East Texas Fishing Report
CEDAR CREEK – The lake is nearly four feet low and the water is stained. Surface temp is ranging from the high 40s to the low 50s.
Bass are fair to three pounds on crawfish pattern crankbaits and Carolina rigs worked around main lake points and deeper docks with scattered brush piles in 6-12 feet of water.
Catfish are fair on cut shad drifted over deep humps along creek bends. No limits reported.
Crappie are fair on live shiners fished vertical around bridge pilings and deeper brush piles that are holding bait fish.
PALESTINE – Lake Palestine is about three feet low and fairly clear. Water temp is in the low 50s.
White bass are fair with an occasional limit coming on ‘Traps fished over flats and points and on spoons bounced on bottom structure in the 20-25 pound range.
Black bass are fair on deep diving cranks and Carolina rigs worked on brushy points in 8-14 feet of water. Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff said the better quality fish are holding along creek breaks on the north end of the lake. Kickapoo and Flat creeks have been especially good. Best areas are bends, inside and out.
Crappie anglers are picking up a few keepers at bridge crossings and around deep brush piles on points.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS – RC is about five feet low and stained. Water temp is in the low 50s.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing said catfishing has been good to 38 pounds on jugs baited with live perch an cut shad. No op reported; all blue cat. Rod and reel traffic is slow.
White bass are fair on spoons bounced on humps in 15-25 feet of water. No limits reported.
Bass and crappie are slow.
NACOGDOCHES – The lake is about three feet low and clear. Water temp is ranging from the upper 40s to low 50s.
Fishing traffic was light over the holiday weekend. Bass anglers could see a spark in feeding activity with the warming trend. Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits and spinnerbaits worked in relation to scattered grass beds up north should be a good bet over the next few days.
Crappie are fair on live shiners tight lined over deep brush in 30-40 feet of water.
FORK – Lake Fork is four feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 50s.
Martin Edwards at Minnow Bucket Marina said crappie fishing is excellent over deep brush in 35-45 feet of water on points near the dam. Plenty of limits reported, mostly on live shiners.
Bass are fair in wind protected areas. Best results are coming on chrome or red Rat-L-Traps burned over shallow grass in 4-6 feet of water. Edwards said spoons and Carolina rigs are producing some quality fish to eight pounds over deeper structure in 18-25 feet of water.
Catfish are good to eight pounds over timber points in 25 feet of water. Cormorant roosts also are holding good numbers of channels. Fishing is best on cloudy days.
SAM RAYBURN – Sam Rayburn is five feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 50s.
Pat at the American Angler in Broaddus said crappie fishing has been good at the long bridge when the wind allows. Best bite is coming on live shiners tight lined in relation to support pilings and cross members in 15-25 feet of water. Good reports also filtering in from the Angelina and Attoyac rivers.
Bass are good to six pound on Rat-L-Traps ripped around scattered hydrilla beds in 4-6 feet of water. A few fish also hitting Senkos and spinnerbaits.
No report on catfish.
TOLEDO BEND – T-Bend is nine-plus feet below normal and clear. Water temp is in the low 50s.
Crappie fishing is excellent up and down the Sabine River. Up north, anglers are targeting river bends with brush in 14-20 feet of water and hauling in some nice slabs weighing upwards of 1 3/4 pounds. Deep bluffs are holding fish farther south in the vicinity of the Chicken Coop.
Bass are good to four pounds on crawfish pattern crankbaits and Carolina rigs worked along river sloughs and creek breaks in 8-12 feet of water. A few fish also taking ‘Traps.
Catfishing has been slow due to a lull in traffic.
PINKSTON – The lake is about 30 inches low and clear. Water temp is in the low 50s.
Bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps and soft jerk baits worked in relation to scattered hydrilla in 3-6 feet of water. Fishing guide Alan Spruiell said the bigger fish seem to favoring slightly deeper water along the edges of timber 12-16 feet deep. Carolina rigs are producing fewer bites, but the quality is better.
Crappie are fair over brush tops in 20-25 feet of water, mostly on shiners.