Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 23, 2013

10/23/13 East Texas Fishing Report

MATT WILLIAMS
The Athens Review

Athens — Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of Oct. 23:

ATHENS — Water level is 3.82 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in mid-70s.

Max Logan at Lake Athens Marina says bass fishing has been slow. Crappie are fair over brush piles in 15-20 feet of water, mostly on live shiners. Bream are good on crickets fished under a cork in 10-15 of water.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 6.37 feet low and stained. Water temp in the low 70s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says launching is marginal at Don's Port and decent at Log Cabin.

Barber says hybrids and white bass are hitting slabs, swim baits and flutter spoons on main lake points and humps in 8-20 feet of water.

Catfish are good on humps and points in 12-25 feet; also some fish hitting in shallow water on windy points and shorelines.

Black bass are taking Traps, jigs spinnerbaits and plastics around rocks, docks and steep shorelines with drops.

Crappie are taking jigs and shiners around boat docks in 4-5 feet and bridges in 6-20 feet.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is 9.88 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the 70s.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing says most fishing is slow due to extremely low water and a lack of traffic.

Winters says launching is limited to Fisherman's Point and Oak Cove. Bank fishermen scoring some solid blue cats in the eight pound range using punch bait on windy shorelines.

A few anglers reporting partial limits of white bass trolling cranks and on slabs. No report on black bass or crappie.

FORK — Water level is 5.84 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 70s.

Tony Parker at the Minnow Bucket says bass fishing has been fair to 10 pounds on Carolina rigs in 10 feet of water.

Best bite coming on Texas rigs worked near breaks and points in 2-10 feet of water using 'Traps and cranks.

Crappie fishing is fair at the bridges. Anglers are having to stay on the move to box a limit.

Catfish are excellent using punch bait and night crawlers in 18-20 feet of water.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 2.91 feet low and clear. Water temp in the 70s.

Bass are good to five pounds on assorted moving baits fished around hydrilla beds in 3-10 feet of water.

Also some good quality fish reported on main lake structure in 15-20 feet using Carolina rigs, jigs and cranks.

Crappie are hit and miss around brush piles using jigs and shiners.

NACONICHE — Water level is about six inches high and fairly clear. Water temp in the mid-70s.

Lake manager Bill Plunkett says bass fishermen are reporting fair results using Flukes around boat lanes an roadbeds.

A few small fish coming on topwaters, but overall the bite has been slow.

Crappie fishermen are reporting a few limits over deep brush on the main lake, mainly on jigs.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 4.40 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 70s.

Fishing guide Stephen Johnston says bass fishing has been fair.

Best bite coming on spinnerbaits and lipless cranks fished along outside grass edges in 8-12 feet.

Cranks and Texas rigs producing fish to four pounds in 12-15 feet.

Crappie fishing has slowed down considerably down south.

Catfish are fair to 40 pounds on trotlines tipped with cut and live perch.

Rod and reelers still picking up keeper channel cat along the river using night crawlers and punch bait.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 6.83 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low-to-mid-70s.

Fishing guide Stephen Johnston says bass fishing has been tough. Frogs and Yellow Magics are good for a few solid fish around shallow grass mats.

Wacky worms and Senkos also producing some keepers along outside grass edges in 6-8 feet.

Johnston says crappie fishing has been slow.

PINKSTON — Water level about four feet low and clear. Water temp in the 70s.

Bass anglers reporting mixed results using soft jerk baits, light Texas rigs and a few cranks fished along outside grass edges.

Crappie fishermen reporting partial limits using jigs and shiners around deep brush.