The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of January 28:
ATHENS — Water level is 2.84 feet low and stained. Water temp in the upper 50s.
Bobby Spearman at Lake Athens Marina says black bass are slow. A few slot fish reported. Crappie are excellent in 5-10 feet of water around grass beds, mainly on live shiners. The bridge crossing also is holding some fish.
CEDAR CREEK —Water level is 2.85 feet low and stained. Water temp in the upper 40s.
Fishing guide Jason Barber says crappie are slow with best results coming around deep brush in 16-30 feet of water. A few fish beginning show up around docks in six feet of water.
Catfish are good to 20 pounds up north using fresh shad and cut carp in 2-10 feet of water. Down south the best bite has been coming in 18-35 feet. Drifting has been effective. Black bass are hitting jigs, cranks and spinnerbaits worked slowly around boat docks. Hybrids and whites are hanging around bait in 25-40 feet, hitting small swim baits and other shad imitations.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is 3.92 feet low and stained. Water temp in the low 50s.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing says white bass are fair on slabs fished on points in 25-30 feet of water. Black bass are gravitating towards the backs of creeks and coves, hitting spinnerbaits and jigs around larger stumps.
Catfish hitting cut shad under cormorant roosts in 3-4 of water. Windy shorelines also productive. Deeper creeks giving up some blues to 25 pounds for drift fishermen. Crappie are slow.
PALESTINE — Water level is nine inches low and stained up north, clear down south. Water temp in the low 50s.
Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass are good to eight pounds on jigs worked along channel bends. The Neches arm has been especially good.
Crappie are fair at the Highway 155 crossing; lots of small fish reported lately on jigs and shiners. Catfish are good on deep humps using night crawlers. A few fish still coming on jugs and trotlines tipped with live perch.
White bass are fair at the old 155 roadbed, mainly on spoons.
FORK — Water level is 4.18 feet and fairly clear. Water temp is the low 50s.
Fishing guide Gary Paris says bass anglers are picking up scattered slot fish around stumps in 4-6 feet of water. Best bite for quality fish coming on 'Traps and spinnerbaits.
Crappie fishermen are picking up limits on deep points around the dam, 30-45 feet deep. Catfish are excellent over baited holes. Cormorant roosts are good for some solid channel cat when the wind allows.
SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 2.91 feet low and stained up north, clearer down south, stained in the backs of creeks. Water temp in the mid-50s.
Fishing guide Tommy Martin says deep cranks, drop shots and spoons are producing some solid fish on deep structure. In shallow water, 'Traps and flat-sided square bills are good for scattered bites around shallow grass.
White bass are fair up the river, mainly on Roadrunners, 'Traps and small spinners. No report on crappie.
TOLEDO BEND — T-Bend is about three feet low and stained up north, clearer down south. Water temp in the mid-50s.
Fishing guide Tommy Martin say bass fishing has been good on football jigs worked in 28 feet of water. Rat-L-Traps are producing fish to eight pounds around shallow grass in 2-5 feet of water down south. Martin expects to see a big push towards the shallows over the next week or two if the warm weather holds.
Martin says crappie fishermen are picking up some solid fish around the river channel at the Chicken Coop.
The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of January 28:
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Texas A&M-Commerce landed a pair on the Daktronics South Central All-Region team as defender Vicky Back and forward Savannah Henderson were both named second team honorees, announced last week.
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Saturday, December 7
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Rally falls short
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