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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; 79-83 degrees. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad in coves. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on summer sausage. Yellow catfish are fair on perch and live shad.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass to 3 pounds are fair on crankbaits, white flukes, and green pumpkin soft plastic worms around docks in 8-10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over baited brush piles in 5-15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.60’ low. Black bass are fair on Chug Bugs, flukes, and watermelon/candy Whacky Sticks in creeks early. Striped bass are good on watermelon Rat-L-Traps and plastic swim baits at daylight. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and plastic swim baits in creeks. Crappie are fair on pink/white and chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.96’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin flukes and JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters early. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits over humps and jigging 1oz. Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and pumpkin Curb's jigs early. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in standing timber. Channel catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.52’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows in 15-25 feet. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits early and late. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and cut shad over baited holes.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and frozen shrimp.

GRANGER: Water stained; 76-80 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits in flooded willows upriver. White bass are fair on slab spoons over humps in the main lake. Crappie are good on marabou jigs in 4-12 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait in 4-10 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait upriver.

LBJ: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.68’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored crankbaits, white jigs, and green pumpkin tubes in 6-15 feet early. Striped bass are good on 2” Spoiler Shads and Little Fishies at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 76-80 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass are good on silver Rat-L-Traps and shallow running crankbaits in Liberty Hill Park. White bass are fair on silver spoons and watermelon spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and pearl jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 77-81 degrees; 0.59’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on shad. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 77-81 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 76-80 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 5.05’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 76-80 degrees; 0.72’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on shrimp and live bait.