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080422 fishing report

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.50 feet below. Bass are good with the best bite on chatterbaits. Some topwater action with walking baits.

Bob Sandlin
FAIR. Water clear; 61 degrees; 1.17 feet below. Lots of rain. Crappie are good on standing timber 25-40 feet deep on jigs or minnows. Catfish are good 20-30 feet of water on baited holes. Bass are good early on shallow crankbaits. Sand bass are fair under the 21 bridge on jigging with slabs off the bottom. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

GOOD. Water stained; 60 degrees; 1.09 feet above. The bite on Caddo is good with tons of white bass and yellow bass running in the river systems. You can catch them on shad pattern baits such as spoons, rattletraps, crankbaits and Alabama rigs. The black bass are slow to the party but getting better as the water temps start to fall into the mid 50s. It will only get better if you love winter fishing out on Caddo. This is a favorite time of the year to bring the family out fishing so they can learn why we spend all day on the water. The bite becomes easy and you can get them hooked on fishing easy as well. Plus, you get to share with them the majestic views only Caddo has as God spoke this wonderful lake into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

GOOD. Slightly stained; 59 degrees; 2.37 feet below. Eater catfish are still doing well on baited holes and structure. Averaging around 30 fish per trip weather permitting. Catching some trophy class cats mixed in there too on Catfish Bubblegum. Trophy catfish can also be found along channels and mud flats. At this time of year if you find the bait the fish are close. Hybrids are hit and miss as well. Finding some schools on the outskirts of large amounts of shad but mostly undersized fish. 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. Crankbaits and slower sinking finesse style plastics have worked for them. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Crappie are good, staying tight to structure in 18-27 feet of water using a 1/6 ounce orange jig head tipped with a minnow, or white and chartreuse hair jig from Lone Star Crappie Jigs. Brush piles are good, but the fish are starting to stack up on standing timber suspended at 15 feet. Bigger fish are committing more and a lot of them are starting to hold eggs for the spawn in the spring. Report by Justin Burns with Slab Donkey Guide Service.

FAIR. Water Stained; 65 degrees; 5.81 feet low. The bass bite should change after the rise in water. Suspending jerkbaits are still best worked over 7-10 feet around ditches and creeks. Spinnerbaits have been good in the same areas, slowly rolled near big wood. Viper XP jigs in sourgrape, PBJ, Purple Passion, are still good on big wood near the edges of the creeks 8-10 feet. 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. Rising water level will bring feeding bass shallow. Fish newly flooded grass and timber with streamers for bass chasing shad. Some bream will be mixed in on warmer sunny days. 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. The bite is getting better and better going into the winter months. Big crappie are beginning to show up in numbers as the water temps continue to drop into the 50s. Catches over two pounds are landed each day with some fish closer to the three pound range. Timber on flats and along the main lake creek channels in 28-50 feet all seem to be holding good fish. We are seeing a good balance of white crappie and black crappie both being caught each day. Minnows still seem to be the dominant bait, but the jig bite is coming around finally on Lake Fork. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.

Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 63 degrees; 1.60 feet below. Largemouth bass are in 4-12 feet of water on docks, bulkheads and points using shaky head, Ned rigs and wacky worms. Crappie are in 10-20 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; 50 degrees; 0.20 feet low. Crappie are good on standing timber 25-40 feet deep on jigs or minnows. Catfish are good 20-30 feet of water on baited holes. Bass are good early on shallow crankbaits. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

FAIR. Stained; 70 degrees; 0.40 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. 65 degrees. Water lightly stained; 3.59 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; 55-60 degrees; 4.10 feet low. Fishing patterns continue to be similar as fish feed throughout the day. Shad are making their way to deeper water. Largemouth bass are good on grass edges and deeper flats adjacent to the creek channel. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush and standing timber in 20-30 feet. 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; 56 degrees. Recent rains have the lake about 4 inches above full pool, so watch out for hidden stumps. The Alabama rig and deep diving crankbait has done the most damage lately for bass. Jerkbaits will be in play very soon. Numbers of bass are starting to pickup and the size will get bigger as we transition into the winter pattern. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.

GOOD. Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 2 feet low. The fluctuating water temperatures have made the bite hit-or-miss, but when you catch it right before the temperature drops, the bass and crappie bite has been good. Crappie are hitting minnows and jigs around brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait and prepared baits, but be prepared to let it soak a while. Bass have been good early, and even better late in the evening, coming mostly on chartreuse shad crankbaits and Carolina rigs in 6-10 feet of water. An occasional bite can be found in 5 feet or less on a junebug Texas rigged. Water clarity has deteriorated with the recent heavy rain, with visibility falling to 2 feet or less where the creeks come in. With the recent rise in lake level, some stumps that have been visible for the past year are now just below the surface. Boaters are advised to use caution while idling around the lake.

Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 6.31 feet low. All species are chasing the bait in the back of creeks. Bass are good with the bigger sized catches coming on deeper ledges with a big worm, Carolina rig. White bass are good on spoons. Crappie are migrating up the river hanging around stumps like they are Christmas ornaments. They are moving quick biting on minnows or white feather jigs. Catfish are moving to the backs of creeks, and brush piles biting on cut bait and minnows. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.

Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 59 degrees; 4.25 feet low. GOOD. The water level is 167.7 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 59 degrees. The back feeder creeks are stained and muddy with lots of Fall leaves floating on the surface, and the main lake remains clear. We were blessed with some rain this week 2-3 inches. Not much has changed on the pattern this week. Chatter baits are still producing in 3/8 to 3/4 ounce white, chartreuse, watermelon pepper, and red/black skirts. To cover a lot of water, use a square bill crank bait or a flat side crank bait and smaller rattle traps from 0-8 feet in shad and perch imitation colors and the Rayburn red traps are still working. For deeper Bass, cast a Carolina rig with a worm or lizard. Jigging spoons are still producing quality bass on 1/2 to 3/4 ounce (silver with a white or yellow accent tail feather or a deep diving crank bait in citrus shad and Tennessee shad colors). The jig and pig 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. The Crappie bite is still good 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. 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. Reminder: Keep and extra set of clothes in a dry bag stowed away on your vessel just in case you get caught in the rain, heavy winds, etc. Hypothermia happens quickly. Good luck and keep casting forward! Report from Master Captain Steve “Scooby” Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide, and Mudfish Custom Rod Shop

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 2.78 feet below. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stink baits in brush piles in 10 feet of water. Eight pound blue catfish caught off the barge. Larger catfish are biting on cut bait. Bass are fair on crankbaits at the fishing barge brush piles. Crappie are slow using live minnows in 25-30 feet of water. Bluegill are good on red worms. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.

Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 54 degrees; 5.92 feet above. Fishing patterns are similar. Catfish bite is really good on Mr Whiskers catfish baits. Blue catfish up to 49 pounds are good on deeper drop-offs dragging cut shad. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service

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