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Texas Fishing Report

March 22, 2018

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for March 21 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water stained; 57-64 degrees; 0.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on chrome Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs, shallow running crankbaits and jigs. Sunfish are fair on cut nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

BASTROP: Water stained; 72-76 degrees. Black bass are fair on red/white spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 2.38 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters and spinnerbaits in coves. Hybrid striper are good on live shad early. White bass are good on light blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows in 30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on bloodbait, stinkbait, and minnows. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines baited with perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 3.74 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse jigs and watermelon soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, minnows, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 4.02 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse craw colored soft plastics and black/blue Whacky Sticks along ledges. Striped bass are fair jigging and trolling striper jigs and drifting live bait in 20-30 feet. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows and Shad Raps. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 12-15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 3.88 feet low. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits and black/chartreuse hair jigs along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling white striper jigs and vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows at mid lake in 40 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 2.39 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, and on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon red, green pumpkin, and redbug Carolina rigged soft plastics off points. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 0.06 feet high. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, and on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp, liver, and stinkbait.

GRANGER: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.42 feet high. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and jigs upriver. White bass are good on pet spoons and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver under lights at night. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.77 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and plastic swimbaits. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads and Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse/white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 1.12 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 2.09 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 0.14 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse jigs and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and green/black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 3.75 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. White bass are fair on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 12.35 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and June bug flukes in 5-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on white grubs and gold spoons in 30-45 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver slabs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 3.00 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water stained; 58-63 degrees; 0.36 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, swim jigs and weightless Flukes and Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BENBROOK: Water stained; 57-62 degrees; 0.52 feet high. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, bladed jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water stained to murky in the creeks; 59-64 degrees; 0.47 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained to muddy; 57-60 degrees; 0.18 feet low. Black bass are fair on small crankbaits around shoreline rocks and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows in shallow cover. Catfish are good along creek channel with cut shad.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained to stained, 59-62 degrees: 0.84 feet low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained to muddy; 61-64 degrees; 2.15 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, weightless Senkos, and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained to stained; 59-63 degrees; 0.02 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs.

COOPER: Water stained to muddy; 61-64 degrees; 3.28 feet high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 59-62 degrees; 0.38 feet high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and swimjigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on docks. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

FAIRFIELD: Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on weightless Flukes, black buzzbaits and Texas rigged creature baits along shoreline cover. No report on other species.

FORK: Water lightly stained to stained; 59-63 degrees; 0.25 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas rigged creature baits and spinnerbaits. Some fish being caught on beds. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows along bridges, docks and brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained; 58-62 degrees; 1.95 feet high. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, Texas rigged craws and squarebill crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

JOE POOL: Water stained to muddy; 59-62 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained to muddy; 61-64 degrees: 8.21 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, weightless Senkos and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 59-63 degrees: 2.62 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and black and blue jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained to stained; 59-62 degrees; 0.60 feet high. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits, Texas rigged craws and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water stained; 77-82 degrees; 0.06 feet low. Black bass are slow on white Flukes, swimjigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 2.20 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 58-62 degrees; 0.28 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, shakeyhead worms and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 59-63 degrees; 0.02 feet high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. 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.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained to stained; 58-62 degrees; 0.27 feet high. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged worms, bladed jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 59-62 degrees; 0.62 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, weightless Senkos and shakeyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 61-64 degrees; 0.57 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, flipping jigs and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 58-61 degrees; 0.72 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, jerkbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs on brush piles. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 59-62 degrees; 0.11 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, small spinnerbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 60-63 degrees; 26.26 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 72-76 degrees; 23.01 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and small spinnerbaits up the Rio Grande. Catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and cheesebait over baited holes. 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 chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons and marble spinners near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on liver and nightcrawlers near the discharge. Blue catfish are fair on live bait and cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps near the dam. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers, shad, and minnows along the shoreline. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 25.28 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and jigs over grass. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 92 degrees at the hot water discharge, 72 degrees in main lake; 1.42 feet low. Black bass are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 8-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off color; 58-63 degrees; 1.18 feet low. Black bass are fair on jigs, shad pattern crankbaits and Texas rigs. White bass are fair on Rooster Tails. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

FALCON: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 18.21 feet low. Black bass are good 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 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; 59-66 degrees; 3.34 feet low. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink/white tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 0.33 feet high. Black bass to 8 pounds are very good on flukes in 4-10 feet. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 0.27 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Charlie slabs and spec rigs upriver. Crappie are good on minnows in the creeks. Blue catfish are fair on shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 1.00 feet high. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.60 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.55 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon and June bug soft plastics, and on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live minnows, frozen shrimp, liver, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 56-64 degrees; 32.69 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs, jigs and chrome Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 54-63 degrees; 74.64 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs and Rat-L-Traps. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 54-62 degrees; 47.83 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, lightly stained up the river; 54-63 degrees; 6.52 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged Power Worms, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and spoons. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on punch bait, live perch and live worms.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 56-64 degrees; 2.32 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 15.89 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; 56-63 degrees; 2.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 54-62 degrees; 3.32 feet low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: 53-58 degrees; 1.18 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 51-57 degrees; 11.24 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, shallow running crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 51-59 degrees; 38.62 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 51-58 degrees; 1.11 feet low. Black bass are fair on drop shot rigs, shakyheads and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnow. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

SPENCE: 51.9 feet low. Catfish are fair to good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

STAMFORD: Water stained to muddy; 52-60 degrees; 1.09 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs. Crappie are slow on live minnows. White bass are fair on live bait. Blue catfish are good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 50-58 degrees; 24.71 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; 44-56 degrees; 22.3 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on 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 and Gulps around marsh drains.

SOUTH SABINE: 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 soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass on crabs.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair around the wells on soft plastics. Catfish are good in the marsh on shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on shad at the spillway.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on topwaters and soft plastics around mullet and shad while wading the south shoreline. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair on live shrimp around the flood gates. Black drum are good on crabs in the channel.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Trout are fair in the mud and shell on topwaters and Corkies in the afternoon. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Black drum are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are good while drifting the east end mud flats on live shrimp.

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. Black drum are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters and live shrimp over soft mud 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 Morris-Cummings Cut on free-lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp and topwaters.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum are good in the Humble Channel at night on crabs and table shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on sand and grass humps and rocks on Corkies and topwaters. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps and plastics under a rattling cork.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands and sand and grass on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under popping corks. Black drum, redfish and jack crevalle are fair at the jetty on crabs.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair at Three Island on small topwaters and live shrimp under rattling corks.

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