Athens Review, Athens, Texas

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July 17, 2013

7/17 Fishing Report

Athens — Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of July 17:

ATHENS — Water level is 3.19 feet low and stained. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.

Bobby Spearman at Lake Athens Marina says black bass are excellent to 10 pounds. Best bite is deep, 20-30 feet, using Carolina rigs, deep cranks and red Rat-L-Traps.

Crappie fishing is good at night in 20-25 feet water on minnows. The daytime bite is very slow.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 4.64 feet low and stained. Water temp in the upper 80s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says blue cat are good on cut shad soaked along the outer perimeter of main lake humps and on points. Best depth range is 10-25 feet. White bass and hybrids are hanging out in the same areas, hitting slabs.

Black bass are taking cranks, Carolina rigs and shaky heads worked along rocks and boat docks with available water. Bridges that offer plenty of shade are holding some big largemouths, as well.

Crappie are hanging around bridge crossings and brush piles in 12-24 feet of water.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is 7.51 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.

Larry Winters at Midway Landings says low water continues to hamper access at many ramps. Crappie fishermen who can get out are scoring some good limits in standing timber 14-25 feet deep using live shiners.

Catfishermen are turning in some solid catches of blues and channels using punch bait and cut shad in standing timber, 12-16 feet deep. White bass are good on main lake points and humps using slabs.

PALESTINE — Water level is 0.97 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass fishing has been good on square bills in 6-8 feet of water around brush piles, boat docks and on points down south. Up north the fish are hitting frogs worked around hydrilla beds and lily pads, mainly early in the day.

Crappie are good under the Highway 155 bridge using jigs in 18-20 feet of water. White bass have been active on main lake points and humps in 14-17 feet, hitting jigging spoons. Some hybrids up to seven pounds are mixed in with the whites.

Catfish are excellent on punch bait, night crawlers and shrimp in 15-16 feet of water.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 1.90 feet low and clear. Water temp in the mid-to-upper 80s.

Bass are fair to four pounds are taking wacky worms, light Texas rigs, drop shots and Senkos worked slowly around scattered grassbeds in 3-9 feet of water. Fishing close to channel swings is a good bet. Offshore structure giving up some quality fish on crankbaits, football jigs and Carolina rigs.

Crappie fishing has been fair on minnows at night.

FORK — Water level is 5.12 feet and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.

Tony Parker at the Minnow Bucket says bass fishing is good on on drop shots and Texas rigs fished in 8-12 feet of water. Better quality fish up to nine pounds are coming deeper, 18-25 feet, using Carolina rigs and deep cranks.

Brush piles in 25-30 feet are giving up solid limits, mostly on minnows. Catfish are fair in 18-20 feet along channel breaks and swings. White bass are slow.

FORK — Water level is 5.12 feet and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.

Tony Parker at the Minnow Bucket says bass fishing is good on on drop shots and Texas rigs fished in 8-12 feet of water. Better quality fish up to nine pounds are coming deeper, 18-25 feet, using Carolina rigs and deep cranks.

Brush piles in 25-30 feet are giving up solid limits, mostly on minnows. Catfish are fair in 18-20 feet along channel breaks and swings. White bass are slow.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 3.47 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s. Fishing guide Tommy Martin says bass fishing has been slow. Best bite has been shallow up north around grass beds using frogs, topwaters and Senkos.

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