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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; 71-75 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms in coves. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 0.31’ high. Black bass are good on topwater frogs, watermelon crankbaits, and green pumpkin soft plastics. 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 shad or white tube jigs. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish to 5 pounds are good on cut perch and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 2.00’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps, and Texas rigged silver flake Whacky Sticks in 10-15 feet. Striped bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and Spoiler Shads off points in 20-30 feet near the dam. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and pet spoons in the river channel. Crappie are fair on chartreuse Curb's crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 69-73 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are fair to good on watermelon red Whacky Sticks, dark spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps along creeks in 8-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on deep running crankbaits and blade baits around humps in the lower end of the lake. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on white JDC curl tail grubs on jigheads and watermelon Curb's jigs along ledges and over rock piles in 8-18 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with live perch.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 1.10’ low. Black bass are good on small spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged soft plastic worms, topwaters, and shad colored crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on hellbenders and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and live minnows.

GRANGER: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on shad upriver. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits, and on juglines baited with cut bait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

LBJ: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.77’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, watermelon soft plastics, and wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks along laydowns and stumps in 10-15 feet early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good vertically jigging Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on watermelon Curb's crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on liver and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs at the fishing docks in Liberty Hill Park. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Blue catfish are fair on shad and perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are very good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 72-76 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on small watermelon spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers and doughbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 15-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait in 20-45 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse deep running crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 1.90’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink/white tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.