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Texas Fishing Report

May 16, 2018

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for May 16 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water stained; 65-72 degrees; 0.79 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, on Texas rigs and weightless watermelon/red flukes. Sunfish are fair on cut nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

BASTROP: Water stained; 80-84 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, frozen shrimp, liver, and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 2.04 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits in coves. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 4.36 feet low. Black bass are very good on black/blue and chartreuse/white chatterbaits, and craw or shad colored crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows and pink tube jigs off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 2.21 feet low. Black bass are fair on Curb’s “erratic” jigs, topwaters, and wacky rigged watermelon/red Whacky Sticks in creeks and pockets. Striped bass are fair jigging white Curb’s bucktail jigs in 15-30 feet. White bass are fair vertically Pirk Minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 3.62 feet low. Black bass are fair on grubs, green pumpkin Whacky Sticks on jigheads, and grape Scoundrel worms in 6-12 feet. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging silver Pirk Minnows and white Curb’s striper jigs. White bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and trolling Shad Raps in 10-20 feet. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 3.05 feet low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic lizards, crankbaits, jerkbaits, and electric blue worms. 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 murky. Black bass are good on watermelon red Wacky Worms and Senkos, and on pumpkinseed worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad and shrimp over baited holes.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.42 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/white soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Charlie slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANGER: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.59 feet high. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows in 4-10 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

LBJ: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.77 feet low. Black bass are good on Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, watermelon creature baits, and pumpkin topwaters in 5-12 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair vertically jigging Tiny Traps and Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on live minnows and white tube jigs in 6-10 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.93 feet high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along banks. White bass are fair on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on chartreuse and black/orange jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 77-81 degrees; 2.35 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 79-83 degrees; 0.04 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on white striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 4.53 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 14.29 feet low. Black bass are very good on watermelon Senkos, white grubs, and Rat-L-Traps in 5-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and white grubs in 10-20 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs in 15-25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait in 20-35 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 1.51 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Texas rigged soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white/green striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cheesebait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 73-78 degrees; 0.12 feet high. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos, hollow body frogs and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BENBROOK: Water stained; 74-77 degrees; 0.17 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, squarebill crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 74-79 degrees; 0.25 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, white buzzbaits and walking topwater baits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, hollow body frogs and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are good on bridges on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good along creek channel on jug lines and cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 74-78 degrees: 0.91 feet low. Black bass are good topwater, Texas rigged craws and on 5-inch and 6-inch Megabass Magdraft swimbaits and ¾-oz. Dark Sleeper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained to muddy; 79-75 degrees; 0.70 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged Senkos, hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water stained to lightly stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.01 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits, shallow crankbaits and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows

COOPER: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 0.30 feet low. Black bass are slow on buzzbaits, weightless Senkos and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.03 feet low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, topwaters and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

FAIRFIELD: Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow on buzzbaits, weightless Senkos and Texas rigged creature baits. No report on other species.

FORK: Water lightly stained to stained; 73-78 degrees; 0.54 feet low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, squarebill crankbaits and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to lightly stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.33 feet high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and topwaters. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water stained; 73-76 degrees; 0.06 feet low. Black bass are good on buzzbaits, topwaters and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 74-78 degrees: 1.50 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and white buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained; 75-79 degrees: 0.12 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, black buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.33 feet low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and Carolina rigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water stained; 77-83 degrees; 0.18 feet low. Black bass are slow on buzzbaits, swim jigs and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 74-77 degrees; 2.42 feet low. Black bass are good on soft plastic swimbaits, buzzbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 73-78 degrees; 0.01 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and Yellow Magics. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.22 feet low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, shakeyhead worms and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained: 72-77 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are good on topwaters, weightless Flukes and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained to lightly stained; 73-78 degrees; 0.13 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, weightless Senkos and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 74-79 degrees; 0.02 feet low. Black bass are slow on buzzbaits, hollow body frogs and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 72-77 degrees; 0.78 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, topwater poppers and squarebill crankbaits Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 73-76 degrees; 0.42 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakeyhead worms, topwaters and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 74-79 degrees; 12.28 feet high. Black bass are fair Texas rigged creature baits, black buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs Catfish are good on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 29.26 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits. Striped bass are fair on slabs, jigging spoons, and live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs, jigging spoons, and live minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch. 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 slow. Striped bass are fair on liver and perch. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, cheesebait, cut bait, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 25.99 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, Texas rigged lizards, and large worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnow tipped jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 100 degrees at the hot water discharge, 83 degrees in main lake; 2.17 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits in 6-8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live perch in 10-12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off color; 74-78 degrees; 2.19 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, shakyheads and red Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair to good on Little Georges. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

FALCON: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 30.75 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Yum Dingers. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, shad, and cut bait under cormorants. 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; 73-79 degrees; 3.32 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on small swimbaits, Texas rig and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.14 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Carolina and Texas rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and cheesebait.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.01 feet high. Black bass to 5 pounds are fair on crankbaits near stumps. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on live worms and processed bait off piers, and on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.22 feet high. Black bass are good on buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows, soft plastics, and spec rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed lizards and Brush Hogs. White bass are good on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are good on nightcrawlers and crickets. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with nightcrawlers.

STEINHAGEN: 1.79 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 1.49 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/blue spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits around hydrilla beds. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good trolling black/chartreuse jigs over hydrilla beds. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 74-78 degrees; 33.38 feet low. Black bass are fair on pearl shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 73-79 degrees; 75.55 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and split shot rigged flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live baitfish.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 72-78 degrees; 48.48 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; 71 degrees main lake, 75 up the creeks; 7.78 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, weightless flukes, shakyheads with trick worms, Senkos and chatterbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on live perch and live worms.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 71-79 degrees; 1.66 feet low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, Texas rigs and chrome Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 16.77 feet low. After a period of drought, this lake caught water and boating is now allowed. However, it is not currently recommended for fishing due to severe golden alga blooms.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water off color; 73-79 degrees; 3.04 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 73-78 degrees; 3.95 feet low. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, Texas rigs and flukes. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: 72-80 degrees; 1.18 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, pearl shallow running crankbaits and chrome Rat-L-Traps. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 75-83 degrees; 11.76 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, split shot rigged flukes and chrome Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 73-81 degrees; 39.93 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are good on cut and live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 74-82 degrees; 1.17 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnow. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

SPENCE: 52.7 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; 72-77 degrees; 1.71 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on small swimbaits, Senkos and shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and tail spinners. Blue catfish are good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 73-79 degrees; 25.4 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; 72-78 degrees; 23.35 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and squarebill crankbaits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are good on live bait.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good under rafts of shad on topwaters. Trout are good while working deep shell on plastics.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Sheepshead are good on live shrimp tight to the rocks.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Gamblers and topwaters. Sand trout are fair to good on shrimp in the Intracoastal.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair for drifters working well pads on Bass Assassins, Down South Lures and Lil’ Johns. Trout, redfish and flounder are good at the spillway on live bait.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum Lil’ Johns and Down South Lures. Trout are good on the south shoreline on topwaters and plastics.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Redfish are good in the back lakes on Gulps and small topwaters.

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.

FREEPORT: Trout, redfish and Spanish mackerel are fair to good on shrimp at the jetties. Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters on live shrimp over mid-bay reefs. Trout are fair on the shorelines for waders. Redfish are fair in Lake Austin on live shrimp.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good on sand and grass humps on soft plastics, topwaters and croakers. Redfish are fair on topwaters and live shrimp in Oyster Lake.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell 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 mullet in the deep guts on the outgoing tide.

PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair to good on the East Flats and around Dagger Island on shrimp and Gulps. Red snapper and kingfish are good in state waters.

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 topwaters worked over shallow rocks and sand and grass humps. Redfish are good in knee-deep water on small topwaters and Gulps.

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 shallow flats on small topwaters and Gulps. Offshore is good for red snapper, kingfish and ling in state waters.

SOUTH PADRE: Redfish are fair to good around Gas Well Flats and South Bay on shrimp and DOA Shrimp. Trout are good while wading spoils on Corkies and Super Spooks.

PORT ISABEL: No report.

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