The Athens Review
Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for the week of September 11:
ATHENS — Water level is 4.42 feet low and slightly stained.
Bass fishermen are still picking up some solid slot fish on main lake structure using Carolina rigs and deep cranks. In shallower water, grass beds and pad stands are giving up some small fish and an occasional slot fish on topwaters, frogs and Texas rigs.
Crappie are slow. Bream are good on night crawlers and crickets.
CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 6.33 feet low and slightly stained. Surface temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.
Fishing guide Jason Barber says hybrids and whites are still taking deep cranks trolled in 14-24 feet of water around points, humps and main lake drops. Slabs and swim baits also producing plenty of action.
Blue cat are taking fresh shad and shrimp drifted in the same areas with the whites and hybrids. Crappie fishing improving in 8-20 feet under the bridges and around brush piles, mainly on live shiners.
Barber says black bass are good to four pounds on cranks and plastics tossed around boat docks and shallow rock structure in 10 feet of water. There also is a decent bite around offshore drops and points in 6-18 feet on Carolina rigs and deep cranks. Barber says Don's Port and Log Cabin offer the best launching now due to low water.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is 9.48 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing says launching is limited to ramps at Fisherman's Point and Oak Cove. Not many anglers on the water.
Catfishermen are picking up some keeper channel cat using punch bait from the bank. Windy shorelines are best.
PALESTINE — Water level is 1.85 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.
Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says white bass are fair on road beds in 15 feet of water, mainly on cranks and slabs.
Black bass are fair on cranks and Carolina rigs worked in 2-12 feet of water, mostly on points. Catfish are good in 13 feet over baited holes using night crawlers and shrimp. Crappie are slow.
FORK — Water level 5.96 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.
Tony Parker at the Minnow Bucket says the lake is beginning to turn over in some areas. A few fish busting topwaters at first light, then switching to drop shots in 10-15 feet tight to timber. There are some fish suspended over deeper water, hitting 10XD cranks.
Crappie are fair around brush in 20-25 feet. The bridge bite is slow. Catfish are good in 18-20 feet around channel breaks and the big island north, mainly on punch bait.
NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 3.07 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.
Bass are fair. Wacky worms, light Texas rigs and a few topwaters are producing fish to 2 1/2 pounds along outside grass lines. Anglers marking some schools in deep water scoring on drop shots, spoons and deep cranks. Crappie are hit and miss around deep brush.
TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 4.52 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.
Charlie Shivley at Bill's Landing says most fishing has been slow up north. Trotliners are picking up a few blues on cut bait, but most of the fish are small. Rod and reeling for channel cat is excellent along the edges of the river in about 12 feet of water, mainly on night crawlers.
Farther south, outside grass lines are giving up some solid fish on topwaters and buzz baits early, then switching to a Texas rig. Also some fish hanging around underwater points, ridges and drops north of the Pendleton Bridge. Crappie are fair around deep brush piles down south.
PINKSTON — Water level is about three feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.
Bass to five pounds have been reported on heavy jigs and Texas rigs worked on outside grass lines in 10-12 feet of water. School bass have been active off and on, hitting 'Traps, cranks and small spoons. Crappie are hit and miss around brush tops; some good quality fish reported on shiners.
SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 6.25 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.
Albert Collins won the Bassmaster Weekend Series championship with 43.22 pounds. He reported catching bigger fish off deep structure using plastic worms dragged on bottom.