Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 30, 2012

10/30 EAST TEXAS FISHING REPORT

Matt Williams
The Athens Review

ATHENS — ATHENS — Water level is 3.36 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 60s.

Jerry Hanson at Lake Athens Marina says bass fishing has been good to 6 1/2 pounds using Deep Little N cranks along drops and points in 9-15 feet of water. Floating worms and frogs are producing some solid fish around lily pads in 3-4 feet of water.

Crappie are excellent on live shiners soaked around brush in 20 feet of water, suspended at 12 feet.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is three feet low and stained. Water temp is in the low 60s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says blue cats are moving shallow up north around cormorant roosts, hitting cut shad and punch bait. Crappie are taking shiners and jigs around boat docks with brush in 6-10 feet. Bridge pilings and brush piles in 8-16 feet are holding fish as well.

Black bass are strong on boat docks, hitting plastics, jigs and cranks. Rocks are beginning to hold some bass as well. White bass are good on slabs fished in 8-14 feet of water on humps and points. Hybrids are more reliable at night under lighted docks using swim baits and 'Traps.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is 3.70 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 60s.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing says catfishing has been good. Best bite is coming along windy shorelines in shallow water using punch bait and shad. Standing timber in 10-15 feet of water is holding good numbers, primarily near channel breaks.

Black bass are good to four pounds on spinnerbaits and shallow cranks tossed in 3-5 feet of water with heavy brush. Whites are fair. The fish are scattered on points in 18-25 feet of water, hitting slabs. Crappie are slow.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 2.75 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp is in the upper 60s, low 70s.

Bass fishing has been good to four pounds using square bills, lipless cranks and wacky worms around hydrilla beds lining the edges of channel breaks and over grass flats ranging 2-8 feet deep.

Crappie fishing is fair over deep brush, mainly on live shiners.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 3.68 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 70s, upper 60s.

Fishing guide Glen Freeman says bass fishing has been good. Freeman is picking up good numbers of keepers up to 3 1/2 pounds using Texas rig red bug worms in 15-25 feet of water around underwater drops, points and ridges on the main lake. Topwaters, spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits are producing some solid fish around grassbeds and in the backs of creeks..

Charlie Shively at Bill's Landing says blues and flatheads are good on trotlines tipped with cut bait and live perch. Crappie are fair and scattered, but Shively looks for the fish concentrate more along the edges of the river with cooler temperatures. Lots of white bass holding along the edges of the Sabine in 8-15 feet of water, suspended at 5-6 feet.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 3.63 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

Laren Bush at Ann's Tackle says the bite slowed after the front. Best shallow bite is coming on shad pattern 'Traps and soft jerk baits worked around grass in 2-6 feet of water. Jigs, Carolina rigs and deep cranks are producing some solid fish around structure in 18-25 feet of water.

Crappie are fair around brush piles using minnows and jigs in smoke or white colors. Best bite has been in 20-25 feet of water. Catfish are good over baited holes up north using cheese bait and night crawlers in 17-20 feet of water.

FORK — Water level is 3.70 feet low. Water temp in the upper 60s.

Linda Benedict at Lake Fork Marina says small cranks are producing numbers of small fish around outside grass edges in 2-8 feet of water. Carolina rigs and spoons are working in deeper water where fish are concentrated in 22-26 feet of water.

Crappie fishermen are reporting limits on jigs and minnows around bridge pilings in 20-25 feet. Also some fish holding around brush piles. Channel cat are excellent on punch bait soaked around brush.

NACONICHE — Water level is at full pool and clear. Water temp is in the upper 60s.

Jerome Hale at Hale Tackle says crappie fishing has been fair along outside grass edges, suspended at 12-14 feet. Also some good reports coming from deep water.

Hale says bass fishing has been slow.

PINKSTON — Water level is about 18 inches low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 60s.

Bass are good to seven pounds on Texas rigs and weightless plastics tossed around outside grass edges. Some solid fish also reported schooling on the main lake, hitting topwaters and spoons.

Crappie are hit and miss around brush piles. No limits reported, but quality has been good.

— Matt Williams