The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of May 8
ATHENS — Lake Athens is at normal level and clear. Water temp is in the low 70s.
Peter Gould at Lake Athens Marina said bass fishing has been excellent to six pounds on crankbaits worked in about 12 feet of water.
Crappie fishing has been good on live shiners fished vertical around brush at the dam. Plenty of limits reported in 14 feet of water.
Catfish are fair to three pounds on trotline baited with cut bait and blood.
Bream are good in 1-2 feet of water. A lake record bluegill weighing 1.25 pounds was caught by a fly fisherman over the weekend.
CEDAR CREEK — Cedar Creek is at normal level and stained. Water temp is in the low 70s.
Harbor Light Marina said crappie fishing has been good around docks in 10-12 feet of water. Jigs and live shiners are producing equally well.
White bass are good on spoons bounced off bottom on sand points and humps in 16 feet of water. Some schooling activity late in the day.
Catfishing is good on shad drifted over creek breaks in 15-25 feet of water. Jugs baited with live perch producing blues and ops to 20 pounds.
PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is about normal and stained. Water temp is in the low 70s.
Bass fishing has been slow. Catfish are excellent on rod and reel. Sandy Miller at Flat Creek Marina says blood bait and shiners are producing some solid blues up to 13 pounds. A 69 pound op reported on a jug line.
Crappie are fair, but the fish are on the move. Best bite is in 6-12 feet of water around brush.
White bass are schooling early and late over main lake points and humps. Plenty of limits reported.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is at normal level and stained. Water temp is about 72 degrees.
Bass fishing is slow, according to Larry Winters at Midway Landing. Boat houses and grass lines in 2-5 feet of water are producing the best results on Texas rig worms; topwaters are working early and late.
Catfishing is good to 10 pounds on rod and reel. Stink bait and shad are producing equally good results on windy banks.
White bass are good with plenty of limits coming on Lil’ Georges and Rat-L-Traps worked over main lake structure and points. Find the birds and Winters says you’ll find the fish.
Crappie are still good in 1-3 feet of water, mostly in the backs of creeks and coves with brush.
SAM RAYBURN — Sam Rayburn is about normal level and fairly clear. Water temp is in the low 70s.
Bass fishing has been good to eight pounds on watermelon red soft plastics rigged Carolina style. Carol Ener at the American Angler in Broaddus said the best bite has been shallow, 3-8 feet. A few fish also reported on topwaters and wacky worms.
Crappie fishing has been good at the Highway 147 bridge and over brushpiles in 14-18 feet of water. Live shiners and jigs are producing equally well.
Catfish are good to 20 pounds on trotline baited with live perch and carp.
TOLEDO BEND — T-Bend is about two feet low and fairly clear. Water temp is in the low 70s.
Charlie Shively at Bill’s Landing said catfishing has been excellent on trotline and rod and reel. Several 40 pound blues weighed over the weekend. Best sets are in 8-12 feet of water. River fishing has been sporadic.
Bass fishing has been fair to five pounds on Carolina rigs and topwaters. Down south, anglers are keying on scattered patches of grass. Sloughs, pepper grass and points are holding the better concentrations of bass up north.
Bream are beginning to gang up in 2-4 feet of water. No bedding activity yet.
FORK — Lake Fork is at normal level and clear. Water temp is in the low 70s.
Martin Edwards at the Minnow Bucket said bass fishing has been good to 14.11 pounds on jigs worked in 3-8 feet of water. Several fish in the 10-pound range have been reported. Topwater fishing has been excellent on Yellow Magic and Devil’s Horse. Carolina rig lizards are working well around outside grass edges in 6-8 feet of water.
Crappie are good on live shiners fished vertical in 24-30 feet of water, mostly over brush piles. Bridge fishing has been slow.
Catfish are good on trotline, jugs and rod and reel. Hand fishermen are picking up limits on prepared bait fished on bottom on points in 5-15 feet of water. Live perch are fooling large ops up to 50 pounds.
PINKSTON — Lake Pinkston is at normal level and stained. Water temp is in the low 70s.
Fishing guide Alan Spruiell said crappie fishing has been fair around brush tops in 22-30 feet of water. The fish are suspended about 10 feet down.
Bass fishing has been fair on Texas rig lizards and wacky worms worked around shallow grass lines in 3-6 feet of water.
NACOGDOCHES — Lake Nacogdoches is a normal level and stained. Water temp is in the low 70s.
Bass fishing has been fair on Texas rig lizards, wacky worms and medium diving crankbaits worked around boat docks and scattered patches of hydrilla. A few fish also have been reported on topwaters, mostly early and late.
Crappie are slow.– Matt Willilams
Athens Daily Review – Athens,TX,USA