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CENTRAL REPORTS

Compiled and edited by J.P. Greeson, Bink Grimes, Kendal Hemphill and Mark Perry for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department under a federal grant provided by the Sport Fish Restoration Program.

CENTRAL
BASTROP: Water stained; 84-90 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 80-88 degrees; 16.48’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and dark soft plastic worms in coves. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night in 30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on bacon. Yellow catfish are fair on juglines baited with live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water murky; 79-86 degrees; 0.33’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Pop-R’s and crankbaits in 12-16 feet, and on minnows and jigs under lights at night. Crappie are good on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies in 9-12 feet. Channel catfish to 5 pounds are good on trotlines and juglines baited with cheesebait and cut shad in the river mouths. Yellow catfish to 10 pounds are good on trotlines baited with cut perch and shad in 8-12 feet.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 79-86 degrees; 20.44’ low. Black bass are good on tequila sunrise Skip-N-Pop topwaters, watermelon Whacky Sticks, and white/chartreuse spinnerbaits in 8-12 feet at first light. Striped bass are fair on topwaters and Rat-L-Traps, and drifting live bait in 20-30 feet. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and Tiny Traps over rock piles in 20-30 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs in 12-15 feet. Channel catfish are good on live bait and cut bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and minnows.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 80-87 degrees; 6.01’ high. Black bass are good on tomato red JDC grubs, watermelon red Whacky Sticks on shaky head jigs, and Texas rigged watermelon red finesse worms along bluff ledges in 10-18 feet. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging white Curb's striper jigs and Pirk Minnows in 30 feet. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on smoke/red tubes on ball jigheads and root beer/green JDC curl tailed grubs and craws in 10 feet. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and minnows around submerged brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 79-85 degrees; 9.29’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad near the park. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO RIVER: (At Colorado Bend State Park) No report available.

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on shad colored spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps in 10-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad in 10-15 feet.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 79-88 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.

GRANGER: Water clear; 81-89 degrees; 5.93’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons near the dam. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles in 6-15 feet. Blue catfish are good on live bait in shallow flooded grassy areas. Yellow catfish are good on live bait.

LBJ: Water stained; 80-88 degrees; 0.29’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters and weightless watermelon red Texas rigged Whacky Sticks in 6-12 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white Curb's crappie jigs over brush piles in 12 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 80-87 degrees; 17.97’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters near the boat ramps, and on red/black soft plastic worms along banks. White bass are good on silver dollars and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 7-12 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and hot dogs. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with perch and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 80-89 degrees; 11.61’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits off points early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on live shad and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 79-87 degrees; 18.88’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on shad off points. White bass are good on shad and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on dead shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 80-87 degrees; 1.74’ high. Black bass are good on shad colored Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 81-88 degrees; 10.46’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards, chrome topwaters, and white grubs in 6-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on white grubs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on fresh cut bait and nightcrawlers in 25-40 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good on shad, chartreuse crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on shad and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 81-89 degrees; 16.02’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and liver.