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Pineywoods Fishing Report

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Fishing Grapic

B.A. Steinhagen

Water stained; 71 degrees; 0.70 feet low. Summer fishing patterns persist. Black bass are fair only on the edges of the hot summer days, searching vegetation edges, mid-depth points, and some river structures on jigs, worms, and crankbait. Crappie are fair with minnows on the structure edges and above brush piles. Sunfish are fair with jigs and crickets. Catfish are good day and night on cut and prepped bait. 

Conroe

Slightly stained; 73 degrees; 1.40 feet low. Catfish are good on baited holes in 12-25 feet of water using liver, shrimp or catfish bubblegum. Crappie are still having a tough time with the lock jaw, minnows seem to be the better of baits, but black & chartreuse jigs are getting a few hits. Generally, one or two catches per spot on structures in 11-21 feet of water, as well as on many pylons under 1097 bridge. Hybrid bass are good in 13-20 feet of water. A lot of juveniles measuring 17.5- inches. While trolling use a hellbender with a pet spoon on humps or use your electronics & jig for them. Try M.T. Pockets tackle slabs. Black bass have been good in 4-15 feet of water near tire and rock structures on jigs, rattle traps, and Texas rigged creatures. 

Houston County

Water stained; 70 degrees; 0.25 feet below. Dredging has the water murky. Crappie are good, suspended around brush and standing timber in water depths 12-18 feet using minnows. White bass are schooling from the surface to 20 feet of water and biting on silver slab spoons. 

Livingston

Slightly stained; 71 degrees; 0.39 feet low. White bass are good on reaper duck tracker slabs in 9-15 feet of water. Crappie are good on jigs in the creek. Black bass are fair on crankbaits along the rip rap. Small blue catfish are good cut shad on the river banks. 

Sam Rayburn

Water stained; 72 degrees; 2.76 feet low. Bass have moved into the creeks in pockets and points. Crankbaits and spinner baits are bringing in the active fish. Crappie are good on minnows. They are migrating into creeks and river systems, with a few in the shallows of the main lake. Catfish moving shallow and in the creeks. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service. 

Toledo Bend

67-70 degrees; 4.21 feet low. The water level is 167.8 with no generators running and 18 inces of rain this week. The water is clear in the main lake and feeder creeks. Water temperature in the main lake is running 67-70 degrees and further back up in the creeks is 65 degrees. Largemouth bass are being caught in shallow water, 4-6 feet, early on Carolina rigs, Texas rig worms and lizards. As the sun starts shining brighter, move out to 10-18 feet and use crankbaits or Alabama rigs for bass. Bass are starting to group up as the water cools. Some parties are catching great numbers of bass offshore with their electronics using half-ounce to one-ounce chrome jigging spoons on points close to deep water. The Crappie are being caught in 12-28 feet of water in timber and laydowns using jigs and shiners. The Catfish bite has been good on cut bait, shrimp and punch bait. Safety Reminder: Everyone needs to wear their life jackets (PFDs). Winter is creeping in. Take an extra set of clothes with you fishing in case you fall in or take a wave over the bow. Keeping dry protects you from hypothermia. Inspect your lanyard (for wear and tear) on your engine kill switch before leaving the boat ramp to make sure they are in good operating conditions. Good luck and tight lines! Report by Captain Steve “Scooby” Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures. 

Tyler

    GOOD. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 0.81 feet low. Black bass are good on tubes, football jigs, crankbaits, and Carolina-rigged plastic worms near points, flats, and brush piles. Crappie continue to be good on minnows and jigs in timber and brush piles in 13-15 feet of water. Catfish are good on cut bait, chicken liver, and punch bait. White bass are good with slabs and swimbaits. Bream are good with dough bait, live crickets, or cutworms. 

Wright Patman

    GOOD. Water lightly stained; 68 degrees; 4.07 feet high. Largemouth bass are good on drop shots, shad like crankbaits, and football jigs on humps, flats, and points. White bass are fair on live bait and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on chicken liver, punch or live bait. 

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