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.
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