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TENNESSEE: Bass Caught on Soft Plastics & Jigs Along Rock Banks & Grass Areas

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Water levels up over a foot and temperatures in the upper 80s to low 90s in the creeks.

Fishing for bass, caught several bass on soft plastics and jigs along rock banks and grass areas.   Largest bass caught was a 3.5 pounder.

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TEXAS: Southeast – Black Bass are Fair on Carolina Rigged Watermelon Soft Plastics

Friday, July 27th, 2012

CONROE: Water fairly clear; 78-82 degrees; 2.61’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on minnows and white striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and blue/green crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, cut bait, and hot dogs.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.10’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are fair on black/red flake worms. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on live worms over grass beds and off piers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 79-83 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on minnows, hellbenders, and silver slabs. White bass are fair on minnows, troll tubes, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 78-83 degrees; 1.00’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red soft plastic worms, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and shrimp.

STEINHAGEN: 1.65’ high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 2.93’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

Texas
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MISSISSIPPI: Winter Fishing Tips – Use Dark or Natural Colored Soft Plastics in 10ft of Water

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Power-Pole Style Anchor SystemCheck out this big 10 lb 9 oz bass recently caught by 7 year old Bailey at Calling Panther!

Winter Fishing Tips

Large mouth bass can be caught in the winter.  Try using shiners in 10 feet of water for big fish. If using artificial lures, try using dark or natural colored soft plastics in 10 feet of water.  Target the areas with significant depth changes. Also, try crankbaits and rattletraps off the levee in the afternoons.

Bream fishing can be slow, but try using crickets and redworms around brushtops in 5-10 feet of water.

Catfish can be caught on liver or cool-cat worms fished on the bottom in about 5-10 feet of water. Also, try the creek channel in the lake as well as the creek at the nature trail.

Crappie can be found in 15 feet of water suspended at around 9 feet.  Fish structure in these areas with a minnow or jig (white or chartruese).  Also, try the structure around the dam.

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TENNESSEE: Old Hickory Lake – Bass Caught on Spinnerbaits, Crankbaits & Soft Plastics

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Bass being caught in the creeks on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft plastics up river.

Look for water temperatures in the 60s. Key structure to fish would be rock and grass.

Few fish being caught down river.

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MISSISSIPPI: Chotard & Albermarle – Try Soft Plastics & Spinnerbaits Around Edges of Trees

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Fishing on Chotard and Albermarle is always dependent upon the MS River level and movement.  As the water slowly leaks out of the oxbows and back into the River, fishing is great!  For best results on these lakes, always check the MS River report to know if the river is moving in or out of the lake and target areas of moving water for improved fishing. Today, the river is at 12ft and slowly rising.

Bass fishing has been great during the past few weeks.  The cold front could slow down the bite, but it should pick back up later in the week.  The trees along the bank across from Laney’s should be holding fish.  Try soft plastics and spinnerbaits around the edges of the trees.  The points along Chotard are producing good-sized fish.  Try texas-rigging a plastic worm when fishing the points.

Crappie fishing has also been great lately.  However, crappie are often very finicky about pressure changes, so they may slow down for a few days as well.  These lakes are known to have big crappie and a lot of them.  Try using minnows or jigs around the willow trees.  If you cannot find them there, try some of the deeper treetops along the lake.  Also, slow-trolling open waters along the bank can be a very effective method on these lakes.

Bream fishing is great right now as well.  Try using crickets or redworms around treetops in deep water.  There have been reports of fishermen filling their coolers with nice size fish.

Catfishing is always good on the lakes.  As an oxbow of the MS River, catfish will always be a good option.  Try tightlining in deep water with chicken liver, cutbait, or nightcrawlers.

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MISSISSIPPI: Fishing the Lower River & Marsh Catching Bass Using Soft Plastics

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Bass fishermen still fish the river & oxbows catching bass around woody cover in the main channel as well as the oxbows using soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Anglers fishing the lower river & marsh continue to report catching a few bass using soft plastics, especially on a falling tide.

Several reports came in of anglers catching flathead catfish in the 20 to 40-lb. range in the mid-river areas near Smith’s Fish Camp using live bait.

The bream are still being caught using crickets in the oxbows & main channel near woody cover. Some anglers continue to report decent catches of redear (shellcracker) in the lower river oxbows and main channel south of the forks as well as in the marsh using redworms in 4 to 8 ft. of water. Some of the better catches reportedly coming from the edges of the main river channel & along the edges of the larger bayous in the marsh near I-10 using redworms.

A few new crappie reports came in from the oxbows where some anglers are trolling mid-lake using small crankbaits or jigs to catch fish in the 1 to 1.5-lb. range.

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MISSISSIPPI: Bass Fishermen Catching around Woody Cover using Soft Plastics & Spinnerbaits

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Pascagoula River:

The river @ Merrill is at 2.31 ft. & rising while the lower river @ Graham Ferry is at 1.31 ft. & falling.

Bass fishermen still fish the river & oxbows catching bass around woody cover in the main channel as well as the oxbows using soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Anglers fishing the lower river & marsh continue to report catching a few bass using soft plastics, especially on a falling tide.

Several reports came in of anglers catching flathead catfish in the 20 to 40-lb. range in the mid-river areas near Smith’s Fish Camp using live bait.

The bream are still being caught using crickets in the oxbows & main channel near woody cover. Some anglers continue to report decent catches of redear (shellcracker) in the lower river oxbows and main channel south of the forks as well as in the marsh using redworms in 4 to 8 ft. of water. Some of the better catches reportedly coming from the edges of the main river channel & along the edges of the larger bayous in the marsh near I-10 using redworms.

A few new crappie reports came in from the oxbows where some anglers are trolling mid-lake using small crankbaits or jigs to catch fish in the 1 to 1.5-lb. range.

Please note: A minimum length limit is in effect for black bass (this includes largemouth bass & spotted bass) in the Pascagoula River from Merrill to the Highway 90 bridge (this includes all connected oxbow lakes, East [Little] River, West River and all water areas between East River and West River). Only bass over 12 inches may be in possession on these waters with a creel limit of 10 black bass per day.


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MISSISSIPPI: Bass Still Good Using Soft Plastics With Texas or Carolina-Rigs

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Bass anglers still report the bite is good early & late in the day using mainly soft plastics either Texas or Carolina-rigged and fished along main lake points in 5 to 10 ft. of water.

Try either Junebug colors or green pumpkinseed.

Some bass are still being caught early & late with spinnerbaits and topwater lures near the dam or near brushtops. Bream anglers report the bite has picked up some with the full moon with fish being caught using crickets in 4 to 8 ft. of water around brushtops. NOTE: The new boat ramp & courtesy pier are in place at Lake Walthall!

Remember: largemouth bass limit is 10/person bream (bluegill, redear) limit is 100/person catfish is 10/person.

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NEW MEXICO: East Central – Bass Are Everywhere, Try Downsized Crank Baits & Soft Plastics

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Santa Rosa Lake
– Same as last week, largemouth bass were active around brush and large structures, try flipping tubes and jigs into them. Walleye are reported as good, although many are small. Bass are everywhere; try downsized crank baits and soft plastics around the points and on the flats. Crappie, up to 1.4 pounds, are hitting just about everything presented to them. Best bites came from tubes in the main creek channel off the bluffs. Catfish are very active as well using minnows and cut bait.

Storrie Lake
– Fishing is good for trout using Power Bait, with many limits taken.  Catfish are fair to good with chicken liver.

Sumner Lake
– Fishing is good for walleye along the Eastern Bluffs and near the mouth of the Alamogordo Arm trolling white and fire tiger crank baits and rattle-traps 8-12 ft. Fair for largemouth and smallmouth casting white crank baits along coves and structure 2-5 ft. Good for white bass using a variety of plastic worms, spoons and crank baits. Fair for channel cat below the dam on the Pecos River, also on the West shoreline south of the Main boat ramp using chicken liver. No reports on crappie.

Ute Lake
– Fishing is good to excellent. Walleye are fishing good to excellent trolling crank baits over brush in 10-15 feet of water or try crawlers in 17-22 feet of water. White Bass are fishing fair. Large and Small mouth bass are reported as excellent and are hitting most anything thrown at them.  For the smallies, try the top water early in the mornings and Senkos whacky rigged later in the day. The largemouth are on their beds in 4-6 feet of water. Crappie are fishing good up the Canadian around rock and brush and in the main lake coves using minnows in 2-4 feet of water. Catfish are good in 2-8 feet of water with chicken liver or stink bait. Fish near the reeds and brush for best results.

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