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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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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