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072822 fishing report

B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 76 degrees; 0.32 feet below. Fishing patterns continue to be steady. Look for fish to move shallower and feed as the water temperature declines. Bass are fair with topwaters in submerged vegetation and crankbaits along the edge of grass. Crappie are fair using minnows and jigs structures and brush piles. Catfish are good moving shallow biting cut and cheese bait.

Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water clear; 72 degrees; 1.79 feet below. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait. Crappie are good on brush and laydowns in 12-15 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Black bass are fair early using topwater baits or chatterbaits shallow. White bass fair on midlake humps with slabs or minnows. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

GOOD. Water stained; 77 degrees; 0.36 feet above. These cooler days are improving the bite on Caddo as the water temperature fall the bite gets better and bigger. Stay in the river systems and use shad color crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jerk baits and spoons and you should have a great time. Find the baitfish and you will find fish. The leaves will be turning red soon so make plans to come out and see how God paints the scenery around Caddo during the fall. Beautiful days and good bites wait for you once this fall pattern takes a firm grip here in the south. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

GOOD. Slightly stained; 73 degrees; 2.38 feet below. With unstable weather this week the eater sized catfish have been great on catfish bubblegum, worms, and liver. Look in 8-30 feet of water near deep on ledges and points. Even catching some trophy class fish mixed in. This strong front should get them going even better. Report by Brad Doyle with Bradley’s Guide Service. Smaller black bass are around the docks adjacent to deeper structure. Some better ones are on small lay downs in 9-14 feet, although very few bites on crankbaits and Carolina rig dark worms. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Schooling hybrids are getting better with the cooler temperatures. Target flats in 12-21 feet of water, using a one ounce slab from MTPockets tackle white or chartreuse. Still many undersized fish hitting, with white bass mixed in. Please look at the Texas Parks and Wildlife website to check the differences. Crappie are hit and miss, might have to hit several spots. Minnows seems to be working better than jigs on structure in 10-21 feet of water. Always wear your life jacket. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.

GOOD. Water Stained; 78 degrees; 6.88 feet low. Bass fishing is slow overall. The morning bite picks up around 9-10 AM with a few bites chatterbaits and spinnerbaits just off the shoreline in 4-5 feet around any timber and small ditches. These continue to work mid morning, but gets better with the sun coming up in 5-12 feet using Texas rigs and Carolina rigs with smaller baits, such as seven inch worms in blue fleck or tequila sunrise. Viper XP jigs picking up a few also in 8-10 feet on big wood. Purple Passion is the best color followed by black and blue and sour grape. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. The bass bite is slow right now. On shallow points use a walking topwater bait or Carolina rigged Lake Fork Trophy Lures Baby Ring Fry. On main lake humps and points in 12-15 feet of water work a dropshot. Report by Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Guide Service. Fly fishing for bass fishing is slow try sub-surface patterns during daylight and short topwater lures at last hour of daylight. Sand bass are subsurface in open water. Bream are 6-7 feet of water, try beaded flies around boathouses and brush piles. Crappie are gathering in brush piles. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. Lake Fork crappie fishing has been really heating up as the water temperatures cools down to the 60s. Limits of quality fish on trees in 18-28 feet of water. Some fish are suspended in the mid section of the trees and some are on the bottom. The winds have been blowing strong some days and that may be pushing those fish down. Also, seeing fish on brush piles and laydowns as well in 13-23 feet. Big fish over two pounds are starting to show up as they are feeding hard on shad right now. Best bait has been minnows, but seeing some very aggressive fish so jigs should produce as well. We should see a push soon to deeper water as the water temps reach the upper 50s. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.

Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 70 degrees; 2.50 feet below. Largemouth bass are in 4-12 feet of water on docks, points and brush using square bill crankbaits, shaky heads, Ned rigs and wacky worms. Crappie are in 12-20 feet of water in brush and standing timber using minnows. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.

Lake O The Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees; 0.93 feet low. This is the time of year fish will be moving shallower and feeding heavily as the water temperature cools. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait. Crappie are good on brush and laydowns in 12-15 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Black bass are fair early using topwater baits or chatterbaits shallow. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

FAIR. Stained; 77 degrees; 1.28 feet low. White bass are fair to slow with the season winding down as the water cools. Catfish can be caught drifting with cut bait on main lake flats and open water. 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. 81 degrees. Water lightly stained; 3.86 feet low. Martin Creek is a power plant lake with warm water and a current that affects the lake differently from others. The fall season will start later, usually bringing the fish shallow when the water temperature is closer to 70-degrees. Catching bass along the hydrilla with top water baits during a cold snap is not uncommon. When the weather cools fish will follow the warmer water staying shallow in 10-15 feet of water or less. During this time a Carolina rig works great for bass at the Scrapper Cut area on the lake. Large catfish can be found in the discharge using cut bait. Crappie tend to scatter out more instead of bunching up in schools under the bridge and old road bed at Dry Creek.

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 68-75 degrees; 4.05 feet low. Fish are feeding more throughout the day due to cooling water temperatures. Bass are good shallow and on topwater lures during the morning as they chase bait up to grass edges. Crappie are good on minnows. Shallower fish on flats and drains seem to bite more aggressively than deeper fish in large groups. Use caution when running north of the highline. Lake levels continue to drop and more standing timber is soon to be exposed. The lake is the lowest its been in 10 years. Use caution. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.

GOOD. Water clear to stained; 67 degrees; 1.00 feet low. Lake Naconiche is in fall turnover, so water clarity is murky brown in some areas, but should clear up soon. The cold fronts will speed this process up. Now is the time to start throwing your jerkbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and rattle lures. The crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.

FAIR. Water stained; 70 degrees; 3.5 feet low. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on minnows and cut bait. Bass bite has been up and down with the weather changes. Topwater bite has been starting the mornings off, moving to a Texas rig and crankbait later in the day. Fish are suspended are 5 -8 feet in most areas. Visibility is about 3-4 feet of water.

Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 71 degrees; 6.17 feet low. Keep a watchful eye for floating timber after the rains. Shad are shallow. Bass are biting crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs on shallow ledges and points. Throw small baits matching the baitfish. Crappie are holding tight main lake brush migrating to the creeks and in 12-14 feet of water hanging on brush and timber in 27 feet of water. Catfish 12-22 feet of water off points and creek channels chasing bait cut bait and liver perch. White bass are slowing down moving into the river biting small crankbaits and silver spoons. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.

Toledo Bend
FAIR. Water stained; 71-74 degrees; 4.77 feet low. The water level is 167.4 with no generators running. Water temperature at the dam is 71-74-degrees with surface temperature around 73-degrees. With some wind and rain this week the back feeder creeks are stained and muddy, and the main lake remains clear. Fishing patterns are similar this week. There are two types of l schooling bass in the fall transition. One group will be shallow along the banks chasing and feeding on shad. Look for blue herons and white cranes feeding on baitfish and walking the bank, this will be nature’s visual key to the location of bass. The second group of bass will remain deep but will congregate into bigger schools. For the shallow bite use a topwater bait, such as spooks, buzz baits and pop-r's, and 1/4 ounce or 3/8 ounce spinnerbaits in white, chartreuse, or black. To try something different, go back to the old single spin with a Colorado blade using silver for clear water and gold for muddy water. Squarebill crankbaits out to three feet of water in shad and perch imitation colors. For deeper bass, use a 1/2 to 3/4 ounce jigging spoon in silver with a white or yellow accent tail feather, or deep diving crankbaits in citrus shad and Tennessee shad colors. The jig bite continues to be strong this week with the night temperatures dropping into the 40s and the bass put their feed bags on. Cast your jig to long tapering points that drop off into deep water. The best colors are black and blue, PB&J football jigs ⅜ - 3/4 ounce with a 3-inch matching color craw trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with the chunk style trailer dipped in chartreuse color. Crappie bite is picking up in 10-20 feet of water using small jigs and small minnows depending on the cloud cover. Bluegills are mixed in with the crappie in brush piles and some are now being caught under boathouses and docks. Catfish are holding in 10-20 feet of water, and migrating up into the feeder creeks. Another bass pattern, if you are using a 5-8 WT fly rod, use a topwater foam white or black wiggle fish and sometimes cast a Dahlberg Diver in yellow/black color with a floating line; strip slowly and stop, pause, strip again or you can cast a crease fly shad color imitation; strip, strip, pause. The cadence can change daily with the cooler temperatures. Some days fish want the fly fast across the surface like chasing down a shad and other days they want it dead, motionless on the surface. After the colder nights have passed, try a Clouser minnow and sub-surface streamer fly like a Black Wooly Booger. Now that the lake is at a winter drawdown, it is prime time to go scouting in feeder creeks, ditches, man-made structures, creek bends and undercuts for springtime fishing spots. Always leave the area better than you found it by picking up trash. 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; 70 degrees; 3.21 feet below. The bite has slowed due to the cold fronts. Crappie, catfish and bass are loaded up on brush piles in 10-20 feet of water. Catfish are fair on stink bait and liver. Bass are fair on crankbaits. Crappie are fair using live minnows. Bluegill are fair mixed in with the crappie biting red worms. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.

Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 73 degrees; 2.25 feet above. White bass are biting on tail spinners, but most catches are undersized. Catfish still biting good on baited holes with punch bait Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service.

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