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081122 fishing report

B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.39 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; 1.64 feet below. Lots of rain. 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; 0.67 feet above. The bite is starting to heat up as conditions improve after cold weather and rain. For bass, throw a rattletrap, chatterbait or crankbait when you find the bait fish on your graph. For white bass and yellow bass a jigging spoon or lil George works well. This is a beautiful time to be on the lake because the bite is fun and the trees are turning red. The view is majestic out here on a lake God spoke into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

GOOD. Slightly stained; 66 degrees; 2.48 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 as usual. Trophy catfish should be getting better and better on creek channels and mud flats as it cools. Catfish are anywhere from 8-30 feet of water. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Bass have been a little slower transitioning, but are still suspended on brush piles up to 14 feet of water. Crankbaits and slower sinking finesse style plastics have landed bites. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Crappie are in and near structure in 13-23 feet of water with minnows outperforming jigs. The fish have been more active after the cooler weather and water temperature. Hybrids are scattered in smaller schools and are on the move. Most are in 10-21 feet of water, using MT Pockets slabs. Deadsticking will begin soon. Always wear your life jacket. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.

FAIR. Water Stained; 65 degrees; 6.85 feet low. Bass fishing is slow with only a few bites a day. Suspending jerk baits are best worked over creeks and ditches in 7-10 feet. Viper XP Jigs in purple passion or black and blue are good on big timber along the edges of creeks in 8-10 feet of water. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Bass are slow on Carolina rigs, dropshots, and jigging spoons in 15-18 feet of water, and squarebill crankbaits in 3-6 feet of water. Report by Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Guide Service. Cold fronts and colder water send bass deeper and slow their metabolism, sinking lines at 3IPM+ around creek channels 12-15 feet. Try slow moving streamers and sculpin patterns. Crappie will be moving towards wintertime schools in the open water and deep pockets, beaded woolies fished with a 5 wt rod and sinking lines. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.

Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 63 degrees; 2.02 feet below. Largemouth bass are in 4-10 feet of water on docks, and brush using 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; 0.65 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; 0.18 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; 3.78 feet low. Few reports due to the cooler weather. With the continued colder weather fish the Dry Creek area where the warmer water is.

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 63-68 degrees; 4.06 feet low. Fish are feeding more throughout the day due to cooling water temperatures. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush and standing timber. Shad are making their way to deeper water, and the forecasted cold front should push the majority of fish to join in the deeper water for winter. 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; 65 degrees. Lake Naconiche is clearing up after the turnover. Recent rains have the lake almost at full pool. Continue throwing fall lures like jerkbaits, deep crankbaits, spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and don't forget the Alabama rig. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.

FAIR. Water stained; 65 degrees; 3 feet low. The fish are hunkered down in deep structure due to the cold snap. There are still bites to be had, but it takes work. Crappie have been good on jigs and minnows, especially around the Prairie Branch Pier for bank bound anglers. Catfish are fair on cut and prepared baits. Bass have been fair on slowly worked Texas and Carolina rigs, and jigs deep. Junebug, watermelon, and pearl colors work well in stick baits and flukes. Recent rains are starting to bring lake levels up, but are also cooling the water down.

Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 65 degrees; 6.18 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; 4.27 feet low. The water level is 167.7 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. Wind and cold rain came in this week with fluctuating fall temperatures. Captain's tip number one, if there is a cold rainfall look for the bass to move to the mouth of the creek. Captain's tip number two, if there is a warmer rainfall the fish will move to the back of the creek. Early in the week before the front came in, we had an early buzz bait bite. Chatterbaits are still producing 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 crankbait and smaller rattletraps out to 8 feet in shad and perch imitation colors and the Rayburn red traps are still working. For deeper bass, use a jigging spoon in 1/2 to 3/4 ounce 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. 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 a chunk style trailer dipped in chartreuse or garlic dip-n-dye. Crappie bite has been picking up in 12-20 feet on the edge of the river channels using 1/16- and 3/32-ounce Wager Baits, #46 Bluegrass, #3 Monkey Milk, #09 Electric Chicken, #10 Black and Chartreuse and small minnows depending on the cloud cover and cooling night temperatures. Bluegills are still mixed in with Crappie in the brush piles. Now that the lake is at a winter drawdown, it is prime time to go scouting for new areas for springtime fishing. Look for areas like feeder creeks, ditches, man-made structures, creek bends and undercuts, etc. Duck season opened on the lake last week, so respect each other's space on the water. Good luck and tightlines! Report from Master Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orvis Endorsed Fishing Guide, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak Sales, and Rod Repair.

SLOW. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 3.12 feet below. The bite has slowed after the cold weather moving to 25-30 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; 61 degrees; 5.55 feet above. The recent cold snap did not halt the bite. Catfish bite is really good on Mr Whiskers catfish baits. Crappie bite is good on jigs and minnows. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service

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