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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; 73-77 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.78’ high. Black bass are good trolling Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are good on shad in 20 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch and live shad.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.42’ low. Black bass are good on RJA crankbaits and flukes in the evenings in 3-5 feet, and on spinnerbaits around docks early. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows and watermelon jigs off lighted docks at night in 5-15 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon tube jigs over brush piles in 5-10 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are good on white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, watermelon topwaters, and green pumpkin Whacky Sticks with chartreuse tails along lake points in 8-12 feet at first light. Striped bass are fair on topwaters and Rat-L-Traps, and drifting live bait on the surface in 20-30 feet near the Lighthouse. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps and jigging Pirk Minnows and Tiny Traps over rock piles in 20-30 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and watermelon tube jigs over brush piles in 12 feet. Channel catfish are good on live bait and cut bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and minnows.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are fair on tomato red JDC grubs, watermelon red Whacky Sticks, and Texas rigged watermelon red finesse worms along bluff ledges in 8-16 feet. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and 1oz. Pirk Minnows in 30 feet. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on root beer/green JDC curl tailed grubs and craws, and smoke/red tubes on ball jigheads in 10 feet on main lake points and ledges. Crappie are good on pink tube jigs and live minnows upriver around submerged brush piles over break lines. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 0.64’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms and lizards. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and soft plastics in 8-16 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp over baited holes.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.

GRANGER: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.51’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps around shallow main lake roadbeds. Crappie are fair on marabou jigs in 4-12 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait in 4-15 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait upriver.

LBJ: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters, watermelon Curb's Erratic jigs, and weightless green pumpkin Texas rigged Whacky Sticks along break lines of flats in 6-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles in 15 feet. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and minnows in Liberty Hill Park. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair but small on minnows at Crappie Point. Channel catfish are good on minnows and stinkbait in baited areas. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad and goldfish. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits off points. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on live shad and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on prepared bait in the upper end of the lake. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 74-78 degrees; 0.12’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad off points. White bass are fair on live shad off points. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on dead shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 1.77’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, watermelon worms, and smoke grubs in 8-24 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows in 20-30 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs in 10-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows and shrimp in 20-35 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good on shad and small spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 2.37’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and liver.