The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of May 14:
ATHENS — The lake is about one foot low and clear. Surface temp is in the mid 70s.
Bass are fair, with good numbers of slot fish reported on Senkos, topwaters and Carolina rig soft plastics. Night fishermen are hooking some respectable fish on Texas rigs and an occasional topwater.
Crappie are fair on live shiners soaked around brush in 12-15 feet of water. Bream fishermen are sacking up hand-size blue gill and redear using pieces of night crawler and crickets.
CEDAR CREEK — Cedar Creek is 1 1/2 feet low and stained up north, clear down south. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Bass are fair to four pounds on medium diving cranks and Carolina rigged plastics worked on main lake points out to 12 feet. Topwater fishing is sporadic, with best results coming early and late, mostly on Pop Rs and frogs tossed in new growth weeds.
Crappie are fair on live shiners soaked at the Sunny Glen bridge and over man made brush. Catfishermen are picking up blues to 20 pounds drifting shad over main lake humps and creeks. Punch bait is producing limits of channels in skinny water.
White bass are good on spoons Rat-L-Traps. Plenty of schooling activity early and late, mostly on points. Expect a few hybrids in the mix.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC remains five below normal, about 77 degrees.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing said white bass fishing has been excellent on Rat-L-Traps. Lots of limits reported over points and under birds. A few hybirds are in the mix.
Black bass are fair to four pounds on spinners and 'Traps worked around stumps in 3-5 feet of water.
Crappie are fair on minnows fished vertical in timber in 15-25 feet of water. The fish are suspended in 7-20 feet, depending on sunlight and wind.
Catfish are good on rod and reel. Anglers are posting best results in timber 15-20 feet deep. Jugs are producing blues to 25 pounds, mostly on perch.
PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is about eight inches low and slightly stained up north, clearer down south. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Bass fishing has been good to five pounds on wacky worms and topwater plugs worked on grassy points near channel breaks. A few fish hitting crankbaits on main lake points.
Crappie are good on live shiners soaked around the pilings at the Highway 155 bridge. A few limits reported.
Catfishermen are posting limits of channel cat using punch bait and cut shad in standing timber and on shallow points. Jug liners are picking up blues to 25 pounds on cut shad.
White bass are good on spoons and 'Traps. Plenty of schooling activity reported, mostly at first light.
SAM RAYBURN — The lake is about a foot low and clear. Water temp is in the high 70s.
Fishing guide Larry King said crappie fishing is excellent over main lake brush piles in 18-22 feet of water. The fish are suspended 10-12 feet down and taking gold/pearl Puddle Jumper jigs, 1/8 ounce.
Bass fishing has been good to six pounds. King has been dragging Carolina rigs along creeks in 16-17 feet of water. French fries, Trick Worms and lizards in watermelon patterns are producing consistently good results. Yellow Magic topwaters and Ribbit frogs are drawing some vicious strikes around scattered hydrilla and shoreline weeds.
FORK — The lake is about two feet low and clear. Water temp is in the high 70s.
Bass are good to nine pounds, according to Martin Edwards at the Minnow Bucket. Carolina rigged creature baits are working exceptionally well on points, humps and roadbeds in 8-18 feet of water. Yellow Magic topwaters are producing plenty of strikes at first light and on overcast days, mostly on grassy points.
Catfish are excellent on punch bait fished on bottom in shallow water. An 80-pound op and two others over 50 pounds caught on during the last week.
Bream are beginning to stack along shorelines. Crappie anglers getting plenty of bites at the bridges in 20-25 feet of water.
TOLEDO BEND — Toledo Bend is four feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Charlie Shively at Bill's Landing says bass anglers are picking up some solid keepers up to 10 pounds using topwaters around weedy flats bordering Tenaha Creek. Wacky worms and Senkos also are producing good results.
Catfishing is excellent on rod and reel. Hand fishermen are picking up channels and blues using cut bait, worms and minnows fished along shorelines and over river side ridges. Trotliners are picking up blues and flatheads to 50 pounds.
SABINE LAKE — Trout, reds flounder are active up down the lake, accoording to recent reports from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Anglers are picking some nice flounder using mud minnows and jigs tipped with shrimp. Trout and reds are taking shrimp and plastics. There also have been some quality reds plucked off the jetty using plastics, mullet and crabs.
PINKSTON — Lake Pinkston is at normal level and clear. Water temp is in the mid 70s.
Bass are fair to seven pounds on Texas rig plastics dragged on main lake points and other defined structure at night. A few fish are taking topwaters at first light. Watermelon Senkos and wacky worms also are producing some quality slot fish.
Crappie fair on small jigs tossed around outside grass edges. Live shiners are working best around brush tops in 28 feet of water.
— Matt Williams
The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of May 14:
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