The Athens Review
Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of August 14:
ATHENS — Water level is 3.61 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.
Bobby Spearman at Lake Athens Marina says bass are good to seven pounds. Good numbers of slot fish coming on Carolina rigs, jigs and deep cranks worked in 18-27 feet of water. Plenty of schooling activity early and late on the main lake, hitting top waters. The shallow bite is slow.
Bream are excellent on the outer edges of lily pads using crickets. Crappie are slow during daylight hours. The night bite also has slowed.
CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 5.45 feet low and stained. Water temp in the low 90s.
Fishing guide Jason Barber says blue cat are good on cut bait soaked on main lake humps. Hybrids and whites are taking slabs and sassy shads worked in the same areas.
Black bass are hanging around deeper docks, hitting shaky heads, cranks and jigs. Also a decent bite on around drop offs and brush piles on deep cranks and Carolina rigs. Rocks are giving up a few fish on crankbaits.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is 8.41 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.
Fishing guide Bob Holmes white bass are schooling around shallow islands and main lake points early in the day, hitting top waters, 'Traps and slabs. Hybrids are on slabs worked along break lines in 30-35 feet of water, suspended at 20 feet.
Channel catfish are good over baited holes using punch bait. Black bass are fair on topwaters in flooded timber; ponds dams and brush piles also giving up a few fish. Crappie are slow. Best bite is around timber along the big levee. The fish are suspended around 20 feet deep.
FORK — Water level is 5.33 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.
Fishing guide Tom Evans says bass fishing has been slow. Topwaters and Flukes are producing decent numbers of small fish around shallow grass early in the day. In deeper water, drop shots, Strike King 10XD cranks and Carolina rigs are producing some decent fish in 30 feet of water; the fish are suspended at 18 feet.
Catfish are excellent around baited holes in 30 feet of water. Crappie are slow; a few fish hanging around brush and bridge pilings but keepers are hard to come by. White bass are schooling in random spots throughout the day.
NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 2.26 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 90s.
Bass are fair to two pounds on light Texas rigs worked slowly along outside grass edges in 6-8 feet of water. The bite is best early and late. Also some fish reported on Carolina rigs, jigs and deep crankbaits fished around channel swings at mid-lake.
No report on crappie.
TOLEDO BEND — T-Bend is 3.85 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 90s.
Fishing guide Stephen Johnston says bass fishing has been tough. A few fish schooling on the main lake at midday. Otherwise the bite has been slow. A few fish reported on light Texas rigs worked on structure north of the Pendleton bridge.
Crappie fishing has been slow. Johnston said a few anglers are reporting 20 fish days around brush in 20 feet of water.
Catfish are fair on trotlines up north using cut perch.
SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 4.77 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 90s.
Fishing guide Stephen Johnston says bass fishing has been good around grass beds north of the Highway 147 bridge. Try frogs, light Texas rigs, topwaters and swim baits for best results. The bite down south has been slow.
Johnston says crappie are fair around brush piles in 20-25 feet.
PINKSTON — Water level is about a foot low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.
Bass anglers are reporting some solid fish on Texas rigs, Flukes and Senkos fished slowly along outside grass edges. Also some fish schooling on the main lake, hitting topwaters and swim baits.