Weekly Texas Fishing Report (February 26)

Weekly Texas Fishing Report (February 26)
Texas Parks and Wildlife (Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife)

The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Feb. 26 and also available on the internet at https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml:

CENTRAL

AUSTIN: FAIR. Water slightly stained; 56-58 degrees; 1.0’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbait in 8-12’. Sunfish are fair on cutworms, and corn in the shallower structure of docks. Catfish are fair on prepared baits.

BASTROP: FAIR. Water stained; 59-62 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair fishing creeks and coves on Carolina rigged dark-colored plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut, live, and stinkbait.

BELTON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 1.56 low. Black bass are fair in creek mouths on spinners and crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs in deep water. Hybrid stripers are slow bottom fishing live bait and jigs. Crappie are fair on small minnows in 8-15’. Catfish are fair on prepared baits.

BROWNWOOD: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 52-55 degrees; 3.61’ low. Largemouth bass are fair with crankbaits and plastic worms. White bass are fair on minnows and Alabama rigs in 25-35’. Catfish have been fair on prepared bait.

BUCHANAN: FAIR. Water stained; 54-76 degrees; 3.09’ low. Largemouth bass are fair with darker jigs and plastics, spinner and crankbaits working along creeks for pre-spawn fish. Striped bass are fair. White bass are good on minnows and slabs when fishing deeper water and using sonar to locate schools of baitfish. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Channel catfish have been good on stinkbait, live and cut bait.

CANYON LAKE: FAIR. Water stained; 56-57 degrees; 2.99’ low. Striper fishing continues to be fair on humps on live bait or trolling striper jigs. Largemouth bass are fair in warmer water and brushy shorelines with crankbait, drop-shot red or brown worms, and spinners. Catfish are good with live and cut bait throughout the lake.

FAYETTE: FAIR. Water stained; 55-58 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair with earth-toned plastic worms or creatures, spinners, and crankbaits among vegetation, moving shallower. Sunfish are fair on worms and crickets around bank ledges and structure. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live bait and cut bait.

GRANBURY: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 0.01’ high. Crappie fishing is fair around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and chartreuse jigs. Catfishing is good when using cut bait in 25’. Fish drop-offs in timber close to the main river channel. Look for white bass to be mid-lake in 30-40’ using slabs. They are found on a slab and jig combo. Largemouth bass are good on soft plastics in creeks. Stripers are fair trolling.

GRANGER: FAIR. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are fair on jigs and soft plastic worms. Crappie are slow but better at night. White bass are fair starting to pick up in the river around Dickerson's Bottom. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait and shad. Yellow catfish continue to be slow.

LBJ: GOOD. Water stained; 57-59 degrees; 4.91’ low. Black bass are good in pre-spawn activity staying shallow in vegetation and around creeks and inlets on watermelon jigs and worms, spinners, and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs around brush and docks. White bass are slow fishing the river. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait.

LIMESTONE: FAIR. Water stained; 57 degrees; 0.16’ high. Largemouth bass continue to be fair on plastic worms and spinners in coves and creeks. White bass are fair with spoons and small jigs fishing points and deep water. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs around brush. Catfish are good on cut shad, prepped baits, or live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: FAIR. Water stained; 53-55 degrees. 1.73’ high. Crappie are slow on minnows around the marina and upper-end timber. Catfish are excellent and consistent with live bait and punch bait. White bass are fair on slabs deep 25-30’. Black bass are fair with pumpkin-colored spinners and jigs.

PROCTOR: FAIR. Water stained; 53-55 degrees; 3.13’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged plastic worms in flipping brush, topwater, spinners, and jigs among structures. Hybrid stripers are fair trolling jigs over mid-lake humps. Crappie are fair with jigs and minnows. Catfish have been good on stinkbait and cut bait.

SOMERVILLE: GOOD. Water stained; 59 degrees; 0.03’ high. White bass and hybrids are fair fishing points and creeping into creeks on shad, minnows and some jigs. Crappie are fair with small minnows and jigs. Catfish are good throughout the lake with cut shad and stinkbait. Largemouth bass are good with plastic worms, crankbait, larger spinners, and jigs near the creeks and moving shallower to creeks and coves.

STILLHOUSE HOLLOW: FAIR. Water stained; 55 degrees; 3.28’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms working vegetation along creeks. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair with live and cut bait.

TRAVIS: FAIR. Water clear; 54 degrees; 10.66’ low. Largemouth bass remain fair fishing around creeks for pre-spawn fish. White bass are slow in deeper water. Crappie are fair on minnows and white and chartreuse jigs. Catfish are fair on cut bait, live bait and stinkbait.

WALTER E. LONG: FAIR. Water stained; 51-55 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair, flipping red worms and crankbaits near creeks and coves. Hybrid stripers are fair with jigs and live bait. Crappie are fair. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait. Sunfish are still slow due to colder waters.

WACO: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 56 degrees; 1.44’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms and crankbaits in the warm water coves and creeks. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs in 18-28’ structure. Sunfish are slow on worms or crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad, live bait, and blood flavored-prepped bait.

WHITNEY: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 3.74’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, watermelon red plastic worms and jigs while fishing near or in creeks. White bass are good on slabs in deeper water. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs with structures or brush in deeper water 17-25’. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared baits.

NORTHEAST

ARLINGTON: FAIR. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.23' high. Largemouth bass activity has increased by creeks with red or brown worms, dark-colored spinners, and jigs. Look for warmer water. Crappie are fair among structures such as boat docks, and partially shaded vegetation. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait throughout the lake and around the plant.

ATHENS: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 52-54 degrees; 0.75’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms, jigs, lipless crankbaits, and spinnerbaits working the vegetation edges. Crappie are slow with minnows and jigs among natural and man-made structures. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and dough balls. Sunfish are fair on cutworms.

BENBROOK: FAIR. Water clear/stained; 52-54 degrees; 2.12’ low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing spinners and dark red or black plastics in creek beds and coves. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striped bass remain slow. White bass are fair with slabs or spoons by the dam and main lake points in deeper water. Catfish are fair on chicken livers, stinkbait and live bait.

BOB SANDLIN: FAIR. Water stained; 52-54 degrees; 0.55’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark spinnerbaits- near creeks and inlets- Crappie are fair with light-colored jigs and minnows in deeper water (22-30’). Catfish are fair on cut bait and blood bait.

CADDO: FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 0.89’ high. Largemouth bass are fair. Crappie are fair on smaller minnows. White bass are fair on small spinners in the deeper water. Chain Pickerel are fair. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live bait.

CEDAR CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 51 degrees, 0.18’ high. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, chatter baits, spinners, and jigs in creeks. Hybrids and sand bass are in deeper waters from 25-35' relating to bait schools and are caught on slabs or shad like plastics. Crappie are still mostly deep 20-35’ near docks and brush piles with some staging for pre-spawn movements in shallower water. Catfish are good with fresh cut bait.

COOPER: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 1.06’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms in earth colors, lipless crankbaits, and spinners in creeks and coves. The white bass are good on slabs and live bait in deeper water 30-40 feet. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: FAIR. Water stained; 51-52 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are fair fishing docks and submerged structure with spinners and plastic worms. White bass are fair. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs working docks, and most structures. Catfish are good on cut bait, punch bait, and liver.

FORK: FAIR. Water stained; 49-52 degrees; 0.08’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits and chatter baits with slower presentation. Pre-spawn bass activity near creeks and brush near the shoreline. White and yellow bass are fair in deep water under bait schools 32'-45’ deep. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around structure 17-28’. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait.

GRAHAM: FAIR. Water stained; 56 degrees; 2.46’ low. Largemouth bass are active in warmer water on red and purple worms and crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows in deeper water near brush or structure. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid stripers are fair slabs in deep water and humps. Catfish are fair on cut shad and live bait.

GRAPEVINE: FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 2.21’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged plastic worms and crankbaits. Fish rocky areas and creeks, and find shallower structure as cover and warmer water. White bass are fair in deeper water 25-45’. Look for bait balls and fish under with a slab and jig combo. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs over structure in 25-32 feet. Catfish are good on live and prepped bait in most parts of the lake.

JACKSONVILLE: FAIR. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.21' high. Largemouth bass are fair with crankbaits and red or brown plastic worms, moving shallower into pre-spawn areas. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait.

JOE POOL: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 55-56 degrees; 0.42’ low. Largemouth bass are fair fishing Texas rigs near structure and creeks. Active bass found in warmer water less than 10’ deep. Crappie are slow beneath bridges with jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait by the spillway and creek mouths.

LAKE O' THE PINES: SLOW. Water stained; 48 degrees; 5.52’ high. Largemouth bass are slow on Carolina Rigs and spinners. Some action near grass on the edge creek channels. Crappie are slow in 22-32 feet. Catfish are slow on blood bait and prepared bait.

LAVON: FAIR. Water stained; 53 degrees: 0.60' high. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows fishing drops-offs and structures. White bass are slow is deep water over 25’. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, worms, lizards, and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared baits.

LEWISVILLE: GOOD. Water stained; 52 degrees; 0.61’ high. Black bass are good fishing the crankbaits and Texas rigged plastics. White bass are good on slabs in 30'-45’. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait.

MARTIN CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 59 degrees; 0.01' low. Largemouth bass are good on jigs and crankbaits baits near grass lines. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows at Dirgin Bridge and RR trestle. Catfish slow on cut bait.

PALESTINE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 1.63’ high. Largemouth bass are fair, moving to shallow water working soft plastics with a slow presentation is producing best. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows 15'-27’ deep. Hybrid stripers are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs in deeper water. Catfish continue to be excellent on shad and chicken livers.

PALO PINTO: FAIR. Water clear; 52-55 degrees; 3.23’ low. Largemouth bass are fair in coves and creeks with Carolina rigged worms and spinners. Crappie are fair on minnows in deeper water. White bass are fair on live shad and slabs. Striped bass are good on live shad and jigs. Catfish are fair on live shad, minnows, and stinkbait.

RAY HUBBARD: GOOD. Water clear; 51 degrees; 0.01’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits and spinners in the deeper structures and flooded timber. White bass are good on 3/4 oz slab with a small crappie Jig 12 inches above in 40’ water with fish suspended 3-6’ from the bottom. Crappie remain fair at 35' in timber suspended at 16-20’. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

RAY ROBERTS: FAIR. Water stained: 49 degrees; 0.83’ high. Largemouth bass remain fair on worms and buzzbaits seeking warm water in shallow areas. White bass are good in 25-40’ on slabs. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 52 degrees; 0.63’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, plastic worms, and spinners working flats, submerged vegetation, and creeks. White bass and hybrids are producing with spoons and slabs in 20-35’. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live bait and cut bait.

SQUAW CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 59-61 degrees; 0.81’ low. Catfishing is good over baited areas in creek channels 20-30 feet deep using punch bait. The largemouth bass fishing is good around shallow structure on soft plastic worms and crankbaits. The warmer water pockets near the Comanche plant will hold more bass. Crappie continue to be slow on minnows.

SULPHUR SPRINGS: FAIR. Water stained; 51-52 degrees; 1.33’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on slow-moving plastics. Crappie continue to be slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow to fair on cut shad and live bait.

TAWAKONI: FAIR. Water muddy; 52 degrees; 0.99’ high. Catfish are excellent on live bait, cut shad, and stinkbait in 25'-45’. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and crankbait in coves and creeks. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs, spoons, and Alabama rigs in 25-40’. Crappie are fair on minnows around structure.

TEXOMA: FAIR. Water stained; 49-52 degrees; 0.13’ high. Striped bass are fair using live bait and shad imitations. Largemouth bass are good fishing plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs by boathouses, submerged vegetation, and timber. Catfish are fair on cut bait and minnows in the river near structure.

TYLER: FAIR. Water stained; 55 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged creature baits and worms as well as spinners and jigs fishing dock structures and natural shorelines with drops. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs and minnows in 22-30’ near submerged structure or brush. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live baits. White bass are slow.

WEATHERFORD: FAIR. Water stained; 54 degrees; 0.06’ high. Largemouth bass remain fair on spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, and pumpkin-colored worms. White bass are fair on main lake deep water. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around docks and marinas. Catfish are good on crawfish, livers, blood baits and cut bait.

WORTH: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 51 degrees; 0.06' high. Largemouth bass are fair with spinners and jigs sticking to rocky drops and the docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs among vegetation beds and under docks. Catfish are good on live bait, stinkbait, and cut bait.

WRIGHT PATMAN: FAIR. Water stained; 50 degrees; 11.98’ high. Largemouth bass are good on slow-moving worms and jigs trying vegetation, timber, and man-made structures. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons on main lake points. Crappie are fair on jigs in brush piles. Catfish are fair on cut bait, live bait and stinkbait.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 59-61 degrees; 31.74’ low. Largemouth bass remain good on topwaters early, mainly around points. Mid-day worms spinners and crankbaits are fair, moving shallow from drops, points, and submerged vegetation. White bass have been caught this past week with minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, and cut bait baiting increases success. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican fishing license.

CALAVERAS: FAIR. Water stained; 57-59 degrees. Red drum are relatively active on live crawfish and tilapia. Largemouth bass are good, nearing peak season on jigs, plastic worms and spinnerbaits shallower from drops. Hybrid striped bass are fair on spoons, chicken livers, and rattle traps. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and cut shad.

CHOKE CANYON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 59-61 degrees; 18.08’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on some topwaters, worms, spinners, and crankbait near vegetation with worms. Fish crankbait in deeper water past 11 am on sunny days. White bass remain fair in the Frio with minnows and artificial baits. Crappie are fair and very active on jigs and minnows.

CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 61-62 degrees; 3.86’ low. Largemouth bass are good on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, rattletraps, crankbaits and worms working creeks and drops. White bass are good coming out from the Nueces River. Crappie are fair fishing live minnows and jigs in less than 6 feet of covered water. Catfish are good on cut bait and cheese bait.

FALCON: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 64-66 degrees; 37.27’ low. Black bass are good on soft plastic worms, spinners, and crankbait coming out of creeks to hardwoods. Crappie have been fair in warmer water, and slow with colder surface temps. Catfish are good on live and prepped baits. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican fishing license.

MEDINA: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 59-61 degrees; 11.27’ low. Black bass are fair on worms, crankbait, jigs, and spinners moving shallower from drops and points. Crappie are slow with jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on spoons and jigs in creek mouths. Striped bass are fair on rattletraps on windy points. Catfish are fair on live bait, chicken livers, and blood baits.

TEXANA: FAIR. Water stained; 58-60 degrees; 5.59’ low. Largemouth bass are good fishing worms, jigs, and spinners in edges of bulrush and vegetation. Crappie are fair on jigs in any structure under 6'. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and live bait. Trotlines remain great with live bait.

SOUTHEAST

BRAUNIG: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 56-58 degrees. Largemouth bass are excellent and continue to be hot with plastic worms, spinners, and jigs hitting. Striped bass are fair in heated discharge and surface feeding. Red drum are fair surface feeding similar to stripers. Catfish are good on live bait and cheese bait.

B.A. STEINHAGEN: GOOD. Water stained; 55-57 degrees; 0.36’ low. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water early with worms and topwater. Crappie remain fair on jigs and minnows close to shore. Catfish are good on cut and prepped bait.

CONROE: FAIR. Water stained; 56-59 degrees; 1.56’ low. Largemouth bass are good around boat docks and moving to creeks on soft plastics. Crappie remain fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striped bass are fair on shad. Catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait. Sunfish are fair with live worms or crickets in shallow water.

GIBBONS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 55-58 degrees. Largemouth bass are excellent with plastic worms, crankbait, and spinners sticking close to the plant. Crappie are stable on jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait. Sunfish are fair on cutworms in shallow water.

HOUSTON COUNTY: GOOD. Water slightly stained; 54-56 degrees; 0.37’ high. Fish the warmer water at the east end. Black bass are good and being caught in 10 feet of water using army green chatter bait. They are also using crankbaits in 16-22 feet at the edge of grass at the dam. Crappie are fair at baited brush. Catfish are fair with a live worm rig one foot off the bottom, and dough bait off piers.

LIVINGSTON: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 55-57 degrees; 0.97’ high. Largemouth bass activity remains high in creeks and coves with worms, spinners, and jigs. Striped bass are fair on live shad around bridge pillars and out to activity. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on spoons. Catfish are fair on live baits.

NACONICHE: GOOD. Water slightly stained; 54-56 degrees. Largemouth bass are good on spinners, jigs, crankbaits and creature baits moving even shallower to creek structure and coves. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows under bridges. Sunfish are fair on jigs and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.

RAVEN: GOOD. Water stained; 58-60 degrees. Largemouth bass are good with soft plastics in vegetation and topwater early or late in the day. Very little activity is happening in deeper than 10 feet. Sunfish are fair on crickets and cutworms among any shallow structure under 5 feet.

SAM RAYBURN: FAIR. Water stained; 57-61 degrees; 0.62’ high. Largemouth bass are good in shallower structure ready for spawn on worms, jigs, and spinners. White bass are fair fishing minnows in shallow structures. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.

TOLEDO BEND: FAIR. Water slightly stained; 55-58 degrees; 1.02’ low. The largemouth bass bite remains fair on crankbaits, spinners, and jigs. Shallow vegetation and some of dropping shorelines have produced the most success. Striped bass are fair on points, and coming out of creeks White bass remain slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in less than 8 feet of water. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.

PANHANDLE

CISCO: FAIR. Water clear; 50-52 degrees; 3.14’ low. Largemouth bass are good to fair on jigs and worms in the mouths of coves and creek beds. Sunfish are fair on minnows and worms close to shore. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are excellent day and night on nightcrawlers, liver and cut shad all over the lake.

MEREDITH: SLOW. Water stained; 50-52 degrees; 46.74’ low. Black bass are fair with crankbaits, spinners, and minnows. Walleye are slow on crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait near the dam.

MILLERS CREEK: GOOD. Water stained; 50-52 degrees; 1.41’ low. Largemouth bass remain fair fishing coves, creeks, and flooded timber with soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass and hybrids remain fair on rattletraps in southern coves. Catfish are good north with live, blood, and liver prepared baits.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: GOOD. Water clear; 52-54 degrees; 2.56' low. Black bass are good on jigs between 8-16 feet of water with success coming in bunches. It seems as if the best action is between cold fronts. Crappie are fair on minnows fishing the pier. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.

ARROWHEAD: FAIR. Water stained; 55-57 degrees; 1.66’ low. Largemouth bass are fair moving shallower in spawn preparation with worms, jigs, or underwater trolling baits. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on baiting holes and casting stinkbait and shrimp with some nocturnal success.

COLEMAN: FAIR. Slightly stained; 56 degrees; 2.96’ low. Hybrid stripers are good to fair drift fishing with live bait and fast-moving lures. Largemouth bass are fair early fishing topwater, jigs, spinners and worms on points and drops of structure. Catfish are fair with stinkbait and cut bait with decent trotline success.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 1.12’ low. White bass are good with minnows on humps, drops, and some creek structure. Largemouth bass are good on worms, spinners, and some light-colored jigs working rocky drops and creeks. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair at night on cut shad and stinkbait.

HUBBARD CREEK: FAIR. Water stained; 56-58 degrees; 2.64’ low. Largemouth bass are remaining fair in shallow water with all structures using worms, spinners and jigs. Crappie are good on live minnows in creeks. White bass are fair fishing mouths of creeks. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.

NASWORTHY: FAIR. Water murky; 56 degrees; 0.85’ low. Largemouth bass are fair in vegetation moving shallower with worms, spinners, and jigs. Crappie are fair under docks and bridges on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.

OAK CREEK: FAIR. Water lightly stained; 55 degrees; 1.64’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on live bait, topwater and artificial baits in natural habitats. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs drawing upward from drops. White bass are fair with long casts on trolling bits. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live bait and cut bait in most areas on the lake.

O.C. FISHER: FAIR. 56 degrees; 37.55’ low. Largemouth bass remain fair on minnows and jigs moving shallow in from points. Crappie are fair with structure on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair deeper off drops and humps. Catfish are slow to fair with limited structure on live and cut bait.

O.H. IVIE: FAIR. Water clear; 55 degrees; 9.76’ low. Largemouth bass are good on worms and minnows in coves by the dam. Crappie continue to be fair consistency with live minnows and jigs in the standing timber. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live, and cut bait. White bass are fair mid-lake near the dam with minnows.

POSSUM KINGDOM: FAIR. Water clear; 48-49 degrees; 0.04’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on soft plastics in deep water. White bass are good on cut shad. Crappie are slow. Striped bass are slow. Catfish are good on cut shad.

SPENCE: FAIR. Water stained; 50-52 degrees; 36.61’ low. Largemouth are fair fishing minnows, worms and spinnerbaits in coves and creeks. White bass have picked up to fair. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait.

STAMFORD: FAIR. Water stained; 50 degrees; 0.69’ low. Southern portions of the lake have excelled for game fish. Largemouth bass remain fair on worms, crankbaits points near the dam moving shallower. Crappie are good on minnows good at night. White bass are fair on live shad and slabs. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.

TWIN BUTTES: SLOW. Water stained; 51-53 degrees; 8.11’ low. North lake and Nasworthy have been the most successful. Largemouth bass are fair around and in vegetation with worms, spinners, and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in traditional cover and man-made structure. White bass are fair. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.

WHITE RIVER: SLOW. Water stained; 52-54 degrees; 22.23’ low. Drought conditions continue to be in place. Please check boat ramp access. Largemouth bass remain slow in the shallower structure with cranks and worms. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows near the Marina and bigger structures. Walleye are slow. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait and stinkbait around the White River Marina.

COASTAL

SABINE LAKE: FAIR. Water stained, visibility 1-3 feet; 54-57 degrees. Trout fishing is generally slow because the wind and weather just won't give us much of a break. However, if you can catch the right day between cold fronts and rain, there are trout to catch. They are constantly moving, but when we find them, they are in the clearest water we can find. Best lures are Mirro Lure Lil Johns or Down South Lures on a 1/4-oz. jig. Corkies, Mirro Lure Catch 5, Mirrodine, or Borboleta suspending twitch baits are working as well. Redfish are a little easier to find than the trout right now. Mud shell flats adjacent to steeper shorelines, channel drops, and Entergy Outfall Canal are producing good catches of slot reds. Scattered catches of flounder are around the mouths of bayous and ditches on Sabine Lake and the Keith Lake Chain. Some flounder are on channel drops at Sabine Pass. Best baits are mud minnows and Gulp lures on a 1/4- to 1/8-oz. jig head. The main spring run has not yet started.

PORT MANSFIELD: GOOD. 63-64 degrees. With the changes in weather with fronts blowing and the warming trends behind the fronts, it’s keeping the fish moving. Reds are hanging in the shallows and can be found in good numbers and size using live shrimp, gulp under a popping cork, and kwiggler willow and paddle tails. The trout bite has been good with good numbers caught in the sand pockets in 3 to 4 ft of water, as well as 1 to 2 ft of water in the mud bottoms using corkies and kwig in ball tail in deeper water and the willow tail in the shallows. Be sure and work your bait on the bottom and slow.

TRINITY BAY: GOOD. 61 degrees. Wade fishing the shoreline with artificial bait or drifting over the shell reefs are the best ways to catch redfish or trout this time of year. Flounder are best on minnow around rocks. Redfish are good along the north shoreline. The nearby plant's cooling canal flows into the north side of Trinity Bay. The warm water flows over a spillway and into a small lake, which in turn spills into the bay. These conditions bring the best redfish action of the year during the colder months.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 56 degrees. Flounder are good on live shrimp. Redfish and trout can be found around the oyster filled mudflats and have been best with live shrimp under a popping cork. Catfish are fair on cut bait. Sheepshead are good near the jetties on shrimp or around the bayou. Moses Lake floodgate closure effective until April 20th.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: GOOD. 56 degrees. Sheepshead are good on shrimp near the jetties. Black drum are good along the south shoreline. Flounder are good on live shrimp. Catfish are fair on cut bait. Redfish and trout can be found around the oyster filled mudflats- best with live shrimp under a popping cork. Moses Lake Floodgate closure is effective until April 20th.

TEXAS CITY: GOOD. 57 degrees. Redfish are good over shell reefs and wells on live shrimp. Flounder are fair on live shrimp or minnow around the jetties. Speckled trout are good along the shoreline on mullet or shrimp. Black drum are good on crankbaits. Sheepshead are excellent on shrimp over the rocks.

FREEPORT: FAIR. 60-62 degrees. Water clarity is good. Water temperatures are on the rise, and fishing has been great in the back lakes and marshes. Black drum are good on a gold spoon this time of year, slow bouncing off the bottom. Redfish will be found along the flats and are best on shrimp. Speckled trout are also good on shrimp. Sheepshead are great on shrimp and are in pillars and structures. The flounder are good around the bridge gullet.

PORT ARANSAS: GOOD. 61 degrees. Flounder are good on live mullet along the marsh. Sheepshead are good on shrimp and hooked around the north jetty. Redfish and trout are along the south jetty on shrimp. Black drum can be found near the south jetty and are best on crankbaits.

ROCKPORT: GOOD. 61-63 degrees. Redfish are very good using mullet, mud minnows, or blue crab around the flats and channel edges. Trout are excellent on mullet and found around the reef. Flounder are good on mullet near the rocks. Black drum are picking up and will be found around grass beds- best bait right now since live shrimp has been scarce is mullet.

CORPUS CHRISTI: GOOD. 61-62 degrees. Redfish are good on live mullet around Mustang Island. Speckled trout are fair around the mid-bay reefs on artificial baits. Flounder are good on mullet around the rocks. Black drum are good on crab around the Laguna Madre. Bull reds have been caught recently in the ship channel.

SOUTH PADRE: GOOD. 63-65 degrees. Redfish are good on mullet in the seagrasses around Holly Beach. Speckled trout have been spotted in the deeper water and are caught on live bait. Snook can be found in the flats and around the jetties. Red snapper are located around the reef on shrimp. Schools of black drum are showing up on the calmer, sunnier days. Sheepshead are starting to arrive and are caught using mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: GOOD. 62-63 degrees. Black drum are good on crankbaits. Speckled trout are good on the south shoreline along the bayous on shrimp. Redfish are good on live mullet and soft plastics. Flounder are fair to good on live shrimp around the rocks. Look for where the pelicans are, and you will find fish.

PORT O’CONNOR: GOOD. 62-64 degrees. Trout and redfish are good on shrimp or croakers. Tie on a bottom rig when fishing the rocks. Black drum are fair on blue crab or shrimp. Flounder are good around the jetties on jigs or minnow. Sheepshead are very good near the jetty on live shrimp or mullet. Espiritu Santo Bay can be a safe haven when the weather is rough and an overall great area for fishing.

BAFFIN BAY: GOOD. 71-73 degrees. Redfish are good in the flats on mullet or shrimp. Flounder are good on minnow around the rocks. Speckled trout are best on swimbait along the edge of a group of rocks.

PORT ISABEL: GOOD. 63 degrees. Trout are starting to show up in a big way. Redfish will be found in less than two feet of water and are best on shrimp. Sheepshead are good on mullet around rocks. Flounder are good on fresh shrimp or mullet. Jack crevalle are fair on live mullet. Black drum are good on crab and shrimp. Whiting are good on dead shrimp and squid. Snook are fair on shrimp and caught near the port.