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By J.P. GREESON
For The Associated Press

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Jan. 25 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 61-65 degrees. Black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and chartreuse jigs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 1.80 feet high. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are slow.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 0.44 feet high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 2.00 feet low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged watermelon lizards, Rattlin’ Rogues, and blue flake Whacky Sticks on jigheads in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are fair trolling chartreuse Curbs striper jigs and Rattlin’ Rogues. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 12-18 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 62-65 degrees; 0.90 feet high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse hair jigs with JDC Pebble Craw trailers, Carolina rigged lizards, and Texas rigged blue flake Scoundrel worms along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are good on white Curbs striper jigs, Pirk Minnows, and Spoiler Shads. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows and Blade Baits in the main river channel. Smallmouth bass are fair to good on JDC smoke/red flake tubes over rock piles in 10-20 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

COLEMAN: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 1.21 feet low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.02 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait.

GRANGER: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 1.84 feet high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on shad upriver. Crappie are fair upriver under lights at night. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits and on juglines baited with cut bait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 4.80 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin tubes and pumpkinseed JDC drop shot worms along docks and seawalls. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on Spoiler Shad and silver Pirk Minnows near the power plant. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and worms. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs at the marina. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 0.29 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 61-65 degrees; 2.32 feet 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 HOLLOW: Water murky; 59-63 degrees; 1.03 feet high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastic worms and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 1.71 feet high. Black bass are good on chrome spoons, black worms, and chartreuse crankbaits in 20-35 feet. Striped bass are fair on shad crankbaits in 30-50 feet. White bass are good on minnows and white grubs in 30-50 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and bloodbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

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

WHITNEY: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 2.86 feet low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen liver, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 52-56 degrees; 0.46 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms and weightless Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 53-57 degrees; 0.23 feet high. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 52-56 degrees; 2.80 feet low. Black bass are slow on jerkbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good drifting cut bait.

BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 52-55 degrees: 0.31 feet high. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos on deeper docks, lipless crankbaits and medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

CADDO: Water stained; 54-58 degrees; 1.60 feet high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 53-56 degrees; 0.02 feet high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, squarebill crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

COOPER: Water stained to muddy; 3.81 feet low. No report available.

FAIRFIELD: Black bass fishing reported as significantly improved. TPWD discontinued stocking the lake after the fish kill in September 2011. Redfish survived the kill in limited numbers.

FORK: Water lightly stained; 54-57 degrees; 2.02 feet low. Black bass are fair on black and blue flipping jigs near creek channels, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

GRAPEVINE: Water stained; 51-55 degrees; 1.41 feet high. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits, shallow crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 52-55 degrees; 0.21 feet high. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 55-57 degrees: 1.58 feet high. Black bass are fair on umbrella rigs, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

LAVON: Water stained; 53-56 degrees: 2.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 51-54 degrees; 0.45 feet high. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 83-88 degrees; 1.06 feet low. Black bass are good on weightless Flukes, squarebill crankbaits, and Texas rig craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

MONTICELLO: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.85 feet high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 52-55 degrees; 0.33 feet high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 53-55 degrees; 0.83 feet low. Black bass are fair on umbrella rigs, football jigs and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 51-56 degrees; 0.54 feet high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Carolina rigged worms and football jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 51-55 degrees; 0.51 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas rigged craws and finesse jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 53-56 degrees; 2.53 feet low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits and flipping jigs. White bass are slow on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water stained; 51-54 degrees; 0.03 feet high. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 0.49 feet low. No report available.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 5.40 feet high. No report available.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 18.78 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on slabs and grubs. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad. Redfish are fair on tilapia, crawfish, perch, and shad near Dead Tree Point. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and shad.

CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps near the dam. Striped bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and chicken livers along the shoreline. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 19.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on heavy jigs and large crankbaits over grass. White bass are good on small spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 80 degrees at the hot water discharge, 64 degrees in main lake; 2.02 feet low. Black bass to 7 pounds are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits in 8-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

FALCON: Water murky; 62-66 degrees; 32.54 feet low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.95 feet high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on silver/blue Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and liver.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 0.57 feet high. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on black/red spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms, and yellow crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows near the dam and around piers. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines.

LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 60-64 degrees; 0.98 feet high. Black bass are fair on black/silver spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 61-65 degrees; 2.57 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are good on worms. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.

STEINHAGEN: 1.14 feet high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 2.84 feet low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: 31.07 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows.

MACKENZIE: 73.59 feet low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

MEREDITH: 60.65 feet low. TPWD has begun restocking the lake with Walleye. Reports of black bass are rare. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.

PALO DURO: 57.61 feet low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water stained to muddy in the river; 46 degrees; 1.55 feet low. Black bass are slow on jigs, medium and deep diving crankbaits, swimbaits and jerkbaits. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on rod and reel with punchbait on a #6 treble hook up the river.

ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 49-56 degrees; 0.67 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot rigs and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

COLORADO CITY: 12.79 feet low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 50-56 degrees; 0.3 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 51-55 degrees; 0.5 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NASWORTHY: 49-55 degrees; 1.35 feet low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and chatterbaits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 48-56 degrees; 9.09 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, crankbaits and shakyheads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse (use Worn-Glo) nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 49-56 degrees; 33.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on pearl crankbaits, Texas rigs and swimjigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off color; 48-55 degrees; 0.2 feet high. Black bass are fair to good on swimjigs, Texas rigs and medium running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 49.97 feet low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 0.31 feet low. Black bass and crappie are fair to good, but mostly undersized. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.

SWEETWATER: Water off color; 47-53 degrees; 23.78 feet low. No report available.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 45-52 degrees; 19.48 feet low. Black bass are very slow (the bass population was greatly reduced during the drought). No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains.

SOUTH SABINE: Redfish are good in the cuts leading to the marsh. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good while dredging the reef on soft plastics.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair good for drifters working mud and shell on Bass Assassins, Gamblers, Lil Johns and Corkies. Redfish are fair at the Spillway on crabs and shrimp. Trout are fair to good in the marsh.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good in the guts on Corkies and MirrOlures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good for waders working shorelines at sunset. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Redfish are good in the cuts leading to the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.

TEXAS CITY: Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the mouth of Moses Lake on shrimp and crabs. Sheepshead are fair on shrimp under a popping cork around the rock groins.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Black drum and redfish are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters over mud and shell on live shrimp, Bass Assassins, Lil Johns Norton Bull Minnows. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for waders working the soft guts on plastics. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on soft plastics over soft mud. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the mouths of back lakes on soft plastics. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in the deep cuts on free-lined shrimp. Redfish are good in California Hole on natural baits. Trout are fair on the edge of the shrimp boat channel on DOA Shrimp and Gulps.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp. Trout are fair at the mouths of guts on the outgoing tide.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are fair to good in the guts in Oso Bay on Gulps. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair to good in the channels on crabs.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on glow plastics. Trout are fair to good for waders working rocks and mud on Corkies. Trout are fair to good on soft plastics on the drops adjacent to the ICW.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on Corkies and MirrOlures around sand, grass and mud. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes with Gulps.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair to good around the spoil islands and edges of channels on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under popping corks. Black drum, sheepshead, mangrove snapper and redfish are fair on shrimp at the jetty.

PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the flats adjacent to deep water Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair in the channel on shrimp and crabs.

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