OUTDOORS: East Texas Fishing Report for Nov. 8, 2018

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 3.47 feet low and stained. Water temp in the mid-60s.

Rhonda Shivley at Bill's Landing says catfish are good on trotline sets on flats and along the edges of the river. Crappie fishing has slowed as the result of muddy water and current. Bass anglers are reporting a decent shallow bite using square bill cranks and 'Traps around scattered grass and stumps towards the backs of creeks. Brush piles and drops at mid-range depths also giving up a few fish on drop shots, Carolina rigs and cranks.

 NACOGDOCHES — Water level is three inches high and stained to clear. Water temp in the mid-60s.

Bass anglers reporting a few quality fish up to four pounds around grass beds and pads up north using spinnerbaits, cranks, Senkos, Chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Some decent numbers holding on main lake structure in 14-25 feet, hitting Carolina rigs, cranks and football heads; a few in the three-pound range reported. Crappie are fair on shiners soaked around brush piles; no limits reported.

ATHENS — Water level is two inches high and clear. Water temp in the mid 60s.

 Fishing guide Jim Brack says bass fishing continues to be slow. Late afternoon has been best, mainly on Carolina rig plastics fished on points in 12-15 feet. Deeper grass edges in 10-12 feet also giving up a few fish on Senkos. Frogs also producing a few blow ups around pads. Crappie anglers are finding limits around brush piles in 20-30 feet; jigs and shiners producing equally well.

 CEDAR CREEK — Water level is four inches high and stained. Surface temp in the mid-60s.

 Fishing guide Jason Barber says catfish are good on deep main lake humps and on shallow, wind blown banks and points up north. Hybrids are schooling early on main lake points, hitting slabs and topwaters. Black bass are hanging around flooded weeds, taking topwaters. Best bite has been around docks and rock using cranks and spinnerbaits. Crappie fishing has been good around docks in 5-10 feet and brush piles in 16-20 feet. Select marina stalls also holding fish.

 CONROE — Water level is five inches high and fairly clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

 Fishing guide Butch Terpe says bass fishing has been fair with the best action coming around boat docks and shore rock using cranks and Texas rig plastics. Also some fish hanging around flooded vegetation and wood cover up north, taking spinnerbaits, swim jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are good around brush in 15 feet of water using shiners.

 FORK — Water level is two inches high and stained to clear. Water temp in the mid-60s.

 Tony Parker at the Minnow Bucket says bass fishing has been very slow. Crappie fishing has been good around brush piles in 28 feet of water on points near the dam. Good numbers in the 15-16 inch range reported, mainly on shiners. Jigs are producing around the bridges when the wind allows. Catfish are excellent around channels in 25 feet and over baited holes. Also some fish under cormorant roost trees.

'PINES — Water level is about full pool and stained. Water temp in the low 60s.

Local bass pro Jim Tutt says bass fishing has been slow to fair. Best bite up north has been coming on topwaters and frogs worked around lily pads. Farther south, points and submerged bridges are giving up a few fish on cranks, Texas rigs and drop shots. Crappie are fair along the river dunking shiners. Catfish are slow.

LIVINGSTON — Water level is 1.71 feet high and stained to muddy. Water temp in the low 60s.

Fishing guide Jeromy Francis says fishing patterns should remain unchanged from last week with high, off-color water in play. Bass anglers should seek out the clearest water the backs of creeks and protected inlets and sling square bills and spinnerbaits to stumps and lay downs in 2-5 feet of water. Try Texas rigged plastics or jigs if the fish are unwilling to chase.  Fishing guide Dave Cox says blue cats are taking fresh shad fished in back water areas off the main channel near Riverside. Numbers aren't great but quality is good.

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is 3.40 feet low and stained to fairly clear. Water temp in the mid-60s.

 Fishing patterns are unchanged from last week. Some solid fish reported on swim jigs, cranks and spinnerbaits worked around scattered grass in the backs of creeks in 4-8 feet of water. Hard bottom structure and brush piles in 15-25 feet also giving up some decent numbers on Carolina rigs and cranks. Crappie anglers reporting a few limits around brush piles in 25-30 feet. Also some fish taking shiners around the Highway 147 bridge.

 RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is nine inches high and stained. Water temp in the mid-60s.

 Larry Winters at Midway Landing says fishing was slow over the weekend with high winds and limited traffic. Bass fishing continues to be slow with high water conditions. Best action has been towards the backs of creeks and around points keying on wood cover with cranks, spinnerbaits and jigs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good up to 15-20 pounds on punch bait and fresh shad on wind blown points and in timber 14-16 feet deep. White bass are fair on points and humps in 20-28 feet using spoons.

NACONICHE — Water level is at full pool and stained. Water temp in the mid-60s.

Local angler David Russell says bass fishing has been inconsistent over the last week. Best bet is fishing around roadbeds, points, channels and outside grass edges using Texas rig plastics, Senkos, crankbaits and jigs. No report on crappie.

 PALESTINE — Water level is four inches high and muddy up north, stained down south. Water temp in the upper-60s.

 Fishing guide Ricky Vandergriff says bass fishing has been good on main lake points and is picking up in the backs of creeks using bladed jigs, lipless cranks and jigs around scattered grass, brush or stumps. Crappie fishermen are picking up a few partial limits at the Highway 155 crossing using jigs and shiners. Channel cat still excellent over baited holes using punch bait and on jugs tipped with cut bait. White bass are picking up around docks and points, hitting 'Traps.

 HOUSTON COUNTY — Water level is six inches high and stained. Surface temp in the upper 60s.

Crockett Family Resort is reporting fair bass action on bass to six pounds using assorted moving baits as well as plastics. A few small fish hitting minnows fished off piers. Crappie are fair on shiners and jigs. Catfish slow around channel breaks using fresh shad.