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090122 fishing report
B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.27 feet below. Bass are fair with dropshots and crankbaits along grass ledges. 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
GOOD. Water clear; 85 degrees; at pool. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait. Crappie are fair on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are good early and late in the evening on topwater frogs shallow. White bass good on midlake humps with slabs or minnows. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Caddo
SLOW. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.54 feet above. Caddo has come up close to a foot, but continue to navigate with caution. Bass are good on topwaters early in the morning in the lily pads and grass in the shade of the river as the sun comes up. Texas rig or drop shot will produce once the sun comes up along the grass line in the river system or the bayou system. Enjoy the lily pad flowers are still out and the amazing sunsets and sunrises on this majestic body of water God spoke into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
Conroe
GOOD. Slightly stained; 89 degrees; 1.65 feet below. Catfish are good on shrimp and liver in depths of 17-22 feet of water. Hybrid striped bass have been in the same depth as the catfish and have been active on points just off of the main lake channel. Seeing quite a few big schools, but many of the fish have been in the 16-17 inch range. Report by Jimmy Laux, Jimmy’s Gone Fishing Guide Service. Crappie are slow to fair on minnows and jigs, with the bite improving depending on the day, in 14-22 feet of water on structure. The shad are small, so match your bait presentation to the shad size. Black Bass are in 9-22 feet of water close to or in structure biting on creature baits, crankbaits, swimbaits, close to or in 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; 83 degrees; 5.56 feet low. Bass are good early in the morning on topwaters and spinner tails in 1-3 feet of water, then in 5-7 feet of water just off the shoreline with shaky heads and square bill crankbaits. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Lake Fork crappie are starting to stack up on trees in good numbers earlier this year than we normally see. The water temperatures have dropped to the low 80s and the fish are getting hungry. Best depths this week seem to be 18-24 feet of water with fish suspended 8-14 feet deep on the trees. Brush pile fish are beginning to bite here and there as well. Minnows are still the best bait, but soft plastics and hand tied jigs will work throughout the fall and winter months. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 86 degrees; 1.67 feet below. Crappie are good in standing timber and brush in 12-20 feet of water using minnows. Largemouth bass are good in 4-14 feet of water near docks and brush with square bill crankbaits, and shaky heads. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.
Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 1.51 feet low. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait. Crappie are fair on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are good early and late in the evening on topwater frogs shallow. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Livingston
GOOD. Stained; 85 degrees; 0.83 feet low. Look for the water clarity to be muddy and flooding conditions on the North end as the freshwater runoff flows in from North Texas rains. White bass are good to excellent with the topwater schooling action, then jigging with slabs on points and humps. Catfish are fair to good. Crappie continue to be slow. Striped bass are slow with slabs and live shad. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.
Martin Creek
GOOD. 95 degrees. Water lightly stained; 2.37 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair after all the fresh water from recent rains. Fish along the edge of the hydrilla working a plastic worm. Crappie fishing went from fair to excellent fishing flooded timber in 20-25 feet of water with minnows.
Nacogdoches
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85-88 degrees; 2.74 feet low. The summer fishing patterns continue. Hydrilla is plentiful on the North end and in Yellowbank. Largemouth bass can be caught along creek and grass edges. There are plenty of schooling bass being caught on the main lake. Crappie are fair and are spread throughout the lake. They can be found on brush piles and standing timber along the creek channel. Overcast conditions and rainfall will help lower the water temperature and improve the bite. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water clear to stained; 87 degrees; 1.00 feet low. After the much needed rain the lake is near full pool. Good numbers of bass schooling up over deeper water biting on jerkbait plus-1 and shad style lures, or A Mag-worm in Junebug color in 8-12 feet of 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. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
Rave
SLOW. Water stained; 85 degrees; 3.50 feet low. The rain is starting to cool the water temperatures and fishing is improving. Bass have been good on Texas rig senkos in junebug color, and Alabama rig offshore. Catfish and crappie are good on minnows in deeper water around submerged stumps.
Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 88 degrees; 4.28 feet low. Look for fish to move shallow to feed after the recent rains. Bass will be in the freshwater found in drains and ditches biting on Carolina rigs and crankbaits. Crappie and catfish will move towards the freshwater current flowing from the creeks. White bass are good schooling on the flats chasing shad. 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
GOOD. Water stained; 77-79 degrees; 3.81 feet low. The water level is 168.1 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 77-79 degrees with surface temperature around 75. The back feeder creeks are stained to muddy due to spotty to intermittent showers in the afternoons this week. Black bass have been caught on jig-n-pigs and swim jigs 3/8 and 1/2 ounce in colors black/blue, peanut butter and jelly, and summer craw colors. Remember dip-n-die chartreuse and orange on your trailers. The jigs have been effective in 2-10 feet of water. Another catching pattern for black bass in the mouths of the feeder creeks in clearer water, use a square bill crankbait and trap in shad colors in chrome with a black or blue back, and a red craw pattern during the last two hours in the evening. Fly fishermen use hollow body flies three inch in colors shad/white and chartreuse/white or a Dahlberg Diver Frog fly, and a Wilson's top water popper in a baby bass pattern. Find the bait balls and you will find the bass. Get on them quick and catch a few and keep moving. The Crappie catch has been picking up this week. Bluegills are still mixed in with crappie in the brush piles in deeper water. Safety tip, if you hear lightning, get off the water. Good luck and tight lines! Report from Master Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak Sales, Fishing Guide Service & Rod Repair.
Tyler
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 90 degrees; 2.20 feet below. Bass are slow on topwaters and minnows. 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 minnows. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 1.23 feet above. The bite improves with some wind in the forecast. Catfish continue to bite fair on punch bait. White bass are good on points with tail spinners with fish on the smaller size. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service.
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