Athens Review, Athens, Texas

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November 13, 2012

11/13 East Texas Fishing Report

ATHENS — ATHENS — Water level is 3.48 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

Jerry Hanson at Lake Athens Marina says bass fishing has been good to four pounds using Rat-L-Traps and topwaters around shallow vegetation early in the day, then switching drop shots in 20-25 feet of water at midday.

Crappie are excellent. Lots of limits coming around brush in 8-10 feet of water.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 3.29 feet low and stained. Water temp in the low 60s, high 50s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says bass are hitting cranks, jigs and Rat-L-Traps around docks and rock structure. A few fish also busting buzz baits around docks.

Crappie are excellent on shiners and jigs soaked under bridges and around brush in 8-15 feet of water. Blue cat are taking cut shad and punch bait around stumps in 3-8 feet of water up north. Also some good fish taking cut shad drifted in 15-20 feet of water.

White bass are excellent on slabs bounced on humps and points in 8-16 feet of water. Hybrids are good at night around lighted docks using bucktail jigs, swimbaits and Rat-L-Traps.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is 4.07 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing said bass fishing has been fair to five pounds in 3-4 feet of water around heavy timber and brush, mainly on a spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and jigs.

Catfish are good when the wind allows. Bank fishermen are reporting blues to 10 pounds on windy shorelines using shad and punch bait. Crappie are slow. White bass are fair in 20-25 feet of water on main lake points.

PALESTINE — Water level is 1.57 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass fishing has been good in skinny water using Shimmy Shakers, square bill cranks (white) and Trick Worms. Brushy areas, stumps and scattered weedbeds are holding the most fish.

Crappie are good under the Highway 155 bridge using small minnows and jigs in 24 feet of water. The fish are holding about two cranks off bottom. White bass are slow; a few fish reported schooling on points. The better fish are coming in 16 feet of water on main lake humps using spoons.

Catfish are excellent on night crawlers fished on bottom in 15 feet of water with scattered brush and stumps. Baited holes are the most reliable.

PALESTINE — Water level is 1.57 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass fishing has been good in skinny water using Shimmy Shakers, square bill cranks (white) and Trick Worms. Brushy areas, stumps and scattered weedbeds are holding the most fish.

Crappie are good under the Highway 155 bridge using small minnows and jigs in 24 feet of water. The fish are holding about two cranks off bottom. White bass are slow; a few fish reported schooling on points. The better fish are coming in 16 feet of water on main lake humps using spoons.

Catfish are excellent on night crawlers fished on bottom in 15 feet of water with scattered brush and stumps. Baited holes are the most reliable.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 4.04 feet low and clear. With the cooler weather water temps are expected to drop into the low 60s by the end of the week.

Fishing guide Stephen Johnston says bass fishing has been good to four pounds on topwaters, spinnerbaits, cranks and Rat-L-Traps worked in 5-8 feet of water around scattered grass. He expects the deep bite to pick up after the front, mainly on spoons dropped along tree lines and creek bends in 16-24 feet of water.

Johnston says crappie have left the brush and are in transition towards deeper water. Main creeks in 15-20 feet water should be productive once things stabilize.

Rhonda Shively at Bill's Landing says catfish are good. Several flatheads and blues in the 30-35 pound range reported on trotlines when the wind allows.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 4.14 feet low and stained up north, clear down south. Water temp in the low 60s.

Fishing guide Stephen Johnston says bass fishing has been good to 10 pounds in 9-12 feet of water along outside grasslines using V&M worms and cranks. Lots of numbers coming on 'Traps, swim jigs and topwaters. Albert Collins of Nacogdoches won the Bassmaster Weekend Series National Championship fishing river ledges and channel breaks using crank baits and Texas rigs. He weighed in 86.56 pounds over four days.

Crappie are fair around brush piles and channel swings using jigs and shiners.

NACONICHE — Water level is at full pool and slightly stained to clear. Water temp is in the low 60s.

Bass are fair to four pounds using topwaters, swim baits, crank baits and Texas rigs worked along outside grass edges and in the backs of the creeks. Some schooling activity reported on the main lake and in some of the boat lanes.

Crappie fishermen are reporting a few keepers on jigs fished at suspended depths along outside grass lines.

PALESTINE — Water level is 1.57 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass fishing has been good in skinny water using Shimmy Shakers, square bill cranks (white) and Trick Worms. Brushy areas, stumps and scattered weedbeds are holding the most fish.

Crappie are good under the Highway 155 bridge using small minnows and jigs in 24 feet of water. The fish are holding about two cranks off bottom. White bass are slow; a few fish reported schooling on points. The better fish are coming in 16 feet of water on main lake humps using spoons.

Catfish are excellent on night crawlers fished on bottom in 15 feet of water with scattered brush and stumps. Baited holes are the most reliable.

FORK — Water level is 4.14 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

Fishing guide Brooks Rogers says bass fishing has been fair on crank baits and football jigs fished in 10 feet of water. Tailspinners and drop shot rigs are working on deep structure when the wind allows. A 13 pounder was reported caught and released by a crappie fisherman at the Highway 154 bridge crossing. Some decent slot fish holding along creeks in 3-5 feet.

Catfish are excellent over baited holes in 20 feet of water. Several channels in the four pound range reported. Crappie are beginning to filter towards the points at the dam. Bridge crossings also are holding some fish.

PINKSTON — Water level is about three feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

Bass are good to four pounds on soft jerk baits, jigs and light Texas rigs worked along outside grass edges and channel breaks.

Crappie are fair around brush piles, mainly on shiners. No limits reported.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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