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Texas Fishing Report

December 19, 2018

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Dec. 19 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water lightly stained; 52-58 degrees; 0.74′ low. Black bass are slow. Sunfish are slow to fair on cut nightcrawlers and corn. Catfish are fair to good on cut and live baitfish.

BASTROP: Water stained; 70-74 degrees. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 2.42′ 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; 0.67′ high. Black bass are good on Bass Hogg spinnerbaits, craw colored jigs, and craw colored crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies, minnows, and shad colored crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and red tube jigs under lights at night. Channel catfish are good on live bait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 1.99′ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits, Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, and 3″ shad Flukes in larger creeks. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shad plastic swim baits, Red Fins, and drifting live bait along the river channel in 30 feet. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and Spoiler Shads. Crappie are good on pink/white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver, nightcrawlers, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live shad.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 0.31′ high. Black bass are good on Fat Free Shads, white spinnerbaits, and watermelon Flukes on secondary points in 4-12 feet. Striped bass are fair on Red Fins and jigging Pirk Minnows over and around humps in 30-60 feet at daylight. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows along the river channel. Smallmouth bass are good on green pumpkin tubes, pumpkin jigs, and smoke grubs in 8-15 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live perch.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 0.47′ high. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon and redbug Carolina rigged Finesse worms, and on shallow running crankbaits over grass. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 0.10′ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on hellbenders and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp and live minnows.

GRANGER: Water murky; 69-73 degrees; 2.06′ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 0.99′ low. Black bass are good on Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, Curb’s buzzbaits, and weightless watermelon red Whacky Sticks along laydowns and stumps on creek points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 1.42′ 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; 2.25′ 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; 5.38′ 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: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 6.44′ 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; 0.18′ 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 fair on chartreuse soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 0.15′ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 48-51 degrees; 0.36′ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, weightless Senkos and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

BENBROOK: Water stained; 47-50 degrees; 0.94′ high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, bladed jigs and football jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 50-53 degrees; 0.07′ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, Texas rigged craws and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained; 47-49 degrees; 0.31′ high. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on brush piles on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained to stained; 48-50 degrees: 0.05′ high. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits, lipless crankbaits and underspins with Flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

CADDO: Water lightly stained; 51-54 degrees; 2.35′ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 47-49 degrees, 0.01′ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, shakeyhead worms and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs.

COOPER: Water stained to muddy; 82-84 degrees; 0.31′ high. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are good on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 47-50 degrees; 0.35′ high. Black bass are good on shakeyhead worms, medium crankbaits, and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

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

FORK: Water lightly stained; 48-51 degrees; 0.18′ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, football jigs, and flutter spoons. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 47-50 degrees; 2.78′ high. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs and shakeyhead worms. White bass and hybrid bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water stained to muddy; 49-51 degrees; 0.31′ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 50-53 degrees: 2.86′ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and black and blue jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 49-51 degrees: 0.58′ high. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained to muddy; 47-50 degrees; 1.04′ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, suspending jerkbaits and shakeyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.09′ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, swim jigs and weightless Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 49-51 degrees; 2.59′ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 48-50 degrees; 0.64′ high. Black bass are good on shakeyhead worms, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. 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; 48-51 degrees; 0.10′ low. Black bass are good on shakeyhead worms, Texas rigged craws and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained to muddy: 46-49 degrees; 2.79′ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 47-50 degrees; 0.16′ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and Texas rig craws. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 48-51 degrees; 0.68′ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and Texas rigged creature baits on docks. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained to muddy; 47-50 degrees; 2.18′ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, lipless crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 48-50 degrees; 0.01′ low. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 50-52 degrees; 7.52 high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 25.20′ 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; 13.75′ 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; 0.35′ 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 off color; 60-68 degrees; 0.2′ high. Black bass are fair to good on shad pattern crankbaits, Texas rigs 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 live shad.

FALCON: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 21.97′ 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; 55-62 degrees; 0.23′ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs, jigs and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water murky; 71-75 degrees; 0.12′ high. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps in 20-30 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 0.44′ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.04′ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics with chartreuse tails, and on Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad, shrimp, and prepared baits. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 3.44′ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Catfish are slow.

STEINHAGEN: 0.18′ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.10′ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 45-52 degrees; 36.56′ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 43-51 degrees; 78.2′ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 44-52 degrees; 49.35′ 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; 42-51 degrees; 4.54′ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads, flutter spoons and drop shot rigs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

ARROWHEAD: Water stained; 44-53 degrees; 0.41′ 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; 46-52 degrees; 12.1′ low. Black bass are slow to fair on jigs, Texas rigs and spoons. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water stained; 43-51 degrees; 0.95′ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs 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; 0.06′ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. 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′ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs, spoons and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 43-50 degrees; 0.57′ high. Black bass are slow on jigs, 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; 18.88′ low. Black bass are fair 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; 1.17 low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs, spoons and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

SPENCE: 36.82′ low. Black bass are slow. No report on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

STAMFORD: Water stained to muddy; 52-63 degrees; 1.03′ high. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water stained; 56-64 degrees; 0.35′ 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; 23.03′ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Redfish are fair to good at the discharge canal on peeled shrimp. Black drum are fair around rock groins. Sand trout are good in the deep holes on shrimp.

SOUTH SABINE: Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp.

BOLIVAR: Sand trout are fair to good in the ICW on shrimp. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Redfish are fair to good in the bayous for waders tossing plastics. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair over deep mud and structures on MirrOlures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair for waders in 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 fair to good in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp. Sheepshead are good around the rocks on shrimp.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish are good in Cold Pass and San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on soft plastics over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous. Sheepshead are fair around piers and rocks on shrimp.

PORT O’CONNOR: Redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud and drop-offs near reefs on plastics. Redfish are fair at the mouths of drains on soft plastics and gold spoons.

ROCKPORT: Redfish are fair to good at California Hole on shrimp. Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Estes Flats on mullet and shrimp.

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

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are fair good in the Humble Channel and around Emmords Hole on crabs and shrimp. Trout are best on the edge of the flats on live shrimp and DOA Shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and rocks on Corkies and Soft Dines. Redfish are fair on the edge of the Land Cut on plastics tipped with shrimp.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on DOA Shrimp around grass holes. Trout and redfish are fair on muddy shorelines and on the edge of the ICW on Corkies and soft plastics worked slowly.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair 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 and imitation shrimp. Redfish are fair in the deep holes and along the edge of the channel on gold spoons and jigs tipped with shrimp.

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