SLOW. Water stained; 67 degrees; 0.42 feet below pool. Bass are fair using chartreuse spinnerbaits, frogs and white swim jigs.
FAIR. Water stained; 65-70 degrees; 0.02 feet above pool. Crappie are good in 2-6 feet of water using minnows under a slip cork. Sand bass are good on main lake points in 30 feet of water using slabs. Catfish are good in 15-20 feet of water on baited holes using cheese bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. Bass are biting good as the spawn nears to a finish. Bass have moved towards the ends of the lake with deeper coves. Bass are still shallow throwing chatterbaits, skinny dippers and lizards. Report by Mike Stroman, R & R Marine. Black bass are spawning in the backs of coves. Crappie are 1-2 feet of water. Bream are beginning to spawn. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.
SLOW. Water stained; 60 degrees; 2.38 feet above pool. The water level is falling now after all the rain we had, so the bite is slow. Bass can still be caught around the trees on flukes, senkos and Texas rigged baits like tubes, craw worms or brush hogs. Some catches may be possible on topwater lures, but the bite is usually tough until the water level stabilizes. Even if the bite is slow, it is always a blessing to come out and see this majestic lake that God spoke into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
GOOD. Water stained; 67 degrees; 0.79 feet below pool. Catfish are still biting great on Catfish Bubblegum, liver, worms, and punch bait. Shad are spawning on the bulkheads, so most all predator fish can be caught near these areas early and late day. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. The recent heavy April showers, along with the water temperature cooling due to runoff and flooding of rivers and creeks, have made bass fishing tough. The water level is subsiding now, but bass are still slower with fluctuations of water levels. The water is off-colored and dirty, especially in shallow creeks. Bass that were shallow will pull back to 6-9 feet of water on structures and docks near deeper water. Deeper structures, 10-18 feet, around main lake points and rocks where shad are present, will also be good spots to find bass. Lures and colors that can work well include crankbaits with some chartreuse and blue, Carolina Rigged plastics, and jigs or half ounce or heavier Shakey Heads. Darker colors like junebug, purple, or black with some flash and scent like Berkley Power Baits Max Scent are good. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Crappie are aggressive with more solid thumps than a lite bite using Lone Star Crappie Jigs, plastic or hair have been producing better fish in 11-18 feet of water. Hybrids are good jigging MT Pockets tackle spoons or casting swimbaits, and live bait on the edge of drop offs in 18-27 feet of water. Some schools have been tight where others have been scattered. Always wear your life jacket. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Guide.
GOOD. Water Stained; 55-62 degrees; 1.10 feet below pool. The bass bite has slowed down, with the best catches coming sight fishing. Bass are slow on in 3-7 feet on points using Carolina rigs with lizards in green pumpkin. Texas rigs picked up a few on the edge of grass in 2-3 feet with beavers and craw worms in crawfish colors. A few catches with topwater frogs in the grass. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Black bass are in full spawn. Try white subsurface patterns and crawfish patterns. Crappie are deep to shallow with a slow bite. Bream are beginning to bed. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.
GOOD. Water stained; 63-68 degrees; 0.33 feet above pool. Largemouth bass are good out to three feet with bass on beds. Sight fishing is in play working swim jigs, Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. Crappie are good out to seven feet on minnows. Catfish out to 10 feet on cut bait. White bass are good out to seven feet using squarebill crankbaits, silver jigging spoons, and spinnerbaits. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.
Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water stained; 60-65 degrees; 1.23 feet above pool. Crappie are good in 2-6 feet of water using minnows under a cork. Sand bass are slow north of the 155 Bridge. Catfish are good in 10-15 feet of water on baited holes using cheese bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. Bass are good as the spawn nears to a finish. Bass have moved towards the ends of the lake with deeper coves. Bass are still shallow, throwing chatterbaits, skinny dippers and lizards. Report by Mike Stroman, R & R Marine.
FAIR. Stained; 70 degrees; 0.47 feet above pool. Catfish bulkhead bite will slow down through the weekend, but should pick up next week as the shad spawn picks up. White bass are good on the humps and points on the mid to south end of the lake trolling with �¾ ounce slabs and jigging off the bottom near the island. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 70 degrees; 0.12 feet above pool. Bass are good working senkos, flukes and swimbaits over hydrilla. Early morning topwater bite is good on chuggers and small lunker lures. The hydrilla is beginning to surface, so topwater frogs are coming into play. Crappie are good using minnows and jigs over brush in 20-25 feet of water off the bottom. The catfish are good on cut bait, live bait, or juglines in 5-10 feet of water.
GOOD. Water clear; 67-72 degrees; 0.31 feet below pool. Largemouth bass are good. Spring fishing is in full swing. Fish can be found up shallow on grass edges or shallow creek channels. Crappie fishing is good on brush piles in 10-20 feet of water. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees. Fishing seems to be in a transition period. It looks like the vast majority of the bass spawn is over based on the fact that we are not finding bass on beds. These fish should be moving back out toward some deeper water to start their post-spawn mode and to feed on heavily on shad. This should bring the offshore bite back into play. The only problem is that we are not seeing the much needed shad swarms out in the creek channels. Find the shad and you will find the bass. The crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
SLOW. Water clear; 65 degrees; 0.00 feet full pool. The water level rose rapidly after the recent April Showers leading to massive amounts of wash-down sediment resulting in less than a foot of visibility. These conditions have slowed the bite for all species. Bass can be caught on chartreuse spinnerbaits.
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 1.19 feet above pool. April showers have flooded the rivers and the water level has risen. Bass are clinging tight to buck brush and timber, and the grass linea in 6-12 feet of water. Best to flip crankbaits, jigs and soft plastics into these areas. Some fish can be found on deeper points with Carolina or Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are shallow and easy to spook on brush piles. Catfish are spawning on shallow flats and in the creek channels. Sand bass are good spawning in the creeks, with a few on points using slab spoons and chrome rattletraps. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
GOOD. Water stained; 62-67 degrees; 1.05 feet below pool. The water level is 170.8 with two generators running 24 hours. Water temperature at the Dam is 62 degrees. North of the three-mile Pendleton bridge, temperatures have been running 63-67 degrees. Toledo Bend had several days of cold April showers this past week. The feeder creeks are muddy with fast moving water flowing to the lake. A tip for muddy water conditions is to search out the clearest water area 1-3 feet. Good numbers of bass have been caught on bladed jigs in colors of black/blue, white chartreuse, and watermelon pepper. Other baits for bass are Jig-n-pigs in �½ and �¾ ounce in colors black/blue, peanut butter and jelly, for darker colored water and a Carolina rig with plastic lizards in watermelon red and plum apple. Zoom speed craws have also been producing in shallow water Texas rigged casting to the edge of the grass and buck brush. Best colors have been watermelon red, all white, black with red glitter, and blackberry with purple flake. Some bigger bass have been caught on senkos and flukes in black/blue flake, watermelon red, black/red flake and motor oil colors rigged wacky or Texas style. Crappie bite is a moving target shallow or deep depending on the day. Some crappie have spawned, and others are fluctuating in and out depending on water depth and water temperatures. When using 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, and 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. The White Bass are going to be spotty with the water rising and higher water currents. Small bluegill are starting to show up in shallow water and around boat houses. Kids Bank and Bulkhead Report for Six Mile Park, South of Hemphill, Texas on Highway 86. Six Mile Park is a new facility that features a T-head pier with handrails and fencing. You can catch bluegill, bass, catfish, and crappie off the pier. Best baits are earthworms, crickets, minnows, or catfish stink baits. This facility is free of charge and is handicap accessible with a public restroom, boat ramp and covered picnic areas. Get the family outdoors and have some fun. 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; 0.26 feet above pool. Bass are good spawning shallow on beds biting your favorite plastics. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows moving back to brush piles. Catfish are good with chicken liver and nightcrawlers. Bluegill are good on red worms. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 68 degrees; 1.13 feet below pool. Bass are moving into the post spawn. Some topwater action early in the morning. Crappie are starging to push out to brush piles on minnows and jigs. Catfish are biting nightcrawlers and cut bait.
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