Typical weekly fishing reports include information on water temperature, water color and what types of fish bite on certain baits. State agencies, such as the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, publish these reports as part of their official duties.
These reports help fishermen determine what spots to find, baits to use and fish to catch while out on the water. Agencies compile fishing reports based on the accounts of fishermen, private guides and local residents who catch fish on a regular basis. For example, one week bass may like to bite a few feet below lily pads on spinner baits, but the following week these fish may like jighead worms in deeper water away from the shore.