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October 20, 2009 | 805 views | Post a comment

AUSTIN -- Here is the fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (full report is available at www.tpwd.state.tx.us)

Freshwater
BRAUNIG Water stained; 77 degrees. Black bass are slow to fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in reeds and near the jetty and dam. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad near the pier and at Dead Tree Point, and on silver and gold spoons and marble spinnerbaits near the jetty and dam. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, tilapia, and silver spoons, and down rigging spoons near the jetty and dam. Channel catfish are excellent on liver, shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the dam and the intake. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.

BUCHANAN Water clear; 77 degrees; 29.61' low. Black bass are fair on wacky rigged watermelon/purple Whacky Sticks, pumpkin Skip-N-Pop topwaters, and crankbaits along deeper ledges in creeks in 5 - 10 feet at first light. Striped bass are fair on Spoiler Shads (plastic swim baits) and Rat-L-Traps along the river channel near the dam in 25 - 40 feet at daylight, and drifting or free lining live bait in 30 - 40 feet. White bass are fair but small on Tiny Traps and 2" plastic swim baits along the river channel and in deep creeks. Crappie are fair on pink/white or chartreuse Curb's crappie jigs and live minnows in clear water. Channel catfish are fair to good upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good upriver.

CALAVERAS Water stained; 77 degrees. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits around reed beds, near the dam, and in Granny's Cove. Striped bass are slow to fair on spoons and jigs near the crappie wall and the dam in 15 - 20 feet, and on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are good on live bait and down rigging spoons with green grubs between the crappie wall and the dam in 15 - 20 feet, and on perch and tilapia near the dam and Spider Island. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and shad near the Railroad Bridge and Turtle Rock. Yellow catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE Water clear; 75 degrees; 14.15' low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, watermelon red Whacky Sticks on jigheads, Texas rigged 6in. purple Scoundrel worms on shaky head jigs, and white spinnerbaits along ledges of main lake bluffs in 10 - 20 feet. Striped bass are fair jigging blade baits and trolling Gizz4 or deep running Shad Raps crankbaits over and around humps in the lower end of the lake at first light. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on Smokin' Greenin. Devil's Tongues on drop shots, smoke JDC curl tail grubs on jigheads, and 3/16oz. pumpkin Curb's jigs with matching drop shot worms along ledges and over rock piles in 15 - 28 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows and tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 78 degrees; 9.03' low. Black bass are good on large soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow but some large crappie have been caught on minnows. Drum are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait in 5 - 15 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK Water stained; 75 degrees (87 degrees at discharge); 2.64' low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on soft plastics in 8 - 12 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 8 pounds are fair on liver and shrimp in 8 - 15 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO RIVER Water fairly clear. Black bass are fair on minnows. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on live perch.

FALCON Water clear; 77 degrees. Black bass are good on crankbaits, buzzbaits, and topwaters. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and shrimp. Everyone in the boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

GRANGER Water stained; 75 degrees; 0.50' high. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slab spoons. Crappie are good on chartreuse/orange jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles in 4 - 15 feet. Blue catfish are good on fresh shad and prepared baits in newly flooded vegetation. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.

LBJ Water stained; 74 degrees; 0.24' low. Black bass are good on JDC Skip-N-Pops, 1/8oz. Curb's buzzbaits, and wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks tight to seawalls and laydowns in 4 - 8 feet at daylight and just before dark. Striped bass are good on Creme Spoiler Shads at night. White bass are good on Li'l Fishies at night. Crappie to 16" are good on Curb's crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 12 - 15 feet. Channel catfish are very good on minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines.

TRAVIS Water stained; 75 degrees; 49.68' low. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on chrome topwaters, red shad worms, and buzzbaits in 5 - 15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on chrome jigging spoons and minnows in 32 - 40 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 8 pounds are good on nightcrawlers and cut shad in 32 - 47 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG Water clear; 76 degrees. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on live bait. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
Saltwater
BAFFIN BAY Trout are good on topwaters and plum plastics around rocks and grass. Redfish are fair to good in knee-deep water on small Super Spooks, She Pups and SkitterWalks. Redfish have been caught in the Land Cut.

BOLIVAR Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. A few birds are beginning to work.

CORPUS CHRISTI Redfish are good on the beachfront on mullet and shrimp. Trout are fair for waders working mud and grass on small topwaters and Corkies.

FREEPORT Redfish are fair to good on the reefs in Bastrop Bay. Bull redfish are fair to good around Surfside and at the Quintana jetty on crabs, shrimp and mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout and large Gulf trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and fresh shrimp. Small trout have been found under the birds. Redfish are good in the marsh and out the mouths of drains on the falling tide.

WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good in the surf and around San Luis Pass on live shrimp and topwaters. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Waders have taken better catches on the shorelines on small topwaters and dark plastics

MATAGORDA Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on live shrimp in Oyster Lake, Crab Lake and at Shell Island.

PORT ARANSAS Redfish are fair at East Flats on topwaters and Gulps. Bull redfish are good at the jetty and on the beachfront on natural baits.

PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair to good while drifting sand and grass flats on live shrimp, DOA Shrimp and Gulps under popping corks. Trout and redfish are fair to good at Airport Cove on small topwaters and soft plastics under rattling corks.

PORT MANSFIELD Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on topwaters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Trout are fair to good on the Kennedy shoreline on small Super Spooks and Corkies.

PORT O’CONNOR Redfish are best in the back lakes on shrimp and mullet. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs, mullet and shad.

ROCKPORT Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island. Bull redfish have been found in the Lydia Ann Channel on mullet.

NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh with high tides. Recent rains have hurt the bite in the river.

SOUTH SABINE Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Flounder are fair at the mouths of the bayous on a falling tide.

SOUTH PADRE Trout, redfish and snook are fair to good in South Bay and Mexiquita Flats. Tarpon and snook are fair on DOA Shrimp at the jetty. Redfish are fair to good on the beachfront on mullet.

TEXAS CITY Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on crabs and shrimp. Gulf trout are good in the channel on fresh shrimp.

TRINITY BAY Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout are good under birds in the upper end of the bay. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs.
 
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