The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of May 23:
ATHENS – Lake Athens is at normal level and clear. Water temp is in the low 80s.
Bass fishing has been fair to five pounds on Texas rig worms dragged around structure in 7-12 feet of water. Night fishing has been especially productive.
Crappie are fair on live shiners and jigs. Brushpiles are holding the better concentrations. No report on catfish.
CEDAR CREEK – Cedar Creek is at normal level and stained. Water temp is about 80 degrees.
Bass fishing is fair to three pounds on Carolina and Texas rig plastics worked on brushy points and around docks in 3-12 feet of water. A few fish taking topwaters early and late.
Crappie are fair on jigs pitched around shady docks in 12-15 feet of water. Man made brushpiles are holding good concentrations of fish, as well.
Catfish are fair to 10 pounds on cut shad drifted along creek banks in 18 feet of water. Jugs are producing some quality blues in the 15-pound range.
PALESTINE – Lake Palestine is at normal level and stained. Water temp is about 80 degrees.
Bill Miller at Flat Creek Marina said bass fishing has been good to six pounds on Carolina rigs and crankbaits worked in 7-12 feet of water, most around brush piles. Topwaters and buzz baits are working well at first light.
Crappie are fair at the 155 and 315 bridges. No limits posted.
Catfish are fair to 42 pounds on trotline baited with live perch. Rod and reelers are faring best on stink bait and cut shad.
White bass and hybrids are producing fast action early and late, mostly on Rat-L-Traps and Roadrunners.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS – RC is about five inches low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing said bass fishing has been slow overall. Anglers are reporting a decent topwater bite early and late; midday fishing is best on Texas rig worms and cranks around boat houses.
Crappie are fair on live shiners fished vertical in timber in 15-30 feet of water; the fish are suspended 7-15 feet down.
Catfish are good on stink bait fished vertical in timber 20 feet deep. Jug liners are reporting some decent blues up to 20 pounds, mostly on shad.
White bass are good. Plenty of schooling activity early in the day. Humps are holding the most fish.
TOLEDO BEND – T-Bend is about 2 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Charlie Shively at Bill’s Landing said bream fishing is picking up daily in 2-4 feet of water, but falling water is hampering spawning activity.
Catfishing has been excellent on trotline baited with cut perch. Lots of blues in the 2-4 pound range reported; a 65 pound op was brought in Monday morning.
Bass are fair on Carolina rigs dragged around underwater sloughs in 4-8 feet. Topwaters are producing occasional strikes around shallow weedbeds.
Crappie are fair but scattered. The fish are suspended 8-12 feet down in 12-20 feet of water.
FORK – Lake Fork is at normal level and clear. Water temp is about 80 degrees.
Chris Parker at the Minnow Bucket said bass fishing has been good up to 10 pounds. Anglers are reporting plenty of slot fish on Flukes and shallow diving cranks worked in 3-7 of water. Out deeper, anglers are using Carolina rigs and deep diving cranks to pull fish out of 18-20 feet of water.
Crappie fishing has been tough. Anglers are catching plenty of fish, but keepers are sparse. Best bite has been at the bridges and on points.
Catfish are good to 25 pounds on cut shad and stink bait fished vertical in 7-15 feet of water.
SAM RAYBURN – Sam Rayburn is at normal level and clear. Water temp is 80 degrees.
Bass are taking Horny Toads and wacky worms worked around lily pads and hydrilla beds in 3-8 feet water. Watermelon candy is the top color. Carolina rig craws and red bloodline worms dragged on points 8-15 feet of water are producing outstanding results.
Crappie fishing has been good on white jigs fished around grassbeds in about eight feet of water. Good numbers of papermouths also holding around man made brushpiles.
NACOGDOCHES – Lake Nacogdoches is at normal level and stained. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Bass fishing has been fair to four pounds at night on Texas rig worms cast around lily pads in 3-6 feet of water. A few fish also reported on black spinnerbaits.
Crappie fishing is fair on live shiners fished vertical over brush in 12-20 feet of water. Plenty of of undersize fish reported; keepers are tough to come by.
PINKSTON – Lake Pinkston is at normal level and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Bass fishing has been fair on topwaters and buzz baits during low light conditions; some schooling activity at midday. The better quality fish are coming on plastics and cranks worked along points and creek banks.
Crappie are scattered. Best bite has been on live shiners fished vertical around brush tops n 12-28 feet of water.
– Matt Williams