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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; 88-92 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and liver.Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 9.92’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad in coves. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on summer sausage. Yellow catfish are fair on perch and live shad.

BROWNWOOD: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 12.11’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms in 8-15 feet, and on jigs and buzzbaits in 4-10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies in 10-18 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are good on cheesebait in 5-10 feet Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish in 3-10 feet.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 29.90’ low. Black bass are good on white Curb's buzzbaits, watermelon Skip-N-Pop topwaters, and weightless Texas rigged purple flake Whacky Sticks in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are fair on topwaters or Rat-L-Traps at first light, and drifting live bait. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps and jigging Pirk Minnows and Tiny Traps over rock piles in 20-30 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 10.32’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Flukes, Texas rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks, and white crankbaits off points in 2-8 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on root beer JDC grubs, craws, and watermelon red tubes on ball jigheads in 8-15 feet. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 10 feet upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines upriver.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 17.91’ low. Black bass are very good on Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and chartreuse soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad near the park and the store. Crappie are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and Carolina rigged green pumpkin soft plastics over humps. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 6.78’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows, Charlie slabs, and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are fair on chicken livers and frozen shrimp.

GRANGER: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and crankbaits around timber. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in 4-15 feet. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, weightless watermelon red Whacky Sticks, and Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps in 5-12 feet at daylight. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.92’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and chicken livers. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 11.44’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastic worms early. Striped bass are good on live shad. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. 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; 83-87 degrees; 0.51’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, minnows, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 10.89’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 56.12’ low. Black bass are good on bone topwaters, red shad worms, and smoke grubs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on grubs, topwaters, and chrome jigging spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and fresh cut perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 8.59’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows, pet spoons, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and yellow tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and live bait.