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

Fishing guide Jim Brack says bass are fair around brush piles in 20-23 feet using jigs and Carolina rigs. Shallow grass bite has slowed. Crappie fishermen picking up partial limits around brush piles in 20-25 feet using jigs, but the bite is slow overall.

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

Fishing guide Jason Barber says crappie fishing is excellent shooting small jigs under boat docks. White bass and blue cat are best around humps in 6-14 feet, hitting fresh shad and spoons. Black bass fair in the four pound range using plastics, buzz baits and cranks around any shore cover, rock and retaining walls..

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

Fishing guide Butch Terpe says channel cat are good with some solid limits of box fish coming on cheese bait fished around baited holes in 20 feet, mainly along creeks and the river channel. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigs and cranks fished around brush piles on points, pond dams and other structure away from the bank in 8-15 feet of water. Crappie fishermen reporting partial limits around brush piles using shiners.

PALESTINE — Water level is a one foot high and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass are good early on topwaters and swim jigs fished around shallow shore cover. Lots fish holding in 12 inches of water or less. Crappie fair on brush piles in 13-17 feet of water using jigs and shiners. Catfish are good on night crawlers using liver and night crawlers over baited holes in 6-10 feet.

NACONICHE — Water level is at full pool and clearing. Water temp in the mid-80s.

Local angler David Russell says good numbers of bass along with some good quality reported on spinnerbaits and swim jigs worked around timber in deeper water; lot of fish suspended. Outer grass lines also giving up some fish on plastics.

FORK — Water temp is three inches high and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Tony Parker at the Minnow Bucket says bass fishing has been good on topwater in 2-8 feet of water early and late in the day. Midday bite is best on deep points and humps using spoons; some fish up to eight pounds. Crappie fishing has been good around brush piles in 20-25 feet using shiners and jigs. Also a few fish around bridges. Catfish are good in shallow water near creeks using night crawlers and shad. Bream are bedding in skinny water up creeks, hitting small worms and crickets; some fish up to 1 1/2 pounds reported.

HOUSTON COUNTY — Water level is two inches high and stained. Water temp the 80s.

Crockett Family Reports says bass are good to around eight pounds on Texas rigged worms around docks. Crappie are good late in the day using shiners under lights. Bream and catfish are good on small worms under a cork.

‘PINES — Water level is 10 feet high and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Local angler Jim Tutt says bass are good to eight pounds on Texas rig worms worked on points in 12 feet of water. Crappie fishermen picking up some quality fish around bushes using shiners and jigs. No report on catfish.

LIVINGSTON — Water level is 4 inches high and stained to muddy. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Randy Dearman says bass fishing is slow with best bite coming in protected pockets and the backs of creeks on Texas rigs flipped tight to cover. Spinnerbaits also producing a few fish. Catfish are best on fresh shad soaked along the river and in the mouths of creeks. No report on white bass or crappie.

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

Larry Winters at Midway Landing says catfish are good using fresh shad and punch bait around any moving water near channel breaks and on windy points. Black bass are fair to 3 1/2 pounds using spinnerbaits, cranks and Texas rigs fished tight to stumps and brush near channel breaks in 3-6 feet. Also a few fish on main lake points hitting Carolina rigs. White bass are fair on points in 25 feet using spoons and slabs.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is six feet high and stained to clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Clint Wade with Outlaw Outdoors says the best bite still coming on Texas rigged plastics flipped in bushes. Not much quality away from the bank, but things should improve once water levels begin dropping.

Look for the bite to pick up around brush piles and ledges in the 16-22 foot range. Crappie are fair in brush piles in 25-30 feet using shiners and jigs. Channel cat are fair around baited holes up north using cheese bait.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is two inches high and stained to clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Rhonda Shivley at Bill’s Landing says catfishing is good on trotline for smaller blues with an occasional big fish. Fishing guide Tommy Martin says bass fishing has been good away from the bank is 15-30 feet using Texas rig plastics and jigs. Several 20-pound-plus tournament sacks weighed over the weekend.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is one inch low and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Bass are fair to three pounds on moving baits and plastics fished around shallow grass and pads; a few on topwaters and frogs early in the day. Also some small fish on hard bottom structure and brush piles away from the bank, hitting Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and cranks.

Crappie fishermen picking up some partial limits around brush piles using shiners.

Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached by email at mattwillwrite4u@yahoo.com.

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