East Texas Fishing Report

East Texas Fishing Report – The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of Oct. 9:

ATHENS —The lake is about three feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 80s.

Bass are fair to four pounds on topwaters and soft jerkbaits fished shallow early and late. Anglers are capitalizing with Texas rigs and Carolina rigs at midday, mostly around man made brush along drops.

Crappie are fair on shiners soaked around stumps and brush in 12-18 feet of water. Bream fishermen are making some nice hauls on night crawlers and crickets.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is two feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing said bass fishing was excellent over the weekend. A 10.01 and two eight pounders were brought to the scales in the Bass Champs Championship. Good catches were reported on spinnerbaits, soft jerkbaits and worms. Winters said the fish are beginning to pile into creeks in 4-8 feet of water

Crappie fishing has been fair on live shiners fished vertical in timber in 12-25 feet of water. The fish are suspended six feet down.

Catfish are good to 20 pounds on jugs baited with cut shad. Windy banks are most productive for rod and reelers.

White bass are slow. A few folks are picking up keepers trolling over points and humps.

PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is 2 1/2 feet low and stained up north, clearer down south. Water temps have chilled to the upper 70s with recent fronts.

Catfishermen are reporting decent results on prepared baits and cut shad suspended over baited holes in 20 feet of water. Jugs and trotlines are producing blues in the 15-20 pound range, along with an occasional op.

Crappie anglers are posting decent results at the Highway 155 bridge. Best bite is in 20-25 feet of water, mostly on live shiners.

NACOGDOCHES — Lake Nacogdoches is three-feet low and stained. Water temp is in the upper 70s.

Bass fishing has been fair to two pounds on shad pattern cranks worked around shallow break waters in 2-5 feet of water. A few fish also reported on drop shots, Carolina rigs and wacky worms.

Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair to 10 pounds on rod and reel baited with shad and live shiners.

FORK — Lake Fork is three feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.

Chris Parker at the Minnow Bucket said bass fishing has been good on ‘Traps, wacky worms and topwaters fished around shallow hydrilla in 4-8 feet of water. Good numbers of slot fish in the 3-6 pound range reported. Spoons and Carolina rigs are producing better quality, but fewer numbers in 28 feet of water.

Crappie are picking up under all the bridges. Fish also are beginning gang up on points near the dam in 28 feet of water.

No reports on catfish.

TOLEDO BEND — Toledo Bend is nine feet low and fairly clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.

Charlie Shively at Bill’s Landing said cafishing has been excellent to four pounds on rod and reel baited with live shiners. Best best has been two feet down over creeks. Bends are holding the most fish.

Stump hooks and trotlines are producing op to 50 pounds. Best sets are in 6-12 feet of water along creek breaks.

Crappie are fair to one pound around river sloughs and creeks. The fish are holding along drops in 15 feet of water, suspended 12 feet down.

SAM RAYBURN — Sam Rayburn is 3 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temperature is in the upper 70s.

Ann Thomasson at Ann’s Tackle said the shop is finally up and running after the hurricane, but fishing reports are scarce. Not many anglers are out down south due to all the damage.

Pat Ener at American Angler said bass fishing has been good to three pounds on topwaters and frogs worked in relation to shallow grass. Wacky worms and light Texas rigs are producing strikes in the same areas.

Crappie are on the move and taking shiners fished at the 147 bridge and over brush in 6-12 feet of water. No limits posted.

Catfish are slow.

PINKSTON — Lake Pinkston is about two feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.

Bass are fair on crankbaits, Texas rigs and topwaters worked in relation to outside grass edges. Wacky worms also drawing some strikes. The better quality fish are holding along creek breaks and brush in 12-22 feet of water. Some schooling activity reported.

— Matt Williams

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