Weekly Fishing Report Week of November 15, 2023
FAIR. Water clear; 63-66 degrees; 4.30 feet below pool. Good numbers of bass showing up in back of creeks, and some of the main lake. The creeks are muddy from the recent rain. Best baits have been on lipless baits, shallow running crankbaits, and spinnerbaits with gold and silver willow leaf blades. Main lake fish coming from 14-22 feet, big crankbaits, Texas rigs and Carolina rigs. These main lake fish are following the shad, and we are following the fish. Check near the tops of ridges or on the sides. With the cool temperatures the shad are abundant, especially in the middot of the lake around the bridge. Crappie fishing has really slowed down due to the cooler weather and the main creek arms are slightly muddy. The bite should improve by next week. Report by Stephen Johnston, Johnston Fishing.
FAIR. Water slightly stained; 70 degrees; 6.33 feet below pool. Fishing patterns will hold steady through the holidays. Bass are moving deeper with deep diving crankbaits coming into play. Some bass continue to be shallow chasing shad fattening up for winter. Wacky worms along the edge of grass and pads will continue to catch fish. Crappie continue to move towards the creek. Catfish are chasing shad balls up the creeks. White bass are schooling with catches on slabs. The lake level is low so navigate with caution watching for stumps and sand bars. Report by Captain Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
GOOD. 74 degrees. Trout continue to be excellent on the North levee early in the morning with live shrimp under a popping cork, switching midday to 5 inch glo chartreuse jigs or crankbaits. Limits of trout on the flats on the north end of Pleasure Island on long drifts with live shrimp under a popping cork. Limits of slot redfish are good in the jetties on rock and shell with live shrimp under a popping cork. Redfish, bull redfish and trout are good in the Bessie Heights marsh rock piles, points and drops. The points and turnarounds are good for trout in 4-6 feet of water in the Neches River making long drifts with a quarter ounce jig heads. You will need to sift through many fish to find the keepers. Sheepshead and undersized drum showing up in the Bessie Heights marsh mixed in with the redfish biting on Carolina rig off the bottoms or live shrimp under a cork. Rain is in the forecast but the salinity continues to be good so fishing should continue to be good. Report by Captain Randy Foreman, Captain Randy’s Guide Service Sabine Lake.
GOOD. 65 degrees. Fishing is on fire pulling in redfish and black drum off the jetties on live shrimp under a cork. Crabs can be caught off the rocks at the jetties. Bull croakers, small speckled trout in the jetties. The surf is good for redfish on the bay side and big black drum and bigger sized speckled trout live shrimp, or cut mullet. Report by Shane Rilat, North Jetty Bait Camp. Fishing patterns remain consistent. The surf is holding numbers of black drum, shark, and some big redfish on cut bait or live bait on the bottom. The gulfside of the North Jetty is holding limits of trout, redfish, sheepshead with an occasional bull redfish against the rocks with live shrimp with popping cork. The cuts leading in the bay from ICW holding redfish against shorelines by the rocks. Lots of black drum around Goat Island. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.