ATHENS — Water level is seven inches high and clear. Water temp in the upper 70s.
Bass are good to five pounds around brush piles in 18-20 feet using jigs and deep cranks. Also some fish hitting Flukes, wacky worms and cranks around grass. Crappie are good around brush piles in 25 feet using shiners and jigs.
CEDAR CREEK — Water level is two inches high and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 70s.
Jason Barber says white bass and blue cats are good on cut shad soaked on humps in 7-13 feet. Slabs also producing. Black bass are best shallow on buzz baits, spinnerbaits and plastics fished in 1-4 feet around shore cover, docks and rock. Also some fish reported at the dam,. keying on the shad spawn. Crappie are good beneath 6-10 foot docks, hitting jigs.
SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 4.39 feet high and stained to clear. Water temp in the low 80s.
Clint Wade says rising water has pushed a lot of the bass back to the bushes. Best bets are weightless Senkos and frogs around cypress trees and in submerged hay grass. Also an early bite around the shad spawn using topwaters. Crappie are good around brush piles in 20-25 feet and around stumps up north. Catfish are good over baited holes.
NACONICHE — Water level is above normal and stained in some areas after big rain last weekend. Surface temp in the low 80s.
David Russell says bass are hit or miss, suspended at 8-10 feet over deeper water. Best bets are Flukes, Senkos and spoons.
FORK — Water level is just above full pool and stained to fairly clear. Water temp in the 70s.
Tony Parker says bass fishing has been fair using topwaters in skinny water early and late, mainly in coves and on some main lake points in 2-10 feet. Weightless Flukes and Senkos have been productive in the same areas. Some anglers reporting 20 fish per day up to six pounds.
Crappie are good around brush piles in 20 feet using shiners and jigs. Bridges aren’t giving up much. Catfish are good on night crawlers and cut shad soaked on shallow points and around channel breaks.
‘PINES — Water level is 11 feet high and stained to clear. Water temp in the 70s.
Jim Tutt says bass are scattered with the high water. Some fish still being caught flipping bushes and casting crankbaits on points. Crappie are excellent around bushes using shiners and jigs. Catfish are slow.
NACOGDOCHES — Water level jumped to 4.87 feet above pool after big rains last weekend. Stained up north, clearer down south. Water temp in the low 80s.
Bass fishermen are picking up some decent numbers in the 1-3 pound range using Chatterbaits, frogs and light Texas rigs around shallow pads and grass in 2-4 feet. A few isolated groups on main lake structure in 15-20 feet, but most are small. Hitting shaky heads and Carolina rigs.
PALESTINE — Water level is 1.30 feet high and dirty up north, clearer down south. Water temp in the upper 70s, low 80s.
Ricky Vandergriff says bass are good on square bills and jigs worked on points. Crappie are good around brush piles in 14 feet using shiners and jigs. White bass are on points early, hitting ‘Traps, spinnerbaits and cranks. Channel cat are excellent around boat houses using liver and night crawlers in four feet.
CONROE — Water level is four inches low and fairly clear. Water temp in the low 80s.
Butch Terpe says bass are getting settled into summer patterns. Better quality fish are holding 8-15 feet on main lake structure and relating to brush, hitting cranks and Carolina rigs. Also some fish hitting plastics, spinnerbaits and a few topwaters early around shore rock and bulkheads where shad are spawning. Catfish are good over baited holes in 18-22 feet using cheese and punch bait.
HOUSTON COUNTY — Water level is five inches high and stained. Water temp in the low 80s.
Crockett Family Resort says bass fishing has been good to 6 1/2 pounds using Flukes, shiners and small spinners fished around piers early and late. Crappie fishermen reeling some solid keepers up to 2 1/4 pounds using shiners around brush piles. Bream are good around docks using small worms. Catfish to 3 1/2 pounds taking shiners around docks. Jug lines tipped shad with also producing keepers in the three-pound range.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is five inches high and stained. Water temp in the upper 70s.
Larry Winters says catfish are good up the creeks and on windy banks with all the fresh inflow. Good numbers in the 3-10 pound range. Bass are fair in 2-4 feet midway in major coves using spinnerbaits, rattling square bills and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair in 12-16 feet around brush before big rains last weekend. The bite has slowed with the influx of fresh water.
TOLEDO BEND — Water level is six inches high and stained to clear. Water temp in the low 80s.
Tommy Martin says bass fishing has been good to nine pounds. Some good quality fish hitting creatures flipped in bushes and frogs worked around shallow cover. Deep cranks are good for some quality fish in 8-15 feet near deeper water. Crappie is good on shiners fished around brush piles in 20-25 feet, suspended 7-10 feet down.
LIVINGSTON — Water level is around normal level and dirty. Water temp the low 80s.
Dave Cox says fishing conditions are poor for black bass and white bass with recent floods, but blue cats are excellent using cut shad in the river and in backwaters near Riverside.
Jeromy Francis is picking off a few bass flipping dark color plastics around wood in 2-4 feet. Francis say catfish are feeding on spawning shad early around bulkheads; cut shad under a cork is the best bet. White bass are slow.