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Texas Fishing Report

August 8, 2018

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Aug. 8 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water stained; 87-93 degrees; 0.66 feet low. Black bass are fair on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and shakyheads. Sunfish are fair to good on cut nightcrawlers and corn. Catfish are fair to good 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; 4.74 feet low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 7.02 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; 6.30 feet low. Black bass are fair on flukes, Chug Bugs, and Texas rigged 5-inch watermelon worms in 4-10 feet at first light. Striped bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps, Rattlin’ Rogues, and plastic swim baits. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and plastic swim baits in creeks. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 88-92 degrees; 6.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, watermelon flukes, and Whacky Sticks along grassy banks early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on grubs, crickets, and white crankbaits in 10-21 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows and tube jigs in standing timber. Channel catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 4.70 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; 2.01 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; 0.84 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; 0.71 feet low. Black bass are fair on black/blue worms, watermelon topwaters, and watermelon red Whacky Sticks in 5-12 feet. Striped bass are good on small Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.53 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are good on Humdingers, Little Georges, and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs around structure. Channel catfish are good on cut shad and stinkbait. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 85-89 degrees; 6.22 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; 1.90 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; 7.51 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinnerbait, crankbaits, and soft plastics. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 88-92 degrees; 24.62 feet low. Black bass are good on plum worms, smoke grubs, and chartreuse topwaters in 10-25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chrome topwaters and white grubs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on bloodbait 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; 5.39 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; 85-90 degrees; 1.05 feet low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, Carolina rigged worms and topwater poppers. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

BENBROOK: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 9.16 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, shakyhead worms and Carolina rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.00 feet low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, hollow body frogs and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 87-90 degrees; 1.85 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; 84-89 degrees: 5.19 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 87-90 degrees; 0.20 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees, 1.82 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, deep diving crankbaits and Neko rigged worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs.

COOPER: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 3.03 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, buzz frogs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 86-89 degrees; 3.25 feet low. Black bass are good on deep diving crankbaits, shakyhead worms, and drop shot rigs. Crappie are goods on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

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

FORK: Water lightly stained; 87-90 degrees; 1.99 feet low. Black bass are fair on flutter spoons, football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 3.50 feet low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, Texas rigged worms and topwater walking baits. White bass and hybrid bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines

JOE POOL: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 1.94 feet low. Black bass are slow on weightless Flukes, Texas rigged creature baits and shakyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 86-90 degrees: 0.32 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 86-89 degrees: 3.66 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, squarebill crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 85-88 degrees; 3.43 feet low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged lizards, shallow crankbaits and Magnum shakyheads. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water stained; 90-99 degrees; 2.58 feet low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, shakyhead worms and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 3.66 feet low. Black bass are slow on weightless Flukes, shakyhead worms and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 1.67 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, topwaters and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 86-89 degrees; 3.22 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, topwaters and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear to lightly stained: 86-89 degrees; 1.61 feet low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits, Magnum shakyheads and football jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 1.77 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, weightless Senkos and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.95 feet low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, hollow body frogs and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 85-88 degrees; 0.34 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, topwaters and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 3.84 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, weightless Flukes and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 86-89 degrees; 5.58 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 89-93 degrees; 34.96 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 on juglines baited with 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 good on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps in reeds. Striped bass are good down rigging silver and gold spoons near the jetty and dam. Redfish are good on perch, tilapia, shad, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits over reed beds and near the dam. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam in 15-20 feet. Redfish are good on live perch and tilapia along the shoreline. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 27.82 feet low. Black bass are fair on small white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, watermelon crankbaits, and pumpkin Whacky Sticks with chartreuse tails along main lake points. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait upriver.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 104 degrees at the hot water discharge, 89-93 degrees in main lake; 3.22 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits over grass beds in 6-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 10-14 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off color; 86-92 degrees; 3.97 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and flukes. 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; 38.49 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon seed soft plastics and brush hogs off points. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs. 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.

TEXANA: Water stained; 87-93 degrees; 1.07 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; 0.57 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms and watermelon/white crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and cut bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 1.30 feet low. Black bass are very good on shad/white crankbaits and soft plastic lizards. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows around brush. Bream are good on live worms near shade and drop offs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 0.30 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 88-92 degrees; 2.38 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on silver and gold spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are slow.

STEINHAGEN: 0.52 feet low. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 3.33 feet low. Black bass are fair on redbug soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons in the river. Crappie are fair on minnows at night. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, livers, and hearts in 30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 83-92 degrees; 35.19 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, 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; 77.03 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; 49.76 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; 8.06 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; 3.36 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, Texas rigs and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: Water fairly clear; 85-94 degrees; 18.66 feet low. Black bass are slow on topwaters, Texas rigs and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water off color; 88-93 degrees; 4.39 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, drop shot 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 off color; 88-92 degrees; 5.59 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; 1.68 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; 13.63 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; 44.27 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; 3.44 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: 54.52 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; 3.43 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; 27.69 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; 24.03 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Pop Rs early, later switching to jigs, Texas rigs and shakyheads. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh on small topwaters. Trout are fair while drifting slicks.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Kingfish, ling, dolphin and tuna are good offshore.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins and Gamblers. Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad Gulps, Bass Assassins, Gamblers and Lil’ Johns. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs. Redfish are good at the spillway on finger mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on live bait and plastics. Trout are fair to good on the edges of the channel on croakers. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good in the surf and around San Luis Pass on live shrimp and MirrOlures. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good around Dollar Reef on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout are fair to good on live bait on the Surfside Beach. Black drum, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the drop-off along the south shoreline on mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on the edge of the ICW and at the jetty on shrimp and mullet.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working sand and grass with live shrimp. Trout are fair in the surf and at the jetty on croakers and 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 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. Offshore is good for amberjack, kingfish, tuna and dolphin.

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

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good on topwaters and croakers around rocks and grass. Redfish are fair to good on the edges of channels on live bait.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on soft plastics under a popping cork. Offshore is good for kingfish, ling and dolphin.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout, redfish and snook are fair to good in South Bay. Tarpon are fair around the jetty on live bait. Trout are good while drifting sand and grass on plastics under a cork.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good while drifting sand and grass flats on live shrimp, DOA Shrimp and Gulps under popping corks. Trout are good on the deeper edges and flats in Laguna Vista on topwaters and live shrimp.

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