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East Texas Fishing Report |

Athens — SLOW. The clear water; 58-63 degrees; 1.45 feet below. Bass are slow on deep brush up to 25 feet and scattered on deep grass up to 12 feet with jigs and Carolina-rigged 10-inch ribbon tailworms. Crappie are also good on deep brush. Lots of undersized fish to sift through to get keeper limits. Report by Jim Brack, Athens Guide Service.

Caddo- GOOD. Water stained; 60 degrees; 0.67 feet above. The sting begins to heat up as conditions improve after the cold and rain. For bass, cast a rattletrap, chatterbait, or crankbait when you find the baitfish on your chart. For white bass and yellow bass, a jigger spoon or small George works well. It’s a beautiful time to be on the lake as the bite is fun and the trees turn red. The view is majestic here on a lake that God created. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.

Cedar Creek- EXCELLENT. Normal water stain; 63 degrees; 4.83 feet low. Crappie are good, fish hauling up and biting quite well when moving around in an active group. Target brush piles in 7-16 feet of water, as well as docks on creek channel swings. Minnows and jigs work well. Largemouth Bass are good in shallow water using chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, square-billed crankbaits, and Texas rigged plastics. Dock fishing is good where the creek channel swings near the dock and where shad are found in creeks. White sea bass and hybrid sea bass are really hot on shallow dishes. Fish spinnerbaits and silver spoons or slabs are great tools to use. Many birds dive in the morning and in the evening also around the apartments. Report by Kyle Miers, Lake Country Outfitters.

Fork — JUST. Water-based; 65 degrees; 6.85 feet low. Bass fishing is slow with only a few bites per day. Hanging jerk baits are best worked on 7-10 foot creeks and ditches. Viper XP jigs in passion purple or black and blue are good on big woods along creek edges in 8-10 feet of water. Lake Fork Fishing Guide Report, Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Bass are slow on Carolina rigs, dropshots and jigging spoons in 15-18 feet of water, and square-billed lures in 3-6 feet of water. Report by Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Guide Service. Cold fronts and colder water send bass deeper and slow their metabolism, sinking lines at 3IPM+ around 12-15 foot creek channels. Try slow motion streamers and sculpin patterns. Crappie will move to winter shoals in open water and deep pockets, pearl wools fished with a 5 weight rod and sinking lines. Report by guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.

Hawkins- GOOD. 63 degrees. Colder weather will push bass deeper and slow their metabolism, use sinking lines with bead flies and streamers fished slowly in creek channels. Focus on the bends, structure and deeper holes in the creek. Chain pickerel will become more active as the water cools, try small fish patterns around lily pads and boathouses. Report by guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.

Jacksonville – GOOD. Slightly stained water; 67 degrees; 2.23 feet below. Bass are good on rattletraps, square-nosed crankbaits, and soft plastics on brushes at 20 feet or less.

Lake O’ the Pines — JUST. Slightly stained water; 64 degrees; 0.65 feet low. Catfish are just baited on holes in 15 to 20 feet of water using cheese bait. Crappie are slow on the bottom in mud in 12 to 20 feet of water biting on minnows and jigs. The black bass is slow on surface waters and chatterbaits. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O’ the Pines Crappie Fishing.

Palestine — GOOD. Slightly stained water; 65-67 degrees; 2.42 feet low. Bass are good between and in front of boathouses using shimmy shakers, small lures and small worms, or on spikes with a Carolina rig. Crappie are natural wood fair in the natural wood river channel in 17 feet of water on chartreuse jigs. White bass and hybrids are big slow trolling lures. Guardian sized catfish are good on the river over baited holes using night boat docks in 6 feet of water. Report by Ricky Vandergriff, Ricky’s Guide Service.

Sam Rayburn—RIGHT. Water stained; 65 degrees; 6.18 feet low. Bass bite crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs on shallow tips and cove bottoms, Carolina ledges and cranks. Crappie migrate from brush to streams and in 12 to 14 feet of water clinging to brush and wood in 27 feet of water. Catfish 12-22 feet of water off creek points and channels hunting cut bait, bait and liver perch. White bass are in creeks and rivers biting small lures and silver spoons. Look for that bite to improve. Continue to keep a close eye on the driftwood. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.

Toledo Bend – GOOD. Water stained; 60 degrees; 4.27 feet low. Water level is 167.7 with no generators running. The water temperature at the dam is 60 degrees. The back feeder streams are patchy and muddy, and the main lake remains clear. Wind and cold rain arrived this week with fluctuating fall temperatures. First advice from the captain, if there is a cold rain, look for the bass to move towards the mouth of the creek. Second advice from the captain, if there is warmer precipitation, the fish will move towards the bottom of the stream. Early in the week before the front came in, we had an early buzz bait bite. Chatterbaits always produce 3/8 to 3/4 ounce white, chartreuse and red/orange skirts, roll them slowly on the primary and secondary points. To cover a lot of water, use square beak bait or flat side bait and smaller rattle traps up to 8ft in imitation shad and perch colors and Rayburn red traps always work . For deeper bass, use a 1/2 to 3/4 ounce silver jigging spoon with a white or yellow tail feather or deep dive bait in Citrus Shad and Tennessee Shad colors ). The bite of the jig was strong. Cast your jig on long, tapered points that drop into deep water, best colors are black and blue, PB&J 3/8-3/4 ounce football jigs with a 3 inch color matched trailer and a green pumpkin stencil with a chunk style trailer dipped in chartreuse or garlic dip-n-dye. The crappie bite was picked up in 12 to 20 feet on the edge of the river channels using 1/16 and 3/32 ounce Wager baits, #46 Bluegrass, #3 Monkey Milk, #09 Electric Chicken, # 10 Black and Chartreuse and small minnows depending on cloud cover and refreshing night temperatures. Bluegills are always mixed with crappie in brush piles. Now that the lake is in the winter drawdown period, it’s time to go in search of new spring fishing areas. Look for areas like feeder streams, ditches, man-made structures, stream bends and undercuts, etc. Duck season started on the lake last week, so respect everyone’s space on the water. Good luck and tight lines! Report by Senior Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orvis Endorsed Fishing Guide, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak Sales and Rod Repair.

Tyler – SLOW. Slightly stained water; 60 degrees; 3.12 feet below. The bite slowed down after the cold weather passed in 25-30 feet of water. Catfish are slow on night owls. Bass are slow on crankbaits. Crappie is slow to use live minnows on brush piles. Bluegills are slowly mixed in with the red worms that bite crappie. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.

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