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081822 fishing report
B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.14 feet below. Summertime fishing patterns continue. 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; 90 degrees; 1.83 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; 0.25 feet below. Caddo is very low so use extreme caution when boating on the lake. The fish seem to be moving into the creeks, bayous and the river as the lake levels drop. Topwater baits, and Texas rigged worms or a dropshot on the grass lines, points and cuts will get you bit. As always the majestic views are amazing seeing a lake God spoke into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
GOOD. Slightly stained; 87 degrees; 1.71 feet below. Catfish continue to be plentiful biting in the same patterns 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 slow to fair on minnows and jigs in 14-22 feet of water on structure. Smaller baits paired with a 1/16-1/32 ounce jig are working well. 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 12-22 feet of water near structure 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; 84-88 degrees; 7.44 feet low. Bass are good in 2-5 feet of water in the early morning with square bill crankbaits in shad pattern, mid morning on shaky heads with Xcite Slim X in June bug and plum 6-12 feet of water, and in 12-16 feet of water with Carolina rigs, Xcite hawgalious in candy bug. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. The visibility is 1-2 feet. Bass fishing is fair 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. Lake Fork crappie fishing is really good with large numbers of fish stacked up on brush piles and laydowns. Those fish are very finicky right now, use minnows, very small plastics or hand ties to coax those fish to bite. Try pitching and swimbaits over the top of them. White crappie are great off timber in 14-22 feet of water along creek channels and timber edges. Cover a lot of water to find the areas holding concentrations of fish. The numbers per day are down with the current pattern, but the quality of fish being caught makes up for that. Minnows are still the dominant bait on Lake Fork for the summertime bite. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 90 degrees; 1.51 feet below. Largemouth bass are good in 6-16 feet of water near docks and offshore brush with square bill crankbaits, or shaky heads with a trick worm. Crappie are good in standing timber, offshore brush and deep docks in 10- 21 feet of water using minnows. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.
Lake O The Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 90 degrees; 2.43 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; 2.11 feet low. Fishing patterns continue to be similar. Striped bass are slow with most catches undersized using slabs or live shad. White bass are fair to good, jigging mainlake humps and points in open water with �¾-1 ounce slabs. 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
GOOD. 95 degrees. Water lightly stained; 2.59 feet low. Crappie are good in 18-22 feet of water in the flooded timber using minnows. A few catfish are mixed in with the crappie. Largemouth bass continue to be fair early in the morning with a wacky rig, or topwater frog along the grass lines.
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.
SLOW. Water stained; 90 degrees; 3.50 feet low. Bass are slow, best on topwater and Texas rigged plastics in junebug color, early morning around grass edges and structure. Crappie are scattered and fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good early and deep on minnows and cut bait. Swimming area is closed due to low water, and natural resource management activities.
Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 88 degrees; 4.36 feet low. Fishing is slowing in the Texas heat. Watch for exposed stumps and navigate with caution. Largemouth bass are fair in the lily pads and vegetation shallow, moving to points and drains in the afternoon with Carolina rigs and crankbaits. White bass are good schooling on the flats chasing shad. Crappie are slow on brush piles and standing timber with live minnows. Bluegill are mixed in with the crappie biting on worms. Catfish continue to be good in creek channels off ledges and brush piles in 15 feet of water. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
Toledo Bend
FAIR. Water stained; 78-80 degrees; 4.27 feet low. The water level is 167.7 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 no rain this week. Black bass have been caught on creature baits, 10-inch worms on Carolina or Texas rig. Best colors are black/red, chartreuse/pepper, and tequila sunrise. Black Bass in the creeks, using a square bill crankbait and trap in shad colors in chrome with a black or blue back during the last two hours in the evening. Fly casters are having success with three inch hollow body flies in shad/white and chartreuse/white. Find the bait balls and you will find the bass. Get on them quick and catch a few and keep moving. Crappie are still hit-or-miss on jigs and minnows. Perch and crappie are in brush piles on the river channel. Stay hydrated by freezing your water bottles to take on your adventure. 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 tightlines! Report from Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak Sales, Fishing Guide Service & Rod Repair.
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 90 degrees; 2.19 feet below. Fishing patterns continue to be slow, look for the fishing to improve after the forecasted front. 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. 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; 0.92 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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