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070722 fishing report
B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 81 degrees; 0.43 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.
Bob Sandlin
FAIR. Water clear; 92 degrees; 0.87 feet low. Crappie are slow on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are slow on topwaters shallow early morning, deep water points after the sun rises. Catfish are fair on baited holes 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Caddo
SLOW. Water stained; 79 degrees; 0.49 feet high. Lake Caddo is really starting to heat up for bass with schooling and topwater action using flukes. Dropshots and shaky heads are good in the river system on points and drops. Be sure to scope out lily pads and grass for fish. Look for the birds out on the main lake to show you where the bait fish are. Even with this heat the beauty of this majestic lake that God made is still worth coming to enjoy. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
Conroe
GOOD. Slightly stained; 89 degrees; 0.87 feet below. Catfish have been plentiful on catfish bubblegum shrimp and chicken liver, over baited holes, on ledges close to heavy structure in 10-25 feet of water. As the water warms you will have to sift through smaller fish to find the better sized eaters. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Hybrid striped bass are good with larger sized catches in 17-25 feet of water, and undersized fish in big schools that are slow to bite. Please check the Texas Parks & Wildlife website to see the tooth patch between hybrids and white bass. Crappie have been tough the last few weeks. Target standing timber and brush piles in 12-22 feet of water. Catching a few per pile with a soft hit on minnows, and black and chartreuse or monkey milk jigs. Black bass are good in 10-18 feet of water close to brush, using creature baits. Always wear your life jacket! Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.
Fork
GOOD. Water Stained; 75 degrees; 6.37 feet low. Crappie fishing on Lake Fork has been just about as hot as the weather this week. Still seeing a ton of fish on laydowns and brush in 13-23 feet of water. You can still catch a few fish on timber as well, but less numbers. The key has been to move around and find areas that have experienced less pressure. Move on if you see a bunch of fish slow to bite or on the smaller size. Minnows are still the hottest ticket in town for crappie but they can be caught on hand ties and soft plastics as well. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service. Largemouth bass continue to be good early in the morning, but the bite tapers off by noon. Big worms Texas or Carolina rigged and big shaky heads are working best in 12-25 feet of water on points and humps. Best colors are plum, blue fleck, and tequila sunrise. Deep crankbaits are working well in creek channel bends and deep humps 22-30 feet of water. Best colors will be chartreuse, blue, black and shad patterned. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell and Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Pro.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 82 degrees; 0.65 feet below. Crappie are fair in standing timber and deeper brush piles. Bass are fair with dropshots, crankbaits and flukes off rock ledges. Catfish are good on cut baits and juglines.
Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 93 degrees; 1.39 feet low. Crappie are slow on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are slow on topwaters shallow early morning, deep water points after the sun rises. Catfish are fair on baited holes 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Livingston
GOOD. Stained; 85 degrees; 0.31 feet low. 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. 80 degrees. Water lightly stained; 1.16 feet low. Crappie action was good on jigs fished in 15-20’ of water. Had a limit of keepers by 11:00am. All fish came off brush piles. Saw some brief surface schooling just after sunrise, close to the dam. Water temp was 81°. Lake level is falling. Exercise extreme caution as numerous stumps are now just below the surface.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water clear to stained; 89 degrees. The lake has settled into a typical summer pattern which will persist through the summer months. Good numbers of bass schooling over deeper water. Down-size your presentation to imitate shad size. Most fish are suspended just above the thermocline depth. So, count your lure down to the thermocline depth and keep it in the strike zone. A Mag-worm in Junebug color is getting bit in 8-12 feet of water. Try finding shade provided by standing timber or shoreline trees. The crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
Raven
SLOW. Water stained; 90 degrees; 3 feet low. Topwater action for bass is hot early morning and late evening. Crappie are fair on minnows near structures. Catfish are slow on punch and cut bait. Prairie Branch fishing pier is open and ready for all anglers to come cast and catch.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 90 degrees; 2.80 feet low. Dock fishing is good for catfish, perch and a few bass. 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.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 80-82 degrees; 2.34 feet low. The water level is 169.6 with both generators running from 1-7:00 p.m. Water temperature at the dam is 80 degrees with surface temperature around 82. The back feeder creeks are clearing, and the main lake is clear with no rain again this week. Bass are biting early in the mornings as the sun rises on topwater baits like Pop Rs, buzz baits, popping frogs, and spooks. Switching mid-morning as the fish go deeper to 8-12 inch ribbon tail worms and crankbaits in 12-20 feet of water. Cast 8-12 inch dark colored worms on Texas or Carolina rig to entice a bigger bass to bite. Crappie, bream and yellow bass are in brush piles and lay downs in 15-25 feet of water. Crappie are biting best on live minnows or crappie jigs in T-Bend’s favorite colors like monkey milk, blue ice, T-shad. 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 triple digit weather, so remember to wear light clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen.When on the water it is important to stay hydrated so that you do not experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Remember to always keep your life jacket on while on the water, and to fasten the 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 Sales, Fishing Guide Service & Rod Repair.
Tyler
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.88 feet below. Bass are good early morning on soft plastics and topwater lures. Crappie are good in 20 feet of water on brush piles and submerged structures using live minnows. Bluegill are good mixed in with the crappie biting red worms. If you find the bluegill you will find other species feeding. Catfish are good in 10-12 feet of water with stink bait. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 1.98 feet above. Catfish are still good on punch bait. Black bass can be caught on main lake points on crankbaits. No reports on crappie or white bass. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service.
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