Categories: 1811Nov

HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – November 2011


LOCATION: Lake Sam Rayburn
HOTSPOT: Parker Creek
GPS: N 31 9.8879, W 94 11.622
(31.1648, -94.1937)

Lake Sam Rayburn: Parker Creek

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Jerkbaits, shad imitating reaction baits
CONTACT: Mike Knight
TIPS: November at Sam Rayburn is about finding shad schools to find bass. The shad will be bunched and constantly moving towards the backs of creeks. Shad imitating reaction baits will work best. Rayburn has lots of hydrilla that should be starting to recede deeper and the shad will be just above this deeper grass. A suspending jerkbait could be the secret weapon to catch a late fall personal best.

LOCATION: Caddo Lake
HOTSPOT: Alligator Bayou
GPS: N 32 43.182, W 94 5.4419
(32.7197, -94.0907)

Caddo Lake: Alligator Bayou

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Whopper Ploppers, umbrella rigs, large flukes, lipless crankbaits
CONTACT: Caddo Lake Guide Service/Paul Keith
TIPS: The November-December time of the year is my favorite because the water is cooling, and bass are starting to feed heavy for the upcoming winter months. This time of the year you can find schools of larger bass in the creeks and bayous chasing shad. Stick with shad or white colors on your lures. When fishing these creeks and bayous concentrate on the bends and points of grass. Usually when you catch one there are more in the same spot or area.

LOCATION: Lake Conroe
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 30 24.888, W 95 34.7459
(30.4148, -95.5791)

Lake Conroe: Main Lake

SPECIES: Hybrid Stripers
BEST BAITS: Live shad, swim baits, shad colored crankbaits
CONTACT: Richard Tatsch
TIPS: The hybrid stripers will begin to school along ledges along the river channel. Find the schools of shad and you will find the hybrids. This time of year they will run shad up on these ridges. During the day they will move deeper around the area. Find the depth the bait are in and you will find the fish. Live shad will be the bait of choice in deeper water, but the swim shad will work as long as you can control your retrieve to keep the bait in the depth the fish are going to be in. The depths will vary from one day to the next. Today they may be in 20 foot of water and tomorrow they may be in 40 foot. It all depends on the schools of shad. Good luck and good fishing! Bank Access: Stowaway Marina

HOTSPOT: Southern Creeks and Brushpiles
GPS: N 32 49.674, W 95 33.546
(32.8279, -95.5591)

Lake Fork: Southern Creeks and Brushpiles

SPECIES: Crappie
BEST BAITS: Crappie jigs in electric chicken color, live minnows
CONTACT: Doug Shampine
TIPS: November is a month where Lake Fork fish are feeding up before it gets cold. The crappie bite is very good, and my brush piles pay off big time!! The best depth for November crappie will be 18 to 24 feet and I can catch them on both minnows and jigs. My best color for the colder water is always electric chicken (green/pink)The bite will be aggressive, so the most inexperienced fisherman can catch fish. The north end of the lake has started cooling off more than the southern end, so I try to fish the brush piles that has the warmer water. Best areas for this will be Little Caney, Dale, Ray and Chaney. Cold fronts now can be a factor in where you fish and all these areas will have places to get out of the wind. I furnish everything for your trip so just come get in my boat and go fishing. With a 22-foot bay boat I can handle 4 adults on a trip.

HOTSPOT: Main Lake Points and Humps
GPS: N 32 52.9253, W 95 36.63
(32.8821, -95.6105)

Lake Fork: Main Lake Points and Humps

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Spinnerbaits, swim baits, spoons
CONTACT: Lance Vick
TIPS: November is a great time of the year to be on Lake Fork. Hunting season is on and bass are feeding up for the winter. Fish spinnerbaits and swimbaits around grass and creek channels early. Then, as the day warms up, move out to points and humps.
Watch for schooling activity on the surface or find schools of fish with your electronics. Use spoons for deep fish and have swimbaits ready to throw when they come up to the top to feed. The key to finding fish in November is to find large groups of shad shallow or deep. Good fishing to all!

LOCATION: Lake Livingston
HOTSPOT: The Pocket Near Riverside
GPS: N 30 55.662, W 95 15.054
(30.9277, -95.2509)

Lake Livingston: The Pocket Near Riverside

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: June bug or watermelon red lizards or creature baits – all Texas rigged, peanut butter and jelly colored bass jigs
CONTACT: David S. Cox, Palmetto Guide Service
TIPS: November offers some of the best black bass fishing of the year on Lake Livingston. Cooler water temperatures and ambient air temperatures in the fall will move largemouth bass shallow. Here they will be feeding and gaining weight for winter. The Pocket near Riverside is one of my favorite places to target largemouth in the fall. Look for clear water here. Fish the boat houses, rocky points and lay downs. Key in on the down swing of cut banks and rocky points. BANK ACCESS: Carolina Cove Marina, Betty Creek Resort, Highway 19 public boat ramp

LOCATION: Lake Toledo Bend
HOTSPOT: Buck Creek
GPS: N 31 10.164, W 93 36.792
(31.1694, -93.6132)

Lake Toledo Bend: Buck Creek

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Shad colored reaction baits
CONTACT: Mike Knight
TIPS: November bass fishing at T-Bend will be all about that BAIT BAIT BAIT. The shad will gather in large schools and migrate towards the backs of major creeks. You must cover lots of water until you find the bait and the bass will be close by. Use shad colored reaction baits like square billed cranks and Rat-L-Traps for best results.

LOCATION: Lake Toledo Bend
HOTSPOT: Still Water to Bayou Seipe
GPS: N 31 44.5248, W 93 49.764
(31.7421, -93.8294)

Lake Toledo Bend: Still Water to Bayou Seipe

SPECIES: Crappie
BEST BAITS: Minnows, crappie jigs
CONTACT: Greg Crafts, Toledo Bend Guide Service and Lake Cottages
TIPS: November is my favorite month of the year to be fishing on Toledo Bend. Besides the weather being pleasant with cool mornings and warm afternoons, the vista of the lake can be mesmerizing with the fall foliage and waterfowl migration. Besides soaking in all the glorious surroundings of nature, the fish will be feeding like crazy bulking up for winter. On the north end of the lake the crappie will start moving and bunching up along the ledges of the river channel. Use your electronics to locate the bait fish and natural cover or drop your own brush tops. As the water temperature falls the crappie will move deeper. Either shiners or jigs will load up an ice chest full of crappie. If the lake is high and the stumps are under water, it’s hard to stay over your brush tops in order to catch your fish. If you want to make your fishing time more productive, invest in a hands-free trolling motor with Spot Lock technology like the MinnKota I-Pilot. You’ll be glad you did.



LOCATION: Lake Aquilla
HOTSPOT: Deep Humps
GPS: N 31 54.21, W 97 12.174
(31.9035, -97.2029)

Lake Aquilla: Deep Humps

SPECIES: White Bass
BEST BAITS: 1 oz. chartreuse slabs from RSRLures.com
CONTACT: Randy Routh
TIPS: Watch your graph along humps and you will see the White Bass stacked up on the edges of the humps. Drop slabs down and bounce off bottom making contact with the bait as it falls. Carry binoculars and glass the lake occasionally, watching for the birds to be diving on shad. The White Bass push the shad to the surface and quick limits are coming from under the birds.

LOCATION: Bachman Lake
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 32 51.5699, W 96 51.396
(32.8595, -96.8566)

Bachman Lake: Main Lake

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass and Crappie
BEST BAITS: Bass: spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps | Crappie: minnows, crappie jigs
CONTACT: Carey Thorn
TIPS: For bass, throw spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps along the weed line. Crappie are under the bridge this time of year. Minnows and jigs are your best bet right now.

LOCATION: Cedar Creek Lake
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 32 23.9579, W 96 11.7299
(32.3993, -96.1955)

Cedar Creek Lake: Main Lake

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: Fresh cut shad or cut rough fish
CONTACT: Jason Barber
TIPS: This month we are fishing for blue cats. Drift long stretches on the main lake with fresh cut shad or cut rough fish, getting your bait on the bottom or just off the bottom. You are sure to cover a lot of water this way from 15’ to 30’ depths.

LOCATION: Lake Eagle Mountain
HOTSPOT: Long Ridge South of Pelican Island
GPS: N 32 54.067, W 97 30.193
(32.901113, -97.503215)

Lake Eagle Mountain: Long Ridge South of Pelican Island

SPECIES: White bass
BEST BAITS: Slab w/ a fly 12-in. above
CONTACT: Johnny Stevens
TIPS: This area is a long ridge surrounded by deeper water. White bass chase shad along this ridge. I have found the best way to work this area is to find fish on your electronics and anchor on them and let them come to you along this ridge. I use a slab and a fly above, jig this rig up and down. This is area that they will surface very early.

LOCATION: Fayette County Reservoir
HOTSPOT: Cedar Creek Timber
GPS: N 29 56.1839, W 96 44.6339
(29.9364, -96.7439)

Fayette County Reservoir: Cedar Creek Timber

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: Live worms, shad, punch bait
CONTACT: Weldon Kirk
TIPS: Water here is 40-50 feet deep. Put out a marker, chum around the marker and use trolling motor or long anchor rope to stay close to buoy. The fishing is best here when winds are moderate to light.

LOCATION: Gibbons Creek Reservoir
HOTSPOT: Hog Island
GPS: N 30 37.9919, W 96 3.504
(30.6332, -96.0584)

Gibbons Creek Reservoir: Hog Island

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: Punch bait, fresh dead shad
CONTACT: Weldon Kirk
TIPS: Fish deeper side of Hog Island around 7-15 foot deep. Fish on the bottom. Shad is a good bait for big blue cats here this time of year.

LOCATION: Lake Granbury
HOTSPOT: Lower end near Blue Water Shores
GPS: N 32 23.014, W 97 42.55
(32.3836, -97.7092)

Lake Granbury: Lower end near Blue Water Shores

SPECIES: White bass
BEST BAITS: Little Georges, Mepps spinners, Road Runners, RatLTraps and holographic slabs in silver and chartreuse.
CONTACT: Michael W. Acosta, Unfair Advantage Charters
TIPS: Slabs jigged off the bottom in 20 to 30 feet of water where baitfish are located. Look for hovering birds and use the Little Georges, rattle traps and Spinners on schooling fish. Bring your binoculars.

LOCATION: Granger Lake
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 30 42.6479, W 97 20.814
(30.7108, -97.3469)

Granger Lake: Main Lake

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: Zote soap, cut shad
CONTACT: Tommy Tidwell
TIPS: This month, the crappie and white bass have pretty well shut down their bite for the year. However, the blue catfish are still going strong and cold fronts coming in trigger them to bite well. Most luck is had using jug lines baited with shad or some type of cut bait. I myself have had good luck with Zote Soap (pink)sold at Walmart locally. The bigger fish come on shad, but the gar can be a problem stealing bait. With the soap, the gar will not bother it and it is not stripped off before a catfish can eat it. I use a #11/0 tuna circle hook for the jug lines. They can be ordered online from Academy. Try this out and you might come home with some tasty blues. Good luck and good fishing.

LOCATION: Lake Lavon
HOTSPOT: Main Lake Points and Humps
GPS: N 33 5.5979, W 96 29.1239
(33.0933, -96.4854)

Lake Lavon: Main Lake Points and Humps

SPECIES: White Bass
BEST BAITS: Slabs in white or chartreuse
CONTACT: Carey Thorn
TIPS: Fish main lake points and humps using slabs. Feel for the bite on the fall of the slab. Concentrate on 15-25 feet of water.

LOCATION: Lake Palestine
HOTSPOT: Cades Lake Area
GPS: N 32 17.172, W 95 27.57
(32.2862, -95.4595)

Lake Palestine: Cades Lake Area

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Big Eye jig in 3/8 oz. in grasshopper color, Shimmy Shaker, spinnerbaits
CONTACT: Ricky Vandergriff
903-561-7299 or 903-530-2201
TIPS: Bass fishing has been good in the shallows up near Cades Lake and on the river this time of year. Fish the lay downs and logs along the channels. Use 1/2 oz. Shimmy Shaker and spinnerbaits back up in Cades Lake area.

LOCATION: Lake Ray Roberts
HOTSPOT: Main Lake Point
GPS: N 33 22.545, W 97 3.076
(33.3758, -97.0513)

Lake Ray Roberts: Main Lake Point

SPECIES: Crappie, White bass
BEST BAITS: Minnows, 3/4-1oz slabs
CONTACT: Justin Wilson
TIPS: Colder weather is here but that doesn’t mean the fish aren’t biting. White bass bite has been consistent. Look for big schools of fish off the main lake points in 20-40 foot of water. Once you find them, slabs jigged off the bottom usually make quick work of filling a cooler. Less lake pressure is starting to show, as more keeper crappie are coming in the boat. Look for these fish holding close to brush piles in 25-30 foot of water. Jigs are working well but the quality of fish seem to be better on minnows. Brighter color slabs and jigs have been a very good key to success.

LOCATION: Richland Chambers Lake
HOTSPOT: Richland Creek Arm and Crab Creek
GPS: N 31 57.348, W 96 18.7139
(31.9558, -96.3119)

Richland Chambers Lake: Richland Creek Arm and Crab Creek

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: Danny King’s Punch Bait
CONTACT: Royce Simmons
TIPS: November as well as the other winter months are prime time for catfish on Richland Chambers. Both blue and channel cats can be caught in large numbers in the timber along the Richland Creek Arm of the lake. The Crab Creek area is equally good. Focus on areas in depths of 20’-30’ and especially look for timber where the cormorants roost. We use Danny Kings Blood Punch Bait on a #4 Treble Hook and usually fish on or near the bottom. We also use 15 lb. line and a 1/4 to 1/2 oz. weight, depending on water depth, wind speed and how the catfish are biting. On some days, it helps to chum with sour maize or range cubes.

LOCATION: Lake Somerville
HOTSPOT: Fat Point
GPS: N 30 17.43, W 96 35.5919
(30.2905, -96.5932)

Lake Somerville: Fat Point

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: Shrimp, punch bait
CONTACT: Weldon Kirk
TIPS: With the lake full there are few stumps visible. At this GPS site, stumps are all under the water. Please be careful. Chum here and catfish will come. Fish near bottom.

LOCATION: Lake Texoma
HOTSPOT: Five Creeks
GPS: N 33 54.8339, W 96 42.3959
(33.9139, -96.7066)

Lake Texoma: Five Creeks

SPECIES: Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: Sassy Shad jigs and live shad
CONTACT: Bill Carey
TIPS: The stripers are running in large schools. Pay close attention to the seagulls. They will locate the stripers ambushing large bait balls. The favorite artificial are 4 Sassy Shad on a 1oz. jig head. The best colors are white glow and chartreuse fleck. Live shad fishing is also a great way to catch stripers. You can anchor or drift live bait. Bank Access: Sand Creek

LOCATION: Lake Whitney
HOTSPOT: Big Rocky Creek
GPS: N 31 52.794, W 97 23.682
(31.8799, -97.3947)

Lake Whitney: Big Rocky Creek

SPECIES: Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: Storm’s Wild Eyed Shad in chartreuse, white 1/2 oz. Bucktail jigs and chartreuse snake tail trailers by www.stripersniper.com
CONTACT: Randy Routh
TIPS: Cast out 30 feet behind boat and turn trolling motor on medium speed. Drag baits behind boat in mouth of creek and hump just out from creek. Stripers have baits pushed up in the mouth of Big Rocky and they are gorging on them. BANK ACCESS: Walling Bend.



LOCATION: Lake Possum Kingdom
HOTSPOT: Pickwick Bridge Area
GPS: N 32 54.777, W 98 27.939
(32.9130, -98.4657)

Lake Possum Kingdom: Pickwick Bridge Area

SPECIES: Striped, white bass
BEST BAITS: Slabs, jigs, crankbaits
CONTACT: Dean Heffner
TIPS: It’s that time of year again to break out the thumper and tie on slabs! The Stripers and white bass will be running the 20- to 40-foot break-lines like natural highways and staging to fatten up for winter so they’ll be ready for early floods—if they come—so they can migrate early in February. So they will be back in this area till the floods come. Some fish will NOT migrate to north of Costello island and will winter around the Stump Patch and into Cedar Creek, so if you don’t find them around Pickwick Bridge, watch the gulls and check the State Park area. Slabs and jigs with Mister Twister Curly Tails are the name of the game and some days, diving cranks will work.

LOCATION: Lake Alan Henry
HOTSPOT: Shallows in Major Creeks
GPS: N 33 1.9499, W 101 3.7919
(33.0325, -101.0632)

Lake Alan Henry: Shallows in Major Creeks

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Crankbaits in shad colors, swim jigs, shaky head jigs with a blue worm, top water lures
CONTACT: Norman Clayton’s Guide Services
TIPS: November will find the bass moving up the creeks and into shallow water following the shad. Any of the creeks on Lake Alan Henry will hold bass once the cold fronts come in to cool down the water. I will be using crank baits in shad colors, swim jigs, and shaky head jigs with a blue worm on it. Also, the top water bite should be going strong this time of year! Fish fun and fish safe!

LOCATION: Kirby Reservoir
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 32 22.3139, W 99 44.184
(32.3719, -99.7364)

Kirby Reservoir: Main Lake

SPECIES: Blue catfish
BEST BAITS: Cut shad, cut carp, punch bait
CONTACT: Michael D. Homer Jr., Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
TIPS: The fall bite for blue catfish at Kirby Reservoir should be good this year. Cut shad, cut carp, and punch bait are the baits of choice. Consider fishing with 5/0 or 7/0 circle hooks for the best bait retention.



HOTSPOT: Rough Canyon Area
GPS: N 29 34.82838, W 100 58.9488
(29.580473, -100.98248)

Amistad: Rough Canyon Area

SPECIES: largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: War Eagle spinnerbaits, soft plastic worms, lizards
Capt. James Burkeen
TIPS: The bass will be holding off the drop-offs along the numerous points in this area. Start early with a spinnerbait to search for any bass that are on the move and feeding shallow and then switch to a Carolina rigged worm or other soft plastic. Concentrate on the drop-offs but cast your lures toward shallow water and work them all the way out until you feel the drop-offs.



LOCATION: Canyon Lake
HOTSPOT: River Channel Area
GPS: N 29 53.4479, W 98 17.778
(29.8908, -98.2963)

Canyon Lake: River Channel Area

SPECIES: Striped Bass & White Bass
BEST BAITS: 1 oz. KT Jigging Spoon White and Sliver
CONTACT: Capt. Steve Nixon, Fishhooks Adventures
TIPS: Fish from the point back to the river channel casting out the spoon and try to maintain a depth of 20 to 40 feet. The striped bass and white bass like to school in this area this time of year preparing for the spawn run. Tight lines and fish on!

LOCATION: Lake Buchanan
HOTSPOT: Mid-Lake to Dam Area
GPS: N 30 46.344, W 98 25.248
(30.7724, -98.4208)

Lake Buchanan: Mid-Lake to Dam Area

SPECIES: Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: Live shad, top water lures
CONTACT: Clancy Terrill
TIPS: Fish drifting or anchored with live shad this time of year and concentrate your efforts mid-lake to the dam area in 30-40 feet of water. Early mornings, focus on ridges and humps and even throw some top water lures as the top water bite should be on.

LOCATION: Lake Buchanan
HOTSPOT: Shaw & Garrett Islands
GPS: N 30 50.7899, W 98 25.0079
(30.8465, -98.4168)

Lake Buchanan: Shaw & Garrett Islands

SPECIES: Stripers, Hybrid Bass, & White Bass
BEST BAITS: Top water lures, live shad, slabs
CONTACT: Ken Milam
TIPS: Stripers will be on top this time of year. Fish top water lures and HANG ON! Watch for seagull action as they will tell you where the fish are. White bass will be around Garret and Shaw Islands. Fish live shad or slabs.

LOCATION: Canyon Lake
HOTSPOT: Potter’s Creek Park
GPS: N 29 54.1739, W 98 16.14
(29.9029, -98.2690)

Canyon Lake: Potter’s Creek Park

SPECIES: Striped Bass and White Bass
BEST BAITS: 1 oz. Red Jigging Spoon
CONTACT: Steve Nixon, Fishhooks Adventures
TIPS: Fish from the point back to the swim beach casting out the spoon and try to maintain a depth of 20 to 40 feet. The Striped Bass and White Bass like to school in this area this time of year.

HOTSPOT: Barnett Cove Area
GPS: N 30 35.778, W 98 23.874
(30.5963, -98.3979)

Lake LBJ: Barnett Cove Area

SPECIES: Bass and Crappie
Best Baits: Soft plastics, crankbaits, jigs
Contact: Teach ‘Em to Fish Guide Service-Barry Dodd
Tips: This area has a good break lines and is convenient to shallow water for crowding baitfish. Work slowly moving up and down the break lines while watching your electronics and look for schools of fish breaking the surface. Fall fishing can be one of the most productive times of year. In the fall, bass and crappie chase baitfish into the shallower water, so finding wind protected coves just might be an excellent choice. Following the cove’s creek structure, cover and secondary points should yield good results.



LOCATION: Lake Calaveras
HOTSPOT: Picnic Point
GPS: N 29 17.6759, W 98 18.114
(29.2946, -98.3019)

Lake Calaveras: Picnic Point

SPECIES: Blue Catfish
CONTACT: Steve Nixon, Fishhooks Adventures
TIPS: Drift fishing shad close to the bottom at a depth of 15 to 25 feet in this area produces some good catches of Blue Cats.

LOCATION: Coleto Creek Lake
HOTSPOT: Main Lake Points
GPS: N 28 44.466, W 97 10.812
(28.7411, -97.1802)

Coleto Creek Lake: Main Lake Points

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Spinnerbaits and Zoom fluke in pearl white
CONTACT: Rocky’s Guide Service
TIPS: This time of year a lot of guys are out hunting deer so there is not as much pressure on the lake, along with not many weekenders. Nice cool days are always a treat in south Texas. This time of year fish will pretty much feed all day. Main food source being shad or even perch. I like spinners this time of year although I usually go with my Zoom pearl white fluke. I use a four ought worm hook and rig weightless. If it’s sunny dip it slightly in chartreuse. A lot of times, if you have the patience, cast it out and just let it sink slowly. I’ll twitch it a little, then just wait for my line to tighten a little. Then set the hook. I’ll use it top water early morning then let it sink in the afternoon. You’ll be sure to get action. Happy Thanksgiving to my readers. May your bites be big and your fish be healthy!

LOCATION: Falcon Lake
HOTSPOT: Alejandrejas Road
GPS: N 26 44.04954, W 99 12.05676
(26.734159, -99.200946)

Falcon Lake: Alejandrejas Road

SPECIES: largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: Craw worms, jigs
Robert Amaya
TIPS: Slowly fish a Carolina or Texas-rigged craw worm or a jig with a soft plastic trailer on the drop-offs around the islands in this area. Topwater lures can produce some fish during the early morning hours around the brush but most fish will be deep along the edges off the drop-offs during the day.


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