TEXARKANA — Summer and fishing go together like the gridiron and football.
The fishing at Wright Patman Lake has been good overall. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, crankbaits and chatter baits. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons.
Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows near brush piles and structures. Cut bait, live bait and chicken liver have been the preference of catfish. The catfish have been excellent.
Over at Millwood Lake, largemouth bass have been good on soft plastic jerk baits—bass assassin shads, soft plastic frogs, Ken Pops and Pop R's. From dawn to around 10 a.m. is the best time to fish for largemouth bass. Spinnerbaits have produced good results around grass lines and lily pads.
Salt-N-Pepper Silver Phantom, Grey Ghost and Panhandle are the best colors of shad assassins. Firecracker, Avocado Shad, or Spot Remover colors in buzzbaits and spinnerbaits have been the best colors.
Crappie have bitten well over the past two weeks. Early times have been the best. Minnows and jigs have been working away from current and flow of Little River, in any clearer water sections of the oxbows and Millwood State Park. Chartreuse (white), chartreuse (blue) and chartruese (black) have been the most productive colors for crappie on small jigs.
Millwood State Park continues seeing good activity in the coves and pockets near cypress trees and grass from about five feet of depth. Cottonshed and Okay Landing are also good areas, giving up some nice healthy crappie.
Catfish have improved over the last week on trotlines and yo-yos in the Little River. Spoiled chicken hearts, spoiled gizzards, punch baits, cut shad, buffalo and goldfish have worked well for blues and channel cats on yo-yos hung from cypress trees in about six feet of water at McGuire, Horseshoe and Mud oxbows up the Little River. The best baits to lure in the catfish on trot lines have been cut shad and buffalo, chicken livers and Punch baits.
Using crickets and worms around the shoreline of Millwood State Park and the floating dock at Jack's Isle have produced good bream. The bream have also been good around Yarborough Landing, and in the oxbows upriver. Bream have improved over the last couple of weeks with the increased current in the Little River.
Vertical-jigging War Eagle Underspins and Kastmaster spoons produced some good white bass bites over the past week. The white bass have relocated in the Little River to above Jack's Isle.