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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at (903) 456-3691.
Here are a few catches from the past couple of weeks: