The Athens Review
The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of March 20:
ATHENS — Water level is 2.60 feet low and stained. Water temp in the low 60s.
Bobby Spearman at Lake Athens Marina says bass are excellent from the bank out to eight feet. Several slot fish up to seven pounds reported on soft jerk baits and drop shot rigs.
Crappie are good on live shiners fished beneath a cork in 10-15 feet of water.
CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 3.19 feet low and stained. Water temp in the low 60s.
Fishing guide Jason Barber says crappie are excellent in skinny water, hitting jigs and minnows around any available cover in 2-6 feet of water in the backs of spawning coves.
Hybrids are hitting cut bait on clay points up north in 2-4 feet of water. Early morning bite is best.
Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, jig and plastics tossed around docks and shallow cover from the bank out to five feet.
Catfish are good on windy shorelines and points from midlake north, 2-10 feet deep.
PALESTINE — Water level is about five inches low and clear down south, stained up north. Water temp in the low 60s.
Greg Porter at Porter's Sporting Goods says crappie are gravitating towards skinny water, hitting jigs and shiners around brush and other cover.
Bass are excellent. Lots of fish hitting moving baits and plastics fished from the bank out to five feet.
Catfishing is good around brush and baited holes in 11-18 feet of water, mostly on punch bait, night crawlers and cut shad.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is is 4.74 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the low 60s.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing says bass fishing has been good. Lots of fish moving shallow, hitting spinnerbaits and plastics. Crappie are on the move towards the shallows, but bank fishing is limited due the low water.
Catfish good on windy banks, mainly on shad or punch bait.
White bass are good. A few limits reported in 18-25 feet of water, mostly on points. Slabs and spoons are the tickets.
FORK — Water level is 4.32 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.
Cameron Burnett at Lake Fork Marina says lots of bass have moved on spawning flats.
An 11 pounder reported. Lots of fish hitting on trick worms, Senkos and Texas rig lizards worked around stumps from the bank out to five feet.
Crappie are fair at the bridge crossings, suspended at 12-18 feet.
Also a shallow bite reported in the backs of creeks, mainly on shiners fished beneath a slip cork.
NACOGDOCHES — Water level is a few inches low and stained to clear. Water temp in the mid-60s.
Bass are good to six pounds on swim baits, Chatterbaits, crank baits and soft jerk baits.
Most bites coming from the bank out to six feet around grass and weed beds. Crappie are fair on jigs cast over shallow flats in 2-6 feet of water. The fish are scattered.
PINKSTON — Water level is at full pool and clear. Water temp in the mid-60s.
Bass are good to eight pounds. Plenty of of bedding activity reported in skinny water.
Soft plastic lizards, craws, creatures, Senkos and worms rigged Texas or wacky style are producing best results.
NACONICHE — Water level is at full pool and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.
Bass fishing has been hit and miss around hydrilla beds and limited shallow water flats, mainly on plastics.
— Matt Williams