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Texas Fishing Report

March 22, 2017

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for March 22 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 65-69 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/white soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.57 feet high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.34 feet high. Black bass are good on craw and black/blue Bass Hogg jigs, Persuader crankbaits, and GrandeBass 4-inch Trickster worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits off lighted docks. Crappie are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 1.97 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkin/chartreuse tailed Whacky Sticks, white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, and watermelon soft jerkbaits along drop-offs of points and pockets of creeks. Striped bass are fair to good tight lining live bait and vertically jigging silver Pirk Minnows. White bass are good on Bleeding Shiner Tiny Traps, 2-inch Spoiler Shads, and live minnows in the upper end of the lake. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.36 feet high. Black bass are good on white Terminator spinnerbaits, pumpkin Whacky Sticks, and albino soft plastic jerkbaits along stickups. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are fair upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.19 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Wacky Worms in reeds. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.01 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER: Water stained; 64-68 degrees; 0.35 feet high. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits around standing timber. White bass are good on spinnerbaits upriver near Dickerson’s Bottom. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs in coves and sloughs. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits, and on juglines baited with cut bait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait in the river.

LBJ: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin Whacky Sticks, blue/white Terminator spinnerbaits, and soft plastic jerkbaits in 3-10 feet. Striped bass are fair on 2-inch Spoiler Shads and white bucktails early. White bass are fair on chrome/blue Tiny Traps, Spoiler Shads, and Blade Runners early. Crappie are good on blue tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 0.19 feet high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 64-68 degrees; 0.07 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good trolling watermelon crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 0.08 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on silver/blue striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 0.55 feet high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are good on minnows near Long Bridge. Crappie are good on minnows near Long Bridge. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 0.65 feet high. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps, smoke grubs, and Baby Brush Hogs. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on chrome crankbaits and watermelon grubs in 10-25 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on white striper jigs. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 2.82 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 64-68 degrees; 0.35 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and worms, bladed jigs and hollow body frogs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 65-70 degrees; 0.08 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained; 64-69 degrees; 3.05 feet low. Black bass are good on Rat L Traps, spinnerbaits, and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good drifting cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 63-68 degrees: 0.17 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 65-70 degrees; 0.80 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 64-68 degrees; 0.10 feet low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

COOPER: Water stained; 4.03 feet low. No report available.

FAIRFIELD: No report available.

FORK: Water lightly stained; 65-69 degrees; 2.10 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, Carolina rigged lizards and bladed jigs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 63-67 degrees; 0.22 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged craws. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 64-69 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged lizards, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 65-70 degrees: 0.75 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

LAVON: Water stained; 66-69 degrees: 2.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 63-68 degrees; 0.17 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 72-77 degrees; 1.28 feet low. Black bass are slow on topwaters, hollow body frogs, and Texas rig creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.62 feet high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, small plastic swimbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 64-68 degrees; 0.11 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 64-69 degrees; 0.68 feet low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged craws and Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 62-67 degrees; 0.05 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws on timber near spawning areas and weightless Senkos. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 63-67 degrees; 0.23 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 64-69 degrees; 2.96 feet low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, flipping jigs and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 63-67 degrees; 2.98 feet low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 0.36 feet low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 3.51 feet high. No report available.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 21.10 feet low. Black bass are very good on jerkbaits, soft plastics, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs, deep running crankbaits, and jigging spoons. White bass are good on slabs, deep running crankbaits, and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on live minnows up Devil’s River in the trees. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch at night. 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 Rat-L-Traps near the jetty and dam. Striped bass are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons and marble spinnerbaits near the dam. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, tilapia, crawfish, and shrimp near Dead Tree Point. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait near the discharge. Blue catfish are fair on live bait and cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and jigs near the dam, and on cut perch and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are fair down rigging silver spoons near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 19.88 feet low. Black bass are good on swimbaits and Texas rigged soft plastic lizards. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and fair on jigs under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 80 degrees at the hot water discharge, 68 degrees in main lake; 0.09 feet high. Black bass to 8 pounds are excellent on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 4-6 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs near Coletoville Bridge in 8-10 feet. Channel and blue catfish to 8 pounds are good on live perch and shad in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 29.51 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp, stinkbait, 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.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.04 feet high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are very good on stinkbait, cut bait, and nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass to 6 pounds are very good on purple or plum soft plastic worms and silver crankbaits in 15-20 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows from piers and over brush piles. Bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are good over brush near the dam.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.21 feet high. Black bass are very good on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 1.50 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on live minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.34 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 2.64 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 30.98 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and 5-inch Yum Dingers. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

MACKENZIE: 74.05 feet low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH: 60.39 feet low. TPWD has begun restocking the lake with Walleye. Reports of black bass are rare. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.

PALO DURO: 58.78 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 59 degrees; 1.75 feet low. Black bass are good on 7-inch Power Worms, swim jigs and medium diving crankbaits. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows in the back of creeks. Catfish are good on rod and reel with cut bait and punchbait on baited holes.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 55-61 degrees; 0.21 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, Senkos and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows in the shallows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 13.25 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 57-62 degrees; 0.26 feet high. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 56-62 degrees; 0.21 feet low. Black bass are fair on split shot rigged flukes, Senkos, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around shallow cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: 57-63 degrees; 1.29 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, jigs and Texas rigged lizards. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 56-62 degrees; 7.99 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, Senkos and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn-Glo) nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 55-61 degrees; 33 feet low. Black bass are good on jigs, Texas rigged creature baits and Yum Dingers. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 55-62 degrees; 0.06 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, jigs, shakyheads and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 49.86 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.57 feet low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, split shot rigged flukes, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on minnows and tail spinners. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 57-63 degrees; 22.25 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 55-62 degrees; 19.62 feet low. Black bass are very slow (the bass population was greatly reduced during the drought). No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut 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 around marsh drains.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Garrison Ridge on topwaters and Corkies.

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

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for waders tossing Corkies and MirrOlures on the east shoreline. Redfish are good in the marsh on shrimp.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on topwaters, Corkies, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the Ship Channel on crabs.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.

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

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout nine pounds are good while drifting deep reefs with Gulps or live shrimp. Trout are fair on the south shoreline on topwaters. Redfish are good on the spoil banks on the north shoreline.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good in Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs. Redfish and black drum are fair to good at Shell Island on shrimp.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on soft plastics over soft mud. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Black drum are fair to good in Morris-Cummings Cut on free-lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs.

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

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair to good in the Packery Channel on crabs.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on topwaters around rocks and sand and grass. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass along the Kennedy shoreline. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are good on crabs at East Cut.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and Gulps in 3-4 feet of water. Black drum, redfish and sheepshead are good at the jetty on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp on the edge of the ICW. Trout are good on the edge of the spoils on live bait.

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