The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of Nov. 30:
ATHENS — Lake Athens is about six inches low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 50s.
Charles Spearman at Lake Athens said bass fishing slowed down during the last week. Biggest fish reported weighed about 4 1/2 pounds. Best bite has been coming on Texas rig worms dragged in 6-8 feet of water around outside grass edges and lily pad stubble.
Crappie are excellent. Spearman said the fish are holding around brush piles in 30 feet of water. Minnows are working best. Catfish are fair to three pounds on nightcrawlers and shad.
CEDAR CREEK — Cedar Creek is about 2 1/2 feet low and stained. Water temp is in the mid-60s.
Fishing guide Jason Barber said catfishing has been good to 14 pounds on cut shad soaked on bottom in about five feet of water. A few anglers reporting success drift fishing with shad along creek channels in 13-30 feet of water.
Crappie are good on live shiners soaked around brush piles in 15-20 feet of water. A few fish still holding around docks.
The night bite for hybrids is beginning to taper off, but Barber is still picking up some 4-8 pounders using Rat-L-Traps. The white bass have moved out to points and deeper channels.
PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is at normal level and clear. Water temp is in the low 60s.
Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff said bass are taking jigs and Texas rig Baby Brush Hogs pitched to brush piles around boat houses in 4-6 feet of water. A few keepers reported on cranks and Carolina rigs worked on rocky points down south.
Crappie are slow. Best reports are coming from the Highway 155 bridge in about 22 feet of water.
Catfish are good on punch bait soaked in standing timber or around baited holes in 16-18 feet of water. Jug liners are faring best using live perch along the edges of the river.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is nearly four feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 50s.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing said bass anglers are reporting some quality fish up to seven pounds using jigs and spinnerbaits along creek breaks in 4-8 feet of water. The fish are relating best to wood. Crappie are slow.
Catfish are good to 15 pounds on juglines baited with live perch. Best depth is 12-20 feet. Rod and reelers are picking up blues and channels in standing timber at the same depth. White bass are beginning to bunch up on points in 15-25 feet of water. Spoons and slabs are producing limits.
FORK — Lake Fork is about six inches low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 50s.
Chris Parker at the Minnow Bucket said bass anglers are picking up some quality fish in the 4-5 pound range using jigs and spoons on main lake structure in 12-18 feet of water. Rat-L-Traps, Flukes and Senkos are working good for numbers around shallow grass in 3-8 feet of water.
Crappie anglers are picking up limits around bridges using jigs and shiners. Anglers are having to sift through lots of small fish to find a few keepers.
Catfishing has been good. Best bite has been in 12-15 feet of water, mainly on punch bait.
NACOGDOCHES — Lake Nacogdoches is about 2.2 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp is in the upper 50s.
Bass are fair to four pounds on lipless cranks and medium diving crankbaits worked around scattered grass in 4-12 feet of water. A few fish also reported on spinnerbaits and swimbaits in the same areas. Carolina rigs and jigs are working fair on main lake points and other structure with brush.
Crappie are fair on live shiners fished vertical around deep brush.
TOLEDO BEND — T-Bend is about four feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 50s.
Charlie Shively at Bill's Landing says catfishing has been good on trotlines and stump hooks tipped with live perch. Several blues and ops in the 40-pound range reported during the last week. Rod and reelers are picking up some quality blues and channels using night crawlers and shad over flats bordering creek breaks.
Shively said crappie fishing has been fair-to-good along the edges of the river up north, mainly on minnows. Down south, fishing guide Stephen Johnston said the crappie are beginning to move off brush piles and are headed towards the river channel and deeper timberlines.
Johnston said bass fishing has been fair to six pounds on spinnerbaits and crankbaits fished along the outside edges of grass in 12-18 feet of water. Spoons are producing good numbers of small fish in deeper water, 27-30 feet.
SAM RAYBURN — The lake is seven feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 60s.
Fishing guide Stephen Johnston said bass fishing has been fair up north in scattered stumps in 1-4 feet of water using jerkbaits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. South of the bridge anglers are targeting shallow grass beds using lipless cranks, spinnerbaits and shallow divers. Crappie fishing has been fair along the edges of channel breaks and around deep brush piles, mainly on minnows.
— Matt Williams
The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of Nov. 30:
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