The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of Sept. 14:
ATHENS — Lake Athens is about six inches low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Bass fishing has been good to five pounds, mostly on topwaters fished shallow during low light or overcast conditions. Zoom Flukes and Senkos soaked in shallow water are producing some solid fish, as well.
Crappie anglers are picking up limits over brush piles in 18-20 feet of water, mostly on minnows.
CEDAR CREEK — The lake is about 1 1/2 feet low and fairly clear. The water temp has cooled to the upper 80s.
Fishing guide Jason Barber said catfishing has been fair on cut shad fished on bottom around stumps, flats and humps in 15—17 feet of water. Barber is reporting partial limits of blues and channels in the 2-3 pound range.
Bass are beginning to move in around shallow boat docks. Plastics, jigs and medium diving cranks worked in 6-7 feet of water are producing best results.
Crappie are fair on jigs fished around deeper docks with brush. Bridges and brush piles in 15—20 feet of water are the best bets right now.
White bass are piled up on the main lake. Schooling activity is hit or miss.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is about two feet low and stained due to high winds. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing said all fishing traffic has been light due to high winds. A few crappie fishermen reported good results using minnows in standing timber 20 feet deep. The fish are suspended at 10 feet.
Bass fishing has been slow. White bass are fair on spoons bounced on main lake points in 28 feet of water, and on pet spoons trailed behind a Hellbenders.
Catfish good on punch bait soaked on bottom along windy shorelines.
PALESTINE — The water level has jumped about eight inches since Sept. 8 and surface temps have cooled to the upper 70s.
Bass fishing has been fair to five pounds on topwaters, buzz baits and frogs worked in relation to shallow weeds and grass beds. Deep cranks, Carolina rigs and Texas rigs are working fairly well on main lake points and humps. Some of the deeper docks with brush are holding some quality fish, as well.
Crappie anglers are picking up some solid keepers at the Highway 155 crossing; the better results are coming off brush piles.
Catfishermen are picking up limits of channels along windy shorelines using punch bait and cut shad.
NACOGDOCHES — Lake Nacogdoches saw a four-inch rise after the storm. Surface temps have cooled to the upper 70s.
Bass anglers can expect fishing to improve with the cooler temps. Look shallow for topwater fish using Ribbit Frogs, buzz baits and Pop Rs. There also should be some schooling activity on the main lake and in the mouths creeks.
Crappie are fair over deep brush piles, mainly on minnows.
FORK — Lake Fork is at normal level and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Bass fishing has been good to 10 pounds. A 10.69 pounder won the McDonald's big bass tournament over the weekend. Fish were caught on a wide variety of baits from shallow water to deep. Most were relating to grass or structure. Some schooling activity reported.
Crappie fishing has been fair. The better catches are coming off brush piles down to 25 feet. Bridge fishing has been very sporadic.
TOLEDO BEND — T-Bend is about four feet below normal and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Fishing guide Stephen Johnston said bass fishing has been good to five pounds. Buzz baits and topwaters are working around matted grass, mostly early and late. During midday hours Johnston is using wacky worms, crankbaits and Senkos along outside grass edges.
Crappie fishing has been good. The fish are suspended at 15-22 feet around brush piles planted in 33 feet of water.
Catfishermen are picking up some quality flatheads using stump hooks and trotlines baited with live perch. Hand liners are faring best using cut shad and punch bait on shallow ridges and points.
SAM RAYBURN — Sam Rayburn is about 4 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Bass fishing has been good to five pounds topwaters, buzz baits and Ribbit Frogs worked behind Stanley's new Buzz It blade. Some quality fish also reported on jigs, Texas rigs and crankbaits worked along outside grass lines in 9-12 feet of water.
Crappie fishing has been tough, according to Ann Thomasson—Wilson at Ann's Tackle . Brush piles in deep water are the best bet.
PINKSTON — The lake is about two feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 70s.
Bass fishing has been fair to seven pounds on soft jerkbaits, crankbaits and swim baits worked around brush piles. Fishing guide Alan Spruiell said there has been a good bite along the outer edges of grass in 12-14 feet of water. Schooling activity has been sporadic on the main lake.
Crappie are fair on minnows soaked around deep brush piles down to 28 feet. The fish are suspended 8—14 feet down.
— Matt Williams
The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of Sept. 14:
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