Athens Review, Athens, Texas


October 24, 2012

10/24 East Texas Fishing Report


NACOGDOCHES — NACONICHE — Water level is full and fairly clear. Water temp in the low 70s.

Bass fishermen are picking up a few fish to five pounds off outside grass edges using jigs and plastics. A few bass reported on topwaters. Jigs and plastics pitched around standing timber producing some solid fish in the 3-4 pound range, but bites are very scattered.

Crappie are fair on jigs and small spinners fished around outside grass edges at suspended depths.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 3.4 feet low and clear to slightly stained. Water temp in the low-to-mid-70s.

Bass fishing has been good to nine pounds on flutter spoons, cranks and jigs cast  on underwater ledges. Better numbers coming shallow on plastics dropped in hydrilla mats, frog lures and light Texas rigs in the mid-lake area.

Crappie anglers are reporting limits around brushpiles using minnows and jigs. Some decent reports also coming from the Highway 147 bridge crossing.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 3.7 feet low and clear. Surface temp in the mid-70s.

Charlie Shively at Bill's Landing says catfishing has been good on trotline. Several blues and flatheads to 50 pounds reported on live and cut bait; cut bait is catching the better numbers. Rod and reelers are picking up good numbers of blues along the edge of the Sabine River.

Bass fishermen are reporting good results using topwaters, spinnerbaits and frogs worked along the banks of Tenaha Creek. Not much size, but numbers are good.

Crappie are fair on the edges of the river when the wind allows. Best depth is 12 feet.

PINKSTON — Water level is about 18 inches low fairly clear. Water temp in the mid-70s.

Bass are good to six pounds using jigs and plastics along outside grass edges. Topwaters, lipless cranks and spoons are tickets when the fish are actively schooling on the surface. There have been some reports of occasionally schooling activity throughout the day.

Crappie are hit and miss around brush piles in 20-25 feet of water, suspended 7-12 feet down.


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