SLOW. Water stained; 67 degrees; 0.73 feet below pool. Bass are fair in all stages of the spawn with some fish shallow, and some transitioning to points biting spinnerbaits and Texas rigged soft plastics.
GOOD. Water stained; 72 degrees; 0.09 feet below pool. Crappie are good on brush piles 15-20 feet deep with minnows or jigs. Catfish are good 10-15 feet deep on baited holes with cheese bait. Sand bass are fair on main lake points in 25-30 feet of water. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. Bass fishing has slowed to fair after the cold front. Fish post spawn techniques with chatterbaits, flukes and topwater lures. Look for the shad spawn and you should find feeding bass. Report by Mike Stroman, R & R Marine. Black bass are excellent shallow using fish poppers around boat houses and retaining walls, deceivers and small jig patterns are working well. Crappie are spawning so work the boat houses and retaining walls with slow sinking wooley patterns. Bream are moving shallow around boathouses and retaining walls biting bead heads and wooly buggers. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.
SLOW. Water stained; 70 degrees; 1.35 feet above pool. Caddo has seen a wave of female bass moving up around the trees with the full moon, so we have seen some nice size fish being caught. The current bite is still going good, so you have options right now on Caddo. Try flukes or senkos on trees or stay with shad pattern baits in the river if you’re fishing current. Caddo is setting up to have a great summer and as always it is a blessing to come and fish this majestic lake that God spoke into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
GOOD. Water stained; 71 degrees; 0.47 feet above pool. Catfish are on fire from the bulkheads to deep water folks are catching great numbers using catfish bubblegum, liver, worms, minnows, shad, or punch bait. Prespawn is starting a little early so catfish can be found close to structures just about anywhere. Now is the time to show off your catfishing expertise to everyone because it does not get any easier than now. Bream are also plentiful and can be found just about everywhere around the banks, structure and points. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Black bass bite is improving, despite slowing after the recent fronts due to a drop in temperature paired with turbid water. The early bite remains good around bulkheads, points, and docks where shad are present using wacky rigged worms or lipless crankbaits. For the most part, bass have moved to deeper areas in 9-21 feet of water with laydowns and structure. Carolina rigs, drop shot rigs, and Texas rigged worms are working in darker colors like cosmic black or junebug are better in the stained water. It is still early for action around bluegill beds, but the time is getting closer with warmer temperatures. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Crappie are good with an aggressive bite with more solid thump than a lite bite using plastic or hair jigs in 12-22 feet of water on structure. Hybrid bite is good jigging, casting swimbaits, or trolling live bait on the edge of drop offs and flats in 15-28 feet of water. Some schools have been tight where others have been scattered. Many catching juveniles just under legal size. Always wear your life jacket. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Guide.
GOOD. Water Stained; 64-74 degrees; 0.99 feet below pool. Bass are slow and the pattern is inconsistent so be ready with several approaches. A few catches on white spinnerbaits around the shad spawn areas in 1-3 feet of water. Carolina rigs can land a few catches on points and pond dams in 4-7 feet. Best bite has been on a fluke in watermelon candy. Some top water action on yellow magics and whooper floppers around flooded grass early and late in the day. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Black bass topwater bite is picking up using frog patterns on grassy patches. Small shad and bream patterns in 2 feet are working well. Crappie are shallow, try small bead heads fished slowly 3-4 feet of water. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. Lake Fork crappie fishing continues to get better and better as the fish end their spawn and head out to load up on post spawn trees, brush, laydowns and bridges. Look for fish in 12-24 feet on the laydowns and brush piles and 18-28 feet on trees and bridges. Small hand tied jigs still have been dominating on my boat but minnows will always help load the boat. Soft plastics are still producing as well and should until we hit the dog days of summer. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.
GOOD. Water stained; 70-72 degrees; 0.45 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; 1.29 feet below pool. Crappie are good on brush piles 15-20 feet deep with minnows or jigs. Catfish are good 10-15 feet deep on baited holes with cheese bait. Sand bass are slow under the 155 bridge on slabs. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. Bass fishing has slowed to fair after the cold front, and the lowering of the lake. Fish post spawn techniques with chatterbaits, flukes and topwater lures. Look for the shad spawn and you should find feeding bass. Bass fishing has slowed while the water level is lowered. Report by Mike Stroman, R & R Marine.
GOOD. Stained; 70 degrees; 0.94 feet above pool. White bass are excellent on the humps and points on the mid to south end of the lake jigging with �¾ ounce slabs off the bottom near the island. Catfish are excellent on the bulkheads on shad. Shad spawn on the bulkheads. Crappie are slow. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 71 degrees; 0.05 feet below pool. Bass fishing has improved to good over hydrilla with swimbaits and senkos. Larger bass are coming on deeper water brush and points with crankbaits and worms. Crappie are good in brush and standing timber in 17-28 feet of water using jigs. Catfish are good using jug lines with live and cut bait, or in 8-15 feet using night crawlers on rod and reels.
GOOD. Water clear; 67-72 degrees; 0.00 feet at pool. Look for the bite to improve as the water temperatures creep above 70 degrees. Largemouth bass are good shallow on grass edges or along creek channels. Topwaters in the early morning hours can be a very productive technique in May. Crappie are good on flats in the creek channel, timber in 15-25 feet, and on brush piles. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees. Bass are in a post spawn pattern gathering along the edges of deep creeks. Cast underspins, and deep jerkbaits to catch suspended bass over 22-24 feet of water. Still waiting for the shad swarms to begin. Find the shad and you will find the bass feeding heavily to recover from the spawn. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
FAIR. Water clear; 70 degrees; 0.00 feet full pool. Visibility is about 1.5- 2 feet throughout most of the lake. Crappie are fair around the piers on minnows and gulp alive minnows. Bass are slow on junebug senkos and ol monsters, some topwater early in the day. Catfish are fair on cut and prepared baits.
GOOD. Water stained; 68-70 degrees; 0.08 feet above pool. Spring fishing patterns are holding steady, but some fish may push deep as the lake drops. Bass are in all stages of the spawn with a few still shallow. Bass are good flipping crankbaits, jigs and soft plastics into buck brush and timber, and the grass lines in 6-12 feet of water. Some fish can be found on secondary points and in 25 feet of water with crankbaits, Carolina or Texas rigged worms. Crappie on piles biting minnows and jigs, some fish still spawning. Catfish are spawning shallow with some catches on the points in creek channels. Sand bass are starting to show up in the main lake, and schooling action should pick up as the weather warms. Big bluegills on brush piles, and moving shallow to spawn. Report by Captain Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
GOOD. Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 0.30 feet below pool. The water level is 171.6 with both generators running 24 hours a day. Water temperature at the Dam is 70 degrees. North of the three-mile Pendleton bridge the water temperature is 70-74 degrees. Good numbers of bass have been caught on bladed jigs in colors of black/blue, white chartreuse, and watermelon pepper. Bass are also biting 1/2 ounce to one ounce Jig-n-pigs on points with clay bottoms, in colors black/blue, peanut butter and jelly. In darker colored water use a Carolina rig with a plastic worm 8-10 inch in watermelon red and plum apple. Zoom speed craws rigged Texas style and u-tail swimming worms in all white and white with a dipped chartreuse tail have been producing in shallow water. Some bigger bass have been caught on Senko's and flukes in black/blue flake, watermelon red, black/red flake and motor oil colors rigged wacky or Texas style. The spinnerbait bite is starting to pick up in flooded vegetation in the buck brush. Popping frogs and hollow body frogs are producing catches late in the evenings over vegetation. Flyrodders are catching quality bass over vegetation using eight and 10 weight fly rods. Top flies this week have been a weighted spoon fly black with red glitter, and a Stealth Goober top water fly. Best color has been a green/back with a chartreuse bottom and a yellow/black back with a chartreuse bottom. Crappie bite has really slowed in the shallows while more and more crappie move to vertical timber and brush plies. Some Crappie have spawned, and others are fluctuating in and out depending on water depth and water temperatures. Bluegill are starting to show up in the shallow flats and boathouses. Bluegill should be starting their beds on the next full moon. 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; 70 degrees; 0.37 feet above pool. Spring fishing patterns are holding steady as the water temperature stabilizes. Bass are good spawning shallow on beds biting your favorite plastics. Crappie are good in 16 feet of water on jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow with chicken liver and nightcrawlers. The catfish should be moving shallow for the spawn soon. Bluegill are good on red worms. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 68 degrees; 0.13 feet below pool. Bass are moving into the post spawn. Some topwater action early in the morning. Crappie are starting to push out to brush piles on minnows and jigs. Catfish are biting nightcrawlers and cut bait.
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