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November 20, 2013

11/20/13 East Texas Fishing Report

Athens — Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of Nov. 20:

ATHENS — Water level is 2.68 feet low and stained. Water temp in the low 60s.

Max Logan at Lake Athens Marina says bass fishing has been good around boat houses using watermelon candy plastics. Logan said the deep bite has slowed somewhat.

Crappie fishing has been fair around brush piles in 19 feet of water, mainly on minnows. A few channel cat in the 1-3 pound range reported in the same areas.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 5.74 feet low and stained. Water temp in the low 60s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says catfishing has been good on Carolina rigged cut bait fished around shallow stumps and windy shorelines. Crappie are good in 12-18 feet on brush piles, mainly on jigs. Black bass are good around boat docks with available water, shallow rocks and other debri in 0-6 feet using jigs, cranks and spinnerbaits.

White bass are fair on slabs and swim baits on main lake points and humps in 8-18 feet.

PALESTINE — Water level is about two inches low and clear down south, stained up north. Water temp in the 60s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass fishing has been fair on white cranks worked on points and roadbeds in 6-10 feet of water. Split shot rigs are producing some solid fish along the edges of shallow weed beds in knee-deep water, mostly in the backs of major and secondary creeks.

Crappie fishing has been fair in standing timber near the 155 bridge in 25 feet of water, suspended at 10 feet. White bass are fair on points near the dam, hitting spoons, swim baits, 'Traps and a few topwaters. Channel cat are good on rocky shorelines and in 12-15 feet using night crawlers and punch bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — level is 8.63 low and fairly clear. Water temp in low 60s.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing says launching is limited to only two ramps, Fisherman's Cove and Oak Cove. Not many people on the water. Bank fishermen reporting good results using punch bait on windy shorelines. Some good quality blue cat reported.

FORK — Water level is 5.75 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

Fishing guide Gary Paris says bass fishing has been good on Carolina rigs, drop shot and deep diving cranks worked in 20-25 feet of water around underwater points and humps. Also some fish coming shallow around grass beds in 3-6 feet of water.

Crappie fishing is good in 20-25 feet using live shiners and jigs on points near the dam. Catfishing has been excellent in 18-20 feet of water using punch bait and cut shad.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 3.04 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the mid-60s.

Bass fishing has been fair on Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits worked around grass beds in 4-10 feet of water. Also some quality fish reported on Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and drop shots fished along deeper channel swings and drop offs.

No report on crappie.

NACONICHE — Water level is about normal level and stained to clear. Water temp in the 60s.

Bass fishing has been spotty. Fisheries biologist Todd Driscoll reported good numbers of solid fish in the 2-3 pound range using flutter spoons on main lake humps in 18-22 feet of water. A few scattered fish along boat lanes and road beds hitting Flukes, 'Traps and Texas rigs.

Crappie are slow.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 4.25 feet low and fairly clear down south, stained up north.

Rhonda Shivley at Bill's Landing says catfishing has been excellent on stump hooks and trotline sets in 8-12 feet of water. Several flatheads in 40-50 pound range reported on live bait. Good numbers of big blues also reported.

Shivley says crappie fishing has been fair on the edges of the Sabine when the wind allows anglers to get out. Best bite has been right at the river's edge in about 12 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good around outside grass edges down south using jigs and crankbaits.

PINKSTON — Water level about four feet low and clear. Water temp in the 60s.

Some solid bass taking soft jerk baits, swim baits and Texas rigs worked along outside grass edges. Fishing guide Alan Spruiell says crappie are spotty around brush piles.

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