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- B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; 0.09 feet above 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. Fishing patterns should remain consistent until the summer weather pushes the fish into deeper water. 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. The shad spawn is on, so the bass are chasing shad along the banks biting chatterbaits or topwaters. 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. Excellent water stained – 75 - Some schooling bass activity is beginning, keep a popper at hand. Small jig patterns are a good choice around boat houses and retaining walls. Bream are moving shallow around boathouses and retaining walls- try bead heads and wooly buggersReport by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.
SLOW. Water stained; 72 degrees; 1.54 feet above pool. Caddo Lake is looking good, but the fishing has been slow. Bass are stuck in the transition from spawn to the summer pattern, and the lake was muddy after the recent rains. Some fish are in the trees biting on flukes, senkos and topwater. Some fish can be caught in areas with Texas rigs or crankbaits, but this bite has gotten tough with the muddy water. This is a good time of the year to fish as the fronts seem to slow down and the temperatures are not fluctuating so fish start schooling. The flowers are starting to bloom in the pads and the lake is a majestic wonder God spoke into existence for us to enjoy. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
GOOD. Water stained; 77 degrees; 1.29 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 good on cut or live natural baits. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Post spawn patterns are now prevalent for largemouth bass. Stay persistent and cover as much water as possible to locate concentrations of fish. The fish can be found in areas with flats containing laydowns, and dropoffs, where shad are present. Utilize crankbaits, swimbaits, spinnerbaits, and Texas-rigged worms to target these locations. During the day, bass can be targeted on deeper structures like roadbeds using drop shot rigs, jigs, and diving crankbaits. Active bass can be caught at rip rap areas, rock piles, and structures around and adjacent to bluegill beds. Effective baits in these areas include wacky worms, senkos, and lipless crankbaits. 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 13-31 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 17-30 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; 0.71 feet below pool. Bass bite has improved on the backside of the full moon. Bass have been feeding on crawfish in the shallows during this phase, so crawfish colored chatterbaits or chartreuse/white colors are good out to three feet on windy banks with grass. Topwaters, like whopper floppers and yellow magics, are good along the grass lines. Colors have not mattered with these baits. Carolina rigs are still working in 5-8 feet of water on points with flukes in watermelon red and watermelon candy. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Black bass topwater bite continues to improve as the water level rises. Frog patterns are working well in flooded grass and timber. Bream are on beds biting small beaded woolies. Carp are finishing their spawn and should be ready for small flies. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. Lake Fork crappie fishing is really heating up this week. Post spawn crappie are starting to concentrate on trees in 13-32 feet. Bridges remain good spots to find post spawn crappie also. Good numbers of fish on laydowns in 14-24 feet and on brush piles. This is the time of year to catch quick limits of crappie on minnows and small hand tied jigs. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.
- Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 79 degrees; 0.54 feet above pool. Largemouth bass are good along banks, docks and bulkheads in 2-9 feet of water using swim jigs, shaky heads, and weightless yum dingers. Crappie are good on standing timber, docks, and creek banks in 2-12 feet using minnows. Standing timber. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.
- Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water stained; 73 degrees; 0.93 feet below pool. Fishing patterns should remain consistent until the summer weather pushes the fish into deeper water. 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. The shad spawn is on, so the bass are chasing shad along the banks biting chatterbaits or topwaters. 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; 73 degrees; 0.57 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. Some schooling action is starting up. Catfish are fair on the bulkheads. Shad spawn on the bulkheads. Crappie are slow. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.
- Martin Creek
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 75 degrees; 0.17 feet above pool. After the recent rain the water is stained in the creeks, and slightly stained on the main lake. Bass have slowed some but will improve as the lake level stabilizes. Bass remain in or close to the hydrilla using flukes, weightless senkos and swimbaits with gold under spins. Crappie are good in 25-30 feet of water suspended in standing timber with jigs. Anglers are lined up on County Line Road catching catfish up to 34 pounds using cut bait in 4-6 feet of water.
GOOD. Water clear; 71-76 degrees; 0.92 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 are good on brush piles and timber. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77 degrees. After the recent rains the lake increased two feet over pool. The bass have evacuated the offshore areas, and have returned shallow in 3-7 feet of water biting square bill crankbaits. Need something with flash, rattle or both. The crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
GOOD. Water clear; 80 degrees; 0.00 feet full pool. Recent rains have muddied the water clarity. Bass are good on topwaters, or with Texas rigged stick bait. Best bet right now is to fish slow, and hit the water early in the morning and late in the evening. Crappie are good around the piers with gulp baits and minnows. Catfish are good on cut bluegill.
- Sam Rayburn
- GOOD. Water stained; 77 degrees; 1.07 feet above pool. Bass are slow with some males still guarding fry. Bass can be caught 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 fair on the points in creek channels. Sand bass are schooling off main lake points. A ton of bluegills on brush piles. Report by Captain Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
- Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 68-72 degrees; 0.46 feet below pool. The water level is 172.48 with both generators running 24 hours. Water temperature at the dam is 68 degrees. North of the three-mile Pendleton bridge, temperatures have been running 68-72 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 more bass in flooded timber and brush. 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 has been solid this week. Key colors are white/chartreuse, chartreuse/blue, with black/yellow-colored skirts. The frog bite has been good on popping frogs and hollow body frogs at first light and 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, white bass, yellow bass, catfish and bluegill bite has moved offshore in 15-28 feet of water in the brush piles and creek ledges with standing timber using Wager jigs #1 ghost minnow, #46 blue grass, #3 monkey milk and minnows. 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. With increasing fisherman and boaters enjoying the lake, just remember your boat etiquette. 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; 0.36 feet above pool. Fishing is improving for all species from the bank out to 16 feet of water. Bass are fair pattern crankbaits, spinner baits and worms. Crappie are fair in 16 feet of water on brush piles preferring minnows over jigs. Catfish are fair in shallow water with nightcrawlers. Bluegill are fair on red worms. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
- Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees; 2.91 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.