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Orange County (TX) Fishing Report
Anglers are reporting plenty of solid trout on popping cork/shrimp rigs
and plastics fished beneath birds. A few reds are in the mix. Night
fishermen are picking up some keeper specks using jigs and shrimp off
the pier at the lake's south end.
The lake is two feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 70s.
Bass are good to eight pounds using wacky worms and short Carolina rigs
around grassy flats in 2-6 feet of water. Topwaters action is getting
progressively better by the day.
Crappie are excellent on small jigs and Roadrunners tossed around
submerged grassbeds in 6-8 feet of water. Stanley Wedgetail minnows
also have been producing steady limits.
Catfish are good on punch bait and cut shad fished along windy shorelines. Trotlining is good on live perch and cut bait.
T-Bend is four feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 70s.
Bass are beginning to look up. Rogues, Tiny Torpedoes and Pop-Rs are
producing quality fish up to four pounds. Weightless lizards and wacky
worms also have been productive in 2-4 feet of water.
Crappie are fair when the wind allows. Charlie Shively at Bill's
Landing said the fish are scattered in 4-8 feet of water up north.
Farther south, anglers are scoring good results strolling jigs around
Catfish are excellent on rod and reel and trotline. A 56-pound blue
weighed over the weekend; several others in the 50-pound range
Big bluegills are beginning to gravitate to shallow weed beds in two
feet of water. Best bite is on larvae and small night crawlers.
Lake Nacogdoches is about 18-inches low and slightly stained up north, clearer down south. Water temp is in the upper 60s.
Bass are fair to nine pounds on wacky worms and Senkos twitched around
shallow grassbeds in 2-6 feet of water. A few fish also beginning to
Crappie are scattered. Best results are coming on live shiners tightlined around brushpiles in 12-18 feet of water.
Lake Palestine is about a foot low and clear. Water temp is in the low 70s.
Bill Miller at Flat Creek Marina said crappie are fair on live shiners
fished 6-8 feet of water, mostly around stumps and brush.
Bass are fair to five pounds. Miller said good numbers of fish are on beds in 1-3 feet of water. A few
fish are hitting topwaters worked over points in 2-6 feet.
White bass are good on Rat-L-Traps fished on windy shorelines and points.
Catfish are good to 25 pounds on jugs and rod and reel baited with cut
shad. Rod and reelers are targeting rip raft in 2-6 feet of water.
The lake is 2 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the low 70s.
Martin Edwards at the Minnow Bucket said bass fishing is excellent to
11 pounds on plastics. A few sight fisherman are finding plenty of
targets in the backs of creeks in areas with clear water.