Lake Athens

Lake Athens fishing guide Jim Brack said this past week that bass are plentiful in 4-8 feet of water using Senkos and small moving baits.

ATHENS — Water level is six inches low and clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Jim Brack says bass are good in 4-8 feet of water on Senkos and small moving baits. Deep bite is best in 25 feet using spoons and jigs. Crappie are good around brush piles in 24 feet using shiners. Anglers are sorting through lots of under size fish.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is at full pool and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber ways white bass and mixed hybrids are good bets on humps and points at the south end of the lake, hitting slab spoons and crankbaits. Black bass are hitting buzz baits and plastics early in the day around shallow shore cover. Midday bite is best around brush piles in 12-16 feet and deeper docks using Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and cranks. Shooting docks with jigs is the ticket for limits of crappie.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is four inches high and fairly clear to stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing says catfishermen are reporting fair numbers of blue cats around standing timber in 12-18 feet and a few on windy points and banks. Black bass are fair shallow around brush and stumps early the day, mainly on Texas rig plastics and a few on spinnerbaits.

Crappie fishermen reporting a few limits in timber 15-25 feet, suspended about 12 feet down. Jigs and shiners working equally well at times.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is seven inches low and fairly clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Rhonda Shivley at Bill’s Landing says catfish are good on rod and reel over baited holes using worms and stinkbait. Trotlining improving with some solid blues up to 40 pounds showing up on sets tipped with cut bait. Good numbers of fish in the 3-10 pound range reported.  Ben Matsubu at Keith’s Tackle says bass fishing is good shallow out to 17-25 feet. Flipping and frogs are the best bets shallow up north. Carolina rigs, drop shots and crank baits are producing numbers and good quality on flats with bait in deeper water. White bass are stacked in 16-25 feet, hitting spoons. Crappie are good around brush piles in 20-25 feet, suspended at 10-15, hitting jigs. Lots bream around brush piles as well

NACONICHE — Water level is about two inches low and clear. Surface temp in the 80s.

Local angler David Russell says bass are good in 8-10 feet using Texas rigs and jigs. Senkos, Flukes and cranks are picking off suspended fish at eight feet over deeper water. No report on crappie.

'PINES — Water level is eight feet high and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Local angler Jim Tutt said bass are excellent. Fish are grouped on points and hitting Texas rigs. Flooded bushes also giving up some quality fish on plastics and jigs. Crappie are good around deeper bushes using jigs and shiners. Catfish are good on points using punch bait and shad.

PALESTINE — Water level is at full pool and in the low 80s. Clarity is stained up north, clearer down south.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass are good in the shallows, hitting Yellow Magic topwaters and swim jigs. Crappie are good under the bridges and in brush piles using jigs. Catfish are excellent on night crawlers and liver under boat docks in four feet and over baited holes.

HOUSTON COUNTY — Water level is at full pool and stained. Water temp in the mid-80s.

Crockett Family Resort says bass are good to 5 1/2 pounds around piers in 10 feet of water. The dam area also has been productive. Best bets are Texas rig worms and square bill cranks in perch and shad patterns. Bream are excellent using small worms around the islands. Catfish are fair on jugs tipped with shad. Crappie are fair near channels in 15 feet using live shiners.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is about five inches low and stained to clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Bass anglers reporting some solid fish up to four pounds on wacky worms, Senkos and light Texas rigs worked slowly around shallow grass in 3-5 feet. Also some fish taking Texas rigs on main lake points, outside grass edges and around brush piles. Crappie anglers reporting partial limits using shiners around brush.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level about 3 1/2 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Bass fishing has been excellent to nine pounds with lots of keeper size fish reported. Kris Wilson of Montgomery won the Costa event last weekend with 72-8. Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and crankbaits have also been effective offshore at mid-range depths; swim jigs and frogs working around hay grass.

Crappie fishermen reporting limits around brush piles and fish structures in 25-30 feet on shiners and jigs. No report on catfish.

LIVINGSTON — Water level is 11 inches high and stained. Surface temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Jeromy Francis says the lake is beginning to clear and the bass fishing is much improved. Plastics flipped to shore and square bill cranks worked near shallow channel breaks are good bets.

Deeper docks in 8-10 feet giving up some quality fish at midday using Texas rigs and wacky worms. White bass are grouped on main lake humps and flats with a few limits reported on spoons. Crappie are fair around deeper docks with brush, hitting shiners and jigs.

FORK — Water level about normal and stained to clear. Surface temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Gary Paris says crappie are good around brush piles and bridges in 20-25 feet. Channel cat are good with limits coming over baited holes using punch bait. Bass anglers are picking up a few fish early on topwaters and frogs, then moving to points and other structure in 25-30 feet. Spoons, Carolina rigs, drop shots are the orders of the day out deep.

CONROE — Water level is a foot low and fairly clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Butch Terpe says bass are fair early around shallow grass and brush using Senkos and light Texas rigs and around rocks.

Midday bite is best offshore in 8-15 feet around pond dams and road beds using Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair with partial limits coming around brush piles in 14-20 feet.

Catfish are good over baited holes in 20 feet. White bass are hitting cranks trolled on points and humps  in 20 feet; a few hybrids up to 20 inches reported.

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