East Texas Fishing Report
Week of 6-24-05
ATHENS -- Lake Athens is a foot low and clear. Water temp is in upper 80s.
Gould at Lake Athens Marina said bass and crappie fishing was slow over
the weekend. Bream are good in 6-10 feet of water, mostly on crickets
and earthworms. Lots of hand size fish reported.
Catfish are fair
to three pounds on worms and stink bait fished on bottom in 4-18 feet
of water. The fish are moving shallow at night.
CEDAR CREEK -- Cedar Creek is a foot low and stained. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Dent at Harborlight Marina said all fishing has been slow, with the
exception catfish. Dent said the best results are coming on cut shad
and perch drifted along deep creeks in 18-22 feet of water. Crappie and
black bass are very slow. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs
fished around lighted docks at night.
PALESTINE -- Lake Palestine is a foot low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Miller at Flat Creek Marina said catfishing has been good to 31 pounds
on jug lines baited with live perch. Rod and reelers are reporting slow
Black bass are fair to three pounds. The fish are
schooling periodically throughout the day, but most are undersize.
White bass and crappie are slow.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS -- RC is a foot low and clear. Water temp is in upper 80s.
Winters at Midway Landing said white bass are most promising early and
late. The fish are schooling on main lake points in 8-25 of water and
taking Rat-L-Traps, topwaters and spoons.
Black bass are fair to
three pounds on spinnerbaits and shallow running cranks worked around
boat houses in 4-8 feet of water. The topwater bite is good at first
light around shallow grass.
Crappie are fair on live shiners fished vertical in timber in 18-30 feet of water.
Catfish are good to 15 pounds on jugs baited with live perch and cut bait. Rod and reel traffic has been light.
NACOGDOCHES -- Lake Nacogdoches is about six inches low and clear. Water temp is in the low 90s.
anglers have been struggling beneath the midday sun. Best bet is to be
on the water at first light or late in the afternoon. Bass up to five
pounds have been reported under the stars. Texas rig worms, Carolina
rigs and black spinnerbaits have been hot. Target shoreline grass beds
and off shore stuff for best results.
Crappie anglers are plucking a few keepers out of brush piles in 12-22 feet of water, mostly on live shiners.
FORK -- Lake Fork is 18 inches low and clear. Water is nudging 90 degrees.
Parker at the Minnow Bucket said bass fishing has been excellent to 11
pounds at night. Good numbers of slot fish in the 5-8 pounds reported
on 10 inch black or blue fleck worms and black spinnerbaits. Most
anglers are targeting hydrilla beds in 4-8 feet of water.
are fair beneath the bridges in 28 feet of water. There also has been a
decent bite in the timber, mostly at first light.
Catfish are fair over baited holes in 19 feet of water.
TOLEDO BEND -- T-Bend is about five feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Shively at Bill's Landing said bass anglers are reporting good number
of bass in the 2-3 pound range. The fish are relating to underwater
humps and sloughs in 4-12 feet of water. Plenty of schooling activity
on the main lake, mostly in the timber and along the edges of the river.
are good to 50 pounds on trotline; live bait is producing best on sets
in 8-10 feet of water. Rod and reelers are picking up plenty of frying
size channels on bottom around baited holes. The better fish are coming
on shad and cut bream fished 2-4 feet beneath the surface.
Crappie are suspended at 10 feet along the edges of the Sabine River. Live shiners are producing best results.
SAM RAYBURN -- Sam Rayburn is about two feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Thomasson-Wilson at Ann's Tackle said bass fishing has been fair to
seven pounds on Texas rig worms worked slowly around outside grass
edges in 8-12 feet of water. Topwater fishing has been good early and
late on Ribbit Frogs and Pop-Rs fished around shallow hydrilla, lily
pads and buck brush.
Crappie fishing has been good around brush
piles with plenty of limits coming on live shiners, Puddlejumpers and
Wedgetail minnows. Catfish are fair to two pounds on cut shad and stink
PINKSTON -- Lake Pinkston is 2 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
guide Alan Spruiell said crappie fishing has been fair at first light
and late in the evening around deep brush tops. The midday bite is slow.
said bass fishing has been good to 12 pounds on Carolina rigs dragged
on deep structure down to 25 feet. A couple of fish the the 9-10 pound
class also reported. School bass have been active during the early
morning hours, but most of the fish are small.
-- Matt Williams