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062923 fishing report

B.A. Steinhagen
GOOD. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.36 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; 0.26 feet above 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; 1.12 feet above pool. The area is still recovering after the recent storms. Before heading to the lake be sure to make the necessary preparations as resources can be sparse. Bass bite continues to be good with the pattern similar. Topwater action is heating up, and some fish trees so flukes, senkos and frogs are all in play. Should be a good current still with all the storms. so river spots should be good with drop shots, shaky head, Texas rigs and crankbaits. The lake is setting up beautifully for summer fishing. All the majestic views that God spoke into existence are on display. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

GOOD. Water stained; 88 degrees; 0.01 feet below pool. Catfish are great on ledges, structure, baited holes and docks. Best bait has been liver, catfish Bubblegum, worms, punch bait, and button shad. Baited holes can even produce hybrids on liver and shad. Report by Brad Doyle, Bradley’s Guide Service. Largemouth bass fishing is fair, with a significant number of bass found in the 16-21 feet of water during daytime hours. To increase your chances of success, focus your efforts on main lake points that have roadbeds, submerged structures, creek channels near brush piles, and laydowns. Effective bait options include Texas-rigged soft plastic worms in green pumpkin and watermelon red flake colors, deep-diving crankbaits in chartreuse/blue and shad patterns, and jigs in black/blue and brown/orange colors. Additionally, early in the day, fishing near riprap, bulkheads, and rock pile areas can yield good results with spinner baits or Senkos. Report by Bryan Brawner, Lake Conroe Charters. Hybrids are scattered in 18-24 feet of water, with a few fish in schools. Trolling with a pet spoon and a diver has had some success, and thumping has worked to bring them in, as well as jigging MTPockets slabs. As it has gotten hotter, the crappie bite has slowed. Having to hit several spots to get the hotties and thumps have been lighter. Best baits have been Lone Star Crappie Jigs, Stunna jigs, or minnows in 14-28 feet of water on or close to structure. Summer looks like it is here to stay, so please stay hydrated and always wear your life jacket. Finding a thermocline in 30 feet of water. Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Guide.

GOOD. Water Stained; 90 degrees; 0.34 feet below pool. Bass are good on topwaters, frogs and spook type baits early in the morning. On cloudy days the shallow bite is good on flukes and chatterbaits on the outside edge of flooded weeds. On sunny days the offshore bite picks up with Carolina rigs and Texas rigs with blue fleck, plum colors best. Designated hitters with big worms, or eight inch bull worms plum or red bug will land bites as well. Best offshore depths seem to be 18-25 feet near deeper water. Deep crankbaits are fair, but the bite is slowing. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Bass are slow with the topwater bite sporadic early and late in the day. Try frog patterns along the outside edge of grass and weed lines. Bream are excellent on beds. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie on Lake Fork seem to be transitioning to summer trees in deeper water and brush piles. The most recent rains have raised the lake a few more inches and it is looking really good. Water temperatures are also on the rise with the hot weather and plenty of sunshine. Seeing fewer fish on lay downs and bridges. Brush piles in 14-22 feet and trees in 18-28 feet seem to be the best bet and depths. The jig bite is still very strong on small hand tied jigs in brighter colors like chartreuse or pink with the cloudy skies and heavy rains we have had lately. Minnows are always a good bait on Lake Fork for crappie year round. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.

Houston County
GOOD. Water clear; 90 degrees; 0.04 feet above pool. Summer fishing patterns are here just like the heat. 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; 86 degrees; 0.81 feet above 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; 0.28 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; 91 degrees; 0.15 feet below pool. Bass are fair fishing the edge of the hydrilla with watermelon red and plum colored worms, or on deeper water points. Crappie are good in 20-30 feet of water suspended in 15-20 feet on timber and brush piles. Catfish are fair in 15-20 feet of water using nightcrawlers. Be sure to stay hydrated as temperatures are rising.

GOOD. Water clear; 80-85 degrees; 0.30 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.

FAIR. Water lightly stained; 91 degrees. The weather forecast is hot with a 100% chance of more heat. Bass are good early morning on topwaters and frogs. Offshore schools of suspended fish can be caught with shad style lures. Otherwise, summer patterns are en vogue. Find the shade, find the bass. The crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.

GOOD. Water clear; 87 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; 83-85 degrees; 0.33 feet below pool. Bass are good with topwater in the pencil grass and hydrilla. Bigger bass are moving towards points and humps biting crankbaits and Carolina rigs. Crappie are stacking up on brush with bluegill mixed in biting on minnows or jigs. Catfish are good on brush and around creeks. White bass are schooling on points biting jigs and crankbaits. Report by Captain Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.

Toledo Bend
SLOW. Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.74 feet below pool. The water level is 171.27 with both generators running from 1:00-6:00 p.m. daily. Water temperature at the Dam is 83 degrees. North of the three-mile Pendleton bridge, temperatures have been running 81-85 degrees. Air temperature will be around 95 degrees this week, with the feel like temperatures reaching 109 degrees. Fishing has been very tough for the bluegill, bass and crappie. Bass are good on topwater frogs over vegetation early in the morning and after dark. Bass are being caught in 20-25 feet over brush piles and ledges. Texas and Carolina rigs have been producing in the outer swings of the creek bends. Best colors for a 10 inch worm are watermelon red, June bug red and Tilapia gold. The bass are a little selective right now over brush piles and you might catch one or two and the school will shut down. Just move on, find another spot, and catch one or two again. Keep moving, do not stay in one spot for too long. White bass are showing up in big schools in the main lake over humps and river channels, sometimes schooling on the surface south of the Pendleton bridge. White bass use a black/blue back �½ ounce rattletraps or a jigging spoon in �½ and �¾ ounce, and a medium diving crankbait. Stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and cover up. Just a reminder, the summer pattern 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; 83 degrees; 0.07 feet above pool. Bass are fair out to16 feet of water using topwater frogs, lizards, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and worms. Early in the morning they can be seen as shallow one foot deep. Crappie are good in 12-16 feet of water on brush piles preferring minnows. Catfish are good all over the lake with nightcrawlers and stink baits. Bluegill are good on red worms all over the lake. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.

Wright Patman
GOOD. Water stained; 86 degrees; 3.50 feet above pool. Catfish are fair slowing after the increased water level. Black bass are being caught in flooded brush. White bass are slow. No report on crappie. Atlanta state park is closed, tentatively scheduled to reopen June 22. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service.

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