East Texas Fishing

The East Texas Fishing Report

ATHENS — Lake Athens is three feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 50s.

Peter Gould at Lake Athens Marina said bass fishing was good to eight pounds over the weekend. Several fish in the 4-6 pound range reported on Carolina rig plastics dragged in 12-18 feet of water.

Crappie are fair on live shiners soaked on creek bends with scattered brush. No reports on catfish.

CEDAR CREEK — Cedar Creek is nearly four feet low and stained. Water temp is in the low 50s.

Bass anglers are using Carolina rigs and crankbaits to pick up a few keepers in the 2-4 pound range, mostly on main lake points with brush in 6-18 feet of water.

White bass anglers are reporting limits on spoons and deep cranks worked on points and humps down to 25 feet. A few hybrid stripers are in the mix.

Channel cat are fair on punch bait and cut shad drifted along creek channels in 15-20 feet of water.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is about five-feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 50s.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing said bass anglers fared pretty well over the weekend. A 25-pound sack took a local club tournament over the weekend. Best results came on Carolina rig plastics dragged in 8-10 feet of water. Good numbers of smaller fish are holding around hydrilla in 4-6 feet of water.

White bass are fair on spoons and cranks worked on points in 28 feet of water. Spoons are the most productive of the two.

Catfish are good to 30 pounds on jugs and trotlines baited with live perch. Best sets are in 15-25 feet of water. Rod and reelers are picking up some nice keepers over baited holes standing timber. The fish are holding fairly deep, 15-22 feet.

PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is nearly three feet low and clear. Water temp is chilly, about 50 degrees.

Bass anglers are picking up a few fish in the 4-7 pound range using jigs and crank baits along underwater creek channels and points in 8-12 feet of water. Kickapoo and Flat creeks have been especially good to those who take the time to navigate the stumps. Farther south, fish are holding around boat docks on main lake and secondary points with decent water depth.

White bass are fair on spoons and crankbaits fished on main lake points in 12-18 feet water. Crappie are good. A few limits posted around bridge pilings and in standing timber in 14-22 feet of water. No report on catfish.

NACOGDOCHES — The lake is about three feet low and clear. Water temp has dropped into the low 50s.

Bass fishing has been slow, according to lake regular Doug Hudson. Hudson said many of the fish have moved out of the shallows in lieu of the recent cold snaps and dropping water temps. Best results are coming on Norman DD-22 crankbaits worked over points in 16-17 feet of water and on Zoom Brush Hawgs crawled around scattered grass beds.

Crappie are slow.

FORK — Lake Fork is about four feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 50s.

Martin Edwards at the Minnow Bucket said crappie fishing has been excellent over main lake points near the dam. Edwards said the fish are holding in 22-35 feet of water. Timber in the Five Fingers area also is holding good numbers of fish. Plenty of limits reported.

Best bite has been during the early morning hours.

Bass fishing has been fair to 12 pounds on jigging spoons and Carolina rigs dragged on underwater ridges in 18-25 feet of water. Fishing guide Hollice Joiner reported excellent action in 2-6 feet of water on red Rat-L-Traps burned over submerged grass.

Catfish are slow. Not many anglers are out.

SAM RAYBURN — Sam Rayburn is about five-feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 50s.

Carol at the American Angler said bass fishing has been fair to four pounds on white spinnerbaits tossed to shallow grassbeds in 4-6 feet of water. Wacky worms and Senkos in watermelon/red patterns also are producing some solid fish. Farther south, anglers are reporting good results on red Rat-L-Traps ripped over scattered hydrilla.

Crappie fishing is excellent on live shiners tight lined along the edges of the Attoyac River. Several limits reported in 18-22 feet of water.

TOLEDO BEND — T-Bend is about 10 feet low and clear. Water temp has dipped into the low 50s.

Bass are fair to four pounds on crank baits and Carolina rigs worked in relation to underwater sloughs bordering the Sabine River. A few fish also reported on jigging spoons.

Crappie fishermen are making some good hauls on live shiners. Several slabs weighing upwards of two pounds reported, mostly in river bends with scattered brush, according to Charlie Shively at Bills Landing. The bite is picking up daily at midlake in the Chicken Coop area.

Catfish are excellent on trotlines baited with live perch and cut bait. Best sets are still along creek and river breaks.

PINKSTON — Lake Pinkston is about two feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 50s.

Bass fishing is slow. Crappie are fair over deep brush in 22-28 feet of water. Best bite has been on overcast days, mostly on live shiners.

— Matt Williams

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