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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; 82-86 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 77-81 degrees; 8.27’ low. Black bass are good trolling Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in 20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 11.35’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish to 8 pounds are good on cheesebait in 5-10 feet. Yellow catfish to 20 pounds are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish in 3-10 feet.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 27.79’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters, Texas rigged pumpkinseed worms, and watermelon flukes along secondary points in 10-18 feet. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, Zara Spooks, and shad colored crankbaits early and late. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 79-83 degrees; 8.54’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, soft plastic worms, and crankbaits in 6-14 feet early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Smallmouth bass are good on watermelon topwaters along ledges in 5-15 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 8-12 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 77-81 degrees; 17.79’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and watermelon green spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 20-30 feet. 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 stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon and watermelon gold Carolina rigged soft plastics in 10-18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad in 8-12 feet.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 79-83 degrees; 4.35’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged soft plastic worms and lizards, and on shad colored crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and frozen shrimp.

GRANGER: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.41’ high. Black bass are fair on jigs upriver. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs in 12-15 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch and goldfish.

LBJ: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.33’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse jigs, pumpkinseed topwaters, and green pumpkin Whacky Sticks in 6-18 feet early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 12-18 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon and June bug soft plastic worms, white or chartreuse spinnerbaits, and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs over humps. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs off docks. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 10.23’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastic worms early. Striped bass are very good on live shad. White bass are excellent on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with goldfish. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair trolling slab spoons near the dam. White bass are fair trolling slab spoons near the dam. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on punchbait, and on juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 79-83 degrees; 8.96’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 51.77’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms, white grubs, and shad colored topwaters in 8-18 feet. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on shad. Hybrid striper are fair on shad and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and green/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, frozen shad, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 6.95’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on shad colored Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on bait shrimp, stinkbait, and liver.