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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; 70-74 degrees. Black bass are very good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on live minnows and pink/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

BELTON: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 12.42’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and white spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on white Riversides and Sassy Shad at night under lights. White bass are good on white Riversides and silver/green Sassy Shad at night under lights. Crappie are good on minnows in 10-12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on summer sausage, hot dogs, and Owens sausage. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water clear; 65-69 degrees; 12.92’ low. Black bass are fair on June bug worms, buzzbaits, and watermelon red soft plastic worms over brush piles in 8-15 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers over baited holes in 12-15 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 33.82’ low. Black bass are fair on white Spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and white/chartreuse crankbaits in 8-20 feet. Striped bass are good on Zara Spooks, Red Fins, and drifting or free lining live bait in 25-40 feet on the surface early. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on watermelon tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and cheesebait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live shad.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 12.00’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red Whacky Sticks on wacky rigs, Smokin' Green Devil's Tongues on drop shot rigs, and Texas rigged 6” pumpkin Scoundrel worms in 12-25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and 3/16oz. pumpkin Curb's jigs in 12-28 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live goldfish and perch.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 19.17’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and watermelon red soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are good on shad colored Pop-R’s and soft plastics early. Red ear perch are good on worms in 2-10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 10.22’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics off points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp.

GRANGER: Water clear; 67-71 degrees; 0.55’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps off points. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs in 7-14 feet. Blue catfish are fair on fresh shad. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

LBJ: Water stained; 68-72 degrees; 0.29’ low. Black bass are fair on Curb's buzzbaits, clear swim baits, and chartreuse Whacky Sticks in 2-12 feet at daylight. Striped bass are good on Creme 2” Spoiler Shads and Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are fair on white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and liver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 67-71 degrees; 1.88’ low. Black bass are good on shad colored crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on pet spoons and silver slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shad. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 12.62’ low. Black bass are good on black and purple soft plastic worms. Striped bass are good on silver/blue Rat-L-Traps. White bass are good on cut shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are good on live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 68-72 degrees; 13.57’ low. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in 40 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, hot dogs, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 58.94’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, dark soft plastic worms, and crankbaits in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are fair on white grubs and jigging spoons in 30-40 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 15-30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait in 28-42 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on watermelon/chartreuse soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 10.51’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and on watermelon topwaters early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and hellbenders. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and minnows.