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081122 fishing report
B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.28 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.
Bob Sandlin
SLOW. Water clear; 92 degrees; 1.70 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.
Caddo
SLOW. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.23 feet below. Caddo is low, so exercise caution when navigating. Bass have a good early morning topwater bite. 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 yearReport provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
Conroe
GOOD. Slightly stained; 87 degrees; 1.63 feet below. Eater sized cats are still plentiful on ledges, points, and under the 1097 bridge on catfish bubblegum, liver, worms, or stink bait. Bream have been everywhere, robbing the bait almost too fast for the catfish to find it. Trophy catfish can be caught drifting or suspending natural bait on ledges and flats. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Crappie are fair on minnows, and black/chartreuse, all white, white/chartreuse crappie magnet. Crappie magnets have a slender profile at an inch long, paired with a 1/16-1/32 orange jig head. If fishing with minnows, tip an orange jig head with a minnow and hold it still as the crappie are finicky right now due to the hot water temperature. Report by Justin Burns, Slab Donkey Guide Service. Hybrids are fair to good in 16-24 feet of water using live bait or jigging vertically. Many juvenile 17 inch, with some keepers and white bass mixed in, please check the tooth patch in Texas Parks and Wildlife. Black bass are good near structure in 11-22 feet of water using creature baits, and some on crankbaits, close to structure. Stay hydrated in this heat and always wear your life jacket! Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.
Fork
GOOD. Water Stained; 84-88 degrees; 7.31 feet low. Bass continue to be shallow early in the morning in 1-4 feet of water on windblown points biting topwaters, and shad patterned square bill crankbaits. Mid morning the bite transitions to big wood in 5-7 feet of water using shaky heads with Xcite slim X in June bug, red bug are best. Carolina rigs are good in 12-16 feet of water on ridges with 7-8 inch worms in watermelon candy and June bug. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. The bass fishing is slow with most catches in 1-6 feet of water and in 18-25 feet of water on points using shaky heads. Sand bass are fair in 14-16 feet of water. Crappie are good on brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on baited holes. Report by Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Guide Service. Crappie continue to be stacked up in laydowns, brush piles and trees in 15-28 feet of water biting best on minnows. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 84 degrees; 1.42 feet below. Fishing is good with a lake record black crappie landed on a jig. Black crappie are good on brush piles with minnows and jigs. Bass are good off docks with watermelon red or white six inch worms. Catfish are good on crawfish and shrimp.
Lake O The Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 90 degrees; 2.40 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.
Livingston
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 �¾-1 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. 91 degrees. Water lightly stained; 2.38 feet low. Fishing is hit-or-miss in the Texas heat. Crappie are fair on man made brush piles and standing timber with jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on juglines at the south end of the lake. Largemouth bass are fair early in the morning with soft plastics in the grass growth near the boat ramp.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water clear to stained; 88 degrees; 1.00 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.
Raven
SLOW. Water stained; 90 degrees; 4.00 feet low. Catfish are slow on minnows and cut bait. Bass are fair on rattletraps and Texas rigs around piers and grass edges early and late in the day. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows deep around structure.
Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 89 degrees; 4.06 feet low. Fishing patterns are holding steady. 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
FAIR. Water stained; 81-83 degrees; 4.13 feet low. Fair. The water level is 167.8 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 78-80 degrees with surface temperature around 80. The back feeder creeks are clear, and the main lake is clear with a few evening showers this week. Afternoon showers this week with lightning, if you hear lightning get off the water, as lightning can travel five miles. Black bass have been caught on creature baits, Carolina or Texas rigged 10-inch worms in black/red, chartreuse/pepper, or tequila sunrise. Crappie are still hit-or-miss on jigs and minnows. 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
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 90 degrees; 1.99 feet below. Finally rain is in the forecast to dampen the dust and cool the water slightly. Bass are slow on the bottom using crankbaits. Crappie are fair 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 fair using nightcrawlers and stink bait. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86 degrees; 1.00 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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