The Athens Review
ATHENS — Water level is 3.41 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 70s, upper 60s.
Bobby Spearman at Lake Athens Marina says bass fishing has been good on topwaters in shallow water early and late, then switching to Carolina rigs dragged in 10-14 feet of water in the vininty of the dam.
Crappie are excellent on live shiners soaked around brush piles in 8-16 feet of water. Live shiners and jigs are producing equally well at times.
CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 3.20 feet low and stained. Water temp is in the upper 60s.
Fishing guide Jason Barber says crappie fishing has been good under the bridges and around brush piles in 8-16 feet of water. Some of the deeper docks also are holding a few fish.
White bass are excellent in 10-15 feet of water using spoons and slabs. Points and humps near drop offs are holding the better concentrations. Catfish are good on shrimp, shad and punch bait drifted in 6-20 feet of water. Humps, points and windy shorelines are giving up good numbers of channel cat and some quality blues.
Black bass are hitting jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits around shallow cover; topwaters working on cloudy days.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is 3.89 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp is in the upper 60s.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing says catfishing has been good on windy shorelines. Baited holes in 8-10 feet of water in standing timber are producing limits of channels and blues up to five pounds.
White bass fishermen are reporting partial limits in 25-30 feet of water on main lake points using spoons and slabs. Black bass to five pounds are hitting spinnerbaits lipless cranks in 2-6 feet of water. Best bite has been around heavy timber and brush. Crappie have slowed down significantly; a few fish still reported on minnows in 15-20 feet, suspended at 6-10 feet.
PALESTINE — Water level is 1.61 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 60s.
Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass fishing has been good to three pounds on Shimmy Shakers and Carolina rigs fished around shallow docks and points in 1-4 feet of water with stumps or brush.
Crappie fishermen are reporting a few limits at the Highway 155 crossing using minnows and jigs in 20-24 feet of water close to bottom. Catfish are excellent on night crawlers and punch bait. Shallow bite is best in 3-4 feet. Humps in 14 feet also are holding fish. White bass are slow. A few fish reported on spoons in 18 feet.
FORK — Water level is 4.15 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 60s.
Fishing guide Brooks Rogers says bass fishing has been good to eight pounds. Best bite has been in 6-8 feet of water along the edges of channel breaks using plastics. Also a few fish hitting Tailspinners bounced off bottom in 20-26 feet of water near drop offs.
Crappie fishermen are reporting partial limits around bridge pilings using shiners and jigs. A few fish beginning to show up on main lake points in 25-35 feet of water near the dam. Catfish are excellent over baited holes in 20 feet of water using punch bait. Also some fish beginning to showing up under cormorant roosts.
NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 2.83 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 60s.
Bass fishing has been good for numbers around shallow grass in 2-5 feet of water using lipless cranks, wacky worms, square bill cranks, Chatterbaits and a few spinnerbaits. Also some fish showing up around new growth shore line grass on the main lake.
Crappie fishermen are reporting partial limits around brush piles using live shiners.
NACONICHE — Water level is at full pool and clear. Water temp in the upper 60s.
Jerome Hale at Hale Tackle says bass fishing has been tough overall. A few anglers are reporting a decent topwater bite early and late along boat lanes in the edges of the timber. Hydrilla beds on the main lake are giving up a few fish on plastics and jigs.
Crappie fishing traffic has been light. A few anglers reporting partial limits around grass using jigs and small shiners.
TOLEDO BEND — Water level is about four feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.
Charlie Shively at Bill’s Landing says cat fishing has been fair. Trotliners are reporting blues and flatheads in the 20-30 pound range using live perch and cut bait. Rod and reelers are picking up good numbers of channel cat and an occasional blue using night crawlers, shad, shrimp and prepared bait.
Bass anglers are picking up good numbers of keepers using topwaters and Texas rig plastics around shallow grass beds in 3-7 feet of water. Lots of good stuff on the Louisiana side around the Grapevine slough area.
Crappie are fair along the edge of the Sabine River in 15-20 feet, suspended around 12 feet.
SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 3.95 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 60s.
Bass fishing has been good. Ann Wilson at Ann’s Tackle says anglers are reporting good numbers on smoke shad Strike Pro Hunch Backs and buzz baits fished around shallow grass in 2-5 feet of water. Wilson says the Rat-L-Trap bite is strong on a ‘Classic golden shiner color pattern.
Crappie are good around brush piles in 25-30 feet, mainly on minnows. Catfish are good over baited holes in 17-20 feet of water using punch bait and liver.
PINKSTON — Water level is about three low and slightly stained. Water temp in the low 70s, upper 60s.
Fishing guide Alan Spruiell says crappie fishing has been good on jigs in 20 feet feet of water, suspended 14 feet down. Bass are schooling on the main lake, hitting topwaters and Roadrunners. Also some solid fish hitting plastics tossed around outside grass edges.