East Texas Fishing Repor
ATHENS — The lake is 3 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is ranging from the mid-to-upper-60s.
Bass are good to six pounds soft jerkbaits and Texas rig plastics worked on main lake and secondary points in 8-12 feet of water, according to Peter Gould at Lake Athens Marina. Topwaters are producing good numbers of fish the 1-3 pound range, especially when the fish are actively schooling.
Crappie are good with a few limits reported on live shiners soaked along creek breaks with brush in 12 feet of water.
Catfish are fair to four pounds on night crawlers and punch bait fished from bank or boat. Best results are coming on points in 6-12 feet of water.
CEDAR CREEK — Cedar Creek is nearly 3 1/2 feet low and stained. Water temp is in the upper 60s.
Black bass are taking Texas rig and Carolina rig plastics worked on points and around boat docks in 6-8 feet of water. Areas with brush are holding the most fish.
White bass anglers are picking up quick limits on white and chrome spoons bounced on humps in 15-20 feet of water; a few hybrids to eight pounds are mixed in.
Crappie anglers are faring best using live shiners around doctored boat docks and man made brush piles in 12-14 feet of water. Anglers targeting catfish are finding the most keepers over baited holes in 8-18 feet of water. Night crawlers and punch bait are producing good results.
PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is nearing three feet below normal and the water is fairly clear on the south end, stained up north. Surface temp is in the mid-60s.
Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff said black bass are fair to four pounds on chartruese/white spinnerbaits and soft plastics tossed around deeper boat docks with brush down south. Anglers willing to navigate the northern reaches are finding quality fish along the edges of Kickapoo and Flat creeks using cranks, jigs and soft plastics.
Crappie are fair at the Highway 155 bridge and in standing timber. Shiners soaked in 15-20 feet of water are producing best results.
White bass are schooling periodically over points and taking Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits and topwaters; spoons are the best bet when the fish go down.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is nearing four feet below normal and the water is stained. Surface temp is in the mid-70s.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing said black bass are fair to four pounds using topwaters and spinnerbaits in areas with hydrilla in 4-6 feet of water. A few better quality fish reported on Carolina rigs and Texas rigs worked in slightly deeper water, mostly on points.
White bass are good on spoons and ‘Traps fished over points and flats bordering major creeks. A few hybrids mixed in.
Catfish are good on rod and reel with plenty of channels holding on wind blown banks in 2-4 feet of water. Crappie are slow.
NACOGDOCHES — Lake Nacogdoches is about three feet low and fairly clear. Water temperature is in the upper 60s.
Bass anglers are reporting decent results up to five pounds on soft jerk baits, Rat-L-Traps and wacky worms fished around hydrilla beds and lily pad stands on the lake’s upper reaches. Carolina rigs and Texas rigs dragged on points win 8-12 feet of water also are producing some solid slot fish.
Crappie are fair on live shiners fished vertical over brush in 14-22 feet of water; no limits reported.
SAM RAYBURN — The lake is about four feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 60s, low 70s.
Bass anglers are collecting some solid fish up to six pounds using Rat-L-Traps, wacky worms, soft jerk baits and topwaters around shallow hydrilla beds in 4-6 feet of water, according to Ann Thomasson-Wilson at Ann’s Tackle. The bass are chasing shad on creek side flats, so anglers should select lure colors accordingly. There also has been some quality fish taking Carolina rig Trick Worms and Flukes on main lake points in 8-14 feet of water.
Crappie are hitting live shiners and jigs fished vertical in relation to underwater brush in 14 feet of water.
TOLEDO BEND — The lake is pushing 10 feet below normal. Water clarity is good with surface temps in the low 70s.
Bass are good to four pounds on shallow and medium diving shad pattern crankbaits worked along channel breaks and river sloughs in 4-8 feet of water. Some schooling activity also reported, so anglers should keep a topwater handy.
Catfish are excellent on trotline sets. Anglers with live bait are scoring high marks on flatheads in the 40 pound range. Best sets are along creek breaks and river sloughs in 6-12 feet of water.
Crappie are taking live shiners dabbled around creek and river breaks in 6-12 feet of water. No limits reported, but some quality slabs are showing up in angler creels.
FORK — The lake is about four feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 60s.
Bass anglers are picking up fish to 10 pounds on jigs worked around timber in 8-10 feet of water. Chris Parker at the Minnow Bucket said fishing guide Gary Paris is having good luck on drop shot rigs fished on main lake structure in 18-20 feet of water.
Crappie are good on main lake points and under the bridges. Anglers are picking up the most keepers on points near the dam. Water depths of 26-29 feet are most productive.
Catfish are good to 13 pounds on chicken livers fished from shore at the bridge crossings.
PINKSTON — Lake Pinkston is a few inches low and clear. Water temp is in the mid 60s.
Bass are fair to five pounds on crankbaits, Texas rigs and Carolina rig plastics worked on points in 6-18 feet water. A few fish taking topwaters early and late; the bite is lasting for extended periods under overcast skies.
Crappie are fair over deep brush tops using live shiners beneath a slip cork