The Athens Review
The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of January 22:
ATHENS — Water level is 2.89 feet low and stained. Water temp in the low 50s.
Bobby Spearman says bass fishing has been fair. A few fish in the slot reported. Spearman says the bite should improve with warming trend.
Crappie fishermen are reporting partial limits. The fish are holding around brush piles in 18-22 near the dam, hitting shiners.
CEDAR CREEK —Water level is 2.88 feet low and stained. Water temp in the upper 40s.
Fishing guide Jason Barber says crappie fishermen are plucking some nice fish out of brush piles around marina docks in 4-5 feet. Best bite still in 16-22 feet of water down south.
Hybrids and white bass are good on swim baits deadsticked in 30-50 feet of water. The fish are hanging tight to big pods of bait fish.
Catfish are good to 30 pounds in shallow and deep water using cut shad. Lots of fish in the 2-10 pound range reported. Black bass are good around boat docks and rocks using jigs, spinnerbaits and cranks.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is 3.81 feet low and stained. Water temp in the upper 40s.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing says catfishing has been good under cormorant roosts in 4-6 feet of water using chicken gizzards and punch bait. Several fish in the 10-12 range reported. Windy banks also holding fish.
White bass are spotty. No limits reported. Best bite in 25-30 feet of water, mainly on humps. Black bass are fair in 5-7 feet of water in the backs of creeks around wood. Best bite coming in afternoon hours using spinnerbaits and jigs. Some solid fish in the 4-6 pound range reported.
PALESTINE — Water level is about nine inches low and clear down south, muddy up north.
Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass are fair to six pounds using jigs around brush piles in skinny water. Carolina rigs dragged in 2-4 feet of water also has been productive.
Crappie are excellent at the Highway 155 crossing.
Lots of limits coming on jigs and minnows soaked near bottom in 24 feet of water. Catfish are good to 60 pound jugs tipped with live perch. White bass are fair on points 4-5 feet deep, mainly early and late.
FORK — Water level is 4.15 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 40s, low 50s.
Fishing guide Gary Paris says bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Brush Hogs, jigs and 'Traps worked in 0-6 feet of water.
Also a decent bite in 25-30 feet of water on Alabama rigs, spoons and Carolina rigs.
Crappie are good on deep points around the dam, 30-35 feet deep. Catfish are good under cormorant roosts on calm days. Baited holes in 20-25 feet of water also are holding fish.
NACOGDOCHES — Water level is at full pool and stained. Water temp in the low 50s.
Bass are good to five pounds on Chatterbaits, 'Traps, crank baits and spinnerbaits worked around flooded grass beds. Most anglers are predicting the fishing to improve with the warming trend.
No report on crappie.
SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 3.17 feet low and stained up north, clearer down south. Stained in the backs of major creeks. Water temp in the low 50s.
Ann Wilson at Ann Wilson at Ann's Tackle says lipless cranks in crawfish patterns are producing some solid fish to eight pounds in 2 1/2 to 6 feet of water.
Square bills and Chatterbaits also are good for some decent fish. Wilson expects to see a much improved bite with warming water.
No report on crappie. White bass fishermen are reporting mixed results up the Angelina on Roadrunners and Rat-L-Traps.