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080422 fishing report
B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.45 feet below. Bass are fair on topwaters over grass at sunrise, and with dropshot and crankbaits along grass ledges later in the day. Crappie are fair using minnows and jigs on deeper main lake structures and brush piles. Catfish are good moving shallow biting cut and cheese bait.
SLOW. Water clear; 91 degrees; 1.52 feet low. Crappie are slow on brush in 20-25 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 slow on baited holes 20 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
SLOW. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.13 feet below. Caddo is low, so be extremely careful when navigating. With the lake falling like it is the bite is tough, but early in the morning the topwater bite seems to be heating up with topwaters or flukes. Switch to Texas rigged worms and dropshots in the river systems and hit all the trees, grass and pads you come up on later in the day. Look for the shad on your graph and you should be able to find fish. The beauty of this lake that God spoke into existence is still amazing to see even this time of the year. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
GOOD. Slightly stained; 86-95 degrees; 1.46 feet below. Catfish are in the summer pattern. Eater sized fish are in 8-20 feet of water on catfish bubblegum, liver, worms, shrimp, or any other stink bait. Do not prebait or chum, because you will be overrun with bream and tiny catfish. White bass are good with some small hybrids mixed in trolling early morning with rattletraps and deep rigged pet spoons. This pattern should continue until the water cools down in Fall. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Crappie are poor to fair with several days of a good strong thump to a very light touch, to looking at it and having nothing to do with it. Fish in 12-30 feet of water on structure, using minnows as well as monkey milk and Lone Star Crappie Jigs. Black bass are good in 11-21 feet of water using creature baits, and crankbaits. Stay hydrated in this heat and always wear your life jacket! Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.
GOOD. Water Stained; 83 degrees; 7.11 feet low. Bass are fair early off points using square bills in bream patterns in 2-5 feet of water. Mid morning throw Texas rigs and football jigs in June bug, or big worms in green pumpkin orange on jigs in 12-22 feet of water. Crankbaits are still working, but it is hit-or-miss on location. XD 6 and DD 22 best in citrus Shad or baby bass are working in 19-25 feet of water and in the creek channel bends and long deep ridges. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. The crappie on Lake Fork are about as stacked up as they have ever been right now, but the bite has been about as finicky as it ever has been too. Fish that will bite good one day may not bite at all the next day, so cover water and find fish that will bite this time of year. We should see things improve over the next few weeks and then going into fall. Minnows are the best bait in 15-28 feet of water in laydowns, brush piles and summer time trees. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 84 degrees; 1.42 feet below. Fishing patterns are holding steady as the summer heat continues. Crappie are in deep brush piles with minnows and jigs. Bass are fair early as the sun rises with topwaters, switching to swimbaits in structure. Bream are near the white bass biting on red worms. Catfish are good on cut baits and juglines.
Lake O The Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 93 degrees; 2.23 feet low. Fish are slow to bite in the triple digit heat and the lack of rain. Crappie are slow on brush in 20-25 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 slow on baited holes 20 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
GOOD. Stained; 85 degrees; 1.32 feet low. Striped bass are slow with most catches undersized. White bass are good, but slowing in the Texas heat. Fish main lake humps in 6-12 feet of water with 3/4-1 ounce slabs. Still waiting to see schooling action. Crappie are slow in the normal hot spots of Kickapoo Creek and Penwaugh. Alligator gar are excellent on flats in 3-6 feet of water with cut bait. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.
Martin Creek
FAIR. 88 degrees. Water lightly stained; 2.16 feet low. Crappie are fair on brush piles and standing timber with jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait. Bass are good with Texas or Carolina rigs, dropshots and crankbaits.
GOOD. Water clear to stained; 89 degrees; 1.5 feet low. The lake has settled into a typical summer pattern. Good numbers of bass schooling up over deeper water. The shad are small, so down-size your presentations to match the natural bait. 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. Stay hydrated out there, and sunscreen is a must. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
SLOW. Water stained; 90 degrees; 3 feet low. Fishing is slow for all species in this heat. Bass are fair on topwaters, and good on Texas rigged soft plastics around laydowns and grass edges. Catfish are slow on cut bait and live bluegill. Crappie are fair on minnows.
Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 89 degrees; 3.87 feet low. Largemouth bass are good early in the morning with topwater frogs along grass ledges, and off point and drops with Carolina rigs and crankbaits. White bass are good schooling on the flats chasing shad. Crappie are fair on brush piles with live minnows. Bluegill are mixed in with the crappie biting on worms. Catfish are in creek channels off ledges and brush piles in 15 feet of water. Navigate with caution while the water level decreases. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 81-83 degrees; 4.02 feet low. The water level is 168.0 with both generators running from 1:00-7:00 P.M. Water temperature at the dam is 81-83 degrees with surface temperature around 83. The back feeder creeks are clear, and the main lake is clear with no rain this week. It is the same summer hot pattern. Bass are in the same pattern with early morning topwater bite with topwater baits like Pop Rs, tiny torpedoes, buzz baits, popping frogs, flukes, and spooks. Then mid-morning as the fish go deeper to 12-30 feet of water transition to 8-12 inch ribbon tail worms in plum apple, June bug, or June bug red. Carolina rigs for bass have been working with four or six inch worms in chartreuse/pepper and Tequila Sunrise, and ⅜-�½ ounce swimbaits in the ditches and drains in white, black or blue with a green pepper head and skirt tipped with a speed craw worm or paddle tail plastics.Black bass, yellow bass, and catfish are in the main lake biting vertical jigging spoons in 1/2 ounce or 3/4 ounce.Crappie bite is hit-or-miss. The lake is at summer drawdown level exposing many underwater boating hazards so be very careful and idle into unknown areas. 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. Life jackets must be worn for those who are aged 13 and under while on the water or near 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.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 91 degrees; 1.76 feet below. Catfish, crappie and bluegill are biting at the Crappie House. Bass are slow on the bottom using trick and finesse worms. Crappie are good in 16-20 of water on brush piles and submerged structures using live minnows. Bluegill are good mixed in with the crappie biting red worms and nightcrawlers. If you find the bluegill you will find other species feeding. Catfish are good in 10-12 feet of water using nightcrawlers. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 1.19 feet above. Catfish continue to bite good on punch bait. White bass are good on wind blown points with tail spinners and working small slabs quickly. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service.

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