On Pat Mayse, crappie and white bass (sand bass) have been the main choice for a lot of fishermen, even though water levels are still somewhat high and stained. Crappie jigs and minnows have been best bets for the crappie, and spoons and lipless cranks have been good baits for the Sand Bass.
Largemouth bass also have been good and are beginning to bunch up in schools off main lake points and flats with deep water access. Several baits have been successful for the largemouth; vibrating jigs, buzzbaits, squarebill cranks and soft plastics. Don’t be afraid to experiment with other lures because right now Pat Mayse bass are in the post-spawn stage. This means that most of them have rested from the spawn and are now moving into their summer patterns.
Since the water temps are lower than usual, some are still hanging around in the shallows, using the stained water as cover to ambush baitfish. Keep an eye out for any baitfish movements because if you follow the baitfish, most of the time the bass will be there too.
I know it sounds like a broken record, but the key to locating these bass is to cover the likely spots. For the deep fish hanging just off the points, use your electronics. These deeper fish will usually take a mid-range crank, but remember that these fish feed up so make sure your crank will run above the fish and not through them.
Early mornings and late evenings are very good times to check key areas with a topwater — you can cover a lot of water fast. This topwater will also work on cloudy days, and lately we’ve had a lot of them. On these days, put your trolling motor on low and cover a lot of water. This method is working on several area lakes.
With all this high water on our lakes, the trailraces have really come into play. At the Cooper trailrace below the dam, big crappie and huge catfish are biting. Shad has been the best bait for the catfish and crappie jigs and minnows have been good for the crappie. Behind the dam at Pat Mayse, I’ve had reports of some stripers coming up the creek towards the swift water. It looks like a very good time to get on the water, so let’s go fishing.
Bob Sandlin: Water stained; 77-82 degrees; 0.09 feet high. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, white buzzbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
Bonham: Water lightly stained; 76-80 degrees; 0.15 feet high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, shallow crankbaits, and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
Cooper: Water stained; 72-81 degrees; 1.23 feet high. Black bass are fair on black buzzbaits, Texas rigged craws and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are good on slabs.
Fork: Water lightly stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
Monticello: Water stained; 77-82 degrees; 2.23 feet low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, swim jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
Tawakoni: Water stained to muddy; 78-82 degrees; 0.82 feet high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits 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 and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
Broken Bow: Elevation above normal, water 71 degrees. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and flukes around brush structure and points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber.
Hugo: Elevation above normal, water 64 degrees and murky. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish excellent on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, punch 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 and standing timber. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, lipless baits, live bait, plastics and small lures around brush structure, channels, main lake, riprap, river channel, shorelines and standing timber.
Lower Mountain Fork: Elevation normal, water clear. Trout good on caddis flies, PowerBait, small lures and tube jigs below the dam and along the spillway.
McGee Creek: Elevation normal, water 72 degrees and murky. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits and topwater lures around brush structure, main lake, points, rocks and shorelines. Crappie and white bass good on minnows at 12-18 feet around standing timber. Channel and flathead catfish fair on goldfish and sunfish along creek channels, points and river channel.
Pine Creek: Elevation above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and flukes along creek channels and standing timber. Crappie slow on jigs around brush structure and channels. Channel catfish good on hotdogs and punch bait along the spillway.
Texoma: Elevation rising, water 73 degrees and muddy. The lake is still on the rise. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, topwaters and Flukes. Striped bass very good on Alabama rigs, cut bait, live shad and plastic baits below the dam, along flats and main lake. Striper also hitting artificial lures on wind-blown points. Gizzard shad is the best cut bait for stripers. Target 20-40 feet of water for striper. Blue catfish good on cut bait, punch bait and shad below the dam, along creek channels and river channel. Blue cats hitting cut bait along river channels or on windblown banks. Crappie fair on jigs, live bait and minnows around brush structure, creek channels and discharge. Crappie have been biting fair under docks but with the high water crappie fishing has been spotty.
Fish smart, be safe, and I’ll see you on the lake.