Jason Hoffman's Lake Fork Fishing Reports

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:

Lake Fork Fishing Report – 10/19/17

It finally feels like fall here on Lake Fork, and I couldn’t be happier.  Water temperature is sitting right around the 73 degree mark, and the water level is at 402.19 (0.82 ft below full pool) at the time of this writing.

No matter if you prefer to fish shallow or deep, this is the time of year that numbers are pretty easy to come by.

Shallow Fishing on Lake Fork

For those that like to fish shallow, there is quite a bit of coontail and other aquatic vegetation in the upper ends of the lake.  These areas are holding a lot of fish, and some big ones too.  This past week, my client boated a 7 lb 7 oz bass, and about 15 minutes later boated a 12 lb 1 oz GIANT Lake Fork bass!!  Both fish were caught in 3-4 ft of water on a Santone Lures swim jig (Mean Green color) with a Strike King Lures Rage Swimmer trailer.  Other baits that have been working well for us are a Strike King Sexy Dawg and Sexy Dawg Jr, a Lake Fork Trophy Lures Hyper Stick, and a Strike King Red Eyed Shad.

Deep Fishing on Lake Fork

For the deep bite, the fish are really starting to group up on points, ridges, road beds, and some flats at the mouths of creeks.  I’ll look in 15-30 ft of water until I dial in what depth the fish want to be in at that particular time.  It will often fluctuate a time or two during the day and depending on what end of the lake you are fishing.

For the deep fish, a Carolina rigged Strike King Caffeine Shad or Lake Fork Trophy Lures Hyper Stick or LFT Baby Ring Fry, a drop shot with Strike King KVD Finesse Worm, Santone football jig, a jigging spoon, tail spinner, and an underspin are all players depending on the day.

I still have a few open dates in November, and several in December if you’d like to come out and get in on some of the action.  It’s a great time to bring someone new to bass fishing because we typically do lots of CATCHING this time of year!!!  If i can help, please email me at jason@lakefork.us or give me a call at (903) 456-3691.

Latest Lake Fork Bass Pictures

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

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Lake Fork Fishing Report – 3/03/2017

March is here, and the fishing on Lake Fork continues to get better. Lake Fork is currently 2.06 ft belown normal pool, and the water temps in the back of the creeks and pockets are in the 61-65 degree range. Water clarity ranges from muddy in the far upper ends to fairly clear as you get closer to the dam.

We had a little bit of an up and down week. Yesterday was our best day for numbers with 15 bass in the boat, and our big fish of the week came on Wednesday with a beautiful, fat female weighing 8.31 lbs.

Our best producer has been a white bladed jig with a 3.5″ LFT Live Magic Shad as a trailer.
LFT Live Magic Shad
I have said it before and I’ll continue to say it. If you are not using the Live Magic Shad on the back of your chatterbait, you are costing yourself some fish.

We are fishing this bait from the bank out to about 4 feet of water. Thoroughly fishing the available cover is key, and we are catching fish around both wood and vegetation.

The other pattern that is working well for us is a drop shot using a 5″ Strike King KVD Finesse Worm. Green Pumpkin and Junebug are both very good produces. We are pitching stumps in 2-12 ft of water. Bites are very subtle, so work the bait slowly and pay close attention to what your bait is doing.

I hope that helps you on your next trip to Lake Fork. These are also great techniques to try on you home lake!!! Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram where I will post pics of our catches.

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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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


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!