TPWD Weekly Fishing Reports for November 23

November 23, 2022 - 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

GOOD. Water stained; 61 degrees; 4.50 feet low. The water level is 167.5 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 61 degrees. The back feeder creeks are stained and muddy, and the main lake remains clear. Wind and cold drizzle came in this week with fluctuating Fall temperatures. Chatterbaits are still producing in 3/8 to 3/4 ounce white, chartreuse, watermelon pepper, and red/black skirts. To cover a lot of water, use a squarebill crankbait or a flat side crankbait and smaller rattletraps out to eight feet in shad and perch imitation colors and the Rayburn red traps are still working. For deeper Bass, cast a Carolina rig with a worm or lizard. Jigging spoons are still producing quality bass on 1/2 to 3/4 ounce in silver with a white or yellow accent tail feather or a deep diving crank bait in citrus shad and Tennessee shad colors. The jig and pig bite has been strong. Cast your jig to long tapering points that drop off into deep water, the best colors are black and blue, PB&J football jigs 3/8 - 3/4 ounce with a 3-inch matching color craw trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with a chunk style trailer. Crappie bite is still good in 12-20 feet on the edge of the river channels using 1/16- and 3/32-ounce Wager Baits, #46 Bluegrass, #3 Monkey Milk, #09 Electric Chicken, #10 Black and Chartreuse and small minnows depending on the cloud cover and cooling night temperatures. Now that the lake is at a Winter drawdown, it's prime time to go out scouting for new areas for Springtime fishing. Look for areas like feeder creeks, ditches, man-made structures, creek bends and undercuts, etc. Reminder: Keep and extra set of clothes in a dry bag stowed away on your vessel just in case you get caught in the rain, heavy winds, etc. Hypothermia happens quickly. Good luck and tight lines! Report from Master Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide, and Mudfish Custom Rod Shop

Sam Rayburn

FAIR. Water stained; 58 degrees; 6.34 feet low. Bass are slow on the outside of grass line in the morning rattletraps and crankbaits, try a worm. Cover lots of water throwing red craw imitation lures, such as Rayburn red. The bite improves moving to the surface of the grass when the sun is out. Crappie are slow around the stumps up the creek channels bends using minnows in 26 feet of water. Catfish are hanging with crappie cut bait and minnows fished on the bottom. White bass are slow and should be migrating into the river channels. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.


GOOD. Water clear to stained; 58 degrees. Lake Naconiche is clearing up after the turnover. Recent rains have the lake at full pool. The A-rig and deep diving crankbait has done the most damage lately. Numbers are starting to pickup and the size will get bigger as we transition into the winter pattern. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.


GOOD. Water lightly stained; 55-60 degrees; 4.20 feet low. Fish are feeding more throughout the day due to cooling water temps. Shad are making their way to deeper water. Largemouth bass are good on grass edges and deeper flats adjacent to the creek channel. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush and standing timber in 20-25 feet. Use caution when running north of the highline. Lake levels continue to drop and more standing timber is soon to be exposed. Use caution. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.