaits and swim jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 6.10 feet high. Black bass are slow on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.02 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 74-79 degrees; 1.82 feet low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, black buzzbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 73-77 degrees; 1.94 feet high. Black bass are good on shakyhead worms, Texas rigged creature baits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 74-78 degrees; 0.05 feet low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained to muddy: 73-78 degrees; 4.18 feet high. Black bass are slow on medium crankbaits, buzzbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Call ahead to verify that ramps are open (due to high water).

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 74-78 degrees; 0.40 feet high. Black bass are fair on topwaters, shakyhead worms and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 74-79 degrees; 2.19 feet high. Black bass are slow on buzzbaits, Texas rigged craws and hollow body frogs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and topwaters Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained to muddy; 73-77 degrees; 9.21 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, topwaters and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are slow on trotlines. Call ahead to verify ramps are open due to high water.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 74-77 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are good on shakyhead worms, topwater poppers and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 74-79 degrees; 18.43 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Call ahead to verify ramps are open due to high water.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 31.16 feet low. Black bass are very good on crankbaits, topwaters, Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, Senkos, and jigs. Striped bass are good on topwaters and Red Fins. White bass are fair on crankbaits and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes in 6-25 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch at night. 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 good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along shorelines and structure. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and silver spoons. Redfish are good on live perch and tilapia. Channel catfish are excellent on shrimp, liver, and stinkbait. Blue catfish are fair on chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and white grubs. Striped bass are good on chicken livers, shad and spoons. Redfish are good on perch and shrimp on the bottom. Channel and blue catfish are very good on nightcrawlers, shad, and liver in 10 - 20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 68-72 degrees; 13.71 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and shad colored spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and minnows. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 68 degrees in the main lake, 98 degrees at the hot water discharge, 67-71 degrees in main lake; 0.37 feet high. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs at Coletoville Bridge in 10-12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off color; 71-76 degrees; 0.32 feet high. Black bass are good on Baby Bass 5-inch Senkos, Texas rigs and shad pattern lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair to good on live shad and 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; 69-73 degrees; 27.66 feet low. Black bass are excellent on spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are very good on minnows, grubs, and jigs. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, nightcrawlers 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; 72-78 degrees; 0.02 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on split shot rigged watermelon/red flukes, Texas rigs and small swimbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 0.27 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/blue spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and Curb’s crappie jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon and crawfish colored crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 0.74 feet high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are good on live minnows and worms off piers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 1.19 feet high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 2.83 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on worms. Catfish are slow.

STEINHAGEN: 0.92 feet low. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 1.11 feet high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 57-68 degrees; 35.31 feet low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and white glass Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on split shot rigged live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 56-68 degrees; 78.99 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkin seed jigs, Texas rigs and watermelon seed flukes. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 58-66 degrees; 48.09 feet 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 to fair on cut nightcrawlers. Channel catfish are fair on live or dead shad.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake and 68 degrees, stained up the river and 73 degrees; 1.47 feet low. Black bass are good on swimbaits and flukes, and fair on Texas rigged worms. Crappie are good at night on minnows. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait.

ARROWHEAD: Water stained; 58-66 degrees; 0.23 feet high. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early and late, Texas rigs and pearl swimbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: Water stained; 59-67 degrees; 12.97 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on chartreuse/shad swim jigs, Texas rigs and Tennessee shad Rat-L-Traps. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water stained; 58-67 degrees; 1.12 feet high. Black bass are fair to good on shakyheads, Texas rigged 7-inch black/blue fleck Power Worms and brown/chartreuse Bandit 100s. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs in 12-15 feet. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut shad.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water stained; 63-68 degrees; 0.08 feet high. Black bass are fair to good on blue shad DT 6s, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs around structure in 15-20 feet. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers, live and cut shad.

NASWORTHY: Water stained; 61-68 degrees; 0.75 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigged blue fleck Kriet Tail Worms, shakyheads and chrome/black back Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live minnows (moving deeper). Catfish are fair to good on stinkbait, live bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 59-66 degrees; 0.57 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, 5-inch green pumpkin magic Senkos and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on drop shot rigged live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers, live and cut shad.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 58-67 degrees; 12.49 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on clear medium diving crankbaits, Texas rigs and 5-inch Yum Dingers. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are good on cut and live shad.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 64-73 degrees; 0.26 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, drop shot rigs and Texas rigged 7-inch Power Worms. Crappie are fair to good on drop shot rigged live minnows in 15-20 feet. White bass are fair to good on tail spinners and live shad. Striped bass are fair to good on live shad and horsehead jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live or dead shad and nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: Water off color; 59-67 degrees; 36.89 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on small swimbaits, Texas rigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

STAMFORD: Water stained to murky; 58-65 degrees; 1.83 feet high. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigged watermelon red creature baits and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on split live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and live shad. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water stained; 57-68 degrees; 0.21 feet 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; 22.52 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigged pumpkinseed worms, jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on split shot rigged live minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Redfish are good under rafts of shad on Gulps. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of bayous draining from the marsh.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Flounder are fair on live bait at the mouths of bayous.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair on the south shoreline on topwaters and soft plastics. Trout, sand trout and croakers are fair to good at Rollover Pass on live bait.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair for drifters working deep shell pads on Gamblers, Lil’ Johns and Bass Assassins. Trout, redfish and croaker are fair at the spillway on live bait.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse, glow and plum Gamblers, Lil’ Johns and Bass Assassins. Redfish are fair while drifting the marsh.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are fair at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout and redfish are fair to good at the mouth of bayous on the outgoing tide on live shrimp.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs and in the channel on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish and sand trout are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp. Trout are fair to good at Dollar Reef on live bait.

FREEPORT: Trout are fair at San Luis Pass on shrimp, MirrOlures and soft plastics. Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Chocolate Bay.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over mid-bay reefs on live shrimp. Redfish are fair in the middle of the bay on live shrimp near slicks when the wind allows.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair in the back reaches of the bay on mud and shell on live shrimp.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell near Pass Cavallo. Trout and redfish are fair at the mouths of the back lakes on the outgoing tide.

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

PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Offshore is good for kingfish, cobia and red snapper.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps, croakers and live shrimp. Trout are fair to good on live shrimp over sand and grass near the Packery Channel and in Oso Bay.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good on topwaters and live bait around rocks and grass. Trout are fair to good while drifting grass around spoil islands on Bass Assassins and Gamblers.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while wading over sand on small topwaters.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair to good on shrimp and DOA Shrimp while drifting the grass beds. Redfish are good while drifting flats with small topwaters. Snook are good while wading South Bay.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair to good on the deeper edges and flats on topwaters and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in Cullen Bay on small topwaters and live shrimp.

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