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May 1, 2014

5/2/14 East Texas Fishing Report

Athens — Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for May 1:

ATHENS — Water level about one inch high and clear. Water temp in the 70s.

Tuffy Littlefield at Lake Athens Marina says bass fishing has been good to nine pounds on wacky worms tossed in 3-5 feet of water around grass beds. Best bite has been early and late. Lots of slot fish reported. Crappie are fair around brush piles and at night under the bridge; best depth range is eight feet.

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

Fishing guide Jason Barber says white bass and blue cat are good on cut shad and slabs fished on points in 1-5 feet. Black bass are on beds in shallow water, hitting plastics, spinnerbaits and buzz baits. Coves and rock on the main lake are holding lots of fish.

Crappie are scattered in shallow to mid-range depths around marina docks, rock and brush piles out to 20 feet.

PALESTINE — Water level is two inches high and fairly clear down south, muddy up north. Water temp in the 70s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass are good to six pounds on spinnerbaits and frogs fished in stained water with grass up north. Boat houses and brush piles are the ticket down south using spinnerbaits and jigs. Crappie are taking white jigs soaked around brush piles in 12-14 feet of water.

White bass are good on main lake points using slabs and swim baits. Catfish are good around boat docks and cormorant roosts using weightless chicken livers. Catalpa worms and night crawlers also have been producing good results around docks.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is 7.81 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 60s, low 70.

Bass fishing has been slow. White bass are piled up in the backs of creeks and along roadbeds, hitting spinnerbaits intended for black bass

Crappie still good in the backs of creeks in skinny water, mainly minnows. Catfish are good on windy shorelines and in standing timber 12-16 feet deep, mainly on punch bait and cut shad.

FORK — Water level is 3.54 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 60s and low 70s.

Fishing guide Gary Paris says bass are good to 11 points on cranks, topwaters, frogs and swim baits. The fish are scattered from the backs of creeks to main lake points in 2-4 feet.

Paris says crappie are good around brush piles in 15-20 of water, hitting jigs and shiners equally well. Catfish are roaming skinny water, 1-2 feet, hitting minnows and punch bait.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is about four inches low and clear. Water temp the 70s.

Bass are fair to good on wacky worms, frogs, topwaters, soft jerk baits and light Texas rigs tossed around shallow grass beds. Also some fish hitting square bill crank baits. Anglers also finding some success around deeper structure using drop shots.

Crappie are fair on shiners soaked around brush tops at mid-range depths.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 2.08 feet low and stained.

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