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AUSTIN -- Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Aug. 4. (Report also available at www.txfishing.com on Web.)

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water clear; 85 degrees; 2.42' low. Black bass are good on light colored spinnerbaits in coves early and late. Hybrid striper are good trolling perch colored Rat-L-Traps. White bass are good trolling perch colored Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines baited with stinkbait, live perch, and live shad. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water clear; 86 degrees; 6.63' low. Black bass are fair on red bug and watermelon Grande Bass Finesse worms on Shaky Heads, and watermelon red and trophy hunter colored RattleSnakes. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li'l Fishies and Rat-L-Traps off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on Li'l Fishies over brush piles in 10 20 feet, and off lighted docks at night in 18 24 feet. Channel catfish are good on cut bait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch in 12 18 feet.

BUCHANAN: Water clear; 86 degrees; 8.80' low. Black bass are good on white Curb's buzzbaits and Erratic jigs, watermelon Skip-N-Pop topwaters, and weightless Texas rigged purple flake Whacky Sticks in pockets and points in creeks in 5 15 feet at first light. Striped bass are fair on topwaters and Rat-L-Traps at first light on the surface over 30 feet near the Lighthouse, jigging white Curb's bucktail jigs, and drifting live bait. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps and jigging Pirk Minnows and Tiny Traps over rock piles in 20 30 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and Curb's crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

CANYON LAKE: Water clear; 84 degrees; 0.16' high. Black bass are fair on watermelon red Flukes, Texas rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks, and white crankbaits off points along flooded weeds and trees in 2 6 feet at first light. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on root beer JDC grubs and craws and watermelon red tubes on ball jigheads on main lake points and ledges in 8 15 feet. Crappie are fair to good on Curb's crappie jigs and live minnows around submerged brush piles along channel break lines in 8 feet upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines upriver.

COLEMAN: Water fairly clear; 85 degrees; 8.27' low. Black bass are very good on Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and chartreuse soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad near the park and the store. Crappie are good on minnows and Li'l Fishies at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO RIVER: (At Colorado Bend State Park) No report available.

FAYETTE: Water fairly clear; 91 degrees. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps early and late, and on Carolina rigged watermelon red, watermelon gold, watermelon seed, and green pumpkin soft plastics over humps during the day. Channel and blue catfish are slow.

GRANBURY: Water clear; 0.50' low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and spinnerbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and frozen shrimp.

GRANGER: Water clear; 87 degrees; 1.98' low. Black bass to 7.5 pounds are fair on Carolina rigged worms. White bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps along the roadbed in the middle of the lake early and late. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs in 5 12 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait in shallow water, and on juglines in 10 20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

LBJ: Water stained; 87 degrees; 0.32' low. Black bass are fair on JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters, weightless watermelon red Whacky Sticks, and Bleeding Shad Rat-L-Traps along riprap on seawalls, docks, and water willows in 3 - 12 feet at daylight. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white Curb's crappie jigs over brush piles in 12 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 91 degrees; 0.31' low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and worms near the dam early. White bass are good but small on Silver Dollar lures. Crappie are good on minnows at Crappie Point. Channel and blue catfish to 37 pounds are very good on juglines baited with perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 85 degrees; 2.67' low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastic worms early. White bass are excellent on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with goldfish. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 87 degrees; 0.13' low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on nightcrawlers, minnows, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 88 degrees; 0.32' high. Black bass are good on minnows. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water fairly clear; 87 degrees; 9.03' low. Black bass are good on bone topwaters, red shad worms, and smoke grubs in 12 28 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on grubs, topwaters, and chrome jigging spoons in 10 30 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and fresh cut perch in 20 35 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water stained; 88 degrees. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water murky; 1.16' low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows, pet spoons, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and yellow tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and live bait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water fairly clear, 84-88 degrees; 0.23' high. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits early, later switching to Texas rigs and small jigs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in 10-15 feet around brush piles. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and prepared baits.

BOB SANDLIN: Water off color; 83-88 degrees; 0.85' low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Carolina rigs, spinnerbaits and jigs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows under the railroad bridge in 15-25 feet. White bass are good on Rooster Tails. Catfish are fair on live bait and prepared baits.

BRIDGEPORT: Water fairly clear; 84-88 degrees; 0.11' high. Black bass are fair to good on Pop-R's, spinnerbaits, small pearl/chartreuse crankbaits and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on stinkbait. Bream are fair on crickets and red wigglers. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and live shad.

CADDO: Water murky; 84-89 degrees; 0.38' high. Black bass are fair on watermelon flukes and Texas rigged worms in the bayous on the edges of the gr

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