Hydrilla

Lake Athens fishing guide Jim Brack said this past week that bass are fair around shallow hydrilla beds with small moving baits and Senkos. Hydrillas are highly regarded as an invasive species that can change pH levels, remove oxygen, restrict native plant growth and even block out nutrients for aquatic life.

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

Fishing guide Jim Brack says bass are fair around shallow hydrilla beds using small moving baits and Senkos. Flutter spoons along breaks and jigs fished in relation to brush piles.

Crappie are fair around brush piles in 25-28 feet; anglers are having to sort through lots of small fish.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is normal and stained. Water temp in the 70s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says bass are fair shallow around weedbeds using buzz baits and weightless Senkos. Also some fish on docks and rocks hitting cranks and plastics; a few fish starting to move to deeper brush. Crappie are holding around docks in 7-12 feet, hitting jigs. Brush piles in 12-20 feet also beginning to hold numbers. White bass ans hybrids are schooling early and late on humps and points down south, hitting slabs and cranks. Catfish are scattered, some shallow and some on humps, hitting fresh shad.

LIVINGSTON — Water level is at normal level and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Dave Cox says blue cats are the best bet going, hitting fresh shad fished along channels and on points. Cox says the water needs to settle out to spur white bass action on main lake structure. Black bass and crappie are slow.

NACONICHE — Water level is about normal level and clear. Surface temp in the 80s.

Local angler David Russell says bass fishing has been good early and late with several fish in the 6-7 pound range reported. Lots of fish suspended in 12 feet, hitting shallow diving cranks and slow rolling spinnerbaits. Crappie fishermen reporting partial limits.

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

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass fishing has been good down south using jigs in 2-3 feet of water; some 40 fish mornings reported. Crappie fishing is good under bridges in 15-18 feet using jigs. Catfish are good on night crawlers in 15 feet using punch bait and night crawlers.

‘PINES — Water level is 9.4 feet high and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Local bass pro Jim Tutt says bass are good in bushes and on points using Texas rig worms and brush hogs. Also some fish hitting topwaters fished over the tops of grassbeds. Catfish are slow. Anglers should be cautious motoring boat lanes.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is three inches low and mostly clear, stained up north. Water temp in the 80s.

Bass fishermen are picking up a few fish shallow early and late using weightless plastics, light Texas rigs, frogs and a few topwaters. Hard bottom structure away from the bank in 14-20 feet holding numbers but most are small, hitting shaky heads and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair around deep brush piles using shiners and jigs; no limits reported.

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

Fishing guide Butch Terpe says channel cat are good over baited holes in 20 feet using cheese, night crawlers and punch  bait. Bass anglers reporting a few fish early around shore rock using topwaters and plastics. Better quality fish are coming offshore on points, pond dams and other structure in 12-18 feet using Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and cranks.

Crappie are best around brushpiles using shiners and jigs.

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

Tony Parker at the Minnow Bucket says crappie fishermen are picking up limits around brush piles in 20-25 feet of water using shiners and jigs. Bridge fishing is hit or miss. Bass anglers picking up a few early on topwaters, buzz baits and frogs, then moving to point and main lake humps with flutter spoons and Carolina rigs. Tim Wilcoxson of Rockwall won the Skeeter Owner’s Tournament last weekend with a 9.65 pounder caught on worm in 20 feet. Channel cat are fair over baited holes and in shallow water using punch bait and night crawlers. Bream are good on small worms.

HOUSTON COUNTY — Water level is one inch high and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Crockett Family Resort says bass are fair to around three pounds on Carolina rigs and wacky worms fished in 12 feet of water. A few solid fish taking frogs and Chatterbaits around pads. White bass are fair on shiners in 6-10 feet. Bream fishermen reporting some big bluegills on small worms fished near bottom on 16 feet. Crappie are slow. Fishing shiners around lighted piers at night is best. Catfish are fair on rod and reel tipped with shad and trotlines baited with live perch.

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

Larry Winters at Midway Landing says bass fishing has been fair in 2-4 feet around timber using spinnerbaits and plastics, mostly in major coves and creeks. The quality has improved over the last two weeks with good numbers in the 3-7 pound range reported. A few fish on main lake points hitting Carolina rigs. Crappie are holding in 15-24 feet, hitting shiners. A few limits reported, suspended at 7-12 feet. Catfish are good in 12-18 feet around standing timber using shad and punch bait, mainly blue cats.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is about five feet high falling slowly. Water temp in the 80s.

Clint Wade at Outlaw Outdoors bass anglers are reporting some solid fish away from the bank in 13-16 feet close to ledges using cranks and Carolina rigs. Also some fish holding in bushes hitting creatures flipped tight to cover. Crappie anglers picking up limits around brush piles and fish structures in 20-30 feet using shiners and jigs. Catfish are fair over baited holes using cheese and night crawlers.

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

Rhonda Shivley at Bill’s Landing says trotliners are picking up some decent numbers of box fish on line sets tipped with fresh cut perch or shad. Bream are good on small worms under a cork and small jigs around bedding areas. Fishing guide Tommy Martin says bass anglers are picking up good numbers of keepers around offshore ridges, points and drops in 15-30 feet using Texas rigged junebug and red bug Ol’ Monster worms.

Crappie are fair around brush piles using jigs and shiners.