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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Lake Fork Fishing Report – November 18, 2013

The bite on Lake Fork has been up and down for the past several weeks. I have been waiting to post a new Lake Fork fishing report until the bite stabilized, and it looks like it’s finally starting to be more consistent.

We are starting to see some fish on deeper, main lake structure, and there will be many more heading that way. That will begin one of my favorite times of the year here on Lake Fork. Those fish will be feeding heavily on shad and yellow bass, and they can be caught on a variety of different baits including a jigging spoon, tail kicker, Flutter spoon, and my favorite, the Santone Slamma rig (umbrella rig).

Here are a few fish from yesterday’s trip:
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Look for these fish on main lake structure (points, humps, road beds, creek channel ledges) in 18-21 feet of water. You will normally see the sand bass (white bass) and the largemouths mixed together. These fish are normally in a feeding mood, so try various different techniques and you will usually find something that works. Timing is everything, so if you can’t get them to bite, come back later and try them again. We usually catch between 15-25 largemouth and 60-80 sand bass per day this time of year.

There are still some shallow fish to be caught, so if the deep bite is not for you, you can fish wind blown main lake and secondary points and scratch out some nice fish. The grass in the upper ends of the lake still holds a good number of fish. The best baits for these fish are a Strike King Red Eye Shad, a Santone Got Five spinnerbait, and an LFT Magic Shad. A Strike King KVD 1.5 crankbait and a chatterbait will catch them well on the wind blown points as well.

The bite should continue to be good for the next few weeks. I have a couple of open dates in November and several in December if you’re interested in coming out and getting in on the great action. The fishing at the power plant lakes will be good in December and January if you’d like to go fish for some prespawn and spawning fish.

If you have any questions, please feel free to use the comments section below or shoot me an email. I’m glad to help.

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September 16, 2013

Lake Fork has been pretty stingy the past couple of weeks. We have had a couple of good days here and there, but for the most part, it’s really tough. The lake is falling (currently 6.20 ft low), and water temps are in the 88-91 degree range. This is the time of year when the fish are suspended and more scattered out than any other time of year. We are still catching fish in the 6-7 pound range, but our overall numbers aren’t what we’d like for them to be. That will change once we start to get some consistent cooler weather.

For those of you who are coming in this week to fish the McDonald’s Big Bass Splash, here are a few ways that we’ve been catching fish the past few days.

My best pattern for catching numbers and size has been to throw a Strike King 5XD (in any of the shad patterns) in 10-15 feet of water. I’m concentrating most of my efforts on timbered points, but some fish can be found on humps and treelines in the same depth range. Be sure to bring a “plug knocker” or lots of crankbaits, because in order to catch these fish, you need to be banging your crankbait off of the wood. I’m throwing mine on 15 lb Seaguar Invizx and making as long of a cast as possible.

There are some fish starting to show back up on some of the deep structure spots. Road beds, humps, and points in 25-30 feet of water are the place to look for these fish. A 1 oz Santone football jig (Pinto Beans and Carrots color) will get you bit when the fish are on or close to the bottom. If they are up off the bottom several feet, I will throw a LFT Flutter Spoon and rip or reel it off the bottom – trying to get it above the fish’s head.

Wherever you are, be on the lookout for schooling fish. This is a great way to catch a big, fat under (under the slot) for your tournament. A Strike King Sexy Dawg, Santone Got Five spinnerbait, Strike King Red Eye Shad, and a LFT Magic Shad/Live Magic Shad are great choices for these schooling fish.

For those of you who would like to concentrate on grass, there is a lot of good hydrilla in Birch, Coffee, Glade, and Running Creeks. A LFT Lake Fork Frog, Santone Swim Jig, Strike King Red Eye Shad, and a Santone Got Five spinnerbait are very good choices for the grass.

Lake Fork Marina and Oak Ridge Marina both have great selections of tackle in their shops, and their prices are far better than what you’d expect to pay at the lake. Don’t hesitate to stop in and see them while you’re here.

I hope this helps put more fish in the boat while you’re here. I am booking dates for October, November, December, January, and Spring of 2014 if you’d like to come get in on some of the action. If you have any questions, please feel free to use the comments section below or you can email or text me.

Here are just a few fish from the past few weeks:

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Lake Fork Fishing Report – August 7, 2013

It’s been a little bit of a roller coaster ride the last couple of weeks, but we have had more good days than tough days. Most days the difference in having a good day versus a bad day is one or two schools of fish. On the good days, we are finding at least one school that yields 6-10 fish, and if you’re fortunate, you find two schools like that, and have a really good day. When you don’t find a big group of fish, you are working hard to scratch out 8 or 10 fish in a full day. The average size of our fish is very good, and most days, we will have at least one fish over 7 pounds.

I’m starting my mornings fishing a frog and buzzbaits around the hydrilla. Most mornings, you can expect 5-8 blowups, but some mornings, you’ll only get 3 or 4.

At about 7:30 or so, I’m moving to deeper water and picking up my Strike King 6XD. I’m covering quite a bit of water with it, and once I catch one, I slow down and work the area with the 6XD, a Santone Football jig, and a Carolina rigged LFT Hyper Stick and Ring Fry.

I’m still finding most of these fish in 18-21 ft of water, but there are some schools a little shallower and some quite a bit deeper (27-31′). Use your electronics and move around until you find fish on your screen. I’ll post a screen shot at the bottom to give you an idea of what some schools will look like. For those fish in the 27-31′ range, the football jig, Carolina rig, Santone Slamma rig, Strike King 10XD, and a flutter spoon are the best choices.

I hope this helps you catch more fish on your next trip out. I still have a handful of August dates available, and I am booking September-November dates as well. If I can help you on your best trip to Lake Fork, please contact me. Best of luck!!!

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Lake Fork Fishing Report – July 25, 2013

It’s been a good week for us here on Lake Fork with several fish over 6 pounds caught by my clients and me. We are still finding most of our fish in deeper water, and 18-21 feet seems to be the best depth for me.

As far as baits and presentations go, a drop shot, Carolina rigged LFT Hyper Stick and Baby Ring Fry, and a Strike King 6XD are putting the majority of our fish in the boat.

On some days, we are seeing some schooling fish busting big shad on the surface. When we see them, we are throwing a Strike King Sexy Dawg on top of them and the strikes are VIOLENT!!! Keep your eyes open while you’re fishing offshore structure and you might see them blowing up!

As always, thank you for taking the time to read my report. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to use the Comments section below or send me a text or email.

Good luck!

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