East Texas Fishing Report
By Matt Williams
The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of Oct. 8:
ATHENS — Lake Athens is 53 inches low and clear. Water temp is in the low 70s.
Peter Gould at Lake Athens Marina said the city ramp is usable for flatbottoms, bass boats and pontoons. Bass anglers are reporting good numbers of slot fish to eight pounds on Chatterbaits and topwaters worked in shallow water. Lots of schooling activity late in the day. Crappie anglers are plucking some quality slabs off brush piles in 6-8 feet of water, mostly on minnows.
Bream are excellent on crickets and nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and punch bait fished shallow at night.
CEDAR CREEK — Cedar Creek is a record six feet below normal and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Dean Janke at Sunny Glen Resort said crappie fishing is fair on minnows soaked around bridge pilings and brush piles in 20 feet water.
White bass are fair on spoons bounced off main lake humps in 20 feet of water.
Black bass anglers are picking up a few keepers on motor oil lizards worked around shallow brush and rocks.
Janke said most boat ramps are closed. Don's Port and Big Chief are still usable for bigger crafts.
PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is about five feet low and clear. Water temp is in the mid-70s.
Ramps are closed up north. Deep End and Lake Palestine Campground ramps are still usable.
Bill Miller at Flat Creek Marina said catfish are good on jug lines baited with perch, shad and gold fish. Several blues up to 20 pounds reported.
Crappie are fair at the Highway 155 bridge pilings and along the edges of the Neches River down south. Black bass are fair on finesse worms and small spinners worked in skinny water. A few fish also holding around the deeper, main lake docks.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is 10 feet low and clear. Water temp is in low 70s.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing said crappie are good on minnows dunked in timber in 13-25 feet of water. Jigs are working equally well.
Black bass are fair. Anglers are reporting a good topwater bite early, then switching to spinnerbaits and Carolina rigs in 8-12 feet of water. A few fish also hitting shad pattern crankbaits.
Catfish are good on rod and reel baited with punch bait or shad. Key depth range is 15-20 feet.
SAM RAYBURN — Sam Rayburn is about four feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Ann Thomasson-Wilson said bass fishing has been good to five pounds on a variety of lures including the white Ribbit, Yellow Magic and Super Fluke. Candy bug Texas Mag 2 worms and wacky worms have been excellent. Red bloodline also has been good. Camo and little gator pattern jigs are working well along outside grasslines in eight feet of water.
Crappie are good on minnows soaked in relation to brush in 18-25 feet of water. Catfish are fair on punch bait, Catfish Charlie and shad.
PINKSTON — Lake Pinkston is about three feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Fishing guide Alan Spuiell said crappie fishing is picking up. Average size is 1 1/2 pounds. The fish are holding at 12 feet, mostly around brush tops in 22-25 feet of water.
Black bass are fair to three pounds on Texas rig worms fished around timber and outside grass lines in 14 feet of water.
FORK — Lake Fork is five feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Martin Edwards at the Minnow Bucket said bass fishing has been good to 11 pounds on Carolina rig plastics worked on structure in 18-25 feet of water. Good numbers of slot fish reported on topwaters and blue fleck Texas rig worms fished along outside grass lines in 6-8 feet.
Crappie are good on jigs and minnows fished around brush piles in 18-22 feet of water. Bridge fishing is improving daily.
Catfish are excellent on punch bait soaked in 15-25 feet of water.
TOLEDO BEND — T-Bend is 11 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the mid 70s.
Charlie Shively at Bill's Landing said catfishing has been excellent on trotline and rod and reel. Several blues to eight pounds are hitting dead minnows and shad fished beneath corks along the banks of Tenaha Creek. Trotliners are making some nice hauls on blues and op.
Crappie are fair along the edges of the Sabine River. Most of the fish are holding in 12-19 feet of water. Several fish in the two-pound range caught on jigs during the last week.
SABINE LAKE — Lots of bull reds are roaming the surf and eating cut mullet and shrimp soaked on bottom. The jetty has been be producing some solid reds, as well.
Trout fishing has been good up north, mostly under the birds using surface plugs and plastics. Flat fish are hitting jigs tipped with shrimp.
— Matt Williams