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042023 fishing report

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.33 feet below pool. Bass are good targeting main lake vegetation with a hollow body frog, or white and chartreuse swim jig. Water levels have been fluctuating, scattering the fish.

Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.07 feet below pool. Crappie are good on brush piles 15-25 feet deep using minnows or jigs. Catfish are good six feet or less with chicken livers or worms. Sand bass good on main lake points with slabs or rattletraps. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. After the recent rains target fish where there is a current. Bass are good off points with brush in 15-20 feet of water with Texas rigged worms, deep diving crankbaits, jigs and jigging spoons. Report by Mike Stroman, R & R Marine. Black bass are good on top water and subsurface patterns. Fish

GOOD. Water stained; 80 degrees; 0.67 feet above pool. Bass fishing is improving with a catch over 25 pounds to take the win at a tournament this past week. Bass are good on grass and trees along the edge early in the morning using topwaters then switching to a wacky worm or fluke. There is still some current in the river but the lake is dropping some and the current is slowing down. Lake is in good shape with very little salvinia. It is always fun to come and visit a lake that God spoke into existence and fish for some big ones. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

GOOD. Water stained; 88 degrees; 0.26 feet above pool. Eater sized catfish continue to be good on baited holes, points and ledges close to structure on catfish bubblegum, liver, worms, and punch bait in close to 20 feet of water. Good catches reported from the 1097 bridge. Even picking up the occasional trophy class blue on these spots. Most are pretty banged up from the spawn. Hybrids have been doing well trolling and jigging Finding hybrids in 17-24 feet of water using MTPockets slabs when you can find them bunched up. Always check the tooth patch for a white vs hybrid. Still catching many juveniles but getting keepers as well. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Black bass fishing has been fair overall with water fluctuations. Bass can be caught early along riprap and bulkheads adjacent to deeper water using medium crankbaits, senkos, and swimbaits. During the day, bass action is centered around 16-21 feet deep structure such as lay downs on contour ledges, rock piles and secondary points. Crankbaits, dropshot rigs and shaky heads with dark colored plastics have all produced in the deeper water. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Crappie are good and the bite continues to be aggressive with a solid thump using Lone Star Crappie Jigs, Stunna jigs or minnows in 14-22 feet of water on or close to structures. You will need to hit several spots. Finding a thermocline in 30 feet of water. Summer looks like it is here to stay, so please stay hydrated and always wear your life jacket. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Guide. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Guide.

GOOD. Water Stained; 80 degrees; 0.88 feet below pool. Bass fishing has improved offshore using Carolina rigs with big worms and Texas rigs are doing good in 12-20 feet. Crankbaits are good over 22-25 feet with shad patterns best. Frogs in the flooded grass are good early and late. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Bass topwater bite is sporadic early and late in the day. Try frog patterns on the outside edge of grass and weed lines. Bream are excellent on beds. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. Lake Fork crappie fishing continues to heat up going into the summer pattern full swing this week. Fish have been stacking up on lay downs, summer time trees and brush like they do in hotter months. Bridges are also holding fish if you look around and find the right set of columns. Our best depths this week have been 18- 24 feet with fish suspended 8-16ft down on most structures. Some bigger crappie are in 30-35 feet on timber. Swimming 1/16 ounce hand ties continues to be the go to pattern. Use a pegged 1/4 ounce egg weight about 6-8 inches above the jigs to get down faster and swim at the best speed back to the boat. Minnows are producing very well and will continue to produce year round. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.

Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 79 degrees; 0.15 feet above pool. Largemouth bass are good in 4-15 feet of water on docks, bulkheads and points with Texas rigs, squarebill crankbaits and shaky heads. Crappie are good on standing timber, and deeper docks in 12-22 feet using minnows. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.

Lake O' the Pines
GOOD. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.91 feet below pool. Crappie are good on brush piles 15-25 feet deep with minnows or jigs. Catfish are good six feet or less with chicken livers or worms. in six feet or less as they get ready to spawn. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing. After the recent rains target fish where there is a current. Bass are good off points in 15-20 feet of water with Texas rigged worms, deep diving crankbaits, jigs and jigging spoons. Report by Mike Stroman, R & R Marine.

GOOD. Stained; 85 degrees; 0.18 feet above pool. White bass are beyond excellent on the humps and points on the mid to south end of the lake jigging with �¾ ounce slabs off the bottom near the island white and chartreuse. Schooling and surface action should improve Catfish are good to excellent on the flats with shad or cut bait. Crappie are slow on some brush. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.

Martin Creek
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 90-95 degrees; 0.20 feet above pool. The lake is stained above the bridge. Bass are good along the hydrilla using red bug colored worms, underspin swimbaits and frogs. Crappie are suspended in 15-20 feet around brush or standing timber. Use black/chartreuse ⅛ ounce jigs and minnows. Catfish on jug lines with live or cut bait or night crawlers on rod and reel.

GOOD. Water clear; 80-85 degrees; 0.29 feet below pool. Largemouth bass are good on shallow grass edges or along creek channels. Topwaters in the morning hours is still a good technique. Lots of fish are suspended in the water column feeding on shad. Stay on the lookout for schooling bass as we get into the summer. Crappie fishing is good with brush piles holding good numbers of fish. Black crappie are grouped up well on timber. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees. Bass are in schools off shore with catches ranging between 2-5 pounds. Topwater frogs are landing catches along with Alabama rigs, jerkbaits, underpins. The fish that stay shallow are in the jungle-thick stuff, so get them by frogging! The crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.

GOOD. Water clear; 82 degrees; 0.00 feet full pool. Visibility is about 3 feet. Crappie are fair around the fishing piers on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut and prepared baits. Bass can be found schooling around shad balls, occasionally blowing up through them. A chrome rattletrap pulled through the shad school is good for a limit in no time.

Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 84 degrees; 0.16 feet below pool. The lake is at full pool with more rain to come. Water is off color, and the best bite is areas with clearer water. Bass are shallow early and late on topwater frogs around the pencil grass. Later in the day move to humps and creeks with Carolina rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on brush piles in clearer water. Blue and channel catfish are good in the channels and humps with cut bait. White bass are running the points with slabs and silver spoons. Report by Captain Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.

Toledo Bend
FAIR. Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.73 feet below pool. The water level is 171.28 with both generators running from 1:00-6:00 p.m. daily. Water temperature at the Dam is 81 degrees. North of the three-mile Pendleton bridge, temperatures have been running 80-84 degrees. Air temperature will be up around 95 degrees this week. Fishing has been very tough for the bluegill, bass and crappie. Bass have good topwater frog bite over vegetation very early and at dark. Just a reminder, the summer weather brings quick developing showers, high winds, hail, and lightning. Watch your weather radar and if you hear lighting, get off the water. Remember, it is always better to play it safe by telling a loved one or friend the area you will be fishing, how many people are in your party and the expected return time. Good luck and keep casting forward! Report from Master Captain Steve “Scooby” Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide, and Mudfish Custom Rod Shop.

FAIR. Water stained; 80 degrees; 0.10 feet above pool. Bass are slow out to16 feet of water using topwater frogs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and worms. Crappie are good in 12-16 feet of water on brush piles preferring minnows. Catfish are slow with cut bait in 16 feet of water on brush. Bluegill are good on red worms. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.

Wright Patman
GOOD. Water stained; 79 degrees; 1.93 feet above pool. Fishing patterns are the same. Catfish are good in 13 feet of water with punch bait. White bass have been slow, try trolling a shallow crankbait around main lake points. Crappie are fair but still being caught in 11-15 feet of water on brush piles. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service.

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