GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.21 feet above pool. The fluctuating weather has the fishing patterns changing daily. Bass are good casting weightless flukes, rattletraps and chatterbaits in the grass.
FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 0.62 feet below pool. Crappie are fair in 30-40 feet of water on standing timber with jigs or minnows. Catfish are fair 20-30 feet deep on baited holes. Sand bass are good in 40 feet of water with slabs. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
FAIR. Water stained; 50 degrees; 1.63 feet above pool. The bite is finally improving after the holiday cold snap. To locate bass look for shad on your graph in the river or bayou systems. Bass are hitting the Alabama rigs, crankbaits or rattletraps in a shad pattern. On the main lake target grass matts and lily pad stem flats using crawfish or bream patterned rattletraps and chatterbaits. As always it is a blessing to fish a lake that God spoke into existence no matter how many fish are caught. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
GOOD. Water stained; 60 degrees; 0.31 feet below pool. Eater catfish are good on baited holes 15-50 feet deep. Trophy and eatersized catfish are good on cutbait drifting ledges and flats. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Black bass can be found on brush piles, submerged roadbeds, docks, rocky points, and other structures 8-19 feet deep. Slowly work Carolina rigged soft plastics or dropshots Berkley worms. Crappie are staying tight in or near structure in 13-21 feet of water, but you will need to hit several spots for catches. Pitching or casting just above the structure with minnows if you can find them. Hybrids and white bass are running together and biting good in 19-32 feet of water. Please refer to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website to distinguish the difference between the species. Always wear your life jacket. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Guide.
FAIR. Water Stained; 55-57 degrees; 5.19 feet below pool. As the water temperature increases fish are on the move to warmer areas and pockets. Bass are good suspending jerkbaits over ditches and in creeks in 5-8 feet of water, or slow rolling spinnerbaits. Viper XP jigs in sour-grape and purple passion are good on big wood and lay downs in 6-8 feet of water. Red and orange squarebill crankbaits are working in the ditches and creeks in 3-6 feet of water. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Continued warm trend might trigger a pre-spawn bite for bass in warmer coves. Fish slow moving patterns in treetops or brush in 15 feet of water, and sculpin type patterns fished very slowly in creek bends and deeper timber on humps and dropoffs. Some channel catfish are being caught in two feet with small beaded fly patterns. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.
GOOD. Water stained; 56 degrees; 0.51 feet below pool. Largemouth bass are in 4-12 feet of water on docks, bulkheads and brush using jerkbaits, Ned rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are in 10-22 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; 52 degrees; 1.07 feet above pool. Crappie are good drifting with minnows off the bottom 30-40 feet of water near the dam. Catfish are fair on baited holes in 20-30 feet of water. Sand bass starting to show up above the 259 Bridge. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
FAIR. Stained; 65 degrees; 0.09 feet above pool. White bass are slow suspended in deep water. The majority of white bass will start to push towards creeks and river to the spawning grounds. Catfish are good drifting on the main lake with cut bait in deeper water. Striped bass are slow. Largemouth bass are slow. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 62 degrees; 1.88 feet below pool. After the recent rain the lake level has risen submerging the hydrilla. With the continued warming trend the bass fishing is excellent. Lipless crankbaits, jerkbaits and swimbaits are working well over grass. Bass are beginning to spawn in the Dry Creek area. Navigate with caution watching for submerged stumps.
GOOD. Water stained; 52-56 degrees; 2.87 feet below pool. Water level and water temperatures have increased over the last week. Bait and fish are scattered throughout the lake. Largemouth bass are good on grass edges and around the creek channel. Crappie are slow and scattered in open water throughout the lake. The key will be to find groups because they will bite if you get bait in front of fish. Use caution when running north of the highline. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.
GOOD. Water clear; 55 degrees. Bass are good in 6-10 feet of water casting around timber with a squarebill crankbait in chartreuse or gold has been the ticket. Cast into the same spot at least twice because the first throw gets their attention and the second the bite. A jig has been productive in the same timber areas. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
SLOW. Water stained; 60 degrees; 2 feet low. Fishing is slow for all species. The lake level continues to drop, and hydrilla is coming on strong. Bass are schooling in the mornings. Best luck this week has been on Texas rigs and Alabama rigs. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut and prepared baits. With Lake levels dropping, use caution for stumps that are normally not an issue.
GOOD. Water stained; 50 degrees; 4.15 feet below pool. Lake levels are rising and bass are now inside and outside the grass lines biting on spinner baits, flukes and spoons. For bass in 20-25 feet of water target deep ledges and points with Carolina rigs. Crappie continue to be up the river, and some are shallow on main lake pockets for the prespawn. Catfish are in 25 feet of water in the river channels using minnows. White bass are continuing to move up the creeks and river biting jigs and minnows. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
GOOD. Water stained; 50 degrees; 2.43 feet below pool. The water level is 169.44 with two generators running 24 hours a day for the last seven days. Water temperature at the Dam is 50 degrees. The back feeder creeks are muddy and stained from rain this week. The main lake is stained to muddy from all the rainfall flowing in from the north filling the feeder creeks to the Pendleton bridge flowing south. The fish will be regrouping after these muddy waters start to clear. The bass have gone shallow searching out clear water to feed in 0-6 feet of water. Top producing baits are bladed swim jigs, spinnerbaits, rattling flat sided crankbaits, and buzz baits. Top colors will be black, black/blue, red/orange, and white/chartreuse. My top choice for muddy water is a vibrating blade in black, black/orange, black/red, and copper. Crappie are continuing to bite on minnows and jigs in darker colors. The chicken coop area is producing good numbers of crappie. Keep an 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. The morning fogs have been heavy this week with the temperature swings. Captain's tip: If it is too foggy to launch, do not launch. If a fog bank comes over you while fishing with no visibility, turn on all your navigational lights, talk loudly, and turn the volume up on a radio to let other boaters know you are near and go slow or stay put until navigation is safe again. Captain's Rule: It is wintertime, so play it safe and tell 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; 53 degrees; 1.94 feet below pool. Fishing continues to be slow for all species. Catfish are slow on nightcrawlers and liver in 25-30 feet of water. Bass are slow on crankbaits in open water. Crappie are slow in 25-30 feet of water with live minnows. Bluegill are slow on red worms. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 5.54 feet above pool. Catfish bite is good drifting with cut bait in deeper water.