Mid-July Fishing Is Not Too Bad In East Texas

Well first on behalf of Skeeter Boats in Kilgore, I want to say thanks to all the anglers that fished last weekend at Lake Fork in the 11th Annual Skeeter Owners Tournament. Some 868 teams traveling from over 30 states, including many anglers from East Texas caught some great fish. 13 bass over the slot to be exact and the man who won the big prize of a skeeter boat, was Steve Renfro of Louisville, Kentucky. He caught an 11 lb 8 oz bass on a Berkley Frenzy bait. Over $100,000 in prizes and cash were awarded. Since 1986, more than 360 bass weighing 13 lbs or more have been loaned or donated to the Texas Parks and Wildlife's Budweiser Sharelunker Program, designed to produce trophy sized bass for Texas lakes. Take a look, for the first time four of these lunkers were released at the same time back into Lake Fork where they were caught by the anglers who caught them. They also received a free fiberglass replica of their catch and other prizes at the awards banquet at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. David Campbell of the Fisheries Center returned two other lunkers to Fork this year. Ok, continue to be careful of the heat if you go. You might even try some night time fishing. Lets look at the lakes.

Lake Fork

Lightly stained at 88 degrees with black bass fair on white 1/4 oz. Frank Johnson buzzbaits, yellow magic top waters, and scum frogs early, later switching to crankbaits over on the edges of hydrilla and humps. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on prepared bait.

Lake Athens

Fairly clear at 84 degrees with black bass fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Carolina rigs. Crappie fair on small tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 10 to 18 ft.

Lake Tyler

Lightly stained at 84 degrees with black bass fair early on yellow magic top waters and buzzbaits, midday Carolina-rigged french fries. Crappie fair on minnows over brushpiles. Catfish fair on cutbait.

Lake Palestine

Lightly stained at 84 degrees with black bass fair on spinnerbaits or crankbaits in timber and soft plastics around grass. Early and late fish the boat houses and docks. Crappie good on minnows and jigs over brushpiles and bridge pilings. Hybrid striper and white bass good-n-jigging spoons and crankbaits in deeper water. Catfish good deep on livers and bloodbait.

Lake O' The Pines

Clear water at 86 degrees with black bass good on yellow magics, spinnerbaits and motor oil color worms off points and coves. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs over brushpiles. Catfish good deep on usual summer baits. Join me this weekend on East Texas Angler, Saturday and Sunday on Dragonfly Lodge Lake in Mineola for some great bass fishing. As we say in our skeeter boats, eat, sleep and fish. I'm Barry Hanson, see you on the water.