Athens Review, Athens, Texas


October 24, 2012

10/24 East Texas Fishing Report

NACOGDOCHES — ATHENS — Water level is 3.3 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 70s.

Jerry Hanson at Lake Athens Marina says crappie fishing has been excellent. Lots of limits coming off brush piles in 20 feet of water, mainly on minnows. Bream are taking crickets. Also, some big bream reported by crappie anglers around brush piles.

Bass fishing has been excellent to 6 1/2 pounds. Lots of fish coming on cranks worked along drop offs. Floating worms and frogs are effective early around lily pads. Plenty of schooling activity, all day at times.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 2.88 feet low and slightly stained. Water temp in the low 70s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says crappie are on the move. Best bite is around brush in 6-9 feet and 10-16 feet. Bridge crossings also are holding groups of fish.

Catfish are hanging in 10-20 feet of water around humps; shallower at night. Punch bait and night crawlers are working best for channel cat; cut shad, shrimp and liver for blues.

Black bass are hanging around rocks and docks, hitting spinnerbaits, jigs and crankbaits. Topwaters are working early and late. A few fish reported on Carolina rigs dragged on points and humps in 5-15 feet of water. White bass are on humps and points, hitting slabs and spoons at 8-16 feet. Hybrids are best at night around lighted docks, mostly on swimbaits and crankbaits.

PALESTINE — Water level is 1.4 feet low and fairly clear. Surface temp in the low 70s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass are good in 3-6 feet of water using chartreuse spinnerbaits and white cranks. Jigs are producing some solid fish around docks with brush at six feet.

Crappie are fair at the Highway 155 crossing using minnows. The fish are holding tight to bottom in 20 feet. Channel catfish are excellent over baited holes in 15 feet of water. White bass are very slow.

FORK — Water level is four feet low and clear. Water temp is in the mid-70s.

Fishing guide Brooks Rogers says bass fishing has been fair. Topwaters, spinnerbaits and Texas rigs are working in the backs of creeks and along timber drains in 3-6 feet. A few fish also hitting Carolina rigs and deep cranks offshore.

Crappie fisherman are picking up limits around brush piles in 20-25 feet of water using minnows and jigs. Catfish are excellent on punch bait and cut bait soaked around baited holes and along channel breaks in 16-22 feet of water.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 2.6 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the mid 70s.

Bass are good to about three pounds on square bills, lipless cranks, Senkos and wacky worms worked around scattered grass in 2-5 feet of water. A few fish also busting topwaters and wake baits in cloudy conditions or early in the day.

Crappie anglers are plucking a few partial limits off brush piles using shiners and jigs.

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