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101322 fishing report
B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.43 feet below pool. Bass are fair early morning for topwater action, and throughout the day with spinnerbaits, swim jigs and chatterbaits around grass.
Bob Sandlin
FAIR. Water stained; 61 degrees; 1.104 feet below pool. Crappie are good on standing timber 30 feet deep on jigs or minnows. Catfish are fair 20 feet of water on baited holes. Bass are fair early on shallow crankbaits. Sand bass are good on midlake humps on slabs. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

GOOD. Water stained; 60 degrees; 1.12 feet above pool. The winter bite is still going strong on Caddo. The rains have made it more difficult to fish in the muddy water with salvinia floating all around. Look for bait fish or birds and you should be able to find bass, white bass and black bass around the bait in the river and bayou systems. Use shad patterns lures like rattletraps, crankbaits, spoons and chatterbaits. There have been some nice size catches as the fish feed up for the winter. The lake is beautiful and always a blessing to fish and experience a lake God spoke into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 1.46 feet below pool. Lake Conroe Report. Eater catfish are great on baited holes using catfish Bubblegum, liver, or punch baits, or drifting natural baits as well. Trophy catfish have been getting better and better drifting or suspended on brush using cut or live bait. Ledges, mud flats, and structure have been best, but an occasional trophy on baited holes as well. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Bass can be found schooled up around structures like rock, where active shad schools bring them easy prey. Rattletraps are good for the aggressive ones with dark soft plastics and jigs taking larger fish in deeper water waiting for an easy meal. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are also working around boathouses and brush piles and bridge pilings. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Crappie are good with hair jigs from Lone Star Crappie Jigs, minnows are a hit at times. Fish are staying tight to structure in 14-22 feet of water. Generally having to hit several spots to get the hotties. Hybrid and white bass are good in 19-30 feet of water, using chartreuse or white from M.T. Pockets Tackle Company, or if trolling use a hellbender with a pet spoon as a trailer. White bass have been running with the hybrids, generally under them. Please check the tooth patch to determine the difference. Always wear your life jacket. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Guide.

FAIR. Water Stained; 54-57 degrees; 5.42 feet below pool. Lake Fork is on the rise with lots of new water. Bass are moving and the cooler days have them setting up close to deep water. Strike King Series 5 in shad pattern is good in 10-12 feet on or near bigger creeks just off the edge. Slowly drag Carolina rigs with Xcite Hawgalious in a candy bug are good from 7-10 feet around creeks. Viper XP jigs in purple passion continue to work around the creeks as well in 7-10 feet of water. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Bass fishing is slow as fish retreat to their winter hibernation. Some small schools are in deep timber, in 15 feet, around creeks and drop-offs. Try Sculpin type patterns fished slowly in creek bends and deeper timber on humps and drop-offs. Crappie are moving towards wintertime schools currently in 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.

Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 1.48 feet below pool. Largemouth bass are in 4-10 feet of water on docks, bulkheads and brush using 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 stained; 50 degrees; 0.14 feet below low. Fishing patterns are holding steady. Crappie are good on 30-40 north of wats island feet deep on jigs or minnows. Catfish are fair 20 feet of water on baited holes. Bass are fair shallow crankbaits. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

FAIR. Stained; 70 degrees; 0.19 feet above pool. During the warm-up week the fish stacked up on secondary points and humps feeding up well but that should change after the cold front. White bass are good on the secondary points with slabs. Catfish biting good drifting with cut bait in deeper water. Crappie are slow. Striped bass are slow and the population is low. Largemouth bass are slow. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.

Martin Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 62-71 degrees; 3.69 feet below pool. Cold front in the forecast will slow the bite, but it will resume similar fishing patterns. Bass are good on top and along the edge of 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; 4.17 feet below pool. Shad have pushed to deeper water. Largemouth bass are fair 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. 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 watching for exposed obstacles. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.

GOOD. Water clear to stained; 63 degrees. The heat has returned, so the water temperature has risen back into the 60s. The morning bite has been good. But overall the bite has been on and off. Huge schools of shad are cruising the creek channels. The Alabama rig and deep diving crankbait has done the most damage lately. 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. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.

FAIR. Water stained; 58-60 degrees; 2 feet low. With the rains this week, the lake is just over full and the fishing continues to be tough. Catfish and crappie are fair, bass have been drifting fair to good. The rains have also carried a lot of mud and sand down, clouding the lake heavily in the creek influxes. Bass seem to be mostly suspended, but can be found shallow early mornings.

Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 64 degrees; 6.31 feet below pool. Fish are confused after the weather warm-up increased the water temperature. Crappie are wanting to spawn, even though the typical spawn is anytime from February-April. Crappie are good in the creek channel in 14-28 feet of water biting little road runners and cork and minnows. Bass are on the inside of grass edges biting rattletraps and soft baits, or on deep points in the creek channel with crankbaits, spoons or Alabama rig. Catfish are good in 20-28 feet of water on minnows and cut bait in deep holes, the backs of creeks and under bait fish. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.

Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 54 degrees; 3.86 feet below pool. The water level is 168.3 with no generators running. Water temperature at the dam is 54 degrees. The back feeder creeks are muddy and stained from two inches of rain this week. The main lake remains clear. The shad are migrating to the mouths of the creeks and in the creeks. Bass are good with 1/4-�¾ ounce chatterbaits in white, chartreuse, watermelon pepper, and red/black skirts. Downsizing chatterbaits to �¼ ounce has been producing bass across shallow stump flats. Fish out to eight feet of water with a shallow running squarebill crankbait or a flat sided crankbait and smaller rattletraps in �¼ 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 long tapering points on 1⁄2- 1 ounce silver spoons or a deep diving crankbait in citrus shad and Tennessee shad colors. The jig and pig bite has been very strong up in the creeks for bass. The best colors are black and blue, PB&J football jigs and structure jigs 3/8-�¾ ounce with a three inch matching color craw trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with a little orange accent trailer. Swim jigs in a shad imitation white with a silver back 3/8-�½ ounce in 2-5-feet of water next to vertical structure is also producing. Crappie bite is still good in 16-20 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. The temperature will be dropping down in the 30s this week. Keep and extra set of clothes and gloves in a dry bag stowed away on your vessel just in case you get caught in the rain, heavy winds, dropping temperatures, etc. Hypothermia happens quickly. Captain's Rule: It's wintertime, so it's always better to 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

SLOW. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 2.75 feet below pool. Fishing has slowed for all species, it’s as if they are illusive because they are frantically finishing the holiday shopping. Catfish are slow on nightcrawlers and liver in brush piles in 10 feet of water. Bass are slow on crankbaits but should start hitting anything you throw while they follow the shad. Crappie are slow in deep water structure with live minnows. Bluegill are slow on red worms. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.

Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 54 degrees; 8.46 feet above pool. Fishing patterns will slow after the cold front but should resume. Catfish bite is good on punch bait. 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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