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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 clear; 65-69 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water clear; 63-67 degrees; 9.72’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on light blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows in 20-30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers, shrimp, and stinkbait at night. Yellow catfish are slow. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Details at:  http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 64-68 degrees; 10.88’ low. Black bass to 7 pounds are excellent on craw and shad colored crankbaits, chartreuse/white chatterbaits, and shad colored spinnerbaits in 4-10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are excellent on minnows and jigs off lighted docks at night in 1-8 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white and shad Li’l Fishies. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 31.21’ low. Black bass are fair on JDC RocKraw trailers, pumpkin JDC Craws, and black/blue Whacky Sticks on jigheads along ledges. Striped bass are fair jigging and trolling Curb’s striper jigs and trolling crankbaits in 20-30 feet. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows, Shad Raps, and live bait. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 8.62’ low. Black bass are fair on brown Curb's hair jigs, JDC drop shot worms, and Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling white Curb’s striper jigs and vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and at mid lake in 40 feet. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 62-66 degrees; 16.45’ low. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, lizards, and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse Carolina rigged soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 10.27’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow.

GRANGER: Water clear; 65-69 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver at night. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch in the river.

LBJ: Water stained; 64-68 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue Curb's jigs and watermelon tubes on docks. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver Pirk Minnows and Spoiler Shads. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on black/orange jigs and minnows off docks. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 65-69 degrees; 8.65’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastic worms and lizards. Striped bass are good on live shad and white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 10-15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 2.49’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water stained; 64-68 degrees; 11.37’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake - see: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 64-68 degrees; 53.96’ low. Black bass are good on Senkos, flukes, and crawfish crankbaits in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver crankbaits, white grubs, and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs and silver spoons. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 12.12’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on silver spoons and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on live bait and frozen shrimp.