Lake Fork | February 23, 2015

It’s 2:00 p.m. as I write this report, and the temperature outside is 32 degrees and falling!!! We are supposed to get down to 23 degrees later this afternoon. For northeast Texas, that’s cold!!!

Before this past Friday, the fishing was fantastic. Friday, the clouds moved in, and the bite got much tougher because of it. This time of year, sunshine rules as the fish can feel the warmth of the sun and they will be much more active because of it.

On Wednesday and Thursday, I had Gary and Ken, and those guy put a whipping on the big fish. They had a 6-06, 6-09, 6-13, 6-14, 7-07, 7-09, and an 8-09 to go along with several other fish in the 3-5 lb range. Gary kept saying, ” I don’t think there any little fish in this lake!!”

To say I love the month of February would be an understatement. The big females are on the move and setting up for their annual spawning ritual. When you know where to look, you will find those females staging, and you can find those types of places all over Lake Fork.

Main lake points, secondary points, and creek channel swings are all GREAT places to find the fish of a lifetime right now. The depth at which they are holding will vary from day to day. We have caught them as shallow as 2 ft and as deep as 22 ft of water.

Water temperatures were 49.8-50.1 in the areas I fished Friday. It will be interesting to see what the temps will be when I get back on the water later this week (my trips the next couple of days are rescheduling due to weather). I would expect the water temps to be in the mid-40s, but I don’t expect the fish to be far from where I left them last week.

I will give you an update later this week!!! Here are some pics from this past week:

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Lake Fork – 2/12 and 2/13/2015

Fishing remains very good on Lake Fork despite the small cold front that came through. We had another 18 fish day on Thursday with a 9-03 and a couple more over 7 lbs. Friday morning we boated 7 in a half day with two more over 7 lbs, and lost one near the boat that was in the 11 lb range. Water temps ranged from 48-51 degrees.

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Lake Fork – 2/11/2015

Great February day with Nolan and Bobby today. We boated 18 and lost a few more. Lots of good fish today with several fish in the 5-7 pound range. Water temps are on the rise. We started the day in 52.1 degree water and found water as warm as 56.2 degrees. We are getting little cold front tonight, so it will be interesting to see how that affects the fish tomorrow.

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Lake Fork Report – 2/09/2015

Had a very good day today with Justin and Taylor. Water temps started at 50.1 this morning and warmed to 53 degrees this afternoon. Our best bite was in less than 8′ of water.

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Lake Fork Report – October 14, 2014

We are halfway through the month of October, and the fishing on Lake Fork is a little up and down. The fish are scattered and can literally be caught from 1 foot of water to 30 feet of water on a multitude of lures. Needless to say, this is making my job difficult at times!!!

As of this writing, the lake level is 397.17 (5.83 ft below full pool), and water temps are in the mid-70s. We got a good rain this past Sunday night and Monday morning, and the lake came up about 3″. Needless to say, we need a LOT of rain this fall and winter.

The most consistent bite for me has been the shallow bite. I have been starting the mornings with a buzzbait in the back half of some of the smaller creeks and pockets. We are throwing both black skirts and white skirts, and both seem to be producing about the same number of strikes. After the topwater bite slows down, I am picking up a 3/8 oz white chatter bait with a 3.5″ Lake Fork Live Magic Shad as my trailer. The key to this is covering as much water as you can. Wind blown banks and points will produce better than the calm side.

For the deep bite, I am using my Lowrance electronics to locate schools of bass, white bass, and yellow bass on deep points, humps, and road beds. These fish can be caught on a flutter spoon, jigging spoon, drop shot, and a Carolina rig. With the spoons, you will catch a big number of white bass and yellow bass, so if you want to catch a ton of fish or have kids that just want to catch a bunch of fish, this is the way to go.

The deep bite will continue to get better, making November one of my favorite months of the year to fish Lake Fork. If you would like to come get in on some of that action, I still have a handful of November dates available.

I am also booking dates for 2015. If you are thinking about coming in March, April, or May, you’d better hurry and get your dates booked. I am booking faster than ever for those months.

As always, if you have any questions, please send me an email or use the comments section below this report!
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Lake Fork Fishing Report | May 4, 2014

May is here, and the fishing on Lake Fork is nothing short of fantastic. My clients have caught a lot of big fish the past few weeks with several fish over 9 pounds (including one that weighed in at 12.31 pounds), and more 7+ pound fish than I can count. Our big fish have come on a variety of baits including a Santone Piglet Shaky head, an umbrella rig, a swimbait, a Santone Swim Jig, an LFT Magic Shad, and a Strike King Sexy Dawg topwater.

This is the time of year that you can fish with just about anything you like to fish with and get bit. There are tons of fish in less than 6 feet of water right now. Some are still on spawning beds, others are making there way in to spawn, and others have spawned and have started feeding back up. Water temps are in the upper 60s and lower 70s as of this writing. Water level is at 399.36 or 3.64 ft below full pool. A year ago today, we were 4.53 ft below full pool.

If you like to fish topwaters, May is about as good as it gets. Topwater poppers like the LFT Magic Popper or the Strike King HC KVD Splash Popper will catch fish off the nest, but it is especially effective at catching those fish that are guarding fry. You can throw them all day under any conditions right now and catch fish. For those fish that are chasing shad, it’s hard to beat a Strike King Sexy Dawg. I have thrown just about every walking topwater bait you can name, and the Sexy Dawg ranks right up there with the best. It is very easy to walk and it gets some of the most vicious strikes you have ever seen.

If dragging plastics is your thing, a Carolina rigged LFT Magic shad in Green Pumpkin will get you bit when fished around main lake and secondary points. You can catch them super shallow, and now you can catch some deep too. A drop shot is also a good choice in the 6-14′ range. We have caught some really nice fish on both of these techniques over the past couple of weeks.

The deep bite is starting to shape up, and June, July, and August look to be really good again this year. If you have ever wanted to catch fish in deep water, these are great months to do it. I am booking summer trips right now, so if you’d like to get a date(s) on the books, please shoot me an email and we will get you set up.

For those of you who would like to see daily pics and get a little more info, you can “Like” my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/lakeforkguides. I try to post 4 or 5 nights per week, so you can keep up a little easier with how the lake is fishing on a daily basis.

Here are a few pics from the past couple of weeks!!!

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Lake Fork Fishing Report – April 10, 2014

We had a great day on Lake Fork today despite the 30+ mph winds. My client, Chris Morrison from Maryland, set his new personal best this morning with a 7.94 pounder. This afternoon, he shattered that by catching a 12.31 pounder!!! Our best 5 fish today topped 39 pounds!!! What a day…..

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Lake Fork Fishing Report – April 6, 2014

April is here, and the spawn on Lake Fork is in full swing. There are fish on beds in almost every creek on the lake, and there are plenty more that are waiting their turn.

The water temps are ranging from 58-61 on the main lake, and it is several degrees warmer than that in the backs of the creeks.

We have been catching most of our fish on a Santone Piglet Shaky head. I opt for the round ball 3/16 oz Piglet most of the time, but if the wind is blowing too much, I will switch us to a 1/4 oz head. The main thing that differnentiates the Piglet from other shaky heads on the market is it’s hook. It’s perfect for catching big bass in heavy cover. I throw it on no less than 15 lb line. Right now, I am targeting spawning fish in 1-6 ft of water. I’m not sight fishing, but instead, I am blind casting the spawning areas in the very backs of the creeks and pockets. Work the bait just a few inches at a time with small shakes in between movements.

Oak Ridge Marina and Lake Fork Marina both carry the Piglet here on the lake, and Tackle Warehouse carries them online as well.

If you have any questions, or if you’d like to book a trip, please send me an email and I will get back with you ASAP. If I am already booked, I work with several other very good guides that I can put you in contact with.

Here are a few fish we have caught the past couple of weeks:

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Lake Fork Fishing Report – February 19, 2014

We have finally been blessed with some warm weather the past few days, and the fishing seems to be picking up around the lake. We had a very good month of January and a good start to February despite the cold weather and below average water temperatures. During that time, the lake was fishing “small”, and most of my fish were coming from the same few areas. Most fishermen were either catching them well or they weren’t catching them at all. With the warmer days, we are starting to see more fish in other areas. This is good.

This past Friday, or best five weighed 36 pounds. That is not unusual as the fish are at their heaviest this time of year. I’m really excited to see what the lake kicks out this spring. I’ve got my fingers crossed for some stable weather in March and April.

As is typical for this time of year, the best baits are a lipless crankbait, suspending jerkbait, vibrating jig, Santone spinnerbait, and a jig. The jig bite has been very disappointing so far this year, but I’ve got to believe that it will pick up any day now. It is definitely a bait that you need to have tied on this time of year. It’s proven to get bigger bites.

For me, it’s been tough to beat the lipless crankbait. We are throwing several different brands, but the Strike King Red Eye shad is a top producer. We are fishing grass flats out to about 6 feet of water, staying in contact with the grass as much as possible. Some days I think color matters more than others, but we are throwing different versions of red, chartreuse, and gold. There are some days when one color will out produce another.

The jerkbait, spinnerbait, and vibrating jigs can be fished in the same areas, and it’s a good idea to fish these baits back through an area where you caught them on a lipless crankbait. Different baits will sometimes trigger a fish that didn’t eat the lipless crankbait.

I will do my best to post an update after this weekend, and my reports will stay more current as the patterns change.

Here are few fish from the past few weeks. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you’d like to book at trip!

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Lake Fork Fishing Report – January 1, 2014

Happy New Year everyone!  We are looking forward to another fantastic year here on Lake Fork.  The water has come several inches since the rain last week, and we are sitting at 398.25 or 4.75 ft below full pool.  We have our fingers crossed for more rain this winter to bring the lake up even more.  We have lots of growth around the shoreline that would offer great habitat with some water on top of it.  It would make for a fantastic spawn!!!

Fishing has been a little slow since the rain, but you can still grind out a few bites if you put in a little time out here.  The water temp is 48-49 degrees and water clarity is good for the most part.  It is fairly stained in the backs of most creeks.  We have a good growth of hydrilla in several areas of the lake, and the fish are in it.  Our best bait for fishing the grass has been a red 1/2 oz lipless crankbait such as the Strike King Red Eye Shad.  It is important to cover lots of water with it, but once you get bit, be sure to fish that area thoroughly.
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The jig bite was good before the rain, and it will be the bait of choice for the next couple of months when looking for a true Lake Fork giant.  I prefer a 1/2 oz or 3/4 oz Santone flipping jig in black/blue, Camo, or Bullfrog.  I will match these jigs with a Lake Fork Tackle HyperFreak or Flipper,  or a Strike King Rage Craw.  Work the jig around the big trees along creek channel ledges that lead into spawning areas.  I prefer 20 lb Seaguar Invizx fluorocarbon on a Dobyns Champion Extreme DX 745c rod.  The rod is light and sensitive, but strong enough to bring big fish out of the heavy cover.

I have also been catching a few fish out deep on a Santone Slamma Rig (umbrella rig).  Look for schools of shad, sandbass, yellow bass, and largemouths in 29-34 ft of water.  You will load the boat with sandbass, and catch a few largemouths as well.

My spring is booking up quickly, so if you’re interested in a spring date, please contact me as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, or if I can help in any way, please let me know!

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