Here Is The Latest Installment From Barry Hanson

Well if you love to fish, this is probably your second-favorite time of the year. Second only to the spawn that brings the fish in shallow and usually easier to catch. The water is warming and the fish are active. I hope you get to go this weekend. There's a worthwhile event coming up, The 9th Annual Benefit Tournament of the White Oak Lions Club on Lake O' The pPines head-quartered at Johnson Creek Saturday, May 29th 6am to 2pm. Entry fees go to wining participants and to the Lions' Children's Camp for eye glasses or scholarship fund. Sign up at Uncle Ed's Tackle and all the usual places in Longview. No cold fronts or storms this weekend. It should be great! Let's look at the lakes.

Cedar Creek Lake

Stained water at 73 degrees with black bass fair on white spinnerbaits and flukes fished over and through grassy points and pockets. White bass good on slabs and trolling pet spoons over humps deep. Hybrid striper good on large sassy shad deep. Crappie good on small black/chartreuse tube jigs around bridge columns suspended in 8ft.

Lake Fork

Lightly stained at 75 degrees with black bass good on white wave worms and bubble gum floating worms in 1 to 8 ft. Wacky rigs in watermelon candy, watermelon purple glitter, and watermelon seed are picking up a few when the bite slows. Texas rigged red shad worms and bandit baby bass or splatterback crankbaits are producing along the tree lines and on the edges of hydrilla in 1 to 15 ft.

Lake O' The Pines

Clear water at 76 degrees and a foot high with black bass good on chartreuse/white buzzbaits, scum frogs, h & h spinnerbaits, and Carolina rigged pumpkinseed french fries. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on trotlines with shrimp, catfish charlie and liver.

Lake Tyler

Fairly clear water at 78 degrees with black bass fair on chartreuse/white buzzbaits, firetiger stickbaits, and carolina rigs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Catfish fair on nightcrawlers and prepared baits.

Lake Palestine

Fairly clear at 73 degrees. A little high with black bass good and moving into shallow water. Crappie are good over brushpiles in 15 to 20ft. Hybrid striper and white bass fair in deeper water. Watch for birds to locate schools. Catfish are good in shallow. Now be sure to join me this Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 5am for East Texas Angler as I travel to Lake Palestine with guide Eric Pottkotter hybrid striper and sand bass fishing. I'll be at Plano Marine on Saturday from 1am to 2pm. Come by and visit. As we say in our skeeter boats, eat, sleep and fish. I'm Barry Hanson, see you on the water.