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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 fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 10.52’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits around structure. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, Spam, and summer sausage. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 12.07’ low. Black bass are fair on black/chartreuse spinnerbaits and watermelon red soft plastic worms over brush piles in 12-15 feet. Hybrid striper are fair trolling and drifting shad. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and Persuader crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers in 12-20 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 30.33’ 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 and 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; 10.58’ 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; 18.08’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and watermelon Rat-L-Traps and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics in 10-18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad in 8-12 feet.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 7.18’ low. Black bass are fair on blue/green Rat-L-Traps and watermelon soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse/white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and live bait.

GRANGER: Water clear; 84-88 degrees; 0.35’ low. Black bass are good on white crankbaits and spinnerbaits upriver. White bass are good on shad upriver. Crappie are good on marabou jigs in 4-15 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.

LBJ: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.36’ 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; 1.08’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait in 5-15 feet. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 11.40’ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on shrimp and shad.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 83-87 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on Charlie slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 11.24’ 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; 57.02’ 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 slow. Hybrid striper are fair on shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 8.90’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and liver.