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091522 fishing report
B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 80 degrees; 0.32 feet below. Bass are fair with dropshots and crankbaits along grass ledges. Crappie are fair using minnows and jigs on deeper main lake structures and brush piles. Catfish are good moving shallow biting cut and cheese bait.
Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water clear; 82 degrees; 1.23 feet below. Fishing patterns will be similar for another few weeks until the weather cools off some more. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait. Crappie are fair on brush in 12-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are good early topwater baits shallow. White bass good on midlake humps with slabs or minnows. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Caddo
SLOW. Water stained; 79 degrees; 0.74 feet above. After the recent rains the rising water levels have made it slightly easier to navigate obstacles. The best bites in the river and bayou systems as you can find some fish schooling early biting on a fluke, pop r or choppo. The texas rig, dropshot or shaky head all work good once the sun comes up over the trees. Try junebug or green pumpkin magic for your colors or the old reliable watermelon red is always good too. Come out and enjoy this majestic lake that God spoke into existence as the views are always majestic on Caddo. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
Conroe
GOOD. Slightly stained; 85 degrees; 1.58 feet below. Catfish are good on shrimp and liver in 17-22 feet of water. Hybrid striped bass have been in the same depth as the catfish and have been active on points just off of the main lake channel. Seeing quite a few big schools, but many of the fish have been in the 16-17 inches range. Report by Jimmy Laux, Jimmy's Gone Fishing Guide Service. Crappie are slow to fair this week on minnows and jigs depending on the day. Most of the bites have been very light in 13-21 feet of water on structures. Downsize bait to match the size of shad. Black bass are near structure in 8-19 feet of water biting on creature baits, crankbaits, and swimbaits. Always wear your life jacket! Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.
Fork
GOOD. Water Stained; 78 degrees; 5.85 feet low. Water temperatures have been cooling down with the cool mornings improving the topwater bite. Yellow Magic lures in shad patterns on points and secondary points are good early in the day. June bug colored shaky heads in 3- 7 feet of water are producing on big wood. Square bill crankbaits in a 2.5 inch bream pattern are good in 3-5 feet of water around channels. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. The bite on Lake Fork has been getting better and better as the temperatures cool down. The fall bite has started with the big white crappie stacking up on trees in 18-28 feet of water. The bite has improved for fish stacked on brush piles. Laydowns are loaded with tons of smaller fish, but can be slow to bite. Minnows are producing best, but as the surface temperature cools down the jig bite will heat up. Some days swimming small hand ties over brush piles, laydowns and the bottom is producing well. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 1.75 feet below. Crappie are good in standing timber, lay downs and brush in 12-20 feet of water using minnows. Largemouth bass are good in 4-15 feet of water near docks, rocks and points with crankbaits, and shaky heads. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.
Lake O the Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 1.65 feet low. Fishing patterns will be similar for another few weeks until the weather cools off some more. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait. Crappie are fair on brush in 12-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are good early topwater baits shallow. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Livingston
GOOD. Stained; 80 degrees; 0.01 feet low. Look for the water clarity to be muddy and flooding conditions on the North end as the freshwater runoff flows in from North Texas rains. White bass are good to excellent with the topwater schooling action, then jigging with slabs on points and humps. Catfish are fair to good. Crappie continue to be slow. Striped bass are slow with slabs and live shad. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.
Martin Creek
GOOD. 85 degrees. Water lightly stained; 2.60 feet low. Crappie are excellent on minnows in 20-25 feet of water over brush and flooded timber. Bass are fair with flukes, swimbaits, wacky worms and small spinner baits in shallow water along the edge of hydrilla. Catfish are good with nightcrawlers in 10-18 feet of water fished off the bottom.
Nacogdoches
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 3.02 feet low. Fall is in the air. Largemouth bass are good on topwater lures in the morning along grass edges on the north end, and in open water. Crappie are fair on timber and brush piles. Bite is soon to improve with cooler morning temperatures. Lake levels continue to drop and more standing timber is soon to be exposed. Start to use caution when running north of the highline. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water clear to stained; 82 degrees; 1.00 feet low. The water temperature is slowly declining and the fall transition is just around the corner. The thermocline is still in effect at the 12 foot zone. A jerkbait plus-1 and shad style lures are working. A slow hopped underspin is getting bit in 8-12 feet of water. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
Raven
GOOD. Water stained; 86 degrees; 3.50 feet low. Catfish and crappie are fair to good on minnows. Bass have been very good on junebug colored stick baits Texas rigged, both early morning and late evening.
Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 83 degrees; 4.48 feet low. Bass are good in pockets and points in the creek channel using crankbaits and Carolina rigs. White bass are schooling on flats biting small crankbaits and silver spoons. Crappie are good on brush piles with minnows and jigs. Crappie will begin to migrate to the rivers to the pockets in the next few weeks. Catfish are good off points with and in the creek channel. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
Toledo Bend
FAIR. Water stained; 76-78 degrees; 4.03 feet low. The water level is 168.0 with one generator running from 2-8:00 P.M. Water temperature at the dam is 76-78 degrees with surface temperature around 78. The back feeder creeks are starting to clear up and the mid and main lake is clear. The full moon last weekend created tough conditions for the weekend tournament fisherman. Black bass are still in the fall transition and remain scattered, and hard to pattern. Bass have been caught on small 1/4 ounce chrome, black or blue rattletraps, bladed baits, smaller crankbaits in shad colors, jerk baits, and flukes. The worm bite has been producing on a Texas rig using an 8 inch tequila sunrise ribbon tail, and 6 inch salty sinker in blue smoke and watermelon candy rigged wacky style. Fly fishing has been tough in the shallows and flats. Crappie bite is improving in 20-25 feet of water using small minnows. Bluegills are still mixed in with crappie in the brush piles in deeper water. Catfish are in 20-25 feet of water off the breaks in the main river channel. Good luck and tight lines! Report from Master Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak Sales, Fishing Guide Service & Rod Repair
Tyler
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 2.14 feet below. Beautiful weather for fishing and the bite is improving. Catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers, the cooling weather has brought the fish up. Bass are fair on topwaters and minnows in submerged vegetation around piers. Crappie are good in 16-20 of water on brush piles and submerged structures using live minnows. Bluegill are good mixed in with the crappie biting red worms. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 1.28 feet above. Catfish continue to bite fair on punch bait. White bass are slow on points with tail spinners with fish on the smaller size. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service.
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