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Alan Henry
FAIR. Water clear; 81 degrees; 7.19 feet low. Fish are in that summer pattern biting the same as we head into another hot Texas weekend. Crappie are good in 25-40 feet of water over trees with minnows. There is a great night bite under green lights in 35 feet of water. Report provided by Randy Britton, Lake Alan Henry Crappie Guide.
Amistad
GOOD. Water clear; 85 degrees; 58.48 feet low. Black Bass are good with 3-5 pound bass being caught. Texas rigged plastics in craw pattern are working around hydrilla in 5-15 feet with bladed jigs and swimbaits. White bass and stripers are good below 30 feet following shad balls around the Rough Canyon area. Water is extremely low. Stay in channels and ditches when running. Report by Captain Olin Jensen, Jensen’s Guide Service. Channel catfish are good in 4-26 feet of water with punch bait. Black bass are great on grass beds in 4-12 feet of water with soft plastics. Report by Captain Kent Terrill, 3T Guide Service.
Arlington
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 78 degrees; 1.77 feet low. Texas heat and the fishing patterns are here to stay. Bass are great fishing rocks and main lake ledges with deep diving crankbaits and Carolina rigs. Fish are pushing into submerged grass and can be caught using Texas rigged bugs or worms. Few sand bass along the dam biting on small silver spoons. Report by local angler Wesley Molina.
Arrowhead
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82-85 degrees; 3.31 feet low. As the water temperatures increase fish are moving to deeper water. Catfish can be caught early shallow and then move out to deeper water on punch and fresh cut shad. Crappie are good in 10 feet of water on rocks and brush with minnows and jigs. Report by Brandon Brown, Brown’s Guide Service.
Athens
FAIR. Water clear; 86-90 degrees; 0.17 feet below. Bass bite is fair early and late. As usual, fish grass edges and brush piles with flukes, shaky-head worms, and jigs. The thermocline is trying to form around 25 feet. Crappie are slow on brush piles to 25 feet of water. Report by Jim Brack, Athens Guide Service.
Austin
FAIR. Water clear; 85 degrees; 0.51 feet low. Texas heat has slowed the fishing. High boat traffic on the lake has the fish scattered and suspended. Best bite will be early morning or night while the fish are feeding. On Lady Bird Lake bass are good paddle tail swimbaits and jerkbaits, and dragging a worm in 8-10 feet of water. Catfish are good on juglines. Report provided by Carson Conklin, ATX Fishing.
B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 78 degrees; 0.42 feet below. Fishing patterns are similar as we head into the weekend. Bass are fair with some topwater action early morning, switching to your favorite plastics along grass lines midday. Crappie are good using minnows and jigs on main lake structures and brush piles. Catfish are good moving shallow biting cut and cheese bait.
Bastrop
GREAT. Water clear; 90 degrees. Lake Bastrop is fishing great for bass with strong schooling action. Start in the hot water discharge early at the mouth using small topwaters or tiny straight tail swimbaits to get the schooling bass. Work a Texas rig or shaky head to land bass related to the bottom. A Carolina rig with a shad colored fluke will work as well as it will swim nicely in the current where the fish will pick it up. Later, you can move out to the main lake out off the dam area for more schooling bass. These bass are much more aggressive and a full sized topwater like a walk the dog type lure will work fantastic. Got to get into them quick, as they will dive back down to deep water once the shad are eaten up. There is non-stop action all day on these. Report by Bryan Cotter, Texas Hawgs Bass Fishing Guide Service.
Belton
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 5.24 feet low. White bass are in small packs patrolling from 25-40 feet deep for shad. The most effective approach this week was to downrig 3-armed umbrella rigs with Pet Spoons about four feet off bottom while watching sonar to both find and catch fish. Once fish were found in solid numbers, we spot-locked the fish and worked the MAL Heavy Lures both vertically by smoking them, and horizontally with a sawtooth method, until they moved on. We then repeated this. Best times are sunrise through 10 a.m. Typical results were 60-90 fish per morning. Small topwater schools can add lots of bonus fish quickly if they show up. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service. Black bass and smallmouth bass have been good early on main lake points on topwaters and flukes. As the day progresses, slow down and work the drops and ledges with jigs and Carolina rigs. Occasionally you can pick a few fish up deep on crankbaits. Report by Cord Zahn, Belton tournament organizer. Crappie are good biting jigs and minnows in 25-40 feet of water suspended at 15-20 feet in the timber, and on brush piles anywhere from 18-25 feet of water. Report by Zach Minnix, Jig N Jerk Guide Service.
Benbrook
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 3.27 feet low. Bass are good on the edges of submerged grass with chatterbaits and senkos. Crappie are fair on deep brush piles and docks using minnows and jigs. White bass are good with some schooling action biting on shad imitations. Catfish are good on cut baits shallow.
Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water clear; 84 degrees; 0.56 feet low. Fish are slowing down as the water temperature increases Crappie are fair on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are good on topwaters shallow early morning, moving to 20-30 feet off points midday with your favorite plastics after the topwater bite tapers off. Catfish are good on baited holes 20-30 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Brady
GOOD. Water dirty; 85 degrees; 9.36 feet low. Largemouth bass are good up to six pounds on crankbaits, chatterbaits and worms early and late. White bass are excellent schooling around the dam area. Crappie are slow in the marina and around brush piles. Catfish are good on cutbait, shad and live perch.
Braunig
GOOD. Water stained, 88 degrees. Largemouth bass are good on reed beds using spinnerbaits and pumpkinseed or chartreuse soft plastics. Red drum have been good on live perch and tilapia for boaters and recreational shoreline anglers fishing 10-20 feet of water range trolling small silver spoons has been good around the dam area. Channel and blue catfish have been producing at night along the Jetty and recreational shoreline using cheese bait and shrimp.
Bridgeport
GOOD. Water normal stain; 82 degrees; 3.02 feet low. The main lake is clearing nicely with the warmer weather. All ramps are open. Sand bass are schooling early and late, downsize your bait to try and tempt them to bite. Hybrid bass are cruising the lake, look around the main lake structure that has deeper water nearby. Crappie remain active around main lake brush piles and the 380 Bridge. Many smaller sized fish with a few bigger fish biting on minnows. Topwater baits fished early have been effective for largemouth bass. Switching to a Texas rigged worm as the day heats up. Work slowly around deep water docks. Catfish are good on cut baits in main lake structure. Look for all fish to gradually move deeper as the heat increases. Report by Keith Bunch, Lake Bridgeport Guide Service.
Brownwood
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 79-85 degrees; 4.12 feet low. Bass are fair to four pounds on shaky heads, crankbaits and jigs in the stick-ups and between docks. A good topwater bite early and late. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs from 10-15 feet of water in brush piles and under docks. White bass are slow on crankbaits casting and trolling. Catfish are good using cut bait, liver and perch on baited holes and shallow flats. Catfish are starting to spawn.
Buchanan
GREAT. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 8.42 feet low. Crappie fishing is fair in 22-27 feet of water with chartreuse jigs. Report by Jess Rotherham, Texas Crappie Fishing Service. Bass are good with a topwater bite on walking style lures like a Berkley J-walker or Hijacker. Look for rock piles in 6-10 feet of water and the fish will bite. Throw 10 foot diving crankbaits, shaky heads and Texas rigs in the same areas. There are some good bass out to 20 feet in some areas on rock piles as well. Rocks are most important right now in this hot weather. Report provided by Bryan Cotter, Texas Hawgs Bass Fishing Guide Service.
Caddo
SLOW. Water stained; 79 degrees; 0.71 feet high. Fishing is tough as the water levels are down. Bass are good early morning with topwaters. There is some schooling action for smaller sized fish. Target areas with vegetation and bream beds with pop r’s and watermelon red flukes to imitate bait fish. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
Calaveras
FAIR. Water stained, 89 degrees. Red drum are fair on live baits, such as tilapia, perch and crawfish, on points with deep water access on the recreational shoreline and throughout the lake. Boaters trolling small silver spoons and dark colored soft plastics around the dam area have had fair results. Channel and blue catfish have been good on cheese bait, cut bait and shrimp in the 15-25 feet of water range. Hybrid stripers no report.
Canyon Lake
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75 degrees; 3.10 feet low. Largemouth bass are good near the hydrilla in 12-25 feet of water using flukes and trick worms. Largemouth and striped bass are mixed near North Park biting on topwaters, swimbaits and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair. Report by Charles Whited, Barefoot Fishing Tours.
Cedar Creek
EXCELLENT. Water normal stain; 78-83 degrees; 2.27 feet low. Crappie are good using minnows and jigs on brush piles in 10-16 feet of water, with the better quality fish coming in 10-12 feet. Largemouth bass are good using crankbaits on brush in 12-20 feet on brush piles and deeper docks. The best colors are natural shad or blue and chartreuse colors. The bridge also produces fish in the evenings on shaky heads with California 420 trick worms in Green Pumpkin, or blue colors work as well. White bass and hybrid bass can be caught surfacing at the dam and Key Ranch Flats at daylight using popper style baits and small spoons. After the sun comes up and fish quit surfacing go check deeper humps. Report by Kyle Miers, Lake Country Outfitters.
Choke Canyon
GREAT. Water stained; 78 degrees; 21.24 feet low. Black bass are good shallow in the mornings around the hydrilla biting on frogs and flukes. On the outer grass Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and crankbaits are working in 12-18 feet of water. Up in the river towards 72 boat ramp good morning frog bite. Crappie are really good on live minnows over brush piles. White bass are very good on live minnows on the lower end humps. Report by Charles Whited, Barefoot Fishing Tours.
Cisco
GREAT. Water stained; 85 degrees; 5.05 feet low. Bass are good up to nine pounds on the north side in 20 feet of water with live perch fished off the bottom, artificials are producing as well. Perch are good up to nine inches long biting on worms. Crappie are in 10-15 feet of water all over the lake using minnows. Catfish are good on juglines with cut perch. Report by Jason Miller, Lake Cisco Rentals.
Coleman
SLOW. Slightly stained; 82-85 degrees; 3.36 feet low. Texas heat and fishing patterns are constant. Look for fish to seek deeper water and structure as the sunrises, with the bite active early and late in the day. Bass are excellent with fish to six pounds on a green pumpkin finesse worm on a shaky head, black and blue jigs, and shad color swim jigs.
Conroe
GOOD. Slightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.54 feet below. Catfish are good on shrimp and chicken liver in 20-30 feet of water. Lots of smaller blue catfish to contend with to find the bigger cats. Hybrid striped bass are good biting on shrimp and slab spoons. Look for dense schools of shad on your electronics. Please check the Texas Parks & Wildlife to see the tooth patch between hybrids and white bass. Report by Jimmy Laux, Jimmy’s Gone Fishing Guide Service. Crappie have been tough the last few weeks in 15-23 feet on standing timber, brush piles. Catching a few per pile with a soft hit on minnows or black and chartreuse jigs with a crappie nibble. Black bass are good deadsticking weightless senkos close to brush, or with creature baits Texas rigged in 7-21 feet of water. Always wear your life jacket! Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.
Cooper
GREAT. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 2.50 feet low. Summer fishing patterns like triple digit weather is upon us. Catfish are good off docks and shorelines with cut bait. Crappie are good on main lake brush piles and standing timber with jigs and minnows. Bass are fair early morning with topwaters, transitioning to deeper water structures midmorning with chatterbaits and crankbaits.
Corpus Christi Lake
GOOD. 80 degrees; 6.52 feet below. The best bites are early morning, late afternoon, or at night. Catfish are in fair 5-10 feet of water on cheese bait, shad oil soap, and cut carp. Largemouth bass are fair at sunrise on topwaters. White bass are scattered across the lake under birds using spoons, minnows and small jigs. Crappie are fair in 5-10 feet of water on minnows and scented jigs around piers and structure. Freshwater drum are fair on worms and shrimp. Alligator gar are great on cut carp. Bow fishermen have found success on shallow flats. With summer heating up the daytime fishing will slow down tremendously. Early morning, dusk, and night when temperatures drop a little will be best. Report provided by Damian Hubbs, Mathis Bait Co.
Cypress Springs
Water stained; 83 degrees; 1.66 feet low. Bass and crappie have finished the spawn and have started moving out to main lake structure and are setting up in their summer patterns. For bass focus on main lake points, roadbeds and brush piles. Target the areas with soft plastics, both Texas rigged or Carolina rigs work well. Crappie are good in brush in 10-15 feet. Use jigs in bright colors or live minnows to target the fish. The catfish are still shallow and some fish have eggs, so only keep what you need this time of year. Cork rigs with punch bait over baited areas are producing best. Report by Captain Mike Thompson, Lake Tawakoni Guide Service.
Eagle Mountain
GOOD. Water stained, 85 degrees; 2.43 feet low. White bass are good on the main lake structures using slabs with teaser flies. Fish are moving fast. Crappie are fair to good on brush piles, docks and main lake structure on jigs with white and chartreuse color combinations and shooting docks. Largemouth bass are fair to good on crankbaits around docks and main lake structure. Blue catfish are fair to good on the main lake structures. Channel catfish are good on punch bait. Report provided by Chad Ferguson of North Texas Catfish Guide Service. White bass are good on live bait, spoons, deep diving crankbaits and trolling umbrella rigs in 15-35 feet of water. Report provided by Kraig Sexton, Sexton’s Guide Service LLC.
Falcon
GOOD. Water stained; 79 degrees; 42.17 feet low. Fishing is consistent. Night catfishing is excellent at the Zapata County boat ramp and the state park in 10-20 feet of water using cut carp, tilapia or shad. Bigger fish are in the main lake channel. Alligator gar are good with tilapia or carp heads in 5-10 feet of water. Crappie are good in 15-30 feet of water vertical timber and brush piles. Report by Ram Reyes, Texas Kings Outdoors.
Fayette
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees. Summer heat is here and the bite is predictable. Bass are good on humps and riprap with various jigs and plastics in 10-20 feet of water on humps. Catfish are fair hitting punch bait in 6-20 feet of water, on tight lines over chum. Bluegill and redear perch are good on worms or crickets around structure. Report by Weldon Kirk, Fish Tales Guide Service.
Fork
GOOD. Water Stained; 75 degrees; 5.99 feet low. The crappie bite on Lake Fork has been just a little bit finicky this past week. Best depths have been 13-23 feet with fish in brush and suspended on laydowns and trees, or holding on the bottom of underwater bridges and road beds. Minnows are still the go to bait and the smaller the minnows the better for finicky fish. Same goes for your hand ties and soft plastics. Downsizing can make the difference between a slow day and a stellar day in the heat of the summer. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service. Bass are good with 3/4 ounce shaky heads or football jigs in green pumpkin and orange or June bug in 14-25 feet of water off drop-offs or channel swings. Carolina rigs are good in the same areas with a 10 inch blue fleck or LFT ring fry in bluegill color good in 15-25 feet of water. Deep crankbaits are decent over long points and channel swings. DD -22 in chartreuse and blue, TW Ghost chartreuse and blue good over 18-23 feet. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell and Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Pro.
Ft. Phantom Hill
EXCELLENT. Water stained; 76 degrees; 4.03 feet low. White bass are on structure in 10-15 feet of water biting blade baits and the Maindelle All Purpose lure consistently worked off the bottom. Look for hybrid bass in 15-25 feet of water trolling deep diving crankbaits over the main lake structure. Channel catfish are spawning along riprap banks. Fishing baited holes with a bobber and stink bait can be effective. Largemouth bass are being caught in shallow to moderate depths around cover. Report by Clayton Lohse, Respect the Fish Guide Service.
Graham
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 1.27 feet low. Bite is slow at the crappie house and bridges with fish preferring minnows over jigs. Catfish are good in the shallows on cut and prepared baits and on baited holes. Bass are good in timber with crankbaits and flukes.
Granbury
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 1.00 feet low. Channel catfish are biting very well on small shad and prepared baits in the shallows around brush and stumps. Report by Jeffery Sojourner, Sojourner Fishing. Striped bass and white bass are good moving fast, biting topwaters early in the morning throughout the reservoir in 15-60 feet of water. Lots of smaller sized fish being caught. Catfish are good in 20-50 feet of water on cut bait. Report provided by Kraig Sexton, Sexton’s Guide Service LLC. Granbury has slowed down a little with the hot weather. Bass are around deeper boat docks on Carolina rigged soft plastics, and 3/4 ounce jigs. Report by James Moore, North Texas Bass Fishing and Cmoore Striper Guide Services.
Granger
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 0.38 feet low. Black bass are good to five pounds on jigs fished around timber. Crappie are slow. White bass are good to 2.5 pounds on slab spoons fished over humps and road beds. Blue catfish are good on jug lines baited with Zote Soap. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch. Report by Tommy Tidwell, Tommy Tidwell’s Granger Lake Guide Service.
Grapevine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 0.93 feet above. The sand bite is similar to the winter pattern with fish holding deeper in 27-35 feet off drop-offs. Landing a few catches of catfish and crappie that are mixed in. Good electronics are the key to finding the fish while they are holding deep. The bite is light so using a sensitive rod and stinger hook will help. Bass are good on rocky points with drop-offs in 15-20 feet using Carolina or Texas rigs, and chatterbaits. Smallmouth bass population is good. Catfish are good. Lake is in really good shape for this time of year, and all boat ramps are open. Report by Omar Cotter, Luck O’the Irish Fishing Guide Service.
Greenbelt
FAIR. Water stained; 77 degrees; 42.24 feet low. Best fishing is early morning and later in the evening. Catfishing at night is good with cheese bait and cut bait. Crappie are good using minnows and small jigs on brush piles and standing timber. Largemouth bass fair with an early morning topwater bite, and using crankbaits and spinner baits on grass lines. Sand bass are good schooling on humps biting silver spoons. Walleye are good scattered all over the lake on crappie jigs, buzz bait and minnows.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 82 degrees; 0.29 feet below. Crappie are good on brush piles. Bass are fair with dropshots, crankbaits and flukes. Catfish are good on cut baits and juglines.
Hubbard Creek
GOOD. Water Stained; 80 degrees; 4.24 feet low. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on drop-offs using slabs or small swimbaits. Channel catfish are good along baited holes with cut bait. Bass are fair along the edges of vegetation using Texas or Carolina rigged soft plastics.
Jacksonville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.30 feet below. Summer fishing patterns are here like the triple digit weather. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters early morning, transitioning to Texas rigs in vegetation and standing timber. Crappie are good on deeper main lake brush piles and structure with minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on punch bait.
Joe Pool
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 78 degrees; 1.49 feet low. Bass are good near the dam around the intake tower with a consistent bite on shaky head straight-tailed worms in a junebug color or a Texas-rigged Senko in red shad. The Cedar Hill State Park shoreline on the northern end of the lake has been good with the same lures as well as a Carolina rig and a drop-shot rig in whatever plastic you have confidence in. Concentrate in 10-20 feet of water along the shoreline rocky bottom with a sharp depth change and dragging uphill when possible. Report provided by Ben Robertson, Ben’s Bass Excursions.
Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 1.00 feet low. Fish are slowing down as the water temperature increases Crappie are fair on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are good on topwaters shallow early morning, moving to 20-30 feet off points midday with your favorite plastics after the topwater bite tapers off. Catfish are good on baited holes 20-30 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Lavon
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 75 degrees; 0.07 feet above. Fishing is similar this week. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in timber or brush in 5-10 feet of water early in the mornings until 8 a.m., transitioning to 9-17 feet of water by 10 a.m. White bass are good with sporadic topwater action throughout the day in the middle of the lake, and in 15-25 feet of water on main lake points and humps. White or chartreuse slabs for deeper water and 3.5 inch swimbaits in shallow water. Black bass are good with white and chartreuse spinner baits early morning until 7:30 a.m. Then switch to divers such as swim jigs, swimbaits and Alabama rigs on structure. Target main lake points brush piles and shallow water timber with hard bottom such as sand. Concrete and rocks are key in 1-20 feet of water. Bluegills are great holding in 10-20 feet of water on brush piles with earthworms, crickets or pieces of bacon. Bacon will not fall off the hook as easily as other bait. Channel catfish are good in 15-25 feet of water using cut shad and sunfish. Biting under a bobber with punch bait, chicken liver, and cut shad. Cut shad chunks are doing well on large blue catfish in 5-15 feet of water. The north end of the lake in the shallows seems to be productive right now in less than 10 feet of water. The big blues are about to start spawning, so the bite will slow. After the spawn it is difficult to catch monsters during the day, as they become nocturnal when the water warms up. Flathead catfish are around big structure in 1-20 feet of water. Report by Carey Thorn, White Bass Fishing Texas.
LBJ
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.59 feet low. Bass are good in the morning fishing up to five feet around boat docks, and rocky points on the lower end all the way to the Colorado River using Carolina or Texas rigs with a light weight. Crappie are good with live bait over brush piles. Report by Charles Whited, Barefoot Fishing Tours. Bass are good shallow on soft plastics like worms and flukes on the edge of water lilies, bulkheads and docks near deeper water. Look in coves up river where vegetation is growing, throwing a topwater frog. Later in the day, move offshore and look for rock piles in 10-20 feet of water and throw shaky head jigs, Carolina rigs and jigs in green pumpkin and watermelon colors. You can also throw swim jigs and crankbaits in bluegill colors as they are feeding on those right now as well. For bass on brush piles in 10-25 feet throw shaky heads, jigs, Carolina rigs and crankbaits. Report by Bryan Cotter, Texas Hawgs Bass Fishing Guide Service.
Lewisville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.66 feet above. White bass are good on points and humps in 20-30 feet of water using slabs or live bait. Hybrid striped bass are slow, but can be picked off every once in a while mixed in with the white bass. If you are keeping fish, please be aware that there are a lot of undersized hybrid stripers in the lake that look very similar to a white bass. Catfish are fair to good drifting cut shad or chicken breasts in 16-24 feet of water. Check near wind blown points, humps, and flats near creek channels. Crappie are fair in 6-25 feet of water on rock piles, stumps, laydowns, brush piles, standing timber, and bridge columns using minnows and jigs. Report by Wes Campbell, BendaRod Fishing.
Limestone
EXCELLENT. Water clear; 89 degrees; 1.04 feet below. Largemouth are good in 4-13 feet of water on wacky worm senko style baits, square bill crankbaits, Carolina or Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are good in 12-20 feet of water on brush piles and standing timber using minnows. White bass are good in 7-18 feet of water on silver jigging spoons. Good luck and tight lines see y'all on the water! Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.
Livingston
GOOD. Stained; 85 degrees; 0.04 feet above. Bass are fair on grass ledges using Texas rigged worms and shaky heads. Catfish are good off docks and the bank with cut bait. White bass are schooling on main lake humps and points using silver jigging spoons and small swimbaits.
Martin Creek
SLOW. 78 degrees. Water lightly stained; 0.74 feet below. Catfish are good on baited holes and off docks with cut bait. Bass are good on chatterbaits and football jigs in flooded timber. Crappie are good on mid lake brush piles with minnows and jigs.
Medina
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 62.44 feet low. Fish are in the summer pattern. Black bass are fair early morning on topwaters, moving to grass beds with soft plastics as the sun rises. White bass are good using slabs on main lake humps and points. Striped bass are fair on slabs and Alabama rigs on humps. Catfish are good with stink bait and cut baits.
Meredith
GOOD. Water stained; 75-80 degrees; 53.63 feet low. Overall the bite is in full swing anywhere from 5-40 feet of water. Bass are good on minnows and artificial baits. Catfish are good on live, stinks, and punch baits. Crappie are excellent with jigs, grubs, artificials, but minnows have the best bite. White bass are excellent on minnows, crankbaits, and any type of artificials. Trout are slow, slow, slow with some still being caught on power baits and small spinners. Walleye are excellent catching limits on minnows, crawlers, crankbaits, grubs, and other artificials. Please be safe by watching weather reports. Life vests save lives. Hope this helps you enjoy Lake Meredith. Report by Kenneth Wysong, SharKens Honey hole.
Millers Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 82 degrees; 2.67 feet low. Crappie are good on brush piles with minnows and jigs. Catfish are good in the upper lake with cut bait. Bass are good in timber with topwaters early, and Carolina rigged worms midday.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water clear to stained; 83 degrees. Fish are in that summer pattern biting the same way. Fish are feeding on shad, so utilize small baits similar to shad size. Good numbers of post-spawn bass schooling up over deeper water. Most fish are suspended just above the thermocline depth, so count your lure down to 10-14 feet and keep it in the strike zone. A mag-worm in junebug color is getting bit in 8-12 feet of water. Try a square bill crankbait over the grass during the midday heat. Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
Nasworthy
GOOD. Water murky; 85 degrees. 1.02 feet low. Bass are good in the reeds and around boat docks using soft plastics and topwaters. Crappie are good in the reeds, around docks, and the bridge using black and chartreuse crappie jigs and minnows. Catfish are good by the dam and in the river, using cut bait. Report provided by the Angelo State Fishing Team.
Navarro Mills
GOOD. Stained; 80 degrees; 0.67 feet low. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows over brush piles in 5-15 feet of water, near the dam and off the shoreline. Catfish are good on jug lines and trot lines. Bass are fair along the dam from the shoreline. Report Charlie Boze, Navarro Mills Marina.
O.C. Fisher
FAIR. Water stained; 77 degrees; 44.78 feet low. Largemouth bass are good in riprap and rocky points with swimbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on main lake brush piles. White bass are fair with some schooling action biting on small shad imitations. Catfish are fair on stink bait, live, and cut bait.
O.H. Ivie
GREAT. Water clear; 77 degrees; 19.06 feet low. White bass are starting to run with a good bite on live bait, jigs and crankbaits. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows. Largemouth bass are good. Catfish are good on prepared baits, live and cut bait. Report by Concho Park and Marina.
Oak Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 7.67 feet low. Fishing has slowed. Bass are good on worms in chartreuse and apple worm color. Catfish are good up to five pounds in deep water on shrimp, chicken liver and perch. Crappie are slow during the day, with a few catches at night in the lights. Few reports of white bass. Report provided by Randal Pate, Sportsman’s Lodge.
Palestine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 0.47 feet below. Bass are goood on Carolina rigs with eight inch worms, and brush hawgs. Good early morning topwater bite. Crankbaits are not working, but should work in August when the water is warmer. Crappie are good on the side of the river in the trees and in 20-24 feet of water. White bass are good off points with rattletraps and red eyed shad artificials. When the fish are busting the surface small topwater baits and small jerk baits will bring them in the boat. Catfish are excellent in 17 feet of water on baited holes with nightcrawlers. Smaller sized catches, but fun for the kids to catch. Report by Ricky Vandergriff, Ricky’s Guide Service.
Palo Pinto
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 2.12 feet low. Bass are fair on deep points and humps early in the morning. Sand bass have been biting topwaters very early in the morning. Report by James Moore, North Texas Bass Fishing and Cmoore Striper Guide Services.
Possum Kingdom
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80-82 degrees; 1.46 feet low. Striper fishing is great, trolling with white and chartreuse spoons seems to be the best tactic, but live bait is working as well. Schooling action is slowing down. Sand bass are good with some brief schooling action biting on slabs and spoons in white. Catfish are fair on cut shad near the bottom. Visibility is 10 feet on the south end and two feet on the north end. Report by TJ Ranft, Ranft Guide Service.
Proctor
GOOD. Water stained; 82 degrees; 3.94 feet low. Crappie are fair in 8-10 feet of water. Sand bass and striped bass are slow on topwaters early morning. Black bass are slow.
Raven
SLOW. Water stained; 84 degrees; 3 feet low. Texas heat has slowed the bite this week. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on punch bait and shad. Bass are fair on topwaters in the morning, then slow on plastics offshore later in the day. Lake is still 3-4 feet low, visibility is 3-4 feet throughout most of the lake.
Ray Hubbard
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81-84 degrees; 0.27 feet low. White bass are fair on shallow points and flats in 8-12 feet of water throwing small tail spinners, and on humps and ridges in 12-28 feet using slab and jig combinations. Crappie are fair on brush tops in 25-35 feet water suspended mid way minnows working well. Catfish are good on the north end of the lake around trees and points using cut shad and prepared stink bait. Report by John Varner, John Varner's Guide Service.
Ray Roberts
GOOD; Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.22 feet above. Sand bass are fair schooling intermittently, biting on small swimbaits with a single hook. Blue catfish are good in 40 feet of water using slabs or raw chicken mixed with kool aid. Largemouth bass are good on aquatic vegetation using swimbaits, or in deeper water with Carolina jigs and football jigs. Crappie are slow on brush piles, with few keeper sized fish. Report by Jim Walling, Ucatchem Guide Service.
Richland Chambers
FAIR. Water clear; 76 degrees; 2.71 feet low. Crappie are fair on brush piles and bridge columns in 15-20 feet of water using minnows. White bass are fair on topwaters early morning and evening, or on slabs schooling on the 309 flats. When the schooling action ends fish are scattered and hard to find. Hybrid bass are fair on live shad. Channel catfish are fair on punch bait on a #4 treble hook. Blue catfish are fair mixed in with the white bass. Report by Royce Simmons, Gone Fishin' Guide Service.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; 2.06 feet low. Summer fishing pattern is locked in. Bass are good early morning with topwaters over grass transitioning to points with soft plastics midday. White bass are good in the lake off points with chrome jigs. Crappie are good on brush piles with live minnows. Bluegill are mixed in with the crappie biting on worms. Catfish are in creek channels off ledges in 18 feet of water. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
Somerville
FAIR. Stained; 98-103 degrees; 1.06 feet below. Crappie, bluegill, and catfish are good in Somerville Marina early morning and late evening. This pattern should persist throughout the summer. Black bass are good hitting jigs with plastics on rocky points, brush, and on drop-offs in 10-15 feet of water. Crappie are fair on main lake brush piles in 8-18 feet of water using minnows and various colored jigs. The bite is starting to slow with more undersized catches as the water temperature increases. Catfish are good early morning, then the bite slows as the day heats up. Catfish are biting on punch bait with a rod and reel, or jug lines with shad. White bass are good with larger fish showing up for summer. Hybrid bass are good schooling. Both fish hitting jigs bounced into schools or trolling with pet spoons, shad, and pencil minnows in 8-10 feet of water. Report by Weldon Kirk, Fish Tales Guide Service.
Spence
FAIR. Water stained; 78 degrees. 40.97 feet low. The Texas heat is here sending the fish deeper, looking for cooler water. Bass are fair off rocks and ledges with soft plastics. Crappie are fair on the main lake structure using minnows and jigs. White bass are fair off drops with slabs and swimbaits. Channel catfish are fair on live and cut bait.
Stamford
FAIR. Water stained; 80 degrees; 2.59 feet low. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs, fish submerged structures. Catfish are good in the shallows and rocks with cut shad, perch and bass minnows. Bass are good off the bank on plastic worms and crankbaits. Report by Anchor Marina.
Stillhouse
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 5.61 feet low. Holding the Line Guide Service: Stillhouse's high quality, low density population of white bass makes summer fishing like finding a needle in a haystack. Finding deep bait with fish hanging near it on sonar, then creating commotion by working lures vertically to try to draw fish in beneath the boat is a tried and true method. Downrigging unweighted 3-armed umbrella rigs with Pet Spoons helps cover water while scrutinizing sonar for concentrations of fish. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service. Largemouth bass relate to the lake's abundant hydrilla year 'round. The hydrilla is steadily growing toward the surface as the water level is falling, thus creating large mats of vegetation. Consistent fishing is coming at the deep edge of hydrilla, now found in 16-18 feet of water. Carolina rigs are getting increasingly tough to work through the weeds, so Texas rigs are getting the nod with dark, natural hues of soft plastics attached. Some light topwater by schoolies is beginning. Report by Cord Zahn, Belton tournament organizer.
Sulphur Springs
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 78 degrees; 2.92 feet low. Bass are fair on the edge of grass lines with flukes and senkos. Crappie are fair on main lake brush piles and structure with jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair with punch bait and cut bait.
Tawakoni
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 1.78 feet low. The white bass and hybrid striper bite is good. Fish are moving a lot right now and require a lot of looking and moving. Slabs have been putting fish in the boat in chartreuse color. The catfish bite is wide open. Channels and blues 1-3 pounds are as good as it gets. Prepared baits are working best either in shallow water under floats or in 30-40 feet on baited holes. Crappie have been great seeing good numbers of large fish on brush piles, bridge pilings and rocks. Minnows are out fishing jigs right now. Largemouth bass have been slower than usual the last 2 weeks. The rapid warm up has them slower, but there is still a daylight bite on a frog in grass. Once the sun gets up a spinner bait or shallow crankbait near docks or riprap will work best. Captain Michael Littlejohn, Lake Tawakoni Guide Service
Texana
FAIR. Water stained; 77 degrees; 3.08 feet low. Bass are good in timber and points with spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on submerged structures using minnows and jigs. Catfish are good throughout the lake on liver perch, cut bait and juglines.
Texoma
EXCELLENT. Water stained; 73 degrees; 2.41 feet above. Fishing is fun as it enters the pattern we have waited for! Striped bass are excellent chasing shad all over the lake. Target deeper water starting with topwater baits until the fish are stacked up, then switch to slabs. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors.
Toledo Bend
FAIR. Water stained; 78-80 degrees; 1.69 feet low. Fair. The water level is 170.4 with both generators running from 1-7:00 p.m. Water temperature at the dam is 78 degrees with surface temperature around 80. The back feeder creeks are stained, and the mainlake is clear with no rain again this week. Bass are in the full summer patterns heading to river bends and points. Early in the mornings as the sun comes up use topwater baits like Pop Rs, buzz baits, popping frogs, and spooks. Mid-morning as the fish go deeper transition to 8-12 inch ribbon tail worms and crankbaits in 12-20 feet of water. You can cast 8-12 inch dark colored worms to entice a bigger bass to bite on a Texas rig or Carolina rig. With the full moon this week, some fishermen are catching bass at night with the cooler temperatures. Crappie, bream and yellow bass are in the brush piles and lay downs in 15-25 feet of water. Crappie are biting best on crappie jigs on T-Bend’s favorite colors like monkey milk, blue ice, T-shad, and live minnows. Catfish are off in the channels and breaks. The shallow bluegill bite has been spotty as the water is getting hotter. Summer is here with air temperatures hitting the 100-103 degrees, so don’t forget to wear your sun protection and light clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. When on the water stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and other potassium-packed electrolyte sports drinks, so that you don’t experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Remember to always keep your life jacket on while on the water and don’t forget to fasten your engine kill switch lanyard to your person when operating a motorized vessel on the water. Play it safe on the water, always inform your loved ones or a friend of your expected return time to port or home. Good luck and tight lines! Report from Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak and Fishing Guide Service
Travis
GOOD. Stained; 74-77 degrees; 29.39 feet low. Start in the marinas in the morning and end in the marinas in the evening. Largemouth bass schooling biting on topwaters spooks and small swimbaits on bluff walls and edges. Drop shots in 20-40 feet of water will land crappie, largemouth and white bass. Report by Randal Frisbie, Central Texas Fishing Guide, LLC. Bass are good inside the marinas using dropshots, small swimbaits and small spoons. Few white bass mixed in. Early morning bite along the banks with a small swimbait. Report provided by Carson Conklin, ATX Fishing.
Twin Buttes
EXCELLENT. Water stained. 86 degrees. 16.10 feet low. Fishing is similar with best bites in the morning and the evening. White bass are fair with smaller fish on the surface, the largest suspended 20-30 feet of water. Crappie are fair in 32-37 feet of water holding tight to structure using live minnows. Night fishing for crappie should be good under the lights using live shad or minnows. Channel catfish are excellent up to nine pounds on cheese bait, live bluegill, and fresh cut. Target open water in 24-30 feet of water. Report by Captain Michael Peterson, 4 Reel Fun Guide Service.
Tyler
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77 degrees; 0.42 feet below. Bass are slow on trick worms. Crappie are fair in 16-18 feet of water pushing into deeper water on brush piles and submerged structures using live minnows and jigs. Bluegill are good in 16 feet of water on red worms. If you find the bluegill you will find other species feeding. Catfish are good in 16 feet of water with minnows and stink bait. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Waco
GOOD. Water stained; 80 degrees; 6.47 feet low. Crappie are good biting jigs and minnows in 25-40 feet of water suspended at 15-20 feet in the timber, and on brush piles anywhere from 18-25 feet of water. Report by Zach Minnix, Jig N Jerk Guide Service. Black and white bass are good on topwaters early morning, then schooling throughout the day chasing shad. Catfish are good on live bait. Good numbers of crappie on brush piles and standing timber. Report by Johnny Matthews, local angler.
Walter E. Long
GOOD. Water clear; 82degrees. Early morning start is the key to success. Bass are fair with a dropshot and dragging Texas rigged worm. Pattern is still strong with fish suspended off the bottom chasing bait balls in 10-12 feet of water using jig heads with a swimbait, and drop shots. Hybrid striped bass are good in 15-25 feet of water on crankbaits or umbrella rigs. Report provided by Carson Conklin, ATX Fishing.
Weatherford
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 5.38 feet low. White bass are good with some schooling action under the birds and some fish suspended biting imitation shad. Bass are fair with Texas rigs and wacky worms. Crappie are fair on deeper main lake brush piles with minnows and jigs. Catfish are good off docks using cut and prepared bait.
White River
SLOW. Water stained; 78 degrees; 23.07 feet low. Fishing off the pier in 4-6 feet of water is reeling in catfish and white bass. Catfish are good on cut shad. White bass are good at night under the pier lights on trout flies and small jigs
Whitney
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 78 degrees; 3.92 feet low. Striped bass have a great early morning topwater bite. Look for schools of striped bass throwing spoons and slabs along the river ledges and near the dam fished off the bottom. Report by James Moore, North Texas Bass Fishing and Cmoore Striper Guide Services. Follow the birds to find schooling fish throughout the day. Catfish and crappie are still active, but in deeper water. Report provided by Kraig Sexton, Sexton’s Guide Service LLC.
Worth
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 1.93 feet low. White bass are good on main lake points and structure on slabs with teaser flies. Crappie are fair to good on brush piles and main lake structure on jigs with white color combination. Largemouth bass are fair to good on crankbaits around docks and main lake structure. Blue catfish are fair on the main lake structure, channel catfish are good on punch bait. Report provided by Chad Ferguson of North Texas Catfish Guide Service.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 2.34 feet above. The Texas heat has slowed the bite some. Crappie are good on main lake points using jigs and minnows. Limits of catfish are good but slowing some in the main lake using punch bait. White bass are good and the heat has them schooling biting on anything imitating shad. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service.

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