Fishing Reports – Texas Parks and Wildlife
Tpwd Fishing Reports fishtankfacts.com Texas Parks and Wildlife releases fishing reports each week for various regions of the state. One such report for the West Texas-Big Bend region comes from Captain Kent Terrill, who provides detailed insight into the current fishing conditions. Last week, the region faced strong winds, which added to the challenges faced by anglers.
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TPWD fishing reports report on white bass and stripers
Every week, Texas Parks and Wildlife releases fishing reports for different regions of the state. The West Texas-Big Bend region gets a report from Captain Kent Terrill, who gives insight into current conditions on the waters of the region. Last week, the region was especially affected by gusty winds, which made fishing more challenging.
Sand bass are mixed with crappie in the creeks, but the slab is producing some big stripers. Stripers are also good on rock piles and points. Early and late morning, big stripers are schooling under birds. Anglers are using swimbaits to target these fish.
TPWD also stocks white bass and hybrid striped bass in the reservoir each year. These two species are very important to the local economy and are protected by state regulations. In addition to the striped and white bass, you can also find several varieties of blue catfish.
Stripers and white bass are biting in shallow waters near the dam. They are active around 20 feet. Anglers are encouraged to use live bait and avoid artificial lures. While the water is low, the fish are spread throughout the reservoir. It is best to fish near shallow areas during the day when the water is not too cold.
The striper and white bass bite has been slow this week. Many fish have moved to the west arm of the lake to spawn. Live bait and jigging spoons are effective for targeting these species. However, shallow areas near dock pilings and isolated rocks are reducing the amount of fish.
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Stripers are fair on live shad
If you can locate a school of shad, Lake Havasu striper fishing remains good. In addition to the mouth of the river, anglers are reporting catching stripers near Bill Williams buoy line and Chalk Cliffs. The most productive lures are bass assassins and keitech swimbaits. Anglers can also use Pointer jerkbaits in sizes 100, 128 and 158.
The early morning and early afternoon shad bite has been good from Havasu State Park south to the California border. Fishing with topwater lures like Chug Bugs, Sammys, and Super Spooks has also been productive. Anglers can use a 4′ throw net to catch shad during the morning hours.
While striped bass action has been fair to good this week, anglers have reported success with weedless plastic swimbaits and Texas-rigged watermelon crawfish. The channel catfish bite has also been excellent with cut mackerel. Anglers have also reported catching catfish using live bluegills and anchovies. Anglers can also add extra chum to their baits to attract cats from farther away.
While striper fishing continues to be good on cut shad and live shad, the bite is tough during the day. Anglers should target mid-60s-level water temperatures in rivers and lower-salinity water. The Chesapeake Bay has been warming, and surface water temperatures are expected to reach the mid-sixties on May 16 when striped bass season opens.
Bass are also fair, and are being caught at any location. Larger fish are feeding on open water shad in grass beds and off the main river. If you are looking to catch a few quality fish, you should consider using a Shad Rap, Bandit, square bill crank bait, and Buckeye Mop Jig. In addition to these, you should also try using a lowrance electronics to locate areas where concentrations of shad have been found.
Catfish are fair on prepared bait
Catfish are fair on prepared bait and have been active in the lower reservoir. Water temperatures are low and water clarity is good. Crappie and white bass are spawning and will move into the shallows soon. Small jigs and minnows work well for them. Crankbaits and deep diving crankbaits are slow bait for bass.
Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and live bait in TPWD’s travis lake. Water temperatures are about 70 degrees and depth is 9.30 feet. Baits for largemouth bass are jigs and crankbaits, and live bait is also a good choice. Cutworms and crickets are excellent bait for catfish.
Redfish are in good numbers in the bay and river. The water temperature has been too warm, but a cold front will lower water temperatures to 65-75 degrees. The cold front will also bring the shrimp out of the marshes. In addition, flounder are showing up in good numbers. If you want to fish for flounder, night fishing is best.
Largemouth bass are fair on topwater, crankbait, and spinners. Jigs and small minnows are also effective. Cutworms and stinkbait are also good options. Blue catfish are fair on prepared bait. Species-specific conditions and temperature are important.
Catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait. They are active on the surface of the reservoir, as well as in the deeper water. During spawning season, fish should start to move shallow to stage on their beds. Catfish are also fair on cut bait and minnows in creek channels.
Blue catfish have been fair on cut shad. During the past few days, a combination of multiple fronts has shifted the catfish to deeper areas of the reservoir. The warm trend is expected to energize the catfish bite over the weekend. Shallow flats adjacent to deeper channels are producing the best bite. Littered docks are also excellent areas to find the catfish.
Fishing temperatures and water clarity are excellent. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs and crankbaits in timber cover. Crappie and white bass are excellent on jigs and minnows near structure. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and live bait in six to sixteen feet of water.
Trout fishing conditions are fair in the Brazos basin
If you’re a trout fan, the Brazos basin is a great place to fish for them. These lakes are less crowded and easily accessible. For more information on trout fishing in the Brazos basin, you can visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Fishing conditions are great in the winter months. The water temperature is slightly cooler, which means less competition on the water. Because fish are exothermic, the cooler water changes their metabolism and makes them more active. In addition, cooler water allows them to regain weight they lost during the summer.