Among local anglers who frequent Lake Granbury is celebrity Barry Stokes.
Barry is the host of the “Southwest Outdoors Report” on Fox Sports Southwest television.
Barry is a native Texan, lives in Granbury, and has been fishing since his dad taught him the sport when Barry was just 5 years old. His love for fishing features a variety of styles, ranging from fly casting for trout, to finesse fishing for bass, to sight casting for redfish in the coastal marsh.
Barry is also the former host of “Outdoor Trails,” one of the longest-running shows in the history of televised fishing. He also hosted “Southwest Outdoors” radio on WBAP.
He is a former tournament angler, and a good one at that. He finished in the top 10 in half of the Bassmaster events in which he participated.
I have known Barry for some time. I have been a guest on his show several times when he wanted to fish for striped bass and/or hybrid striped bass.
Barry is concerned about maintaining our local waters. He is a great representative for our area lakes and fisheries.
He enjoys fishing Granbury, and does so fairly frequent since it is his home lake.
“I think Lake Granbury is one of the sleeper lakes in our entire area,” he said.
He fishes the majority of the lake from the dam to town.
“As a matter of fact, one of my best locations is between the two 377 bridges right in town,” Barry said, adding that catches lots of big crappie, big white bass, and some largemouth bass in that same area.
Barry’s Fox Sport Southwest TV Show, as the name suggests, covers the southwest region. This is namely Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. The show is watch by avid anglers from the Gulf Coast to all freshwater lakes across the area.
Barry also likes to see your pictures of your catches in his “Catch of the Week Contest.” You can submit your pictures on-line through his web site. If your picture is chosen, you can win a gift.
If you have not seen Barry’s show, you can watch his televised episodes on his website at www.southwestoutdoorsreport.com.
“My favorite techniques are jigging a chrome jigging spoon off the bottom for whites, fishing the channel ledge with a Bobby Garland Baby Shad for crappie, and fishing a medium-running crankbait along rock shorelines for largemouth bass,” Barry said.
“Granbury really is a great fishing lake right now as long as we don’t get any more golden algae.”
For those not familiar with the golden algae, it is a deadly natural occurring algae that has plagued the Brazos fisheries (Whitney, Granbury and Possum Kingdom and other west Texas bodies of water) off and on for about a dozen years. It normally shows it ugly face when winter rolls around.
Barry fishes out of a yellow Nitro Bass Boat and is easily recognizable on the water. If you see him out there give him a holler.
HOOD COUNTY FISHING REPORT
Granbury water levels continue to fall slightly over 7 feet low. Water temperatures with the heat wave have risen to the middle and upper 80s on the main lake. Temperatures in the backs of sloughs that still exist are in the low 90s.
Black bass continue to be fair to good on soft plastics and crankbaits near docks closer to deeper water. Sand bass continue to be excellent from in town all the way to the dam.
Schooling activity has been occurring early and late most days. Some good crappie catches have been reported mainly on the lower ends. Striper fishing is slow.
Squaw Creek water temperatures are in the upper 90s. Catfish continue to be caught on prepared baits. Black bass are fair to good near deeper holes where baitfish are present. Best lures include deep diving crankbaits and texas rigged soft-plastics.
Other Reservoirs reporting good catches include Possum Kingdom for striped bass and sand bass. These are good on the lower ends on slabs and live bait. Trolling jigs and crankbaits will also put fish in the boat.
Similar conditions are being reported at Lake Whitney with a few stripers being caught on the lower ends on live threadfin shad. I am sure gizzard shad will work if you have problems locating them threadfins.
Benbrook hybrids are fair on live bait. Benbrook levels are falling fast. Call before you head out to make sure which ramps are open.
Lake Proctor hybrids and sand bass continue to be fair to good.
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