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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
AUSTIN: Water lightly stained; 72-78 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chrome Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs and jigs. Sunfish are fair on cut nightcrawlers and corn. Catfish are fair to good nightcrawlers.

BASTROP: Water stained; 87-91 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon deep diving crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp, minnows, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 4.98’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps near banks. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in 30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, stinkbait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on live perch and live shad.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 7.47’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and soft plastics over brush piles. Hybrid striper are good trolling hellbenders. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes in 12-20 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch in 12-20 feet.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 6.15’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics, Pop-R’s, and shad flukes along deeper creek points and ledges in 6-15 feet at daylight. Striped bass are fair on plastic swim baits on the surface at first light, and drifting or free lining live bait near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on chartreuse crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are good on rod/reel, juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 85-89 degrees; 1.89’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines upriver.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 86-90 degrees; 4.76’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad, liver, and shrimp under trees.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 0.09’ low. Black bass are good on black/chartreuse spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on green striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.

GRANGER: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 1.04’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 1.37’ low. Black bass are fair to good on blue flake Whacky Sticks, black/blue jigs, and Texas rigged Big Pigs in 5-12 feet early. Striped bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, liver, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 1.61’ low. Black bass are fair on crappie jigs and shallow running crankbaits near Crappie Point. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and shad. Blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 87-91 degrees; 6.50’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on small minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 88-92 degrees; 1.65’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Perch are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 86-90 degrees; 7.97’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms. White bass are good on pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 21.27’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white/chartreuse tube jigs near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 3.89’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics off points. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and punchbait.