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081122 fishing report
B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.65 feet below. Catfish are good biting cut and cheese bait. Bass are slow with topwaters in submerged vegetation and crankbaits along the edge of grass. Crappie are fair using minnows and jigs structures and brush piles.

Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water clear; 62 degrees; 1.69 feet below. Catfish are good on baited holes 12-20 feet of water using cheese bait. Crappie are fair on standing timber in 12-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Black bass are fair in crankbaits and chatterbaits. White bass slow on midlake humps and HWY 21 bridge with slabs or minnows. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

GOOD. Water stained; 70 degrees; 0.29 feet above. These cooler days are improving the bite on Caddo as the water temperature decline 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; 72 degrees; 2.46 feet below. Still catching good numbers of eater sized catfish on catfish bubblegum in 8-30 feet of water. It seems the average size is getting bigger as the water cools as usual. Trophy catfish should be getting better and better on creek channels and mud flats as it cools. Crappie bite has improved, but the population is still low so it is hit or miss in 12 feet of water. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Hybrid bass are still scattered in smaller schools but can be found around drop-offs adjacent to deeper water where schools of shad are present. They are mainly hitting MTPockets slabs with some on crankbaits in 7-20 feet of water. Many are in the 16-17 inch range. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Bass are staging in water between 9-14 feet of water on smaller structure and are fair on crankbaits and some slow moving baits. Always wear your life jacket. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide. .

GOOD. Water Stained; 65 degrees; 6.82 feet low. Lake Fork is still fishing tough. The shallow bite seems to be best with Texas rigs with black and blue beavers or craw worm type baits in 3-5 feet on big lay downs or big stumps. Squarebill crankbaits in shad patterns and chatterbaits in chartreuse and white are also good 3-5 feet of water. Work ditches and creeks fishing along the edge. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Warm days and consistent weather bring some action during the day, sub-surface patterns in fish patterns and jig patterns will be a good choice. Fish for bream beaded flies around boathouses and brush piles. Crappie are gathering in brush piles and man-made structures in 12-15 feet of water. 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; 63 degrees; 2.31 feet below. Fishing patterns are similar. 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; 64 degrees; 0.78 feet low. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait. Crappie are good on standing timber in 20-25 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Black bass are good in 2-8 feet of water crankbaits and chatterbaits. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

FAIR. Stained; 70 degrees; 1.04 feet low. White bass are fair with the season winding down as the water cools. Catfish are fair to good drifting with cut bait on main lake flats and open water. Crappie continues to be slow. Striped bass are slow. Largemouth bass are slow in 2-6 feet of water along the banks. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.

Martin Creek
GOOD. 70 degrees. Water lightly stained; 3.86 feet low. Bass are good on small swimbaits, spinnerbaits and worms up shallow and along the hydrilla. Crappie are slowing and beginning to scatter from the brush piles in deeper water. Catfish are good with live bait and cut bait.

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 65-72 degrees; 4.03 feet low. Fish are feeding more throughout the day due to cooling water temps. Shad are starting to make their way to deeper water. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush and standing timber. Use caution when running north of the highline. Lake levels continue to drop and more standing timber is soon to be exposed. Use caution. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.

GOOD. Water clear to stained; 66 degrees; 1.00 feet low. Lake Naconiche is in fall turnover, so water clarity is murky brown in some areas. The upper creek arms have cleaned up, but the mid-section is still turbid. Now is the time to start throwing your fall lures: jerkbaits, crankbaits, spinner baits, bladed jigs and rattle lures. Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.

FAIR. Water stained; 68 degrees; 3 feet low. The recent cold front has thrown off the bite pattern this week. After the rain the water level has risen a few inches, but the lake is still down several feet. Water clarity has been steadily increasing. The fish seem to be hugging tight to structure and very hesitant to bite. Best suggestion across the species board is to use a slow approach and fish every angle of structure. Until the weather levels out, the bite may change daily.

Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 65 degrees; 6.24 feet low. Bass are biting crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs on shallow points and backs of creeks, ledges Carolina and cranks. Crappie are migrating from brush 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 in the creeks and river biting small crankbaits and silver spoons. Look for this bite to improve. Continue to keep a watchful eye for floating timber. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.

Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 62-68 degrees; 4.80 feet low. The water level is 167.2 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 62 degrees with surface temperature around 68. The back feeder creeks are stained and clearing in spots, and the main lake remains clear. The back feeder creeks have a lot of fallen leaves on the surface. This can be a good sign if you are learning to read the water in the creek. When the leaves are moving fast on one side of the creek and slower on the other side, fish the side with the faster moving current. The bass will be setting up behind the structure waiting to dart out to ambush prey. The night air and water temperatures are starting to cool down and some reports are coming in that fish have been biting better in the evenings. For the shallow bite use topwater baits, such as spooks, buzz baits and pop-r's. Spinnerbaits will also work in 1/4 ounce and 3/8 ounce white, chartreuse, and black in color. Try something different, go back to the old single spin with a Colorado blade in silver for clear water and gold for muddy water. Out to eight feet of water cast flat sided or squarebill crankbaits, and smaller rattletraps in shad and perch imitation colors, and don't forget that Rayburn red craw colored traps. For deeper bass, use a jigging spoon 1/2 to 3/4 ounce in silver with a white or yellow accent tail feather, or a deep diving crankbaits in citrus shad and Tennessee shad colors. The jig bite has been strong this week with the night temperatures dropping into the 40s. Cast your jig to long tapering points that drop off into deep water, the best colors are black and blue, PB&J football jigs 3/8 - 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 has been picking up in 10-20 feet of water using 1/16 or 3/32-ounce Wager Baits, #46 Bluegrass, #3 Monkey Milk and small 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. Another bass pattern is 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 they 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, you might want to try a Clouser minnow and sub-surface streamer fly like a Black Wooly Booger or a Death to Crappie beaded chartreuse head with black deer hair body. Now that the lake is at a Winter drawdown, it's prime time to go out scouting for new areas for Springtime fishing. Look for areas like feeder creeks, ditches, man-made structures, creek bends and undercuts, etc. Always leave the area better than you found it, discarding trash, and picking up 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; 60 degrees; 3.07 feet below. 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; 62 degrees; 4.95 feet above. White bass are slow. Good sized catfish are biting on punch bait. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service

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