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101322 fishing report

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 58 degrees; 0.30 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; 56 degrees; 0.03 feet above pool. Crappie are good in 40-50 feet of water with minnows or jigs. Catfish are good in 15-25 feet of water on baited holes. Sand bass are excellent near the railroad bridge with slabs. Bass are good, starting to stage shallow for the spawn biting lipless crankbaits or chatterbaits. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

SLOW. Water stained; 55 degrees; 2.03 feet above pool. Caddo is starting to heat up as the water temperature increases. The bass should be moving up to the trees as the full moon gets closer but a trap or chatterbait out over the grass and pad stems should find them staging as they wait to move up. Just a matter of time before the big females will start showing up and showing out. As always just a joy to come and fish Caddo, a lake that God spoke into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

GOOD. Water stained; 58 degrees; 0.07 feet above pool. Catfish scattered after the latest crazy weather shift, but the shallow water is warming up quickly. Catching decent eaters from 8-20 feet of water on catfish bubblegum. Reports of good catches in deeper water on liver, punch bait and small shad. Trophy catfish should push shallow chasing bait in the warming water, and should be in creek channels and under large schools of shad in deep water. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Bass pre-spawn is in full swing with the water temperature in Lake Conroe finally starting to warm up between fronts. Bass are moving from deeper water to shallower water to prepare for spawning. Focus on fishing in the backs of creeks, near drop-offs, and along the edges of flooded vegetation and structure. Jigs, Texas rigged junebug and darker worms can be effective during this time. Additionally, slow-rolling spinnerbaits or finesse techniques such as shaky heads or dropshots will also be productive with cooler water temperature. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Crappie are staying tight in or near structure in 7-20 feet of water pitching or casting 1/16 or 1/32 ounce jigs staying just above the structure, as well as vertical jigging. Also finding many scattered fish, so you need to hit many spots to get the hotties to bite. With the warmer weather hybrid stripers can be caught jigging with swim baits, or live bait on the edge of drop off 15-25 feet of water. Always wear your life jacket. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Guide.

FAIR. Water Stained; 56-59 degrees; 2.29 feet below pool. Fork is looking good for the spring. Bass are getting into the new shallow waters as it heats up to the 60 degrees. Chatterbaits and spinnerbaits on windy banks in 2-5 feet and the front edge of flooded weeds is working. Squarebills at picking up in the same areas. Texas rigs with June bug or red shad brush hogs good on wood in 5-7 feet of water or on docks with cover. Viper XP jigs in black and blue and blue midnight good on big wood near ditches and creeks in 5-8 feet of water. 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. Crappie fishing on Lake Fork is finally beginning to show some signs of a spring pattern with water temperature hitting the mid 50s. This past week fish were caught in 8-58 feet of water. It seems like the 15-25 feet range had the most fish, with some lingering deep fish and some shallow staging fish. Target timber along major creek channels, laydowns and brush around the mouths of spawning coves or flats. Water clarity is drastically different with fairly clear water on the south deep end of the lake and very stained water on the far north ends. Best bait in the clear water has been small hand ties in various colors ranging from purple, pink, chartreuse and green. In the shallow muddy water up north we are using big 3 inch soft plastics in black and neon or junebug color on 1/4 ounce chartreuse heads. Minnows will still work at most depths as well on Lake Fork. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins’ Guide Service.

Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.16 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; 1.50 feet above pool. Crappie are good drifting near the dam with minnows or jigs. Catfish are good on baited holes in 15-25 feet of water. Sand bass are good north of the 259 Bridge with white jigs. Black bass showing up in shallow water lipless crankbaits. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.

SLOW. Stained; 58 degrees; 0.17 feet above pool. 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; 0.04 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.

FAIR. Water stained; 55-59 degrees; 0.22 feet below pool. Bait and fish are scattered throughout the lake. With warm weather forecasted for the next two weeks look for fish to push shallow. Largemouth bass are good. The spawn is near, with females staging in 8-12 feet of water. Crappie are slow, 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; 51 degrees. Fishing patterns are similar. Small schools of bass are 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. Look for the crappie bite to improve off the piers and brush piles using minnows or 1/16 and 1/32 ounce jigs with black and chartreuse or pink plastics. Look for things to improve as the weather stabilizes. Catfish should bite on either cut bluegill or catfish bubblegum. Seeing an increase in bass anglers on the lake, try throwing a chatterbait over grass or a jerkbait or lip less crankbait along the grass edges.

Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 51-54 degrees; 0.10 feet below pool. The cold front slowed the fishing, but with a warmer forecast the water temperature will increase encouraging all species to move shallow and spawn. There are many submerged cypress trees and brush in the lake. Bass should be moving shallow staging on beds. The inside of grass lines are about six feet deep, the outer grass lines are about 12 feet deep with fish hanging around the points and secondary points biting soft plastics and Alabama rigs. Crappie are coming out of the grass to spawn, stacked up near the 147 Bridge, and up the river mixed in with the white bass. 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; 52-58 degrees; 0.77 feet below pool. The water level is 171.1 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 53 degrees. North of the three-mile Pendleton Bridge, temperatures have been running 52-58 degrees. The back feeder creeks are flowing and clearing. The main lake is clearing. Bass are starting to move into staging areas at the mouth of creeks, ditches, and drains. Bass this week have been caught up shallow from 1-6 feet in the grass, buck brush, and on the edges of the drains next to the flats. Good numbers of bass have been caught on chatterbaits in colors of black/blue, white chartreuse, and red crawfish. Other baits are jig-n-pigs in �½ and �¾ ounce in black/blue, brown/orange, and a Carolina rig with plastic lizards' in watermelon red and plum apple. Crappie bite has been slow. 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. Common carp are being caught averaging 10-30 pounds off the banks close to the dam. The best bait is a tiger nugget in 8-10 feet of water. As the water warms, more carp will move shallow to feed at night. 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 by Master Captain Steve “Scooby” Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide, and Mudfish Custom Rod Shop.

FAIR. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.20 feet above pool. Fishing is improving. Bass are fair on crankbaits and worms in 10 feet of water. Crappie are fair but improving daily in 10-15 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; 55 degrees; 12.99 feet above pool. Reports of some catches of catfish near Herron Creek. Crappie are scattered biting on hair jigs.

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