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EAST TEXAS FISHING REPORT: Week of June 16, 2021

The East Texas Fishing Report gives local anglers the best information as they head out for a day of boating with hopes of reeling in a sharelunker!
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TYLER, Texas — Fishing is a a popular East Texas pastime no matter the season.

That's why CBS19, along with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, has created the East Texas Fishing Report to give local anglers the best information as they head out for a day of boating with hopes of reeling in a sharelunker!

B.A. Steinhagen - GOOD. Water stained; 76 degrees; 0.06 feet low. Largemouth bass are fair fish topwater before 9am near vegetation, worms and spinners in the afternoons, and topwater again plus worms in the evenings. Crappie are good with minnows pulling them out from structure. Catfish are good day and night on cut and prepped bait coming out of the river. 

Bob Sandlin - GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.24 feet high. Black bass are good on flipping jigs, crankbaits, frogs, and Ned rigs near grass lines, brush, and rocky shorelines. Drop shots, football jigs and swimbaits are working in deeper water near cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles, under docks and timber near a creek or channel. Catfish are good on cut and live bait. 

Caddo - GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 1.89 feet high. Largemouth bass are good working bladed spinners, frogs, crankbaits, flipping jigs, and drop shots near grass lines, shallow drop-offs, and trees. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber. White bass are good on slabs and swimbaits on the channel edges, flats, and main lake humps. Chain Pickerel are slow with spoons and small jigs. Catfish are good on chicken liver and cut bait. 

Conroe - GOOD. Water stained; 76 degrees; 0.10 feet high. Black bass are good below 12 feet deep with spinners and crankbait off points or ledges. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs starting to hide more in structures. Hybrid striped bass are fair using boat equipment to locate schools and then the chase is on. Catfish are good on stink and cut bait deep. Sunfish are fair with live worms or crickets in shallow water. 

Fork - GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79-85 degrees; 0.23 feet high. Largemouth bass are good on frogs, top waters, Texas rigged plastic worms, chartreuse spinners, crankbaits, and football jigs. White and yellow bass are good using live bait and slabs on humps, flats, and ridge lines. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near brush piles and timber. Catfish are good using chicken liver and live bait in water depths 15-25 feet. 

Houston County - FAIR. Water lightly stained; 77 degrees; 0.39 feet high. Black bass are fair fishing in 10-15 feet depths using drop shots, and crankbaits for the best success. Crappie are very good with the best success coming in the evenings after 6pm on live minnows. Bream are very good on live worms around islands. Channel catfish are good using cut shad and perch on trotlines. 

Lake O' the Pines - GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 5.54 feet high. Largemouth bass are good on Texas rigged plastic worms, crankbaits, skirted jigs, top waters, and swimbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows near brush piles, fallen timber, and creeks. Catfish are good with earthworms, chicken liver, or cut bait. 

Livingston - FAIR. Water lightly stained; 76 degrees; 0.94 feet high. Black bass are fair covering as much water as possible with longer casts in the rivers and working the long untouched structure. Striped bass are fair staying in deeper water. Crappie are good with jigs finding shade anywhere. White bass have decreased to fair fish as deep as you can off points. Catfish are fair on live baits. 

Martin Creek - GOOD. Water slightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.08 feet low. Largemouth bass are good on drop shots, spinners, chatter baits, and football jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on earthworms and punch bait. 

Naconiche - GOOD. Water slightly stained; 75 degrees. Largemouth bass remain good fishing late afternoons for the best success in water 10 feet on soft plastic worms and spinners. Crappie are fair on jigs moving quickly. Sunfish are fair on jigs and crickets. Catfish are good on dough balls, cut and live bait. 

Raven - GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair to good turning to the summer patterns of fishing as early as possible with shallow vegetation. Sunfish are fair on crickets and cutworms in shallow structures all over the lake.  

Sam Rayburn - FAIR. Water stained; 76 degrees; 10.44 feet high. Largemouth bass are fair on water mid depth around 13 feet on human-made underwater structures, and points with topwater, spinners, and worms. White bass are fair with minnows. Crappie remain excellent on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live and stink bait. 

Toledo Bend - FAIR. Water slightly stained; 76 degrees; 0.25 feet high. Largemouth bass are good and getting in deeper water around 12-17 feet and deeper in some cases. Fish brush and the many covered holes on Carolina rigs, deeper larger crankbait, and jigs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs and small deep crankbait sinking below 20 feet. Crappie are good with tons of fish being caught using minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait. 

Tyler - GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 0.25 feet high. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jigs, drop shots, and frogs near points, grass lines and brushy coves. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in timber and brush piles. Catfish are good on chicken liver, punch bait, and earthworms. White bass are good in water depths 25 feet with slabs and swimbaits. Bream are good with live crickets or cutworms. 

Wright Patman - FAIR. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 15.70 feet high. Largemouth bass are fair on frogs, bladed spinners, chatter baits, swimbaits and top waters in flooded vegetation, flats, and points. White bass are fair on swimbaits and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows near timber and brush piles. Catfish are fair on chicken liver, punch or live bait.