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B.A. Steinhagen

FAIR. Water stained; 78 degrees; 0.39 feet below. Fishing patterns are similar as we head into the weekend. Bass are fair with some topwater action early morning, switching to your favorite plastics along grass lines midday. Crappie are good using minnows and jigs on main lake structures and brush piles. Catfish are good moving shallow biting cut and cheese bait.
Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water clear; 82 degrees; 0.45 feet low. Fish are locked into the pattern. Crappie are good on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are shallow early morning moving to deep water points in 2-3 feet of water off banks and under docks. Throwing your favorite plastics should land you some nice catches. Catfish are good off rocks in 5-10 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Caddo
SLOW. Water stained; 79 degrees; 1.04 feet high. Caddo is going into the summer patterns with some schooling action and some fish being caught in the river systems. Throw Texas rigs, dropshots, shaky heads and Carolina rigs. Topwater bite is heating up with frogs, buzz baits and pop r’s. Bite should only get better for the next two months as the school action will really heat up. Come experience this majestic lake that God spoke into existence and chase these bass around some. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
Conroe
GOOD. Slightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.09 feet below. Catfish are ready to spawn in 5-25 feet of water looking for nests in tires, rock, brush, and timber. They will be concentrated together until around mid July. Hitting catfish bubblegum, shrimp, shad or minnows under a cork. Report by Brad Doyle with Bradley’s Guide Service. Crappie has been tough this week in 15-23 feet of water on standing timber, and brush piles. Soft hit, if you can get their interest, catching only a few per pile if any. Black bass are good deadsticking weightless senkos close to brush, or with creature baits Texas rigged in 6-17 feet of water. Hybrid stripers are in small schools in 16-25 feet of water, with some early morning topwater action. Jigging with a one ounce spoon or trolling with a hellbender and pet spoon is producing. To determine the differences between hybrid and white bass check the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. Always wear your life jacket! Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.
Fork
GOOD. Water Stained; 75 degrees; 5.66 feet low. Bass are good on points early morning with topwaters, and shad colored square bills in 3-5 feet of water. This bite ends quickly, so transition off shore to a mid range depth, 10-12 feet of water, on points and humps using Carolina rigs with a 10 inch blue fleck worm and flukes. Midday to the afternoon continue with Carolina rigs in 18-25 feet of water on drop-offs or deep humps. Crankbaits in shad patterns are best or chartreuse and blue back will work over deep water points in 18-23 feet. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell and Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Pro. Crappie bite on Lake Fork is heating up like the temperature this past week. Fish are stacking up big time on lay downs and brush now in 10-20 feet of water. Also beginning to see some bigger fish loading up on timber in 18-28 feet of water. With the lake still low the fish are in the same general areas as they have been in past years, but they just moved out on the closest structure about 5-7 feet deeper. Minnows are still producing really well with hand tied jigs also producing good. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees; 0.00 at pool. Crappie are good on brush piles and docks using minnows and jigs. Bass are good with an early morning topwater bite. Catfish are good on cut and prepared baits.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.65 feet low. Crappie are staging on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigson brush piles and timber. Bass are shallow topwater early moving out feet of water off banks and under docks. Throwing your favorite plastics should land you some nice catches. Catfish are spawning with a good bite off rocks in 20 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Livingston
GOOD. Stained; 85 degrees; 0.23 feet above. Bass are good early morning on topwaters, then pushing out to grass ledges with crankbaits and swimbaits. Catfish are good off docks and the bank with cut bait. White bass are schooling on main lake humps.
Martin Creek
SLOW. 78 degrees. Water lightly stained; 0.23 feet below. Crappie bite is excellent with fish now in the summer pattern. Cast in 14-25 feet of water on brush and lay downs using a 1/8 ounce jig with shad color plastic. The small fish are very aggressive, but if you can get your bait past them you can catch some decent fish.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water clear to stained; 82 degrees. Starting to see some good numbers of post-spawn bass schooling up over deeper water. Most fish are suspended just above the thermocline depth, so count your lure down to 10-14 feet and keep it in the strike zone. Bass feed on shad, so down-size your presentation using a Mag-worm in Junebug color in 8-12 feet of water. Topwater bite is good in early morning and later in the evening. Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
Raven
EXCELLENT. Water stained; 84 degrees; 3 feet low. Fishing continues to be similiar and excellent. Catfish are excellent on cut bait and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows around timber and piers. Bass bite has been great on topwater and weightless plastics in the morning and evening. Prairie Branch fishing pier is still under renovations.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; 1.05 feet low. Summer time patterns are in full swing. Rain has the water in the creeks off colored, but the fish are still biting. Bass are shallow on topwater frogs in the morning, moving to 15-18 feet off drops and ledges using Carolina rigs later in the day. Crappie are good on brush piles and catfish are close by. Bluegill have started their game of hide and seek for the summer. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 78-80 degrees; 0.90 feet low. The water level is 171.0 with two generators running 6 hours a day from 1 p.m.-7 p.m. The back feeder creeks and the main lake are clear with no rain this week. Bass are in their summer transition going to river bends and points. Early in the mornings as the sun comes up use topwater baits (Pop Rs, buzz baits, and spooks) switching to 8-12 inch ribbon tail worms and crankbaits midmorning as the fish transition deeper to 12-20 feet of water. Crappie are in full transition back to their summer pattern to the brush piles, so it is back to the crappie jigs and live minnows. The bigger Bluegills have moved out of the shallows to 6-10 feet of water biting live crickets, grasshoppers, and earthworms. Catfish are biting on a slip cork rig and bottom rigs in 2-10 feet of water from first light to mid-morning using shrimp, live shad or frozen, chicken livers and punch baits. Noodle fishing for catfish has been great at night as the surface temperature has cooled. Summer has rolled in hot with air temperatures in the 90s so don’t forget to wear your sun protection and light clothing, and sunglasses. It is important, when on the water, to stay hydrated to avoid exhaustion or heat stroke. It is time to bring the family out on kayaks or canoes to go fishing or exploring on beautiful Toledo Bend Lake! Remember to always keep your life jacket on while on the water and don’t forget to fasten that engine kill switch lanyard to your life jacket if you are operating a motorized vessel on the water. Play it safe on the water, always inform your loved ones or a friend of your expected return time to port or home. Good luck and tight lines! Report from Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak and Fishing Guide Service
Tyler
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77 degrees; 0.07 feet below. Bass are fair on topwaters early morning and late in the evening. Crappie are fair in 16 feet of water on brush piles and submerged structures using minnows and jigs. Bluegill are good on red worms. Catfish are good along the rocks using stink bait. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 6.38 feet above. Crappie are good in McGuffy Point and underwater stumps in Big Creek on jigs and minnows. Limits of catfish are good in the main lake using Mr. Whisker’s punch bait. White bass are good hitting most everything such as swimbaits, and fluke style baits. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service.
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