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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; 1.00’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and trolling Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. 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; 82-86 degrees; 1.74’ 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; 1.58’ low. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps, daiquiri JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters, and wacky rigged watermelon red Whacky Sticks along docks and over flats early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair trolling deep diving Shad Raps and jigging Tiny Traps over humps along the river channel. Crappie are fair on pink/white or chartreuse Curb's crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch upriver.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 2.37’ low. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat-L-Traps, Pop R's, and drop shot Devil's Tongues along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling watermelon crankbaits over and around humps and jigging 1oz. Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on topwaters, root beer JDC grubs, and craws at daylight. Crappie are fair on white or chartreuse crappie jigs and live minnows around brush upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live goldfish and perch.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 1.39’ 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; 0.36’ 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; 1.60’ 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; 0.71’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Whacky Sticks, watermelon Curb's Erratic jigs, and pumpkin tubes near docks. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse/white tube jigs and minnows. Crappie are good on black/blue tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.76’ 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; 1.63’ 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; 15.44’ 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; 0.90’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, hot dogs, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 8.76’ low. Black bass are fair on bone topwaters, watermelon worms with chartreuse tails, and grubs. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on chrome jigging spoons and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and fresh cut bait. 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; 3.42’ 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.