East Texas Fishing Report

The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of Nov. 6:

ATHENS — Lake Athens is about 2 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 70s.

Bass fishing has been fair to four pounds on crankbaits and Texas rig worms fished in relation to shallow grass, points and other structure in 4-12 feet of water. A few decent fish also reported on topwaters, but the bite has been sporadic.

Crappie are fair on live shiners soaked along creek channels in 12-14 feet of water. No reports on catfish.

CEDAR CREEK — Cedar Creek is 3 1/2 feet low and stained. Water temp is in the low 70s.

Bass anglers are reporting decent results on lipless crankbaits and Carolina rigs worked in relation to rocks and points in 8-12 feet of water. A few fish also hitting topwaters, but the bite has been sporadic.

White bass are fair on spoons bounced on points in 12-18 feet of water. Some schooling activity reported; a few hybrids are in the mix.

Catfishermen are making some decent hauls on punch bait and cut shad drifted along creeks. Windy banks also are holding plenty of keepers.

PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is pushing three feet below normal; water is slightly stained, about 70 degrees.

Bass fishing has been fair to four pounds on soft jerk baits and spinnerbaits fished in relation to boat docks on points. Docks with brush have been especially hot.

Crappie are fair on minnows soaked in timber in 15-20 feet of water. The Highway 155 bridge also has been producing decent results.

White bass are schooling periodically and hitting ‘Traps and spoons cast over points in 12-18 feet of water.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is four feet low and slightly stained. Water temp is in the low 70s.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing said hybrids and white bass are good on spoons bounced on humps in 25 feet of water. Chartreuse has been the hot color.

Black bass are good along creeks in 4-8 feet of water. Anglers are working topwaters early, then switching to spinnerbaits at midday.

Catfish are good on jugs baited with live perch and shad. Magic depth is 15-25 feet.

Crappie are slow.

TOLEDO BEND
— Toledo Bend is 10 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp is in the mid-70s.

Catfish are excellent to 50 pounds on trotlines baited with live perch. Good numbers of op showing up in angler creels. Best sets are in relation to underwater creek channels.

Crappie are good. Numbers are fair, but quality is excellent along the edges of the Sabine River in 12-14 feet of water. Live shiners are working best.

Bass are fair to six pounds on Texas rigs, Carolina rig and crankbaits retrieved around river sloughs and creek breaks in 4-12 feet.

NACOGDOCHES
— Lake Nacogdoches is about 2 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the mid-70s.

Bass fishing has been slow, according to lake regular Billy Rogers. A few small fish reported on wacky worms and Texas rigs fished in relation to lily pads and hydrilla beds in 4-7 feet of water.

Crappie are fair on live shiners soaked around man made brush in 18-22 feet of water. Best bite has been early and at night under lights.

FORK — Lake Fork is 2 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 60s.

Bass fishing has been good to seven pounds on spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps and wacky worms fished around shallow grass in 2-6 feet of water. Topwater bite has slowed somewhat. A few fish also taking drop shots and jigging spoons fished on structure in 18-25 feet of water.

Crappie anglers are picking up limits in 45 feet of water, mostly around underwater brush. The fish are suspended 25 feet down.

Catfish are excellent on trotlines and jugs. Best sets are along creeks in 25 feet of water.

SAM RAYBURN — The lake is 4 1/2 low and clear. Water temp is in the low 70s.

High winds hampered anglers over the weekend. Ann Thomasson-Wilson said bass anglers reported decent action over the weekend on shad pattern Rat-L-Traps, Flukes and Yellow Magic topwaters fished in relation to scattered grass bordering creek channels. Most of the better reports are coming from shallow water.

Crappie are fair on brush piles in 12-18 feet of water. Best results are coming on live shiners.

Catfishermen are reporting limits of small channels over baited holes in 12-18 feet of water. Stink bait and punch bait are producing best results.

PINKSTON — Lake Pinkston is a few inches low and clear. Water temp is in the low 70s.

Bass are fair to about five pounds on shad pattern cranks, Rat-L-Traps and soft jerk baits worked around standing timber and hydrilla beds in 2-8 feet of water. Some of the better fish are coming off points in slightly deeper water.

Crappie are fair on minnows dunked around brush piles in 22-28 feet of water.

— Matt Williams

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