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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 murky; 86-90 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 3.67’ high. Black bass are good on purple soft plastic worms early. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on chrome slabs with bucktails. Crappie are fair on chrome slabs with bucktails. Channel and blue catfish are good on snails on rod & reel at night. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.85’ low. Black bass are excellent on blue fleck, watermelon red, and black/blue soft plastics over brush piles in 5-8 feet, spinnerbaits in flooded brush in 2-7 feet, and shad crankbaits off points. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and crankbaits in 12-16 feet, and on minnows and jigs under lights at night. Crappie are good on minnows and on black/chartreuse and red/white tube jigs. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with perch or shad from Striper Alley to Oak Point. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 0.48’ low. Black bass are fair on white Erratic jigs, watermelon Skip-N-Pop topwaters, and weightless Texas rigged blue flake Whacky Sticks in 10-20 feet early. Striped bass are fair on jigs and Rat-L-Traps early, and drifting live bait. White bass are fair on live bait and jigging Tiny Traps over rock piles. Crappie are good on minnows and Curb's crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 0.37’ high. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise flukes, watermelon Whacky Sticks, and white/chartreuse crankbaits off points in 5-10 feet early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Smallmouth bass are good on dark soft plastics and tube jigs on main lake points. Crappie are fair on blue tube jigs and minnows around submerged brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 1.04’ low. Black bass are fair on dark Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on shad. Crappie are good on minnows. 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 watermelon crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps early and late. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 88-92 degrees; 0.22’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are good on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on pet spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER: Water murky; 87-91 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slab spoons. Crappie are good on white tube jigs around standing timber. Blue catfish are fair on prepared baits on rod & reel, and on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.81’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored topwaters, watermelon Whacky Sticks, and Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps in 5-15 feet early. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs and live bait. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs early. Channel catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 85-89 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on shad and chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with perch and goldfish. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 87-91 degrees; 7.41’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 85-89 degrees; 1.62’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 2.58’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails, and white grubs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and fresh cut perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 2.11’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows, pet spoons, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp, stinkbait, and chicken livers.