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Texas Fishing Report

December 5, 2018

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Dec. 5 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water stained; 48-54 degrees; 0.66 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs, spoons and jigs. Sunfish are fair on cut nightcrawlers and corn. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

BASTROP: Water stained; 70-74 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon Finesse worms and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on hot dogs and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

BELTON: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 2.27 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 murky; 70-74 degrees; 0.04 feet low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, Persuader crankbaits, and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms over brush piles in 10-20 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and pet spoons off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and stinkbait over baited holes in 12-20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 1.94 feet low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and white/chartreuse crankbaits in 8-20 feet. Striped bass are good on Zara Spooks, Red Fins, and drifting or free lining live bait in 25-40 feet on the surface early. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on watermelon tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and cheesebait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live shad.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 0.41 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon red Whacky Sticks on wacky rigs, Smokin’ Green Devil’s Tongues on drop shot rigs, and Texas rigged 6-inch pumpkin Scoundrel worms in 12-25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke grubs and 3/16-oz. pumpkin jigs in 12-28 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live goldfish and perch.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 0.20 feet low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are good on green striper jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics over grass in 6-10 feet. Red ear perch are good on worms in 4-10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 0.12 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are good on green striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows, hellbenders, and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and live minnows.

GRANGER: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 0.51 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 0.97 feet low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, clear swim baits, and chartreuse Whacky Sticks in 2-12 feet at daylight. Striped bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are fair on white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and liver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 5.05 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 0.11 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.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 0.22 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and green/black jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 8.55 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 0.02 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 murky. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms near the dam at night. Hybrid striper are good on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on cut shad and minnows near the power plant. Crappie are good on red wigglers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad and cut bait at the gravel pit. Yellow catfish are fair on goldfish.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 0.37 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 49-52 degrees; 0.25 feet high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, weightless Senkos and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BENBROOK: Water stained; 49-53 degrees; 1.34 feet high. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 51-54 degrees; 0.24 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, Texas rigged worms and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained; 49-53 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on brush piles on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained to stained; 49-51 degrees: 0.17 feet low. Black bass are fair on Megabass 110 jerkbaits in mat shad and underspins with Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

CADDO: Water lightly stained; 52-55 degrees; 1.15 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 49-53 degrees, 0.02 feet high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs.

COOPER: Water stained to muddy; 81-84 degrees; 0.04 feet low. Black bass are good on weightless Senkos, swim jigs and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 49-51 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are good on shakeyhead worms, squarebill crankbaits, and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

FAIRFIELD: Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. No report on other species.

FORK: Water lightly stained; 50-53 degrees; 0.40 feet low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, Carolina rigged creature baits, and flutter spoons. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 49-52 degrees; 5.51 feet high. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits, bladed jigs and shakeyhead worms. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water stained to muddy; 50-53 degrees; 0.04 feet high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas rigged creature baits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 51-53 degrees: 1.66 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 50-53 degrees: 0.85 feet high. Black bass are slow on black and blue jigs, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained to muddy; 49-52 degrees; 1.38 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, suspending jerkbaits and shakeyhead worms. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.01 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, swim jigs and split shot Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 49-52 degrees; 2.42 feet low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs Catfish are slow on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 49-51 degrees; 0.27 feet high. Black bass are good on shakeyhead worms, black and blue jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 49-52 degrees; 0.08 feet low. Black bass are good on shakeyhead worms, Texas rigged creature baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained to muddy: 48-51 degrees; 3.72 feet high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin jigs, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 48-51 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Black bass are fair on weightless Flukes, lipless crankbaits and Texas rig craws. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 50-53 degrees; 0.46 feet high. Black bass are fair on white bladed jigs, black and blue jigs and Texas rigged creature baits on docks. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained to muddy; 48-50 degrees; 1.19 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 49-52 degrees; 0.22 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 50-53 degrees; 4.24 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, lipless crankbaits and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 25.88 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 13.91 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 97 degrees at the hot water discharge, 70-74 degrees in main lake; 0.18 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water murky; 58-63 degrees; 0.34 feet high. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs, spoons and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad.

FALCON: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 22.60 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

TEXANA: Water stained; 57-64 degrees; 0.25 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, Rat-L-Traps, and crankbaits in 10-25 feet. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are fair on perch colored spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on hot dogs, shrimp, and liver.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 0.14 feet high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows around brush in 20 feet. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 0.45 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Catfish are slow.

STEINHAGEN: 0.71 feet low. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 1.81 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkin green, watermelon, and redbug soft plastic worms in 20 feet. Striped bass are good on spoons. White bass are good on spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 54-62 degrees; 36.45 feet low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 56-63 degrees; 78.07 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 51-63 degrees; 49.25 feet low. No reports on black bass. No reports of smallmouth. There are a few reports of walleye being caught on live bait and artificials. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in limited numbers.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained up the river; 57-64 degrees; 4.45 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

ARROWHEAD: Water stained; 55-63 degrees; 0.17 feet low. Black bass are fair dead-sticking weighted soft plastics. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: Water fairly clear; 56-64 degrees; 12.13 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on weighted soft plastics fished slowly - also dead sticked. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water stained; 43-51 degrees; 0.58 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, shakyheads and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around deeper structure. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water stained; 43-48 degrees; 0.12 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: Water stained; 42-49 degrees; 0.6 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs and shakyheads. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 43-50 degrees; 0.47 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 44-52 degrees; 20.01 feet low. Black bass are fair dead-sticking Senkos, on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 47-53 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Black bass are slow to fair on drop shot rigs, jigs, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs around structure. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

SPENCE: 37.19 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs. No report on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

STAMFORD: Water stained to muddy; 52-63 degrees; 0.92 feet high. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, Texas rigs and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows around structure. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water stained; 56-64 degrees; 0.14 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; 43-49 degrees; 23.12 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell. Trout are good for waders on the Louisiana shoreline on slow-sinking plugs.

SOUTH SABINE: Redfish are fair on the edge of the channel on mullet. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on slow-sinking plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Water is beginning to clear in some areas. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet. Trout are good while drifting deep bayous in the marsh.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the north shoreline on Corkies and MirrOlures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for waders on the mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are good in Moses Lake on fresh shrimp. Black drum, sheepshead and redfish are fair on the edge of the channel and on shell in shrimp.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish are fair to good at San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of drains on Gulps and shrimp.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on plastics over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal and at the mouths of drains on Gulps and jigs tipped with shrimp.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous. Trout are fair on shell on soft plastics and finger mullet.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp and topwaters. Redfish are good at the mouths of drains.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in California Hole and the Lydia Ann Channel on mullet and shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good on the ledges of the channel on mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good in Oso Bay for waders tossing scented baits and Corkies. Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the flats on live shrimp, Gulps and DOA Shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and Soft-Dines. Trout are fair to good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair to good on mud along the edge of the channel on Corkies and MirrOlures.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish, black drum and mangrove snapper are fair to good in the channel on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks. Redfish are good in the holes and guts on Gulps and scented baits.

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