Fresh and Saltwater fishing report for the week, presented by TPWD.
FAIR. Water stained; 88 degrees; 4.36 feet low. Fishing is slowing in the Texas heat. Watch for exposed stumps and navigate with caution. Largemouth bass are fair in the lily pads and vegetation shallow, moving to points and drains in the afternoon with Carolina rigs and crankbaits. White bass are good schooling on the flats chasing shad. Crappie are slow on brush piles and standing timber with live minnows. Bluegill are mixed in with the crappie biting on worms. Catfish continue to be good in creek channels off ledges and brush piles in 15 feet of water. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
FAIR. Water stained; 78-80 degrees; 4.27 feet low. The water level is 167.7 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 78-80 degrees with surface temperature around 80. The back feeder creeks are clear, and the main lake is clear with no rain this week. Black bass have been caught on creature baits, 10-inch worms on Carolina or Texas rig. Best colors are black/red, chartreuse/pepper, and tequila sunrise. Black Bass in the creeks, using a square bill crankbait and trap in shad colors in chrome with a black or blue back during the last two hours in the evening. Fly casters are having success with three inch hollow body flies in shad/white and chartreuse/white. Find the bait balls and you will find the bass. Get on them quick and catch a few and keep moving. Crappie are still hit-or-miss on jigs and minnows. Perch and crappie are in brush piles on the river channel. Stay hydrated by freezing your water bottles to take on your adventure. Play it safe on the water, always inform your loved ones or a friend of your expected return time to port or home. Good luck and tightlines! Report from Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak Sales, Fishing Guide Service & Rod Repair.
GOOD. 81 degrees. Jetties are producing nice catches of speckled trout and redfish early in the morning on topwaters, and 1/16 1/16 ounce glo chartreuse jigs. Triple tail are good off the State Park on weed beds. Sabine Channel is holding nice catches of trout, slot redfish and bull redfish with a morning glory chartreuse �¼ ounce jighead. Limits of redfish on live shrimp under a popping cork in the marsh. ICW. Taylor’s Bayou and Texaco Island are good for trout and redfish along the rock piles and points. South Levy is producing limits of trout on topwaters and swimbaits early in the morning, switching to live shrimp under a popping cork. Trout are scattered in the rocks between the first and second pike in the North Levy. Topwaters and swimbaits worked early morning and late evening will land you these fish. Limits of trout in the Neches River in 8-15 feet of water with dragging five inch swimbaits in red shad or morning glory along the bottom, or in 25 feet of water jigging gold or silver spoons. In Sabine Lake redfish are schooling midlake from midday to the afternoon hitting pogie. Report by Captain Randy Foreman, Captain Randy’s Guide Service Sabine Lake.
GOOD. 82 degrees. Bolivar Island surf is holding small sharks and redfish on cut shad or mullet. Trout are good on the rocks at the end of the North Jetty with live shrimp on a popping cork, free-lined croaker, or drifting with paddle tails. Trout are holding close to rocks in the channel biting on free-lined live bait, or live bait under popping cork. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.