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Fishing Report 5-11




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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 fair on crankbaits and Rat--L--Traps. Striped bass are excellent on liver and perch near Dead Tree Point, and down rigging spoons near the dam and jetty. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on shrimp, cheesebait, cut bait, and liver.

BUCHANAN Water clear; 67 -- 70 degrees; 11.09' low. Black bass are good on Curb's jigs, wacky rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks, and JDC Skip--N--Pop topwaters in creeks and pockets in 3 -- 6 feet. Striped bass are fair jigging white Curb's bucktail jigs around Shaw Island in 10 -- 25 feet. White bass are good vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Bleeding Shad Tiny Traps near Paradise Point. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines near Paradise Point.

CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam, and on chicken livers and shad near the dam and power lines. Redfish are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are excellent on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and shad. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and liver near 181 Cove and the railroad bridge. Yellow catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE Water clear; 68 -- 71 degrees; 2.98' low. Black bass are good on JDC spider Grubs, pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks on jigheads, and grape Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads along 8 -- 15 foot break lines. Striped bass are fair on crankbaits, and vertically jigging silver Pirk Minnows and white Curb's striper jigs. White bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows, and trolling Daiwa Shad Masters and Shad Raps in 10 -- 25 feet. Smallmouth bass are good on watermelon Rat--L--Traps, JDC curl tail grubs, and 6" watermelon Scoundrels on jigheads along main lake points in 10 -- 20 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait.

CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 70 -- 73 degrees; 7.01' low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/white and chartreuse/blue spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat--L--Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait in 10 -- 15 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch.

COLETO CREEK Water fairly clear; 1.25' low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 5 -- 10 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 10 -- 15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and liver. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

FALCON Water stained; 78 -- 82 degrees. Black bass are excellent on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on jigs with grubs. Channel and blue catfish are very good on frozen shrimp 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 murky; 72 -- 75 degrees; 0.30' low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on tube jigs over brush piles. Blue catfish are good on shad and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

LBJ Water fairly clear; 66 -- 69 degrees; 0.50' low. Black bass are good on Bleeding Shad Rat--L--Traps, chartreuse creature baits, and pumpkin JDC Skip--N--Pop topwaters in 8 -- 18 feet. White bass are fair vertically jigging Tiny Traps and Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on minnows and blue Curb's crappie jigs in 10 -- 20 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

TRAVIS Water stained; 68 -- 71 degrees; 24.10' low. Black bass are good on smoke grubs, watermelon soft plastics, and Brush Hogs in 10 -- 20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on spinnerbaits, minnows, and white grubs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs in 10 -- 20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait in 20 -- 40 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat--L--Traps. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. White bass are good on soft plastic curltail minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

Saltwater
BAFFIN BAY Trout are fair in the grass on Corkies and topwaters. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good at Rocky Slough on plum plastics. Winds gusting at over 30 knots have limited areas to fish.

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. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are good while wading sand and grass on topwaters.

FREEPORT Trout are fair to good at San Luis Pass on shrimp. Sand trout and sheepshead are fair on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Black drum and trout are fair to good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.

EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Top Dogs, Catch 5s, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY Waders have taken good trout in the mud and shell on topwaters and Corkies in the afternoon. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. Flounder are fair at night. Winds have muddied the bays.

MATAGORDA Redfish are fair to good in Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Sheepshead are fair to good on shrimp on reefs.

PORT ARANSAS Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp, Gulps and DOA Shrimp under a popping cork. Redfish are fair at Laguna Vista small topwaters and soft plastics under rattling corks.

PORT MANSFIELD Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass and pods of bait. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps and small topwaters.

PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over sand and 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. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Trout are fair to good in St. Charles Bay on topwaters while working reefs.

NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. 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.

SOUTH PADRE Trout are fair to good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good over humps, guts and grass beds on Gulps and shrimp.

TEXAS CITY Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.

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. Winds have been stiff.
 
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