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May 28, 2014

5/28/14 East Texas Fishing Report

Athens — Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of May 28:

ATHENS — Water level is at full pool and clear. Water temp in the mid-70s.

Tuffy Littlefield at Lake Athens Marina said bass fishing has been good in 3-6 feet of water using crankbaits and in 10-15 feet using Texas rigs. A fly fisherman recently reported an 11 pounder on a hand-made fly in three feet of water. Crappie are good on live shiners fished near brushpiles in 8-10 feet of water.

Bream are excellent on crickets fished under a cork in shallow water.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 3.12 feet low and stained. Water temp in the 70s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says white bass are excellent. The fish are schooling early over shallow flats, points and humps, them suspending over deeper water at midday.

Catfish are good on windy points in 2-10 feet using cut shad early in the day. Crappie are setting up on brush piles in 25 feet of water and under Highway 334 and 198 bridges. Black bass are good on cranks fished on rocks and on main lake points. Newly flooded shoreline weed beds giving up some fish on buzz bait and topwaters.

PALESTINE — Water level is two inches high and stained up north, clear down south.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass are good on Texas brush hogs and black/blue jigs fished around shallow shoreline grass in two feet of water. Also some fish hitting hitting frogs early in the day. Midday bite is best on Carolina rigs and deep cranks worked on main lake points in 17 feet.

Crappie are holding around brush in 12-21 feet of water, hitting jigs and shiners. Catfish are holding on rocky banks, hitting punch bait, night crawlers, shad and liver. White bass schooling periodically over main lake points near the dam. Also some fish holding on old roadbeds, hitting cranks, 'Traps and spoons.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is seven feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 70s.

Bass are fair to three pounds on spinnerbaits, plastics and cranks worked around shallow brush. Catfish are good on windy points using punch bait and cut shad. Some limits also reported around standing timber, 18-20 feet deep.

White bass are good over points and humps in 20-28 feet of water, mainly on slabs. A few fish hitting 'Traps near the surface under low light conditions.

FORK — Water level is about three feet low and stained up north, clearer down south. Water temp in the 70s.

Fishing guide Gary Paris says bass fishing has been good in shallow and deep water alike. Small cranks, topwaters, frogs and buzz baits are producing some solid slot fish and a few overs to eight pounds in shallow water. Out deep anglers are using deep cranks, drop shots and Carolina rigs to pluck some good quality fish off main lake structure.

Crappie are stacking on brush piles in 18-20, hitting jigs. Catfish are excellent over baited holes in 18 feet.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level about normal level and stained. Water temp in the 70s, 80s.

Bass are good to four pounds on spinnerbaits and wacky worms worked over shallow flats and along channel breaks. Also some fish hitting drop shots and Carolina rigs worked around deeper main lake structure.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is four inches, clear down south and stained up north. Water temp in the 70s, 80s.

Rhonda Shivley at Bill's Landing says catfish are excellent to 40 pounds. Cut bait producing best results.

Hand fishermen reporting good numbers of bream in shallow water using wax worms and crickets.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 1.15 feet low and stained up north, clear down south. Water temp in the upper 70s, low 80s.

Ann Wilson says bass fishing is excellent to nine pounds in 4-8 of water using Super Flukes and Senkos fished over the tops grass beds in the mid-lake area.

Wilson says crappie fishermen are reporting a few fish on Roadrunners fished over hydrilla beds in 6-8 feet.

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