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April 24, 2014

4/24/14 East Texas Fishing Report

Athens — Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of April 24:

ATHENS — Water level about normal level and clear. Water temp in the low 70s.

Tuffy Littlefield at Lake Athens says bass are good to six pounds on swim baits fished around shallow grass, 3-5 feet. Crappie are fair over brush piles at mid-range depths and over deep drops, mainly on shiners and a few jigs.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 3.98 feet low and slightly stained. Water temp in the mid-60s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says crappie are good around rip raft and in the backs of the creeks. Also some post and pre-spawn fish hanging around brush at 20 feet.

 Black bass are on the banks spawning, hitting plastics, spinnerbaits and topwaters. Also some pre-spawners setting up on points. Catfish are good on shad soaked on windy points and shorelines, especially early in the day. The fish are moving to 10-20 feet at midday in the same areas.

White bass are good on shad or swim baits fished on windy points and around retaining walls. Also some fish hitting slabs in 20-30 feet.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is about 7 1/2 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the 60s

Larry Winters at Midway Landing says black bass are good to four pounds on plastics fished tight to wood in the backs of creeks.

Catfishermen reporting good numbers of blues in the 2-6 pound range using punch bait and cut shad on windy shorelines.

Crappie still good at night skinny water using live shiners. No report on white bass.

PALESTINE — Water level is three inches high and slightly stained up north, clear down south. Water temp the upper 60s, low 70s.

Bass are good on Texas rig plastics, soft jerk baits and spinnerbaits fished around shallow brush at 2-6 feet. Crappie fishermen still plucking some fish out of shallow water using jigs and minnows and around brush piles in 15 feet.

No report on white bass. Catfish are milling around in skinny water, hitting punch bait and night crawlers.

FORK — Water level is 3.64 feet low and clear. Water temp in the 60s.

Tony Parker at the Minnow Bucket says bass fishing has been good to 11.61 pounds on Texas rig plastics, shaky heads, topwaters and wacky worms fished shallow around spawning areas. Lots of slot fish in the 3-6 pound range reported.

Crappie are scattered in 2-17 feet, hitting shiners and jigs. The key is covering water. White bass are excellent on KT spoons in 15-20 feet of water on main lake points. No report on catfish.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 1.46 feet low and clear. Water temp the 60s.

Fishing guide Tommy Martin says bass fishing has been good to six pounds. Good numbers of fish shallow, 1-3 feet, hitting Texas rig Zoom lizards and soft jerk baits. Lots of fish still on beds for sight fishermen. Also some post spawners hanging in 10-15 feet.

Crappie are scattered, some shallow and some on brush piles and grass lines at mid-range depths. Catfish are good to 40 pounds up north on trot lines tipped with cut bait and live perch.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 2.04 feet low and stained to clear. Water temp in the upper 60s, low 70s.

Fishing guide Tommy Martin says bass are good to eight pounds on Alabama rigs, crank baits and Carolina rigs fished around offshore structure in 13-15 feet. Areas with scattered grass are best. In shallow water, Martin suggests throwing topwaters, Senkos and Texas rig plastics.

Crappie are setting up in the backs of creeks and around brush piles at mid-range depths.

NACONICHE — Water level is full and stained. Water temp in the upper 60s, low 70s.

Bass are good to five pounds on plastics flipped around bushes in 4-8 feet. Also some fish on beds, hitting Senko and lizards.

Crappie are slow.

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