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Wednesday, January 02, 2019 9:13 pm

Texas Fishing Report

By J.P. GREESON For The Associated Press

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Jan. 2 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: Water lightly stained; 52-58 degrees; 0.76' low. Black bass are slow on weighted soft plastics and jigs. Sunfish are slow on cut nightcrawlers and corn. Catfish are fair to good on cut and live baitfish.

BASTROP: Water stained; 66-70 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait, chicken livers, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 4.90' high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 0.50' high. Black bass are fair on watermelon jigs and crankbaits, and on chartreuse GrandeBass 4" Trickster worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies and crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 1.53' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Whacky Sticks, chartreuse Curb's jigs, Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, and smoke grubs on flats. Striped bass are good on shad colored Rat-L-Traps, Spoiler Shads, and Pirk Minnows, in 20-30 feet. White bass are fair on minnows and Tiny Traps in deep creeks. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles in 15-30 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 1.07' high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged watermelon Scoundrel worms on shaky head jigs and green pumpkin Whacky Sticks on jigheads off secondary points. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads, Red Fins, and Pirk Minnows in the lower end of the lake. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke/red flake tubes, pumpkinseed curl tail grubs on jigheads, and pumpkin Curb's jigs along ledges in 12-15 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and crappie jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 0.30' high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastic worms and spinnerbaits along the outside edges of grass. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 0.13' low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp, stinkbait, and live minnows.

GRANGER: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 2.63' high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 3.07' low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, buzzbaits, and silver spoons in 10-20 feet. White bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are fair on Curb's crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 15-20 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and stinkbait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 5.55' high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 1.11' high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 6.75' high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 6.35' high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 1.47' high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

WHITNEY: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 2.99' high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 46-49 degrees; 0.85' high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, weightless Senkos and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

BENBROOK: Water stained; 47-49 degrees; 2.01' high. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs and football jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 48-51 degrees; 0.58' high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas rigged worms and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water stained; 45-48 degrees; 0.43' high. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained to stained; 46-49 degrees: 0.22' high. Black bass are slow on jerkbaits, lipless crankbaits and underspins with Flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

CADDO: Water lightly stained; 48-50 degrees; 3.20' high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and white bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 46-48 degrees, 0.37' high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, shakeyhead worms and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs.

COOPER: Water stained to muddy; 82-84 degrees; 2.72' high. Black bass are good on weightless Senkos, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 46-49 degrees; 0.34' high. Black bass are slow on shakeyhead worms, spinnerbaits, and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

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

FORK: Water lightly stained; 46-49 degrees; 0.32' high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, football jigs, and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs near bridges. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 44-48 degrees; 2.72' high. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits and shakeyhead worms. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

JOE POOL: Water stained to muddy; 47-50 degrees; 2.34' high. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged craws and lipless crankbaits. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAKE O' THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 49-51 degrees: 3.78' high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and weightless Senkos. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 47-50 degrees: 4.15' high. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained to muddy; 45-49 degrees; 2.14' high. Black bass are slow on Ned rig worms, suspending jerkbaits and shakeyhead worms. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.05' high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, shallow crankbaits and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 46-49 degrees; 1.95' low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and shakeyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 46-49 degrees; 1.75' high. Black bass are fair on shakeyhead worms, black and blue jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 46-48 degrees; 0.16' high. Black bass are slow on shakeyhead worms, Texas rigged worms and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained to muddy: 45-48 degrees; 1.32' high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged worms, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are slow on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 46-49 degrees; 0.82' high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and Texas rig craws. White bass are slow on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 47-50 degrees; 1.65' high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and green pumpkin jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained to muddy; 45-48 degrees; 3.73' high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 45-48 degrees; 0.01' high. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 47-50 degrees; 6.69 high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 25.02' low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 13.83' low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 97 degrees at the hot water discharge, 67-71 degrees in main lake; 0.24' high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off color; 58-67 degrees; 0.37' high. Black bass are fair to good on shad pattern crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.

FALCON: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 21.87' low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

TEXANA: Water stained; 53-62 degrees; 0.23' low. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 0.56' high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 0.75' high. Black bass are fair on flukes and watermelon red trick worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows near the dam in 25 feet. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.85' high. Black bass are good on perch colored crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 6.09' high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Catfish are slow.

STEINHAGEN: 0.86' low. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.89' high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water off color; 39-46 degrees; 36.49' low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 33-39 degrees; 78.28' low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 35-41 degrees; 49.38' low. No reports on black bass. No reports of smallmouth. There are a few reports of walleye being caught on live bait and artificials. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in limited numbers.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained up the river; 42-51 degrees; 4.72' low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads, flutter spoons and drop shot rigs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

ARROWHEAD: Water stained; 44-53 degrees; 0.72' high. Black bass are fair dead-sticking weighted soft plastics. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: Water fairly clear; 46-52 degrees; 12.17' low. Black bass are slow to fair on jigs, Texas rigs and spoons. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water stained; 43-51 degrees; 0.88' high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around deeper structure. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water stained; 43-48 degrees; 0.34' high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: Water stained; 42-49 degrees; 0.64' low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs, spoons and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 43-50 degrees; 0.45' high. Black bass are slow on jigs, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 44-52 degrees; 18.77' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut and live bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 47-53 degrees; 0.13' low. Black bass are slow to fair on drop shot rigged Trick Worms, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

SPENCE: 36.65' low. Black bass are slow on weighted soft plastics. No report on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

STAMFORD: Water stained to muddy; 52-63 degrees; 0.96' high. Black bass are slow to fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water stained; 56-64 degrees; 0.31' high. This lake is currently experiencing a fish kill due to golden alga. Biologists are monitoring the situation and will post updates as they become available. Fish populations have been substantially reduced by the golden alga blooms.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 43-49 degrees; 23.1' low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell. Waders have taken better trout on the Louisiana shoreline on slow-sinking plugs.

SOUTH SABINE: Redfish are fair on the edge of the channel on mullet. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on slow-sinking plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet. Catfish are good in the marsh on shad.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Corkies and MirrOlures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair in the mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Sheepshead are fair around rock groins on live shrimp. Mangrove snapper and whiting are fair from the piers.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish are fair to good at San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous. Trout are fair on shell on soft plastics.

PORT O'CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of drains on soft plastics and slow-sinking plugs.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats and in California Hole on mullet and shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good on the East Flats on Gulps and mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are best on the edge of the flats on live shrimp and DOA Shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and Soft Dines. Trout are fair to good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies. Redfish and a few black drum are fair to good in the Land Cut on natural baits.

PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair to good on mud along the edge of the ICW on Corkies and MirrOlures.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish, black drum and mangrove snapper are fair to good in the channel on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on Corkies, Soft Dines and Down South Lures. Redfish are good in the sloughs with low tides.