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East Texas Fishing Report

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N1909P25006CB.A. Steinhagen

FAIR. Water stained; 63 degrees; 0.49 feet below. Black bass are good shallow on creature baits. Crappie are fair using minnows and small jigs on the structure edges and above brush piles. Catfish are good on cut and prepped bait.


 GOOD. Slightly stained; 59 degrees; 0.14 feet low. Catfish are good on following ledges near structure, or on baited holes in 15-24 feet of water using liver, shrimp, and catfish bubblegum. 

Hybrid bass are school-ing in 19-28 feet of water trolling with a hellbender and a pet spoon, or using your electronics with the deadsticking technique, thumping or splashing. White bass and hybrid bass are moving up shallow in 6-12 feet of water. Crappie are shallow in standing timber, lay downs, and brush piles in 12-26 feet of water biting white/chartreuse Lone Star Crappie Hair Jigs, and black/chartreuse plastics from Constant Pursuit Outfitters, and minnows. They should begin to spawn when water temperatures reach 59-62 degrees. Black bass are good with multiple catches of buck bass on beds using creature baits and RatLTraps in 3-8 feet of water. Sight casting is possible in some areas. Always wear your life jacket. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.


GOOD. Water stained; 59 degrees; 3.29 feet low. Fish are all moving shallow as the water temperature pushes towards 60 degrees. Bass are shallow on beds biting on soft plastics. Crappie are good on min-nows, and road runners. Catfish are shallow biting on noodles and cut bait. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.


 FAIR. Water stained; 57 degrees; 2.22 feet low. The water level is 169.6 with two generators running from noon to 8 P.M. Water temperature in the main lake is 57 degrees and 50 degrees further in the creeks. To-ledo Bend is expecting 3-5 inches of rain this week per the National Weather Service. Bass will be scatter-ing from spawning flats to the closest drains and ditches. 

After a rainfall, go back in the creeks and find the clearest and shallowest water you can as the bass will be feeding up in the new vegetation along the banks where insects and bugs have washed into the lake. 

Use topwater imitations like popping frogs, buzz baits, spinnerbaits, wacky worms, lizards and don’t forget swim jigs and BIG swimbaits. You might be surprised by what you catch. When the generators run water will be pulled from the feeder creeks to the main lake, big balls of shad are showing up on the boat’s electronics heading to the back of the creeks. Bingo, it’s Springtime, bass and crappie will follow the shad. Crappie are holding in 12-20 feet of water during the day in the creek channels and some schools are moving shallow in the evenings. As the water warms, crappie are in 2-5 feet of water biting on live minnows under a slip cork rig or plastics in monkey milk, bluegrass blue and chartreuse. Fly fishers are casting a white/red collar fly jig and a white/chartreuse Clouser minnow. Catfish are still holding in 2-4 feet of water early in the mornings at the base of Cypress trees mid lake. Catfish are biting on a slip cork rig in 2-3 feet of water from first light to 8:30 A.M. using shrimp, chicken livers and Captain’s garlic weenies. The air is crisp, and the campfires are warm so get the family and go fishing for those good times and memories! Remember to always keep your life jack on while on the water, as the water is cold, and hypothermia is dangerous. Good luck and tight lines! Report provided by Captain Steve “Scooby” Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak and Fishing Guide Service.red for clear water, and rigged Texas style using a 1/4 ounce Tungsten weight in 12 inches to 3 feet of water near the edge of buck brush. No bass beds have been seen yet. The Crappie are holding in 20-25 feet off brush piles and vertical timber, but they are starting to move up as the weather gets warmer. Catfish are still holding in 2-4 feet of water early in the mornings at the base of Cypress trees in mid lake. The catfish are biting on a slip cork rig using shrimp, soap bar squares and Captain’s garlic weenies. February and March are excellent months for a big bass on TBend. The air is crisp, and the campfires are warm so get the family and go fishing for those good times and memories! Good luck and tight lines! Report from Cap-tain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak/Guide Service.

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