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July 3, 2014

7/3/14 East Texas Fishing Report

Athens — Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for July 3:

ATHENS — Water level is about one inch high and clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Tuffy Littlefield at Lake Athens Marina says bass fishing has been good around pads and hydrilla beds using frogs and Texas rig worms in 3-4 feet of water. Jigs also working along drop offs in 18-20 feet. Crappie are hit and miss. A few partial limits reported around brush piles in 12-15 feet using minnows. Bream are fair. Anglers are reporting lots of small fish; hand size perch have been tough to come by.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is three feet low and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Bass anglers reporting some solid fish in the 4-5 pound range on plastics and cranks fished around select boat docks with brush. Also some fish hitting Carolina rigs  and cranks worked on main lake drops and around brush piles.

White bass and hybrids are good on cut shad and spoons fished around main lake humps in 15-25 feet of water. Some solid blue cat hanging around the same areas.

Crappie fishermen are picking up occasional limits around brush piles and bridge pilings in 12-24 feet of water using jigs and shiners.

PALESTINE — Water level is about an inch high and clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass are taking frogs, spinnerbaits and Senkos worked around shallow grass and pads. Jigs also producing some fish along the bends. Farther south, Flat Creek is giving up some solid fish on jigs and spinnerbaits. Deep cranks good for a few fish points with rocks or stumps.

Catfish are excellent on punch bait and night crawlers in 3-4 feet of water.

Crappie are fair at the Highway 155 crossing and around brush in 21 feet, most on jigs.

White bass are fair on points near the dam, mostly on 'Traps and spoons

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is 6.68 feet low and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing says white bass are good, schooling early and late. Midday fishing is best on 20-28 feet on points.

Black bass are fair, hanging tight to wood in 4-6 feet, hitting spinnerbaits and plastics. Crappie are fair to good in 20-28 feet, suspended at 7-20 depending on cloud cover. Catfish are good on jugs and trot lines. Rod and reelers picking up some solid fish on windy banks.

Standing timber in 17-20 feet also producing good numbers of channel cat on cut bait and punch bait.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is about seven inches low and clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Danny Iles says bass are good to six pounds in 22-25 feet of water using Texas rigs and Carolina rigs dragged on points. Also some solid fish coming out of isolated grass patches.

Crappie fishing has been good around deep brush piles in 25-30 feet of water, mostly on minnows and jigs.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is at full pool and clear to stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Lake regular Danny Iles says quite of few fish are roving the shallows. Pepper grass and lily pads are giving up some solid fish in 4-5 pound range using Yellow Magics and frogs.

Jigs flipped in taller grass in 8-12 feet also producing some solid sacks. Iles said white bass and spotted bass are set setting up in deep structure, hitting spoon and cranks.

Fishing guide Larry King says crappie fishing has been very slow. Most anglers are struggling to box limits.

FORK — Water level is 3.36 feet low and clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Gary Paris says bass fishing has been to good to eight pounds on deep cranks, Texas rigs and swim baits fished in 20-25 feet of water.

Shallow grass beds also holding some solid fish, hitting frogs, cranks and Senkos.

Catfish are good over baited holes 24 feet deep using punch bait, night crawlers and cut bait.

Crappie are holding in 20-25 feet on brush piles.

PINKSTON — Water level is about 2 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Bass are good to seven pounds on jigs and creatures flipped along outside grass lines in 8-12 feet of water. Also some fish hitting Carolina rigs and Texas rigs dragged on main points and around deep brush.

Crappie are hit and miss on shiners soaked around brush tops.

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