ATHENS — Water level is five inches high and stained. Water temp in the low 50s, upper 40s after the front.
Prior to the front bass anglers were reporting some solid fish in the 5-8 pound range around docks with grass in 3-5 feet. Fishing slowed after the front but should improve with the next warming trend. No report on crappie.
CEDAR CREEK — Water level is about normal and stained. Water temp in the upper 40s after the front.
Jason Barber says patterns remain unchanged from last week. Some good quality blue cats reported on fresh cut bait soaked in skinny water around stump fields and wind blown shorelines at the north end of the lake. White bass and crappie have moved into creeks, hitting small jigs, Roadrunners and shiners. Docks with brush and pockets with shore cover are good bets for black bass using spinnerbaits, cranks and Chatterbaits. Main lake drops in 14-16 feet also producing some solid fish on Alabama rigs and Carolina rigs.
TOLEDO BEND — Water level is six inches low and stained to clear. Water temp in the low 50s.
Sabine River guide Jane Gallenbach is reporting good numbers of white bass with some solid females upwards of 2 1/2 pounds coming on Roadrunners. The fish are relating mostly to creeks, but beginning to move onto main sandbars with falling water levels.
Rhonda Shivley says crappie fishing is good with several fish in the 1 3/4 to 2-pound range reported, hitting jigs and shiners under a cork in 4-6 feet, suspended 18 inches down. Bass anglers reporting some solid fish in the 2-5 pound range on cranks and spinnerbaits worked slowly near shore; covering lots of water is key.
Offshore bite is spotty in 10-24 feet using Carolina rigs and football jigs. Catfish are good to 60 pounds on trotlines and noodles, mainly blue cat with an occasional flathead.
'PINES — Water level is a foot high and stained. Surface temp in the low 50s.
Jim Tutt says bass are good on lipless cranks and swim baits fished over grass beds in 2-5 feet. Crappie are excellent over flats in four feet using Beetle Spins. Catfish are slow.
NACONICHE — Water level is at full pool and clear. Surface temp in the low 50s.
David Russell says bass fishing as slowed recently with the best action coming early using flutter spoons, flukes, swim jigs and underspins in areas where the fish are actively schooling. No recent reports on crappie.
PALESTINE — Water level is eight inches high and muddy up north, clearer at the south end. Water temp in the upper 40s after the front.
Ricky Vandergriff says bass fishing has been slow. A few fish hitting black/blue/amber jigs in skinny water around flooded vegetation and other shore cover. Spinnerbaits and soft jerk baits also good for a few bites.
Fishing slow is key. Crappie are gravitating towards shallows, but also some fish on bridges. White are moving up the Neches, but the bite isn't strong just yet. Catfish are excellent on shiners and night crawlers soaked around docks with brush. Also some fish on windy banks and around baited holes.
HOUSTON COUNTY — Water level is about three inches high and stained; in the low 50s.
Crockett Family Resort says black bass are fair to four pounds on junebug worms and lizards, swim baits and flukes fished around piers at mid-range depths. Also some fish taking square bills. Crappie are good around piers with brush using shiners. No report on catfish.
LIVINGSTON — Water level is three inches high and stained. Water temp in the low 50s.
Jeromy Francis says bass fishing has been hit or miss since the front but should improve with next warming trend.
Fish are holding tight to cover up shallow, hitting soft plastics and V&M skipping jigs. The crappie have started to move to the banks and bite is much improved on jigs and minnows. White bass are moving up the creeks and becoming increasingly active, hitting small spinners, cranks and Roadrunners. River fishing still slow.
CONROE — Water level is about one inch high and stained. Water temp in the low 50s.
Butch Terpe says fishing has slowed since the front, but should improve with warmer weather. Several fish in the 8-10 pound range weighed during last week's Big Bass Tour event.
Best bite is shallow around shore cover and boat docks using Texas rig plastics, Chatterbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow around brush in 15-20 feet. Catfish are still good over baited holes in 20 feet.
FORK — Water level is three inches low and fairly clear to stained. Water temp in the upper 40s.
Fishing guide Gary Paris says bass fishing has been slow overall, but there have been a few big fish brought to tournament weigh-ins and one 13 reportedly caught and released.
Best bite coming shallow cranks, 'Traps and Senkos. Crappie fishing has been slow; the fish are in transition ready to move shallow. Catfish are good on punch bait around baited holes in 28 feet. Also some fish shallow in 4-5 feet.
NACOGDOCHES — Water level is at full pool and stained. Water temp the low 50s, upper 40s after the front.
Bass fishing has been slow. A few fish to three pounds reported on cranks, Chatterbaits and spinnerbaits.
The next warming trend should spur some activity in the shallows. No report on crappie.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is one inch high and stained. Water temp in the upper 40s after the front.
SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 6.90 feet high and falling. Water temp in the low 50s.
A 27-pound sack won the Bass Fishing League event over the weekend. Anglers reporting some solid fish around grass and flooded bushes using assorted baits like Carolina rigs, umbrella rigs cranks, 'Traps, swim jigs, Chatterbaits and Senkos.
Flipping tight to bushes also producing some good quality at times.
White are good up the Angelina using cranks and Roadrunners.