Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 15, 2013

5/13/13 East Texas Fishing Report

MATT WILLIAMS
The Athens Review

Athens — Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of May 13:

ATHENS — Water level is 2.50 feet low and stained. Water temp in the low 70s.

Bobby Spearman at Lake Athens Marina says black bass are good to seven pounds. Best bite coming on topwaters and cranks worked along the edges of lily pads out to 10 feet.

Crappie are slow.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 3.50 feet low and stained. Surface temp in the mid-70s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says hybrids and white bass are schooling early in the day, hitting swim baits, topwaters and spoons on shallow humps and points around the dam. Midday bite is best on spoons in 16 feet.

Crappie are still hanging around the deeper docks and rocks down south. Bridges are holding fish at 10-20 feet. Catfish are good on humps and points in 2-6 feet of water early in the day, then moving deeper to 16 feet. Shad, shrimp and assorted prepared baits are working.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is 5.82 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 60s.

Larry Winters says catfishing has been outstanding in 12-18 feet around timber in the mouths of major coves, mainly on prepared bait. Crappie are fair in standing timber 15-25 feet, suspended at eight feet.

Black bass are fair in 3-5 feet, hitting spinnerbaits, 'Traps and shallow cranks. White bass are good on humps and points in 18-28 feet of water. The fish are holding tight to bottom.

PALESTINE — Water level is about two inches low and fairly clear. Water temp in the low 70s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says good numbers of black bass still on beds in the backs of pockets down south, hitting plastics. Up north, the upper reaches of Flat Creek and the Neches are giving up some quality fish on frogs.

Crappie are good in 14 feet of water around brushpiles, hitting jigs and minnows. White bass are good on points. Topwaters and 'Traps are working when the fish are schooling, then switching to spoons or trolling around the old roadbed at the Highway 155 bridge.

Catfish are excellent on prepared bait and shad soaked on sandy banks and boat docks with brush in three feet of water.

FORK — Water level is 4.62 feet low and clear. Water temp in the mid-70s.

Tony Parker at the Minnow Bucket says most bass are in a post spawn mode; a few still showing up on beds on the main lake.

Topwaters and spinnerbaits are working over shallow flats early and late and on cloudy days, mostly slot fish and dinks. An 11 pounder reported last week.  In deeper water try Carolina rigs and drop shots.

Crappie fishing is fair at the bridges and around brush piles in 15-20 feet of water. No reports on catfish. Bream are beginning to move shallow, hitting crickets.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level about seven inches low and clear. Water temp in the mid-70s.

Bass anglers are reporting decent numbers of fish up to four pounds using wacky worms, Senkos and Flukes around scatter grass beds in shallow water. Also a few bass beginning to bust topwaters, but the bite has been sporadic.

Crappie are fair around brush piles in 18-25 feet of water using minnows.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 1.52 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 70s.

Fishing guide Stephen Johnston says bass are scattered from 1-25 feet of water, hitting spinnerbaits, topwaters, square bills and Chatterbaits in shallow water, 1-5 feet. In 8-12 feet of water the fish are hitting Texas rigs and Carolina rigs.

Crappie are scattered from shallow to deep. Some still spawning, others at mid range depths and on brush piles.

Catfish are good to 60 pounds on trotline sets on flats and along the river.