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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 minnows and small spinnerbaits around structure. Striped bass are fair to good on chicken livers and minnows. Redfish are good on live perch and tilapia. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Blue catfish are fair on shrimp, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.



BUCHANAN Water clear; 59--63 degrees; 24.35' low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Curb's jigs, black/blue JDC Skip--N--Pop topwaters, and wacky rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks in creeks and pockets. Striped bass are good drifting live bait and jigging chartreuse Curb's bucktail jigs in 20--30 feet. White bass are good vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and red shad Tiny Traps near Paradise Point. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.



CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms and minnows around reed beds. Striped bass are good on shad and silver spoons. Redfish are good on perch and shrimp on the bottom. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, shad, and stinkbait.



CANYON LAKE Water clear; 58--62 degrees; 7.12' low. Black bass are good on watermelon JDC grubs, green pumpkin Whacky Sticks on jigheads, and grape Scoundrel worms in 10--15 feet. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging green striper jigs and chrome Pirk Minnows. White bass are fair trolling shad and vertically jigging Pirk Minnows. Smallmouth bass are good on white Rat--L--Traps, root beer grubs, and watermelon Scoundrel worms in 8--18 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.



CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 61--65 degrees; 12.51' low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat--L--Traps, crankbaits, and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp in 10--25 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.



COLETO CREEK Water fairly clear; 2.00' low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 10--20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs in 10--12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.



FALCON Water stained north, clear from marker 12 south; 66--70 degrees; 20.32' low. Black bass are very good on watermelon red spinnerbaits, Brush Hogs, crankbaits, and magnum flukes. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are excellent on minnows and tube jigs under bridges. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait, especially in the upper end of the lake. 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; 60--64 degrees; 2.33' high. Black bass are fair on black soft plastic worms and white spinnerbaits upriver. White bass are good on small white jigs and minnows upriver. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver at night. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits on rod & reel, and on juglines baited with Zote soap. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.



LBJ Water clear; 59--63 degrees; 0.56' low. Black bass are good on dark red Rat--L--Traps, watermelon/chartreuse soft plastics, and pumpkin topwaters in 10--20 feet. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies and Shad Raps under birds. Crappie are fair on live minnows and blue Curb's crappie jigs in 6--12 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.



TRAVIS Water lightly stained; 62--66 degrees; 41.02' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and chartreuse Rat--L--Traps. Striped bass are fair on minnows. White bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, minnows, and perch colored Rat--L--Traps in 10--25 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs in 15--25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and fresh cut bait in 25--35 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.



WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on Rat--L--Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on slabs and Li'l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

Saltwater

BAFFIN BAY Trout are good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline 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 and redfish are fair to good in the Packery Channel on crabs.



FREEPORT Sand trout, speckled trout, black drum and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Black drum are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.



EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good while drifting deep shell on plastics and live shrimp. 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. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.



EAST MATAGORDA Trout are fair for drifters in the back lakes on live shrimp. 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. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.



PORT ARANSAS Trout are fair on the East Flats on Gulps under a popping cork. 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 and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair at Mexiquita Flats and South Bay on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp.



PORT MANSFIELD Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes. Black drum and redfish are good on crabs at East Cut.



PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are fair on soft plastics over soft mud. 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. Redfish are good in the back of Allyn's Bight on Gulps.



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, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Garrison Ridge and the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies.



SOUTH PADRE Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp in 3--4 feet of water. Black drum, redfish and sheepshead have taken at the jetty.



TEXAS CITY Black drum are good in are channel on crabs. Trout are fair on the reefs on live shrimp on the incoming tide.



TRINITY BAY Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Catfish are good in the marsh on shrimp. Redfish are fair to good for waders around Rabbit Bayou and Red's Bayou.
 

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