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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; 64-68 degrees. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 11.70’ low. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on spoons. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are excellent on minnows around structure under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 12.67’ low. Black bass to 7 pounds are excellent on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Shaky Head and Bass Hogg jigs in 4-10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are excellent on minnows, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits in 2-6 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 31.79’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkin Curb’s jigs, jerkbaits, and Carolina rigged JDC lizards along break lines in 15-25 feet. Striped bass are good trolling white/chartreuse Curb’s striper jigs and crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs, and trolling crankbaits at the mouths of creeks. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 12-15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 11.01’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, watermelon jigs, and watermelon red soft plastic worms in 20-25 feet. Striped bass are fair trolling white Curb’s striper jigs. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows in the main river channel. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 60-64 degrees; 19.51’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps, Senkos, flukes, and soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 8.81’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps over grass. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and black tube jigs. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon jigs and Rat-L-Traps in timber. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver at night. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait in 10-20 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

LBJ: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair jigging Curb’s jigs and Pirk Minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 12.73’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Striped bass are good on shad. White bass are fair trolling crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on live shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 0.43’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and black/blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 13.73’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 52.47’ low. Black bass are good on brown jigs, smoke grubs, and crawfish crankbaits in 8-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white spoons in 20-40 feet. White bass are fair on white spoons and chrome crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on shallow running crankbaits and chartreuse soft plastics. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are excellent on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 9.25’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.