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061622 fishng report
B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 78 degrees; 0.24 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; 84 degrees; 0.41 feet low. Fishing is good all day as long as you can stand the heat. Crappie are excellent on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are good on topwaters shallow early morning, moving to deep water, 20-30 feet, off points with your favorite plastics after the topwater bite tapers off. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 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; 0.88 feet high. The water temperature is heating up with weather, and the summer patterns are in full swing. Bass are good with an early morning topwater bite using frogs and pop r’s. Moving to the lily pads midday to continue the topwater action. You will see some schooling action midday day as well, try a small worm going deeper to land those bigger fish. Look for turns, cuts and grass in the river system, throwing a worm or crankbait. Come enjoy the lake and see the beauty that God created. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
Conro
GOOD. Slightly stained; 83 degrees; 0.36 feet below. Catfish are good on shrimp and chicken liver in 20-28 feet of water. Hybrid striped bass in about the same depth as the catfish hitting jigged slab spoons and shad. Look for dense schools of shad on your electronics to find the more active schools. Some early morning topwater bite is happening in some areas. Please check the Texas Parks & Wildlife to see the tooth patch between hybrid and white bass. Crappie are slow in 15-23 feet of water on standing timber, and brush piles. Crappie have a soft bite on minnows or black and chartreuse jigs with crappie nibble, 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 14-25 feet of water. Always wear your life jacket! Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.
Fork
GOOD. Water Stained; 75 degrees; 5.84 feet low. The bass bite is good early for about a half hour after sunrise on square bills and spinner baits on main lake points in shad patterns. During the day 3/4 ounce shaky heads or football jigs are good in 14-25 feet on drop-offs or channel swings. Jigs colors working best are green pumpkin and orange, plum or red bug. Carolina rigs are best in the same areas with a 10 inch blue fleck in 15-25 feet. If that bite slows down, down size the worm. Deep crankbaits are fair over long points and channel swings. Citrus Shad or chart blue back XD 6 over 18-23 feet best. The full moon has the night bite turned on. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell and Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Pro. The crappie bite on Lake Fork has been as hot as the temperatures this week when the winds let us get to the fish and sit on them. Brush piles, laydowns, underwater bridges and ledges in 13-23 feet have been the best areas for numbers. You can still run timber along creek channels and timber line edges for some bigger fish as well. Minnows have still been the hottest bait with hand ties and soft plastics working as well. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 80 degrees; 0.13 at pool. Fishing patterns are similar as we head into the weekend. Crappie are good on brush piles and docks using minnows and jigs. Bass are good with an early morning topwater bite, moving to grass beds biting on soft plastics. Catfish are good on cut and prepared baits in mid depths.
Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 0.80 feet low. Fishing is good all day as long as you can stand the heat. Crappie are excellent on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are good on topwaters shallow early morning, moving to deep water, 20-30 feet, off points with your favorite plastics after the topwater bite tapers off. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Livingston
GOOD. Stained; 85 degrees; 0.04 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 and points using silver jigging spoons and small swimbaits.
Martin Creek
SLOW. 78 degrees. Water lightly stained; 0.51 feet below. Fish are slow to bite with few reports. Catfish are fair mid depths and baited holes with cheese bait. Bass are fair with a good early morning topwater bite, switching to Texas rigs and wacky worms during the day. Crappie are on brush piles with minnows and jigs.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water clear to stained; 83 degrees. Fish are in that summer pattern biting the same way. Fish are feeding on shad, so utilize small baits similar to shad size. 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. A mag-worm in junebug color is getting bit in 8-12 feet of water. Try a square bill crankbait over the grass during the midday heat. Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
Raven
GREAT. Water stained; 84 degrees; 3 feet low. Catfish are fair on minnows and cut bait. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around structure early in the day. Bass are good on topwaters and Texas rigs around the grass edges. The Prairie Branch fishing pier is open for visitors. While there are some finishing touches to be done, it is open and ready for people.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; 1.68 feet low. Some flipping bass shallow and in the grass with topwater frogs in the morning, moving to 15-18 feet off drops and ledges using Carolina rigs and crankbaits later in the day. White bass are good in the lake off points with chrome jigs. Crappie are good on brush piles and catfish are close by. Bluegill have started their game of hide and seek for the summer. Catfish are in creek channels off ledges in 18 feet of water. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
Toledo Bend
GOOD. Water stained; 76-78 degrees; 1.24 feet low. The water level is 170.8 with one generator running from 12-3:00 p.m. Water temperature at the dam is 76 degrees with surface temperature around 78. The back feeder creeks are stained with no current flow, and the thermocline is showing up on boat electronics at 14 feet. The main lake is clear with no rain this week. Bass are in the full summer patterns going to river bends and points. Early in the mornings as the sun comes up use top water baits like Pop Rs, buzz baits, popping frogs, and spooks. Mid-morning as the fish go deeper transition to 8-12 inch ribbon tail worms and crankbaits in 12-20 feet of water. This week we have the full strawberry moon, so we can fish all night with cooler temperatures.Cast 8-12 inch dark colored worms to entice a bigger bass to bite. Crappie and bream are in the brush piles and lay downs. Crappie are biting best on crappie jigs on the T-Bend favorite colors of monkey milk, T-shad in MGS and pie yow, and live minnows. Bluegill are good using live crickets, grasshoppers, and earthworms. Catfish continue to be slow this week due to the thermocline. Summer is here with air temperatures in the 90’s, so don’t forget to wear sun protection and gear. It is important to stay hydrated when on the water to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Bring the family out to explore the beautiful Toledo Bend on kayaks or canoes. Remember to always keep your life jacket on while on the water, and to fasten the 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; 0.27 feet below. Bass are fair on topwater frogs or trick worms early morning and late in the evening. Crappie are fair in 16 feet of water pushing into deeper water on brush piles and submerged structures using live minnows and jigs. Bluegill are good on red worms. Catfish are good along the rocks using stink bait, nightcrawlers, and livers. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 2.52 feet above. Fishing is good as we enter into the summer heat. Crappie are good in on main lake points using jigs and minnows. Limits of catfish are good in the main lake using 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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