Largemouth bass

Local fishing guide Jim Brack says that bass in Lake Athens remains steady, especially in shallow waters.

ATHENS — Water level is seven inches high and clear. Water temp in the upper 70s.

Fishing guide Jim Brack say fishing is unchanged from last week. Bass anglers still scoring in shallow water using Senkos, Texas rigs and shaky heads around hydrilla beds. Scattered pads also giving up some good quality fish on frogs and topwaters. Crappie fishermen are picking up limits using jigs around deep brush and shooting beneath deeper docks.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is six inches high and stained. Water temp in the mid-70s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber is picking up decent numbers of blue cat targeting shallow timber and wind blown points up north using cut shad.

Some good quality hybrids hanging out in the same areas. Bass anglers faring best using moving baits around any flooded shore cover in pockets and coves. Shore rock also giving up some keepers using cranks and topwaters.

Crappie fishermen are picking up limits dock shooting with small jigs. Points down south giving up decent numbers of white bass using slabs.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 2.78 feet high and stained to clear. Water temp in the mid-to-upper-70s.

Clint Wade with Outlaw Outdoors says bass are good on frogs tossed around torpedo grass in 2-4 feet and weightless Senkos worked along hydrilla edges. A few fish showing up around brush piles but not much quality. Flipping bushes up north is good for some keepers. Crappie are excellent around brush piles in 18-25 feet. Catfish are good over baited holes north of the Highway 147 bridge.

NACONICHE — Water level is slightly above full pool and fairly clear. Water temp in the 70s.

David Russell says bass are fair on soft stick baits and jerk baits worked slowly in water ranging 12-14 feet. The fish are pulling in and out of shallow water. No report on crappie. With all the new water boaters should be on the lookout for floaters in the boat lanes.

'PINES — Water level is 11 feet high and stained. Water temp in the 70s.

Local bass pro Jim Tutt says bass are fair to four pounds on plastics flipped in bushes up and down the lake. The north end is producing the better quality. Crappie fishermen also reporting some decent catches around bushes using shiners and jigs.

PALESTINE — Water level is 2.12 feet high and muddy in the creeks. Water temp in the 70s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass fishing has been good on Texas rig craws, swim jigs, spinnerbaits and flipping jigs worked around docks and flooded grass. Crappie are good; a few fish still shallow but most have moved to the bridges and brush piles, hitting small minnows and jigs. White are fair with the best bite coming on cranks and spinners around main lake docks. Catfish are good around docks and baited holes using cut shad, night crawlers and punch bait.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is a foot high and stained up north, clearer down south. Water temp in the 70s.

Rhonda Shivley at Bill's Landing says catfishing has been good with limits of 5-10 pounders and a few in the 50-pound range. Cut bait is the best bet. Bow fishermen are taking some big alligator gar to 190 pounds.

Crappie are slow with rising water. Bass still good shallow on cranks, spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits and Senkos.

LIVINGSTON — Water level is 1.32 feet high and muddy. Water temp in the 70s.

Fishining guide Dave Cox says high water and flooding have resulted in ramp closures up north and cancelled guide trips. Black bass are slow. Blue cats are good in the river channel near cuts using fresh shad Carolina rigged on bottom. Crappie are slow. No report on white bass.

FORK — Water level is a foot high and stained. Water temp in the 70s.

Tony Parker at the Minnow Bucket says bass fishing has been fair. Best bite has been shallow early using jerk baits, top waters and swim baits around shad spawn areas on points and around docks. Also some fish hitting frogs and Texas rigs around shore cover.

A few fish still on beds but difficult to see in some many areas. Crappie fishermen catching limits around brush piles and a few on bridges. Catfish are good on cut shad and punch bait around baited holes and channel breaks.

CONROE — Water level is about two inches high and fairly clear to stained. Water temp the mid-70s.

Fishing guide Butch Terpe says bass anglers are picking up some good quality fish throwing Carolina rigs and shad pattern cranks around brush piles on points and pond dams in 8-15 of water. Bulkheads and docks also holding fish early in active shad spawn areas, hitting plastics, cranks and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair for a few limits around brush in 12-20 feet using jigs. Catfish are excellent over baited holes in 17-22 feet.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is nine inches high and muddy. Water temp is in the 70s.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing says blue cat are excellent with the rising, muddy water. Best bite is on windy banks using cut bait. Channel cat are good near moving water in the backs of creeks. Black bass are fair to four points on moving baits fished around wood in 1-3 feet in creeks. White bass are fair on points down south in 25 feet; a few limits on slabs. Crappie are slow since the rise.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is nine inches high and stained up north. Water temp in the 70s.

Bass fishermen are reporting some good quality fish on moving baits and worms worked around shallow cover near channel breaks up north. Shallow hay grass edges also giving up a few fish early on frogs and topwaters.

Some decent numbers holding on main lake hard bottoms, but most are small. Crappie fishermen reporting a few partial limits around brush piles using jigs and shiners.

HOUSTON COUNTY — Water level is seven inches high and stained. Water temp the mid-70s.

Crockett Family Resort is reporting slow bass fishing with the best bite coming on spinnerbaits and cranks in shallow to mid-range depths. Bream are good off piers using shiners and small worms.

Crappie are slow to fair around brush piles using shiners. Catfish are fair on chicken livers and punch bait.