Here we go again, more rain, high water and lower water temps on most area lakes. I think this is why there are a lot of fish remaining in shallow water. There’s a lot of baitfish there, along with the cooler stained water. Compared to our other lakes, the water color on Mayse seems to be clearing some.

Fishing on Mayse has been very good on just about all species of fish. Crappie and sandbass (white bass) have returned to deeper water in the 15- to 19-foot range. Bass are relating to some type of cover such as rock, wood, grass or shade. With all this rain, we have run-off, so look for creeks running into the back of coves. You’ll find current, and bass will be in or around it. This pattern holds true for most of our lakes.

If you spend a little time running and exploring for these areas, you’ll be rewarded with some good catches. During early morning hours or cloudy days, the best baits have been topwaters, vibrating jigs, spinnerbaits and soft plastics.

The way this weather has been with thunderstorms rolling in with lightning, it makes it too dangerous to be on the water with that going on. I know most folks have those smartphones, and they can get the weather forecasts and that helps some — but use good judgement and keep an eye to the sky anyway.

This time of year, docks become important places to check out. Over the years, fishing at Fork, I haven’t been successful on docks — mainly because there was plenty of cover everywhere. Now a lot of the cover has rotted away or silted over and this might be a good time to check the Fork docks. On Texoma, there are hundreds of docks, and they are very productive. There’s not much cover left on Texoma except rock and man-made brushpiles, so docks become an important piece of cover. They provide shade and there are always baitfish under docks. One lure you might want to try is a flutter spoon or structure spoon — it will be something different.

Don’t forget about Cooper Lake if you enjoy fishing behind dams — big catfish and Crappie are still being caught.

Fishing Reports

Bob Sandlin: Water stained; 80-85 degrees; 0.58 feet high. Black bass are good on buzz frogs, Flukes and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.

Bonham: Water lightly stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.36 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, white spinnerbaits, and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

Cooper: Water stained; 80-88 degrees; 2.53 feet high. Black bass are slow on swim jigs, Texas rigged worms and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are good on slabs.

Fork: Water lightly stained; 80-85 degrees; 0.49 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

Monticello: Water stained; 80-85 degrees; 1.99 feet low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, shakyhead worms and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

Tawakoni: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 2.01 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and hollow body frogs near flooded grass. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

Broken Bow: Elevation normal, water 79 degrees. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs and flukes around brush structure, points and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber.

Hugo: Elevation above normal, water 74 degrees and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish excellent on chicken liver, cut bait, live bait, shad and sunfish below the dam, around channels, creek channels, main lake, river channel and shorelines. Crappie good on jigs and minnows below the dam and around brush structure, channels, main lake, river channel, shorelines and standing timber. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, crankbaits, flukes, lipless baits, live bait, plastics, small lures and worms around brush structure, channels, flats, main lake, points, river channel, shorelines and standing timber.

Lower Mountain Fork: Elevation normal, water clear. Rainbow trout good on caddis flies, PowerBait and worms below the dam, around rocks, shallows and spillway.

McGee Creek: Elevation normal, water 79 degrees and clear. Largemouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rig, crankbaits, lipless baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around main lake, points, shallows and shorelines. Channel and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, crawfish, live bait, shrimp and sunfish around creek channels, main lake and standing timber. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure and standing timber.

Pine Creek: Elevation above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, flukes and topwater lures around channels, coves, creek channels and points. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure and creek channels. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and stinkbait below the dam and around creek channels.

Texoma: Elevation above normal, water 74 degrees and stained. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, topwater poppers and Flukes. Crappie fair on hair jigs, live bait and tube jigs around brush structure and docks. Crappie are slow beneath docks in early morning or late evening some anglers have reported the bite is good about an hour after dark. Minnows have been most productive for crappie around 10-20 ft. Striped bass good on cut bait, live bait, live shad, sassy shad and topwater lures below the dam and around the dam and main lake. Striped bass are hitting most any live bait which includes shiners, black salties, perch and shad. Any of these baits can be cut for cut bait or used as a whole. Lots of over 20 inch striper being caught if anglers are wanting to catch smaller fish to finish a limit anglers should cut bait into smaller pieces and or move to shallow water. There have been surfacing activity in the early morning and late evening mostly small striper feeding on shad fry. Blue catfish good on cut bait, live shad and shad below the dam and around main lake and points. Blue cats can be caught off of points in the main lake on cut bait or below Denison Dam on cut drum and cut perch. The bite below the dam has been best just before nightfall. Lake levels are still above average but the fishing has been good.

Fish smart, be safe, and I’ll see you on the lake.

Jim Blassingames is a Paris resident and an avid angler.

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