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East Texas Fishing Report
Week of 7-31-05

ATHENS -- Lake Athens is about two feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.

Bass fishing has been good to seven pounds on soft plastics and topwaters in 4-12 feet of water.

Peter Gould at Lake Athens Marina said anglers are having a field day on bream using worms and crickets.

Catfish are fair to three pounds, mostly at night. Crappie fishing is slow.

CEDAR CREEK -- Cedar Creek is a foot low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.

Spoons and Rat-L-Traps producing occasional limits of white bass when the fish are busting shad at first light. Black bass are slow; a few small fish reported on Carolina rig plastics dragged on brushy points in 12-18 feet of water.

Catfish are fair, mostly on shrimp and shad drifted along creek breaks down to 22 feet. Crappie are slow.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS -- The lake is 18 inches low and clear. Water temp is 89 degrees.

White bass and crappie are getting the most attention from fishing crowds. Whites are schooling just beneath the surface and taking 'Traps and topwaters. Not many birds are working.

Crappie buffs are faring best in timber 18-30 feet deep. Live shiners soaked near bottom are accounting for most limits.

Black bass are slow. A few small fish taking topwaters early and late. Shallow diving cranks and plastics are producing the best results.

Catfish are good to 15 pounds on jugs baited with live perch. Rod and reelers are pulling in good numbers of blues and channels up to five pounds on punch bait and cut shad.

NACOGDOCHES -- Lake Nac is a foot low and clear. Water temp is around 88 degrees.

Bass fishing is slow. A few small fish reported on small cranks and plastics. But the overall bite has been tough, particularly during the daylight hours.

Crappie anglers are picking up a few keepers under lights at night, but limits are scarce. Most anglers are keying on the powerline poles and points in water ranging 18-24 feet. Live shiners are paying off best.

SAM RAYBURN -- Sam Rayburn is a couple of feet low and falling. Water temp is in the upper 80s.

Carolina rigs and Zoom Flukes are producing bass up to seven pounds around hydrilla beds in 8-12 feet of water. Anglers also are picking up good numbers of quality bass by buzzing Ribbit Frogs over lily pads and peppergrass stands in 3-6 feet of water.

Crappie anglers are picking up consistent limits on live shiners, jigs and Wedgetails worked in relation to deep brush down to 28 feet. The fish are suspended at varied depths of the course of the day.

TOLEDO BEND -- T-Bend is five feet low and clear. Water temp is 88 degrees.

Charlie Shively said crappie anglers plucked some nice slabs off the edges of the Sabine River over the weekend. Live shiners soaked halfway down in 22-24 feet of water are producing the best results.

Rod and reelers are hauling plenty of frying size blues out of 12-20 feet of water. The fish are suspended about eight feet off bottom.

Bass are slow. Not many anglers out. Shively is seeing plenty of movement in 2-6 feet of water over stump fields and around weed beds.

Trotliners hauled in several big blues and ops over the weekend. Top cat was a 50 pound blue caught on live bait.

PINKSTON -- Lake Pinkston is 2 1/2 feet low and ultra clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.

Bass fishing has been fair to eight pounds on Carolina rigs and Texas rigs worked around deep structure in 20-25 feet of water. Some schooling activity reported in low light conditions, but most are small and spooky.

Crappie fishing is slow.

-- Matt Williams

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