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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 watermelon soft plastic worms. Striped bass are good on liver and chartreuse striper jigs. Redfish are good on shad, shrimp, and silver spoons. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait near the dam. Blue catfish are good on cut bait.



BUCHANAN Water clear; 58--61 degrees; 32.06' low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, perch colored Rat--L--Traps, and Texas rigged silver flake Whacky Sticks in 10--20 feet. Striped bass are fair on Whacky Rigs and Rat--L--Traps along the river channel in 15--30 feet near the dam early. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies and 2" plastic swim baits in deep creeks. Crappie are fair on chartreuse Curb's crappie jigs and live minnows in clear water.



CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are good on perch colored spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat--L--Traps. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are fair on live bait, crawfish, and tilapia near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait near 181 Cove. Yellow catfish are slow.



CANYON LAKE Water clear; 60--64 degrees; 10.30' low. Black bass are fair to good on Rat--L--Traps, watermelon spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged grape Scoundrel worms on shaky head jigs along main lake bluffs. Striped bass are fair on Rat--L--Traps and deep running crankbaits over humps early. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC curl tail grubs on jigheads, Smokin' Green" Devil's Tongues on drop shots, and pumpkin Curb's jigs along ledges and over rock piles in 10--25 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs upriver.



CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 64--68 degrees; 11.81' low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics in 15 -- 25 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.



COLETO CREEK Water fairly clear; 2.83' low. Black bass are fair on minnows. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with liver and perch.



FALCON Water stained; 65--69 degrees. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and jigs. Crappie are very good on chartreuse/silver jigs. Striped bass are still in the lake in limited numbers. Channel and blue catfish are excellent 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 murky; 59--62 degrees; 5.13' low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair upriver among shad. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are good on prepared bait and juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.



LBJ Water clear; 59--62 degrees; 0.40' low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, Curb's buzzbaits, and wacky rigged pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks in 5--10 feet early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies and jigging Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on Curb's crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles.



TRAVIS Water lightly stained; 59--63 degrees; 54.42' low. Black bass are fair on silver crankbaits, watermelon worms, and smoke grubs in 15--30 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies, white grubs, and minnows in 20--30 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.



WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

Saltwater

BAFFIN BAY Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and Catch 2000s. Trout are fair to good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies. Some flounder have been found on the edges of spoils on Gulps.



BOLIVAR Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on slow--sinking plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Trout are good in 5--8 feet of water over shell.



CORPUS CHRISTI Redfish are fair to good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are best on the edge of the flats on live shrimp and DOA Shrimp. Bull redfish have been caught near the Packery Channel on crabs.



FREEPORT Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish and black drum are fair to good at San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs.



EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Corkies and MirrOlures. Mid--bay reefs in 5--8 feet of water have held solid trout and redfish. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.



WEST GALVESTON BAY Waders have taken trout in the mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies. 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. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. Waders have taken better trout on Corkies and MirrOlures.



MATAGORDA Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous. Trout are good for waders working mud and grass on soft plastics.



PORT ARANSAS Trout are fair to good around Shamrock for waders working slow--sinking plugs. Redfish are fair to good on the East Flats on Gulps and mullet. Sand trout and croakers are good on shrimp in the channel.



PORT ISABEL Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks. Redfish have been found in the bayous and drains on the falling tide on Gulps and soft plastics.



PORT MANSFIELD Redfish are fair to good on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair to good on mud along the edge of the ICW on Corkies and MirrOlures. Waders have worked spoils for solid trout on Corkies and MirrOlures.



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



ROCKPORT Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats on mullet and shrimp. Mud and grass have held trout for waders working Corkies and MirrOlures.



NORTH SABINE Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell. Waders have taken better trout on the Louisiana shoreline on slow--sinking plugs.



SOUTH SABINE Redfish are fair on the edge of the channel on mullet. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Some birds have worked on calm days.



SOUTH PADRE Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish, black drum and mangrove snapper are fair to good in the channel on shrimp.



TEXAS CITY Redfish are fair to good around the Flood Gates in Moses Lake on crabs and finger mullet. Flounder are fair to good on Gulps and jigs tipped with shrimp on the edge of the channel.



TRINITY BAY Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Best catches have come in about eight feet of water. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet.
 
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