Athens Review, Athens, Texas

August 27, 2013

8/27/13 East Texas Fishing Report

The Athens Review

ATHENS — Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of August 27:

ATHENS — Water level is 4.02 feet low and stained. Water temp in the low 90s.

Bass fishermen still reporting some solid fish in the 6-8 pound range using Carolina rigs and deep cranks along drop offs in deep water. A few smaller fish hitting moving baits and an occasional topwater around shallow pads and grass.

Crappie are slow. Bream are good on crickets fished around vegetation.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is 8.98 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.

White bass are active on points around standing timber during low light conditions, hitting topwaters, small cranks and spoons. Channel cat are good over baited holes in standing timber 12-18 feet deep, mostly on punch bait and night crawlers. Windy shorelines and points also giving up some good quality fish at times.

Black bass are hit and miss using cranks, Carolina rigs and Texas rigs on old pond dams, points and other main lake structure. Crappie fishermen reporting partial limits in standing timber using live shiners.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 5.93 feet low and stained. Surface temp around 90 degrees.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says crappie are taking jigs and shiners soaked around brush piles in 12-24 feet of water. Shady areas beneath bridges also giving up some fish; best bite is early and late.

Hybrids and whites are roving around main lake humps down south, hitting slabs, swim baits and cranks trolled in 10-20 feet of water. Topwaters also effective early and late. Catfish are hanging out in the same areas, taking fresh shad and shrimp. Farther north the key depth is 8-15 feet.

Black bass are scattered around docks and and rocks near main lake points, hitting plastics and cranks. Main lake structure with brush also giving up some fish in 8-16 feet.

PALESTINE — Water level is 1.54 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.

Bass fishing has been decent up north with some solid fish reported on Texas rigs and jigs fished along channel breaks with wood. A few fish also reported on topwaters and frogs worked around adjacent grass flats, mostly early and late. Down south the fish are hanging on points, taking Carolina rigs and cranks in 10-15 feet of water.

Crappie fishermen are picking up partial limits at the Highway 155 crossing and around brush piles. Catfish are excellent over baited holes in 15 feet of water using punch bait, shrimp and night crawlers. White bass are schooling on points early the day, taking 'Traps and topwaters, then moving to the first break.

FORK — Water level is 5.69 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 90s.

Tony Parker at the Minnow Bucket says bass fishing has been fair early and late on topwaters, mostly small fish, then switching to drop shots and Texas rig worms in 10-15 feet of water. Midday bite is best on Carolina rigs and deep diving cranks in 25-30 feet of water on points and humps.

Crappie are fair on brush piles inn 25-30 feet of water. Bridge fishing has been slow. Channel cat are excellent over baited holes in 18 feet of water and around the island at the Highway 154 bridge.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 2.68 feet low and clear. Surface temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.

Bass are fair to three pounds on wacky worms and light Texas rigs tossed around scattered grass in 2-8 feet of water. School bass are active on the main lake, hitting topwaters, 'Traps and tubes, mostly small fish. Also some fish taking Carolina rigs and Texas rigs fished on main lake points and drops.