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Holiday Fishing Report

Merry Christmas and Happy Angling.
For those of you that don't yet have a gift for your favorite fisherman, I hope the following web sites will help.
First go to and there you'll find boat care products. Check the red bag full of everything for cleaning and polishing boats, autos, RV's and more. Just put in your zip code for the nearest dealer.
Next click on, for absolutely the best fishing line I've ever used. Click on the dealer box and then Texas and you'll see all the bait and tackle stores in East Texas.
Finally, if your angler subscribes to Bassmaster Magazine, the current issue features the 2006 tackle guide with all the new lures, reels, rods, line and tackle .
So get your angler something he or she will use on the water. I hope that helps your last minute shopping.
Now lets look at a few of our very low lakes.
First Lake Athens is clear at 52 degrees and 2.5 feet. Low with black bass fair on chrome rat-l-traps, soft plastics and jigs in 12 to 20ft. Around submerged brush and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 15 to 24 ft. Near main lake brush piles.
Now Lake Palestine is clear, 54 degrees and over 3 feet. Low with black bass fair on dark colored soft plastic, jigs and crankbaits in 6 to 14 feet. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around deeper boathouse with brush. White bass fair on rat-l-traps and slabs in 12 to 20 feet. Hybrid striper slow. Catfish good on cut shad.
Next Lake-O-The-Pines has stained water at 62 degrees and 4 feet. Low with black bass fair on Texas rigged worms nd jigs. Crappie fair on minnows near brush. White bass slow on slabs and spoons. Catfish good on cut bait.
Finally the mighty Lake Fork, is clear at 49 degrees. With black bass fair along the main lake grass lines on crawfish pattern 1/2 oz. Rat-l-traps and white or chartreuse frank johnson spinnerbaits, also on chrome spoons off extended points where baitfish are present. Crappie fair on minnows in 24 to 26 feet.

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