July 5, 2021 with NFL Greats

My annual Lake Fork bass fishing trip this morning with Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Miami Dolphins CB Byron Jones, and 6-time Super Bowl Champion Mike Woicik. was a GREAT one!!! Byron caught his personal best twice this morning!!! He started our morning off with a 7.31 and then caught a 7.39 later that morning on a Santone Piglet Shaky Head. Dak added a 6.81 on a Santone football jig – just shy of his best that he set with me two years ago. Always a great time with these guys. Looking forward to doing again next summer!!!

  • Byron Jones with Lake Fork Guide Jason Hoffman

Winter Bass Fishing

The winter months can provide some great fishing action here in northeast Texas. Here are just a few fish from the last couple of weeks:

Lake Fork Fishing Report – 03/23/2020

The bass fishing on Lake Fork has been a little bit up and down for us the past week. Much of that is due to some cooler temps and the enormous amount of rain that we have gotten in the area. This has muddied up many of my best areas, and I’m having to move around more. Things should improve immensely with the warmer temps we have coming up.

As of this writing, Lake Fork’s water level is at 403.48′ or about 6 inches above full pool. The gates are open, so the water is dropping slowly. Water temps ranged from 57-60 degrees today, and we will see water temps rise into the upper 60s by the weekend. Water clarity ranges from very dirty in the upper ends and the backs of creeks to relatively clear on the main lake.

We had a big wave of spawning fish during the MLF tournament a couple of weekends ago. We still have fish on beds, and we have many more to come. We should start catching some post spawn fish very soon as well.

Best baits for me have been a Santone Piglet Shaky head with a green pumpkin worm and a watermelon red or black/blue flake wacky rigged Senko. I’m fishing these mostly around spawning areas, but I am also fishing them in some staging areas looking to catch those fish that are still looking to feed before they move to the banks to spawn. The key to catching them is to slow way down and target shallow cover. You can’t fish too shallow on Lake Fork right now.

Some of my guide buddies are still catching fish on chatterbaits, frogs, Super Flukes, buzz baits, and crankbaits. It won’t be long before the topwater bite is in full swing.

I hope everyone stays safe and healthy. If you don’t already follow me on Facebook, you can find me at https://www.facebook.com/lakeforkguides/. Please give me a follow! Until next time, here are a few of our recent catches:

January 15, 2020

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is here!!! We are fortunate to be able to catching big bass all year long here on Lake Fork, but the next few months are our best months for catching GIANT bass!!!

Current Conditions on Lake Fork: Water Level is currently 401.1 as of this writing. Water clarity is good on the south end and stained to muddy in the upper ends/backs of creeks. Water temperature is 51-53 depending on area.

For the next 6-8 weeks, you will find the following baits on the deck of my Ranger Z521L: Strike King Red Eye Shad in Delta Red, a white Strike King Thunder Cricket with a matching 3.5″ Lake Fork Trophy Lures Live Magic Shad, a Mean Green 5/16 oz Santone Lures Swim Jig, a suspending jerk bait, and a KVD 1.5 Squarebill crankbait.

I prefer to cover as much water as possible, and I will fish these baits in the back half of the major creeks around secondary points, creek channels, ditches, drains, and grassy flats. Most days, the key to catching fish is creating a reaction bite. I’ll have my clients bump stumps and tick grass whenever possible. Important: If you catch a fish, work that area very throughly. You will cover a lot of water without catching a fish, but you will typically catch more than one within close proximity.

If you prefer to slow down and truly hunt for that fish of a lifetime, there’s no better way to do it than by fishing a 3/8 or 1/2 black and blue Santone Rattlin’ jig. Work the biggest trees you can find along creek channels, and be ready. The bite will most likely be a light one, but the fight could be one you’ll never forget.

We still have a few open dates beginning in February, so if you’re looking for a guide on Lake Fork drop me an email or shoot me a text and we will get you set up to chase some trophy bass. Phone calls are fine too, but they can get a little tricky this time of year!!! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you!!!

Lake Fork Fishing Report – June 10, 2019

We are a third of the way through June, and Lake Fork is in great shape. I would rate the bass fishing as good to very good most days. The water level is a little above full pool at 403.18 (+.18), and our water temps are in the low 80s. We still have a ton of fish in shallow water, but the deep bite has really picked up the last few weeks.

I love to fish deep offshore structure, and there is no way I’d rather catch them than on a Santone Lures Football Jig. My favorite size and color is a 3/4 oz in Pinto Beans and Carrots. Pair it with a Strike King Rage Craw, and you have a combo that is hard for these fish to ignore!!!

Another bait that you will almost always see tied onto one of my rods is a Carolina rigged Chartreuse Pepper Hyper Stick by Lake Fork Trophy Trophy Lures. I rig my Carolina rig with a 1 oz egg sinker and about a 5 to 6 ft leader.

The deep crankbait bite has been good many days as well with Strike King’s 6XD, 8XD, and 10XD getting the work done in my boat. Two of my favorite colors are Citrus Shad and Powder Blue Back Chartreuse. I always try to make my crankbaits deflect off of something (i.e. bottom or timber) if possible. If i get one hung up, I pull out my trusty lure retriever from Daiwa. It has saved me a TON of money the last couple of years!!!

Right now, most of the fish I am catching are in 17 to 21 feet of water. I might catch some a little shallower and some a little deeper, but that depth range has been where I’m doing most of my damage. Main lake points, humps, ridges, road beds, and pond dams are great places to look, and my new Livescope from Garmin makes it really difficult for these bass to hide from us!!! If you haven’t seen it yet, I’d encourage you to check out some of the videos on YouTube. It’s absolutely amazing. If you decide you want to add one to your boat, get with Fred over at Diamond Sports Marine, and he will get you hooked up. He sells all the Garmin Marine units and transducers, and he does a great job of installing them.

I hope that gives you a start on how and where to catch these big ‘ol bass here on Lake Fork. If you’re looking for a guided trip on Lake Fork, please shoot me an email or a text, or give me a call in the evenings.

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

Lake Fork Report – February 15, 2019

We have had a great start to the early spring fishing here on Lake Fork. Early last week, we experienced a really nice warming trend that saw us with a high of 80 degrees on Wednesday. Our water temps on Lake Fork warmed into the low 60s in a few areas, and the fish really responded to it. Unfortunately, we had a pretty big cold front that followed bringing with it a decent amount of cold rain, and the water temp in those areas are back into the 49-50 degree range.

Those fish won’t go too far, but they won’t be quite as eager to feed. Best baits will still be chatterbaits, lipless crankbaits, jerkbaits, and jigs.

Look for available cover such as lily pad stems, coontail grass, and stumps near creek channels, drains, and ditches. The fish will use these to move in and out of the spawning areas, and they are great places to look for the many BIG, FAT, Lake Fork females that we are famous for.

Here are a few pics of recent catches. If you are looking for a bass fishing guide on Lake Fork, I would love the opportunity to earn your business. If I don’t have an open date that will work for you, I will happily help you find another great guide on Lake Fork that does. I work with many of the best that Lake Fork has to offer, and we all want to see you have a successful trip. Thank you!

Lake Fork Report – November 14, 2018

Just a quick update on the conditions here at Lake Fork…..

Water temps have fallen dramatically this week due to the cold weather and rain associated with it. Currents temps range from 53-56 degrees. Current Lake Fork water level is 403.34 (and falling) – about 4″ above normal pool. They have at least one gate open (which is not good for bass fishing on Lake Fork). Water clarity is good on the main lake, and stained to muddy as you go back into most creeks.

The bite has been slow. If you are coming, I would have a lipless crankbait, a chatterbait, and a jerk bait tied on. Cover a ton of water.

There are some big schools of white bass and yellow bass out on some main lake points and humps and they are feeding. Jigging spoons will load the boat. There are a few bass mixed in with them, but I am struggling to catch many out there. Spoons, tail spinners, Carolina rigs, and drop shots, will get a small handful of bites.

March 31, 2018 | Lake Fork Fishing Report

Lake Fork Water Conditions

Spring is in full swing here on Lake Fork, and a lot of our bass have made there way to the many shallow spawning flats that Lake Fork has to offer. Water temps are mostly ranging from 59-62 degrees, but warmer water can be found in certain areas. The water is stained to muddy depending on the area, with the water on the north ends and in most major creeks being dirtier than it is down south on the main lake. After the rain we got this past Tuesday and Wednesday, the lake rose a few inches to just under normal pool of 403.0, but the gates have been open, and we are now sitting at 402.84 as of this writing.

Lake Fork Lure Selection

The bass can be caught on just about anything right now. Some of the best choices in the upper ends of the lake are the Strike King Caffeine Shad and Swim’n Caffeine Shad, Lake Fork Hyper Stick, a Santone Spinnerbait, and a Santone Rayburn Swim Jig.

We have caught a BUNCH of big fish this spring on the Santone Rayburn Swim Jig fishing behind others who are throwing a Chatterbait or other bladed jigs.  One of the things that separate the Santone swim jig from some other brands is the hook.  It’s strong and sharp, and that’s what you need when you’re hunting GIANTS on Lake Fork.  Mean Green is my “go to” color, and I match it with a Pearl Flash 3.75″ Strike King Rage Swimmer.  It’s an awesome combination!!!

Lake Fork Big Bass of the Month

Our big bass of the month was a 10-09 caught by Greg on March 27.  She was Greg’s new personal best!!!

As we move into April, we will have more fish pulling up to spawn, and these baits will continue to produce.  If you are coming to Lake Fork, I wish you the best of luck!!!

Lake Fork Big Bass Pictures – March 2018

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The Outfitters TV Show – Presented by Ford Trucks

In September of 2016, I had the pleasure of fishing with Conway Bowman and filming an episode of The Outfitters that aired on The Sportsman Channel. Here is that episode!!!

Lake Fork Report – February 13, 2018

To say we have had a cold winter here on Lake Fork would be a HUGE understatement!!! I’m sure we’ve had a colder winter, but I sure don’t remember one.

Water temps in the areas I’m fishing ranged from 43-45 degrees yesterday. Water clarity is good on the main lake, and gets a little more stained as you get back into the creeks. Lake Fork’s water level is sitting at 401.98 – just about a foot below full pool.

We haven’t been catching a lot of fish, but that’s normal when the water temps are this cold. I don’t fish for numbers anyway – especially this time of year. I’d rather hunt for the fish of a lifetime than chase numbers. I think that’s what makes Lake Fork special. We are fortunate to have some of the biggest bass in the country here, and I’m going to do my best to put my clients on them!!!

There are a few different ways to catch them. If you like to throw moving baits, a white chatterbait with a Lake Fork Live Magic Shad, a Strike King Red Eyed Shad (Orange Craw), and a Strike King KVD jerkbait will get you bit. With the water temps as low as they are, you have to cover a ton of water until you catch one. Then, slow down a little bit and fish that area more thoroughly.

One of the best big bass baits this time of year is a jig. I like the saying “black and blue is always true”, and I pretty much stick to that this time of year. For me, a 3/8 Santone Flipping jig is tough to beat. For Lake Fork, you need a jig with a strong hook, and Santone knows how to build them right. Depending on the depth I’m fishing, I will also throw the 1/2 oz version. Look for the standing timber along the creek channels and go to work.

We’ve caught some really nice fish the past few days. Here are a few of them: