December 05, 2019 9 min read

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Prairies & Lakes Region

WEEK OF DECEMBER 4TH, 2019
Arlington
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 61 degrees; 1.60' low. Largemouth bass are fair around docks and McCray Park on spinners, topwaters, minnows, and plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around docks and brush structure. Catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait.
Athens
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 61 degrees; 0.95’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, crankbaits, jigs, and spinnerbaits around the natural vegetation and drops close by. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs among vegetation. Catfish are fair on cut bait and stinkbait. Sunfish are fair on cut earthworms around boat docks.
Bastrop
FAIR. Slightly stained; 61 degrees; Largemouth bass have improved with a slight water warming. They are hooked on Carolina rigged plastic worms, topwater, french fries, crankbait, and rigged lizards. Crappie are fair on jigs and live bait near submerged vegetation. You'll find channel and blue winter catfish on stink bait or cut bait. All species have been best near the plant and dam.
Belton
GOOD. Lightly stained; 59-61 degrees; 2.71’ low. Smallmouth bass are great on grubs, jigs, and smaller crankbait from the mouth of Cedar Creek and out. Largemouth bass are fair fishing with spinners, and Carolina rigged plastic worms. Black bass habitats are currently mid-lake and rocky banks on the north end. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait, jigs, and, crankbaits in deeper water. Crappie are fair on jigs in deep cover. Catfish are fair on shad, shrimp, blood bait, and stinkbait.
Benbrook
FAIR. Water stained; 61 degrees; 9.10’ low. Due to low lake levels, some access ramps are closed- Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms and lighter-colored spinnerbaits in the mouths of the creeks and continuing along submerged creek beds. Crappie are fair on minnows in medium depth structure. Hybrid striped bass and white bass are good with slabs, spinners, or spoons. Catfish are good on stinkbait and live bait.
Bridgeport
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees: 4.68’ low. Black bass are fair on craws, spinners, and jigs near humps and main lake points. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows in brush piles and structure. White bass are good on slabs and live minnows in the submerged feeder-creek beds. Hybrids are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait.
Cedar Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 60–62 degrees, 2.30’ low. Largemouth bass continue to be fair on Carolina rigged creature baits, plastic worms, and buzz baits along the Caney Creek flats on the southeast end of the lake. Hybrid stripers are good with Rat–L–Traps matching the baitfish throughout the lake and moving with schools. Crappie are good on pink and white jigs around large docks and structures. Catfish are good on cut shad, dough bait, and stinkbait over corks. Trotlines are good with live bait, especially on the southeastern fingers. High winds have made some days difficult.
Cooper
FAIR. Water clear; 61–63 degrees; 1.81’ low. Largemouth bass are fair with topwaters, Carolina rigged worms, crankbaits, and spinners on main lake points and among flooded timber. The white bass continue to be on slabs and live bait. Catfish are excellent on live and cut bait.
Eagle Mountain
FAIR. Water stained; 60 degrees; 1.78’ low. Black bass are fair around the boat dock structure, and steep main lake dropoffs on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and worms. Hybrid Striped bass are good on crankbait near ledges and in the main lake. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait, prepped bait, and liver.
Fayette
GOOD. Water stained. 64 degrees; Largemouth bass are good on spinners, worms, and mid-depth crankbait around the dam and submerged creek beds. Sunfish are consistently fair on worms and crickets. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live bait, and cut bait along the deeper waters of the dam. . Gibbons Creek FAIR. Water stained; 64 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged soft plastics, spinners, and buzzbaits between Hog Creek and Sulphur Creek. Crappie are good on jigs, especially in the warmer discharge waters. Catfish are good on live bait and liver-flavored prepared bait.
Graham
FAIR. Water stained; 58 degrees; 2.77' low. Largemouth bass are good on slow-moving lures using the boat docks as cover, points, and ledges. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and Alabama rigs. Hybrid strippers have been consistent in the channel between Graham and Eddleman on rattle traps. Catfish are fair on cut shad and live bait.
Granbury
FAIR. Water lightly stained. 62 degrees. 0.29’ low. Crappie fishing is fair, finding the brush piles and amongst boat docks with minnows and jigs. Stick to the consistent and producing spots. Catfishing is fair fishing over baited holes near deeper water. Look for white bass to be mid-lake and up north deeper than you think. Largemouth bass are picking up and are around boat docks and shoreline cover with plastic worms and crankbait. Stripers are slow but are caught when using live shad.
Grapevine
FAIR. Water stained; 61 degrees; 0.25’ high. Largemouth bass are good on Texas, and Carolina rigged worms and spinnerbaits around rocky shoreline drops, and along the deeper water dam. White bass are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live and prepped bait in most parts of the lake.
Jacksonville
FAIR. Water stained; 60 degrees; 0.86' low. Largemouth bass continue to be fair close to the dam, and island dropoffs with spinners, jigs, and crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs. Catfish are very slow on cut shad and prepped bait.
Joe Pool
GOOD. Water stained; 61 degrees; 2.79’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits around submerged humps, and detected structure. Crappie are good using live bait around the highway bridges. Catfish are good on cut bait by the spillway and near creeks.
Kemp
FAIR. Water clear; 60 degrees; 2.22’ low. Mainly unchanged. The Wichita River structure and west bank coves are good for largemouth with Texas-rigged, straight-tailed worms, crankbait, and spinnerbait. Crappie are good on crappie jigs with good structures. White bass and hybrid continue to be good on slabs throughout the reservoir. Catfish are good with blood and liver prepared baits.
Lavon
GOOD. Water stained; 60-62 degrees: 3.66' low. Crappie are good on white and chartreuse black and chartreuse jigs on slopes and ledges in 22 to 28 ft. White bass are poor- dead stick in the middle of balls hugging the bottom in 22-30 feet on 1 oz slabs in 25 ft of water. Black bass are good in 5-20 feet on crankbaits worms and jigs on rock and deep points. Catfish are excellent on santee rig cut shad in 15-30 feet.
Lewisville
FAIR. Water stained; 59-61 degrees; 0.63’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged plastic baits and spinnerbaits within coves and natural shorelines. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and weighted jigs among brush and vegetation. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait. Hybrid stripers have been elusive.
Limestone
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 3.11’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, topwater, spinners, and buzz baits in the mouths and submerged edges of the creeks. White bass and hybrid stripers are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around standing timber. Catfish are good on cut shad, shrimp, worms, or prepped baits, especially above bobbers at night.
Navarro Mills
FAIR. Water stained; 62 degrees. 2.34’ low. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in mid-depth ridges, with brush structures, and among standing timber. Catfish are good with stink bait, live and cut bait. White bass are fair on slabs. Black bass are slow with spinners, buzzbait, and jigs.
Palestine
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 61 degrees; 1.64’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, spinners, and jigs moving between the creeks and coves. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid stripers are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are excellent on shad and chicken livers.
Palo Pinto
SLOW. Water stained; 59 degrees; 2.93’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged plastic worms and spinners on rocky shores. Especially the points off those rocky shores. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on live shad. Striped bass are good on live shad and jigs. Catfish are fair on live shad, minnows, and stinkbait.
Proctor
FAIR. Water lightly stained. 60 degrees. 3.35’ low. Largemouth bass are slow to fair on the coves and channels with spinners, crankbaits, jigs, and minimal topwater. Trolling for hybrid stripers with live bait continue to be fair. Crappie are good with jigs among structure and near the spillway. Catfish have been good on stinkbait and cut bait.
Ray Hubbard
GOOD. Water stained; 58 degrees; 2.71” low. Largemouth Bass: fair on shakey heads and mid-depth crankbaits between the plant and spillway and north of I30 in the timber. White Bass: fair on drop shot and spinner tail shads on the open water side of the standing timber. Crappie: slow on minnows and small jigs using bridge pilings as cover. Catfish: are good on cut bait and gizzard shad in most water. Hybrid: are moderate on swimbaits at shallow to mid-depth along the rock jetty and in front of the Harbor.
Ray Roberts
GOOD. Water stained: 59-61 degrees; 0.87’ high. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged worms, lizards, and topwater with vegetation cover in 15-25 feet of water on the main lake points and along the rocky drops along 455. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around the brush and timber of the northern coves. White bass are fair around deep structure in 20-40 feet on white or clear shad. Catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait.
Richland Chambers
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 62 degrees; 3.40’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater early in the day, plastic worms, spinners, and jigging spoons on submerged points and drop off main lake islands. White bass and hybrids are good on slabs and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structures. Catfish are excellent on live bait and cut bait.
Somerville
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 62 degrees; 0.21’ low. White bass and hybrids continue to be good in the deep main lake. The dam has several white bass, perch, and a few crappie. Crappie fishing has been excellent in the marina and with all structures. Catfish and bluegill are plentiful around the marina.
Squaw Creek
GOOD. Water clear; 64 degrees; 1.52’ low. Catfishing is excellent in the creeks and coves out of the northern wind. The largemouth bass fishing is excellent around shallow and deep structure on soft plastic worms and crankbaits no deeper than 20 feet. The warmer water pockets near the Comanche plant will hold more bass. Crappie continue to be slow.
Stillhouse
FAIR. Water stained; 62 degrees; 2.85’ low. Largemouth are good on topwaters, spinners, and crankbait around rocky points. Smallmouth are fair with topwaters and crankbaits. White bass are fair with Alabama rigs and small spinners in open water drops. Sunfish are fair in shallow water on cutworms. Catfish are fair with live and cut bait. Trotlining is best in the upper lake using live sunfish.
Sulphur Springs
SLOW. Water stained; 60 degrees; 0.53’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigged plastic worms, topwater, spinnerbaits, and bass jigs in Century Lake. Crappie continue to be slow on minnows. Catfish are slow on nightcrawlers, livers, cut and live bait.
Tawakoni
FAIR. Water stained; 58–61 degrees; 1.53’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and jigs among natural shoreline vegetation, timber, and submerged coves. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs, spoons, and Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows under bridges, docks, and marinas. Catfish are excellent and are a sure bet on live, cut shad, shrimp, and stinkbait.
Texoma
GOOD. Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 1.87’ high. Striped bass continue to be excellent using slabs, swimbaits, and live bait- deadstick and casting. Largemouth bass are good drifting live baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around large structure in shallow water. Catfish are fair on live shrimp, cut bait, and minnows. Windy days like Sunday have us hugging the Oklahoma side and protected deeper coves.
Weatherford
FAIR. Water stained; 59–62 degrees; 2.62’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms in and around submerged cove boundaries, cove edges with vegetation. White bass are good with minnows, smaller crankbaits, and Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in brush structure. Catfish are good on crawfish, livers, blood baits, and cut bait.
Whitney
FAIR. Water stained 60 degrees; 6.36’ low. Black bass are good on plastic worms, jigs, and crankbaits in the clearer water portions of the lake, and some topwater lures in the murky part of the lake. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits, and with minnows in the main southern reservoir approaching the dam. Crappie are fair with minnows and jigs in the middle or upper end of the lake. Catfish are good on live shad, stink bait, and cut shad.
Worth
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 61 degrees; 1.69' low. Largemouth bass are fair on buzzbaits, spinners, and worms along flats and structure. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs with structured cover and under docks. Catfish are good on live bait, stinkbait, and cut bait throughout the lake, but are best close to the airport flats.

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