The Athens Review
Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of Oct. 9:
ATHENS — Water level 4.03 feet low and stained. Water temp in the upper 70s, low 80s.
Max Logan at Lake Athens Marina says bass fishing has been slow. Crappie are good on live shiners soaked around brush piles in 15-20 feet of water. Also a few fish hanging around the bridge pilings. Bream fishing has been excellent on crickets on the outside edges of grass beds.
CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 6.49 feet low and slightly stained. Water temp in the upper 70s, low 80s.
Fishing guide Jason Barber says catfish are good on cut shad, worms and shrimp fished on main lake humps and old roadbeds in deep water; more and more fish are gravitating towards the shallows. Night fishing is a good option.
Black bass active in 2-10 feet, hitting jigs, plastics and topwaters around rocks, docks and any shoreline trash. Crappie fishermen reporting partial limits under bridges and around brush piles. Hybrids and whites are schooling around main lake humps and points, hitting slabs, topwaters and swim baits.
PALESTINE — Water level is 1.40 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 70s, low 80s.
Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass are good in 3-4 feet of water around boat docks with brush, mainly on jigs, white cranks and Shimmy Shakers. Main lake points also giving up some fish on Carolina rigs.
Crappie are slow. A few fish reported at the Highway 155 crossing. Catfish are good in 14-16 feet using punch bait and night crawlers. Jugs and trotlines producing some flatheads to 50 pounds on live perch. White bass are schooling periodically around the dam and near the island at the mouth of Ledbetter.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is 9.94 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the low 80s.
Launching continues to be an issue with the extremely low water. Anglers able to get out are reporting good numbers of channel and blue cat over baited holes using punch bait. Cut shad and live perch also producing some fish on jug lines.
White bass are schooling periodically over main lake points and humps, slabs, topwaters, swim baits and cranks. No report on black bass or crappie.
NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 2.77 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the low 80s.
Bass fishing has been good to six pounds. Wacky worms, shallow cranks and topwaters producing some solid fish around scattered grass in 4-8 feet of water. Also some fish reported around main lake structure and channel swings using deep cranks, Carolina rigs and drop shots.
Crappie fishing is fair on shiners soaked around deep brush piles and around select power line poles.
FORK — Water level is 5.79 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 70s and low 80s.
Fishing guide Gary Paris says bass fishing has been good to six pounds on Stanley Ribbits and small spinnerbaits worked around shallow grass, four feet or less.
A few fish also reported shad pattern square bill cranks.
Crappie fishermen reporting limits off brush piles in 15 feet of water. Catfish are good in 20 feet over baited holes using punch bait and cut shad.
SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 6.42 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 70s, low 80s.
Bass fishing has been hit and miss to eight pounds. Some of the better sacks caught during the EverStart event were reported on deep cranks worked around brush piles and main lake structure.
Also some solid fish reported flipping the deeper edges of hydrilla. Topwaters and frogs are working around grass, as well.
Ann Wilson at Ann's Tackle says crappie are hit and miss around deep brush.