Fishing

This week’s local fishing report for May 20 as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

ARLINGTON: GOOD. Water stained; 72 degrees; 0.51’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater plugs, senkos, deep diving crankbaits, and swimbaits. Crappie are good among structures such as boat docks and partially shaded vegetation on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared baits in 4-15’.

BENBROOK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees; 0.86’ high. Largemouth bass are fair fishing jerk baits, crankbaits, and drop shots near cover or grass lines. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing structure and brush. Hybrid striped bass are good with live bait and slabs. White bass are excellent with slabs and jigs on the lake points and humps. Watch for diving birds to mark schools of feeding fish. Catfish are good with cut bait and prepared baits.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: GOOD. Water stained; 70 degrees; 0.56’ high. Black bass are good fishing coves with plastic frogs in grass early in the morning, then crankbaits, senkos, and plastic worms in 6-18’ later in the day. White bass are excellent in the main lake fishing humps and drop-offs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs between 10-20’ working docks and structures. Catfish are good on fresh cut bait and punch bait.

GRANBURY: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 68-73 degrees; 0.21’ low. Largemouth bass are good on swimbaits, crankbaits, and Texas rigged plastic creatures in 5-18’ near boathouses, grass lines, and rocky shorelines. Crappie fishing is good around brush piles and boat docks with minnows and jigs. Catfishing is good when using earthworms, cut bait or live bait in 4-12’. White bass are excellent using slabs and swimbaits. Stripers are good with live bait.

GRAPEVINE: GOOD. Water stained; 68-73 degrees; 3.41’ high. Largemouth bass are good on buzz baits and small crankbaits. Fish creeks, flooded flats, and shallow structure. White bass are excellent in 10-35’. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in marinas and submerged structure. Catfish are good on blood bait.

JOE POOL: EXCELLENT. Water stained; 71 degrees; 1.77’ high. Largemouth bass are excellent fishing Texas rigged long plastic worms, jerk baits and crankbaits along creek banks, rock ledges, and grassy coves in 5-15’. Crappie are good beneath bridges and with both jigs and minnows. Catfish are excellent on fresh cut bait and stink baits in 4-12’.

LAVON: EXCELLENT. Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.09’ high. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs fishing 10-20’ over brush piles, timber, and bridges. White bass are excellent in the 10-30’ with jigs and slabs. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, top waters, plastic lizards, and frogs in 4-12’. Catfish are good on prepared baits and blood bait in 3-15’.

LEWISVILLE: GOOD. Water stained; 70-74 degrees; 1.68’ high. Black bass are good fishing the deep diving crankbaits, spinners, and Texas rigged plastic creatures. Good topwater and frog bite early in the day on points and in grassy/brushy coves. White bass are excellent on slabs and swimbaits in 12-30’. Look for birds diving over feeding schools of white bass. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs around brush piles and bridges. Catfish are good on cut bait and blood bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.98.’ high. Crappie are good on minnows around the marina and timber in 12-20’. Catfish are good with punch bait and cut bait. White bass are excellent on slabs and minnows over the feeding schools in the main lake. Black bass are good with crankbaits and red, purple, or black plastic worms.

PROCTOR: GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees; 0.13’ low. Largemouth bass are excellent on Carolina rigged creatures and with swimbaits in 4-14’. Hybrid stripers are good with live bait and slabs. Crappie are very good with jigs and minnows in 10-20’. Catfish remain good on prepared bait and cut bait, moving to shallow water.

RAY HUBBARD: EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.07’ high. Largemouth bass are excellent on crankbaits, plastics, and top waters in water 5-12’. White bass are excellent on swimbaits, slabs and jigging spoons on main lake flats, humps, and drop-offs. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Crappie are excellent near bridges, brush piles, and marinas in 12-17’ with minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait, live bait, and prepared bait.

RAY ROBERTS: GOOD; Water stained; 70 degrees; 1.60’ high. Largemouth bass are good on Texas rigged plastic creatures, crankbaits, and swimbaits in 4 -16’. White bass are excellent in 20-40’ on slabs and jigging spoons. Main lake humps and drop-offs are holding fish. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around bridges and brush piles. Catfish are good on live bait and cut bait.

SQUAW CREEK: GOOD. Water clear; 77 degrees; 0.67’ high. Catfishing is good working baited areas in 6-15’ using punch bait and cut bait. The largemouth bass fishing is good around shallow structure on plastic creatures, crankbaits and rattle baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 12-18’ in timber.

WACO: GOOD. Water clear; 75 degrees; 0.12’ high. Largemouth bass are good on spinnerbaits, chrome crankbaits, plastic frogs, and jerk baits in 4-15’. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fishing structure up to 20’. Sunfish are very good on worms or crickets. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait prepared bait.

WEATHERFORD: GOOD. Water stained; 71 degrees; 0.04’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, buzz baits, and plastic worms working depths of 5-17’ plastic frogs are working well in grass and lily pads. White bass are excellent in 15-35’. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around docks, marinas, and creeks. Catfish are good on prepared baits, earthworms, and cut bait.

WHITNEY: EXCELLENT. Water clear 70-75 degrees; 1.56’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, topwater (early), and purple or black plastic worms later in the day fishing 8-18’. White bass are excellent on the main lake with jigging spoons and slabs. Stripers are excellent on jigging slabs and live bait fishing the main lake drop-offs and humps. Watch for diving birds working the feeding schools of white bass and stripers. Crappie are very good with minnows and jigs in 12-18’. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared baits.

WORTH: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees; 0.58’ low. Largemouth bass are good with spinners, square billed crankbaits, and TX rigged plastic worms working grassy coves and brushy creeks in 5-12’. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs among brush piles and under docks. Catfish are good on live bait and cut bait.

Statewide listings available at https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml

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