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Texas Fishing Report

September 26, 2018

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Sept. 26 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water lightly stained; 72-78 degrees; 0.63 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, crankbaits and Senkos. Sunfish are fair to good on cut nightcrawlers and corn. Catfish are fair to good nightcrawlers.

BASTROP: Water stained; 87-91 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, liver, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 4.81 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits in coves near structure. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 7.33 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and topwaters near the docks and over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles in 10-18 feet, and off lighted docks at night. Channel catfish are good on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 6.42 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon flukes, Rat-L-Traps, and watermelon red Whacky Sticks at first light along break lines of flats. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads plastic swim baits and drifting live bait at first light on the surface. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and 2-inch plastic swim baits. Crappie are fair on pink/white tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on goldfish and perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 2.72 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines upriver.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 4.63 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on shad colored swim baits, Zara Spooks, and Carolina rigged soft plastics in 14-18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 0.50 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 4.08 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 0.73 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon Curb’s jigs, perch colored crankbaits, and green pumpkin tubes around docks and laydowns. Striped bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 1.45 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp around stickups in 5-12 feet. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 87-91 degrees; 6.27 feet low. Black bass are fair on perch colored crankbaits. Striped bass are good on silver spoons. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 88-92 degrees; 2.40 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Rat-L-Traps and crappie jigs. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Perch are excellent on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 7.93 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and Perk Minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 22.58 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 5.25 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 78-82 degrees; 1.44 feet low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, Carolina rigged lizards and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BENBROOK: Water lightly stained; 77-82 degrees; 4.41 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, shakyhead worms and medium crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 78-83 degrees; 0.49 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained to muddy; 78-81 degrees; 2.01 feet high. Black bass are slow on crankbaits, topwaters, and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are slow on brush piles on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 77-81 degrees; 6.36 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, spinnerbaits and shad pattern squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CADDO: Water lightly stained; 80-83 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 77-81 degrees, 2.04 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms and Texas rigged worms on docks. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters.

COOPER: Water stained; 80-88 degrees; 1.67 feet low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, weightless Senkos and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs and topwaters.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 78-82 degrees; 1.18 feet low. Black bass are good on deep diving crankbaits, shakyhead worms, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs Catfish are fair on trotlines.

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

FORK: Water lightly stained; 78-82 degrees; 1.84 feet low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged creature baits, flutter spoons, football jigs and topwaters. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained to stained; 77-80 degrees; 1.04 feet high. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, topwater baits and squarebill crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

JOE POOL: Water stained; 78-81 degrees; 3.48 feet high. Black bass are slow on topwaters, Texas rigged craws and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 79-82 degrees: 1.01 feet low. Black bass are good on weightless Senkos, bladed jigs and topwater poppers. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained; 79-83 degrees: 2.80 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, black buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained to stained; 77-80 degrees; 2.33 feet high. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, bladed jigs and buzzbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 84-90 degrees; 2.99 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, spinnerbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 80-83 degrees; 3.12 feet low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 78-81 degrees; 1.90 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained to stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained to stained: 77-80 degrees; 2.82 feet high. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged creature baits, deep diving crankbaits and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 78-81 degrees; 1.87 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, shallow crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 79-82 degrees; 0.30 feet low. Black bass are slow on buzzbaits, bladed jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water lightly stained to stained; 77-80 degrees; 2.66 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, topwaters and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 78-81 degrees; 3.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, Texas rigged craws and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 80-83 degrees; 5.03 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 33.11 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad off points near the pier. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are very good on liver, shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam. Blue catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam and the crappie wall in 15-20 feet. Redfish are fair on crawfish and tilapia along the shoreline. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 22.43 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 105 degrees at the hot water discharge, 84-88 degrees in main lake; 0.88 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off color; 78-83 degrees; 0.56 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, shakyheads and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

FALCON: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 30.90 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

TEXANA: Water stained; 77-84 degrees; 1.75 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, jigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 1.92 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and watermelon red Carolina rigged soft plastics, Senkos, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live perch.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 1.36 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters and shad flukes near grass beds. White bass are slow. Crappie are very good on live minnows in 12 feet. Bream are good on live worms near the islands. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad and perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 0.24 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on shad. White bass are good on troll tubes and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 3.30 feet low. Black bass are good on black/blue flake soft plastic worms and chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.

STEINHAGEN: 0.30 feet low. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 3.91 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse topwaters and redbug soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers in 5-10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 67-73 degrees; 36.08 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 65-73 degrees; 77.51 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 69-75 degrees; 50.68 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; 72 degrees main lake, 77 degrees up the creeks; 7.98 feet low. Black bass are fair 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; 71-77 degrees; 3.41 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on swimbaits, shakyheads and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: Water fairly clear; 71-76 degrees; 19.27 feet low. Black bass are fair on chrome Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water off color; 68-75 degrees; 3.22 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around deeper structure. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water stained; 73-78 degrees; 5.86 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on chrome or pearl crankbaits, Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: 72-77 degrees; 1.33 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on shakyheads, swimbaits and Rat-L-Traps. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 71-76 degrees; 2.38 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on squarebill crankbaits, shakyheads and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 42.57 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on wacky rigged worms and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are good on cut and live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 72-78 degrees; 0.14 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs 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: 50.39 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; 72-77 degrees; 1.09 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, swimbaits and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live minnows around structure. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 71-77 degrees; 24.23 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; 72-78 degrees; 24.45 feet low. Black bass are fair on chrome/black Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and squarebill crankbaits. 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. Flounder are good on jigs tipped with shrimp.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Flounder are fair at the mouths of the bayous on a falling tide.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair along the south shoreline on topwaters. Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair to good under birds on soft plastics. Redfish are fair in the marsh on mullet and crabs. Trout are good over deep shell on soft plastics.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and large Gulf trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and fresh shrimp. Redfish are good in the marsh and out the mouths of drains on the falling tide. Trout are good for waders on Top Dogs.

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

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on crabs and shrimp. Gulf trout are good in the channel on fresh shrimp. Bull redfish are good off the end of the dike on crabs and mullet.

FREEPORT: Redfish are fair to good on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Bastrop Bay on shrimp. Bull redfish are fair to good around Surfside and at the Quintana jetty on crabs, shrimp and mullet.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp and DOA Shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Trout are fair on the shorelines on small topwaters and dark plastics. Flounder are fair on the shorelines on Gulps.

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, Crab Lake and at Shell Island. Redfish are good while wading the south shoreline on live bait.

PORT O’CONNOR: Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and mullet. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs, mullet and shad. Trout are fair on plastics around shell in San Antonio Bay.

ROCKPORT: Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island. Bull redfish are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on mullet.

PORT ARANSAS: Trout are good on the flats while wading with topwaters. Redfish are fair at East Flats on topwaters and Gulps. Bull redfish are good at the jetty and on the beachfront on natural baits.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are good on the beachfront on mullet and shrimp. Trout are fair for waders working mud and grass on small topwaters and Corkies.

BAFFIN BAY: Redfish are fair to good on small Super Spooks, She Pups and SkitterWalks. Trout are fair to good on plastics under rattling corks at Rocky Slough.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on topwaters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Trout are fair to good for waders over sand and grass on topwaters. Bull redfish are good in East Cut.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout, redfish and snook are fair to good in South Bay and on the flats adjacent to the channel. Redfish are fair to good on the beachfront and at the jetties on mullet and crabs.

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 and redfish are fair to good at Laguna Vista on small topwaters and soft plastics under rattling corks.

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