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Texas Fishing Report

July 5, 2017

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

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 78-82 degrees. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 76-80 degrees; 0.65 feet high. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night in 15-18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, doughbait, and hot dogs in 8-15 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.04 feet low. Black bass to 3 pounds are fair on crankbaits, white flukes, and green pumpkin soft plastic worms around docks in 8-10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over baited brush piles in 5-15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.52 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters and Texas rigged grape Scoundrel worms around stumps in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are fair on Zara Jr’s, Red Fins, and trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube 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 upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.70 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, Pop R’s, and flukes upriver in 5-10 feet early. Striped bass are fair drifting live bait and trolling Gizz 4 and Shad Rap crankbaits on downriggers over 40-foot humps. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on chartreuse plastic Crickets, root beer JDC grubs and craws, and watermelon red tubes along ledges in 10-20 feet. Crappie are fair on blue tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 10-15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines upriver.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.42 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows in 15-25 feet. Channel catfish are fair 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 watermelon spinnerbaits early and late. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and cut shad over baited holes.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 76-80 degrees. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and frozen shrimp.

GRANGER: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 0.35 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/black tube jigs in 6-12 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with cut bait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

LBJ: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.66 feet low. Black bass are fair on perch colored topwaters, black/blue jigs, and weightless pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks in 5-10 feet. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white Curb’s crappie jigs over brush piles in 12-14 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; 76-80 degrees; 0.63 feet high. Black bass are good on silver Rat-L-Traps and shallow running crankbaits in Liberty Hill Park. White bass are fair on silver spoons and watermelon spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and pearl jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 75-79 degrees; 0.76 feet high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on shad. Crappie are fair on minnows. 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; 77-81 degrees; 0.29 feet high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 76-80 degrees; 0.38 feet high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 3.89 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and chartreuse topwaters in 5-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on fresh cut bait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 76-80 degrees; 0.76 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on shrimp and live bait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.52 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, topwaters and buzzfrogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.25 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, topwaters and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 2.70 feet low. Black bass are good on topwater baits, shallow crankbaits, and Texas rigged soft plastics around rocks and boat docks and. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are good cut bait and frozen shad.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 81-85 degrees: 0.03 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, Megabass Dark Sleeper swimbaits on deeper docks and squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 83-88 degrees; 0.60 feet high. Black bass are slow on black and blue jigs, black buzzbaits, and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines with cut bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.18 feet high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines on cut shad.

COOPER: Water stained; 2.61 feet low. No report available.

FAIRFIELD: No report available.

FORK: Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.04 feet low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, hollow body frogs and Carolina rigged worms and Flukes. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 81-84 degrees; 0.63 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, deep diving crankbaits and topwaters. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 81-86 degrees; 0.25 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and weightless Senkos. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 82-86 degrees: 2.01 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and topwaters. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained; 82-86 degrees: 0.23 feet low. Black bass are slow on flipping jigs, buzzbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.31 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 85-93 degrees; 0.35 feet low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos, hollow body frogs, and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 88-94 degrees; 0.45 feet high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs, deep diving crankbaits and Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.14 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, spinnerbaits and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.17 feet high. Black bass are fair on Flukes, topwaters, and Carolina rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.05 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, Carolina rigged creature baits and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.28 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzfrogs and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 1.43 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature bait, hollow body frogs and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 1.40 feet high. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits, topwaters and weightless Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 0.14 feet low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 6.91 feet high. No report available.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 79-83 degrees; 32.63 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin crankbaits, topwaters, spooks, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on stinkbait and live perch. Yellow catfish are good on 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 slow. Striped bass are good on liver and shad off points near the pier. Redfish are very good on tilapia, shad, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam. Yellow catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits over reed beds. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and shad. Redfish are fair on live bait near the dam in 10-20 feet. Channel catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and shad. Blue catfish are fair on liver and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 76-80 degrees; 21.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon deep running crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 96 degrees at the hot water discharge, 85 degrees in main lake; 1.23 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 4-6 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and shad in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 35.52 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and brush hogs off points. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait upriver. 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; 76-80 degrees; 0.18 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles in 20 feet. Catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, cut bait, and chicken livers.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.18 feet high. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on Rat-L-Traps and watermelon red worms. Crappie are very good on live minnows over brush piles. Bream are very good on live worms off piers and in coves. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.35 feet high. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows, troll tubes, and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are excellent on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 76-80 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared bait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.60 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.41 feet low. Black bass are fair on redbug soft plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and livers in 20-30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 31.18 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early and late, midday switching to squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

MACKENZIE: 73.57 feet low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. No reports on crappie or bass.

MEREDITH: 59.9 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigs and jerkbaits. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.

PALO DURO: 60.36 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 76 degrees; 3.51 feet low. Black bass are slow on 7-inch Power Worms, spoons and jigs. Crappie and bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 73-79 degrees; 1.21 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to weightless flukes, Texas rigs and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 13.49 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 75-79 degrees; 0.27 feet high. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, squarebill crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 74-78 degrees; 0.44 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early and late, midday switching to jerkbaits, squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: 73-78 degrees; 1.23 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs, Carolina rigs and weightless Senkos. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 74-80 degrees; 8.5 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on split-shot weighted flukes, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 73-79 degrees; 34.25 feet low. Black bass are good on Whopper Ploppers early, later switching to weightless flukes, Texas rigs, jigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 72-78 degrees; 0.08 feet high. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to drop shot rigs, Texas rigs, medium running crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs and inline spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 48.55 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: Water stained; 71-77 degrees; 1.41 feet high. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early and late, midday switching to shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on live minnows around cover. White bass are fair to good on live bait and tail spinners. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 72-77 degrees; 22.38 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 72-78 degrees; 20.04 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 under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the cuts and drains leading to the marsh on shrimp and Gulps.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good while drifting the reefs on live shrimp and topwaters. Trout are fair to good while working slicks and pods of shad on the Reef on the south end. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Gamblers, Down South Lures and Sand Shad. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Trout are good in the surf on live bait.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working wells and shell pads on shrimp, croakers, Bass Assassins, Lil’ Johns and Down South Lures. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs and at the spillway.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse, glow, pink and plum Down South Lures and Bass Assassins. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good on the Ship Channel on croakers and plastics.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Offshore is good for tarpon, kingfish, red snapper and ling.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair from the edge of the Ship Channel on croakers and shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and MirrOlures. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Trout, Spanish mackerel and sand trout are good at the jetties on live bait.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good behind slicks in the middle of the bay on live shrimp and Gulps. Trout are fair to good in the surf on live bait.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on topwaters and live shrimp in Oyster Lake and Crab Lake.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout are fair to good in the surf and at the jetty on croakers. Redfish are fair at the mouths of bayous on the falling tide.

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 good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island.

PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair to good in the surf on topwaters, piggies and croakers. Offshore is good for red snapper, kingfish and ling.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are fair to good at Emmord’s Hole on croakers and piggy perch.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good over grass in the Land Cut. Trout are good on topwaters around rocks and grass. Trout are fair to good on the King Ranch shoreline on croakers, topwaters and plum plastics.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and on live bait. Offshore is good for red snapper, ling and kingfish.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair to good on the flats of South Bay on the incoming tide on shrimp and plastics under rattling corks. Tarpon are showing at the pass. Snook are fair on topwaters and shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are good on small Super Spooks and SkitterWalks. Trout are good on live bait on the edge of the channel drop-offs.

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