Athens Review, Athens, Texas

September 25, 2013

9/24/13 East Texas Fishing Report

MATT WILLIAMS
The Athens Review

Athens — Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of September 25:

ATHENS — Water level is 4.33 feet low and stained. Water temp in the low 80s.

Bass anglers still reporting some solid slot fish on deep cranks and Carolina rigs fished along main lake drops in 18-25 feet. Also some fish taking moving baits and wacky worms along outside grass edges. Crappie fishing is hit or miss around brush piles using minnows.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 6.27 feet below normal and stained. Water temp in the low 80s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says blue catfish are good on main lake humps in 12-25 feet using cut shad and shrimp. Drifting is the key. Channel cat are good in 3-4 feet of water using punch bait beneath a bobber. Also some fish on bottom in 10-30 feet.

Crappie taking minnows around brush piles in 12-24 feet. Also some fish showing up in 6-10 feet. Black bass are scattered in shallow water around available cover, taking cranks, spinnerbaits, plastics and topwaters. Mainlake points and humps also giving up some fish on Carolina rigs, deep cranks, jigs and Texas rigs. White bass and hybrids hitting spoons and swim baits on breaks and points in 12-30 feet.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is 9.74 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 70s, low 80s.

Fishing guide Bob Holmes say low conditions still persist despite heavy rains last week. White bass are good on slabs fished vertical in 15-24 feet of water. Crappie are good over brush piles in 7-15 feet, hitting live shiners.

Catfishing has been good on along breaks in 17-25 feet of water, mostly on the edge of main lake points. Black bass are fair to 10 pounds using Carolina rigs, jigs and Texas rigs dragged on old ponds.

PALESTINE — Water level is 1.56 feet low and rising, clear down south, stained up north. Water temp in the low 80s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff expects the lake to fill with all the new water coming in after 10 inches of rain in the Grand Saline area. Bass are good on the old 155 roadbed and underwater bridges using cranks and Carolina rigs. Jigs and Shimmy Shakers are working around docks with brush. Crappie fishing picking up at the 155 crossing and around brush piles in 10 feet of water using small jigs. Catfish are excellent with the rising water. Try 15-16 feet of water over baited holes using punch bait or night crawlers. White bass are spotty. A few fish hitting jigs on the old 155 roadbed. Trolling on points and humps also has been effective.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 2.78 feet low and fairly clear, stained up north due to heavy runoff. Water temp in the low 80s.

Bass fishing has been fair since the front using wacky worms around outside grass edges in eight feet of water, mostly small fish. Anglers reporting good numbers on deep structure using drop shot rigs and Carolina rigs.

No report on crappie.

FORK — Water level is 5.78 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the lower 80s.

A 10.61 won the McDonald's event over the weekend. Tony Parker at the Minnow Bucket says good numbers of fish reported on deep cranks worked in deep water. Carolina rigs and Texas rigs have been effective in 20 feet of water. Early morning topwater bite has slowed down since the front.

Crappie are fair on brush piles in 20-25 feet. Bridges holding some fish as well. White bass are scattered, hitting spoons and cranks. Catfish are good in 20 feet of water on punch bait fished along channel breaks.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 4.51 feet low and clear down south. Water temp in the low 80s.

Fishing guide Tommy Martin says bass are fair on Texas rig plastics soaked on structure spots on in 18-22 feet of water. Also some fish hitting Texas rigs, cranks and spinnerbaits along outside grass lines down south.

Catfish are good on trotlines tipped with perch, live or cut. Rod and reelers are picking up good numbers of channel cat along the edges of the Sabine, mostly on night crawlers. Crappie are hit and miss along river breaks and brush piles down south.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is about 6 1/2 feet low and stained. Water temp in the upper 70s, low 80s

Good numbers small fish hanging around drops in 18-20 feet. The better fish have moved shallow around scattered clumps of grass, hitting frogs, swim baits and a few top waters.

PINKSTON — Water level about three feet low and slightly stained. Water temp in the upper 70s, low 80s.

Fishing guide Alan Spruiell says schooling activity has subsided. Best bite is coming in 12-14 feet along outside grass lines using Senkos and Texas rig craws. Crappie are fair on live shiners soaked around brush tops in 20-25 feet suspended at 15 feet.

NACONICHE — Water level about a foot low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 70s and low 80s. Jerome Hale at Hale Tackle says fishing traffic has been very light. No report available.