TPWD Weekly Fishing Reports for September 20

September 21, 2023 - Texas Parks and Wildlife fishing reports are updated each week, usually by Thursday morning. The reports are compiled by an outside contractor who receives the information from bait shops, marinas and fishing guides. Only the local lakes are listed below. If you would like to see the fishing report for other Texas lakes, click the following link

Toledo Bend

FAIR. Water clear; 90 degrees; 3.81 feet below pool. Weather is finally cooling and there is rain in the forecast so this will improve the bite. Bass fishing has picked up some with a few more bass schooling on top. Best baits for this are chrome topwater and chrome lipless baits. A few fish are showing up in the creeks on light Texas rigs, squarebill crankbaits, and 1.5 or 2.5 size crankbaits. Report by Stephen Johnston, Johnston Fishing.

Sam Rayburn

GOOD. Water slightly stained; 81 degrees; 4.69 feet below pool. The lake should turn over as the water temperature reaches the mid 70s. Bass are good in the lily pads with frogs, along the edges of the pads with senkos and wacky worms, in the drains and points with Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie and a few bluegill are stacking up on brush in 16-22 feet of water biting on minnows or jigs. Catfish are good around brush piles and creek channels points in 12-24 feet of water. White bass are good schooling on the flats and points on jigs and crankbaits. The lake level is low so navigate with caution watching for obstacles. Report by Captain Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.


FAIR. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 2.00 feet below pool. The bass bite has tightened up a bit which is somewhat typical for September. As the water temperatures begin to cool fish will start to transition into the fall pattern. Topwaters are getting bit very early in 3-8 feet of water. Fish continue to be in the 8-12 foot zone, so use bottom contact baits or square bill crankbaits. Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.


FAIR. Water clear; 84-88 degrees; 2.92 feet below pool. Largemouth bass are good, and the bite should only improve as we enter into fall fishing patterns. Late September and October is a great time to be on the water. Crappie are good with brush piles holding good numbers of crappie and bream. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.