East Texas Fishing Report

East Texas Fishing Report
ATHENS — Lake Athens is nearly two feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.

Bass fishing has been fair to six pounds on Texas rigs and soft jerk baits fished in relation to hydrilla beds and submerged brush. Anglers are faring best at night and during early morning hours.

Crappie are fair on live shiners fished vertical around brush piles and creek channel breaks in 12-14 feet of water. Bream are excellent on crickets and night crawlers.

CEDAR CREEK — Cedar Creek is about two feet low and clear. Water temp is 89 degress.

Granny at Sunny Glen Marina said fishing traffic has been light due to steamy weather. Bass anglers are reporting the best results at night. A 6.9 pounder was the top fish in a weekend night tournament. Best results are coming on Carolina rigs worked on points in 8-14 feet.

Crappie are fair on live shiners dropped around pilings at the Highway 198 bridge. No limits reported.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is a couple of feet low and clear. Water temp is about 88 degrees.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing said hybirds are excellent to 13 pounds on live shad fished in relation to deep points in 30-35 feet of water. Best results are coming close to bottom.

White bass are good. Winters said the fish are schooling in the mouths of coves. Best bite is early and late.

Crappie are good. Anglers are taking limits on live shiners soaked in 15-30 feet of water; the fish are suspended 10-20 feet down.

Winters said jugliners are reporting blues up to 20 pounds. Live perch are producing best results.

PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is about 16 inches low and fairly clear. Water temp is hot, about 89 degrees.

Crappie anglers are making some decent hauls at the Highway 155 bridge crossing, according to Flat Creek Marina. Most anglers are using shiners, but jigs are producing fair results, as well.

Bass fishing is fair to three pounds on crankbaits and Carolina rigs worked on points and creek breaks in 12-18 feet of water. A few fish also hitting small finesse baits and cranks tossed around boat houses, but most are undersize.

White bass are schooling at first light and taking spoons and cranks. A few hybrids are in the mix.

FORK — Lake Fork is two-feet low and clear. Water temp is a steamy 89 degrees.

Bass anglers are scoring quality bass up to 11 pounds on Carolina rigs dragged on points in 20 feet of water. Good numbers of slot fish are taking drop shot rigs, topwaters and buzz baits. School fish are hitting ‘Traps ripped just beneath the surface.

Crappie fishing is slow, according to Chris Parker at the Minnow Bucket. Catfish are good to six pounds on cut shad and stink bait fished vertical in timber in 22 feet of water.

TOLEDO BEND — T-Bend is about seven-feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.

Charlie Shively said bass anglers are enjoying good results on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs fished along dropoffs, creeks and the edges of the Sabine River.

Shively said crappie anglers are picking up a few keepers in 12-20 feet of water. The fish are suspended eight feet down along the edge of the river.

Catfishing is excellent on trotline and rod and reel. The fish are bunched on dropoffs. The top cat over the weekend weighed 50 pounds.

Shively said anglers should exercise extreme caution when running, even in designated boat lanes.

NACOGDOCHES — The lake is about two-feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.

Bass fishing has been slow. School bass have been active periodically throughout the day, but most are small.

Crappie fishing has been fair on jigs and shiners fished vertical around brushpiles. No limits reported.

PINKSTON — Lake Pinkston is two feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.

Fishing guide Alan Spruiell said crappie fishing has been fair on jigs and shiners fished around deep brushtops. Bass fishing has been fair to three pounds on Carolina rigs dragged around deep brush at night. Some schooling activity reported on the lake proper, but most takers are small.

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

Bass fishing has been fair to three pounds on red bloodline worms fished in relation to outside grasslines in 8-12 feet of water. Night fishermen are reporting good results on black emerald Mag 2 worms and black buzz baits. A few fish coming on topwaters early and late. Yellow Magics and Ribbit Frogs have been the top producers.

Crappie are fair around deep brush in 25-30 feet of water. The fish are suspended about 18 feet down.

Catfish are good to two pounds over baited holes in deep timber. There also has been good bite on shallow, sandy points in 2-6 feet of water.

— Matt Williams

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