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051123 fishing report

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 67 degrees; 0.61 feet below pool. are good targeting main lake vegetation with a hollow body frog or white/chartreuse swim jig. The water has been fluctuating up and down a pretty good bit so the fish are moving around a lot.

Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water stained; 78 degrees; 0.01 feet below pool. Crappie are good on brush piles 15-20 feet deep using minnows or jigs. Catfish are good shallow on cheese bait or cut bait. Sand bass good on main lake points with slabs. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. Bass are good off the points in 10-15 feet of water with Texas rigged worms, deep diving crankbaits. Report by Mike Stroman, R & R Marine. Black bass are excellent in shallow water fishing poppers around boat houses and retaining walls. Deceivers and small jig patterns are working well. Bream are moving shallow around boathouses and retaining walls using bead heads and wooly buggers. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.

SLOW. Water stained; 72 degrees; 1.24 feet above pool. Caddo is slowly moving into the summer patterns, with fish transitioning from the spawn. There are still some females and males being caught on trees with flukes and senkos but the summer spots have been slow to heat up. With the lake falling and the heat coming we will see the grass and pads really start to show themselves and the summer pattern should be on. Frogs over pads or buzzbaits around the grass should start heating up soon. This is a fun time to come and enjoy a lake that God spoke into existence even during the transition from spring to summer. Brim on beds. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; 0.11 feet above pool. Catfish bite is still flat out on fire on the bulkheads, baited holes, or drifting. Folks catching loads of nice eaters on Catfish Bubblegum, worms, liver, shad, and punch bait. Trophy catfish are on cut and live natural baits. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Largemouth bass fishing has been good since the warm-up. Fish are shallower early in the day, often relating to bulkheads, piers, and other types of structure. Wacky rigged worms, Texas rigged worms, and swim baits have all been working well. As the morning progresses, bass are moving deeper to brush, laydowns, roadbeds, structure on secondary points, creek channel edges, and humps near deeper water where shad are present. Black bass are also related to structures close to bluegill beds. These bass can be targeted with swim baits, swim jigs, and Carolina rigged lizards. The deeper fish, 9-21 feet, on structure can be caught using jigs, dropshot rigs, and Texas rigged worms with heavier pegged weights. Dark colors in black, blue, Junebug purple/red, with some flash are all good. 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 13-23 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 15-32 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; 70-77 degrees; 0.97 feet below pool. Lake Fork is still slower than normal for this time of year. Some fish are still spawning while others are starting to move offshore . Shad spawn is still happening in some areas but not many fish around them. Squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits in shad spawn area and some points 2-4 feet. Carolina rigs best on offshore structure and points with flukes in watermelon red and watermelon candy in 4-10 feet. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Black bass are excellent on topwater using frog patterns on grassy patches. Small shad and bream patterns in two feet of water. Bream are beginning to create bedding areas. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. Lake Fork crappie fishing is moving more and more into our post spawn and summer patterns. The black crappie have finished spawning and moved back out to the trees, brush, bridges and laydowns they will be on for the next few months. White crappie are still scattered with a few left spawning, some moving and some just getting to the trees or brush they want to hang out on or around after the spawn. Look for brush and laydowns in 12-25 feet of water, brushes in 14-28 feet and trees in 18-32 feet of water to find the best concentrations of fish. Small hand tied jigs are still dominating on my boat daily but minnows are producing well for many boats. Soft plastics will still fool some fish into biting. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.

Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 70-72 degrees; 0.38 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; 1.25 feet below pool. Crappie are good on brush piles 15-20 feet deep with minnows or jigs. Catfish are good shallow on cheese bait. Sand bass are fair in creek channels using slabs or deep diving crankbaits. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. Bass are good off the points in 10-15 feet of water with Texas rigged worms, deep diving crankbaits. Report by Mike Stroman, R & R Marine.

GOOD. Stained; 70 degrees; 0.11 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.

Martin Creek
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.04 feet below pool. Bass are good on watermelon and plum colored worms, and weightless senkos along hydrilla. Try Ribbit frogs where there are lily pads and hydrilla both. Crappie are good on Bobby Garland jigs in screamer color using pink heads. Little fishey’s work well too. Look for standing timber in 27 feet with fish suspended from 15-20 feet of water. Catfish remain good on jug lines using live and cut bait.

GOOD. Water clear; 71-76 degrees; 0.12 feet below pool. Largemouth bass are good shallow on grass edges or along creek channels. Topwaters in the morning hours can be a very productive technique in May. Crappie fishing is good. Black crappie are grouped up well on timber. Brush piles are holding large numbers of fish. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 72 degrees. Starting to see some bass gathering up on the edges of some deep creek areas. The post-spawn bite has finally begun. The only problem is that we do not see near enough of the much needed shad swarms out in the creek channels. This could be a bad thing for the fish that need to feed heavily to recover from the spawn. Find the shad and you will find the bass. Suspended bass over 22-24 feet of water can be caught sing underspins, and deep jerkbaits. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.

GOOD. Water clear; 72 degrees; 0.00 feet full pool. The bass have been very active this week on topwater and junebug colored soft plastics. Find them shallow between grass lines and the bank. There was a report of good bites on some larger fish deep cranking near drop offs. Crappie have been good near the piers and brush piles on minnows and Gulp Alive plastics with 1/32 ounce jig heads. Catfish are good on cut bluegill in 10-12 feet of water. Water clarity has improved quite a bit, with 2-3 feet of visibility. For those in a boat, the hydrilla is quite thick, so take care with those trolling motors and outboards. As always, we ask you to remember that Lake Raven is a no wake lake. The daily limits are different from what many folks are used to. For largemouth, the maximum size is 16 inches and you may keep 5. For catfish, the bag limit is 5 with no minimum size for blues and channel. Flathead catfish have a minimum size of 18 inches and a limit of 5. Crappie have a limit of 25, with a minimum size of 10 inches.

Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 72 degrees; 0.22 feet above pool. Forecasted weather will keep the water temperature in the low 70s and increase the turbidity of the water. Fishing patterns continue to hold steady with bass and crappie scattered in all stages of the spawn. 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 brush piles biting minnows and jigs, some fish still spawning shallow. 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.

Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 0.37 feet below pool. The water level is 171.74 with one generator running from 3-7 P.M. daily. North of the three-mile Pendleton bridge, temperatures have been running 69-73 degrees. Zoom speed craws and creature baits rigged Texas style and a u-tail swimming worm in all white and white with a dipped chartreuse tail have been producing Bass in shallow water. 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. The spinnerbait bite for bass is starting to pick up with the flooded vegetation in the buck brush. The frog bite has been good on popping frogs and hollow body frogs late in the evenings over vegetation. Flyrodders are catching quality bass over vegetation using 8 and 10 weight fly rods. Top flies this week have been a weighted spoon fly black with red glitter, a Stealth Goober, and shad imitation topwater popper fly. The Crappie bite has moved offshore into brush piles and creek ledges with standing timber using jigs and minnows. Bluegill are starting to show up in the shallow flats and around boathouses. 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; 0.25 feet above pool. Bass are fair biting in a post spawn pattern crankbaits, spinner baits and worms. Crappie are good in 16 feet of water on brush piles using jigs and minnows. Catfish are good in shallow water with chicken liver and nightcrawlers. Bluegill are good on red worms. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.

Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees;1.34 feet above pool. Shad are close to the bank on the surface. Catfish are good in shallow water with punch bait. White bass are good in 4-7 feet of water on spoons, swimbaits, and tail spinners. Crappie are fair on around timber and the spillway using jigs.

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