East Texas Fishing Report
ATHENS — Lake Athens is about 2 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Bass anglers are reporting fair numbers of slot fish to Lake Athens Marina. Topwaters are producing some solid fish early in the day, then switching to soft plastics and deep cranks.
Crappie are good with steady limits coming at night, mostly on live shiners soaked over brush.
Catfish are fair on night crawlers and shrimp.
CEDAR CREEK — Cedar Creek is about three feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Dean Janke at Sunny Glen Resort said white bass and hybrids have slowed down over the last few weeks. Janke said the best bite has been coming at night on minnows; the daytime crowd is faring best on spoons over deep humps.
Black bass are fair to four pounds on soft plastics and jigs fished around brush in 15-20 feet of water. Night fishing has been fair.
Catfish are good at night, mostly on stink bait, chicken livers and worms.
Crappie are slow.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is six feet low and fairly clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Cattfishing has been fair on punch bait fished along windy banks. Anglers are targeting cats in deeper water down to 15 feet under still conditions, mostly around timber. Juglines are producing fair results on cut shad.
Black bass are fair to three pounds on spinners and soft jerkbaits fished over stump flats bordering creeks. White bass are good on spoons bounced on deep points; some schooling activity reported at first light.
PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is a couple of feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Black bass are slow to fair. Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff is picking up a few keepers using light Texas rigs around the deeper docks with brush down south, and on deep cranks worked on main lake points.
White bass are fair on spoons and Rat-L-Traps; a few hybrids up to seven pounds mixed in.
Crappie are fair on jigs and shiners fished in timber 16-22 feet deep. Man made brush piles also are holding fish; no limits reported, according to Flat Creek Marina.
FORK — Lake Fork is three feet low and clear. Water temp is in the mid-80s.
Bass fishing has been good, according to Martin Edwards at the Minnow Bucket. Most anglers are averaging 20-25 fish per day; good numbers in the 3-5 pound range. Over-the-slot bass have been scarce lately. Best bite has been on Baby Brush Hawgs Carolina-rigged in 18-30 feet of water. Drop shot rigs are producing decent results, as well. Night fishing is excellent between midnight and 4 a.m.
Crappie are fair. Best reports are coming from brush tops in 20-25 feet of water, mostly on jigs. Bridge fishing has slowed down somewhat.
Catfish are good on punch bait in 25-28 feet of water.
NACOGDOCHES — Lake Nacogdoches is about normal level and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Bass are fair to three pounds on Carolina rig and drop shot plastics worked on main lake points with brush. Topwaters are producing a few strikes early and late over submerged hydrilla; a few fish hitting frogs around lily pads. Blue fleck and black/neon Power Worms are producing some decent fish at night.
Crappie anglers are picking up a few keepers at night using live shiners around deep brush.
SAM RAYBURN — Sam Rayburn is about 1 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Bass are fair to five pounds on jigs and Texas rig plastics fished along outside grass edges in 12-14 feet of water. Ann Thomasson-Wilson at Ann's Tackle said there also has been a decent topwater bite at first light and on cloudy days, mostly on Pop-Rs and Yellow Magics.
Crappie fishing has been excellent on jigs and shiners fished vertical around deep brush piles. The Highway 147 bridge is producing a few keepers, as well.
White bass are good to 2 1/2 pounds on spoons bounced on deep structure; some schooling activity over points at first light.
TOLEDO BEND — T-Bend is 6 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Bass are fair to five pounds on crankbaits and Carolina rigs worked along river bends and old sloughs up north. Farther south, anglers are using Carolina rigs on main lake points. All boaters should be mindful of low water conditions.
Catfish are good on rod and reel baited with worms and punch bait. Cut bait fished on river shelves is producing some quality blue cat. Several blues in the 40-50 pound range reported during the last week on trotlines baited with cut bait and live perch.
Crappie anglers are picking up some solid keepers soaking live shiners around river bank brush.
MURVAUL — Lake Murvaul is at normal level and fairly clear. Water temp is in the mid 80s.
Bass are fair to five pounds on Texas rig worms fished on brushy points, according to Murvaul Marina. A few fish taking topwaters at first light and at sun down. Night fishermen are faring best using spinners and dark worms.
Crappie are fair on minnows soaked over man made brush and at the bridge crossing.
Catfish are fair over baited holes using punch bait and cut shad.