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December 2, 2008

East Texas Fishing Report

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.

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