Welcome to the weekly freshwater fishing reports for lakes in Southeast Texas. The reports are gathered from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department WEEKLY REPORTS and local fishing guides. Check out the TPWD website for a listing of reports from all of Texas lakes.
BASTROP: Water stained; 87–91 degrees. Black bass are good on topwaters, and on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
LAKE CONROE: Water fairly clear; 85–89 degrees; 2.80’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.
FAYETTE COUNTY: Water stained. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad, nightcrawlers, and shrimp over baited holes.
GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on live perch.
LAKE LIVINGSTON: Lake conditions: lake level: – 130.23′, water temperature: 85 – 88 degrees, water clarity: Most regions of lake are clear, river channel is slightly off color.
White Bass: Fair, lower lake on jigged Tsunami Zombie Eye in 15′ – 20′ of water. Look for schooling fish early in Penwaugh Bay and Ash Flats. White Bass are also being caught on the upper creeks on Tsunami 1/4 oz Cocktail Lures.
Largemouth Bass: Good fishing for largemouth up to 3 1/2 lbs recently fishing Norman Crank Baits off the rocks at the dam. Also good numbers of black bass coming off the mid-lake points on the crank baits. Fish Charlie’s Junebug Creature Baits around rocks and wood in Harmon and Bethey Creeks.
Stripers: Good for schooling fish between Pine Island and the dam early on Zara Spooks. Also, good mid-morning when the wind lays on live shad and Tsunami Zombie Eyes fished over structure in 21′ of water. Use your electronics to locate schools of shad and the Stripers will move in and out.
Crappie: Excellent in Bethey Creek recently on minnows and jigs fished around the boat houses. Good numbers of crappie have been caught recently in Harmon and White Rock Creeks on live minnows and jigs.
Catfish: Good numbers of blue cats are being caught off the old bridges on the 190 Roadbed fishing fresh cut shad and chicken liver when the wind lays. Steady action for blue cats by drifting fresh shad in the mid-lake and lower-lake flats. Good action for blue cats continue on jug-lines baited with fresh shad and drifted across Kickapoo, Carolina and Bethey Creeks. Best bite is when the wind is blowing 10-15 mph. Set your jugs out so the wind will blow them across the bay….Dave Cox, 936-291-9602, www.palmettoguideservice.com/
SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 3.35’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are slow.
SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 87–91 degrees; 1.40’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
“On Sunday (9/2) I had Ralph from Brazoria county out fishing on Lake Somerville with his wife Charmine. He landed fish # 30,000, caught on my boat since January 2008, when I started keeping records of each trip taken…4 years and 8 months to reach that total. Ralph was given a new All Star fishing rod and Shimano AX4000 reel, rigged just as I use them, right down to the slip cork and hook, along with a bucket of CJ’s Crawdad punch bait. Most of you were a part of having caught that many on my boat, THANKS to YOU.”….Weldon Kirk, 979-229-3103, www.fishtales-guideservice.com/
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