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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; 77-81 degrees. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Crappie are very good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on bait shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 11.80’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits near the bank and trolling Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are good on silver jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on Spam and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are good on live perch and live shad.

BROWNWOOD: Water clear; 71-75 degrees; 12.80’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and craw colored crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies, small Rat-L-Traps, and shad crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and tube jigs over brush piles and under lighted docks at night. Channel catfish are good on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 31.70’ low. Black bass are fair on silver flake Whacky Sticks on jigheads, root beer JDC Drop Shot Worms on drop shot rigs, and white/chartreuse/purple back crankbaits in 8-20 feet early. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs and drifting or free lining live bait at daylight. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on live bait upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 11.90’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red Whacky Sticks on wacky rigs, Smokin' Green Devil's Tongues on drop shot rigs, and white spinnerbaits in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are good jigging blade baits and trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits over and around humps. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and 3/16oz. pumpkin Curb's jigs in 14-28 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows and crappie jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 72-76 degrees; 18.83’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Red ear perch are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 74-78 degrees; 9.75’ low. Black bass are good on shad colored spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and on topwaters early and late. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows, hellbenders, and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and nightcrawlers.

GRANGER: Water clear; 74-78 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are good on chrome crankbaits upriver. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are very good on live perch.

LBJ: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are fair on Curb's buzzbaits, JDC Skip-N-Pops, and on wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks under boat docks. Striped bass are good on Creme Lures 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 dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair to good on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 1.70’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on live and frozen shad. Yellow catfish are fair on perch.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 76-80 degrees; 12.51’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/chartreuse tailed soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on white pearl crankbaits. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on goldfish, stinkbait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 74-78 degrees; 0.97’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows at night. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 12.86’ low. Black bass are good on chrome Tiny Torpedoes and on cotton candy and watermelon red soft plastic worms. White bass are good on white/chartreuse little roadrunners and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and night crawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 74-78 degrees; 58.00’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome chuggers, watermelon red soft plastic worms, and smoke grubs in 5-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs in 15-25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait in 25-40 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 10.22’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and on topwaters early. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, liver, and live bait.