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

Fishing guide Jim Brack says schooling action is beginning to fire up on the main lake early and late with bass hitting small spinners, Flukes, cranks, ‘Traps and topwaters. Crappie are scattered on brush piles in 20-25 feet, hitting jigs and plastics.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is at full pool and stained. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber says bass anglers are reporting some good quality around flooded shore cover using buzz baits and spinnerbaits during low light conditions. Deeper docks with brush and main lake drops also producing a few fish on plastics and cranks. White bass are excellent on humps and points down south, mainly on spoons and cranks. Catfish hitting cut bait, worms and punch bait in the same areas.

CONROE — Water level is eight inches low and clear. Water temp the mid-80s.

Fishing guide Butch Terpe says bass fishermen are reporting a few fish in the three-pound range around shore grass and brush using Texas rig watermelon or green pumpkin worms. Rocks and docks with brush also holding fish. Most reliable bite is coming offshore in 8-15 feet around points, pond dams and roadbeds using cranks and Carolina rigs. Catfish are good with limit of channels and an occasional blue coming over baited holes in 20 feet. White bass are good on slabs and trolling deep cranks on points.

FORK — Water level is six inches high and stained to clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Gary Paris says crappie are good on timber and brush piles in 20-25 feet using jigs. Channel cat are good with limits coming over baited holes in 25-30 feet. Bass anglers are finding the best bite out deep in 20-25 feet on ridges, points and roadbeds usingCarolina rigs, drop shots and spoons.

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

Crockett Family Resort says bass are good to 9 1/2 pounds in 13 feet of water on mid-lake points. Several more fish in the eight pound range reported on plastics. Topwaters and Chatterbaits also producing a few fish. Bream are good in 15-20 feet using small worms. Catfish are fair to 16 pounds.

’PINES — Water level is eight feet high and stained. Water temp in the mid-80s.

Local bass pro Jim Tutt says bass fishing remains good on main lake points with fish to six pound taking worms and cranks. Flipping plastics around bushes also producing some solid keepers. Crappie are hitting shiners and jigs around deeper bushes. No report on catfish.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level is four inches low and fairly clear. Water temp the mid-80s.

Bass anglers are reporting a few fish around grass flats and old sloughs in 3-5 feet using plastics, swim jigs and spinnerbaits early in the day. Frog bite has been on and off early, mainly on hollow bodies. Main lake points and hay grass edges giving up a few fish Texas rigs, wacky worm and Senkos. Hard bottom structure in 14-20 feet holding numbers, but most are small. Crappie fishermen reporting partial limits around brush using shiners and jigs.

PALESTINE — Water level is eight inches high and muddy up north, clearer down south. Water temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass are hitting swim jigs, buzz baits and and frogs around flooded brush and pads. Also some fish taking jigs along creek channels in 8-10 feet. Down south, Texas rig junebug lizards and Carolina rigs are the ticket. Crappie are good under bridges using jigs in 17 feet. Catfish are good around baited holes on punch bait and night crawlers.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is about full pool and fairly clear to stained in the creeks. Water temp in the 80s.

Larry Winters at Midway Landing says bass are hitting topwaters early in 2-4 feet, then switching to plastics and spinnerbaits at the same depths. White bass are good on main lake points in 20-28 feet; guides reporting a few limits. Crappie are fair in 14-25 feet, suspended at 8-9 feet in timber. Rod and reelers reporting limits of channel cat in 14-18 feet around timber using fresh shad or punch bait. Windy banks are good for blues and channels.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 2.73 feet high stained to clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Clint Wade with Outlaw Outdoors says bass are setting up on brush piles and structure away from the bank. Try Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and cranks. Frogs and weightless plastics producing good numbers around hay grass. Crappie are good on brush piles using shiners and jigs.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 1.12 feet low and fairly clear. Water temp in the 80s.

Rhonda Shivley at Bill’s Landing says catfishing has been good to 40 pounds on trotline tipped with cut bait. Good numbers in the 2-4 pound range. Rod and reeling good with punch bait and worms. Bass fishing is good with some solid fish the 5-7 pound range coming on main lake flats around bait in 17-25 feet using crank and Texas rig worms. Also some fish busting frogs and plastics flipped around shallow cover. Crappie fishermen reporting some good catches around brush piles and the long bridge using jigs and shiners.

LIVINGSTON — Lake level at the dam is 132.32 with a discharge of 32,800 cfs. Level at Riverside is 134.4 and slowly falling. Water is stained. Surface temp in the 80s.

Fishing guide Dave Cox says white bass are settling into a summer pattern, hitting slabs jigged around humps in 17-21 feet. Trolling pet spoons producing in the same areas. Some schooling activity around Thomas Lake. Black bass are good in Thomas Lake on crankbaits. The catfish bite in the river near Riverside is slow. Jugs and popping cork rigs baited with fresh shad are good some quality blues in Harmon Creek.

NACONICHE — Water level is at full pool and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.

Local angler David Russel says bass anglers are reporting some decent numbers but not much size. Best bite coming early and late over grass and brush tops in 14-16 net using wacky rigs, cranks and a few on Carolina rigs.

No report on crappie.

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


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