Athens Daily Review
The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of December 31:
ATHENS — Water level is 3.54 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 40s.
Lake regular Jerry Hanson says bass fishing has been slow. A few fish up to 3 1/2 pounds reported on Rat-L-Traps fished from the bank out to eight feet. Deep cranks are good for a few small fish along main lake drops.
Crappie fishermen are reporting partial limits on jigs soaked around brush piles in 15-20 feet of water.
CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 3.88 feet low and stained. Water temp in the upper 40s.
Fishing guide Jason Barber says blue cat are excellent on cut shad soaked in 2-6 feet of water up north. Farther south, drift fishermen are picking up fish around humps in 18-30 feet of water. White bass are good on slabs in 26 feet of water. Crappie are taking shiners around brush piles in 15-24 feet of water. Black bass are good to six pounds on jigs pitched around docks and on spinnerbaits and cranks worked slowly around rocks.
PALESTINE — Water level is 1.75 feet low and rising. Water clarity is stained up north, clear down south. Water temp in the mid-40s.
Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass are holding tight to docks and flooded brush on points, hitting cranks, jigs and spinnerbaits. Carolina rigs also working on points.
Catfish are excellent on jugs tipped with shad and live perch. Rod and reelers faring best on night crawlers in 15 feet water. White bass are fair on main lake points using spoons.
Crappie are good on ledges with brush at the dam and at the Highway 155 bridge crossing. The fish are holding tight to bottom in 25 feet of water.
FORK — Lake Fork is 4.52 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 40s.
Fishing guide Gary Paris says bass are fair on spoons and drop shots bounced on main lake structure in 25-35 feet of water. The fish are roaming and not many are after them. In shallower water, Paris says jigs, spinnerbaits and crank baits are producing some solid fish along channel breaks with stumps in 6-10 feet.
Crappie fishermen picking up limits using shiners and jigs on deep points and ledges in the vicinity of the dam.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is 4.97 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 40s.
Catfish are good on cut shad and punch bait soaked in shallow water and windy points. Jugs tipped with live perch are giving up some quality blues.
Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, 'Traps and shallow cranks worked in 3-5 feet of water around wood.
White bass are fair on spoons and slabs bounced on points in about 28 feet of water. Crappie are very slow.
NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 2.96 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 50s.
Bass are good to seven pounds crank baits, Rat-L-Traps and Chatterbaits worked in 2-6 feet of water around submerged hydrilla clumps and lily pad stubble. Several fish in the 3-5 pound range reported.
Crappie fishermen reporting partial limits on shiners soaked around deep brush.
SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 4.68 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the low 50s.
Ann Wilson at Ann's Tackle says bass fishing has been excellent to eight pounds on crawfish pattern cranks and suspending jerk baits fished shallow around submerged grass beds. Some anglers reporting as many as 20 fish per day three pounds and up.
Crappie are hit and miss.
TOLEDO BEND — T-Bend is 4.20 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the low 50s.
Charlie Shively at Bill's Landing says high winds have been keeping most anglers off the water. A few blues showing up on stump hooks tipped with live perch. Crappie are good along the edges of the river when the wind allows.
Bass are hitting spoons bounced around deep timber lines down south. Not much size reported, but the numbers are good.
NACONICHE — Water level is at full pool and stained to clear. Water temp in the low 50s.
Jerome Hale at Hale Tackle says all fishing has been slow. Lots of timber has fallen with the last couple of cold fronts.
PINKSTON — Water level is about four feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 50s.
Fishing guide Alan Spruiell say bass are good to seven pounds on 3/4 ounce spoons.