Watches & Warnings Warnings

Piney Woods Fishing Report

Water Body Report
Athens Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and topwater walking type baits along edges of grass. Crappie are good on white jigs. Catfish are fair on rod and reel.
Bob Sandlin Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 1.35’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged soft plastics on brush piles. Some topwater action early. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
Caddo Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and black buzzbaits near shallow cover. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared bait.
Cedar Creek Water clear; 83–86 degrees; 4.07’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws in green pumpkin and Carolina rigged centipedes on deeper brush piles. White bass are good on topwaters and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on topwaters and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
Conroe Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed and watermelon red Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on green striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.
Cooper Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 8.93’ low. Black bass are fair on drop shot finesse worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.
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; 4.07’ low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits, flutter spoons and drop shot worms in 15–20’. White and yellow bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows on brush piles and bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines and chicken liver.
Houston County Water fairly clear; 86–90 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on crankbaits, perch colored topwaters, and watermelon red soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows around brush. Bream are good on live worms off grassy banks. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
Lake O' The Pines Water lightly stained; 82–86; degrees; 1.59’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rig creature baits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
Livingston Water fairly clear; 83–87 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on hellbenders, pet spoons, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
Martin Creek Water clear; 85–91 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits along deeper points and breaks. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Catfish are slow on punch bait and trotlines.
Monticello Water fairly clear; 95–101 degrees; 1.03’ low. Black bass are good on deep diving crankbaits and drop shot finesse worms near the discharge. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad
Palestine Water clear; 82–85 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are slow on flukes and weightless Senkos near docks. Some deeper fish being caught on football jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are good on topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.
Sam Rayburn Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.14’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon topwaters and chartreuse soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes in 20–25 feet. Bream are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, cut bait, and liver.
Steinhagen 1.57’ high. No report available.
Tawakoni Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 9.77’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.
Toledo Bend Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and plum soft plastic worms early and late, and on topwaters among schooling fish. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush in 20–25 feet. Bream are excellent on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
Wright Patman Water lightly stained; 83–857degrees; 5.71’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs and swim jigs near shallow cover. Crappie are good on jigs minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.