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092922 fishing report

B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 80 degrees; 0.42 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; 82 degrees; 1.50 feet below. Fishing patterns will be similar for another few weeks until the weather cools off some more. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 feet of water. Crappie are fair on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are fair early using topwater baits shallow. White bass fair on midlake humps with slabs or minnows. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

SLOW. Water stained; 79 degrees; 0.52 feet above. Bass continue to be good with topwater action with flukes, pop r’s and frogs. Schooling action is still hot using Texas rigs junebug or watermelon red worms, and dropshots worked around the schools. Caddo Lake is always fun to come visit and enjoy the views of something God spoke into existence, even if the fishing is slow. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

GOOD. Slightly stained; 87 degrees; 1.93 feet below. Catfish bite has been slow during the day, with a few reports of good catches at night. Early morning and late evening produced decent catches on catfish bubblegum and liver fishing tight to structure from 10-25 feet of water. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Crappie fishing has picked up this week, with most of the bites have been very light. Fish in 13-19 feet of water on or near structure with minnows producing better than jigs. Hybrid bass are improving with the cooler weather temperatures, but still seeing many undersized fish. Schooling in 12-21 feet of water on flats. Black bass are in 8-17 feet of water close to or in structure using creature baits, and some on crankbaits and swimbaits. Always wear your life jacket Always wear your life jacket! Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.

GOOD. Water Stained; 78 degrees; 6.30 feet low. The bass bite has been slow with most of the bass suspended in 18 feet of water and around bait. Strike King XD 5 in shad patterns are working ok as well as under spins. Fish seem to be in 12-14 feet over 18 feett. Some shallow fish on points with flukes and shaky heads 2-5 feet of water early in the day. Texas rigs with a blue deck 7 inch power worm along tree lines and at the edges of the drop in 5-7 feet are ok. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Lake Fork crappie fishing has been heating up this past week. We are seeing solid limits of bigger white crappie stacking up on trees in 18-26 feet of water. Getting some brush pile fish to bite as well on some days in 12-18 feet of water. Laydowns are loaded with black crappie most days, but slow to bite. Minnows continue to be the most productive baits, but hand tie jigs are catching some fish. Soft plastics should begin to produce as the water temperature drops for the fall months. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service. Fly fishing report for Lake Fork: The fish activity revolves around the late summer shad hatch and water turnover with all species. Bass are slow starting to chase bait fish in coves and creeks, try poppers, streamers, and Clouser type baits around brush, stumps, and boathouses. There is a short top water bite at dawn and dusk, moving to mid depth streamers at mid-morning. Bream are fair, try small poppers and beaded flies around boathouses, brush piles, and grassy banks paying special attention to shady areas. Catfish are fair, cruising the creek banks with small fish patterns and corn kernel patterns around feeders and creek drop-offs. Sand bass are feeding at night around lighted boat houses on streamers, fishing the shadows out of the light. Lake Fork is currently at a dangerous low water level with many exposed stumps and obstacles so please be careful and take your time. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.

Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 2.06bb feet below. Fishing patterns are holding steady as we wait for the cooler fall weather. Crappie are good in standing timber, and brush in 12-22 feet of water using minnows. Largemouth bass are good in 4-15 feet of water near docks, rocks 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; 80 degrees; 2.00 feet low. Fishing patterns will be similar for another few weeks until the weather cools off some more. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 feet of water. Crappie are fair on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are fair early using topwater baits shallow. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

FAIR. Stained; 80 degrees; 0.43 feet low. White bass are fair to good 10-15 feet of water main lake humps. Catfish are fair to good. Crappie continues to be slow. Striped bass are slow. Gar are excellent on anything and anywhere in the lake. Largemouth bass are slow in 2-6 feet of water along the banks. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.

Martin Creek
GOOD. 85 degrees. Water lightly stained; 3.04 feet low. Crappie continue to be excellent on minnows over brush in 25 feet of water. Catfish are good using live bait with jug lines.

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83-86 degrees; 3.40 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters in the morning along grass edges on the north end. Quality fish are suspended in the water column and relating to timber and brush. Crappie are fair on timber and brush piles using minnows. Soon to be cooling water temperatures will have crappie migrating to creek channels. Use caution when running north of the highline. Lake levels continue to drop and more standing timber is soon to be exposed. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.

GOOD. Water clear to stained; 83 degrees; 1.00 feet low. With the hot weather and lack of rain in the forecast, the water temperature has increased. Predicted cold fronts should lower the water temperatures. The thermocline has dropped to 16 feet of water. Bass are biting on a slow hopped underspin in 12-16 feet of water. Now is the time to start throwing your Fall lures such as jerkbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and the occasional wacky-rig. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.

GOOD. Water stained; 87 degrees; 3.50 feet low. With the cold snap this week, look for shallow activity to improve as the water cools. Catfish and crappie are fair to good on minnows. Bass have been very good on junebug colored stick baits Texas rigged, both early morning and late evening.

Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 82 degrees; 5.02 feet low. The lake is off-colored and starting to turnover, slowing the bite while the lake transitions. Look for fish to feed on shad in the pockets as the cold fronts start to roll through. Bass are good shallow and the creek channels chasing shad. White bass are schooling on flats biting small crankbaits and silver spoons. Crappie are good on brush piles with minnows. Catfish are good off points with and in the creek channel. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.

Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 76-78 degrees; 4.34 feet low. The water level is 167.7 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 76-78 degrees with surface temperature around 76.This is the third week with no rainfall. The back feeder creeks are clear in the deeper holes, but the lake is turning over causing shallow areas to look muddy and the main lake remains clear. The best fishing times this week has been at first light to mid-morning. Black bass are still in the summer to fall transition and remain scattered. The bass have been biting and chasing smaller shad profile baits like 1/4 ounce rattletraps in chrome, black or blue back, bladed baits, and smaller crankbaits in shad colors. Another pattern is black and blue football jigs 3/8 - 3/4 ounce with a 3-inch matching color grub trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with the chuck tail dipped in chartreuse color. The punch and frog bite has been producing wherever you can find floating vegetation, Lilly pads or healthy green hydrilla. Crappie bite has been picking up in 6-25 feet of water using small jigs and minnows depending on the cloud cover and cooling night temperatures. Bluegills are still mixed in with crappie in the brush piles and some are now being caught under boathouses and docks. Catfish are holding in 10-20 feet of water and have also been caught migrating up into the feeder creeks. Hey crew, this week is cooling down and will be in the 50s . Here we go, we either go hunting or go fishing. It's all good. Get out there! Always leave the area better than you found it (no trash, pickup what you can). Good luck and tight lines! Report from Master Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orvis Endorsed Fishing Guide, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak Sales, and Rod Repair.

FAIR. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 2.54 feet below. Catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers, the cooling weather has brought the fish up. Bass are fair on topwaters and trick worms in submerged vegetation around piers. 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. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.

Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.96 feet above. Fishing patterns are similar while we wait for the fall weather to settle in. Catfish are good on punch bait. White bass are fair with many small catches on points with tail spinners. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service.

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