Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 23, 2013

7/23 East Texas Fishing Report

The Athens Review

Athens — Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of July 23:

ATHENS — Water level is 3.06 feet low and stained. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.

Bobby Spearman at Lake Athens Marina says bass fishing has been excellent to 10 pounds on deep cranks and Carolina rigs worked along drops in 22-30 feet of water. Good numbers of small fish up shallow around grass and pads.

Crappie are slow during the daylight hours, but excellent at night in 20-25 feet of water.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 4.69 feet low and stained. Surface temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says hybrids and whites are good on main lake points and humps close to deep water. Key depth range is 14-24 feet. Live shad, cut shad, spoons and slabs are the top producers.

Catfish are roaming the same areas, hitting live perch and cut shad in 12-30 feet. Crappie are hanging tight to bridge pilings and brush piles, taking live shiners and jigs in 16-24 feet of water, suspended at 8-14 feet.

Black bass are taking small plastics and cranks fished around rocks, docks and main lake points and humps, 3-10 feet deep. Offshore structure in 8-22 feet also giving up some solid fish on Carolina rigs and cranks.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is 7.63 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing shut his facility down last week due to low water. Winters said ramps at Fisherman's Point and Oak Cove are still usable.

Anglers who are able to get out are picking up crappie in standing timber  18-25 feet, suspended at 7-15 feet. White bass are schooling early and late on main lake points in 10-25 feet.

Bass to four pounds are taking in Carolina rigs in 5-10 feet of water. Catfish are good in standing timber 12-18 feet deep and on windy shorelines.

PALESTINE — Water level is 0.56 feet low and stained up north, clear down south. Water temp in the mid-to-upper-80s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says catfish are excellent on punch bait, shrimp and night crawlers soaked over baited holes in 15 feet of water.

Crappie fishing is fair at the Highway 155 crossing and around brush in 20 feet of water, mainly on jigs and small minnows. Black bass are good to seven pounds on crankbaits worked in 16 feet of water. A few fish hitting square bills and jigs around boat docks with brush.

White bass and hybrids are schooling on points early and late, then moving to drops in 16-18 feet.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 1.69 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.

Bass are fair to two pounds using wacky worms and light Texas rigs around scattered grass in 4-10 feet of water. A few taking topwaters in low light conditions.

Also a decent bite on deep structure using cranks, Carolina rigs and drop shots

Crappie are fair on jigs and shiners soaked around brush piles.

FORK — Water level is 5.01 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.

Fishing guide Gary Paris says catfish are excellent over baited holes in 20-25 feet of water using punch bait.

Good numbers of fish up to six pounds reported.

Crappie are good on brush piles in 16-20 feet. Black bass are good on deep cranks, Texas rigs, football jigs and drop shots in 20-25 feet of water.  

The FM 515 and and 154 bridges also are giving up some fish on Alabama rigs, Flukes and topwaters.

Good numbers fish holding around shallow grass as well.