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Texas Fishing Report

August 2, 2018

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Aug. 1 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water stained; 84-89 degrees; 0.61 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters, drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and chrome medium running crankbaits. Sunfish are fair to good on cut nightcrawlers and corn. Catfish are good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

BASTROP: Water stained; 88-92 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, minnows, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 4.32 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon seed crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night in 18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, doughbait, and hot dogs in 6 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 6.65 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are fair on stinkbait in 5-10 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 5.57 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged grape Scoundrel worms, flukes, and watermelon topwaters around stumps in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are good on Red Fins, Zara Jr’s, and trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits on the surface at daylight. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps and jigging Pirk Minnows and Tiny Traps over rock piles in 20-30 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and Curb’s crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 88-92 degrees; 5.77 feet low. Black bass are fair on Pop R’s, crankbaits, and Flukes upriver along shorelines in 4-8 feet at daylight. Striped bass are fair drifting live bait and trolling Gizz 4 and Shad Rap crankbaits. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on root beer grubs and craws, chartreuse plastic Crickets, and watermelon red tubes on ball jigheads along ledges in 6-20 feet. Crappie are good on Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows upriver over submerged brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines upriver.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 4.54 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed Carolina rigged soft plastics and topwaters early and late. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut shad.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.79 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and chicken livers.

GRANGER: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 0.60 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs in 6-17 feet. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 88-92 degrees; 0.60 feet low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, topwaters, and weightless watermelon red Whacky Sticks along seawalls and docks. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 12 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.28 feet low. Black bass are fair on silver Rat-L-Traps in Liberty Hill Park, and on shallow running crankbaits near the dam. White bass are good trolling silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs off docks early. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver in 4-5 feet. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 85-89 degrees; 5.77 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on live shad and pet spoons. White bass are good on shad. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 1.75 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows early. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 87-91 degrees; 7.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and green pumpkin soft plastics. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on doughbait, chicken livers, and chicken bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 88-92 degrees; 23.76 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon worms and bone topwaters in 5-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on fresh cut bait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good on shad colored crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on shad colored Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 4.71 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on shrimp and live bait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 86-91 degrees; 0.70 feet low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, Carolina rigged worms and drop shot worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BENBROOK: Water lightly stained; 85-90 degrees; 8.14 feet low. Black bass are slow on topwaters, shakyhead worms and Carolina rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 86-91 degrees; 0.67 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 87-90 degrees; 1.47 feet low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, topwaters, and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on brush piles on minnows. Catfish are fair on rod and reel.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 86-90 degrees: 4.01 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and Megabass Pop X in white python. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 89-92 degrees; 0.25 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 86-89 degrees, 1.32 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, deep diving crankbaits and Neko rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters.

COOPER: Water stained; 87-92 degrees; 2.47 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakeyhead worms, buzz frogs and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 3.11 feet low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged worms, and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

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

FORK: Water lightly stained; 87-91 degrees; 1.69 feet low. Black bass are slow on Magnum shakyheads, football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are good on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 85-91 degrees; 2.60 feet low. Black bass are slow on football jigs, Texas rigged worms and Neko rigged worms. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines

JOE POOL: Water stained; 85-90 degrees; 1.55 feet low. Black bass are fair on weightless Flukes, Texas rigged craws and shakeyhead worms. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 86-91 degrees: 0.16 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, hollow body frogs and weightless Senkos. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 87-91 degrees: 2.84 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, squarebill crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 2.72 feet low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged lizards, medium crankbaits and Magnum shakyheads. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water stained; 90-99 degrees; 2.02 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, shakyhead worms and hollow body frogs. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 86-91 degrees; 3.36 feet low. Black bass are slow on weightless Flukes, drop shot worms and hollow body frogs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 1.22 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, topwaters and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 2.38 feet low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, weightless Flukes and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear to lightly stained: 86-89 degrees; 1.19 feet low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged worms and football jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.33 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, weightless Senkos and Texas rigged 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; 86-91 degrees; 1.52 feet low. Black bass are good on buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.29 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, topwaters and medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 3.69 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakeyhead worms, weightless Flukes and topwaters. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 86-90 degrees; 5.84 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzfrogs and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 89-93 degrees; 33.46 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters, and on watermelon seed and green pumpkin soft plastics in 18-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and juglines 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 fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad off points near the pier. Redfish are good down rigging near the jetty and dam. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut bait and cheesebait near the hot water discharge. Yellow catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons along the crappie wall and the dam in 10-20 feet. Channel catfish are good on cheesebait, and shad near the railroad trestle. Blue catfish are good on liver and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 27.39 feet low. Black bass are good on deep running crankbaits and white/chartreuse spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and punchbait. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with perch.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 104 degrees at the hot water discharge, 89-93 degrees in main lake; 2.79 feet low. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 6-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 8 pounds are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 10-12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off color; 82-88 degrees; 3.56 feet low. Black bass are good on buzzbaits topwaters early and late, midday switching to drop shot rigs, jigs and Senkos. White bass are fair to good on Little Georges. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

FALCON: Water murky; 89-93 degrees; 37.12 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp under birds. 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; 82-89 degrees; 0.63 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on clear Zara Spooks early, later switching to Texas rigs, split shot rigged flukes and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 0.28 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on shad colored crankbaits and silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and fair on blue tube jigs over brush in 20 feet. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on liver, cut bait, and stinkbait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 0.92 feet low. Black bass to 7 pounds are fair on soft plastics, weightless Senkos, and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are very good on live minnows. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 0.31 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on pet spoons, hellbenders, trolling tubes, and slabs. White bass are good on pet spoons, hellbenders, trolling tubes, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 88-92 degrees; 2.46 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/black tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are slow. Catfish are very good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.

STEINHAGEN: 0.78 feet low. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 2.91 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes in 15-20 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and stinkbait in 30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 83-92 degrees; 34.89 feet low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits early and late, midday switching to jigs, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 85-91 degrees; 76.72 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live baitfish.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 84-89 degrees; 49.41 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; 80 degrees main lake, 83 up the creeks; 7.6 feet low. Black bass are slow on spoons, topwater baits early, Texas rigged 7-inch Power Worms and Z-Man TRDs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 87-93 degrees; 3.03 feet low. Black bass are fair on chrome Zara Spooks, jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: Water fairly clear; 85-94 degrees; 18.31 feet low. Black bass are slow on topwaters, Texas rigs and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water off color; 88-95 degrees; 3.97 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to shakyheads, Texas rigs and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around deeper structure. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 79-88 degrees; 5.32 feet low. Black bass are fair on Pop Rs, Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: 87-93 degrees; 1.61 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters, Texas rigs, shakyheads and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 86-92 degrees; 13.21 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, shakyheads, Carolina rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 87-93 degrees; 43.39 feet low. Black bass are fair to good weightless flukes, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are good on cut and live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 84-91 degrees; 2.9 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on clear Zara Spooks early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around structure. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

SPENCE: 54.02 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; 88-95 degrees; 3.15 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live minnows around structure. White bass are fair on slabs. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 86-93 degrees; 27.3 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; 85-92 degrees; 23.71 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs and shakyheads. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Redfish are good under rafts of shad on topwaters. Redfish are good in the marsh on small topwaters.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Trout are good in the surf on topwaters and shad.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the outgoing tide at Rollover Pass on MirrOlures and soft plastics. Sand trout are good in the ICW on fresh shrimp fished on the bottom.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair around well pads on live shrimp. Redfish are fair at the spillway on mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and live bait. Trout are fair to good on the shell adjacent to the channel on live bait.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good in the surf on live bait and topwaters. Tarpon have been caught along the beachfront.

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 are good 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 Bastrop Bay. Kingfish and ling are good offshore.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over mid-bay reefs. Trout are good on topwaters while wading mid-bay reefs. Redfish are fair in the middle of the bay on the falling tide.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish and black drum are fair on live shrimp in Oyster Lake and around Shell Island. Tarpon are good along the beach.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair to good on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass around Pass Cavallo. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

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 fair to good on piggy perch and shrimp in the holes on the outgoing tide.

PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and finger mullet. Redfish are fair to good around Pelican Island on shrimp and mullet. Offshore is good for dolphin, ling, kingfish and tuna.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on piggy perch, Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes and around spoils on shrimp and topwaters.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on topwaters and soft plastics around deep rocks and grass. Redfish are fair to good on the flats on small topwaters and Gulps. Trout are good at night in the Land Cut.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters and soft plastics on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass along spoils. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes. Offshore is good for kingfish, dolphin, ling and tuna.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good over sand and grass in South Bay on live shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork. Redfish are good on the flats on gold spoons and small topwaters and plastics.

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