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Fishing Grapic


Pineywoods Region Week of June 8, 2022

B.A. Steinhagen

FAIR. Water stained; 78 degrees; 0.41 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; 0.35 feet low. 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 points with your favorite plastics after the topwater bite tapers off. Catfish spawn is over and they are good in 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.


SLOW. Water stained; 79 degrees; 0.98 feet high. Summer patterns continue on the lake with some schooling action and fish 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.


GOOD. Slightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.18 feet below. Catfish are spawning in 20-30 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 are slow in 15-23 feet of water on standing timber, and brush piles. Soft hit with black and chartreuse jigs with a 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 15-25 feet of water. Hybrid stripers are good in small schools with an early morning topwater bite then transition to 16-25 feet of water jigging with a one ounce spoon or trolling with a hellbender and pet spoon. Always wear your life jacket! Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide. Undersized hybrid stripers are coming on silver spoons and cut bait. Report by Jimmy Laux, Jimmy’s Gone Fishing Guide Service.


GOOD. Water Stained; 75 degrees; 5.71 feet low. Bass early morning bite is slow on topwaters, so start with a 1/2-3/4 ounce spinnerbait worked in 3-8 feet of water on windy points or high spots. Carolina rigs are best in 8-18 feet of water mid-morning. Smaller baits like 4 inch Ring Fry’s or French Fry’s in watermelon red and watermelon candy are working best. Deep crankbaits are better midday to evening over creek channel bends and long deeper points. Fire tiger and citrus shad patterns in 22-28 feet of water with Strike King XD 6. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell and Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Pro. Crappie fishing on Lake Fork has been just incredible this past week for numbers. Crappie are stacking up on laydowns, brush piles, points, ledges and certain trees. Minnows will produce a lot of fish right now with hand ties working well when pitched and swam over the fish. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.

Houston County

GOOD. Water stained; 80 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, moving to grass beds biting on soft plastics. Catfish are good on cut and prepared baits in mid depths.

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.74 feet low. 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 points with your favorite plastics after the topwater bite tapers off. Catfish spawn is over and they are good in 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.


GOOD. Stained; 85 degrees; 0.15 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; 0.36 feet below. Marking a lot of small fish in 14-25 feet of water, but they are slow to bite. Try throwing a 1/8 ounce jig with shad color plastic.


GOOD. Water clear to stained; 83 degrees. Starting to see some good numbers of post-spawn bass schooling up over deeper water. The shad are small, so down-size your presentation. 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.


EXCELLENT. Water stained; 84 degrees; 3 feet low. Fishing continues to be similar 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; 1.34 feet low. White bass are showing up in the lake off points jigging spoons and crankbaits. 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; 77-80 degrees; 1.04 feet low. The water level is 170.8 with no generators running. The back feeder creeks are stained with no current flow and the thermocline is showing up on boat electronics at about 14 feet. The main lake is clear with no rain this week. Bass are in full summer patterns transitioning to river bends and points. Early in the mornings as the sun comes up use topwater baits, such as 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. 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. The bigger bluegills should be moving back up to the spawning beds on the next full moon. You can catch a Bluegill using live crickets, grasshoppers, and earthworms. Catfish have been 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


GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77 degrees; 0.12 feet below. Bass are fair on topwaters early morning and late in the evening with topwaters and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair in 16 feet of 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. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.

Wright Patman

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 2.32 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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