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082522 fishing report

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.46 feet below pool. The fluctuating weather has the fishing patterns changing daily. Bass are good casting weightless flukes, rattletraps and chatterbaits in the grass.

Bob Sandlin
FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 0.58 feet below pool. Crappie are fair in 30 feet of water under the HWY 21 bridge with jigs or minnows 21 bridge. Catfish are good 25-30 feet deep on baited holes. Sand bass are good main lake humps with slabs. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

FAIR. Water stained; 50 degrees; 1.38 feet above pool. Caddo Lake still has plenty of current rolling through, so the river patterns are still holding up with crankbaits, Alabama rigs and chatterbaits. The lake is clearing up as most of the salvinia is starting to float down the lake toward the Red River. It will not be long before tree patterns come into play. Catching plenty of prespawn females, so it is just a matter of time before a jig or a Texas rig creature bait will come into play around the base of the trees. As always expect a wonderful getaway with epic views when you come to this lake that God spoke into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

GOOD. Water stained; 60 degrees; 0.28 feet below pool. Eater and trophy catfish are great drifting the flats and channels. Eaters catfish are great on baited holes with catfish bubblegum, liver and punch bait. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Black bass are a little slower on the colder days. With the cooler water, fish can be found around the rocks, rip rap, dock pilings, and other structures. Carolina rigged worms in darker colors will all work well on brush as well as deep diving crankbaits, jigs and Rat-L-Traps. As water temperature rises fish will be active around the edges of humps with small structure near deep water where shad is present around 6-8 feet deep. Plastics like Berkley Power worms in black and junebug colors are good. Swim jigs and shallow running crankbaits will work well also. For bass on deeper structure use crankbaits and Carolina rigged worms with heavier weight around roadbeds, pond dams, brush and other deeper structure will produce. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Crappie are staying tight in or near structure in 13-21 feet of water. Having to hit several spots. Hybrids and white bass are running together in 19-32 feet of water using MT Pockets Tackle, jigging a chartreuse or white spoon. 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; 56-59 degrees; 5.33 feet below pool. Bass have started making some moves into the shallow waters as the water temperature warms. These fish are hitting red chatterbaits and spinnerbaits in 2-4 feet of water around wood and wind blow banks. The fish that have not moved shallow are still around ditches and creeks in 5-7 feet of water. Best baits have been 2.5 Strike King squarebills in red/orange or Viper XP jigs in Lake Fork Craw and PB&J around the big wood along the creeks. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Continued warm trend has triggered a brief pre-spawn bite in warmer coves. Fish slow moving fish patterns in treetops or brush (15’) and sculpin type patterns fished very slowly in creek bends and deeper timber on humps and drop-offs. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. Lake Fork crappie fishing is getting red hot. The fish in the deep areas of the lake are stacking up on trees in 35-53 feet of water. The jig bite has finally heated up and that bite is awesome right now. Big fish are showing up as well each day with customers boating numerous fish over 2 pounds each day using minnows, and soft plastics. Target brush piles in 20-28 feet using small hand ties. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins’ Guide Service.

Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 58 degrees; 0.43 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; 0.93 feet above pool. Crappie are slow drifting with minnows or jigs off the bottom 30-40 feet of water near the dam. Catfish are fair on baited holes in 25-30 feet of water. Sand bass are near the 259 Bridge. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

FAIR. Stained; 65 degrees; 0.02 feet below 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 on the main lake drifting with cut bait in deeper water. Striped bass are slow. Largemouth bass are slow. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.

Martin Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 62 degrees; 1.80 feet below pool. Bass are in the hydrilla using shad colored lipless crankbaits and plum colored worms. Crappie have migrated to the warmer water along creek banks and Dirgin Bridge using jigs and minnows.

GOOD. Water stained; 54-58 degrees; 2.87 feet below pool. Bait and fish are scattered throughout the lake. Largemouth bass are good on grass edges and around the creek channel. Crappie are fair, they are scattered in open water throughout the lake. Some decent groups can be found in 25-30 feet of water. 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; 59 degrees; 4.00 feet below pool. Water clarity is marginally improved, but still dirty. Catfish will be best on cut bait and prepared baits. Crappie will be looking for minnows while hugging structure. Bass are schooling and reluctant to bite. Bites are very soft and almost undetectable. Lots of action chasing bait shallow along the grass edges throughout the day.

Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 50 degrees; 3.76 feet below pool. Bass are good on rattletraps inside and outside of grass lines, and offshore for bigger bass on deep points with crankbaits and Carolina rigs. Crappie are migrating into the spawning areas on brush piles. Catfish are in the creek and river channels in 24 feet of water cut bait and minnows. White bass are running up the rivers biting jigs and minnows. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.

Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 50 degrees; 3.44 feet below pool. The water level is 168.55 with one generator running 24 hours a day. The back feeder creeks are clearing. The main lake is stained up north and clear south. Bass are shallow out to six feet of water searching out cleaner water to feed. 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. In muddy to stained water use a vibrating blade colored in black, black/orange, black/red, and copper. Reports of crappie migrating to shallow waters and coves. Some are still out deep and have been caught off the edge of the river channel. The chicken coop area is still producing good numbers of crappie. Captain has been looking out for the double-crested Cormorants migrating and feeding on baitfish up the creeks. This is an indicator that the shad are moving shallow to spawn and the game fish will follow for their spawn. Remember, it is 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; 1.94 feet below pool. Fishing is slowly picking up and fish are moving shallower as the water warms. Catfish are slow on cut bait in deeper water, and off the barge with worms. 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.

Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 5.54 feet above pool. Catfish bite is fair drifting deep water with cut bait. Crappie are slow off brush piles.

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