Here Fishy Fishy Fishy!!!!!

For those of you that like to occasionally fish in other parts of the state, texas now has its first fishing map sanctioned by texas parks and wildlife called, the go fish texas map with 167 public lakes on one side with the highways to get to them on the other as well as the most popular game fish species in each lake and their regulations. This is a neat idea that Alan Forshage, Director Of  the Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, came up with. The go fish texas map is available at sporting goods stores and other retailers all over the state for only $3.95 or online at  A portion of the proceeds benefits fishery centers  you need to take the whole family to see. Now for you shopping anglers, I encourage you to shop locally at places like Uncle Ed's Tackle, Moe & Joe's, Jones Creek-Orvis, Porters, Mack's Discount Tackle, or the many marinas around Lake Fork. For those of you that like to hit the highways, Fort worth is getting a Cabela's and a second Dallas Area Bass Pro Shop comes to the Garland side of Lake Ray Hubbard. Obviously fishing and hunting in Texas is big business. Ok let's get to the lakes.

Lake Tyler

Fairly clear at 84 degrees with black bass fair early on buzzbaits and topwaters, later switching to firetiger or shad crankbaits and carolina-rigs. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on prepared baits.

Lake Palestine

Fairly clear at 84 degrees.  Normal pool with black bass good on topwaters early, later changing to texas and carolina rigs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs over brushpiles in 15 to 20 ft. Hybrid striper and white bass fair on slabs, live shad and crankbaits, look for birds to locate schooling fish. Catfish good on cutbait.

Lake O' The Pines

Graphic stained water at 86 degrees and 3 ft  high with black bass slow on chartreuse spinnerbaits and sour grape worms fished close to the bank. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish fair on bloodbait and shrimp.

Lake Fork

Lightly stained at 87 degrees with black bass good on white frank johnson 1/4 or 1/2 oz buzzbaits, yellow magic topwaters, scum frogs and fx hooks with flukes early. Midday, splatterback crankbaits over and around hydrilla and wacky rigged trick or wave worms. Bass summer patterns on main lake points and humps are beginning and are best on carolina rigs and texas rigs in 10 to 24 ft Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on cutbait and chicken livers. Join me this saturday and sunday on East Texas Angler with Skeeter Team Pro & Guide Brooks Rogers, bass fishing on Toledo Bend Reservoir. Watch for the afternoon rains this weekend. As we say in our skeeter boats, eat, sleep and fish I'm Barry Hanson, have a great fishing Father's Day.