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Fishing Report 4-20




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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 clear. Black bass are good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the jetty and dam. Striped bass are good on liver and shad at Dead Tree Point, and down rigging silver and gold spoons and marble spinnerbaits near the jetty and dam. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, tilapia, crawfish, and shrimp near Dead Tree Point, and down rigging silver spoons near the jetty and dam. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait near the dam. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.

BUCHANAN Water clear; 64 -- 67 degrees; 10.86' low. Black bass are good on pumpkin/chartreuse tail Whacky Sticks, white/chartreuse Terminator spinnerbaits, and albino/blue soft jerkbaits along drop--offs of points in 5 -- 10 feet. Striped bass are fair to good vertically jigging silver Perk Minnows and pearl 1⁄4oz. Blade Runners, and tight lining live bait from Flag Island to the Willows in 25 -- 35 feet. White bass are fair to good on Bleeding Shiner Tiny Traps, 2" Spoiler Shads, and live minnows in the upper end of the lake in 15 -- 20 feet. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with live bait.

CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are fair on spoons and jigs near the dam and the crappie wall in 15 -- 20 feet, and fair on cut perch. Redfish are fair down rigging silver spoons near the dam. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE Water clear; 63 -- 67 degrees; 2.54' low. Black bass are good on white 1⁄4oz. Terminator spinnerbaits, pumpkin Whacky Sticks, jerkbaits, and albino soft plastic jerkbaits in 5 -- 12 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on Snap Back smoke tubes and Li'l Fishies over rock piles in 15 -- 25 feet. Crappie are fair on live minnows upriver in 5 -- 15 feet. Channel catfish are fair upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines.

CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 66 -- 69 degrees; 6.49' low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and Texas rigged soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and fair on white jigs at night under lights. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on punchbait.

COLETO CREEK Water fairly clear; 0.77' low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 5 -- 15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs in 10 -- 20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on perch, liver, and shrimp in 10 -- 15 feet. Yellow catfish are fair to good on trotlines baited with perch and liver in 10 -- 15 feet.

FALCON Water stained; 69 -- 72 degrees. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and chartreuse soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Channel and blue catfish are very good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

GRANGER Water clear; 66 -- 69 degrees; 0.03' high. Black bass are good on red shad power worms and white spinnerbaits around heavy timber. White bass are fair on white grubs in Willis Creek. Crappie are fair on jigs in shallow spawning areas and in shallow brush piles. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits on rod and reel, and on juglines baited with shad/Zote soap. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

LBJ Water fairly clear; 64 -- 67 degrees; 0.27' low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Whacky Sticks, blue/chartreuse Terminator spinnerbaits, and soft plastic jerkbaits in 5 -- 10 feet. Striped bass are fair on white bucktails and Spoiler Shads at night. White bass are fair on chrome/blue Tiny Traps and Spoiler Shads. Crappie are good on live minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines.

TRAVIS Water stained; 66 -- 69 degrees; 19.23' low. Black bass are good on smoke grubs and Baby Brush Hogs in 10 -- 20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and smoke grubs in 10 -- 25 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and Li'l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
Saltwater

BAFFIN BAY Trout are good in grass and rocks on Corkies and topwaters. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp.

BOLIVAR Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

CORPUS CHRISTI Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum are good in the Humble Channel at night on crabs and table shrimp.

FREEPORT Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Black drum are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.

EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are good on the south shoreline on Catch 5s, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the Ship Channel on crabs.

WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. 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 found better water on leeward shorelines. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

MATAGORDA Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics and live shrimp. Black drum are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.

PORT ARANSAS Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL Trout are fair to good around bars from South Cullen's to Holly Beach on live shrimp. Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair at Three Island on small topwaters and soft plastics under rattling corks.

PORT MANSFIELD Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes.

PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over grass in waist--deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

ROCKPORT Trout are fair to good in Morris--Cummings Cut on free--lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp.

NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies and in the river on shad. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains.

SOUTH SABINE Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove on topwaters. Redfish are good around pods of shad.

SOUTH PADRE Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under popping corks. Black drum, redfish and jack crevalle have been taken at the jetty.

TEXAS CITY Trout are fair on reefs on live bait. Redfish are good in Moses Lake on shrimp and crabs. Black drum are good in the channel on crabs.

TRINITY BAY Trout are fair for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Waders have taken better trout on the shell along the east shoreline. Catfish are good in the marsh on shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on shad at the spillway.
 
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