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Texas Fishing Report

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Texas Fishing Report

By J.P. GREESON

For The Associated Press

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for March 13 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water lightly stained; 54-63 degrees; 0.76 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs. Sunfish are slow. Catfish are fair on cut or live baitfish and nightcrawlers.

BASTROP: Water stained; 56-60 degrees. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits, crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and black/blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 54-58 degrees; 0.75 feet high. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night in 18-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water murky; 52-56 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are good on black/blue jigs, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies 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 murky; 53-57 degrees; 2.40 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, pumpkinseed lizards, and black/chartreuse Curb's hair jigs over main lake humps. Striped bass are good on chartreuse spoons and white striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows in 15-25 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 55-59 degrees; 0.36 feet high. Black bass are good on black/chartreuse hair jigs in 15-25 feet, and Texas rigged black Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads. Striped bass are slow. White bass fair on minnows and small white crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 56-60 degrees; 0.20 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin 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 watermelon, green pumpkin, and redbug Carolina rigged soft plastics off deep points. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 52-56 degrees; 0.13 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER: Water murky; 51-55 degrees; 0.02 feet high. Black bass are fair on jigs and spinnerbaits along the river channel. White bass are fair on white grubs in the river below Dickerson's Bottom. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night upriver. Blue catfish are fair on shad and prepared baits. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water murky; 54-58 degrees; 0.77 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 53-57 degrees; 0.02 feet high. Black bass are fair green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs off piers. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 56-60 degrees; 0.14 feet high. Black bass are fair on deep running crankbaits and spinnerbaits off points. Striped bass are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 10-15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on live shad and goldfish. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 57-61 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black Rat-L-Traps and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: Water murky; 56-60 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 53-57 degrees; 0.41 feet high. Black bass are fair on purple/black soft plastic worms and crawfish crankbaits in 12-30 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Li'l Fishies in 30-40 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs and silver slabs. White bass are good on minnows and silver slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 54-58 degrees; 1.55 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 55-60 degrees; 0.51 feet high. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos, Carolina rigged lizards and shad pattern swim jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

BENBROOK: Water stained; 53-58 degrees; 0.36 feet high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, shakeyhead worms and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 56-61 degrees; 0.23 feet high. Black bass are fair on shakeyhead worms, bladed jigs and swim jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained; 52-57 degrees; 0.04 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, finesse jigs, and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained; 53-57 degrees: 0.07 feet high. Black bass are fair on suspending spinnerbaits, shakeyhead worms and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water lightly stained; 55-60 degrees; 1.85 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and junebug Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 53-58 degrees, 0.08 feet high. Black bass are fair on shakeyhead worms, spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs.

COOPER: Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 0.58 feet high. Black bass are fair on swim jigs, Texas rigged craws and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 53-58 degrees; 0.18 feet high. Black bass are good on weightless Senkos, shakeyhead worms, and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

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

FORK: Water lightly stained; 54-58 degrees; 0.36 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, wacky worms and bladed jigs. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained; 52-56 degrees; 0.45 feet high. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos, shakeyhead worms and shallow crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water stained; 54-57 degrees; 0.73 feet low. Black bass are fair on Flukes, Texas rigged craws and shakeyhead worms. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAKE O' THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 56-61 degrees: 1.21 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, Senkos and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained; 53-57 degrees: 0.45 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, black and blue jigs and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 52-56 degrees; 0.23 feet high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and shakeyhead worms. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 75-82 degrees; 0.08 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, swim jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 55-59 degrees; 2.41 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, soft jerkbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 54-59 degrees; 0.48 feet high. Black bass are good on shakeyhead worms, Texas rigged craws and swim jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 53-58 degrees; 0.04 feet high. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged craws and medium crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained: 53-57 degrees; 0.15 feet high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits and weightless Senkos. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 52-57 degrees; 0.22 feet high. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, shakeyhead worms and Texas rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 54-58 degrees; 0.46 feet high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, Texas rigged craws and black and blue jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

TEXOMA: Water stained; 52-56 degrees; 1.48 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, shakeyhead worms and Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 53-57 degrees; 0.11 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, spinnerbaits and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 54-59 degrees; 5.29 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, swim jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 58-62 degrees; 23.30 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits under birds. White bass are fair on slabs and small crankbaits under birds. Catfish are fair on prepared bait over baited holes. 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 silver striper jigs near the pier. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed worms, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on spoons and jigs near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp near the railroad trestle. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 57-61 degrees; 14.09 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 55 degrees in the main lake, 87 degrees at the hot water discharge, 67-71 degrees in main lake; 0.22 feet high. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, soft plastics, and spinnerbaits in 4-8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off color; 62-67 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live or dead shad.

FALCON: Water murky; 56-60 degrees; 25.46 feet low. Black bass are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in shallow areas. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on frozen shrimp and cut bait. 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; 58-64 degrees; 0.17 feet low. Black bass are slow to fair on jerkbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water murky; 55-59 degrees; 0.05 feet high. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on silver spoons. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water murky; 53-57 degrees; 0.21 feet high. Black bass to 3 pounds are fair on June bug red metal flake soft plastic worms and lizards flukes, and large swim baits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 55-59 degrees; 0.03 feet high. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 57-61 degrees; 5.06 feet high. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise and pumpkinseed soft plastics. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Bream are slow. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.

STEINHAGEN: 0.29 feet low. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 1.20 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 39-47 degrees; 36.40 feet low. Black bass are slow. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. Few fishermen are out due to the cold weather.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 38-46 degrees; 78.59 feet low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Few fishermen are out due to the cold weather.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 39-45 degrees; 49.11 feet low. No reports on black or smallmouth bass. There are a few reports of walleye being caught on live bait and artificials. Bream are slow. Channel catfish are being caught in limited numbers.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained up the river; 45-54 degrees; 5.74 feet low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

ARROWHEAD: Water stained; 48-57 degrees; 0.02 feet low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers. Few fishermen are out due to the cold weather.

COLORADO CITY: Water fairly clear; 44-53 degrees; 12.58 feet low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water stained; 43-57 degrees; 0.55 feet high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water stained; 49-57 degrees; 0.18 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are slow on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: Water stained; 43-50 degrees; 0.62 feet low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow on marabou jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair on live bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 43-51 degrees; 0.27 feet high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 44-53 degrees; 16.08 feet low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 46-54 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are slow on jigs, shakyheads and Texas rigs. Crappie are slow on live minnows. White bass are fair. Striped bass are fair. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

SPENCE: Water off color; 42-47 degrees; 36.30 feet low. Black bass are slow. No report on crappie. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

STAMFORD: Water stained to muddy; 43-48 degrees; 0.66 feet high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow on live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water stained; 42-47 degrees; 0.26 feet high. 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. Fish populations have been substantially reduced by the golden alga blooms.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 40-47 degrees; 23.49 feet low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut and live bait. Few fishermen are out due to the cold weather.

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 around Garrison Ridge on 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 fair in the upper reaches of bay. Redfish are fair in the marsh.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on MirrOlures and Corkies. 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.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters in the back lakes on live shrimp. Trout are fair on the south shoreline on topwaters and Corkies.

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. Redfish are fair to good in the back of Allyn's Bight.

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 and Gamblers 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 glow Down South Lures.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass along the shorelines. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes. 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 in 3-4 feet of water. Black drum, redfish and jack crevalle are fair to good at the jetty. Flounder are fair to good on the spoils along the Intracoastal Waterway.

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

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