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031623 fishing report

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.16 feet below pool. Bass fishing continues to be great shallow casting hollow bodied frogs, white swim jigs, swim jigs and senkos. Target areas with clear water.

Bob Sandlin
FAIR. Water stained; 56 degrees; 0.07 feet below pool. Overall, fishing patterns will be similar but look for the front to slow the bite and scatter the fish. Crappie are fair, some fish starting to show up shallow biting minnows under a slip cork. Catfish are good in 15-20 feet of water on baited holes with cheese bait. Sand bass are good under the HWY 21 bridge with slabs. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. Bass are shallow in 3-7 feet of water gearing up to spawn on beds. Success with chatterbaits, craws, worms, and red rattletraps. Report by Mike Struman, R & R Marine. Black bass are biting on topwater lures on warm days and afternoons. Sub surface patterns in the middle of the day in 3-4 feet of water. Target flooded grass and timber in the backs of coves. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.
SLOW. Water stained; 60 degrees; 1.89 feet above pool. Bite may take a hit with the cold front and all the rain will muddy up the clarity. The bass spawn is on, so fish in three feet of water to catch bass on beds. A senko or fluke around the trees will land you a bass, but be prepared to cover a lot of water and trees. Top water lures like frogs or pop r’s will be coming into play very soon. If it is windy try a spinnerbait or chatterbait. As always this is a wonderful time for catching the bite of a lifetime, and to come out and enjoy this lake that God spoke into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.03 feet above pool. Oh it is springtime. Eater catfish are good in the creeks on baited holes using catfish bubblegum, liver, and punch bait. Liver has been producing greater numbers, but catfish bubblegum has been producing larger average fish. Trophy and eater catfish can be caught drifting the creeks and points with live or cut bait. Crappie fair to good depending on the day. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Despite a lot of boat traffic from tournaments, bass fishing has remained good at Lake Conroe. While some bass are still on their beds, they are transitioning to deeper structures and laydowns near drop-offs in 12-20 feet of water. Bass are also found near rock bottom structures and wind-chopped bulkheads that are close to deeper water. Success techniques have been drop-shot rigs with Berkley Flatworms, Shakey Heads, and jigs worked slowly. The brand of plastic used is less important than the color and presentation. Darker colors with glitter flash in junebug, black/blue combinations, and darker purple-red variations have been particularly effective. The key is to work the bait low and slow while keeping it in front of the fish. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Crappie can be shallow on minnows under a cork, or staying tight in or near structure in 7-21 feet of water, as well as staging in 15-20 feet with no structure. For fish on structure pitch or cast 1/16 or 1/32 ounce jig staying just above the structure, or vertical jig. With the warmer water temperatures hybrids are near or on flats in 12-26 feet of water. Jigging swimbaits or live bait on the edge of drop-offs will put some in the boat. Always wear your life jacket Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Guide.

GOOD. Water Stained; 63 degrees; 1.69 feet below pool. Bass are good on topwater frogs in the flooded grass. Flukes and senkos have been really good along the edge of the flooded grass in 2-4 feet. Darker colors are best such as black and blue and June bug. Texas rigs are good with beaver type baits in black and blue along the edge of the grass and some stumps 2-4 feet. Main lake points with spinnerbaits are good on windy points. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Cooler weather is affecting the movement of the black bass, as the water cools the females are not committing to the beds but, as the water warms activity increases. Be ready with a slow subsurface presentation in 3-4 feet or weedless topwater in flooded grass. Crappie are beginning to move towards the banks, try small bead heads fished slowly 3-4 feet. Carp and gar are spawning in shallow water. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork is getting really hot. Seeing great numbers and lots of big fish each day. The fish are making huge moves shallow this week and will for the next month. Areas in 2-13 feet are finally beginning to see more fish that are spawning. The 14-32 feet staging areas are also still loaded with fish and reloading daily now. Seeing lots of fish roaming in open water but the best luck is still coming on fish on timber or brush. Small hand tied jigs in chartreuse or orange are getting crushed right now, and you can still catch fish well on soft plastics and minnows. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins’ Guide Service.

Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.14 feet above pool. Fishing is good with fish in the creeks and creek channels. Largemouth bass are good and on spawning beds. Fish out to seven feet on flats, bulkheads, and shallow docks using wacky worms, weightless yum dingers. Crappie are good on deep dock posts, bulkheads, shallow stumps out to 12 feet using minnows. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.

Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water stained; 58 degrees; 1.08 feet above pool. Overall, fishing patterns will be similar but look for the front to slow the bite and scatter the fish. Crappie are fair starting to show up shallow casting minnows under a slip cork. Catfish are good in 15-20 feet of water on baited holes. Sand bass excellent north of the 259 bridge on white roadrunners. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. Bass are shallow in 3-7 feet of water gearing up to spawn on beds. Success with chatterbaits, craws, worms, and red rattletraps. Report by Mike Struman, R & R Marine.

SLOW. Stained; 65 degrees; 0.39 feet above pool. White bass are on the south end of the lake. Look for fish to move out to humps and points in the main lake in the coming weeks trolling with �¾ ounce slabs. 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
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 70 degrees; 0.13 feet below pool. Martin Creek is on fire right now. Bass are good fishing senkos over the grass. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows suspended in 12- 18 feet over submerged timber in 20-25 feet of water.

GOOD. Water clear; 64-68 degrees; 0.12 feet above pool. Largemouth bass are good and can be found on beds and along the grass edges. Crappie fishing is starting to improve as fish group up on brush and timber 10-20 feet. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 67 degrees. Buck bass are on beds and the females are starting to move up. Catch the females with flukes, squarebill crankbaits and chatterbaits. Typical lures for bedding bass are creatures, lizards, craws in red colors, or flake. Try weightless if possible, but use 1/8th ounce Texas rig if needed. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Water clarity to four feet. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.

GOOD. Water clear; 71 degrees; 0.00 feet full pool. It's been good. Catfish are cruising and hungry. They are hitting cut bait, dough bait, and live bluegill. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows both at the piers and on offshore brush. Bass are cruising the shallows aggressively, with some late bloomers still on beds. A shad colored soft plastic swimbait is great, and a sexy shad crankbait offshore picking up some fish as well. As we head into spring and summer, we remind folks to enjoy the water responsibly. Wear a life jacket, let someone know your float plan, and drink responsibly.

Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 62 degrees; 0.15 feet below pool. The bite has slowed after the cold front, but will pick back as the water warms. Look for another wave of the spawn to resume when the water warms as well. Male bass are shallow in the buck brush and the cypress trees so use soft plastics, trick worms and jigs. Bass can also be caught in 15-25 feet of water and in the grass lines using crankbaits and Alabama rigs. Male crappie will hold shallow until the water warms up in the cypress trees, and the females are slowly coming in. Bites on roadrunners, small plastics. Catfish are working their way shallow in the channel to spawn. White bass are running in the river biting small chrome rattletraps and roadrunners. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.

Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 65-68 degrees; 2.09 feet below pool. The water level is 169.9 with one generator running 24 hours. Water temperature at the Dam is 61 degrees. North of the three-mile Pendleton bridge, temperatures have been running 65-68 degrees. The back feeder creeks are flowing and clearing, except for the heavy pollen. The pollen is heavy from the Pine trees so if you have allergies you might want to wear a mask. The main lake is clear. Two more Bass over 10 pounds hit the scales again this week. At last count Toledo Bend has put 40 Bass over 10 pounds in the record books for the May 2022-May 2023 season for the Toledo Bend Lunker Program thus far. The bass are starting to move into their staging areas at the mouth of creeks, ditches, and drains to spawn when the temperature hits 68-72 degrees. Bass have been caught up shallow from 2-6 feet in the grass, buck brush, and on the edges of the drains next to the flats and do not forget your main lake points. Good numbers of bass have been caught on bladed jigs in colors of black/blue, white chartreuse, and red crawfish. Other baits for bass are Jig-n-pigs in �½ and �¾ ounce in colors black/blue, brown/orange, and a Carolina rig with plastic lizards in watermelon red and plum apple. Some bigger Bass have been caught on Senko's in black/blue flake, watermelon red, black/red flake and motor oil colors rigged wacky or Texas style and the Natural Forage bait, a forage bug in the tequila sunrise color and also the new RW45 in WM Bluegill color have been good producers. The Crappie bite is moving shallow 1-6 feet in buck brush and along the vegetation breaks. Some Crappie have spawned, and others are fluctuating in and out depending on water temperatures. Don't pass up those fly rods for crappie. Use an indicator with a Clouser minnow tied on about 12-14 inches below with a weighted fly 1/80 or 1/64 ounce. Best colors have been white and blue, all black, orange head, orange body with a chartreuse tail feather. The cadence is slow in 1-3 feet around cypress knees and buck brush. Also using a 1/80-ounce mop fly with success in colors of chartreuse, yellow, and tan. White Bass are still running north up in the feeder creeks using red head, white, yellow, and black chartreuse curly tails. Small Bluegill are starting to show up in shallow water and around boat houses. Catfish are being caught in shallow water current in the feeder creeks on punch baits, shrimp, and homemade weenie concoctions. 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.

GOOD. Water stained; 66 degrees; 0.25 feet above pool. The bite has slowed some with the recent cold front, but as the water warms the bite will pick up where it left off in the shallows. Bass are good to nine pounds on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and worms in 3-4 feet of water. Crappie are good out to two feet of water on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good with chicken liver. Bluegill are good on red worms, and even a small minnow. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.

Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 6.54 feet above pool. Reports of some catches of catfish near Herron Creek. Crappie are scattered biting on hair jigs.

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