East Texas Fishing Report for the week of Sept. 25:
ATHENS — Lake Athens is about 19 inches low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Peter Gould at Lake Athens Marina said bass fishing has been good to six pounds. Lots of schooling activity on the main lake. Topwaters and crankbaits are producing plenty of strikes.
Catfish are fair to four pounds on stink bait and blood bait. Boat houses and piers are holding good numbers of fish.
CEDAR CREEK — Cedar Creek is two feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Granny at Sunny Glen Marina said catfish are fair over baited holes in 15-20 feet of water. A 45-pound flathead reported on rod and reel just before bad weather set in for the weekend.
Black bass, crappie and white bass are slow due to light traffic and high winds.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is two feet low and slightly stained due to high winds associated with Hurricane Rita. Water temp is 88 degrees.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing said high winds kept most anglers off the water. A few crappie anglers ventured out made some decent hauls on fish up to 1 1/4 pounds. Best bite is in 15-25 feet of water. The fish are suspended 8-18 feet down.
Black bass are fair on buzz baits and topwaters worked in relation to hydrilla beds in 4-8 feet of water. Rat-L-Traps are producing the best results a midday. Firetiger is the top color.
Catfish are fair to two pounds on stink baited soaked around baited holes in 15-20 feet of water. White bass are schooling just under the surface over points and humps.
PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is a couple of feet low and stained. Water temp is in the lower 80s.
Jeff Wygren at Flat Creek Marina said catfishing was excellent over the weekend. Jugliners reported blues to 20 pounds on cut bait. Bass are good on watermelon/red Brush Hawgs rigged Texas style. Stump fields on points in 2-5 feet of water are holding good concentrations of fish up to three pounds.
Crappie are fair on live shiners soaked in deep timber down to 25 feet. The fish are suspended about 12 feet down. Best bite bass been at midday. White bass and hybrids are slow up north.
TOLEDO BEND — The lake rose about five inches after Hurricane Rita dumped six inches of rain in Shelby and Panola counties. Rhonda Shively at Bill’s Landing said the lake remains about eight feet low.
Shively said intense runoff formed several sand ridges in the mouth of the marina cut, making it difficult to access the main lake. No fishing report available due to the storm.
SAM RAYBURN — Sam Rayburn came up several inches after Hurricane Rita dumped as much as 9-15 inches on the surrounding area. No fishing report available due to the storm.
FORK — Lake Fork is three feet low and clear. Water temperature is in the upper 80s.
Chris Parker at Minnow Bucket said bass fishing has been good on Carolina rigs and Texas rigs. Blue fleck Power Worms were the hot baits during the McDonald’s Bass Splash over the weekend. A 12-pound, 5-ounce lunker won the tournament. Several other fish over 10 pounds reported.
Crappie are fair in standing timber in 18-22 feet of water. Catfish are fair on punch bait and shad fished vertical in timber in 15-20 feet of water.
NACOGDOCHES — Lake Nacogdoches caught a few inches of water after Hurricane Rita, but remains a couple of feet below normal. Water temp is in the mid 80s.
All fishing has been slow since the storm.
PINKSTON — Lake Pinkston is about 2 1/2 feet low. Water temp is in the mid 80s.
No report available since the storm hammered Shelby County.
— Matt Williams