Bass fishing

Lake Athens fishing guide Jim Brack said this past week that bass are showing up outside grass edges in 8-12 feet with Texas rig craws, jigs and shaky heads.

ATHENS — Water level is about five inches high and clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Jim Brack says bass are good in 8-12 feet, hitting Texas rig craws, jigs and shaky heads on outside grass edges. Schooling bass active on the main lake, taking spinnerbaits, Flukes and a few topwaters. Crappie are good on deep brush in 20-25 feet using jigs and shiners.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is about two inches high and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says black bass are fair on brush piles in 8-16 feet and around docks and shoreline cover throughout the lake in 3-12 feet, hitting plastics, crankbaits and topwaters.

Crappie are on brushpiles and bridges as well as a few of the deeper docks. Jigs and minnows working equally well at times. Sand bass and hybrid stripers are schooling early and late from from mid-lake south near mainlake points, flats and humps. Midday bite is good in the same areas using electronics to mark fish in 12-24 feet. Catfish are scattered. Humps, points and windy shorelines are best with fresh cut shad.

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

Fishing guide Butch Terpe says bass can be caught early around docks, rock, bulkheads and shore cover using Texas rig and a few on topwaters. Midday bite continues to be best around main lake points, road beds and pond dams using cranks and Carolina rigs. Areas with brush are key.

Catfish are good with limits coming on cheese and stink bait fished around baited holes in 18-22 feet near channel breaks. Anglers still picking up fair numbers of white bass on points using slabs and trolling pet spoons.

FORK — Water level is one inch high and stained to clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Tony Parker at the Minnow Bucket says bass fishing has been good in the 3-6 pound range. Shallow cover giving up some fish early and late on topwaters and frogs; some fish taking Texas rig red shad and redbug worms in 10-15 feet.

Anglers targeting deep humps and points later in the day with deep diving cranks and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair around brush and timber, 18-25 feet using shiners and jigs. Also some fish around bridges in 16 feet. Catfish are good with the rising water, mainly along creeks with punch bait.

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

Crockett Family Resort says bass fishing has been good with several fish in the 4-9 pound range reported. Best bite has been on points in 8-10 feet using Texas rigged worms.

Also some fish hitting topwaters in 3-4 feet, mainly early and late or under overcast skies. Bream are good near the islands using small worms. Crappie anglers are picking up a few keepers along creeks with brush using minnows. Catfish are good on jug lines tipped with fresh shad.

‘PINES — Water level is 8.27 feet high and stained to fairly clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Jim Tutt of Longview says bass are excellent over grass in bushes and on points using Texas rigged Ol’ Monster worms, crankbaits and a few on topwaters. Crappie are hitting shiners with some solid limits coming around brush. Catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON — Water level is 1.12 feet high and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Dave Cox says fishing is slowly improving. White bass are giving up the best action in the lower lake region around the Pine Island areas.

Pet spoons trolled around the river also producing some fish. Bass are fair along channel breaks with wood and main lake docks near channel swings, mainly on cranks, spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. No report on catfish.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is three inches low and fairly clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Bass fishermen reporting a few solid fish the 2-4 pound range on Texas rigs, swim jigs, Chatterbaits and frogs around shallow grass early and late or in cloudy conditions.

Brush piles also giving up some fish on worms. Hard bottom structure away from the bank in 20 feet holding some good numbers but not much size, hitting Carolina rigs, shaky heads and deep cranks.

Some schooling activity in the same areas. Crappie are fair around brush piles using jigs and shiners.

PALESTINE — Water level is nine inches high and muddy up north, clearer down south. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says most fishing remains unchanged from last week. Up north, bass are being caught on frogs, swim jigs and buzz baits tossed around flooded grass, pads and brush.

Down south, points and roadbeds are giving up some decent quality on Carolina rigs and cranks. Crappie are best around brush piles in 16-17 feet and at the Highway 155 bridge crossing. Channel cat are good with steady limits coming over baited holes in 14-16 feet using punch bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is five inches inches high and stained to muddy. Water temp in the 80s.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing says bass fishing has been slow since big rains over the weekend muddied the creeks. Catfish are good on windy banks and in timber in  14-19 feet using punch bait and cut shad. White bass are good on points using slabs. Crappie are slow since the rain.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 2.13 feet high and fairly clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Clint Wade with Outlaw Outdoors says there are still some good quality fish coming out of the hay grass and willow bushes, hitting plastics, frogs and swim jigs.

Also some solid fish hanging around brush piles away from the bank, but the numbers of quality fish aren’t what they should be just yet. Crappie are good around brush piles using shiners and jigs. Also some fish around the 147 bridge.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level 1.18 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Rhonda Shivley at Bill’s Landing says trotlines in 8-12 feet  are producing good numbers of eating-size blue cat; big fish are scarce.

Bream are good in the channel using small worms.

Keith Nabors at Keith’s Toledo Bend Tackle says bass fishing has been excellent from the bank out to 18 feet with many anglers reporting 20-25 fish per day. Still some flipping going on around bushes up north.

Farther south, Texas rig redbug worms and drop shots are working on flats and points in 8-10 feet.

Deep running cranks on the ticket in 15-18 feet with some good quality reported.

A few on topwaters early. Some schooling activity on the main lake. Crappie are good around brush piles in 22 feet, suspended 12 feet down, hitting shiners and jigs.

White bass are excellent, schooling over main lake structure and points. The night bite is excellent around brush piles under lights.

NACONICHE — Water level is at full pool and clear. Surface temperatures in the upper 80’s.

Local angler David Russell says bass are in the timber and trying to school in the late afternoon hours. Squarebills and jerkbaits are catching schoolies.

Better fish to five pounds are taking Texas rigs and wacky worms fished beneath the surface action.