The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of Sept. 3:

ATHENS — Lake Athens is four feet low and clear. Water temp is in the mid-80s.

Peter Gould at Lake Athens Marina said fishing traffic has been very light due to low water. No report available.

CEDAR CREEK — Cedar Creek is five feet low and falling. Water temp is in the low 80s.

Black bass are fair to three pounds. Most anglers are going deep with drop shots and Carolina rigs matched with small finesse worms. A few fish are chasing bait in the shallows at first light.

Crappie are slow. White bass and hybrids are fair on spoons bumped over humps near the dam.

PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is three feet low and clear. Water temp is in the mid-80s.

Black bass are fair to four pounds on crankbait and Carolina-rig finesse worms worked on points and around deeper docks down south. White bass and hybrids are eating spoons fished on humps; Rat-L-Traps are producing strikes when the fish are schooling.

Crappie are fair on minnows soaked around brush; a few fish holding around bridge pilings, as well.

Catfish are slow, according to Bill Miller at Flat Creek Marina. Miller said jug liners are picking up a blue cat here and there using cut shad for bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — The water level at RC continues to fall; eight feet low and clear. Surface temp is about 85 degrees.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing said the ramp is usable, but anglers should use caution when motoring due to low water obstructions.

Bass anglers are reporting fair results on spinnerbaits, Texas rig plastics and chrome Rat-L-Traps. A few fish hitting topwaters during low light conditions.

Crappie are fair to 1 1/4 pounds on minnows soaked in standing timber. White bass anglers are using 'Traps and topwaters to capitalize on schooling activity. Spoons and slabs are the ticket when the fish are hugging bottom on main lake points.

Catfish are fair on punch bait and cut shad. Grasshoppers fished just beneath surface on slip corks also are working well.

FORK — Lake Fork is four feet low and clear. Water temp has dropped to the low 80s.

Chris Parker at the Minnow Bucket said bass fishing has been hit or miss. Best bite has been coming on Carolina rigs and Texas rigs dragged on humps and roadbeds in 18-25 feet of water. The shallow water bite has improved. Most anglers are throwing Flukes and small cranks around outside grass edges. Good numbers of slot fish are schooling throughout the day.

Crappie are fair on live shiners soaked around brush in 15-20 feet of water.

Catfish are excellent to eight pounds on punch bait and cut shad fished on bottom in 8-12 feet of water.

PINKSTON — Lake Pinkston is about 1 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 80s.

School bass are busting the surface during low light conditions. Pop R, Yellow Magic and Tiny Torpedo are drawing some serious hits, but most takers are small. Better quality bass are taking Texas rig worms and Senkos worked in relation to brushy points, creek channels and outside grass edges.

Crappie are slow.

SAM RAYBURN — Sam Rayburn is about three feet low and clear. Water temp is in the mid-80s.

Bass are good to seven pounds on 1-ounce jigs and crawworms flipped in hydrilla in 10-12 feet of water. Ann Thomasson-Wilson at Ann's Tackle said topwaters are drawing some vicious strikes early and late, and when the fish are schooling.

Crappie anglers are posting some solid limits using live shiners and jigs around brush tops in 18-22 feet of water.

Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait soaked in 8-12 feet of water; shallow water has been productive at night.

— Matt Williams

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