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021623 fishing report

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 58 degrees; 0.84 feet below pool. Few reports and anglers on the water. Look for the bite to improve with the weather. Target bass with craw patterned lipless crankbaits or weightless flukes. On overcast days throw a green pumpkin chatterbait.

Bob Sandlin
FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 0.07 feet above pool. Crappie are good in 40-50 feet of water with minnows. Catfish are slow in 20 feet of water on baited holes. Sand bass are good near the railroad bridge with slabs or minnows. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

SLOW. Water stained; 45-52 degrees; 2.18 feet above pool. Bass bite is still slow to come around on Caddo but the good news is the water temperature has increased into the low 50s. The fish we are catching are pre spawn females full of eggs so they are getting ready for the full moon in March. A spinnerbait, rattletrap or jerk bait have been working over the grass flats around the old pad stems and around the trees. As always even if the bite is tough it is always a blessing to come to see a lake that God spoke into existence and is so majestic. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.02 feet above pool. Changes in the weather have most of the catfish scattered. Eater and trophy class fish can be caught in 8-40 feet of water. Eater catfish are slow but good numbers are coming on Catfish Bubblegum, liver, and punch bait. Trophy catfish are biting cut gizzard shad. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. With the spawning season beginning, largemouth bass are starting to move shallow and become more active as they prepare to lay their eggs. During this time, bass can be found near shallow cover such as brush piles, logs and some grass and vegetation which still remains in the backs of some coves. They can be targeted with techniques such as flipping, pitching, drop shotting, or using topwater lures. Soft plastic lures in natural colors, such as crawfish or shad, are also effective. On the colder mornings, jigs with large claw plastic trailers are one of the most versatile lures for cold water fishing. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Target crappie with minnows, pitching or casting 1/16 or 1/32 ounce jigs just above the structure, as well as vertical jigging. Crappie are staying tight in or near structure in 7-23 feet of water. Hybrid striped bass are good deadsticking in 25-40 feet of water while the water temperature has been cool. Thumping might be able to turn on the jig bite as well. Always wear your life jacket. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Guide.

FAIR. Water Stained; 56-59 degrees; 2.51 feet below pool. The lake level has risen about 3 feet and has the bass scattered shallow and deep. Points on the main lake and secondary points are best with Carolina rigs and small baits like baby brush hogs or four inch Yum Dingers. June bug is the best color, or red shad. Best depth is 12-15 feet. What few bass are shallow are in 3-5 feet on windy banks slowly working chatterbaits and spinnerbaits in bright colors are best. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Bass early spawners are beginning to move to staging areas and a few may be on beds. Crawfish and bream patterns might draw a vicious strike, so make sure your equipment is up for the job. Crappie are moving to the mouths of coves towards their spring spawning areas but are still tight lipped. The water is still cold, but a few warm days will set it all off. Get ready! Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie bite on Lake Fork has been up and down with the crazy weather. Fish are on trees as deep as 48-58 feet and we also have fish that have moved up into water as shallow as 18-25 feet. Black crappie should begin to move shallower than 18 feet in the next few weeks if the warms. White and black crappie are both on the deep trees, but the shallower areas are holding mostly black crappie. Shallow white crappie are roaming in open water. Water temperatures did rebound a bit with the warmer days and sunshine this week. The good thing is the Lake Fork jig bite has fired up catching fish on soft plastics and hand tied jigs. Minnows will still work especially on finicky crappie. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins’ Guide Service.

Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 51 degrees; 0.23 feet below pool. Fishing patterns will remain similar until the water temperature increases to 60 degrees. 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; 2.05 feet above pool. Crappie are fair drifting near the dam with minnows or jigs. Catfish are good on baited holes in 20 feet of water. Sand bass are excellent north of the 259 Bridge with white jigs. Black bass showing up in shallow water. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

SLOW. Stained; 58 degrees; 0.38 feet above pool. Fishing is picking. Moving shallow after the rainfall and warmer temperatures. The mid 70s days will kick off the spawn. Crappie are shallow in the creeks staged for the spawn biting minnows or crappie jigs. White bass are up in the creeks biting on white curly tailed grub or small spoons. Catfish are good on the main lake drifting with cut bait on flats near the river channel. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.

Martin Creek
SLOW. Water slightly stained; 60 degrees; 0.11 feet below pool. Bass fishing has improved all over the main lake, with Dry Creek producing larger bass while the spawn is under way. Lizards, brush hogs and craws are working good fished shallow. Spinnerbaits, swimbaits and lipless crank baits are working along the hydrilla. Reports of a potential new lake record blue catfish caught last week.

FAIR. Water stained; 54-58 degrees; 0.05 feet below pool. Bait and fish are scattered throughout the lake. Largemouth bass are good on grass edges and around the creek channel. The next month is your best chance at catching a trophy fish. Crappie are slow, they are scattered throughout the lake. Black Crappie are in schools chasing bait. Majority of white crappie are holding on bottom. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees. Starting to see small schools of bass ganging up on the shad. These fish are gorging up and packing on the pounds to prepare for the spawn. Alabama rigs, underpins and chatterbaits are a good way to catch fish. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.

SLOW. Water clear; 52 degrees; 0.00 feet below pool. With the weather changes, the fish continue to be confused but the bites have improved some. The lake is at full pool, and clarity has improved, but the water temperature is still in the 50s. Look for things to improve as the weather stabilizes. Go to suggestions for the week: crappie baits of choice would be minnows or 1/16 and 1/32 ounce jigs with black and chartreuse or pink plastics. Catfish selections would be either cut bluegill or catfish bubblegum. For bass, try throwing a chatterbait over grass or a jerkbait or lip less crank along the grass edges.

Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 55-58 degrees; 0.22 feet below pool. Lots of freshwater and deep grass after the recent weather. Bass are in shallow brush and grass lines on warmer days biting jerkbaits and soft plastics. Some bass are on deep points biting Carolina rigs, Alabama rigs and jigs. The rattletrap bite has slowed. Crappie are stacked up near the 147 Bridge waiting for the water to warm. Catfish are in the creek and river channel bends in 25-28 feet of water biting stink bait, cut bait and minnows. White bass are running up the rivers biting small rattletraps and roadrunners. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.

Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 50-56 degrees; 0.39 feet below pool. HISTORIC. The water level is 171.6 feet with both generators running 24 hours a day. Just a note, 172 feet is a full pool for Toledo Bend. Water temperature at the Dam is 50 degrees. North of the three-mile Pendleton Bridge temperatures have been running 50-56 degrees. There has been a lot of rain and runoff entering the lake. The back feeder creeks are muddy and flowing. The main lake is stained and clearing. Five big bass were caught last week weighing in over double digits each, 10 pounds plus; 10.56, 12.63, 13.38, 11.0 and 10.81. Amazingly, five more big bass over 10 pounds were caught this week; 10.11, 11.58, 10.00, 12.00 and a new lake black bass record certified at 15.67 pounds was caught by Bill Cook of Houston. To say the lake is on fire is an understatement. Winning baits for a ten pounder came under the heading of 12-30 feet of water, pre-spawn fish using football jigs, Alabama rigs, Carolina rig, deep diving crankbaits and deep diving stick baits. The bass are starting to move into their staging areas at the mouth of creeks, ditches, and drains. Crappie bite has been slow, and they are on the move too with fluctuating water temperatures. White bass are still running North up in the feeder creeks. Catfish are being caught in shallow water current in the feeder creeks on punch baits, shrimp, and homemade weenie concoctions. Be extra careful running the main lake due to floating logs and debris. 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.

FAIR. Water stained; 50 degrees; 0.21 feet above pool. Fishing is picking up as the days warm. Bass are fair on crankbaits in 10 feet of water. Crappie are fair in 15 feet of water on jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow with the bite picking up with normal catfish baits. Bluegill are fair on red worms. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.

Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 50 degrees; 11.32 feet above pool. Catfish bite is good drifting with cut bait in deeper water.

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