The Athens Review
ATHENS — Water level is 3.60 feet low and stained. Water temp in the upper 50s.
Bobby Spearman at Lake Athens Marina says fishing traffic has been light. Crappie fishing and bass fishing has been excellent. Crappie anglers are pulling limits out of 18-24 feet, mainly around channels and drop offs. Brush piles have been unproductive.
Spearman says bass anglers are reporting good results using Carolina rigs and deep cranks worked around main lake structure in 20-25 feet of water. Rat-L-Traps are producing smaller fish around lily pads and shallow grass beds.
CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 3.62 feet low and stained. Water temp in the low 50s.
Fishing guide Jason Barber says all fishing has been excellent. Blue cat to 20 pounds are taking cut shad soaked in skinny water up north, 2-7 feet deep. Smaller baits are best for numbers in the 2-10 pound range.
White bass are steady in 10-16 feet of water using slabs on secondary points and humps. Hybrids are scattered. Night fishing has been excellent around lighted docks using buck tail jigs and 'Traps.
Crappie are good in 8-16 feet of water around bridge crossing and brush piles. The fish are on bottom in the 8-12 foot range, suspended close to bottom out deeper.
Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, jigs and shallow cranks fished around boat docks in 2-5 feet of water.
PALESTINE — Water level is 1.82 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 50s.
Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff say bass fishing has been good to six pound using jigs, spinnerbaits and small white cranks fished around docks with brush in four feet of water. Deeper points also giving up some fish on Carolina.
Crappie are fair at the Highway 155 bridge crossing; not many limits reported. White bass and hybrids are slow.
Catfish are strong on punch bait and cut shad. Most ranging 1-3 pounds. Night crawlers are producing best results in 15 feet of water on main lake humps.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is 4.37 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 50s.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing says bass are good to five pounds in 3-6 feet of water midway up the creeks, mainly on spinnerbaits and plastics. White bass are good on points in 20-28 feet of water, mostly on slabs. Lots of fish in the 16 inch range reported. A few hybrids in the 6-12 pound range in the mix.
Catfish are hitting punch bait and cut shad soaked on windy shorelines and under cormorant roosts. Crappie are slow.
NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 3.13 feet low and clear, in the upper 50s.
Lipless cranks, Chatterbaits, wacky worms and square bills are good for some solid fish around scattered grass in 2-5 feet of water. Best bite is coming near channel breaks and underwater sloughs.
Crappie fishermen are reporting partial limits around brush piles, mainly on live shiners.
NACONICHE — Water level is full, stained to clear. Surface temp in the upper 50s.
Jerome Hale at Hale Tackle says bass fishing has been tough. Best results are coming on Texas rig plastics dragged slowly around standing timber in 14 feet of water.
Crappie fishermen are reporting a few keepers on live shiners soaked in standing timber and at the bridge crossing.
TOLEDO BEND — T-Bend is 4.35 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 50s.
Charlie Shively at Bill's Landing says catfishing has been good. Several flatheads in the 60 pound range reported on trotlines tipped live perch. Stump hooks also have been productive. Rod and reelers are picking up mixed bags of channels and blues along the edge of the river in 12 feet of water, mainly on night crawlers.
Crappie are fair. The fish are holding on river ledges in 15-20 feet of water, about three cranks off bottom. Live shiners and jigs are producing equally well. Shively says duck hunters are reporting steady limits on gadwall and mallards. Shively says he is seeing more mallards than in recent times.
SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 4.56 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 50s.
Terry Sympson at Jackson Hill Marina says bass fishing has been good in 10-12 feet of water using deep cranks. Lipless cranks and square bills are producing good numbers of smaller fish around grass beds in shallower water.
Crappie are scattered, but the quality has been good. Brush piles in 20-24 feet are holding fish at suspended depths, 14-16 feet. The support pilings at the Highway 147 bridge crossing also are holding fish. Anglers are having to cover water and hit lots of spots to scrap out a limit.
Catfishing has been good. Sympson weighed an 87-pound flathead last weekend on an uncertified scale.
PINKSTON — Water level is 3 1/2 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 50s.
Fishing guide Alan Spruiell says fishing traffic has been light as of late. Crappie fishermen are reporting partial limits around brush in 20 feet of water, suspended at 14 feet.
Bass are hitting cranks, Flukes and light Texas rigs worked along outside grass edges in 6-7 feet of water.
FORK — Water level is 4.29 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 50s.
Fishing guide Brooks Rogers says bass are good to six pounds. Good numbers of slot fish coming on jigs, crank baits and Texas rig craws fished around channel breaks with stumps in 3-8 feet of water. Rogers says Tailspinners and spoons are working in the mouths of major creeks in 22-30 feet of water. Some schooling on the main lake late in the day.
Crappie fishing is picking up on main lake points near the dam and at bridge crossings. Catfish are excellent around baited hole in 16-22 feet of water.