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FAIR. Water clear; 52 degrees; 10.90 feet below pool. Bass are good Carolina rigs, crankbaits, and live bait. Report by Bait Kandy Corp. Crappie are in pre-spawn with some fish in spawn. The bite is good in 2-20 feet of water. Report by Randy Britton, Lake Alan Henry Crappie Guide.
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 38.02feet below pool. The continuing cold fronts have dropped our water temps to low-mid 60s. This has also delayed our bass in the spawning cycle. Fish are still in the pre-spawn phase. Secondary points leading to flats and bays are holding fish. Texas rigged plastics worked slowly are catching them. Tight lines Captain Olin Jensen, Jensen’s Guide Service. Largemouth bass are good in 5-15 feet of water on plastic lizards, creature baits, senkos, flukes, beavers, Texas rigs, Ned rigs, or Carolina rigs. Stripers are fair using buck tail jigs and swim baits. White bass are good in 30-50 feet of water on main lake channels using shade colored blade baits, spoons, or rattletraps. Catfish are fair in 20-50 feet of water using nightcrawlers, chicken liver, or cheese bait. Tight lines. Report by Captain Raul Cordero, Far West Guide Service.
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 0.09 feet above pool. Water temperature has dropped after the recent weather. Fish will push deeper but work their way back shallow. Bass can be caught off ledges with spinnerbaits. Crappie can be caught off docks with brush. Channel catfish are biting all over the lake.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 5.82 feet below pool. Catfish are excellent moving out of deeper water onto the flats in 5-12 feet of water biting fresh cut shad or punch bait. Crappie catches around the bridges and at the State Park. Report by Brandon Brown, Brown’s Guide Service.
SLOW. Water clear; 57-62 degrees; 0.58 feet above pool. Fishing has been slow due to weather. Bass are slow and scattered from 1-22 feet of water. Shallow fish throw small spinnerbaits or chatterbaits in shad colors. Deeper fish dropshot worm or jig. Crappie are slow and scattered because they are sensitive to the temperature changes. Work the outside of deeper docks and brush in 25 feet of water with minnows. Water is clear. Report by Jim Brack, Athens Guide Service.
FAIR. Water clear; 62 degrees; 0.67 feet below pool. Bass good on jerk baits and small crankbaits in shallows around beds and docks. Crappie and catfish are good on minnows around brush piles and structure. Report Kevin McConnell, McConnell Outdoor Adventure. Lady Bird Lake is 65 degrees. The lower end of the lake has been stained for the last few days from recent rains. Fish are shallow eating lightweight plastics and swimbaits. Upper end of the lake is very clear.
SLOW. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.42 feet below pool. Weather conditions have slowed the bite. Bass are slow using weedless swimbaits, chartreuse spinnerbaits, frogs and swim jigs.
GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees. Bass are roaming the shallows and sitting on beds. Throw a fluke or craw worm to get them to bite, or drag a Carolina rigged fluke down and around deeper ledges and grass lines. A frog or wakebait over shallow grass lines has been catching some nice ones as well. Report by Bryan Cotter, Texas Hawgs.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 58 degrees; 14.20 feet below pool. Just after surpassing that magical 60 degree mark briefly last week, a weekend cold front knocked the water temperature back down. The fishing, although very good, is just simmering, ready to go “full boil” if we can get a warming trend of more than two or three days. Helpful bird activity is still present but diminishing. Fish are now rarely found deeper than 30 feet, on warm, sunny afternoons fish may be found chasing shad all the way to the bank. Fish vertically with a slow-smoking retrieve with white ⅝ ounce Bladed Hazy Eye Slabs for deep fish. For shallow fish horizontally work a MAL Lure. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service. Catfish have been fair. With multiple cold fronts catfish have been largely scattered in varying depths. Shallow water with muddy bottoms from 5-10ft has been consistent with fresh shad and other cut baits. Flatheads have been caught around shallow cover and have been good on live perch. Report by Brian Worley, B&S Catfishing. Crappie bite is improving in 10-14 feet of water on timber using slick baits and ATX lure company shad. Not seeing any crappie in open water just yet. Report by Zach Minnix, JigNJerk Guide Service.
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 57 degrees; 0.85 feet above pool. Bass are slow after the recent cold spell. As the water temperature increases, look for bass to return to beds. White bass are fair in the backs of creeks.
FAIR. Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 0.07 feet below pool. Crappie are slow in 10-15 feet of water. Catfish are good in 15-20 feet of water on baited holes with cheese bait. Sand bass are good on main lake points in 20-30 feet of water with slabs. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. Bass are pushing off beds then returning as the water starts to warm after cold fronts. Target bass shallow in 4-6 feet of water gearing up to spawn on beds. Success with chatterbaits, craws, worms, and red rattletraps. Report by Mike Struman, R & R Marine. Black bass are spawning in the backs of coves and creeks. Warm cloudy days can produce an excellent topwater bite and shallow subsurface patterns. Try small poppers in frog patterns and keep a popping fish pattern handy for schooling fish. Crappie are moving shallow to spawn, work the boat houses and retaining walls with slow sinking wooley patterns. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.
GOOD. Water stained; 60 degrees; 11.00 feet below pool. Bass are good shallow in protected pockets with deeper water nearby casting chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and senkos. Catfish are biting better too in the shallow water as they love the warmer water as well. White bass and crappie are good on live minnows or jigs around the marina or mouth of the creek.
GOOD. Water slightly stained, 63 degrees. Largemouth bass are still moving into spawning patterns. Slow jigging, reed beds and fast spinnerbaits can produce a reaction strike. Red drum are picking up, especially on the warming trends of the weather on live bait, frozen shrimp and cut shad in 5-15 feet of water for boaters and recreational fishermen alike. Slow trolling soft plastics white/chartreuse in 20-30 feet of water and small silver spoons can produce on days when red drum are moving a little deeper on poor weather days. Channel and blue catfish no report.
GOOD. Water stained; 56 degrees; 8.42 feet below pool. Crappie are moving in to spawn, so check out docks in the north end with minnows and jigs. Their spawn will move south in the next few weeks or so. Sand bass should be heading upstream to spawn. Heavy rain or cold fronts may push them back into the main lake. Check shallow sandbars and windblown points, especially on the north end, to see if they are active. Largemouth bass should be closing in their spawn. Check points on the outside of known spawning coves using crankbaits, jerkbaits and plastics. All ramps are open. Report by Keith Bunch, Lake Bridgeport Guide Service.
SLOW. Water stained; 60-65 degrees; 8.70 feet below pool. Black bass to 7.23 pounds are excellent on jigs, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits in 4-12 feet around spawning areas. Alabama rigs and crankbaits around the rocky shoreline near pre-spawn areas with a few on beds. Crappie are spawning and excellent toward the mouth of the creeks in 2-5 feet of water spawning. White bass are fair scattered near the mouth of pockets on crankbaits. Catfish are slow cut bait.
GOOD. Water clear; 60 degrees. Bass are good fishing crankbaits as close to the rocks as possible. Report by Aggie Anglers. Fish are biting off the boat docks and submerged structure in front of the restaurant. Crappie are good on small minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on worms and stink bait. Report by The Bait Barn.
GREAT. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 18.41 feet below pool. The white bass are good trolling crankbaits, or vertically jigging shallow shorelines under the birds. Striped bass are hit-and-miss, trolling or vertically jigging under the birds. Note to boaters, with the lake level dropping be cautious as there are many treetops just under the water or sticking up only a few inches. Report by Travis Holland, TH Fishing.
SLOW. Water stained; 60 degrees; 1.48 feet above pool. This cold snap has put the beat down on the bass dropping the water temperatures 10 degrees. Hoping the forecasted weather will bring back the springtime warmth and so we can fish senkos and flukes around trees. Stay shallow and fish slow if your on the flats looking for bass, but if your in the river system looking for pre or post spawn fish hit the current spots that they would hold up in using rattletraps or crankbaits. We will know spring is back when we see the wasp flying again and yellow pollen all over the boats. Even if the bite is slow, it is still a blessing to come and enjoy this majestic lake that God spoke into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
FAIR. Water slightly stained, 65 degrees. Red drum have been good on slow trolled silver spoons and white/chartreuse soft plastics. Red drum have been fair on shrimp, and cut shad in 10-20 feet of water from the recreational shoreline and for boaters alike. Channel and blue catfish have been good on shrimp, cut shad, and cheese bait in 5-15 feet of water for channels and 25-30 feet of water for blues. Hybrid Striper no report.
FAIR. Water slightly stained; 60 degrees; 11.67 feet below pool. With the recent cold front and heavy winds the fishing has gotten tough with numbers and size of bass caught down. Bass can be caught slowly fishing a trick worm along grass edges, and slow rolling a swimbait over the grass.Report by Evan Coleman, Big Bassin Fishing.
GOOD. Water normal stain; 54-59 degrees; 0.03 feet below pool. The bite may slow with the cold front, but fishing patterns are similar. Crappie are good, fish are staging on docks and shallow brush piles. 4-12 feet has been the best depth. Bridges are holding fish as well as they are staging there as well on pylons in 18-24 feet. White bass and hybrids are good in creeks and some mainlake humps are producing fish, in a few weeks they will start surfacing on shad. Use a silver slab and tandem rigged 1/8 ounce crappie jigs. Largemouth bass are good, jigs and spinnerbaits around shallow docks and bushes are producing fish around creek channel bends. Report by Kyle Miers, Lake Country Outfitters.
GOOD. Water stained; 61 degrees; 24.74 feet below pool. Bass are shallow from the bank out to eight feet on white and chartreuse spinnerbaits, senkos, lizards, and flukes. Bass are in every stage of the spawn. Catfish are shallow with cut and stink bait. Crappie are good in the shallows on minnows and small black and chartreuse grubs. Report by Scott Springer, Fish Choke Canyon Lake.
GOOD. Water stained; 53 degrees; 8.60 feet below pool. Crappie are still spawning with a good bite in the evening using minnows. Bass are hitting throughout the day on jerkbaits. Channel catfish are biting on worms. Report by Jason Miller, Lake Cisco Rentals.
SLOW. Slightly stained; 63 degrees; 5.65 feet below pool. Bass to eight pounds are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits near the river.
GOOD. Water stained; 61 degrees; 0.01 feet above pool. Catfish are great with plenty of nice eater sized fish up to 8 pounds on Catfish Bubblegum, liver, and worms. Fish in 8-25 feet of water on points and ledges near cover. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Bass fishing conditions have been challenging due to changing temperatures, high winds, and post-spawn conditions. Shallow areas have off-colored water, and the water temperature has dropped enough to scatter baitfish. Anglers targeting largemouth bass should adjust their techniques by using lures that create noise and vibration and natural colors. Also explore areas with structures like docks and drop-offs or shallow flats which receive lots of sunlight. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Found aggressive crappie, with more solid thumps than a lite bite using Lone Star Crappie Jigs, plastic or hair jigs have been producing good fish in 16-26 feet of water from this cold snap. Fish should be back on the move this week as it warms up. Hybrid bass can be caught jigging, or casting swimbaits, or live bait on the edge of drop off 12-26 feet of water near and on flats. Some schools have been tight where others have been scattered. Always wear your life jacket Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Guide.
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 59 degrees. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Blue catfish catches are good drifting with cut bait.
Corpus Christi Lake
GREAT. 65 degrees; 4.69 feet below pool. Catfish are great 1-3 feet of water on cheese bait, cut shad, soap baits, shrimp, and worms. Largemouth bass are good in 1-3 feet of water on jigs, senkos, and small crankbaits. White bass are slow in the lake but are great in the Nueces River north of the lake. Live minnows and small swim baits are the ticket. Crappie are good in one foot of water near structures with live minnows or white jigs. The spawn is slowing down and fish are beginning to scatter but can still be found shallow. Alligator gar are good on cut shad and carp. Bowfisherman are finding great success in the shallows. Report provided by Captain Damian Hubbs, Top Gun Outfitters.
FAIR: Water stained; 57 degrees; 0.23 feet above pool. Crappie are fair with some fish starting to show up shallow biting minnows under a slip cork. Catfish are good on 15-20 feet of water on baited holes using cheese baits. Sand bass are good in 25-30 feet of water on slabs. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. Bass are pushing off beds then returning as the water starts to warm after cold fronts. Target bass shallow in 4-6 feet of water gearing up to spawn on beds. Success with chatterbaits, craws, worms, and red rattletraps. Report by Mike Struman, R & R Marine.
GOOD. Water normal stain, 62 degrees; 2.85 feet below pool. White bass are fair on main lake structures using slabs, and in creeks using rooster tails and inline spinners. Crappie are fair in boat slips and on brush on jigs and some crappie are being reported shallow on jigs. Blue catfish and channel catfish are good on punch bait and shad in multiple depths. All fish patterns are changing with warm and cool days so patterns may change daily. Report provided by Chad Ferguson of North Texas Catfish Guide Service.
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GOOD. Water stained; 68-75 degrees; 44.05 feet below pool. Bass are excellent in 5-15 feet of water on flats near deep water. Bigger bass are being caught dragging football jigs and crankbaits. Crappie and white bass are transitioning to 5-15 feet of water for the spawn. Keeper catfish are in 10-20 feet of water using cut bait and shrimp. Bigger catfish are being caught at the edge of the river channel on fresh cut bait. Gar are suspended at the surface biting tilapia, cut carp and shad. White bass are shallow on wind blown rocks near The Tigers using crankbaits and three inch swimbait and speck rigs. Report by Ram Reyes, Ram Outdoors.
EXCELLENT. Water clear; 58 degrees; 0.00 feet full pool. The cooler weather dropped the water temperature from the upper 60s to the lower 50s slowing the bite for all species. The bass spawn continues with the bite excellent on shallow points and rocks near the dam in 10-14 feet of water with various shad colored crankbaits, rattletraps, and crawfish plastics. The topwater bite good early morning in shallow water with frog poppers. Catfish are fair, hitting punch bait and chicken livers in 8-15 feet of water, and on tight lines over chum. Bluegill and perch are good on worms and crickets around structures. Report by Weldon Kirk, Fish Tales Guide Service.
GOOD. Water Stained; 55-62 degrees; 1.64 feet below pool. The cold front dropped the water temperature down 10 degrees in some areas slowing the bass bite. Use a slow bait presentation with Texas rigs, baby brush hogs or beaver type baits on the outside edge of the grass. Darker colored baits like V & M chopsticks in Texas smoke have been fair in 3-6 feet. Look for the bite to improve by the weekend as the water temperature warms and bass return to beds. Frogs and baits worked on top of the grass and in the pockets of grass should be great by the weekend. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Cooler weather is affecting the movement of the black bass, as the water cools the females are not committing to the beds, but as the water warms activity will increase. Search warmer clearer water in the backs of coves and creeks for active fish. Crappie are beginning to move towards the banks, try small bead heads fished slowly 3-4 feet. Carp and gar are spawning in shallow water. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork is getting really hot. Seeing great numbers and lots of big fish each day. The fish are making huge moves shallow this week and will for the next month. Areas in 2-13 feet are finally beginning to see more fish that are spawning. The 14-32 feet staging areas are also still loaded with fish and reloading daily now. Seeing lots of fish roaming in open water but the best luck is still coming on fish on timber or brush. Small hand tied jigs in chartreuse or orange are getting crushed right now, and you can still catch fish well on soft plastics and minnows. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins’ Guide Service. The crappie are biting in the main creek channels about halfway back in the creek. With the cooler weather most of the crappie are laying on the bottom. Once the sun comes out fish suspend up in the water column around 15 feet. Success with Snacky lures FS200 matched with the eye hole jig or crappie magnet jig heads and the bucks ultimate super stiff crappie rod from BNM Poles. The braided line from K9 fishing products is key this week with the heavy timber, it makes pulling those big crappie out of the trees less stressful. Report by Robert Stover, Workingman Crappie Guide.
Ft. Phantom Hill
GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 7.01 feet below pool. Catfish are good with cut bait. Bass are in staging areas so fish flukes and senkos.
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 4.34 feet below pool. Bass are good and feeding well as the water warms. Baitfish type lures are working best, such as lipless crankbaits and jerkbaits.
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 58 degrees; 1.44 feet below pool. Water temperatures are in the upper 50s to low 60s due to the recent cool snaps. Temperatures will rebound quickly. Golden alga is still present in some areas, but many areas of the lake have improved. Crappie are moving up and can be caught in the shallows on jigs and minnows, some are still in deeper water. Largemouth bass are moving toward their spawning beds and are good on soft plastics and crankbaits. Sand bass are good on jigs, slabs and minnow fished in the river near Tin Top. Striped bass are being caught on live shad and bass assassins near Indian Harbor and near Sandy Point. Catfish action is good in the river above Hunter Park and near Decordova subdivision. Report by Michael Acosta, Unfair Advantage Charters. Shad are starting to stage on shallow flats and will be moving to the banks soon with warmer weather. Catfish bite is slow, but should improve as the weather stabilizes. Cut carp is outperforming shad. Report by Jeffery Sojourner, Sojourner Fishing LLC.
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 0.28 feet above pool. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits fished over hydrilla and up river around timber. Crappie are good on minnows fished up river at night. White bass are very good on white 1/8 ounce twister tail grubs around Dickerson’s River Bottom. Blue catfish are good on jug lines baited with Zote Soap. Yellow catfish are fair to 20 pounds on trotlines fished up river. Report by Tommy Tidwell, Tommy Tidwell’s Granger Lake Guide Service.
FAIR. Water clear; 55-58 degrees; 0.80 feet above pool. When the water reaches 60 degrees and the shad start spawning the bite will take off. Fishing is hit-or-miss with the rolling cold fronts. The best bite continues to be in the afternoon, from 2 P.M. to sundown. White bass are biting slabs, but when you see birds working throw swimbaits. Fish the edges of flats, drop-offs or isolated ridges in 25 feet of water with �¼ ounce VMC moon eye jighead with a three inch storm largo shad. Target crappie on shallow brush piles. Deeper brush piles can be hard to locate while the water level is high. Catfish are in shallow water feeding on spawning carp and shad. Bass are shallow, look in shallow spawning areas with spinnerbaits. Water is high, so be prepared when launching. Report by Omar Cotter, Luck O’the Irish Fishing Guide Service.
SLOW. Water stained; 55 degrees; 45.69 feet below pool. Few reports due to few anglers on the water.
SLOW. Water slightly stained. 55-65 degrees. Recent weed eradication will create pockets of low oxygen because of decomposing plant life. Fluctuating water temperatures are affecting the fish activity. Stealthy approaches, small baits, and light leaders are the best plan for these spooky fish. Bass are bedding in 3-4 feet of water. Bream are moving shallow to begin their summer spawning pattern. Look for spawning beds and try small #8 or #10 buggers. Crappie are moving shallow, try clean banks in 12-18 inches with #6 or #8 wooly buggers. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.
GOOD. Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.18 feet above pool. Largemouth bass are good and on spawning beds. Fish out to seven feet on flats, bulkheads, and shallow docks using wacky worms, weightless yum dingers. Crappie are good on deep dock posts, bulkheads, shallow stumps out to 12 feet using minnows. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.
SLOW. Water Stained; 62 degrees; 7.80 feet below pool. Bass should be pushing shallow gearing up for the spawn. Target rocks and rock cuts with creature baits and crankbaits. Crappie are good in the Hubbard Creek and Sandy Creek arm using minnows.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 62 degrees; 0.06 feet below pool. Bass are good with some small fish on the banks, and the bigger fish seem to be being in 6-23 feet on brush using soft plastics and jigs.
FAIR. Water slightly stained; 65 degrees; 0.45 feet above pool. The bass bite is improving as the water temperature reaches the mid to upper 50s. White vibrating jigs are working well in 1-6 feet of water all over the lake. The fish are moving up, but some can still be caught on a Carolina rigged soft plastic creature bait or worm in 10-15 feet on underwater ledges near the mouth of any pocket or cove. A lipless crankbait is a great way to cover water to locate fish. Report by Ben Robertson, Ben’s Bass Excursions.
Lake O’ the Pines
GOOD. Water stained; 57-61 degrees; 1.03 feet above pool. As the coldfronts roll through crappie are scattered and moving from 2-20 feet of water. Catfish are good in 10-20 feet of water on baited holes. Sand bass excellent north of the 259 Bridge on white roadrunners. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. Bass are pushing off beds then returning as the water starts to warm after cold fronts. Target bass shallow in 4-6 feet of water gearing up to spawn on beds. Success with chatterbaits, craws, worms, and red rattletraps. Report by Mike Struman, R & R Marine.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 0.12 feet above pool. Crappie are spawning in the shallows and flooded grass 1-5 feet. Roaming males and females are holding on structure in 5-12 feet near the spawning grounds. Still seeing some 12-20 feet of water on structures as well. Blue catfish are scattered in 5-10 feet of water on the north side of the lake, and some are in 15-25 feet on flats and slopes using cut gizzard shad on Santee rigs. White bass are on the annual spawn in the creek on the north end of the lake. creek. This is a bank angler’s dream, using ultra light gear 4 pound mono and small jigs. Look for fish near the dam and around main lake points 15-25 feet using once ounce slabs in white and chartreuse will put a few on the boat. This time of year can be difficult for black bass while they are in pre-spawn, so cover a lot of structure with Alabama rigs, jigs, and swimbaits. Early in the morning white and chartreuse spinner baits on the riprap or any concrete structures out to 10 feet. Rocky, sandy, or pebble bottom is gold for finding spawning fish. This is pretty much the main time of year when you can find fish on timber shallow as well. Report by Carey Thorn, White Bass Fishing Texas.
GOOD. Water stained; 60 degrees; 0.28 feet below pool. Catfish are good in 15-20 feet of open water with punch bait. Crappie are fair with live minnows or chartreuse jigs in 4-10 feet of water over brush piles. Report by Jess Rotherham, Texas Crappie Fishing Service.
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 0.13 feet above pool. White bass are fair to good on the bottom near humps, points, and drop-off ledges in 20-30 feet of water or suspended near creek channels and flats close by in 34-55 feet of water. Flukes, small swimbaits, slabs, and live bait are working. Keeper sized hybrid striper are slow, but can be picked off every once in a while hanging around 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 good. Anchoring in 5 feet or less close to the feeder creeks or drifting 12-34 feet with cut shad or chicken breasts has produced. Check near wind blown points, humps, and flats near creek channels if drifting. Crappie are fair in depths ranging from 4-34 feet of water with minnows and jigs. The main lake and feeder creeks are producing fish focusing on warm banks, brush piles, standing timber, rock piles, stumps, laydowns, leaf piles, and bridge columns. Report by Wes Campbell, BendaRod Fishing.
GOOD. Water clear; 65-70 degrees; 2.81 feet below pool. Largemouth bass are on beds and the bite is good out to three feet using Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. Crappie are good out to seven feet on minnows. Catfish out to 10 feet on cut bait. White bass are good out to seven feet using squarebill crankbaits, silver jigging spoons, and spinnerbaits. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.
SLOW. Stained; 65 degrees; 0.17 feet above pool. White bass are fair to good showing up on the humps and points on the mid to south end of the lake trolling with �¾ ounce slabs and jigging off the bottom near the island. Catfish are good on the main lake drifting with cut bait on flats near the river channel. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 70 degrees; 0.10 feet above pool. Bass are good on topwater lures early, then work swimbaits, rattletraps and worms later in the day. Crappie are good in deeper water suspended from 10-18 feet of water over brush or flooded timber using jigs or minnows.
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 65 degrees; 82.24 feet below pool. Few reports and anglers on the water. All species should be pushing shallow. Bass should be on beds biting creature baits, or on ledges with Carolina rigged soft plastics. Catfish are fair on cut bait.
SLOW. Water stained; 46-48 degrees; 55.13 feet below pool. Bass are fair on minnows and artificials. Catfish are slow on minnows and frozen shad. Crappie are slow but minnows are still the ticket. White bass are fair on minnows, and jig heads with a curly tailed grub. Trout are good on minnows, power baits, worms, small spinners and flies. Walleye are fair on minnows and grubs. Several reports of walleye caught at the end of shallow docks, so fish must be moving in. Please be safe out there, watch weather reports. Life vests save lives. Hope this helps you enjoy Lake Meredith. Report by Kenneth Wysong, SharKens Honey Hole.
GOOD. Water stained; 59 degrees; 5.78 feet below pool. Bass are shallow gearing up the spawn. Crappie are good on standing timber and brush piles with minnows or small jigs. Catfish are good on cut baits and cheese bait. White bass should begin moving towards the creek channels.
GOOD. Water clear; 64-68 degrees; 0.08 feet above pool. Largemouth bass are good on beds and along the grass edges. Crappie fishing is starting to improve as fish group up on brush and timber 10-20 feet. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees. Cold weather dropped the water temperature 10 degrees. This seemed to hold back the females. Buck bass are on beds, but some moved off to deeper water. Typical lures for bedding bass are creatures, lizards, craws in red colors, or flake. Try weightless if possible, but use 1/8th ounce Texas rig if needed. The crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 61 degrees. 1.00 feet below pool. Bass were fair on white chatter-baits around the reeds and flipping soft plastics up river in 1-3ft of water. Crappie were good around boat docks on chartreuse jigs and catfish were good on cut bait and stink bait around the dam. Report provided by the Angelo State Fishing Team.
SLOW. Stained; 62 degrees; 0.06 feet below pool. Bass should be shallow on beds biting creature baits, or on ledges biting a Carolina rigged worm. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait.
SLOW. Water stained; 60 degrees; 48.66 feet below pool. Few reports and anglers fishing due to weather, and low lake levels.
GOOD. Water stained; 60 degrees; 24.06 feet below pool. Largemouth bass are good using soft plastics. White bass are fair with live bait and crankbaits. Crappie good using minnows. Catfish are good on live bait. Report by Concho Park and Marina.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 11.53 feet below pool. Fishing has slowed due to the weather, but patterns should pick back up as the weather stabilizes. Bass are good shallow with pumpkin seed eight inch worms. Crappie are good in the deeper water near the dam with minnows. Threadfin shad are schooling the banks, so the white bass should follow soon. Report provided by Randall Pate, Sportsman’s Lodge.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.54 feet above pool. Bass are good out to one foot of water throwing a shimmy shaker and big eyed white jigs. Crappie are good in 1-4 feet of water in Kickapoo Creek minnows, and jigs. Reports of white bass catches in the river on inline spinners and rattletraps. Catfish are very good on baited holes in 17-18 feet, and under deeper boat houses on nightcrawlers. Report by Ricky Vandergriff, Ricky’s Guide Service.
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 6.34 feet below pool. Bass are entering the creeks seeing good numbers of males moving in before the females. The bigger fish should be in the creeks soon. Report by James Moore, North Texas Bass Fishing and Cmoore Striper Guide.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 53-56 degrees; 5.52 feet below pool. Striper fishing is fair to good. Most fish are caught using live shad. Some fish are being caught trolling jigs in white, green, and chartreuse. Look for fish between 20-45 ft of water.
SLOW. Water stained; 60 degrees; 9.41 feet below pool. Blue catfish are biting best at night in deeper water. Marking fish on ledges and deeper structure from 10-18 feet of water. Shad are hard to find, and the day bite is slow. Report by Jeffery Sojourner, Sojourner Fishing LLC.
FAIR. Water clear; 60 degrees; 0.00 feet full pool. Fish are thrown for a loop after the recent cold snap cooled the water temperature to the low 60s. Lake is at full pool, and visibility is varied to 1-6 feet of visibility. Catfish are fair on cut bluegill or liver. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Bass have finished the spawn, and have mostly moved off the beds. A few late bloomers are still on bed, but mostly smaller male fry guarders are in the shallows, with larger post spawn females hanging in deeper water not far away. Paddle tail plastic five inch swimbaits in a bluegill color are a great bet right now, followed closely by a junebug chatterbait or senko just off the grass lines.
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 57-59 degrees; 0.07 feet below pool. White bass are good fishing flats in 28-30 feet of water adjacent to shallow spawning areas, and suspended four feet off the bottom in some areas. A lot of white bass are spawning and are full of eggs. Reports of white bass in the creeks. Crappie are good in flooded cattails in the creeks and in water as shallow as three feet using cork jigs or minnows. Catfish are around timber areas of the lake in 2-8 feet of water using cut shad and bubbas punch bait. Report by John Varner, John Varner’s Guide Service.
SLOW. Water is stained; 53 degrees; 0.47 feet above pool. Fishing has been slow due to inclement weather, but this should improve as spring-like weather is in the forecast. White bass are in the creek spawning. Some undersized catches in the main lake. Crappie are fair in the mouths of creeks biting on jigs and minnows in 3-12 feet of water. Bass are fair in shallow water on beds using spinnerbaits. Shad should be on the bulkheads in the coming weeks, but are not there just yet. Where there is baitfish there is game fish. Report by Jim Walling, Ucatchem Guide Service.
GOOD. Water clear; 60-62 degrees; 1.88 feet below pool. White bass and hybrid striper action is good with a few reports of fish being caught in 20-30 feet of water main lake points and drop-offs with a slab and jig combination. Watch for the gulls and baitfish to locate hybrid striper surface action using Sassy Shad. Eater size blue and channel catfish are good and can be caught off the bottom with a # 4 Treble Hook with punch bait in 15 feet in the timber off the Richland Creek Arm of the Lake. The crappie spawn is happening as we hear reports of catches in shallow water and around boat docks. Check out the shallow water coves and shorelines on the far North end of the Lake. Minnows seem to work best this time of year! Report by Royce Simmons, Gone Fishin’ Guide Service.
GOOD. Water stained; 62 degrees; 0.29 feet below pool. Dogwood bloom is usually the environmental indicator for the crappie, but after the cold fronts the spawn has been pushed back. Male crappie can be caught wading in the cypress trees, with the females slowly coming in. Male bass are shallow on beds, most females are on staging points waiting for the water to warm. Trick worms will catch shallow fish, and spinner baits and crankbaits will get the fish in deeper water. Catfish are moving into the shallows from the river. White bass are in the river on roadrunners and small plastics. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
GOOD. Water slightly clear; 53 degrees; 2.47 feet below pool. The cooler weather dropped the water temperature from the upper 60s to the lower 50s slowing the bite for all species. Catfish, bluegill, and crappie are fair on minnows and worms at Somerville Marina early morning and late evening. Black bass are fair, hitting slow moving spinnerbaits and shad color crank bait on drop-offs in 6-10 feet of water, and around rocky points. Crappie are fair on the main lake brush piles using minnows and various jigs. Catfish are fair early morning, 2-8 feet of water. Larger catfish are good in deep water on Jug lines baited with shad. Hybrids are fair. White bass are good trolling Pet spoons for trolling or using shad and pencil minnows 6-10 feet of water. Report by Weldon Kirk, Fish Tales Guide Service.
FAIR. Water stained; 63 degrees. 45.26 feet below pool. Fishing patterns are similar, but as the cold fronts roll through fish may slow. Bass are fair on green pumpkin plastics in 3-8 feet. The key will be to find warmer water. Be safe and wear your life jackets.
GREAT. Water stained. 75 degrees; 0.42 feet above pool. Channel catfish are good on punch bait, minnows, cut bait or hot dogs throughout the reservoir in 22-45 creek channels and ledges. Report provided by Kraig Sexton, Sexton’s Guide Service LLC, Fishing Charter, Marine Electronics & Whitney.
SLOW. Water stained; 60 degrees; 3.49 feet below pool. Crappie fishing is good at the Crappie House on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on juglines. Bass should be shallow on beds with creature baits. Report by Anchor Marina.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 58 degrees; 12.56 feet below pool. The near total lack of flow in this reservoir has made the traditional spring white bass run a great disappointment this year. With no flow in the Lampasas River, there is no current to draw the fish into the river, nor into the upper third of the reservoir in the great numbers anglers have become accustomed to in years past. Bird activity, which has been helpful in leading the way to fish through the winter, is beginning to decline as birds begin to migrate back north. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 0.29 feet above pool. White bass and hybrids have moved off the main lake and can be found at the mouth of creeks and rivers staging to spawn. Getting these fish to bite can be tricky. Smaller crappie jigs with small plastic baits has worked best. The trophy Blue Catfish bite is good. Fish to 70 pounds have been caught on fresh gizzard shad and cut bait. Depths from 6-25 feet are working best. The eating sized catfish in the 1-5 pound range has really kicked off. These fish can be caught in 35-45 feet or 1-5 feet. Punch bait and smaller pieces of fresh shad are working. Crappie are also staging for the spawn, but we are still seeing lots of fish in the 15-25 feet range on minnows and plastics. Largemouth bass bite has improved this week. Squarebill crankbaits and flukes are working but Alabama rigs and swimbaits are working best. Report by Captain Michael Littlejohn, Lake Tawakoni Guide Service.
FAIR. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.77 feet below pool. Bass should be shallow staging for the spawn. Cast creature baits in grass lines and rock structure. Crappie are fair in structure using minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair throughout the lake on punch bait and cut bait.
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.58 feet below pool. Striped bass are fair with the bite hit-or-miss. The bite can be tougher while the fish start to spawn. Fish in 15-30 feet of water on structure or out in open water with Alabama rigs or swimbaits. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors. Striped bass are good on live bait drifting flats in 30-50 feet of water. A few warmer weeks and the stripers will go spawn. A lot of smaller fish on humps in 25-30 feet of water fishing live bait. Crappie are fair on brush in 8-10 feet of water fishing jigs but the minnow bite will turn on in the creeks soon. Catfish are slow anchoring with cut shad in 5-15 feet of water near the rivers. Warmer weather ahead will have them feeding before the spawn. Report by Jacob Orr Lake Texoma Guaranteed Guide Service.
GOOD. Water stained; 62-68 degrees; 2.17 feet below pool. GOOD. The water level is 169.86 with both generators running 24 hours. Water temperature at the dam is 62 degrees. North of the three-mile Pendleton bridge, temperatures have been running 65-68 degrees. Good numbers of bass have been caught on bladed jigs in colors of black/blue,
GOOD. Water clear; 62-64 degrees; 41.57 feet below pool. Check near rocky banks, but if they are not there bass will be suspended in open water biting on jerkbaits and swimbaits. Try working speed craws with a shaky head in the thick of the grass. Report by Randal Frisbie, Central Texas Fishing Guide, LLC.
GOOD. Water stained. 59 degrees; 22.85 feet below pool. Spring is kicking off per usual with up and down weather patterns slowing the bite when the temperature dips. Crappie are fair to slow in the rivers and stickups. White bass are running in the middle channels of the river on any type of small shiny spinnerbaits. The white bass spawn is close. Channel catfish are good up to eight pounds in 8-27 feet of water prepared baits. Reports of largemouth bass catches in 5-25 feet of water. Report by Captain Michael Peterson, 4 Reel Fun Guide Service.
GOOD. Water stained; 66 degrees; 0.23 feet above pool. The bite has slowed some with the recent cold front, but as the water warms the bite will pick up where it left off in the shallows. Bass are good to nine pounds on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and worms in 3-4 feet of water. Crappie are good out to two feet of water on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good with chicken liver. Bluegill are good on red worms, and even a small minnow. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
GREAT. Water stained; 64 degrees; 5.87 feet below pool. Crappie are in 10-25 feet in open water suspended anywhere from 5-15 feet deep. Focus on main creek channels close to spawning areas fishing with Snacky lures FS200 with eyehole jig heads in 1/16th ounce and we used the “bucks ultimate” rods from BNM Poles in 10 feet. Look for standing timber or brush in these areas as they usually hold a few fish in them as well. Report by Robert Stover, Workingman Crappie Guide. White and black bass are spawning. Male crappie are shallow and the females are in 8-12 feet of water. Report by Zach Minnix, JigNJerk Guide Service.
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GOOD. Water stained; 64 degrees. Cloudy, cold and windy weather has lowered the water temperature and the bite has slowed. When it starts to feel more like spring the bite will improve. The most consistent bite has been off senkos in the grass. Squarebill crankbaits and drop-shots will catch some bass. Hybrids are good in the pump area by the ramp using minnows. Report by David Townsend, Austin Fishing Guide. The water clarity is better in most pockets. Quite a few buck bass up shallow on beds. Big females are in deeper grass 6-10 feet. Nice sized catching with moving baits and plastics around deeper grass. Topwater bite is hit-or-miss depending on weather conditions. Report by Carson Conklin, ATX Fishing.
SLOW. Water stained; 51 degrees; 7.80 feet below pool. Crappie are fair along the rocks near the crappie house with jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow off rocks near the dam with cut bait and stink bait. White bass are slow on slabs. Bass are slow with some pushing shallow to spawning beds.
SLOW. Water stained; 58 degrees; 24.57 feet below pool. Reports of crappie and bass catches being caught off piers. As the water warms, look for bass to begin staging for the prespawn biting Texas rigged worms or craw patterned artificials.
GREAT. Water lightly stained; 61-64 degrees; 5.99 feet below pool. Lake Whitney striped bass limits are good on live bait and Alabama Rigs fished from the State Park north to Bear Creek. Sand bass catches are good upstream on the Nolan and up above Hamm’s Creek. Report by Michael Acosta, Unfair Advantage Charters. Striped bass can be caught trolling artificials, Alabama rigs, live minnow, perch and shad near the channel ledges and on flats. Report provided by Kraig Sexton, Sexton’s Guide Service LLC, Fishing Charter, Marine Electronics & Whitney.
GOOD. Water normally stained; 62 degrees; 2.69 feet below pool. White bass are good in the river and in creeks. Crappie are good in the river and in creeks and some catches have been reported shallow. Blue catfish and channel catfish are fair to good in multiple depths on shad and punch bait. All fish patterns are changing with warm and cool days so patterns may change daily. Report provided by Chad Ferguson of North Texas Catfish Guide Service.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 4.75 feet above pool. Bass should be on beds or staging ledges. Crappie should be moving shallow on minnows and jigs. Catfish should be good with cut bait.
FAIR. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.11 feet below pool. Bass are shallow in cover on spawning beds out to 12 feet biting crankbaits. White bass are running in the creeks biting roadrunners. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good in 12 feet of water and near docks biting on cut bait.
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