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Texas Fishing Report

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By J.P. GREESON
For The Associated Press

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for July 9 and also available on the Internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 82-86 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 77-81 degrees; 8.27 feet low. Black bass are good trolling Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in 20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 11.35 feet low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish to 8 pounds are good on cheesebait in 5-10 feet. Yellow catfish to 20 pounds are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish in 3-10 feet.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 27.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters, Texas rigged pumpkinseed worms, and watermelon flukes along secondary points in 10-18 feet. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, Zara Spooks, and shad colored crankbaits early and late. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 79-83 degrees; 8.54 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, soft plastic worms, and crankbaits in 6-14 feet early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Smallmouth bass are good on watermelon topwaters along ledges in 5-15 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 8-12 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 77-81 degrees; 17.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and watermelon green spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 20-30 feet. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon and watermelon gold Carolina rigged soft plastics in 10-18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad in 8-12 feet.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 79-83 degrees; 4.35 feet low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged soft plastic worms and lizards, and on shad colored crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and frozen shrimp.

GRANGER: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.41 feet high. Black bass are fair on jigs upriver. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs in 12-15 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch and goldfish.

LBJ: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.33 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse jigs, pumpkinseed topwaters, and green pumpkin Whacky Sticks in 6-18 feet early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 12-18 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.13 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon and June bug soft plastic worms, white or chartreuse spinnerbaits, and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs over humps. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs off docks. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 10.23 feet low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastic worms early. Striped bass are very good on live shad. White bass are excellent on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with goldfish. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 0.17 feet high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair trolling slab spoons near the dam. White bass are fair trolling slab spoons near the dam. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on punchbait, and on juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 79-83 degrees; 8.96 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 51.77 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms, white grubs, and shad colored topwaters in 8-18 feet. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on shad. Hybrid striper are fair on shad and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and green/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, frozen shad, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 6.95 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on shad colored Li'l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on bait shrimp, stinkbait, and liver.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 0.05 feet low. Black bass are slow on watermelon creature baits in 2-6 inches of water. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 83-86 degrees; 1.09 feet low. Black bass are fair on swim jigs and shallow crankbaits in shad patterns near cover. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

BONHAM: Water clear, 82-86 degrees; 2.60 feet low. Black bass are good on swimjigs, soft plastics, and crankbaits on boat docks, ridges, creek channels and rocky points up to 15 feet deep. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around the bridge. Catfish are good along the rocks with stinkbait, chicken liver and cut shad. All species are being caught from the fishing pier as well.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 82-85 degrees; 22.19 feet low. Black bass are fair on white medium crankbaits near riprap and green pumpkin shakyhead worms on deeper docks. Crappie are good on minnows and tube jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 83-86 degrees; 0.30 feet high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and hollow body frogs near stumps and shallow cover. White and yellow bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 3.26 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and topwater poppers. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

COOPER: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 8.13 feet low. Black bass are fair on small soft plastic swimbaits on jigheads. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on chicken liver.

FAIRFIELD: Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD has discontinued stocking the lake after another kill in early September 2011. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers.

FORK: Water clear; 83-86 degrees; 3.53 feet low. Black bass are slow on umbrella rigs and drop shot worms in 15-20 feet. White and yellow bass are good on topwaters and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and chicken liver.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 82-85 degrees; 10.59 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakeyhead worms and topwaters near main lake points. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 0.47 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin weightless worms and Senkos. Crappie are slow on minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

LAKE O' THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 83-87; degrees; 2.02 feet high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs in black and blue and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 83-88 degrees; 11.74 feet low. Black bass are fair on black buzzbaits and Texas rigged worms. White bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 82-85 degrees; 8.07 feet low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and medium diving crankbaits near submerged rock. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 0.28 feet low. Black bass are good on hollow belly frogs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and topwaters. Catfish are good on punch bait and rod and reel.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 84-87 degrees; 0.58 feet low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 0.10 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin shakyheads and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 83-86 degrees; 7.97 feet low. Black bass are slow on medium and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 9.08 feet low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and crankbaits in 10-15 feet targeting rock piles along drop-offs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 6.81 feet low. Black bass are slow on football jigs and Carolina rigged worms. White bass are slow on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 83-88 degrees; 9.24 feet low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and shallow crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 83-86 degrees; 6.16 feet low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and Texas rigged plastics near floating docks. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 82-87 degrees; 7.54 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 6.64 feet high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and swim jigs. Crappie are good on jigs minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 41.57 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters, and on watermelon seed and green pumpkin soft plastics in 18-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and 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 stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad off points near the pier. Redfish are good down rigging near the jetty and dam. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut bait and cheesebait near the hot water discharge.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons along the crappie wall and the dam in 10-20 feet. Channel catfish are good on cheesebait, and shad near the railroad trestle. Blue catfish are good on liver and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 25.15 feet low. Black bass are good on black/blue crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwaters. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with live bait.

COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 84 degrees in main lake, 96 degrees at hot water discharge; 1.23 feet low. Black bass are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 6-8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs in 10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 10-12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 28.73 feet low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp under birds. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.07 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait and prepared bait.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms, Rat-L-Traps, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, cut bait, and shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.08 feet high. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on topwaters, Pop Rs, and watermelon red lizards and worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are excellent on live minnows. Bream are excellent on live worms off grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 79-83 degrees; 0.37 feet high. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on pet spoons, hellbenders, trolling tubes, and slabs. White bass are good on pet spoons, hellbenders, trolling tubes, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 0.22 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.41 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 79-83 degrees; 0.89 feet low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on Li'l Fishies and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes in 15-20 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and stinkbait in 30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 43.76 feet low. No report available.

MACKENZIE: 89.13 feet low. No report available.

MEREDITH: 83.60 feet low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 52.98 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water stained; 75-83 degrees; 16.33 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters, shallow running crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 75-83 degrees; 18.72 feet low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.

COLORADO CITY: 20.98 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 74-82 degrees; 14.51 feet low. Black bass are fair on Zara Spooks, Rat-L-Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 75-84 degrees; 26.68 feet low. Black bass are good on shakyheads, jigs, Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs over deep cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: No report available.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 75-83 degrees; 22.70 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, jigs and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on chartreuse (use Worn-Glo) nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 76-84 degrees; 37.96 feet low. Black bass are good on Yellow Magics, Texas rigs, jigs and medium swimbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 74-81 degrees; 15.15 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and D22s. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on Humdingers. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 73.09 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 16.36 feet low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 75-82 degrees; 25.69 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 74-82 degrees; 31.78 feet low. No report available.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Redfish are good in the marsh on topwaters. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of bayous draining from the marsh.

SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Trout are good while drifting scattered shell on plastics. Trout are good in the surf.

BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout, sand trout and croakers are fair to good at Rollover Pass on live bait.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout, redfish and croaker are good at the spillway on live bait. Redfish have been schooling on the surface around midday when the wind allows.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. Trout are good on live bait around the Ship Channel.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout and redfish are fair to good at the mouth of bayous on the outgoing tide on live shrimp.

TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs and in the channel on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish and sand trout are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp.

FREEPORT: Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Chocolate Bay. Trout, redfish and croakers on shrimp at the jetty.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters and waders on live shrimp over mid-bay reefs. Redfish are good in the middle of the bay on live shrimp near slicks.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are good in the back reaches of the bay on mud and shell on live shrimp. Trout are good in the surf on topwaters and croakers.

PORT O'CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell near Pass Cavallo. Trout and redfish are fair at the mouths of the back lakes on the outgoing tide. Offshore is good for ling kingfish.

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 fair to good in the guts with lower tides.

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

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Trout are fair to good on topwaters on sand and grass near the Packery Channel.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around rocks and grass. Trout are fair to good while drifting grass around spoil islands on Bass Assassins, Gamblers and MirrOlures. Trout are good on croakers for wader working sand and grass.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while wading over sand on small topwaters. Offshore is good for kingfish and ling.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good on shrimp and DOA Shrimp while drifting the grass beds. Spanish mackerel and trout are good at the jetty. Tarpon are good around the pass and at the jetty early in the morning and late in the evening.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are good on the deeper edges and flats on topwaters and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in along the drops on small topwaters and live shrimp. Black drum and sheepshead are fair to good in South Bay on live bait.

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