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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; 77-81 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and chartreuse/white Rat-L-Traps over grass. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 11.57’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and trolling Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water clear; 71-75 degrees; 12.67’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/chartreuse tailed soft plastic worms, topwater frogs, torpedoes, and Pop-R’s on main lake flats near grass. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 10-20 feet, and under lighted docks at night. Channel catfish are good on cut bait and shrimp over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and worms.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 31.61’ low. Black bass are fair on silver flake Whacky Sticks on jigheads, root beer JDC Drop Shot Worms on drop shot rigs, and white/chartreuse/purple back crankbaits in 8-20 feet early. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs and drifting or free lining live bait at daylight. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on live bait upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 70-74 degrees; 11.69’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red Whacky Sticks on wacky rigs, Smokin' Green Devil's Tongues on drop shot rigs, and white spinnerbaits in 10-20 feet . Striped bass are good jigging blade baits and trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits over and around humps. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and 3/16oz. pumpkin Curb's jigs in 14-28 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows and crappie jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 72-76 degrees; 18.74’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white/red tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live bait, and shrimp over baited holes under trees.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 74-78 degrees; 9.47’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on live bait. White bass are good on perch colored spinnerbaits and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and live bait.

GRANGER: Water clear; 75-79 degrees; 0.33’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Blue catfish are good on fresh shad and prepared baits. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish. LBJ: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.34’ low. Black bass are fair on Curb's buzzbaits, JDC Skip-N-Pops, and on wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks under boat docks. Striped bass are good on Creme Lures 2” Spoiler Shads and Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are fair on white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair to good on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 1.59’ low. Black bass are fair on minnows and jigs off docks in Liberty Hill Park. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are fair on perch.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 76-80 degrees; 12.41’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored Rat-L-Traps early. Striped bass are good on silver striper jigs and shad. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on goldfish and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 74-78 degrees; 0.88’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/chartreuse tailed soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs near the marina. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait, shrimp, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 12.60’ low. Black bass are good on chrome Tiny Torpedoes and on cotton candy and watermelon red soft plastic worms. White bass are good on white/chartreuse little roadrunners and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and night crawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 74-78 degrees; 57.48’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome chuggers, watermelon red soft plastic worms, and smoke grubs in 5-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs in 15-25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait in 25-40 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on live bait. White bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 10.08’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed/white Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits on main lake points and flats. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and green spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, and stinkbait, and live bait.