Jason Hoffman's Lake Fork Fishing Reports

Happy New Year from Lake Fork!!!

We had a really good year here on Lake Fork in 2016, and I’m really excited about what’s coming in 2017.

New 2017 Ranger Z521C

My new 2017 Ranger Z521C is in the process of being rigged at Diamond Sports Marine, and I will be picking it very soon to start the breaking in process. If any of you guys are looking for a new Ranger bass boat, give Fred at DSM a call. Those guys will take great care of you like they do me.

Garmin Marine

This year, I have teamed up with Garmin, and I will be using Garmin for all of my marine electronics needs. I have had the opportunity to experiment with some of their units, and I am very excited to begin getting them set up like I want them in my new Ranger boat.

One of the technololgies that sets Garmin apart from the others is called Panoptix. According to Garmin, “Panoptix™ all-seeing sonar is the most unique and innovative sonar on the water. Available exclusively from Garmin, it gives you the ability to see fish swimming, see your lure, even see fish attack your lure — and see it all live and in real time. It even shows you 3-D images of fish and structure around your boat.” I’ve seen it in live action, and it is a game changer!!!

Garmin also makes some really cool action cameras like the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 that link up with my Garmin units, so I will be bringing you some footage from time to time of our catches and also some helpful tips. Be sure and look for that in 2017.

Lake Fork Fishing Report

The fishing on Lake Fork this past week was very good. I don’t remember ever catching the numbers of fish in December that we caught this week. The highlight of the week came first thing Thursday morning when we caught a 10-04 within the first few minutes of the trip.

The water temps started at 53 degrees on Monday, rose to 60 by the end of the day on Tuesday, and fell back to 53 by Friday morning. The water level on Lake Fork is sitting at 400.4′ at the time of this writing. Normal pool is 403.0′, so we are about 3 ft low as we move into the new year.

Friday was easily our toughest day as we were only able to boat 8 fish in a 7 hour trip. Thursday was our best day for size and numbers and we finished with 21. We had 17 by lunchtime that day, which is incredible for December.

My top producing bait for the week was a 1/2 oz Strike King Red Eyed Shad. Red was the only color we threw, which is not unusual on Lake Fork during the winter months.

We also threw a white vibrating jig with a Lake Fork Trophy Lures Live Magic Shad as a trailer. This is big player for us for much of the year, and the Live Magic Shad is a “must have” for me. In the cold months, I use the 4.5″ Live Magic Shad, and when the water warms up, I will switch to the 3.5″. I like the bigger, bulkier profile that the 4.5″ LMS gives me, and it will produce some of our biggest bites of the year.

Overall, 2016 was a good year. The water level stayed high enough this spring to keep water in the bushes. This gave the bass fry plenty of cover to hide in and around, and made for a very successful spawn. As a result, our numbers are up from a couple of years ago, and the future is bright for Lake Fork!!!

The local power plant lakes (Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh) are also producing really well, so that gives us another option if the water on Lake Fork gets too cold.  If you would like to come out to east Texas to get in on some of the action, I’d love to have you. Just shoot me an email, or give me a call or text, and we get something on the books.

Happy New Year everyone!

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The Ford Outfitters – Lone Star Largemouth

Be sure to set your DVR to record the next episode of The Outfitters Built by Ford Trucks airing on The Sportsman Channel (DirecTV channel 605) Sunday, October 9 at 11:00 a.m. ET, Monday (October 10) at 1:00 a.m. ET, and Tuesday (October 11) at 3:00 pm ET.

Host Conway Bowman and I had a great time filming this episode, and I think it’s going to turn out great. #thefordoutfitters

http://thefordoutfitters.com/episodes/lone-star-largemouth

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….