Athens Review, Athens, Texas

August 22, 2013

8/22/13 East Texas Fishing Report

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

Athens — Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of August 20:

ATHENS — Water level is 3.82 feet low and stained. Water temp in the mid-80s.

Bobby Spearman at Lake Athens Marina says bass fishing has been good to nine pounds. Good numbers of slot fish reported. Top producers are Carolina rigs and deep cranks fished along drop offs in 25 feet of water. Shallow grass and pads are holding smaller fish.

Crappie are slow. Bluegill and long ear perch are good on crickets fished around lily pads and in the backs of sloughs.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 5.68 feet low and stained. Water temp in the upper 80s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says crappie are suspended around brush piles, main lake stumps and bridges in 12-24 of water, hitting jigs and shiners equally well. Hybrids and whites stacked on main lake humps and points 12-24 feet deep, hitting slabs, flutter spoons, swim baits and live shad.

Catfish are good in the same areas, taking fresh shad and shrimp. Black bass are good on crankbaits and plastics fished around main lake boat docks and on and Carolina rigs, drop shots and deep cranks worked on points down south in 8-20 feet of water.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is 8.71 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the mid-80s.

Fishing guide Bob Holmes says white bass are schooling early around main lake points, humps and in standing timber, hitting topwaters, 'Traps and spoons. Hybrids are holding in 24-30 feet, hitting slabs.

Channel catfish are good over baited holes in standing timber, mainly using punch bait. Blue cat are good on jugs drifted along main creeks. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigs, cranks and Texas rigs fished on old pond dams, road beds, points and other main lake structure. A few fish taking topwaters early, but the bite is short lived.

Crappie are fair around brush piles in 20-30 feet of water, suspended at 10-15 feet. Also some fish suspended around timber along the old levee.

PALESTINE — Water level is 1.29 feet low and clear down south, slightly stained up north. Water temp in the upper 80s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass are taking jigs along the edges of Kickapoo Creek. There also is a decent frog bite in stands of lily pads adjacent to the channel. Down south, secondary points are holding fish in 10-15 feet, hitting Carolina rigs and cranks.

Crappie are good under the bridges at the 155 crossing and in Flat Creek. Brush piles in 19 feet of water also producing some fish; suspended at 15 feet.

Catfish are strong in 14-15 feet of water on night crawlers, punch bait and shrimp. White bass are slow. A few fish hitting 'Traps early and late; jigging spoons are the ticket later in the day.

FORK — Water level is 5.52 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 80s.

Fishing guide Gary Paris says bass fishing has been fair. Lots of fish suspended over deep water in tree tops, hitting small spinners and cranks, but they have been tough to catch. The fish seem to be roaming. The shallow grass bite has been sporadic since last week's cold front.

Crappie fishing has been slow. A few fish still being reported around brush piles using shiners. Catfish are excellent around baited holes in 20-22 feet of water.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 2.45 feet low and clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Bass anglers reporting lots of schooling activity on the main lake, hitting top waters, 'Traps, spoons and tubes. Most of the fish reported are small, but they are fun to catch.