Jason Hoffman's Lake Fork Fishing Reports

Lake Fork Guide Report 3/17/2016

Scott and Trey had a fantastic day with me today. Their best five weighed 38-06, and their best six weighed 44-12. Scott won big fish honors today with a fat 10-02 prespawn female. 

There are a good number of fish on beds, and there are many more that are staging right now. 

Water temps range from 63-70 degrees and the water ranges from slightly stained to almost muddy. 

It looks like they have finally shut the flood gates after last weeks 6+ inches of rain. We are sitting at almost full pool at 402.96.

   
    
    
 

Lake Fork Guide Report – 3/09/16

Great half day trip today with Gary and Ken. Our best 5 weighed 34 lbs 9 oz, and included an 8-12, 7-05, 6-10, 6-02, and 5-12. We boated 13 total and lost 4 more. A Santone swim jig and a vibrating jig with Lake Fork Live Magic Shad accounted for our fish today. 

The lake had come up over a foot already with all of the rain we’ve had the last couple of days. I bet it comes up at least another foot by the weekend. The water clarity is stained to muddy throughout the lake and water temps were 59-62. 

   
    
   

Lake Fork – February 10, 2016

We got our first fish over 9 pounds for 2016 today. This one was caught by Jim and she weighed 9 lbs 4 oz.

Water temps are in the mid-50s all over the lake, so we should start to see more big fish caught very soon!!!

  

Lake Fork Umbrella Rig – Catching Two at a Time!!!


This time of year can be a blast. When you find the fish bunched up and feeding on big balls of shad, there’s no better technique for catching bass than an umbrella rig.

Lake Fork Report – January 13, 2016

We had a great year in 2015 on Lake Fork, and I am really excited about what 2016 will bring us. We were blessed with record rains last year, and that brought the lake up from a low of about 7.5′, and we were within a foot of being at full pool for most of the year.

With the higher water levels came an abundance of newly flooded cover for the fish to hide in and spawn in. Without questions, we had one of the greatest spawns Lake Fork has seen in many, many years. We have been catching yearling bass EVERYWHERE!!! Lake Fork’s future is really bright. These fish have grown very quickly, and many of them are already close to 12″ long, and many of them will spawn themselves in a couple of months. That exponential growth in numbers is exactly what we needed.

The lake is in great shape. The current water level is 402.53 which is about 6″ below full pool. The Sabine River Authority has chosen to keep the lake level a little below full pull in anticipation of more rain in the coming weeks. Water temps are in the 50-52 degree range for the most part.

There are many ways to catch fish here right now. We are still spending most of our time in deep water throwing spoons and umbrella rigs, but you can catch some shallow fish on jerkbaits, chatterbaits, and lipless crankbaits. Some guys are finding a few jig fish as well.

I can’t wait to see what Lake Fork is going to kick out this spring. I think it’s going to be a great year for both quality and quantity, so if you’ve been thinking about making a trip to Lake Fork, I would encourage you to do so!

Lake Fork Report – April 12, 2015

If you follow my guide service on Facebook, you know that we’ve been having some REALLY big days on Lake Fork the past few weeks. This week was no different as this past Wednesday, my clients Scott and Trey had the trip of a lifetime with their best five weighing 42 lbs 4 oz. They started the morning with a 9-07 and 8-02 double, and later added an 8-12, 8-03, 7-12, 7-10, 7-03, 6-12, and 6 others from 5-6 lbs. We didn’t catch a small fish all day. It was awesome!!!

On Thursday, Jay and I had another big day with our best five weighing 36 lbs 13 oz. Jay caught his new personal best of 8-01, and he also added a 6-14 and a 6-07. I caught an 8-12 and a 6-11.

A cold front came through on Thursday night, and we were faced with light northeast winds, and that shut my big bite down on Friday. We managed to scratch out a few on a Santone Piglet shaky head, but we didn’t have much size.

There are tons of fish on beds right now, and we are starting to see more post spawn fish each day. Water temperature on the main lake is 65 degrees, and it is in the lower 70s in the back of some creeks. Water level is sitting at 400.17 (2.83 below full pool), and the weather forecast is calling for an inch of rain over the next few days. This should bring us up some, and it would be perfect timing.

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

                

          

March 11, 2015 – Best 5 – 43.31 lbs!!!

I picked up my new Ranger Z521C powered by the new Evinrude G2 yesterday, and I had my first trip in it today. My client Jerry had the trip of a lifetime with a best 5 weighing in at 43.31 lbs. His best 5 went 10.13, 9.81, 8.81, 7.81, and 6.75. It’s a day that neither of us will ever forget. 





Lake Fork | March 9, 2015

The water level on Lake Fork is on the rise as we continue to get rain across our watershed. Lake Fork has risen a little over 2 feet in the past two weeks, and we are now sitting at 398.0 (5 feet below full pool). We will continue to rise, and the meteorologists are calling for another 1″-2″ this afternoon and tonight. This is very good news for Lake Fork. I would really like to see it come up another couple of feet so that the water would flood more of the new shoreline growth. That would be ideal for the success of upcoming spawn.

As far as water conditions go, the backs of most of the creeks are somewhere between stained and muddy. The upper ends of the main lake are also pretty stained. As you go south, the water starts to clear up some, but some parts are still a little off-colored. Water temps are in the low 50s in most areas, but I have seen some water as high as 55.8 degrees. The warming trend that will start tomorrow should yield some fantastic fishing later this week. Look for some giants to be caught soon.

There are some fish roaming some very shallow water (1′-3′), but there’s not much size to them yet. I am focusing on depths of 10′-20′ looking for those bigger females. My numbers haven’t been very good due to the weather, but our size has been good, and that’s what most people come to Lake Fork for.

Here’s Don from NJ with his new personal best of 8.69 lbs that he caught fishing with me on Saturday (3/07). 

And, Nick had a really nice trip the day before….





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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