Piney Woods Fishing Report

Water Body Report
Athens Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are slow on watermelon creature baits in 2–6” of water. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
Bob Sandlin Water clear; 83–86 degrees; 1.09’ low. Black bass are fair on swim jigs and shallow crankbaits in shad patterns near cover. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
Caddo Water stained; 83–86 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and hollow body frogs near stumps and shallow cover. White and yellow bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake.
Cedar Creek Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 3.26’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws and topwater poppers. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and nightcrawlers.
Conroe Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait and prepared bait.
Cooper Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 8.13’ low. Black bass are fair on small soft plastic swimbaits on jigheads. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on chicken liver.
Fairfield Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD has discontinued stocking the lake after another kill in early September 2011. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers.
Fork Water clear; 83–86 degrees; 3.53’ low. Black bass are slow on umbrella rigs and drop shot worms in 15–20’. White and yellow bass are good on topwaters and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and chicken liver.
Houston County Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on topwaters, Pop Rs, and watermelon red lizards and worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are excellent on live minnows. Bream are excellent on live worms off grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
Lake O' The Pines Water lightly stained; 83–87; degrees; 2.02’ high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs in black and blue and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
Livingston Water fairly clear; 79–83 degrees; 0.37’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on pet spoons, hellbenders, trolling tubes, and slabs. White bass are good on pet spoons, hellbenders, trolling tubes, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
Martin Creek Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 0.28’ low. Black bass are good on hollow belly frogs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and topwaters. Catfish are good on punch bait and rod and reel.
Monticello Water fairly clear; 84–87 degrees; 0.58’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
Palestine Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 0.10’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin shakyheads and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Sam Rayburn Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 0.22’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
Steinhagen 1.41’ high. No report available.
Tawakoni Water stained; 83–88 degrees; 9.24’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and shallow crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.
Toledo Bend Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 0.89’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes in 15–20 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and stinkbait in 30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
Wright Patman Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 6.64’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and swim jigs. Crappie are good on jigs minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.