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Pineywoods Fishing Report 08/19/20

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B.A. Steinhagen – FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are good on topwater till mid-morning, staying as close to the vegetative cover as possible. Late afternoons have been more difficult over brush and humps on worms. Crappie are good on minnows in vegetation. Sunfish are fair with jigs and crickets. Catfish are good day and night on cut and prepped bait.

Bob Sandlin – GOOD. Water slightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.28 low. Black bass are good on jigs, diving crankbaits, chatter baits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms in 14-25’ near creek channels, standing timber, and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on live bait and cut bait in 12-25'.

Caddo – GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.38 high. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water near trees and grass-bed fishing plastic frogs, chatter baits, and skirted jigs. Texas-rigged plastic worms are productive in deeper water near timber and vegetation lines in 8-16’. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber in 14-25’. White bass are good on jigs and slabs in the main lake. Chain Pickerel are slow. Catfish are good on prepared bait and earthworms in 12-20’ fishing channels and timber edges.

Conroe – GOOD. Water stained; 86 degrees; 1.08’ low. Black bass are good on spinners, shad imitators, nightcrawlers, and rigged soft plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs under docks. Hybrid striped bass remain fair on rattletraps chasing schools of baitfish. Catfish are good on cut bait below 8 feet. Sunfish are fair with live worms or crickets.

Fork – GOOD. Water lightly stained; 87-91 degrees; 1.15 low. Largemouth bass are good on plum, and dark green plastic craws, diving crankbaits, bladed jigs and chatter baits near standing timber, points and drop-offs in 14-28’. Some early mornings offer topwater action with topwater plugs, poppers, and chatter baits. White and yellow bass are good in deeper water of main lake drop-offs, flats and humps. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in 18-25’ in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait in 12-24’.

Houston County – GOOD. Water stained; 92 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are good with the largest catch coming at night in 15 feet of water. Other successes came fishing spinners and crankbaits and Carolina rigged worm in schooling shad. Crappie are good on live minnows near stumps. Bream and bluegill are good using live worms fishing piers. Catfish are good on juglines using perch.

Lake O' the Pines – GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.07 high. Largemouth bass are good on jigs, crankbaits, bladed spinners, and TX rigged worms in 15-25’. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in the standing timber areas along the creek channel and brush piles in 12-20’’. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait in 12-25’.

Livingston – FAIR. Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are decent on synthetic worms, spinners, and crankbaits working points and bays. Striped bass are fair mid-lake trolling and finding schools. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass remain good fishing points on a variety of spoons, jigs, and Alabama Rigs. Catfish are fair on live baits and stinkbait.

Martin Creek – FAIR. Water lightly stained; 89 degrees; 0.62 low. Largemouth bass are good on jigs, bladed spinners, chatter baits, and long plastic worms in 12-18’. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in 14-18’ in timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait in 12-25’.

Naconiche – GOOD. Water slightly stained; 88 degrees; Largemouth bass are good fishing crankbaits, spinners, and plastic worms pushing just past points on entrances to coves. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in vegetation. Sunfish are fair on jigs and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.

Raven – FAIR. Water stained; 84 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair working hydrilla and some flooded structure. Sunfish are fair on cutworms, especially in shallow cover.

Sam Rayburn – GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 1.77’ low. Largemouth bass are good, mostly early with weaker evenings. Your successful spots will be consistent like large points, man-made brush piles on light-colored crankbait worms, and jigs. White bass are fair with minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs under structures and suspending over mid-depth structure. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.

Toledo Bend – FAIR. Water slightly stained; 84-85 degrees; 2.10’ low. Black bass are good with topwater and shallow baits under 5 feet till 8:30 am, rigged plastic lizards in 15-20 feet, and Carolina rigged green worms between 15-25 feet. White bass are fair and staying consistently under 20 feet. Crappie are good, preferring shiners and jigs a little less. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.

Tyler – GOOD. Water clear; 87 degrees; 0.49 low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms, skirted football jigs, chatter baits and drop shots fishing docks, timber and vegetation edges. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles, structure, and timber. Catfish are good on punch bait and live bait. White bass are fair in 25-40’ on jigging spoons and slabs.

Wright Patman – GOOD. Water lightly stained; 88 degrees; 1.15 high. Largemouth bass are fair on chatter baits, spinners, and Carolina rigged plastic worms along creek channels, rip rac, and vegetation edges. White bass are good on jigging spoons and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows near structure and brush piles. Catfish are very good on punch bait, live bait, and earthworms.

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