From Staff Reports
The Athens Review
Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of April 1.
ATHENS — Water level is about 2.58 feet low and stained. Water temp in the low 60s.
Bobby Spearman at Lake Athens Marina says bass and crappie are locked in a spawning mode; lots of fish shallow. Texas and Carolina rigged soft plastics are producing some solid bass up to 10 pounds. Hard jerk baits also good for some quality fish.
Crappie anglers faring best around the bridge crossing in 6-to-8 feet using live shiners. Shallow shorelines also giving up good numbers of keepers.
The jig bite is slow.
CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 3.55 feet low and stained. Water temp in the mid-60s.
Fishing guide Jason Barber says catfish and hybrids are excellent using cut shad on shallow, wind blown points. Crappie are good, hitting minnows and jigs in one foot of water and around docks in 4-5 feet of water.
Black bass are hitting Texas rigs flipped around shallow cover, lightweight Carolina rigs, spinnerbaits and square bill cranks. Rocks at the dam also giving up some keepers.
PALESTINE — Water level about six inches low and clear down south, stained up north. Water temp in the low-to-mid-60s.
Greg Porter at Porter's Sporting Goods says crappie fishermen are banging out some solid limits around shallow cover 1—2 feet deep; minnows and jigs working equally well.
Bass fishermen are reporting some solid fish on beds from mid-lake south using Texas rig lizards, Senkos and Flukes. Catfish are good over baited holes or brush in 15-18 feet of water using night crawler and punch bait. White bass fishing has been hit and miss.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is about five feet low and fairly clear, stained on wind blown banks. Water temp around 60 degrees.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing says pockets along the north shore are holding good numbers of black bass in 2-4 feet of water; fish to seven pounds hitting Texas rig lizards and spinnerbaits. No reports on crappie.
Catfish are good on windy banks and points, hitting punch bait and cut shad. White bass are good in 20-28 feet of water on points and humps, mostly on slabs.
FORK — Water level is 4.49 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 50s, low 60s.
Fishing guide Hollice Joiner says bass fishing has been fair to 10 pounds on shaky heads rigged with Flukes, Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and Rat-L-Traps. Average day is about 10 fish, mostly slot fish.
Crappie are good in creeks up north in 2-10 feet of water, hitting jigs and shiners. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait fished near bottom in creek channels in 20 feet of water.
NACOGDOCHES — Water level about four inches low and fairly clear. Surface temp in the mid-60s.
Lots of bass cruising or spawning in shallow water, hitting a few moving baits as well as Texas rigs, whacky worms and Senkos. Crappie are fair on jigs and Roadrunners fished fished tight to shallow cover and around a few docks with brush.
SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 2.12 feet low and fairly clear down south. Water temp in the low-to-mid-60s.
Ann Wilson at Ann's Tackle says bass fishing has been excellent in skinny water. Lots of fish on beds in 1-3 feet, hitting Texas rig lizards and ruby red Senkos. Cherry Bomb Rat-Traps, gold Rogues and Bomber Long As are working in 2-8 feet of water.
Crappie fishing has been good in shallow water in back of creeks, hitting small jigs and Roadrunners.
TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 2.85 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the mid-60s.
Fishing guide Tommy Martin says bass fishing has been good to six pounds on Alabama Rigs worked in 6-8 feet of water from the bridge north. Lots of fish in the 3-5 pound range reported on offshore sandbars, ridges and points. Martin says spawning activity is about done at the north end of the lake; still quite a few fish on beds at the south end of the lake.