Lake Athens

This past week, fishing guide Jim Brack said that bass in Lake Athens is good around brush piles of 25 feet with jigs.

ATHENS — Water level is four inches high and fairly clear. Water temp is in the low 80s.

Jim Brack says bass fishing has been good around brush piles in 25 feet using jigs. Lipless cranks, Texas rigs and frogs are the best bets around grass beds and pads. Crappie are good on brush piles in 20 feet using jigs.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is at full pool and stained. Water temp in the upper 70s.

Jason Barber say humps in 6-14 feet are giving up limits of white bass and blues using fresh shad. Crappie are good shooting jigs under docks. Also some fish moving to brush and bridges. Black bass are fair on buzz baits and plastics worked around shoreline rocks a weed lines. Hybrids are moving toward deeper water.

NACONICHE — Water level is about 10 inches high and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

David Russell says the bass are scattered and suspended over deeper water with the rise in water levels. Spoons, swim jigs and underspins seem to be producing the most strikes for now. Also a few fish busting frogs around shoreline lay downs.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is seven inches high and stained to clear. Water temp in the upper 70s

Stephen Johnston says bass are fair on Chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and swim jigs tossed around shoreline hay grass. Texas rig plastics and cranks worked on points in 10-14 feet also producing some solid keepers. Crappie fishing is fair to 30-40 fish per boat. High water is keeping a lot fish shallow brush and docks. Rhonda Shivley at Bill’s Landing says catfish are good on trotline with the bigger fish coming on river sets tipped with cut bait. Rod and reelers faring best along creeks and the river using night crawlers and punch bait.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is four inches high and stained. Water temp in the low 80s.

Bass anglers reporting a few fish shallow on spinnerbaits, plastics and Chatterbaits worked around scattered vegetation near channel breaks and on points. Some groups of fish holding on offshore structure in 14-20 feet, but not many larger than 2 1/2 pounds. Shaky heads and Carolina rigs are good bets away from the bank. Crappie fishermen reporting a few partial limits around brush piles at mid-range depths.

CONROE — Water level is nine inches low and fairly clear. Water temp in low 80s.

Butch Terpe says bass fishing has been fair. Best bite early is shallow on light Texas rigs around any flooded grass, docks and rocks. The better quality fish are come in 8-15 feet around pond dams, points and ledges using Carolina rigs and cranks. Crappie are fair around brush piles in 15-20 feet using  shiners. Catfish are good over baited holes in 20 feet. A few white bass showing up on points in 20 feet, hitting spoons.

FORK — Water level about full pool and stained to fairly clear on the main lake. Water temp in the upper 70s.

Tony Parker says bass anglers are picking up a few fish on topwaters and frogs tossed around shallow shore cover and on points early and late. Senkos and Flukes working in the same areas. Also some fish on deeper points and other offshore structure, hitting cranks, football jigs and Carolina rigs.

Gary Paris says crappie are good on brush in 20-22 feet using shiners and jigs. Catfish are good over baited holes using punch bait. Also some fish shallow on points.

HOUSTON COUNTY — Water level is three inches high and stained. Water temp in the low 80s.

Crockett Family Resort says bass are good to 7 1/2 pounds with several in the 1-4 pound range reported in 16 feet of water near the dam using unspecified baits. Crappie fishermen picking up some large fish to 2 3/4 pounds on shiners at night in about 16 feet of water. Bream are good using small worms off piers. Catfish are good to 10 pounds on jugs tipped with shad.

‘PINES — Water level is 10.6 feet high and stained. Water temp in the upper 70s.

Jim Tutt says bass are good on main lake points in 12 feet of water using Texas rig plastics and cranks. As few fish still holding in bushes. Crappie fishermen are picking up some decent numbers on small spinners and jigs fished around bushes.

LIVINGSTON — Water level is eight inches high and muddy. Water temp in the upper 70s, low 80s.

Randy Dearman says most fishing is very slow due to the influx of dirty rolling down the Trinity. Catfish are the best bet on windy points, around bulkheads and along the river using fresh cut shad. Bass anglers are having a tough time; anglers should seek out the clearest water they can find and right to flooded cover with spinnerbaits, bladed jigs or flipping dark soft plastics. White bass and crappie are slow.

PALESTINE — Water level is seven inches high and stained to clear. Water temp in the low 80s.

Ricky Vandergriff says bass are good early using swim jigs and black Yellow Magic topwaters on points, then moving to deeper points with Carolina rigs and deep cranks. Crappie are good over brush piles in 12 feet using jigs and shiners. Catfish are excellent over baited holes in 14 feet using punch bait and night crawlers.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is one inch high and stained. Water temp in the low 80s.

Larry Winters says blue cats are good on wind blown banks and points using punch bait. Also some fish holding in timber 12-14 feet deep and along creek channel breaks. Black bass are fair in 2-4 feet of around wood near channel breaks, hitting spinnerbaits, lipless cranks and square bills. Crappie are fair around brush piles in 12-16 feet.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is six feet high stained to fairly clear. Water temp in the low 80s.

Clint Wade says flooded willows and buck brush are holding lots of fish with the rising water. Some bushes are in 12 feet of water. Ledges in 16-22 feet are giving up some decent numbers, but big fish are hard to come by.  

Randy Dearman says crappie are good on shiners soaked around brush piles in 25-30 feet; the bite has slowed with the rising water.