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B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.35 feet below. Bass are good in the hydrilla with topwater frogs, chatterbaits, and swimbaits, or sigh swim jigs and senkos in the cypress trees. In the river flipping creature baits will land you a catch.

Bob Sandlin
FAIR. Water clear; 61 degrees; 1.68 feet below. Catfish are fair on baited holes 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait. Crappie are slow on bottom in the mud in 12-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Black bass are slow on topwaters 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; 60 degrees; 0.39 feet above. It will not be long before the fall and winter bite heat up. Bait fish are in the river systems and so are the bass. Catch them on rattletraps, crankbaits and umbrella rigs. When bass are in grass or on shallow flats use a fluke or spinnerbait. A Texas rig or dropshot along the grass lines in the bayou or river systems will work as well. The lake is absolutely beautiful with the colors of the lake changing as the cypress trees turn red, so come enjoy fishing on this majestic lake God spoke into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

GOOD. Slightly stained; 70 degrees; 2.44 feet below. Still catching good numbers of eater sized catfish on Catfish Bubblegum and it seems the average size is getting bigger as the water cools. Trophy catfish should be getting better and better on creek channels and mud flats. Catfish are anywhere from 8-30 feet of water. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Hybrids have been scattered in smaller schools and are on the move. Most are around main lake secondary points and drop-offs in 8-14 feet of water biting on MT Pockets slabs. Black bass are holding to structure in 8-21 feet of water. Deep diving crankbaits have been working best with dropshot power worms picking up some smaller ones. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Crappie are in and near structure in 12 -23 feet of water. Minnows are outperforming jigs. Fish have been more active now that cooler weather and water temperatures are here. Always wear your life jacket. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.

GOOD. Water Stained; 65 degrees; 6.84 feet low. Bass fishing is slow. The best bite is in 2-6 feet of water on wood or laydowns near ditches and creeks using green pumpkin or gold flake Texas rigs, and Viper XP jigs in Raptor Craw and Sourgrape, and PB&J. Some fish are in the very back of the pockets. Few fish are being caught on main lake points and secondary points in eight feet of water using shad patterned XD 5 crankbaits. 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; 2.23 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
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 64 degrees; 0.67 feet low. Catfish are fair on baited holes 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait. Crappie are slow on bottom in the mud in 12-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Black bass are slow on topwaters and chatterbaits. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

FAIR. Stained; 70 degrees; 0.41 feet low. Fish in the weather windows for the best fishing. Days leading up to a cold front are best, with the days after with a slow bite. White bass are fair on main lake humps jigging slabs in 10-15 feet of water. 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; 3.71 feet low. Fishing patterns are similar. 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; 4.11 feet low. Fish patterns are similar as fish continue to feed throughout the day. 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; 65 degrees. Lake Naconiche is clearing up after the turnover. Recent rains have the lake almost at full pool. Bass are biting on jerkbaits, deep crankbaits, spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and Alabama rigs. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.

FAIR. Water stained; 68 degrees; 3 feet low. Fishing patterns are similar with fish holding 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; 6.20 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; 60 degrees; 4.58 feet low. The water level is 167.4 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 60 degrees. The back feeder creeks are stained and muddy, and the main lake remains clear. Fallen leaves and pine needles cover the surface of the water after the recent winds and rain. This can be a helpful tool to read the water in the creeks. If the leaves are moving fast on one side of the creek and slower on the other side then fish the side with the faster moving current. The bass will be setting up behind the structure waiting to dart out to ambush prey. There will be a full moon this week, so those bigger fish are going to start moving shallow with the cooling water temperatures. For the shallow bite use a topwater bait early or late like spooks, buzz baits and pop-r's, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits in 3/8 to 3/4 ounce white, chartreuse, and red/orange skirts, slow roll them off primary and secondary points. To cover a lot of water, use a squarebill crankbait or a flat side and smaller rattletraps from 0-8 feet in shad and perch imitation colors and Rayburn red trap. For deeper bass, use a 1/2 to 3/4 ounce jigging spoon in silver with a white or yellow accent tail feather, or a deep diving crankbait in citrus shad and Tennessee shad colors). The jig bite has been strong this week. Cast your jig to long tapering points that drop off into deep water. The best colors are black and blue, PB&J football jigs in 3/8 - 3/4 ounce with a 3-inch matching color craw trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with a chunk style trailer dipped in chartreuse, garlic dip-n-dye. Crappie bite has been picking up in 10-20 feet of water using 1/16 and 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. Now that the lake is at a winter drawdown, it is prime time to go out scouting for new areas for springtime fishing. Look for feeder creeks, ditches, man-made structures, creek bends and undercuts. 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. Fishing is slow for all species with fish relating to brush piles in 10-20 feet of water. Catfish are slow on nightcrawlers. Bass are slow on crankbaits. Crappie are slow using live minnows on brush piles. Bluegill are slow 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; 5.41 feet above. White bass are slow. Good sized catfish are biting on punch bait. Cloudy days are best when targeting crappie. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service

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