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081822 fishing report

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.52 feet below pool. 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 pool. The fish are nestled into their winter pattern with visions of bait dancing in their head. 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; 1.24 feet above pool. The bite has been good on the main lake, but the river and bayou systems are hard to fish due to floating salvinia, and muddy stain. You will have to keep moving to find clean water to fish, unfortunately, and as the lake levels continue to rise the salvinia in the back waters will float up, and out in our way. If you can fish around it you can find some nice bass on traps, chatterbaits, crankbaits and spoons. Something in a shad pattern will work as the bass are feeding up and the colder it gets the better it can be. As always just come and experience this lake that God spoke into existence, and if the bass will cooperate, that is the bonus. Caddo Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

GOOD. Slightly stained; 60 degrees; 2.41 feet below pool. Eater sized catfish are good on baited ledges and structure. Catching quite a few over five pounds on Catfish Bubblegum as well as some trophy class fish in the 30s and 40s. Trophy catfish have been fair on structure, but seem to be following the big shad schools. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Black bass are becoming more active with the weather changes. Shakey Head jigs with dark eight inch worms have been good along with Carolina rigs fishing rocks and small structures in 9-14 feet range. Lipless crankbaits are also working around boathouses and brush piles where they are chasing the schools of shad. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Crappie are biting Hair jig from Lone Star Crappie Jigs are better than plastic, and minnows are a hit at times. Fish are staying tight to structure in 18-25 feet of water. Generally having to hit several spots to get the hotties. Hybrids and white bass are in 21-32 feet of water, using chartreuse or white from M.T. Pockets Tackle Company thumping. Whites have been running with the hybrids, generally under them. Please verify the difference between the species check the tooth patch on Texas Parks and Wildlife website. Deadsticking will start soon. If trolling, many use a hellbender with a pet spoon as a trailer. Always wear your life jacket. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Guide.

FAIR. Water Stained; 56-58 degrees; 5.81 feet below pool. Bass are biting best on suspended jerkbaits worked over 7-10 feet around ditches and creeks. Spinnerbaits have been good in the same areas, but you have to slow roll close to big wood. Viper XP Jigs, in sourgrape, PBJ, or Purple Passion, are good on big wood near the edges of the creeks in 7-9 feet of water. Squarebill crankbaits are starting to work around big wood and channels. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Bass fishing is slow as fish retreat to their winter hibernation. Sculpin type patterns fished slowly in creek bends and deeper timber on humps and drop-offs. Crappie are moving towards wintertime schools currently 20 feet or less on main lake points and creek ledges, 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; 1.55 feet below pool. Largemouth bass are in 4-10 feet of water on docks, bulkheads and brush using a Ned rigs and wacky worms. Crappie are in 10-20 feet of water in brush, standing timber, and deep docks using minnows. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.

Lake O The Pines
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 0.08 feet below low. Fishing patterns are holding steady. 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; 0.09 feet above pool. White bass are great in open water in 25-30 feet of water jigging with slabs. Catfish are good drifting with cut shad on flats off the river channel. Crappie are slow. Striped bass are slow and the population is low. Largemouth bass are slow in the shallows. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.

Martin Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 62-71degrees; 3.64 feet below pool. Bass are good over and along the edge hydrilla using plum and watermelon red worms. Rattletraps ripping through deeper grass is good also. Crappie are slow and catfish should be good between the bridge and hot water discharge. Caution, the lake is still very low with large stumps just under the water.

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 55-60 degrees; 4.18 feet below pool. Shad have pushed to deeper water. Largemouth bass are good on grass edges and deeper flats adjacent to the creek channel. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs on brush and standing timber in 20-30 feet. Fish are a little more spread out than normal for this time of year. Fishing should pick up in the upcoming weeks. 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; 57 degrees. The morning bass bite has been good, but overall the bite has been on and off. The Alabama rig or deep diving crankbait have done the most damage, but jerkbaits will be in play very soon. Numbers are starting to pick up and the size will get bigger as we transition into the winter pattern. Huge schools of shad are cruising the creek channels. Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.

FAIR. Water stained; 56-60 degrees; 2 feet low. Fishing has slowed for all species, but should improve as the weather becomes more consistent and winds decrease.

Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 59 degrees; 6.37 feet below pool. The weather has been pretty and pretty good for fishing. White bass are good on spoons under the bait in the river channel. Bass are in 8-18 feet of water on Carolina rigged worms or lipless crankbaits. Points in the creek channel under bait using spoons. Crappie in the creek channel minnows or white feather jigs. Catfish are good in 20-24 feet of water on minnows and cut bait in deep holes and the backs of creeks. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.

Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 57 degrees; 4.03 feet below pool. Water temperature at the Dam is 57 degrees. The back feeder creeks are stained and starting to clear. The main lake remains clear. This week we have a full moon so check your Lunar table for your prime fishing times. Bass are biting on 1/4 to 3/4 ounce chatterbaits in white, chartreuse, watermelon pepper, and red/black skirts. Downsizing our chatterbaits to 1/4 ounce has been producing bass across shallow stump flats. To cover even more water, use a shallow running squarebill crankbait or flat side crankbait and smaller rattletraps out to eight feet of water in a1/4-ounce silver black back, silver blue back and a Rayburn red rattle trap. For deeper bass, cast a Carolina rig with a worm or lizard in dark colors. Jigging spoons are still producing quality bass on �½ to �¾ ounce silver or gold spoons with a white or yellow accent tail feather or a deep diving crankbait in citrus shad and Tennessee shad colors. The jig and pig bite has been very strong up in the creek this week. The best colors are black and blue, PB&J football jigs and structure jigs 3/8 - 3/4 ounce with a three inch matching color craw trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with a little orange accent 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 wind. Remember hypothermia happens quickly so keep an extra set of clothes in a dry bag stowed away on your vessel just in case you get caught in the rain, or heavy winds. Toledo Bend is the fifth largest human-made lake in the country with a lot of underwater obstructions. Play it safe by telling a loved one or friend the area you will be fishing, how many people are in your party and the expected return time. 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; 55 degrees; 2.79 feet below pool. Rollercoaster weather has slowed the bite for all species. Look for the bass and larger catfish bite to pick up in January. Catfish are slow on nightcrawlers and liver in brush piles in 10 feet of water. Bass are slow on crankbaits and trick worms at the fishing barge brush piles. Crappie continue to be slow using live minnows in 25-30 feet of water. Big bluegill are good on red worms. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.

Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 54 degrees; 8.01 feet above pool. 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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