Pat Mayse’s conditions have not changed very much, except we have more water. The water levels have risen some and Mayse remains stained to muddy. The bass seemed to have picked up some, but that was before the last Sunday rains and storms.
Winds and runoff continue to keep most of our area lakes stained to muddy. At Mayse and Cooper Lake, the trail race behind the dams have really been good for a number of species of fish. On the main lake at Mayse, white bass, crappie and catfish and been good. Largemouth bass are still moving toward their summer patterns. Since we have the stained water, some baitfish are remaining shallow and the bass that haven’t moved to their summer haunts are feeding on these shallow baitfish.
For a while, Mayse is setting up to accommodate your style of fishing — shallow or deep (10 to 14 feet), and you can catch fish in both areas. Remember, right now with the high water and fresh water still coming into the lake, with water going out the drain, Mayse has some current, and we all know that bass really like current and they have adjusted to it.
A number of baits are working well; good shore baits like vibrating jigs, frogs, Zara Spooks, buzzbaits, and squarebill cranks have all been good producers. Offshore baits that are working are deeper cranks, Jig & Pig combos, larger plastics such as 10 to 11 inch worms, A-Rigs and ¾ ounce lipless cranks.
If you’re using the larger baits, don’t expect to catch numbers, but if you want size, you can’t beat these baits. Good choices of colors for these bigger baits have been chartreuse with light blue back and perch patterns.
Crappie continue to just keep coming — lots of limits and good size too — over brushpiles in 8 to 18 foot water has been best.
Bob Sandlin: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, Flukes and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Bonham: Water lightly stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.01 feet low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs, and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
Cooper: Water stained; 80-88 degrees; 0.30 feet high. Black bass are slow on buzzbaits, Texas rigged craws and swim jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are good on slabs.
Fork: Water lightly stained; 78-83 degrees; 0.11 feet’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, flutter spoons 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; 79-83 degrees; 2.53 feet low. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, buzzbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
Tawakoni: Water stained; 78-83 degrees; 0.53 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, black buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and topwaters Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
Broken Bow: Elevation 7 feet above normal, water 73 degrees. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rig, flukes and plastics around brush structure, points and standing timber. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on punch bait and worms around channels, coves, creek channels, points and river mouth.
Hugo: Elevation above normal, water 72 degrees and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish excellent on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, shad and stinkbait below the dam and around 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 crankbaits, flukes, lipless baits, live bait, plastics, small lures and worms around brush structure, creek channels, main lake, points, river channel and shorelines.
Lower Mountain Fork: Elevation normal, water clear. Stocked approximately 1,470 rainbow trout on June 5 and Rainbow trout excellent on caddis flies, small lures and tube jigs around rocks and spillway.
McGee Creek: Elevation above normal, water 73 degrees and stained. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes, jigs and topwater lures around points, rocks, shorelines and standing timber. Crappie and white bass fair on jigs and minnows around creek channels, river channel and standing timber. Channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, goldfish and sunfish around main lake, points and jug lines.
Pine Creek: Elevation rising, water murky. Largemouth bass slow on spinnerbaits around channels. Crappie fair on jigs around brush structure. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms below the dam and around spillway.
Texoma: Elevation above normal, water 73 degrees and muddy. Lake levels are starting to stabilize from in-flow; gates are still open below the Denison Dam. Blue catfish good on cut bait, live shad and shad below the dam, around river channel and shallows. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait and punch bait around channels, river channel, shallows and shorelines. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, topwaters and medium crankbaits. Striped bass good on cut bait, live shad, minnows, sassy shad and topwater lures below the dam and around the main lake. Fishing in the tailwaters in Red River is good for Striper and blue cats. Striped bass are being caught on flukes and hair jigs paired with a casting cork, blue cats are being caught on cut bait in the edge of current in Tailwater. Striped Bass fishing in the lake is great in the main lake (Washita Point, Soldier Creek, West Burns areas) Locate schools on electronics and drop live bait or cut bait to appropriate depth. In early mornings and late evenings, stripers have surfacing feeding on bait fry when surface feeding is going on anglers should throw topwater lures or subsurface lures being retrieved with fast or eradicate pace. Catfishing on the lake had been good in flooded areas with feeder creek current; anglers should use punch bait, cut bait or worms.
Fish smart, be safe, and I’ll see you on the lake.
Jim Blassingame is a Paris resident and an avid angler.