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O’Colly Fishing Report


Over the long weekend, The O’Colly made trips to several new spots, and ran an impromptu, informal experiment to put two varieties of stink-bait to the test.

Due to a careless mistake at the gas station garlic stink bait was purchased instead of the usual blood bait, which presented an opportunity for an unscientific experiment.

Lake McMurtry

On Friday The O’Colly went to Lake McMurtry with the garlic bait at 6 p.m., and tried several promising spots. By 1 a.m., the garlic punch bait had lured two channel catfish, from two separate spots. Neither were of eating size. The water temperature was between 80 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit for the duration of the trip, and there was a light breeze out of the south.

On Saturday at 6 p.m., The O’Colly returned to McMurtry, this time with the blood bait. We went to the same promising spots, in the same order. By 1 a.m., the blood bait had attracted four blue catfish, and six channel cats. All of these fish were of eating size. That night, the water was also between 80 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and there was a light breeze out of the south.

So whether new to fishing, returning to fishing, or trying to escape a slump, head to Lake McMurtry, take some blood bait, and set up near the dam on the south side of the lake. Since that’s fishing in the rocks, tie the weight on, and set the hook about a foot or more underneath it. This way, when it inevitably gets snagged,  all that’s left is to tie the hook back on, and not the weight.

While the catfish are biting strong at McMurtry, the bass seem to be in hiding. We weren’t able to find any, or find anyone else who had, so if anyone has any tips for us, send them to

Lake Carl Blackwell

Lake Carl Blackwell saw an uptick in channel cats and crappie biting this week, especially compared to the last time the lake was featured in our report.

Crappie are biting strong all over Lake Carl Blackwell, but can be found pretty reliably near the docks. Roadrunners, tiny spinners, and worms with bobbers have all caught their fair share of crappie out of Carl Blackwell.

Channel cats are starting to pick up, especially on large open flats. Neither shad nor stink bait seem to have the advantage at this lake, so choose your weapon, and fish in the appropriate spot. For the large open flats, we’d recommend stink bait. Meanwhile, if you find a deep channel, go with the shad.