Spring is a great time for bass, crappie and sand bass, as their annual spawn happens. And this year’s early spring and warmer-than-normal temperatures look to provide a longer spring fishing season this year. Stephen Woodcock, Fishing Manager at Backwoods in Fort Worth, has provided some “intel” on where the fishing is happening right now and what’s expected in March.

Sand Bass Run
The blooming of the redbuds and March bring the and bass run as they move up into the creeks that feed major lakes to spawn. Given our early spring temperatures, an earlier run as begun. Reports are coming on Nolan River near Blum with some good days, with lots of fish caught, to other days where it is tougher fishing as the temperatures have gone up and down. The same is true for Marshall Creek off Hwy. 377. Also, there are reports of good sand bass fishing coming in for the Brazos below DeCordova Dam (Granbury).

Crane flies as indicators are working well as well as are Clowser patterns in white/gray or white/chartreuse.

Bass Spawn in Warm Water Lakes
Reports are coming in from East Texas that the bass spawn is starting earlier on the warm water lakes (those that have electricity power plants). The warm water combined with the warm temps are triggering the spawn. Lakes that are reporting good bass fishing are Monticello and Fairfield.

Brazos River below Possum Kingdom
After a spectacular January, February fishing was spotty even with some water releases. Fishing there seems to be slowing a bit.

Blue River, Okla.
The Blue River seems to be fishing good, with trout still to be caught.

White River, near Cotter, Ark.
If you want to hunt for monster-sized brown trout, fish at night! Yes, people do night-fish the White River with mouse patterns, and the White is on fire, according to reports.

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