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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; 83-87 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and chartreuse/white Rat-L-Traps over grass. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 1.18’ low. Black bass are good on dark soft plastics on the bottom. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad early. White bass are good on minnows at night. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 1.88’ low. Black bass are good on Shaky Heads with green pumpkin or redbug worms near docks in 4-8 feet, chartreuse/white spinnerbaits in flooded cover in 3-5 feet, and Bass Hogg jigs and flukes around docks in 4-10 feet. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night in 5-15 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 6-15 feet. Channel catfish are good on cheesebait and cut shad. Blue catfish are good on prepared bait in 5-10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 1.66’ 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 back crankbaits in 8-20 feet early. Striped bass are fair casting and jigging Spoiler Shads and drifting or free lining live bait from Striper Island to the dam in 25-40 feet. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and 2” plastic swim baits along the river channel in 25 feet. Crappie are fair on chartreuse Curb's crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are fair to good on live bait upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 2.48’ 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 along main lake bluffs in 12-20 feet. Striped bass are good jigging blade baits and trolling Gizz 4 crankbaits over and around humps in the lower end of the lake. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke JDC grubs and pumpkin Curb's jigs in 15-30 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 1.49’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and green pumpkin 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 slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and shrimp over baited holes under trees.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.52’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.

GRANGER: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.92’ high.
Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on JDC Skip-N-Pops and Curb's buzzbaits in 5-10 feet, and on wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks and 4" green pumpkin tubes under boat docks. Striped bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are fair on Curb's crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.88’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on shad Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows off the docks in Liberty Hill Park. Channel catfish are fair on shad. Blue catfish are good on minnows and cut bait below the dam. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 1.78’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon 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 nightcrawlers and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 14.25’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 1.06’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 9.10’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastic worms, chrome chuggers, and smoke grubs in 5-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs in 15-25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on nightcrawlers and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on white Li’l Fishies. 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; 81-85 degrees; 3.53’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics off points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and punchbait.