Winter fishing is taking off
| HOOD OUTDOORS
Those of you that enjoy chasing crappie, white bass and striped bass in the river, now is your time.
River water is relatively clear, and the baitfish are there – and so are the predators.
River water temperatures will warm faster than the main lake, which draws in the baitfish, and the predators are not far behind. It is a little early for the white bass spawning effort, but many are in the river and many are staged on the upper ends of most of local reservoirs.
The best reports are coming from the river below Granbury near Kimball Bend where limits of crappie and striped bass are being caught. This doesn’t mean all the fish will travel upstream, but many will.
The fishing under the birds on the main lake is still good on Lake Whitney, but there is a large population of fish that are in the river. The same is true on Granbury.
If the main lake fishing slows, you might want to try the river. On those real windy days the river is a lot easier to fish.
When fishing the river, look for those deeper holes, typically on bends. A large majority of the baitfish will “huddle” in these spots on the colder days.
Other fish on the main lake may also move up other major creeks instead of the main Brazos River. At Possum Kingdom the backs of Cedar and Caddo Creeks will hold fish. Find the baitfish and you will likely find the predators.
Don’t be fooled by the birds working cormorants. Keep some binoculars on hand to help you see what is going on in the distance before you head that way as it might save you some time. If you find loons feeding and diving, you are likely close to some good fishing.
Birds sitting on the water can also point you to locations of baitfish/predators. Typically, a large group of gulls sitting on the water may be waiting for the fish to start pushing baitfish up in that area.
These birds may be resting, but they usually are not far from an easy meal if they can get one.
Birds have been congregating in town on Granbury as these fish move upstream. Indian Harbor to Bentwater to Hunter Park are great places this time of the year.
Possum Kingdom fish are generally concentrated from Broadway to Costello Island. Catches are improving tremendously at PK as well.
It’s time to get on the water.
HOOD COUNTY FISHING REPORT
Granbury striped bass and sand bass fishing is slow to fair near Indian Harbor and near town near City Beach. Striped bass are being taken on 4- to 5-inch jerkbaits and swimbaits in white and chartreuse.
Sand bass are good on slabs and 3-inch soft plastics. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and small jigs in the river near Tin Top and in the water close to the Peninsula subdivision.
Black bass reports have been good on Granbury. The black bass are near major lake points and dropoffs. Some are feeding with the sand bass in deeper water near Indian Harbor.
Squaw Creek power plant warm water continues to draw black bass anglers in numbers. Black bass to 8 pounds are possible on Carolina rigs worked near points and creek channels. Best baits (soft plastics) are power worms and centipedes.
Whitney stripers and sand bass are good in numbers from the state park to Cedron Creek. Bigger striped bass on average are being caught in the river near Kimball Bend.
Whitney crappie limits are common in the river near Kimball Bend. Possum Kingdom white bass are good from the Peanut Patch to Costello Island on jigging slabs.
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