East Texas Fishing Report
ATHENS — Lake Athens is two feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Peter Gould at Lake Athens Marina said bass fishing has been good to five pounds on soft plastics and crankbaits worked around boat houses in 4-12 feet of water. Some schooling activity early and late.
No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to three pounds on night crawlers and stink bait fished around boat houses and off the bank.
CEDAR CREEK — The lake is 2 1/2 feet low and stained. Water temp is in the low 80s.
Bass anglers are enjoying a decent topwater bite early and late, mostly on shallow points with scattered vegetation. Anglers are making the switch to crankbaits and soft plastics at midday and keying in deeper brush and structure in 12-18 feet of water.
Catfish are good to 25 pounds on jugs baited with live perch and cut bait. Crappie fishermen are struggling to find takers. But white bass are good on spoons and deep cranks worked over points and humps in 24 feet of water.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is three feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 80s.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing said crappie anglers are icing limits in standing timber in 15-20 feet of water. The fish are suspended at varied depths throughout the day and eating minnows.
Bass are fair to three pounds on small buzz baits fished early around shallow hydrilla. Midday bite is best on spinners and Rat-L-Traps. The fish are making the move into creeks.
Catfish are good on jugs. Good numbers of blue cat in the 5-10 pound range are taking shad in 15-20 feet of water. Rod and reel traffic is light.
White bass are gravitating to deeper humps in 20-28 feet of water. Winters said spoons are producing the top catches.
PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is a couple of feet low and clear. Water temp has dipped in the upper 70s and low 80s.
Catfishermen are collecting limits of channel cat using night crawlers and stink bait around baited holes in 12-18 feet of water. Juglines are producing blues to 30 pounds; good numbers of fish in the 5-10 pound range reported.
Bass fishing has been good to three pounds on Texas rig plastics and crankbaits snaked through shallow stump fields in 2-5 feet of water. A few fish taking topwaters at first light and right at dark. Schooling activity should continue picking up as more fronts push through.
White bass and a few hybrids are schooling on points and humps early and late. Best bite is coming on spoons and Rat-L-Traps.
NACOGDOCHES — Lake Nacogdoches is a couple of feet low and fairly clear. Water temp is in the low 80s.
Bass fishing has picked up somewhat with the cooler nights. Fish up to four pounds are taking topwaters, soft jerk baits and wacky worms worked around lily pads and scattered grass at first light. Spinnerbaits and medium diving crankbaits also are producing some strikes.
Crappie are fair on live shiners dunked around deep brush in 18-22 feet of water. Anglers are picking up a few keepers off the power line poles.
FORK — Lake Fork is three feet low and clear. Water temp has chilled to the upper 70s with the cooler nights.
Martin Edwards at the Minnow Bucket said bass anglers are enjoying an excellent topwater bite early and late. Several fish in the 7-8 pound range have been reported. Night fishing has been excellent on spinnerbaits and Texas rig worms. Hydrilla beds are holding the better concentrations. Edwards is predicting an increase in schooling activity with the next front.
Crappie are good on Project Point and at all the bridges. Best depths are 18-25 feet.
Catfishermen are making some excellent hauls on channel cat up to four pounds.
TOLEDO BEND — T-Bend is nine feet feet low and fairly clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Rhonda Shively at Bill’s Landing said most fishing has been slow due to high winds over the weekend. A few crappie anglers ventured into Tenaha Creek and picked up keepers in the one-pound range on jigs and shiners.
No reports on bass fishing. Trotlining should begin to pick up with the next front. Stumps hooks should be epecially productive.
SAM RAYBURN — Sam Rayburn is about 3 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Carol at American Angler said fishing reports are scarce in the aftermath of the hurricane. Bass should be active early and late on topwaters and soft jerk baits worked in relation to shallow hydrilla and lily pads.
Crappie anglers can boost their odds by targeting man made brush piles in 14-22 feet of water. Live shiners and jigs should produce equally well.
PINKSTON — Lake Pinkston is about two feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s and low 80s.
Bass fishing reports have been spotty since the hurricane due to limited traffic. School bass are active early and late on the lake proper; most are small. Better quality fish are hitting crankbaits and soft jerk baits fished in relation to scattered hydrilla. Carolina rigs dragged around points with deep brush also have been productive.
No reports on crappie.
— Matt Williams