The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of March 17:

ATHENS — Lake Athens is at normal level and clear. Water temp is in the mid-50s.

Charles Spearman said bass fishing has been good to eight pounds on weightless Senkos and spinnerbaits fished around shoreline grass in 1-3 feet of water.

Crappie are fair on minnows soaked around brush piles in 12-14 feet of water. A few fish beginning to gravitate towards the shallows.

Catfish are fair to six pounds on night crawlers fished from shore and along creek channels.

CEDAR CREEK — Cedar Creek is at normal pool and stained up north, clearer down south. Water temp is in the low 60s.

Crappie are fair on minnows fished around brush and boat docks in 1-3 feet of water. Fishing guide Jason Barber said bass are good to four pounds on spinnerbaits and Texas rig plastics fished in the backs of coves and creeks around boat docks and retaining walls.

Barber said catfish are good to 20 pounds on cut shad fished on bottom in 2-10 feet of water. White bass are good up the creeks and on shallow main lake points using 1/4 ounce Roadrunners and Rat-L-Traps.

PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is about 8 inches high and stained up north, clearer down south. Water temp is in the low 60s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff said bass fishing has been good to six pounds on Senkos, Chatterbaits and spinnerbaits worked in 2-3 feet of water in the backs of creeks up north. Grassy, main lake points and boat docks are holding fish down south.

Crappie are good at the old Kickapoo bridge. A few anglers are plucking limits out of shallow water using long poles and minnows.

White bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and cranks worked on points in 3-6 feet of water. Lots of limits also reported up the Neches River. Hybrids are schooling daily at the dam, mostly at first light.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is at normal level and stained due to fresh water and high winds. Water temp is in the low 60s.

Larry Winters at Midway landing said bass fishing has been fair to seven pounds. Lots of bucks cruising the shallows. Best bite has been on spinnerbaits and lizards worked in 1-4 feet of water.

Crappie are good in backwater creeks using minnows. Best bite has been right against the bank, mostly during late afternoon hours and at night.

White bass are fair on spoons fished on windy points in 15-25 feet of water. Limits are scarce.

Catfish are good on rod and reel using punch bait along windy shorelines.

NACOGDOCHES — Lake Nacogdoches is at normal level and slightly stained up north. Water temp is in the low 60s.

Bass are gravitating towards the shallows and taking Texas rig and weightless soft plastics fished in 1-3 feet of water. Good numbers of slot fish have been reported.

Crappie anglers are picking up partial limits on minnows and jigs around boat docks and shallow brush.

SAM RAYBURN — Sam Rayburn is about two feet low and stained up north, clearer down south. Water temp is in the low 60s.

Bass are good to eight pounds on assorted baits worked in skinny water. Senkos, wacky worms, drop shots, light Texas rigs, Rogues, Chatterbaits and spinnerbaits have been productive around scattered hydrilla.

Crappie anglers are picking up partial limits around shallow brush using minnows. The fish are scattered. White bass are good up the Angelina River using Roadrunners and live crawfish.

TOLEDO BEND — The lake is about 18 inches below full pool and stained up north, clear down south. Water temp is in the low 60s

Bass are good to seven pounds. Most of the better catches are being reported in shallow water using lipless cranks, spinnerbaits, Texas rig lizards and weightless Senkos.

Crappie are fair on Roadrunners and jigs fished along creek channels and shallow flats down south. Rising, stained water has slowed the bite up north. Fishing guide Mike Wheatley said white bass are fair in the Sabine River north of Logansport using Roadrunners and live crawfish.

Catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and perch. Rod and reelers are picking up partial limits of channels and blues using cut shad and night crawlers.

— Matt Williams

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