Athens Review, Athens, Texas

December 12, 2012

12/12 East Texas Fishing Report

Matt Williams
The Athens Review

ATHENS — ATHENS — Water level is 3.65 feet low and slightly stained. Water temp in the upper 50s, chilling to the upper 40s by the end of the week.

Bobby Spearman at Lake Athens Marina says bass fishing has been good on spinnerbaits and cranks worked around brush piles in 8-15 feet of water. Carolina rigs also working in deeper water around brush.

Crappie are good in 14-22 feet using shiners.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 3.77 feet low and stained. Water temp in the mid-50s, cooling to the upper 40s by the end of the week.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says catfish are excellent to 27 pounds around shallow stumps in 2-7 feet of water using cut shad. Several other big cats broken off. Down south anglers are picking up some big blues in 18-25 feet of water around mainlake points and humps.

Crappie fishing is good around bridge crossings and brush piles. Bass are good to seven pounds on jigs, buzz baits, spinnerbaits and cranks fished around docks with brush and other trash in 0-5 feet of water.

White bass are good on slabs short hopped on humps and main lake and secondary points in 14-18 feet of water.

PALESTINE — Water level is 1.85 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low-60s, cooling to the low 50s after the front.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says crappie fishing has been excellent at the Highway 155 bridge and around standing timber. Green/chartreuse jigs fished vertical around the timber in 25 feet of water have been producing excellent results; the fish are suspended at 16 feet. At the bridge the fish are holding close to bottom.   Black bass are good to seven pounds around boat docks with brush in four feet of water using 3/8 ounce black/blue jigs, white square bills and Shimmy Shakers. Also some fish working the back of Flat Creek.

Catfish are good around docks in four feet of water, mostly channels in the 10-15 inch range. Humps in 14 feet of water also holding some fish. The bigger blues are coming on jigs tipped with live perch and gold fish.

White are slow. A few fish reported in 10-12 feet on points, mostly on spoons.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is 4.60 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the low-50s.

Larry Winters said bass fishermen are were reporting good results on spinnerbaits and 'Traps fished around shallow grass in 2-4 feet. Winters predicts the shallow bite will slow down after the front.

Catfish are good on windy shorelines in skinny water and around cormorant roosts in 4-5 feet of water, mainly on punch bait and cut shad. Crappie are slow.

White bass are good in 20-28 feet of water on points using slabs and spoons.

FORK — Water level is 4.50 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 50s before the front, should plummet considerably after the front.

Bass anglers are reporting some solid fish along channel breaks in 5-8 feet of water using jigs, Texas rigs and crank baits. There also is good bite out deeper on points and ridges using spoons, Carolina rigs and drop shots in 18-25 feet of water.

Crappie fishermen are using jigs and shiners to pluck limits off bridge pilings in 25 feet of water and deep points in the vicinity of the dam in 25-45 feet of water.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is 3.25 feet low and clear. Water temp was in the low 60s before the front, chilling significantly by the end of the week.

Bass are good to 4 1/2 pounds on lipless cranks, square bills, Chatterbaits and wacky worms worked around shallow grass in 2-8 feet of water. Flats adjacent to creeks are holding fish, as are some shoreline grassbeds.

Crappie fishermen reporting partial limits on manlike brush piles using minnows.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 4.46 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the mid-50s.

Rhonda Shively at Bill's Landing says trotliners are reporting some big flatheads and blues in the 60-pound range. Best sets in 8-12 feet of water. Live and cut perch are producing some good fish. Not many rod and reelers out.

Crappie fishermen are reporting some quality fish along the edges of the river in 20 feet, 2-3 cranks off bottom on jigs and shiners. Shively looks for the fish to bunch up more after the front.

Not many bass fishermen out. Shively says duck hunters are reporting decent results. Lots of mallards rafted on the main lake.

NACONICHE — Water level is at full pool and stained to clear. Water temp in the low-60s before the front, dropping in the low-to-mid 50s by the end of the week.

All fishing is slow, according to Jerome Hale at Hale Tackle. Not many anglers out.

PINKSTON — Water level is 3 1/2 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the mid-50s by the end of the week.

Bass are fair on light Texas rigs, jigs and soft jerk baits worked slowly along outside grass edges. Crappie fishermen are reporting a few keepers at suspended depths around brush, mainly on live shiners and small jigs.

 SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 4.77 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp chilling to to the low-to-mid-50s by the end of the week.

Ann Wilson at Ann's Tackle says bass fishing has been good on bleeding shiner, white crawfish and Zombie pattern Rat-L-Traps worked around shallow grass towards the rear portions of major and secondary creeks. Wacky worms in watermelon/red and watermelon candy and mouse pattern War Eagle spinnerbaits are producing in the same areas. Lots of small bass reported up the Angelina River,.

Wilson says crappie are fair around brush piles and at the Highway 147 bridge crossing.