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Texarkana Gazette:
Fishing Report - 7-14-05

NORTHEAST TEXAS

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water clear; 80'84 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs at Kelly Creek Marina and around standing timber in 12-16 feet. Catfish are good on trotlines with small perch and rod & reel in 10-15 feet on live minnows and punchbait.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 80-83 degrees; 2.0 low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and spinnerbaits early and Texas-rigged worms later in the day and at night. Crappie are fair on minnows at night under floating lights. White bass are fair on slabs in 15-18 feet. Catfish are good on live bait and punch bait in 12-15 feet.

CADDO: Water clear; 80-84 degrees; 0.35' low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms and spinnerbaits on the outside edge of lily pads. Crappie are good on live minnows around brush in 6-8 feet on the submerged river ledge within a half-mile of Johnson's Ranch. White bass are fair in the river channel and on Big Lake on Rat-L-Traps. Channel catfish are good on small live bream and on punchbait around baited holes. Warmouth (goggle eye) are excellent on bits of nightcrawler fished along the edge of lily pad fields.

FORK: Water clear 80-84 degrees; 1.30 low. Black bass are good at first light on Spooks and Pop Rs fished over shallow grass close to deep water, during the day switch to Carolina rigs in 15-20 feet out from the shallow grass and close to deeper water. Night fishing is good on black spinnerbaits and 10" black worms around shallow grass beds. Channel catfish are excellent in holes baited with soured grain in 15-20 feet on Danny Kings Punch Bait.

LAKE O' THE PINES: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.65 low. Black bass are fair early, late and at night on topwaters and 10" worms rigged with light weights. Crappie are fair on live minnows around heavy brush in 15-18 feet. White bass are fair on live minnows and slabs in 15 feet. Flathead catfish are good in 15 feet on trotlines and juglines with live perch. Channel catfish are good on Bills Catfish Bait in holes baited with soured grain.

MONTICELLO: Water clear; 80 degrees upper end, 95 degrees at hot water discharge; normal pool. Black bass are fair on topwaters early around shallow flats close to creek channels. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on punch bait in 10-20 feet.

SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS

MILLWOOD LAKE: The water temperature ranges from 86 to 89 degrees. The lake level is approximately 1 1/2-inches above normal pool and steady. The discharge is 172 cubic feet per second. The fishing pattern from the last few weeks remains largely unchanged. Largemouth bass from 2-3 pounds are biting well.

LAKE COLUMBIA: The lake is stained and down 12 inches. Bream fishing is good from 6-inches to 4-feet deep using worms and crickets. Crappie fishing is good from 9- to 12-feet deep using small shiners over creek channels after dark. Bass fishing is good from 5- to 8-feet deep using 8-inch soft-plastic worms.

LAKE ERLING: The lake is stained and at normal pool. Bream fishing is fair from 1- to 4-feet deep using worms and crickets near brush or stumps. Crappie fishing is good using minnows and jigs from 8- to 14-feet deep. Bass fishing is fair from 2- to 6-feet deep using spinner baits. Catfishing is good.

DEGRAY LAKE: The lake is still falling and the water temperatures are in the mid-80s. The water is still ultra-clear. Bream have been good from 8- to 24-feet deep on crickets. Crappie fishing has been fair during the day, but it really picks up after the sun goes down. Most crappie are holding in 18-28 feet of water.


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