Categories: 1905May

HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – May 2019



LOCATION: Lake Conroe
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 30 24.57, W 95 36.834
(30.4095, -95.6139)

Lake Conroe Main Lake

SPECIES: Crappie
BEST BAITS: Live minnows, crappie jigs
Contact: Richard Tatsch
TIPS: The crappie are going to be close to deep water jumps with brush on them. The best way to catch them will be on live minnows or crappie jigs. When I’m jig fishing, the color doesn’t matter a lot so long as there’s some chartreuse color in it. Control your depth and keep your bait just above the brush and not so much in it and you will do great! Good luck and good fishing!

LOCATION: Caddo Lake
HOTSPOT: Goose Prairie Area
GPS: N 32 41.994, W 94 7.092
(32.6999, -94.1182)

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Houdini colored V&M 5”swimbaits with an 1/8 weight, weightless V&M Pork Shad in colors of Houdini and watermelon/red. frog lures
Contact: Caddo Lake Guide Service/Paul Keith
TIPS: Fish this grass flat, working the described lures over and through the hydrilla and pads. Most of the area is in 2-3 foot of water. There are many areas on Caddo that are similar to this flat that you can fish the same way. One can also look to areas like Ames spring basin and Clinton Lake area if you want to cover more of Caddo Lake.

HOTSPOT: Little Caney Creek
GPS: N 32 49.308, W 95 32.9219
(32.8218, -95.5487)

SPECIES: Crappie
BEST BAITS: Live minnows, chartreuse crappie jigs
Contact: Doug Shampine
TIPS: May is one of the best crappie months on Lake Fork. The spawn is over, and the crappie have moved back to the deeper brush piles and are feeding up after the spawn. Good electronics will help you locate brush piles in the 17-22 foot range and that is where they will be for the month of May. Good areas to look for schools of crappie will be Ray, Burch, Chaney, Little Caney and Bell Creeks. Look at the main lake points. Best baits are live minnows and chartreuse jigs worked around the brush piles.

HOTSPOT: Glade Creek
GPS: N 32 53.8559, W 95 31.884
(32.8976, -95.5314)

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Top water walking lures, poppers, crankbaits, Vicktory Jig by Finch Nasty Bait Company 5/8 oz. with a Grandebass Air Tail Wiggler
Contact: Lance Vick
TIPS: “May is the most active time of year on Lake Fork. The shad spawn early in the morning on points and bass can be caught on top water walking lures and crankbaits. Fry guarders on grass lines and standing timber can be caught on poppers fished slow. Deep fish can be found on points and humps with the Vicktory Jig by Finch Nasty Bait Company. This is my go-to lure – a 5/8 oz bass jig with a Grandebass Air Tail Wiggler. This combination was designed for Lake Fork bass! Fish on an 18 lb. K-9 pure fluorocarbon to be sure to get the big ones. Best depth is 18-25 foot deep. Good fishing to all!”

LOCATION: Lake Livingston
GPS: N 30 41.172, W 95 5.658
(30.6862, -95.0943)

SPECIES: White Bass & Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: White jigging slabs, Tsunami Zombie Eyes, trolled Pet Spoons on downrigger
Contact: David S. Cox, Palmetto Guide Service
TIPS: “White bass will migrate back to the mid-lake and lower lake humps and ridges in early May. Look for days when the wind will be blowing less than 10 mph here. Fish the slope of the drop off 11’ to 15’ deep. Whites will push shad up on the ridges in a feeding frenzy. When you get on them here you can load the boat. Feel for strikes on a falling jig. Bounce or ‘yo-yo’ the jigs off the bottom. Also keep an eye out for the birds working, indicating schooling whites on the surface. BANK ACCESS: Beacon Bay Marina.”

LOCATION: Sam Rayburn Lake
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 31 19.536, W 94 25.362
(31.3256, -94.4227)

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Senkos, top water frogs
Contact: Mike Knight
TIPS: Sam Rayburn in May will continue to be a bass angler’s dream. The water will still be above full pool and there will be lots of shallow fish still available in the grass and flooded timber. There will also be plenty of fish beginning to school on offshore humps and ledges. A great lake with something for everyone. This is the year to visit Rayburn!

LOCATION: Toledo Bend Lake
HOTSPOT: Hurricane Bayou
GPS: N 31 17.754, W 93 42.4499
(31.2959, -93.7075)

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Reaction baits, Carolina rigs, drop shots, top water lures, wacky worms
Contact: Mike Knight
TIPS: The spawn is over, and the bass have begun to move to their summer patterns offshore. There is still a morning bite on points and around grass beds. These fish will bite top water lures and wacky worms until the sun starts to show on the water. After about 9am, move out deeper on the points in 15 to 20 feet and fish Carolina rigs or drop shots. The good news is that the hydrilla is starting to make a comeback in quite a few areas and this could mean a return to shallow fishing patterns that could last all year – maybe even a summer frog bite! We can hope!

LOCATION: Toledo Bend North
HOTSPOT: The Snake Pit
GPS: N 31 45.786, W 93 50.8739
(31.7631, -93.8479)

BEST BAITS: Crickets, earth worms, meal worms
Contact: Greg Crafts, Toledo Bend Guide Service and Lake Cottages
TIPS: May is the month to take a kid fishing and the best way to get a kid hooked on fishing is to take him or her bream fishing. In May the bream will be on the beds in shallow water. Cruise the shoreline and look for honeycomb circles along sandy banks. Once you find a bed, pick off the fish from outside to inside so you don’t spook the fish. The White Bass will also be ganging up on the north end sand bars.


LOCATION: Lake Ray Roberts
HOTSPOT: Main Lake Brush Pile
GPS: N 33 23.392, W 97 3.126
(33.3899, -97.0521)

Lake Ray Roberts: Main Lake Brush Pile

SPECIES: Crappie, White Bass
BEST BAITS: Minnows, jigs and slabs, flashy or shad colored shallow baits (crankbaits, roadrunners)
Contact: Justin Wilson
TIPS: May is undoubtedly one of the best times to be on the water. Nice weather and both the white bass and crappie are as consistent as they come. Most of the fish have spawned and are heading back to the main lake with a few still hitting the creeks and they are hungry. Look for the white bass in large schools feeding heavy in early mornings and evening. I start my search around main lake points starting out deeper 25’ to 30’ and working my way shallow depending on where the bait fish are at that particular time of day. Slabs work very well when they’re in the deeper water and any shad colored, or flashy lure will work when they’re shallow. Crappie can still be found in the creeks this time of year depending on the weather but also held tight to main lake structure. I like to bounce around quite a bit directing my focus to trees and piles close to creek channels and occasional shallow rocks early and late in the day. Fishing jigs or minnows underneath a slip bobber is your best bet as these fish can change depths throughout the day just like the whites.


LOCATION: Bachman Lake
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 32 51.564, W 96 51.474
(32.8594, -96.8579)

Bachman Lake: Main Lake

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: White/chartreuse spinnerbaits, top water frogs
Contact: Carey Thorn
TIPS: Find bass on beds in 1-7 feet of water right off the bank. White and chartreuse spinnerbaits are the lure of choice here, but top water frogs worked early in the morning are effective as well.


LOCATION: Cedar Creek Lake
HOTSPOT: Main Lake Docks
GPS: N 32 18.312, W 96 8.94
(32.3052, -96.1490)

Cedar Creek Lake: Main Lake Docks

SPECIES: Crappie
BEST BAITS: Crappie jigs
Contact: Jason Barber
TIPS: This month we will be “dock shooting” for crappie. Shoot jigs under all docks with lots of shade and in 6’ of water or preferably deeper water depth on them. Numerous colors will work, and 1/16 oz. is the best size. Use 6lb line on a 6-7’ medium action spinning rod as this should serve you well.


LOCATION: Eagle Mountain Lake
HOTSPOT: 200 Yards North of Dam
GPS: N 32 52.709, W 97 27.923
(32.8785, -97.4654)

Eagle Mountain Lake: 200 Yards North of Dam

SPECIES: White bass
BEST BAITS: Slab with a fly 12” above Slab
Contact: Johnny Stevens
TIPS: This area just north of the damn is a series of humps and ridges. This area was used to supply earth for the damn. Use your electronics to check the slopes and humps. When you locate the fish anchor on them and use a vertical jig method on them. If you prefer to cast to them. Use a slab and jig combo and let it go to the bottom and hop it back to the boat.


LOCATION: Fayette County Res.
HOTSPOT: Main Point
GPS: N 29 56.442, W 96 44.442
(29.9407, -96.7407)

Fayette County Res.: Main Point

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: Punch bait, live worms
Contact: Weldon Kirk
TIPS: Cats are coming off the spawn into open water or wooded area. Anchor or tie off here. Fish using a slip cork right off of the bottom. Cast out and retrieve the cork at a snail’s pace.


LOCATION: Gibbons Creek Reservoir
HOTSPOT: Hot Water Discharge Area
GPS: N 30 38.3459, W 96 3.2759
(30.6391, -96.0546)

Gibbons Creek Reservoir: Hot Water Discharge Area

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: CJ’s punch bait, cut shad
Contact: Weldon Kirk
TIPS: Some fish are through spawning and are very hungry. Try close to shore here for spawning fish and move out to the edge of trees for post-spawn fish. On outer edge area, fish straight down over chum. Set your hook at the slightest movement of rod tip.


LOCATION: Lake Granbury
HOTSPOT: Lower End
GPS: N 32 22.659, W 97 42.009
(32.3777, -97.7002)

Lake Granbury: Lower End

SPECIES: Striped bass
BEST BAITS: Live shad, willow shaped slabs, bucktail jigs with a curly tail
Contact: Michael W. Acosta, Unfair Advantage Charters
TIPS: Live shad worked near feeding flats. Downrigging jigs near channel ledges near baitfish can help locate active fish. Live shad fished on a Carolina rig fished 15 to 25 feet down is hard to beat.


LOCATION: Granger Lake
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 30 42.6539, W 97 20.73
(30.7109, -97.3455)

Granger Lake: Main Lake

SPECIES: Crappie
BEST BAITS: Marabou hand-tied crappie jigs in 1/16 oz. or 1/32 oz. tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles
Contact: Tommy Tidwell
TIPS: Other than the fall, May is the best month of the year for crappie at Granger Lake. This year is very good because of the winter rains and high water conditions. The crappie are some of the largest in years. They are biting very good in every brush pile or cover of any kind. You can find them from 4 feet to 15 feet deep all over the lake. Fish vertical using crappie jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles. I like Marabou hand tied jigs in 1/16 or 1/32 oz. Color is not as important as having some type of reflective material in the jig. If you find a school of small fish, move to another spot until you find the larger ones. Good luck and good fishing.


LOCATION: Lake Lavon
HOTSPOT: Elm Creek
GPS: N 33 5.8259, W 96 25.926
(33.0971, -96.4321)

Lake Lavon: Elm Creek

SPECIES: Crappie & White Bass
BEST BAITS: 1/16 oz. Crappie jigs in black/chartreuse, White Bass: 1 oz. white/chartreuse slabs
Contact: Carey Thorn
TIPS: White bass should be filtering out of the creeks on their annual spawn. Check for fish in 10 to 20 foot depths on main lake points using white or chartreuse 1 oz. slabs. Crappie should be done spawning. Check for fish in 7 to 18 foot depths, keying in on brush and timber. Use black and chartreuse and white and chartreuse 1/16 oz. jigs.


LOCATION: Lake Palestine
GPS: N 32 6, W 95 27
(32.1000, -95.4500)

Lake Palestine: Fish Bay

SPECIES: Crappie
BEST BAITS: Chartreuse and white crappie jigs
Contact: Ricky Vandergriff
903-561-7299 or 903-530-2201
TIPS: Crappie fishing will be best at 15 feet depths. Look for brush piles around the lake or any of the lakes’ bridges which should hold crappie as well.


LOCATION: Richland Chambers Lake
HOTSPOT: Long Arm Branch Point
GPS: N 31 59.2019, W 96 12.174
(31.9867, -96.2029)

Richland Chambers Lake: Long Arm Branch Point

SPECIES: White Bass & Hybrid Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: 1 oz. silver or chartreuse slabs, Rat-L-Traps
Contact: Royce Simmons
TIPS: May is arguably the BEST month of the entire year to catch large numbers of white bass and hybrid stripers. The fish can be found on main lake points, humps and roadbeds and they often feed the entire day. Afternoon trips can be even better than the normal morning trips. You can catch them deep on 1 oz. silver or chartreuse slabs or often find fish feeding on the surface and Rat-L-Traps are deadly in that case! Check out the Old Highway 297 submerged Roadbed and the Long Arm Branch Point in 20’-30’ feet of water for a great fishing spot.


LOCATION: Somerville Lake
HOTSPOT: Rocks on Left End of the Dam
GPS: N 30 19.578, W 96 31.836
(30.3263, -96.5306)

Somerville Lake: Rocks on Left End of the Dam

SPECIES: Crappie
BEST BAITS: Live minnows, chartreuse jigs
Contact: Weldon Kirk
TIPS: Brush extends out from the rocks here. Use live minnows 4 foot off bottom to start with. Another option is 1/16 oz. jigs held as still as possible, then moved very slowly along the rocks. There is a post-spawn bite in this area.


LOCATION: Lake Texoma
HOTSPOT: The North End & Washita Point
GPS: N 33 52.068, W 96 41.67
(33.8678, -96.6945)

Lake Texoma: The North End & Washita Point

SPECIES: Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: Sassy Shad jigs, top water plugs, live shad
Contact: Bill Carey
TIPS: “May is most fishermen’s favorite month of the year on Lake Texoma. Most of the stripers are finished with the spawn and are roaming the lake. Large schools of post-spawn fish are hungry and will strike on artificial lures and live bait. Cast Pencil Poppers and big Chugbugs on the shallow banks early in the mornings.
After the top water bite slows down, switch to 1 oz. white Sassy Shad jigs or live shad. Work the jigs on main lake ledges to 30’ depths. Drift or anchor with live shad on the same ledges. Limits of the fish are common, and May is an exciting month on Lake Texoma. Bank Access: Plater Flats, Washita Point”


LOCATION: Lake Whitney
HOTSPOT: Whitney Hump & Striper Point
GPS: N 31 54.672, W 97 20.868
(31.9112, -97.3478)

Lake Whitney: Whitney Hump & Striper Point

SPECIES: Striped Bass & White Bass
BEST BAITS: Live shad, Pencil Poppers, Zara Spooks
Contact: Randy Routh
TIPS: The edge of Whitney Hump can be awesome this time of year for big stripers. Look in 18’ to 24’ of water along the edge of the hump and drop live shad on a Carolina rig straight down to the bottom and reel up 3 turns off the bottom. Stripers are coming off the hump and also in the deeper water alongside the hump. Keep a good set of binoculars handy and watch the shallow water between Towash and Whitney creek from the hump. If you see bait fish flipping and birds lining the shallows, go run the shallow flats and throw top water baits like Pencil Poppers and Zara Spooks for great top water action. At Striper Point some mornings the cranes and blues herons are lined up on the shoreline feeding on the shad. If you see that, anchor out in 18’ to 20’ of water and cast live shad on a Carolina rig up shallow and hang on! Let the fish run for a second then cross their eyes with a solid hook set. If no birds are along the shoreline then back off to about 30’ and use live shad on a Carolina rig and fish between 18’ to 21’ below the boat. BANK ACCESS: Lake Whitney State Park



LOCATION: Lake Possum Kingdom
HOTSPOT: Broadway
GPS: N 32 52.734, W 98 31.899
(32.8789, -98.5317)

Lake Possum Kingdom: Broadway

SPECIES: Stripers, hybrids
BEST BAITS: Live shad, jigs
Contact: Dean Heffner
TIPS: The weather is finally settled, and the fish are biting! Live shad is the ticket for all species, but you can troll, down-rig, or throw lures this time of the year. Look for the fish to be on breaklines. They travel up and down them like natural highways. We like to troll jigs with Mister Twister curly tails now. When we were kids, my grandad would tie a RatLTrap on for one of us, and a crankbait for the other, and he would troll us around till we got a double on. He would shut the motor off and proclaim, “This is where we are fishing today boys!” And sure enough, we would catch all species, all day right there with minnows we had seined that morning.


LOCATION: Lake Alan Henry
HOTSPOT: Rocky Creek
GPS: N 33 1.2779, W 101 6.6719
(33.0213, -101.1112)

Lake Alan Henry: Rocky Creek

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Plastic worms, bass jigs, jerkbaits
Contact: Norman Clayton’s Guide Services
TIPS: “May will find the bass moving on the beds. When the water temp hits 60 degrees, the male
bass will slowly start moving very shallow to make beds. The female bass will be cruising and
staging a little deeper. Look for these bass on the shallow flats next to deep water. Use
worms, bass jigs, and jerkbaits to locate them. Up the creeks are a good place to start.”


LOCATION: Lake Daniel
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 32 38.6027, W 98 51.8926
(32.6434, -98.8649)

Lake Daniel: Main Lake

SPECIES: Largemouth bass, white crappie
BEST BAITS: soft plastics, jigs, spinnerbaits
Contact: Michael D. Homer Jr., Abilene Dist. Supervisor, TPWD
TIPS: Lake Daniel is an excellent fishery for decent largemouth bass and white Crappie. Historically, the reservoir has produced multiple largemouth bass over 8 pounds. May provides an excellent opportunity to land some quality-sized crappie. When fishing for largemouth bass, consider throwing Texas-rigged soft plastics, swim jigs, and spinners. Sticking to brighter or natural colors may be optimal. For crappie, sticking to jigs or smaller spinners fished off structure may produce a bite.



HOTSPOT: Evans Creek
GPS: N29 30.22296, W100 55.6938
(29.503716, -100.928230)

Amistad: Evans Creek

SPECIES: largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: Spinnerbaits, swimbaits, topwaters, plastic worms
CONTACT: Stan Gerzsenyl
TIPS: The bass will be in all phases of the spawn. Some will be caught on topwater lures shallow. My favorite is to fish the deeper points near creek channels slow-rolling spinnerbaits or on crankbaits. Some bedding fish can be seen on non-windy days.



LOCATION: Lake Buchanan
HOTSPOT: Shaw Island and Mid-Lake Area
GPS: N 30 50.01, W 98 24.174
(30.8335, -98.4029)

Lake Buchanan: Shaw Island and Mid-Lake Area

SPECIES: Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: Live shad
Contact: Clancy Terrill
TIPS: Stripers fishing is good right now drifting or anchored with 4-6 inch live shad concentrating on mid-lake area to Shaw Island. Keep your fishing depth at 25-40 feet on humps and ridges and keep your bait just above the depth where fish are suspended.


LOCATION: Lake Buchanan
HOTSPOT: Main Lake Points, Ridges and Humps
GPS: N 30 49.848, W 98 23.22
(30.8308, -98.3870)

Lake Buchanan: Main Lake Points, Ridges and Humps

SPECIES: Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: Top water lures, Long A Bomber jerkbaits
Contact: Ken Milam
TIPS: The stripers should be in the shallows along windy points. Fish with top water baits or Long A Bomber jerkbaits. Fish will be holding along deep ridges and humps off of the river channel as well.


LOCATION: Canyon Lake
HOTSPOT: Canyon Park Point
GPS: N 29 53.2559, W 98 13.638
(29.8876, -98.2273)

Canyon Lake: Canyon Park Point

SPECIES: Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: Hogies 4” Super Shad in pearl with a black back
Contact: Capt. Steve Nixon, Fishhooks Adventures
TIPS: Look for the Striped Bass to be shallow (20-40 feet). They will be suspending over the river channel and feeding on the point in this area. Fishing the Super Shad close to the bottom produces fish in this area. Tight lines and fish on!


LOCATION: Lake Austin
HOTSPOT: Lake Austin Flats and Docks
GPS: N 30 21.006, W 97 51.018
(30.3501, -97.8503)

Lake Austin: Lake Austin Flats and Docks

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: V&M Delta Bug, V&M Trickster, Picasso Tungsten, Picasso Inviz Wire Spinnerbait, Picasso Double Barrel Underspin
Contact: Brian Parker – Lake Austin Fishing
TIPS: This will be post spawn feeding time on Lake Austin and other Lower Colorado lakes. I start my mornings with a Picasso Inviz Wire Spinnerbait and work the sandy flats right by depth changes. As the sun comes up, I switch to a Picasso Double Barrel Underspin with a V&M Thunder Shad (usually in white or hitch color) and work the 8-12 feet of water column with a yo-yo action. When the sun gets high, I switch to a Carolina rigged V&M Trickster in 15+ feet of water or start skipping docks with V&M Delta Bug. It’s very important to throw multiple times at the same spot when skipping or fishing docks and the reason is these fish are usually coming back from feeding in the mornings and are in metabolize mode (meaning they are digesting their meals from the morning feed). So to trigger reaction strikes its best to make sure you give that fish multiple opportunities to decide to eat again.





LOCATION: Coleto Creek Lake
HOTSPOT: Turkey Creek
GPS: N 28 44.7479, W 97 10.2659
(28.7458, -97.1711)

Coleto Creek Lake: Turkey Creek

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Pearl white Zoom fluke dipped slightly in chartreuse or watermelon as a secondary color
Contact: Rocky’s Guide Service
TIPS: Usually may is a very active month for top water fishing both early morning and late evening. As always, I can’t seem to get away from the fluke. I use a 4/0 worm hook weightless on 20 lb. Trilene Big Game green. Early morning or late evening I’ll twitch and retrieve at a fairly fast pace keeping in on top of the water. In the afternoons, I’ll let it sink into the grass pockets, twitching it a little. God bless us all and thanks for reading! I hope it helps!


LOCATION: Choke Canyon Res.
HOTSPOT: Main Lake Shallow Areas
GPS: N 28 29.2919, W 98 20.994
(28.4882, -98.3499)

Choke Canyon Res.: Main Lake Shallow Areas

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: Stink bait, cheese bait, or worms.
Contact: Charlie Brown
TIPS: Expect to find catfish in shallow water this time of year since May is usually a spawning month. Use a float rigged to 3 feet and move to another spot if you don’t get a bite within 10-15 minutes.


LOCATION: Lake Falcon
GPS: N 26 33.648, W 99 9.738
(26.5608, -99.1623)

Lake Falcon: Dam Area

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Flukes, Senkos, deep diving crankbaits, brown/orange jigs
Contact: Billy Tompkins/Bassin’ Billy’s Guide Service
TIPS: Rocks are holding fish. Approach them with a Texas rig or Carolina rig and fish very slow. When throwing the crankbait make sure you are digging into the rocks and pause often.


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