The Athens Review
Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of November 27:
ATHENS — Water level is 2.23 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the low 60s.
Max Logan at Lake Athens Marina says crappie fishing has been good around brush piles in 25-29 feet of water using live shiners and jigs. Black bass are hitting cranks and watermelon plastics fished around outside grass edges and boat docks in 6-10 feet. Also some reports of some deeper fish since the cold front.
CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 5.05 feet low and stained. Water temp in the 50s.
Fishing guide Jason Barber says blue cat are good on fresh cut shad Carolina rigged around shallow stump fields and on windy banks. Crappie fishermen are reporting partial limits using live shiners around brush piles in 12-18 feet. Jigs and shiners producing equally well.
Bass fishing has been good around deeper boat docks with brush, mainly on jigs, cranks and spinnerbaits. Shallow rock also giving up some quality fish on crankbaits.
PALESTINE — Water level is five inches low and stained up north, clear down south. Water temp in the 50s.
Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass fishing has been good around boat houses with brush using Texas rig baby Brushhogs and crawworms and white cranks. Crappie are fair at the Highway 155 crossing and along the edges of the Neches River in 24 feet, suspended at 17 feet. Jigs and shiners producing equally well.
Catfish are excellent on jugs tipped with live perch, best at night. Rod and reelers picking up channels using night crawlers, shrimp and punch bait in 13 feet. White bass are schooling close to the dam.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is 8.32 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the 50s.
Low water continues hamper launching at most ramps other than Fisherman's Point and Oak Cove, according to Larry Winters at Midway Landing.
Winters says fishing traffic has been very light since the front. Bank fishermen scoring the best results, mainly blue cat and channel cat using punch bait.
FORK — Water level is 5.76 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the 50s.
Tony Parker at the Minnow Bucket says crappie fishing has been good on main lake points in 30 feet; the fish are holding tight to bottom. Also some fish holding around the bridges.
Black bass are good. Lots of small fish reported on spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps fished around shallow grass beds. The better quality fish are taking spoons and Carolina rigs worked on deeper points. Catfish are excellent in 18-20 feet along creek channels using punch bait and cut shad.
NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 2.72 feet low and rising slowly. Water temp in the 50s.
Bass are fair to six pounds on Chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and crankbaits worked around flooded grass beds in 3-12 feet of water. Also some fish reported on Rat-L-Traps. In deeper water anglers are plucking some good numbers off channel breaks using jigs, Carolina rigs and crankbaits.
No report on crappie.
SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 6.08 feet low and stained up north, clearer down south. Water temp in the 50s.
Bass anglers reporting a few solid fish around shallow grass beds using lipless cranks, square bills and spinnerbaits.
Also come decent fish reported along on deeper ledges in 25 feet of water using flutter spoons, jigs and Carolina rigs, and along shallower drops using jigs and Texas rigs.
Crappie fishing is spotty around brush piles using live shiners.