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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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Bulldogs look forward with increased numbers

CISD returning seniors 082020CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB Bulldog returning seniors Carl Jenkins, Evan Stewart, Andrew Byrd and Jordan James are ready to get down to business this fall.

By Chris Edwards
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COLMESNEIL – With five returning seniors, most of whom have been starters all through their high school careers, and some fresh faces on the coaching staff, Coach Cody Day and the Colmesneil Bulldogs are looking forward to a healthy, successful season.

As a result of the University Interscholastic League’s latest realignment, the 2A-2 Bulldogs are now in a seven-team district, which includes powerhouses like Lovelady and Tenaha. The team’s numbers are up, and as Day said, dedication to winning is strong. The team finished 2-7 overall during its 2019 campaign and ended fifth in District play (1-4.) This season finds the Bulldogs booked to take on Overton’s Mustangs for their first District game on Sept. 25.

“It’s a tough district…I think we’ve done a good job of staying in contact with the kids and keeping them interested,” said Day. 

Both Day, who is in his second year as CHS’s athletic director and head football coach and new Bulldogs offensive coordinator Justin Hilliard spoke about the level of dedication in the weight room this summer.

Day said that with school closed down during the spring in light of the COVID-19 pandemic response, it made his athletes hungrier to train and become successful on the gridiron. “Now we have to go through a bunch of different hoops and do a lot of different things,” he said. 

The two-and-a-half months without workouts and drills made the players want to get back together and start prepping for the fall season as soon as possible, Day said.

Hilliard said that when workouts began in early July, there was a huge turnout in the weight room for the Bulldogs. He added that all of the protective measures were put in to place and closely practiced, and Day said “We tell the kids that this is the safest place they can be. Everything here is sprayed-down when they leave.”

Senior quarterback Jordan James leads the Bulldogs’ offense this season. James has been a starter all four years of high school. He is joined by fellow returning seniors Evan Stewart, Carl Jenkins, Andrew Byrd and Adam Smith. 

Most of the returning seniors, the coaches say, are capable of playing several positions and know the game well on both sides of the ball. The team’s offense has eight returning starters and on the ‘Dogs’ 3-4 defense, there are eight returning starters, as well. Stewart, who was named Second Team All-District last season, will lead that defense, along with junior center Koyler Marshall, who received a First Team All-District nod in 2019. 

Overall, for the program, the Bulldogs’ ranks number more than 30, something that Day said he and the other coaches are excited about, since the numbers for many teams are down this season. “These kids, they work hard, and they want to win,” the ‘Dogs Assistant Coach Coleman Butter said. Assistant Coach Caleb Hardy added that “everyone is excited to be here.”

With the continuing effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, many parents have opted to take the home-based distance learning path, and most districts, including CISD, have voted not to allow home-based learners to be able to take part in extracurricular activities.

The ‘Dogs will scrimmage the Hull-Daisetta Bobcats out-of-town on Thursday evening at 5 p.m. Next week, they play the Burkeville Mustangs at 7 p.m. on Taylor Field.

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Covid breathes life into recreation

Mike WilliamsCaleb Fortenberry | TCB Avid birdwatcher Mike Williams from Sugarland, and originally from England, has been to nearly 75% of the Texas State Parks. Mike and his wife set up in Martin Dies, Jr. State Park last Wednesday to photograph birds in the Walnut Ridge Unit in Jasper. “The best way to social distance is to go into the middle of nowhere,” said Mike.

By Caleb Fortenberry
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Texas Parks & Wildlife District leader for the East Texas Pineywoods, Rusty Wood claimed that the fish & tackle and licensing sales have increased dramatically this year. He predicts the Hunting licensing will follow a similar path. Wood said people were, “recreating a lot more.”

With the increase of concern with Gov. Greg Abbott’s facemask covering, Texas State Parks are still open to the public with few exceptions to normal rules.

  • Facemasks are required in all state buildings.
  • Six-foot minimum social distancing is required.
  • No groups larger than 10 are allowed to visit together, unless they are from the same household.

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park Superintendent Charles Hubbard explained, “We actually have been relatively steady.”
“If you’re thinking about coming camping. Make your reservations about three weeks in advance,” Hubbard suggested for weekend campers. “Middle of the week as of now, Monday through Thursday are relatively empty as far as camping.”

Hubbard mentioned that Abbott has the parks facilities only open to 75% and the reasoning is not as much for camping space, but confined areas such as restrooms.

“You can come out here to a facility that we operate and recreate in a safe manner,” said Hubbard. “Covid has breathed a new life into outdoor recreation.”

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Pineywoods fishing report 07/15/20

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From Texas Parks and Wildlife

B.A. Steinhagen – FAIR. Water stained; 86 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are fair only on the edges of the hot summer days searching vegetation edges, mid-depth points, and some river structures on jigs, worms, and crankbait. Crappie are fair with minnows on the structure edges and above brush piles. Sunfish are fair with jigs and crickets. Catfish are excellent day and night on cut and prepped bait.

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Bob Sandlin – GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.23 high. Black bass are good on finesse baits, swimbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms in 10-25’ near creek channels, submerged timber, and boat docks. Plastic frogs are still effective early near grass lines, and lily pads. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on cut bait, live bait, and chicken liver in 10-20'.

Caddo – GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.62 high. Largemouth bass are good in shallow water near trees and vegetation fishing plastic creatures and frogs. Crankbaits, jigs, and TX rigged plastic worms in deeper areas near structure, and vegetation lines are productive as well. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber in 12-22’. White bass are good on jigs and small crankbaits in the main lake. Chain pickerel are fair. Catfish are good on prepared bait and live bait in 12-20’ fishing channels and timber edges.

Conroe – GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.50’ low. Black bass are good with better success on overcast days. Still seek deep structures like points, drops, and channels. Crankbaits, soft plastic worms, and live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs under docks and marinas usually on the deeper end. Hybrid striped bass are decent finding schools with fish finders. Catfish are good on cut bait everywhere. Sunfish are fair with live worms or crickets.

Fork – EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 83-85 degrees; 0.39 low. Largemouth bass are good on blue plastic worms, bladed jigs and crankbaits near deep structure, points and humps in 10-22’. Plastic frogs are effective in grass patches and lily pads. White and yellow bass are good in the deeper water of main lake points, flats, and humps. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows in 18-25’ in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are excellent on cut bait and live bait in 10-20’.

Houston County – GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86-87 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are fair early morning and evenings using swim baits with several 5+lbs catches this week. Also successful are black and blue Senko, watermelon red off points, and spinners, and divers. Crappie are fair in 12 to 14 feet of water using live minnows and moving among brush piles. Bream are good using live worms in shallow structure. Catfish are good on juglines, and over 15+lbs using hot dogs and perch plus shad.

Lake O' the Pines – GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.28 high. Largemouth bass are good on diving crankbaits, swimbaits, jigs, and TX rigged worms in 10-25’. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows in the standing timber areas along the creek channel and brush piles 12-20’’. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, chicken liver and cut bait in 8-25’.

Livingston – FAIR. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 0.03’ high. Black bass are fair using jigs, weighted worms, crankbait, and topwater. The best habitats have been points and working vegetation. Striped bass are fair moving around the bridge. Crappie are good with jigs working vegetation and above some structures deeper than 10-foot depth. White bass have emerged as good with minnows and Alabama rigs working points and cove barriers. Catfish are fair on live baits and stinkbait.

Martin Creek – GOOD. Water clear; 87 degrees; 0.51 low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits and plastic worms in 12-18’. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in 12-18’ in timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepared bait in 12-25’.

Naconiche – FAIR. Water slightly stained; 83 degrees; Largemouth bass are good moving out from standing and fallen timber with worms and jigs, and vegetation with topwater, jigs, and worms. Crappie are fair on jigs seeking shade. Sunfish are fair on jigs and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait.

Raven – FAIR. Water stained; 82 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair consistently working vegetation spots shallow and deep with a variety of topwater early, worms, and crankbait. In this heat, fish until 10 am, and after 6 pm. Sunfish are fair on power bait pellets, crickets, and cutworms.

Sam Rayburn – FAIR. Water stained; 82 degrees; 0.97’ low. Largemouth bass are fair with all success coming early, late, and now at night. Fishing lights have helped attract some bass. The best habitat is still vegetation edges with topwater, worms, and jigs. White bass have slowed with minnows seeking depth. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs vertically fishing thick vegetation, and among structures less than 20 feet deep. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.

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Toledo Bend – FAIR. Water slightly stained; 84 degrees; 1.09’ low. Many of the black bass stayed shallow, with success coming between 2-8 feet on wacky-rigs and topwater. Striped bass are slow with minimal movement. White bass are good schooling late in the afternoons in the many creeks and caught on spoons. Crappie are slow due to the mayfly hatch and should return to normal numbers in 2-3 weeks. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.

Tyler – GOOD. Water clear; 84 degrees; 0.26 low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms, skirted jigs, jerk baits and drop shots fishing dock structures, and vegetation edges. Crappie are good on minnows in brush piles and timber. Catfish are excellent on punch bait and live bait. White bass are good in 25’ -40’ on rooster tails and slabs.

Wright Patman – GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees; 2.57 high. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, spinners and swim baits along creek channels, timber and vegetation edges. White bass are good on jigging spoons and slabs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows near structure and brush piles. Catfish are excellent on cut bait, live bait, and chicken liver.

 

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